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Angel Whiseant is a photographer, digital designer, and conceptual thinker all wrapped into a real human being. Her pieces display how today's opportunities for blending art and technology can make even deeper levels of self exploration possible. Thank you Angel! You keep doing what you are doing, and we will keep looking at it.

As they say: out with the old, in with the new. Well…sorta. Lomography has turned the saying on its head by turning the old into the new! Their new Daguerreotype Achromat lens, a f/2.9 64mm replica of the very first ever camera lens circa 1839, is now available for you photography buffs to purchase. The lens was originally designed for the first daguerreotypes back in the early 19th century but this modern version will work on three different DSLR mounts for Canon, Nikon, and Pentax. Adapters are available for other brands. Offering a softer edge and glow to your image, the new lens gives your photos a vintage look without a single use of a filter. With a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, it seems people are willing to trade in some modern convenience for a bit of the old ways. Want instagram worthy photos you can digitally back up yet still want to fulfill a bit of the nostalgia factor? Well, you can pre-order your lens for $499.00 here! Read more about the lens here.

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio have officially begun and so has our obsession with watching athletes compete in sports we otherwise usually don't give a second thought. But do you ever stop and think about how you consume those images and that footage? Who and what is bringing us these twirling gymnasts, suave fencers and washboard ab’d swimmers? Well, Canon is trying to pull some strings and become the camera of choice for these Summer Games. With the Associated Press using Canon exclusively and Reuters heavily armed with their equipment, it is safe to say we will be digesting a lot of Canon shot images over the next few days! To be precise, 1600 lenses and 950 DSLR bodies are stocked at the Canon Professional Services Depot in Rio! Check out more images of the massive arsenal of Canon equipment here!

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!

“You press the button, we do the rest.” This was the intriguing promise of Kodak’s slogan back in the late 1800’s, when the photography trend was becoming all the rage. The roller coaster of film and its advancing technology over the past century has been quite the ride. Digital photography is largely the choice of today’s society, yet some still swear by the power and nostalgia of using film - in both photography and filmmaking. And who can blame them? For these true lovers of film, the latest Kodak acquisition is a thrilling discovery! As of this past week, the only known box of Kodak Film for use in the Kodak Camera is now sitting unopened at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. The box dates back to 1888 and is a true testament to how photography started and the importance it still carries today. Read more about the rare artifact and other transparent film acquisitions to get a better idea of the changing shifts in photo technology!

Like with many elements of filmmaking, color helps a director set the mood of the story he is putting on screen. When you break down a film by its color palette, you learn a lot about what is being said below the surface of the story. Cinema Palettes is a unique twitter account that studies the different ways filmmakers have used color over the past few decades. The person behind the account isolates the colors and breaks the film down by hues, creating in a sense, a “homemade color palette”. From “Trainspotting” to Disney’s “Peter Pan”, color crosses the divide of decades, genres, and pretty much everything in between. It’s a fun way to look at analyzing both our favorite films and ones we’ve never thought to dig deeper into. Check out Cinema Palettes twitter page as well as Digital Trend’s list of the coolest color breakdowns.

Sometimes a series of photos can speak for themselves without any deeper insight or explanations needed. Case in point: Guns Replaced with Selfie Sticks. Basically, someone has taken stills from both classic and popular films and replaced the guns within the shot with…selfie sticks. Yes, the inherently funny little devices have taken on a whole new life within this Tumblr series. From Clint Eastwood smoldering into his iPhone to Schwarzenegger’s cool hashtag worthy motorcycle pose, the concept is a fun way to spend a few minutes contemplating our modern day digitally egocentric ways. Read more here and enjoy!

After experimenting with new ways of photographing Olympic performances by doing it via a television rather than going to the actual event, London-based artist Jason Schulman decided to take his new approach and apply it to photographing entire films. Specifically classic ones! By setting up his camera in front of a high-res monitor and taking one single very long exposure photo, the results are films that come out as a hazy blur of different colors - colors that often give clues to the title behind the photo. The project, called Photographs of Films, will be showing this week (May 12th) in London. Keeping his own techniques under wraps, the entire process also alludes to the change in film technology over the past century. For a sneak peak at some of the images that will go on display and for information on Schulman’s project, head on over to FastCoDesign and read more!

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.

In the mid-1800s, Sir John Herschel experimented with how light effected iron compounds, and in the process, invented a new way to produce blue-tinted prints known as cyanotypes. While they were one of the most popular methods of photographic processes at the turn of the 19th - 20th century for their speed and ease, the cyanotype mostly faded away from popularity during World War I. Why? Because black-and-white images were starting to be perceived as a more “fashionable” choice. Many still snub cyanotypes and deprive them of their place in photographic history. But good news - the blue images are finally having their first major exhibition in the US at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts! In collaboration with Clark University, Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue Period will venture into 150 years of the cyanotype, examining how a few dozen artists have experimented with the process. Good news for all you blues lovers! Read more about the history of the cyanotypes and the exhibition here and get a closer look at the range of photographs that will be available on view at the WAM!

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...