On Tuesday morning, at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Professor and CEO of Vapor Communications, David Edwards, will hit the ‘send’ button on his iPhone, and an email photograph tagged with the quintessential smell of New York — Pizza? The halal food trucks on 6th Avenue? The stench of horse piss on Central Park South? — will be delivered to a colleague in Paris, completing the first ever TransAtlantic transmission of a scent message.
The message, called an oNote, will be composed via an iPhone application called oSnap, soon to be available for free download in the Apple App store.
U.K. photographer Dan Rubin (danrubin) recently embarked on a project to mash-up celebrity selfie culture with its more anonymous analogue. In “Phonies,” the photographer shoots random people on the street holding a smartphone over their faces like the apple in Magritte’s “Son of Man,”, only these phones bear the famous faces of Kim Kardashian, Lily Allen, and Aaron Paul. It’s a neat trick that seems to hold a mirror up to society and display how we all seem to want to be seen.
To honor D-Day’s 70th anniversary on June 6, this visualization splices photos of France and England in 1944 with images taken today.
Over at the Guardian, award-winning Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid lets us peel back layers of history with a haunting then-and-now photo series of D-Day. Its 70th anniversary is upon us: On June 6, 1944, in what would become the largest seaborne military invasion in history, 160,000 Allied troops stormed a 50-mile stretch of coastline in Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany.
For nearly two years, Zurich-based photographer Luca Zanier traveled around Europe exploring what he calls “temples of an energy-guzzling society:” The massive, cathedral-like spaces inside places like nuclear power plants, dams, and oil rigs.
“I was so fascinated by how they were built, how huge they are, and how strange they are,” Zanier says. “I’d always been interested in energy in a way, and the architecture from the outside is amazing. I wanted to show the inside—the hidden worlds that are essential to our daily lives.”
We talk to Instagram about how you add deep editing tools without cluttering the interface.
"The way I looked at it, filters are these great cocktail mixes for when you’re getting started, doing quick and easy edits. But past a certain point, there’s this desire to take more control and define your own style.” - Chris Connolly, product designer at Instagram.
There are invisible energy fields all around us. Now, one architect has invented a tool to introduce some of them to the spectrum of visible light. Luis Hernan’s self-portraits show the artist and Newcastle University researcher dancing in a cloud of colorful Wi-Fi signals.
Tunepics features a number of details intended to heighten the emotional experience of the app’s users, including an iTunes integration and a color-coded “emotion wheel.”
"It’s not just an app, it’s a way of thinking we’d like to ingrain in people," CEO Justin Cooke says. "The more digital we become, the more important it is to sit beside someone and tell them how you feel, and I think maybe what we’ve done is put some of those simple human interactions into a digital environment, and that’s a bridging of that gap, if nothing more."