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Flickr Magick

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

In the first few years of Flickr‘s existence, I made a lot of interesting composite images, using large quantities of Flickr photos, Perl, and the ImageMagick library. A few of these images have historical interest, illustrating the rapid growth of both Flickr and YouTube. This slideshow shows a few of these images, and provides descriptions […]

The color of us (continued)

Friday, August 7th, 2009

In order to understand the MOB Brown / orange shift phenomenon I’ve discussed in the previous post and elsewhere, I produced a series of histograms, showing the relative proportions of images in each set that average to a particular hue. In this collection of photographs of poppy flowers, you can see a clear preponderance of […]

The color of us

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

I’ve been doing some new research on the “MOB Brown” or “Orange Shift” phenomenon I first blogged about back in 2006. As part of that research, I’ve produced a number of intriguing composite images, which I thought I would share here. Before I proceed, I should acknowledge that some of this art resembles the work […]

More Data+Art

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Francine Kizner does a nice write-up of the “Data+Art” show at the PMCA where I have a couple pieces. Link Of course I’m biased, but I think the show is really cool. My favorite show in Los Angeles since the Visual Music exhibit at MOCA a few years ago. If I find other press / […]

Data + Art show in Pasadena

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I’m currently working on a couple images for the upcoming Data + Art show, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. This show runs from January 25th, thru April 25th, 2009. The images I’m generating include over a hundred thousand Flickr photographs, taken during the past year. I’ll be attending the opening, which is on […]

Flickr’s Most Interesting Photos

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

This new interactive mosaic, from my Coverpop website, shows the most interesting photos on Flickr, based on Flickr’s mysterious “interestingness” metric, which I assume has something to do with kittens and/or babies… One thing I’ve noticed is that Flickr’s interesting photos tend to look compelling at very small (i.e. thumbnail) sizes, which makes sense, when […]

A year of sunsets

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Flickr has a lot of sunset photographs. Too many, some would say. To build this graph I collected just a few of them, by searching for photos that have been tagged “Sunset”. I collected only 100 photos from the hundreds posted each day of the preceding 365 days, so that the photos are evenly distributed […]