Devolve yourself

February 13th, 2009

As part of the Charles Darwin 200th anniversary celebrations, the Open University has developed a tool that will show you how you would have looked 3.7 million years ago. Click here to try it out. This is/was me!

Contamination Zone

September 17th, 2008

In a similar vein to Derelict London, Contamination Zone is a collection of atmospheric and sometimes unsettling photographs by Elle Dunn, capturing “urban & rural decay across the UK”. Also featuring some European locations.

Image copyright Elle Dunn

“They call it a town where time stands still. Maybe it is because the clocks here don’t measure time – they measure radiation levels.”

Fascinating account of a journey by Elena Filatova to the Chernobyl reactor with many chilling photos here. More on the Chernobyl disaster here.

Image copyright Elena Filatova

Round your corners

July 23rd, 2008

If you don’t have any decent graphics software, you can use this nice online tool to give your photos rounded edges. You can adjust the curve radius and background colour.

Sample rounded image

On Microsoft’s research site you can view photos several gigapixels in size, allowing incredible zoom levels (browser plugin required). Another high definition example here (this one uses Flash).

Wallpaper photos

June 16th, 2008

Impressive collection of computer desktop wallpaper images from photographer Mike Swanson here.

The Unknown Rebel

May 18th, 2008

This famous photograph was taken by Stuart Franklin during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. The anonymous man stood in front of the advancing tanks bringing them to a halt. He then climbed onto the lead tank and spoke to the driver, before crowd members pulled him away. There are conflicting stories of the mans identity and his fate after the incident which was also caught on film. Franklin won a World Press Award for the photograph.

Photograph by Stuart Franklin

Photography hobbyist Hamad Darwish was commissioned by Microsoft to take desktop wallpaper photos for inclusion with Windows Vista. Here you can download a complete set including those that didn’t make it into the operating system. The “Aurora” image chosen as the default was created by Vista graphics designer Jenny Lam. Article here.

The Windows XP default wallpaper “Bliss” showing green hillside with blue sky and clouds was photographed by Charles O’Rear, contributor to National Geographic Magazine. The shot was taken at Napa Valley, California.

Windows XP default wallpaper by Charles O'Rear
Photograph by Charles O’Rear

Beatles photo sessions

April 21st, 2008

Large collection of Beatles photos from 1964 to 1969 here.

Polaroid yourself

March 24th, 2008

Convert a photo into Polaroid style at