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Image of the week: Is technology ruling our lives?

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The more the time passes the more i get the impression that things changed dramatically in the latest years and we aren’t really consciously aware of it.
Image of the week comes from cookelma and got me thinking of the way technology changed the world.
Technology has risen with enormous power and speed, from the time we used it only to make our lives easier, to the present where, in my personal opinion, technology is ruling us. All of us are working on a computer, going home and relaxing with the computer, always in constant connection on the internet with our smartphones and tablet PCs. Nowadays even small children have smartphones and laptops. Sometimes i wonder why does a child that is only 4 years old needs a latest version of a smartphone. Then i remembered the classical generation gap that our parents and the book told us about. Years pass and everything evolves, and the older we get the hardest it is for us to understand and adjust to the changes that seem to occur with the speed of light. We need to remember that the world changes and moves even if we don’t want to change and move along with it. We can hide ourselves and live as rudimentary as possible and get frustrated when we will realize that we live outside of this time, or we could just embrace change and take advantage of what this era brings, with the good and the bad altogether. Acceptance and constant learning are the keys to handling the technological boom and the changing of the life we thought we knew.

What’s so great about this picture?

  •  It relates to a very actual topic – thew technology boom
  •  It has a sort of darkness that makes it mysterious and dramatic.
  • The way the model is dressed and looks behind the laptop can mean two different things: either he is a hacker therefore his identity has to stay hidden, either he is a man that has fallen pray to technology and spends his life as an internet junkie, living behind the computer.
  • Has lots of copy space on the laptop, on the hoodie and on the background where you can write your own messages/ slogans.
  • The colors are simple and classical, they don’t tire the eye.

How could we use it?

  1.  As book, magazines and newspapers covers and inside article picture.
  2. Part of a website layout, background, header for blogs, etc.
  3. Campaigns to promote a lifestyle that is not focused on technology.
  4. An advert for a optical clinic with a possible slogan like: “Spending a lot of time in front of the computer will hurt your eyes. Get protective eyeglasses and save your precious vision!”
  5. An advert for a new anti-virus to help protect your computer. Hackers are always trying to attack your PC with viruses and Trojans.
  6. An advert for a company software that helps store your files in case your PC brakes down.
  7. A teaser commercial for a new computer brand/software.
  8. Educative campaigns to raise awareness of the danger that lurks in the shadows of the internet. People are harassed by others on the internet based on the presumption that no one can actually see them. Not to mention the dangers of internet dating where you can never be sure the person you are talking with is who he/she says he/she is.

 

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Image of the week: Silence is golden

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I’ve heard this proverb many times since i was little and I’m sure most of us heard it at least once. Seeing this image by gromovataya i realized i didn’t know the story behind it and decided to search the web in search of it. Like with many proverbs, the origin of it is shadowed by the passing of time.  There are reports of versions of it dating back to Ancient Egypt. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle, who translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831, in which a character expounds at length on the virtues of silence:

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept away, when intrusive noises were shut out! Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silvern, Silence is golden); or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity.”

Silence has also been considered a virtue in religious circles. The 14th century author Richard Rolle of Hampole, in The psalter; or psalms of David, 1340 wrote: “Disciplyne of silence is goed.”

What’s so great about this picture?

1. It’s a good example of how a very simple composition can look complex. There’s only a model making a hush sign with her finger.

2. The gold face and body make-up gives a great contrast on a black background. It’s always important in stock photography when you have a black background, the main composition to be of bright colors, otherwise the subject gets lost in the dark, literally.

3. Even though it is a very simple image, it hides metaphors and sayings for the ones who like discovering what’s beneath the first look. – which in my opinion it’s the the most beautiful and meaningful way to look at photography.

4. It has copy space where the buyer can write his/her message.

5. The isolation is very good so the model can be cut out from the background in less than a minute, giving the buyer the opportunity to “move” it into different creations. The hand with the finger can be used separately from the model, so basically it can be a 2 in 1 image.

How could we use it?

  •  Book covers/interior and wallpapers
  •  Fashion magazines
  •  An advert for a beauty parlor/ cosmetic clinic.
  •  An advert for a broker/investment company. Could very well go with a motto like: “We’ll turn everything into gold!”
  •  Body-art commercial.
  • For websites, templates, logos and the likes.
  •  A sign at the entrance of a library where you have to keep quiet not to disturb the readers. Silence is indeed golden and cherished in that type on environment.

 

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The image of the week: Be the winner!

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We’re all born winners, some of us just don’t know how to tap into that power of winning yet. We have our wins and our fails and the attitude to fit both situations. Winning give us that boost to continue fighting while struggling with life’s challenges. The key to a winning attitude is determination. As soon as you realize this is absolutely necessary, then you have to think about getting yourself tuned up for competition. Humans are competitive animals and driven by a constant need of power. Of course there should always be some kind of a balance to keep, in order to succeed without losing your morals. Make plans of what you are going to make out of your life then work as hard as you can to achieve that goal. Ronald Reagan said: “We never lose – somehow we win out.”
What i most liked about this image made by Adam121 is that it has a positive message, but shows also that the road to success is a difficult one (the hands are dirty from the struggle). One thing i try to remember each day is that if you don’t win, you are already a winner because you gave your best and the experience made your life richer with knowledge.

