Alan Wolfson is a native New Yorker who has spent decades creating miniature urban sculptures that recall the changing landscape of NYC. Often, he creates with painstaking detail models of places that have actually existed, like Katz’s Deli (below).

Similarly, Michael Paul Smith creates scale model nostalgic environments that he photographs in a manner that would make you swear they’re real. All of the images that he creates are of a fantasy town that he’s named Elgin Park.

I’m not sure who took this photo. I wish I did, so that I could see more of their work. Lovely composition.

 

Here are a few quick street snapshots that I took last week, whilst location scouting on a project filming in Yangon, Myanmar.

 

 

Love this portrait of my grandfather, Bob.

Portraits by Francois Brunelle of unrelated strangers that reasonably look like identical twins.

I’ve always been bothered by the the sexist trope in which women are posed suggestively to highlight a stereotypically “masculine” object of desire such as a car, motorcycle or a guitar. I was particularly amused by this series of ads in which a Portland-based Ducati dealer paired images of men from around their shop in contrast to their female model counterparts. I think it does a good job to point out just how absurd the cliche is.

Some stunning photos from Ben Roberts’ series Amazon Unpacked -  a look inside Amazon’s new UK warehouse.

Classic images by one of the greatest sports photographers, Neil Leifer.

 

NYC Grid is a project that aims to explore, document and compare neighborhoods of New York City from the past to their current state.

Here are some interesting thoughts from photographer, James Bareham on how having a camera on his mobile phone has changed the way he is inspired to point and shoot. Perhaps the evolution of apps and photo-tech that fits in a pocket is just a natural evolution that’s been happening for quite some time.

Photos from Bruce Davidson’s Subway series which he began documenting in 1980.

Since my go-to point and shoot camera (Yashica T4) died on me, I’ve been making do with my iPhone (using Hipstamatic and Afterlight).

 

 

Sacred Ink is the result of photographer, Cedric Arnold’s four and half year long journey to document traditional tattoos of Thailand.

Here is a look at photographer Michael Brodies’s extensive documentation of modern day American freight-train riders. Since taking these images over several years, the photographer has stopped taking pictures, has graduated school, and is currently working as a mobile diesel mechanic.

I’m a sucker for goofy photography of animals. Carli Davidson has a fantastic knack for shooting their portraits, especially dogs.

Photographer Chris Arnade has spent several years documenting the people who live in New York City’s poorest neighborhood and not surprisingly where the best quality of heroin is to be found, Hunt’s Point. His deep commitment to revealing certain truths about the relationship between addiction, abuse and poverty is clear in a large body of work, as we can see his intimate rapport with the subjects. He simply sees them as “human beings,” people in a bad place and in need of help that probably isn’t coming. While most of America spends their Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays with their loved ones, Arnade huddles up in the cold, under highway overpasses with those whose lives are most destitute - 16 year old prostitutes, heroin and crack addicts, those that society would rather not recognize. Accompanying the photos of the flickr page for his Faces of Addiction series, are text entries that provide a greater understanding on the background of each image’s subject. This is some of the best photo-journalism that I’ve seen in a long time. More words and pictures from the series can be found on an accompanying blog. This one particularly poignant entry struck me hard. It gives insight into the creation of a prison class of people, and the design of a process made intentionally difficult to communicate with them.

Here are 24 amazing places that almost don’t look real. Pictured is Chand Baori in Abhaneri, India. The stepwell was used for a remarkable scene in the film The Fall. It was built in 800 CE. It contains 3500 steps and extends 13 stories.

I recently came across the photography of Kevin Russ. He has a fantastic eye for capturing the American landscape, even when shooting with just an iPhone.

Nine months ago, my wife and I adopted a pit bull from a local Brooklyn rescue organization doing amazing work. The shelter, Sean Casey Animal Rescue places over 100 dogs a month in homes and is widely considered the best operation of it’s type in New York City. They’re a no kill facility and only take-in animals that they believe can be re-homed. When we first went to visit the shelter and look at the available dogs, we were immediately drawn to a rather large pit bull named Judson. He eventually came home with us, and with a quick name change to Jax, he became a member of our family. At just 9 months old, he was already one of the largest dogs there. He looked so big in his crate that I didn’t even realize that he was puppy. While most of the dogs barked in a chorus begging to be chosen for the chance to have a walk and stretch their legs, Jax was calm. He licked our fingers over and over through the metal grid that separated us. But the thing that most attracted us to him was his stunning appearance - all white with brown pinto spots, yellow eyes and a pink nose. Suddenly, our plan to adopt a dog closer to 2 years old was awry.  We took him for a walk around the block. He had no idea how to walk on a leash. He bounced around springing high in the air. It was evident that (like all dogs) this was going to be serious work.

We thought that we should take a few dogs out in hopes of discovering some unknown detail that might help us figure out which one to take home. When the decision came down to two dogs (both pit bulls), we were finding it quite hard to decide which one was right for us. Pak was a slightly older, very mellow dog who was all black with a white chest and feet. I went back to the shelter every day for a week and spent an hour with each dog with the hopes that I might learn something about them, that one would give me the signal that I needed. The workers at the shelter could see that I was determined to rescue one of them, but was struggling with how to decide. Without pressuring, they gave their opinion that Pak was the right one. I asked question after question. Did they think Pak would be rescued soon, as he had already been there a few months longer than Jax? The answer - “It’s hard to say. Black dogs are much harder to place.”

My reason for posting this is simple. Even when deciding which dog to rescue, appearance, color of the fur is a major determining factor in which dogs will find a new home. As I mentioned, Sean Casey places over a hundred dogs a month. Nine months later, Pak (a sweet and very well behaved dog) has yet to find a home.

Today, I discovered LaNola Stone’s photo project Least Likely To Be Adopted. The idea was to take “fashionesque images” of the longest running residents of her local shelter. She photographed portraits of the dogs which were believed to be least likely to be adopted. After these images which display a sense of personality were taken, each dog was adopted.

(via Design Observer)

Nina Katchadourian has a rather peculiar, yet clever way to kill time on long plane trips. She locks herself in the plane’s bathroom and takes self portraits in which she imagines herself the subject of a 15th Century Dutch painting.