Archive for March, 2013

A Slideshow of MobFormat: The Press at the Format Festival

Misho Baranovic hard at work at the chocolate factory in Derby

I just got back from checking out the Format Festival, where mobile photographer (and app developer) Misho Baranovic and EyeEm have teamed up to create the world’s first mobile printing press. The exhibition space- an abandoned chocolate factory in Derby, UK- is rather impressive albeit cold.

I had a great time watching the exhibition in action and had fun hanging out with my fellow mobile photographers, the extremely gifted Nettie Edwards and Joanne Carter, better known as The App Whisperer.

Visitors Selecting Images to Add to the Exhibition

I felt I had to act as a photojournalist and not interfere or influence the process. All the images, once printed, are stored in vintage developing trays from one of the oldest photo labs in the UK.

If I was going to pick an image to add to the exhibition, it would have most likely been this Chat-roulette like selfie that kept catching my eye.

The Press space is huge (and cold). It was 32 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 0 if you speak Celsius) the day I visited. But the volunteers working the exhibition didn’t complain much. Misho stayed bundled in a parka, a la Kenny from South Park.

It was nice to see the names of EyeEm users who contributed to The Press on a blackboard. I noticed Jim Darling’s portrait right away. It looked fabulous printed.

Check out this slideshow of my visit to the MobFormat: The Press Exhibition.

The Press runs through April 7th. Read about how you can contribute your images to The Press- Trash  in this EyeEm Blog post.

Check out all the albums for The Press on EyeEm:

The Press-Work

The Press- Treasure

The Press-Trash

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Everyday Life in Sri Lanka: A Mobile Photo Essay

I really enjoyed documenting everyday life in Sri Lanka with my iPhone. In addition to Hipstamatic which I covered in an earlier post, I found myself primarily using ProCamera app and 6×6.

Here is mobile photography photo essay featuring scenes of everyday life in Sri Lanka.

Street photography near the Pettah market in Colombo

Street photography near the Pettah market in Colombo

Street portrait of a tuk-tuk driver on the streets of Colombo

Street portrait of a tuk-tuk driver on the streets of Colombo

A woman at work in the vegetable market in downtown Colombo

A woman at work in the vegetable market in downtown Colombo

A day at the office in the vegetable market in Colombo

A day at the office in the vegetable market in Colombo

Swagga like Us street photography in Colombo (shot using ProCamera)

Swagga like Us street photography in Colombo (shot using ProCamera)

Portrait of a tuk-tuk driver in Dambulla

Portrait of a tuk-tuk driver in Dambulla (ProCamera)

The not-so-charming snake charmer and monks in Anuradhapura (shot using ProCamera)

The not-so-charming snake charmer and monks in Anuradhapura (shot using ProCamera)

A novice monk in saffron robes in Anuradhapura, located in the country's cultural triangle (ProCamera)

A novice monk in saffron robes in Anuradhapura, located in the country’s cultural triangle (ProCamera)

A Thirappane village boy jumps into a reservoir near Ulagalla Resort (shot with ProCamera)

A Thirappane village boy jumps into a reservoir near Ulagalla Resort (shot with ProCamera)

A village family from Thirappane doing laundry and swimming at a reservoir (shot using 6x6)

A village family from Thirappane doing laundry and swimming at a reservoir (shot using 6×6)

Everyday Life in Sri Lanka

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The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Over the weekend, I flew from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Dubai, UAE where I had a 20 hour layover before flying on to London. What to do when you have one night to check out Dubai? There are so many options.

I had been invited to come as a guest to check out The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm, and after discovering there was a Nobu nearby on the property– the decision was clear. I would spend my only night in Dubai exiting Atlantis.

Inspired by the legendary Lost City of Atlantis the Lost Chambers is an aquarium with over 65,000 marine animals among it’s 21 different exhibits.

The attraction is fun for guests of all ages, and there are Marine Educators who can provide guests with interesting facts about some of the fascinating sea creatures on display.

If you want a more laid back approach there are chic cushions to kick back and relax on and watch the underwater action.

There are red bellied piranhas from the Amazon on display as well as huge Queensland grouper which can grow up to 400 KG and live for 40 years. The jellyfish and stingrays were my favorites to watch.

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#FriFotos: Symbols, Sri Lanka, and Duran Duran

Prayer Flags at a Buddhist Monastery In the Ancient Holy city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO world heritage site

This week’s #FriFotos theme is “symbols” and there are several here in Sri Lanka I thought were worth sharing.

A group of monks in Anuradhapura wearing saffron & paprika colored robes, which are traditional symbols of Theravada Buddhist monks in Southeast Asia.

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Hipstamatic Sri Lanka

Hipstamatic Anuradhapura, The Ancient Capital City

I’m currently spending a few days in Sri Lanka, the 76th country I’ve visited. Between the pimped out tuk-tuks, the men rocking traditional sarongs, and the incredibly warm people who are excited that tourism is thriving in their country, I’m crushing on Sri Lanka… HARD.

This island country has so much to see I’m only getting a taste of it this trip, focusing on Anuradhapura and Columbo (and surrounding environs).

The vibe here feels very much like Bali did back in the late ’90s… bubbling up with an amazing assortment of cultural wonders, spirituality, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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