The Cottingley Fairies

The first of the five photographs, shows Frances Griffiths with the alleged fairies.

The Cottingley Fairies appear in a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, near Bradford in England. In 1917, when the first two photographs were taken, Elsie was 16 years old and Frances was 10. The pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Strand Magazine. Conan Doyle, as a Spiritualist, was enthusiastic about the photographs, and interpreted them as clear and visible evidence of psychic phenomena. Public reaction was mixed; some accepted that the images were genuine, but others believed they had been faked.

The second of the five photographs, shows Elsie Wright with a fairy.

Frances and the Leaping Fairy, the third of the five Cottingley Fairy photographs

Interest in the Cottingley Fairies gradually declined after 1921. Both girls grew up, married and lived abroad for a time. Yet, the photographs continued to hold the public’s imagination; in 1966 a reporter from the Daily Express newspaper tracked down Elsie, who had returned to the England. Elsie left open the possibility that she believed she had photographed her thoughts, and the media once again became interested in the story. In the early 1980s, both admitted that the photographs were faked using cardboard cutouts of fairies copied from a popular children’s book. Yet Frances continued to claim that the fifth and final photograph was genuine.

Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie, the fourth of the photographs of the Cottingley Fairies

Fairies and Their Sun-Bath, is the fifth photograph of the Cottingley Fairies

The photographs and two of the cameras used are on display in the National Media Museum in Bradford.


Signage & Polaroid Negatives

Check out this excellent work by Craig Crutchfield.

Crutchfield is a designer at McGarrah Jesse who documents old signage, afraid that soon they will all be gone. To do so, he uses the negatives from Polaroid films, the part that is usually thrown away. Good concept. Nice results.

These are (for the most part) polaroid type 667 negatives or Fuji FP-3000B negatives that He’s scanned in color mode on his scanner. This setting gives the images a nice sepia tone. The junk on the outside of the photos is the paper and crust that comes natural to a 667 or FP-3000B negative.

Follow this link to check out the complete Flickr photo set!

Vitamin. Live-action. Design

Vitamin is a design-driven production company located in Chicago. Offering an eclectic collection of directors and artists from a myriad disciplines. their work combines forms and genres from live action, animation, motion design, stop motion, photography and many other forms.

You can see their 2009 show reel here

DCS Presents: Captured An Artists Perspective


Dayton Creative Syndicate is celebrating our first birthday by having a kick-ass gallery showing of YOUR photographs!

DCS wants to show off your best photography. Send us your photographs for our DCS gallery show—Captured: An Artists Perspective.
Entries are due no later than May 12 (more info below)

Then join us on May 15th as we display all of the photos that are entered in a gallery show at the Excelsior Lofts for Urban Nights. Sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and complete with the live acoustical rock / experimental sounds of Adam Haroff.

Information about submissions
Subject matter is anything or everything that you can come up with (keep it suitable for all audiences-no nudes). There aren’t specific themes or categories for this display – you can enter flowers, fruit, landscapes, cityscapes, abstract, people, water, sunsets, animals – whatever you want to submit!

  • Please submit your own printed photography. Pieces can be retrieved at the end of the gallery show on May 15.
  • Subject matter can be anything that is appropriate for all ages
  • Can be black/white or color
  • You can submit up to 3 photos
  • All photos should be mounted onto 11×17 black bristol board. Participants can submit photos pre-mounted on boards, or can pay $2 each entry (checks can be made payable to Greater Dayton Ad Association) for DCS to mount the photos.
  • Please submit the following contact information with your photograph: photograph title, your full name, telephone number, and email address
  • Please send entries to DCS President Patrice Hall at Real Art Design Group: 232 E. Sixth Street, Dayton OH, 45402
  • If you have any questions, please contact DCS Social Coordinator Jen Parrish:
* We will do our best to return your artwork to you in perfect condition, but our lawyers are making us say this: we cannot be held responsible for any damaged or missing photographs. Also, photograph mounting is permanent – photos will not be removable from boards after the exhibit.

Milky Way Over Ontario

Photo: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

This amazing photo of the Milky Way over Binbrook, Ontario, Canada, was taken by Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn of Weather and Sky Photography:

“I was really lucky that the the water was beautiful and still enough so that the stars casted a nice reflection in the water. In this shot you can also see Jupiter, various nebulas in the MilkyWay, Rho Ophiuchus and the light dome from a distant town.”

A little photoshoppery is involved, but the photo is outright gorgeous: Check out the rest of her work here.

via: APOD