VILSHULT is an IKEA ready-to-hang photo of Amsterdam that has been sold over 427,000 times. After many of my friends asked me why I bought such a “mediocre” photo for my living room, I decided to find out how this photo was made and how it ended up on IKEA’s shelves and in almost half a million households. What I learned was fascinating.
I made the 14-minute documentary short film above about my quest to learn the story behind this popular IKEA photo of my hometown.
More of the backstory at Petapixel: The Story Behind That IKEA Photo of Amsterdam.
Great story, very well done.
Alex Honnold who free soloed El Capitan describes how he prepared and did it.
What if He Falls?
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin produced, directed, and shot the movie Free Solo, about Alex Honnold’s free solo of the Freerider route on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. This behind the scenes piece for The New York Times is incredible and the movie will no doubt be incredible as well.
Zoom it out. Wow!
Former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez, explains how disguises are used in the CIA, and what aspects to the deception make for an effective disguise.
[via Schneier on Security]
I keep trying to embed NY Times video but can’t seem to do it with WordPress. Just follow the link…
This is an incredible piece put together by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee for The New York Times about how the now infamous earthrise image came about. It’s a long time ago but what a magnificent achievement (to put men on the moon).
This country belongs to whomever shows up. And do you know who shows up for every election? Old people. But only 46% of people 18-34 years old voted in the last election.
I’ve voted in every election since I was 20 and I’m 66 now. My parents drilled into my head that voting is the most important right a U.S. citizen has and no matter what, it should never be taken for granted.
This is an incredible video documenting Morten Hilmer spending 15 hours in a photo blind on the Finland/Russia border.
Morten has a youTube channel with lots of other amazing videos: Morten Hilmer: Wildlife Photography.
There are many things to like about the video and the post where I found it up on PetaPixel:
I can feel Morten’s excitement, wonder, and awe of being in that blind and being so close to amazing things. We live in a rural place and have bears, foxes, bobcats, hawks, and other large wild animals come close to the house and it excites us just as much after 25 years of it. It’s thrilling and Morton’s post and video allow us to experience that.
The video and images are wonderful and the narration works well. Just enough music but not overly dramatic, the animals and situation provide more than enough drama without overdoing it with music.
What caught my attention was Morten’s comment about going from Nikon to Canon and not having enough familiarity with the Canon body to use it without thinking. This is a crucial point for folks who regularly consider sea changes of gear and it’s true for any kind of tool we use frequently. Car dashes come to mind.
These videos are from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The museum also has a Flickr account with all of their still photography posted.
VOX has an excellent history/explainer on how the term “OK” or “okay” came to be. If you think you know, you might not have it right. Best to watch, okay?
I recently read a great, short New Yorker piece by Priya Krishna: The Indian Filmmaker Who Made His Dad’s Village Cooking a YouTube Sensation.
Arumugam Gopinath decided to make videos of his father Jaymukh cooking huge meals in Tamil Nadu, rural southern India. For me this has much the same appeal as the Primitive Technology series: it’s about process but also documents a different culture.
I’ve only just begun to explore Arumugam’s YouTube channel: Village food factory. Here are a few videos I found fascinating and wonderful:
King of Chicken Legs
2500 eggs and 10 KG Chicken cooking in single pot
These videos and many others have been viewed millions of times on YouTube, mostly from people outside of India and have earned the family more than seven million rupees (close to $100,000) in advertising revenue.