Photo by Carli Davidson
Completely freaky. Stop-action photos of pets shaking their heads, by Carli Davidson. As Subtraction put it, "What I really like about these images is the way they capture something hidden but that’s been right out there in the open forever, until technology came along and allowed us to see it." Not exactly a new idea (cf. Harold Edgerton et al.), but then again, I've never seen any dog and cat photos like these before. Wonderful. Weird. And wonderful.
What these remind me of more than anything are the amazing boxing photos by the old New York Daily News sports photographer Charles Hoff, documented in the 1996 book The Fights (note that according to one Amazon reviewer, a lot of the identifications in the book are mistaken). A different era and a different subject, and different technique, but he often captured human faces frozen in similarly distorted and unfamiliar aspects.
(Thanks to Dave Sailer)
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Featured Comment by Eli Burakian: "I just got back from Armenia two days ago and happened to meet Carli in the Moscow airport. She had overheard me talking about a photo project I was working on and showed me her photos on her ipad.
"Just thought it was a funny coincidence.
"Although she wouldn't tell me her secret on how to get the dogs to shake their heads, she did relay an interesting story.
"She's been doing this photography for a little while and wasn't getting much traction. She won a PDN contest and that propelled her to the top instantly and now there's amazing amounts of interest in her photography.
"Just a little reminder that you should keep on working on what you love, and eventually if you persevere, your break will come."