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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: 5 steps to pose naturally!

 

Do you look horrible in your ID photo? Have you ever felt embarrassed to show your driving license? If yes, it means: “Thanks, God, I’m not the only one!”

Well, if our Id cards don’t look so great, the reason is obvious: it’s a fake forced posture. Nobody feels comfortable like that. So, here’s one of the secrets: comfort!

Of course, it’s not a tragedy having scary Identity cards but what happens when we want to use models and make them look natural?

The image of the week comes to help us with a great and simple example of how to do it right.

It’s called “Couple having a disagreement” and it’s uploaded by a French contributor: Phovoir!

The image is available for sale at:
http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/couple-having-a-disagreement/4319165

Looking at the picture, I could find the 5 steps to success:

  1. Concept: build your picture on a fact/feeling/character/story!
  2. Simplicity: use only relevant elements, nothing else!
  3. Usual and comfortable posture: don’t ask your models to freeze, but to behave like real actors! Let them take their time to understand the concept!
  4. Facial expressions: Can’t they freeze with that facial expression more than 5 seconds? It means it’s not the right one!
  5. Originality: Dare to be free in expressing your own vision regarding the concept you chose, no matter how silly could seem!

 

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The image of the week: A tragedy for both sides…

I do believe in the missionary character of photography and I really think as any other art, it is meant to bring beauty and happiness in our lives. I also see photography as a social and educational powerful tool.

The image of this week is a real example of how photography can educate people, namely me in this case.

It is called Combat boot and crutch for war concept and it is uploaded by num_skyman.

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http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/combat-boot-and-crutch-for-war-concept/4327211

I always used to see wars and military interventions as a primitive and violent manifestation of hatred. I really believe they are meant to serve secret financial interests and not only. I know that many of you could have a different opinion but … this is my point of view. Anyway, with this radical belief, when I saw the image of the week, it made me stop a bit and think. It didn’t change my mind but it made me understand war is a tragedy for both sides! It’s amazing how powerful can be such a simple image. The simpler, the better!

Looking at this shiny black combat boot beside a crutch I could imagine the feeling a military hero could have… No doubt it should be a terrible feeling losing one leg… A simple spot of coffee on my jeans could ruin my day…

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Image of the week: Freedom in a world of constrains

Tied up woman screaming.

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When i first saw this image uploaded by BDS my mind stopped for a few minutes and i kept starring at it like a kid at something new and lovely. It intrigued me so much because it has so much power and it is so versatile and it speaks so much about freedom and how tied down are all of us by the society. I met once a very wise old man who told me that freedom is not how we perceive it and freedom is not achieved through wars and violence, but through our own minds. In society we need to have rules that we must obey in order for it to function, but what we can do for ourselves is to set ourselves free from the inside out, not the other way around. We can become free by changing the way we see things, the way we think and act towards the world and the others around us. That reminds of a great quote by Mahatma Gandhi that fits just right: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

What’s so great about this picture?

1. It has a powerful full of emotion message – a woman tied up and screaming.

2. It has endless opportunities of usage.

3. It has a lot of copy space on the black background where you can write you own words, message. Actually looking it more carefully you could even write something on the model’s tongue, like a cry for help, etc.

4. The colors are bright and vivid, even though the black background can be a little “threatening”

5. It has great emotional impact reaching subjects as freedom of humans in society, freedom of speech, abuse towards women, emotional and financial constrains, etc.

How could we use it?

  •  Outdoor and indoor adverts and billboards with a message about freedom of speech, freedom of women in the Muslim community, stop the domestic violence.
  • A commercial for a new radio station where you don’t hear any more bad songs.
  • A politician’s campaign image, through which he wants to liberate people of all previous financial and political constrains.
  •  A commercial for a new medicine for head-aches or even flu or allergies, asthma, etc.
  • A powerful campaign to raise awareness about the human traffic situation.
  • A nonconformist job add, for a firm that promotes a different type of working environment, where people are treated nicely and have the freedom to speak without being judged and fired.
  • An add for a psychotherapist new office with a possible message like: Rid yourself of constrains and start living a new life!
  • Wallpapers for our desktops, banners and logos for applications.
  • In magazines and newspapers on a huge number of subjects regarding freedom in every way.
  • Inspirational posters.
  • Printed on shirts, caps, mugs, promotional material, book covers, agendas, etc
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Image of the week: the secret to a long sex life

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http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/seniors-man-with-alcohol-in-bed/3911783

They say irony is the quality of smart people. I would say it’s the same with images!

As I already wrote in a previous post, I like to let myself surprised by the image of the week. I saw many good images this week too, including a nice cityscape from Boston, USA. I thought to myself: this is the image of the week! And I was thinking of serious topics like revenge, violence, urban life, politics, all related to the recent breaking news about the Boston attack… But suddenly I saw the image you see above! It’s called “Senior man with alcohol in bed!”, uploaded by Jan Mika. I smiled and I felt it is like a good joke when you need it the most. And I said to myself: No, this is the real image of the week! The laughing break we all need from time to time!

Look at this image and think of all the jokes we could make by playing: “Caption this!” :)

By the way, we could really play this game! Actually I would caption it like this: “Senior couple discovering the secret of a long sex life together”. :)

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Image of the week: captivity in a deserted land

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Working as a reviewer for already a long time, I have seen “tons” of pictures of all kinds. One could say: what kind of picture could ever surprise you after seeing already “tons” of them?

As you might know, we have this post on the blog with “the image of the week”. The idea is to comment on the image we liked the most from what we reviewed during a week.

So this week was my turn. I don’t decide in advance to choose a photo from one category or another. I like to be surprised myself as indeed every week brings new pictures. I really saw great images this week and we’ll try to promote them on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

But from all the pictures one impressed me more than I expected. It’s called: Camels at Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote wait for tourists. It’s uploaded by Jorg Hackemann. (more…)

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