As a new season of Major League Baseball begins, one photographer focuses on baseballs past — that is, baseballs that have lain dormant well after their last pitch.
For years, photographer Don Hamerman walked his dog near an old baseball diamond in Stamford, Conn. And in all different seasons, in all kinds of weather, Hamerman picked up old baseballs.
He brought them back to his studio, where they sat around for years until he finally decided to start photographing them in 2005.
Hamerman, who hasn’t been to a ballgame in 10 years, admits that he cares more about aesthetics than history. He says he doesn’t even know what baseballs are made of — he just loves the way they look.
Photo Credit: Don Hamerman
Totally blown away by Gaia Squarci’s photos of blindness over at the NY Times. I really, really recommend clicking through to see the whole photo set and read the accompanying article:
Ms. Squarci was struck when one man told her how, after being totally blind for two months, he regained vision for a fleeting moment. He was able to glimpse his girlfriend.“It stayed like that for a few seconds, and then everything got gray,” Ms. Squarci said.
Extraordinary stuff. Check out Squarci’s site as well.
It’s Tuesday’s peek into the archives: Melting the wax covering from a cactus model, December 1953. See the model today in the Hall of North American Forests. © AMNH Library/ 323110
“Oh, not much…cleaned the wax off the cactus…why, what did YOU do at work today?”
Klaus Pichler - Skeletons in the Closet: Museum of Natural History, Vienna (2010-ongoing)
“What does a museum look like behind the scenes? How are exhibits stored when they are not on display?
The focus of this study is not on the exhibition spaces of the museum, but on the space behind the scenes, particularly depots, cellars, and storage rooms assigned to individual departments which are generally not accessible to the public.
These spaces are used for the storage of countless exhibits belonging to various collections, sorted following a rigidly scientific classification system, but also taking into account the limited storage space available.”
Just so wonderful.
(If this is your thing, check out our falling episode for more trips, tumbles and plunges.)
For nine decades Fulton Market Cold Storage Company operated in Chicago’s meatpacking district with a full ten stories of freezing storage situated close to major railways. Last summer the company decided it was time to start fresh in a state-of-the-art facility outside of Chicago, so the building was sold…
So many yesses!
These photos are of violinist Jascha Heifetz as photographed by Gjon Mili in 1952 for LIFE Magazine.
Those squiggles are exactly what you suspect they are — a light attached to Jascha’s bow.
Microscapes. These alien-looking landscapes are created under the microscope, using multiple exposure photography techniques. That top image, the one that looks like the moon over a cliff, is really:
A multiple (3) exposure of recrystallized sulfur, the microscope field diaphragm defocused with a yellow filter (the moon), and a stretched polyethylene baggy (the sky).
(via Explore Blog)
Gorgeous, fascinating daguerreotypes of American jobs from the middle of the 19th century.
Photographer Andrew Hall expertly captures these liquids in motion. The simply colored backgrounds are an excellent touch as well!
via The Fox is Black