What i so great about this image:

1. It shows the hands of the people dirty, not hiding the fact that to win means you have to try hard, make sacrifices and struggle with yourself to keep going.
2. It has a positive message that helps you focus on determination.
3. It has plenty of copy space. You can write your own message/slogan on the sky.
4. Great isolation, the hands with the trophy can be cut out from the background and used separately or put on a different background.
5. The colors are bright and warm.
6. It’s simple yet it hides a very complex message and process.

How could we use it:

  • Inspirational posters to put in offices in a multinational company, but also in your own house as a constant reminder to never giving up.
  •  Motivational campaigns.
  • As a main image in an advertising campaign for the services of a bank/stock market investments. Using their services you will be the winner.
  • As a layout/background for a company that offers training on personal development.
  • As part of an advert for all kinds of products from cars to pharmaceuticals, etc. Choose this brand/product and you win.
  • As a billboard for any sports competitions.
  • As an advert for the national lottery.
  • As part of an advertising for casinos.
  • For a recruitment company/website.
  • As book covers and also interior of magazines, etc. I can already picture it as a cover for a very familiar business magazine.

 

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The image of the week: The frailty of life

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How wonderful is the birth of life, from its conception to to the actual release of the human life into the world! We are small gods that give birth or help conceive life at its greatest. We create from our own flesh and blood a new form of life that carries our genes further into this world. If you ask me I think perpetuation of the species is the only palpable proof of immortality that we have up to this date.

This image by Zffoto reminded me of the progress that science made into researching the whole process of conception and birth and making it much safer and controllable in a world where everything gets harder and unsafe. Some may disagree and say that this evolution is actually an involution, looking at the past and how things used to happen naturally with just a little bit of aid. The truth is the world has changed and it became harder to conceive and give birth to a healthy normal child, due all the climatic change, the use of chemicals in our food, the sedentary lifestyle, the high level of stress, etc. Science brings damage to our life, but it also helps fix things that it already broke. I guess there is a sort of balance about these and the reality is the world has evolved towards these present situations and we can either choose to take advantage of this evolution, or choose an alternative option. In the end the choice is ours, for each individual.

What is so great about this image:

  • It has a powerful interesting appearance – the human embryo into a bird’s egg.
  • It shows the frailty of life in its beginning.
  • The number of colors is small, it doesn’t tire the eye and delivers the message easier to its viewers used to be pelted with excessive colors to draw attention. Visually it is a “breath of fresh air”
  • It’s simple and the subject central.
  • It has a lot of copy space where you can write your own message.
  • The editing is perfect. Look at it carefully and you will not find any mistakes.

       How could we use it:

  1. A pro-life campaign/anti-abortion or even pro-abortion. It is very versatile.
  2. In science magazine and even regular ones with the subject of human birth and conception.
  3. As a book cover and for use in the inside pages of a book.
  4. As a desktop wallpaper, logos for websites, layouts, with of without the backgrounds. It is very easy to cut out the subject from the background. You can either choose to put the subject on a different background, keep it as it or use the subject separately.
  5. An advert for a fertility clinic.
  6. An advert or the main image for a commercial for dietary supplements.
  7. A campaign to raise awareness of the frailty of a human embryo due to pollution, the negative effects of wrong taken medication.
  8. An advert for a life insurance for soon to be mothers.
  9. The main image for a fashion campaign for pregnant women. We all know that clothes should make us feel good and protecting your skin and comfort also help protect the baby’s evolution inside your womb.
  10. A campaign to raise awareness amongst pregnant women about the importance of getting the blood test done regularly during pregnancy.
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The image of the week: We wait, time doesn’t!

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Time is relative, according to Albert Einstein. To the rest of world time is either called the enemy either the savior. We always say that time will heal all wounds or we panic when we realize that time is ticking just like a clock and the more we move in the future the more we feel we don’t have enough time to do whatever we want. The truth is time just is, it never moves faster or slower. These are just the perceptions that we have about it. This image by stokkete is so wonderful that i fell in love with it and its concept. I like it so much that i might actually frame it and hang it on my wall as a reminder that we all have time, it’s just the way that we use it that will make a difference in our lives.

What’s so great about this picture?

1. It has a great message that is always actual. Since forever people have complained about either the lack of time or the amount of free time that leads to boredom.

2. It has fantastic geometry that raises this image as a beautiful piece of art.

3. It has a vintage look due to the colors. Vintage is the new modern in our age, also an indication how time actually moves from past to present and future.

4. The amount of copy space gives the buyer the opportunity to write a lot of messages on it.

How could we use it?

  •  As the main image for an insurance company, great for promoting a life insurance.
  •  Motivational posters for improving life’s quality by becoming more organized and establishing one’s priority. We all know that saying;”Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today!”.
  •  An investment campaign either for stock market or real estate.
  •  An advert for a miracle cosmetics that stops the aging progress.
  •  A campaign for a recruitment company. Time is now, apply and we’ll help find you a job faster so you save the time you spend applying your CV everywhere.
  •  Wallpapers for your desktops. (By the way, this is my current wallpaper)
  •  A framed print to put on the walls either in your home, office, etc. It really is such an artistic image.
  •  The cover for a book or inside print in either books, magazines or newspapers.
  •  Outdoors billboards for different campaigns.

 

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