Weird, Confusing and Irritating Photography

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We daily come across with so many photos some of them are good while some are not happening. Some photos are so ordinary that you hardly keep them in mind while some of the photos are simply outstanding and awesome pieces of photography that you reminisce them again and again, and just wonder how photographer has taken such a beautiful picture. You always summon up these photos to muster some clue that how these photos have been taken.

Here we are sharing photos that can boggle your mind. Some of the photos among them are perplexing and mystifying. So are you ready to get bewildered?

Weird, Confusing and Irritating Photos

The Thought of Me Kissing You1

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Scandinavian Summer Blues3

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BisyBackson5

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And Then He Fell…7

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We’ll all float on okay9

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Broken Hearted Blues11

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Cubed Dimensions13

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Last Drop15

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Reaching…17

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I am God19

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I don’t want to fall21

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Reach the light23

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Stoney Weather25
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All reflections considered27 (no photo manipulation)

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Conan The Barbarian29

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phill.d31
“It never ceases to amaze me the different colours and effects you can achieve in a boring concrete R.C.P drain.”

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FF33

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Fly by35

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Touch the Moon37

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Sea in the sea39
Incredible scenery. Apparently, the shot was made on the boat in the middle of the sea.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!40

Joshua Longbrake41

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irq50643

Beautiful Street Photo44

Another variation45

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Rainbow of personalities47

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AmsterS@m The Wicked Reflectah49
“Old School Beauty BMW reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam…no Photoshop, as usual, just some added saturation and contrast.”

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Antlion51

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Seagull flew into the frame53

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Can you see through me?55

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Don’t Pay the Ferryman57

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Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, London59

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Weird61

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11363

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Last Click

I know what I want out of life. yet I still don’t know how to get there.65

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/The-Thought-of-Me-Kissing-You-112862966
  2. 2 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/The-Thought-of-Me-Kissing-You-112862966
  3. 3 http://hotburrito2.deviantart.com/art/scandinavian-summer-blues-99196868
  4. 4 http://hotburrito2.deviantart.com/art/scandinavian-summer-blues-99196868
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/olgersdeman/2232526089/in/pool-confusing
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/olgersdeman/2232526089/in/pool-confusing
  7. 7 http://give-up.deviantart.com/art/and-then-he-fell-54141034
  8. 8 http://give-up.deviantart.com/art/and-then-he-fell-54141034
  9. 9 http://fahrmboy.deviantart.com/art/we-ll-all-float-on-okay-30309895
  10. 10 http://fahrmboy.deviantart.com/art/we-ll-all-float-on-okay-30309895
  11. 11 http://pakpao.deviantart.com/art/broken-hearted-blues-89984486
  12. 12 http://pakpao.deviantart.com/art/broken-hearted-blues-89984486
  13. 13 http://gosia.deviantart.com/art/Cubed-Dimensions-83379952
  14. 14 http://gosia.deviantart.com/art/Cubed-Dimensions-83379952
  15. 15 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/Last-Drop-45486707
  16. 16 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/Last-Drop-45486707
  17. 17 http://jfarchaul.deviantart.com/art/reaching-31965749
  18. 18 http://jfarchaul.deviantart.com/art/reaching-31965749
  19. 19 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/I-am-God-79186870
  20. 20 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/I-am-God-79186870
  21. 21 http://loganart.deviantart.com/art/i-dont-want-to-fall-29255635
  22. 22 http://loganart.deviantart.com/art/i-dont-want-to-fall-29255635
  23. 23 http://deepdew.deviantart.com/art/reach-the-light-30593140
  24. 24 http://deepdew.deviantart.com/art/reach-the-light-30593140
  25. 25 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Stoney-Weather-24159385
  26. 26 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Stoney-Weather-24159385
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/banana2000/684899035/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/banana2000/684899035/
  29. 29 http://salihguler.deviantart.com/art/Conan-the-Barbarian-39350927
  30. 30 http://salihguler.deviantart.com/art/Conan-the-Barbarian-39350927
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/2517647364/in/set-72157605040581984/
  33. 33 http://gnato.deviantart.com/art/f-f-96889572
  34. 34 http://gnato.deviantart.com/art/f-f-96889572
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronniebruce/3390751831/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronniebruce/3390751831/
  37. 37 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/Touch-the-Moon-91030046
  38. 38 http://ahermin.deviantart.com/art/Touch-the-Moon-91030046
  39. 39 http://ffffound.com/image/d0bfcaa674f91ba195e37e2ac2bbe59ad73ce1b2?c=825271
  40. 40 http://ffffound.com/image/d0bfcaa674f91ba195e37e2ac2bbe59ad73ce1b2?c=825271
  41. 41 http://www.thelongbrake.com/blog/
  42. 42 http://weheartit.com/entry/84032
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/devtank/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/2842280388/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/i5prof/2050898822/in/pool-confusing/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/i5prof/2050898822/in/pool-confusing/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zespiral/2818172965/in/pool-illllusion
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zespiral/2818172965/in/pool-illllusion
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/people/amstersam/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/amstersam/517386614/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maybemaq/2826837793/in/pool-illllusion/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maybemaq/2826837793/in/pool-illllusion/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/i5prof/2956078391/in/pool-confusing
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/i5prof/2956078391/in/pool-confusing
  55. 55 http://escrimador.deviantart.com/art/can-you-see-through-me-31094560
  56. 56 http://escrimador.deviantart.com/art/can-you-see-through-me-31094560
  57. 57 http://wb-skinner.deviantart.com/art/Don-t-Pay-the-Ferryman-29376131
  58. 58 http://wb-skinner.deviantart.com/art/Don-t-Pay-the-Ferryman-29376131
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelpereira/2917092012/in/pool-illllusion
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelpereira/2917092012/in/pool-illllusion
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/uw-eric/2873173874/in/pool-illusions
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/uw-eric/2873173874/in/pool-illusions
  63. 63 http://oldmanriver.deviantart.com/art/113-69743057
  64. 64 http://oldmanriver.deviantart.com/art/113-69743057
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/27631293@N07/3184079803/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/27631293@N07/3184079803/

