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Valentine’s Day is only 2 days away and photographer Vincent Moschetti of One Year of Film Only has created a fun little online dating-like tool to help beginning photographers find their perfect 35mm soulmates! Film Dating is a 5-step questionnaire that helps you discover the qualities you like or might like in a film stock. From there, it will suggest the best option out there for you to shoot on. While there’s no such thing as the perfect type of film and it’s good to remember to always get out there, get hands on and experiment with different types, Film Dating is still a fun way to help you start identitying your own personal shooting style. Interested? Find a new type of love this year and learn more about the questionnaire via PetaPixel.

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey do more than just make art. They making living art. Their brand of photography involves actually growing a photo on a wall of grass. Literally. Each print is made by projecting a negative image onto a wall of live grass. Depending on the amount of light that shines through different parts of the negative and onto the grass determines which part of the print grows to be green and which parts will be yellow and "undeveloped". The result is a living portrait! Read here for more info on how the artists developed their process and what’s in store for their digital future.

There’s that saying. You know the one. That the camera always adds 10 pounds. Whether you take the phrase with a grain of salt or you obsess over every angle of your body when seen on screen, the reality is that cameras really DO alter our looks to some degree. In order to set out and prove this, photographer Dan Vojtech has taken a series of almost identical portraits using varying focal lengths, turned the photos into a GIF and let’s you decide what looks best. As the photos change within the GIF, it is obvious that the man’s face and neck expand in size as the focal length of the camera lenses used increase. Featuring 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 105mm, 150mm, and 200mm shot portraits, the effect of the images playing one after another is truly mesmerizing. Read more about how the effect was created and see the GIF in action here!

Over here at Indie Street, we are all about people going against the flow, breaking the mold and doing something totally new and innovative in film, art and all aspects of life.  Photographer and visual artist Mauro Martins of Brazil created a project called “Counterflow” that studies the very essence of that movement. Creating a series of composite photos, Martins' work shows people making their own path in life by not following the masses.  Martins told PetaPixel, “It’s made to remind us that even if your own path feels against the flow sometimes, you should keep going if you want to…You don’t have to change your course just because everybody else is doing something usual and you’re not.”  For inspiration, check out a gallery of his beautifully contrasted B&W images here.

While it may look like just a normal potato, this artsy spud is anything but - It now happens to be the subject of one of the most expensive photos in the world, selling for a staggering $1,083,450.Titled “Potato (2010)” the photo was taken by high profile portrait photographer Kevin Abosch. The buyer? A wealthy collector of Abosch’s work who was visiting the photographer’s home in Paris and wanted the photo for their collection. Perhaps "Potato " will have us continuing our quest in understanding the absurdity behind the different forms art can take. Or maybe just make us a little hungry...