Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Link List: Photographs Around the Web

I have never quite decided what to do about links on Bookwyrme's Lair. On the one hand, I rather like links and places with lists of links and little notes about why they are awesome can keep me happy for hours (sometimes too many hours!), on the other hand, I don't want my Lair to be all links all the time; the hiatus while I moved and focused on The Geek Girl Project is depressing viewing (It wasn't a depressing time, but the blog is all, "Nothing happening here, move along," and I don't like it). So, no all-the time links, but for the time being, I'm going to be working on an irregular "link list" column, wherein I round up the latest really good links, categorize them, and post them for your perusal.

Actually, for the next bit, it's going to be quite regular because I find I have a backlog, so I'm splitting things up by type. After that, we'll see!

"To Snap a Predator", an Atlantic article about Michael Muller, a man crazy enough to figure out how to bring bright, studio lighting down into the ocean so he can take glamour shots of sharks. Several of the photos are included, and they are gorgeous. There are more photos and an interview here, on featureshoot.com.

"Birds Photographed Like Human Models", on Slate. Bob Croslin is sane enough to stay on land, and both imaginative and patient enough to go to a bird sanctuary for models. The result is a stunning series of close-ups.

They are all beautiful, but I am especially and forever grateful to him for the crow close-up.There are not enough people who properly appreciate crows.

By a sideways turn, these made me remember a series of photos of abandoned Olympic sites published in The Atlantic a while back. The photographers, Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit, have a book coming out in March, 2013, The Olympic City, which I'm looking forward to seeing.

And, speaking of books of photographs, io9 just published this image of a snake's skull, which was beautiful and creepy in its own right, but I almost let it pass, until I went to look at the other images, over at Wired, and realized that that it's in a book Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection, written by Simon Winchester. Yes: That Simon. The one who wrote The Professor and the Madman, which I loved, so I ran over and put it on hold at the library as fast as ever I could. I think I may grab a few more of Winchester's books while I am at it. I don't invariably love everything he wrote, but certainly he's up there on the ever-expanding list of authors-to-watch.


  1. Oooh, I love those bird photographs. The crow is indeed lovely; and I am with you on crows. I am also astonished at the barn swallow -- what a lovely perspective on such an underappreciated little bird.

    1. Yes.

      One of the things I love about all of these photographs is that they are not the rare birds. Most of them are birds people see often, and it's a new look at them, a way of celebrating what is right next door.

  2. I'm glad you shared these links. What beautiful fascinating photographs. I've bookmarked them all to peruse again later. I love the red egret, never saw that bird before. And I especially appreciate the skulls. As an art student I once visited a special museum exhibit of a skull collection it was amazing and I did many drawings I had forgotten about until now. You've made me want to go pull out that old Sketchbook again.

    1. Glad you enjoyed them.

      We have red egrets around here, so I've seen them a few times, but the red really pops under the studio lights!

      The skulls surprised me. I'm really looking forward to getting the book from the library and settling down for a good look at them.