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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  1. 1

    interesting :)

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    playing with minds :)

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  3. 3

    weird, confusing and irritating indeed… ;)

    that also sums up the internet…

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    jairaj ramendran

    March 29, 2009 8:51 pm

    eKcLeNT PiCtuReS…. :)

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    These photos are amazing. It’s awesome to see what a change of perspective can do to a scene.

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  6. 6

    weird, confusing and irritating indeed..
    Some pics are too much of irritating.
    I liked this one:
    “I know what I want out of life. yet I still don’t know how to get there.”

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  7. 7

    Everyone finishing sentences with smiley faces is irritating… :)

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  8. 8

    I think timing and composition are two prime factors for clicking these kind of photographs…Kudos to all those master minds who were behind the camera and smashingmagazine for making such a nice collection.

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  9. 9

    wow!! nice collection, thanks :)

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  10. 10

    I don’t know about confusing.. but yaa.. they surly are irritating. Thanks Aquil for sharing.

    DKumar M.

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  11. 11

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for the list :)

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  12. 12

    Quite a few weird and amazing photos, but they just look like the photographers were out of ideas and they pushed themselves to find some. Sometimes the best photos come out unintentionally by the beauty of inner inspiration and motivation.

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  13. 13

    “Last Drop” is beautiful!

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  14. 14

    That made my day/night awful weather a little better.

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  15. 15

    Some nice shots..

    Would have like to have seen a few more though, but still v.good.

    Tim

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  16. 16

    Irritating indeed!
    Tweet This.

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  17. 17

    Yes, moar plickes plockes! :3

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  18. 18

    yay, some awesome pictures…

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  19. 19

    Interesting photos, but not quite “weird, confusing and irritating”. I expected more.

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  20. 20

    just ok ! nothing new ! something that we have always seen !

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  21. 21

    Those picts confirm that perspective changes everything … and not only on photography.

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  22. 22

    There are some good images here, though none are particularly ‘irritating’.

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    iphone-designer

    March 30, 2009 2:33 am

    Hey Really Great Collection.. some photos are really confusing.. and weird

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  24. 24

    Great Pictures.

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  25. 25

    Some are psychedelic. Wow.

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  26. 26

    Cool photos although can’t say any irritated me!!!

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  27. 27

    Some pretty nice ones here. Like the BisyBackson the most.

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  28. 28

    Too funny! Alternate title: Pretentious Photography

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  29. 29

    Irritating? Not at all. Fascinating! At least as long it’s not the love child of a crappy picture & photoshop …

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  30. 30

    good photography

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  31. 31

    Nice pictures…

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  32. 32

    wow, nice!

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  33. 33

    Irritating, Creepy, Self-absorbed, Pretentious, Contrived, Hackneyed and Pointless Photography (‘cept the beamer – love the beamer shot – doesn’t belong here).

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  34. 34

    quite interesting. some tips on the techniques involved would have been nice..

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  35. 35

    Hey, remember when you wrote about web design? Or at the very least, techniques in digital art? For weeks, you’ve been going the absurdly lazy route and doing tons of meaningless “gallery” posts about photography that’s irrelevant to web design as a whole.

    Somebody please take this site back to its roots. One relevant post a week is better than five that suck.

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    Smashing Editorial

    March 30, 2009 7:26 am

    @Angry (#35): we try to cover various fields in our magazine. One of them is Inspiration. Please feel free to take a look at the front page and see that last week we had a number of web design-related posts.

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  37. 37

    Interesting, I like these.

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  38. 38

    using technical skill to say nothing. maybe there is point of view, but it isn’t very interesting. forgetful moments.

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  39. 39

    some interesting shots

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  40. 40

    My favorite is easily “Touch the Moon.” What the hell?…I couldn’t stop laughing.

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  41. 41

    @Smashing Editorial

    A post about “irritating photography” doesn’t sound all that inspirational to me.

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  42. 42

    Some photos give me a good smile indeed. Thanks Smashing, a refreshing post. I like it.

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  43. 43

    A nice little showcase. I like these… one doesn’t necessarily learn anything but it’s just nice to relax and check it out. :)

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  44. 44

    thats very, very great.
    thanks

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  45. 45

    This is weird: weird pic

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  46. 46

    Reminds me of the Stephen Wright Joke: “What would a chair look like if your knees bent the other way?”

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  47. 47

    Fly by .. is a long exposure shot of a plane landing .. nothing weird confusing or irritating about it. Same with a whole bunch of the other pictures in this post.

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  48. 48

    Cool, but many of those “photographs” are actually works of graphic design, not pure photographs.

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  49. 49

    lol A lot of these pics I had to think about for a while and tilt my head and such. Very cool. :)

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  50. 50

    Very interesting !
    How can I buy your magazine in China?

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  51. 51

    hahahaha =)))))) but those pictures look very cool ;)

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  52. 52

    That was a great Collection !!!
    They really are irritating !!!

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  53. 53

    Very interesting collection.

    Just out of curiosity, how on earth did the 1st paragraph of text that introduces this piece get past the editors of SM? That is atrocious english. I understand if the author does not speak English as a first language, that’s fine, but somebody at SM could have taken about 20 seconds to rewrite that first paragraph. Very disappointing to see something like that — considering SM is obviously doing quite well and can afford proper copy editing.

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  54. 54

    Whats the point in this article? Rubbish.

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  55. 55

    Best !!!

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  56. 56

    Simply F Awesome,,,

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  57. 57

    Great collection!!!

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  58. 58

    very ugly photos

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  59. 59

    Wow very nice pieces! thanks for sharing!

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  60. 60

    @ Louis – I couldn’t have said it better myself. I’ve been very annoyed at the lack of rewrites on this site lately. ESL is one thing, but come on. If I were to write in Spanish I would hope that a Spanish editor would give me some help. I would need it badly.

    Weird, Confusing and Irritating Photography is a totally subjective title. As the comments attest, what someone finds “irritating” could be great to someone else. I have no issue with photography articles, in fact I think they very much belong on a web design focused site. If you are going to title an article as a critique, fine – I could use more thoughtful analysis as to why that’s the case. I’m all for creative counterpoint but this really falls short of that.

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  61. 61

    my, i love it

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  62. 62

    Eh. The majority of these photos are not even photography, but extreme post-processing and graphic design. The only photo that truly does anything for me is the “Fish Face” – an example of actual photography – which is perfectly composed, witty, and interesting.

    I’m sorry, but most of this stuff just looks like emo/hipster I’m-trying-so-hard-to-deconstruct-art-and-make-a-message crap that you see every day. There’s nothing exciting or inspiring about it. Give me talented photographers who can capture the beauty and/or chaos of reality, or who can frame a great idea (like with “Fish Face”), and forget these Photoshop-addicted wannabes.

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  63. 63

    Wow! Very nice collection. I like FE the most.

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  64. 64

    Good collection. Thanks)

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  65. 65

    Nice Pics… I don’t get some of them. lol

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  66. 66

    those photos are inspiration ideas.. :) great jobs. great shots and great manipulations..
    but I dont understand why you guys calling it Irritating..

    Thanks for posting!

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    smashingmagazine_fan

    April 3, 2009 6:48 pm

    These are just awful and not very creative. I think that’s what makes them irritating, we expect more and get less.

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  68. 68

    some are amazing~
    I like these so much~
    thank u

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  69. 69

    Some are creepy!

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  70. 70

    Wow! That’s some insane stuff! Great!

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  71. 71

    Forgive my (very very) poor english…

    “Sea in the sea” was just made with an different angle of mirror, not necessarly made from an boat.

    “Sea in the sea” foi feito só com um angulo diferente do espelho, não necessariamente feito a partir de um barco.

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  72. 72

    Irritating indeed ;)

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    katherine curtis

    April 9, 2009 11:15 am

    i love it. :]

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  74. 74

    very interesting piece of work

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  75. 75

    I’m glad to be in this selection !
    Thank’s !
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zespiral/2818172965/

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  76. 76

    Thanks for being selected here !

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  77. 77

    Photoshopped.
    I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

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    Jason Rydquist

    May 2, 2009 12:56 pm

    As one of the photographers featured and a friend of some of the others, I feel that I should respond to the claims of heavy manipulation and post processing. For the most part, the manipulation or trickery you’re seeing has been done in front of the lens by hand without the crutch of Photoshop.

    Sure, some of the work rests on the border of design and photography, but does that make it pretentious or irritating? Surely nobody thinks that about Strom Thorgerson’s album covers.

    I can’t speak for everybody—Hermin Abramovitch clearly pastes things into his photos to make them more interesting—but I’m motivated by visualizing intangible ideas often only expressed through words or capturing what is overlooked in daily life, not just sensationalizing little things.

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    @Jason Rydquist

    If you like what you create, then you’ve done your job, haven’t you? While I understand your desire to clear up any misunderstandings about manipulation and post-processing, you’re not going to convince people who don’t like these photos in particular, or this style of art in general, to change their preferences.

    Surely nobody thinks that about Strom Thorgerson’s album covers

    Contrary to your claim, I’m sure that there are people who do find Storm Thorgerson’s artwork irritating. I personally like most of his album covers, although not all. The cover of The Cranberries’ Bury the Hatchet feels too forced for me, while I love the relative simplicity of his artwork for Umphrey’s McGee’s Safety in Numbers.

    Sure, some of the work rests on the border of design and photography, but does that make it pretentious or irritating?

    Oftentimes? Yes.

    [...] visualizing intangible ideas often only expressed through words or capturing what is overlooked in daily life

    And some photographers and/or graphic designers can make this work. Many, however, just come across as trying too hard to be deconstructive and relevant. I prefer my art to be more sincere than that.

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  80. 80

    Amazing :)

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  81. 81

    all i have to say is wow. they are crazy good
    and very intresting. i love it

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    whatistrue+fake

    July 20, 2009 4:08 pm

    Great job. i feel so irritated now!

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  83. 83

    great work!

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  84. 84

    Hand Vagina, have I found you at last???

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  85. 85

    Really amazing collection!

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  86. 86

    These photos are amazing.. :)

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  87. 87

    wow!!!!!!!!!

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  88. 88

    Lovely incredible

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  89. 89

    Wow, why did you stop adding images? I’ll share this with my classes for sure.

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