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Ostranenie Slideshow – Macro Shots with Plastic Hand Lens & iPhone

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Some of these shots are of things remarkably small: the sexual organs of a flower; mold spores; and tiny baby snails. I am almost amazed at how an iPhone can capture images that are so tiny with relative clarity. These are not comparable to high-end macro photography, but what I love about it is the level of ease and economy. With just a simple plastic hand lens and an iPhone, you can peer into a familiar world that is suddenly unfamiliar.

Defamiliarization or ostranenie (остранение) is the artistic technique of presenting to audiences common things in an unfamiliar or strange way, in order to enhance perception of the familiar. A central concept in 20th century art and theory, ranging over movements including Dada, postmodernism, epic theatre, and science fiction, it is also used as a tactic by recent movements such as culture jamming. – Wikipedia

Shiree Record Shop – Grand Street – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

© Frank H. Jump

Suzy Perette – Lombardy Dresses – GiGi Young Originals Revisited

Noxall Waist & Dress Co. © Frank H. Jump

Previously on FAB:

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Pennsylvania Exchange Bank – NYC Watertanks – Eighth Avenue & West 26th Street

Taken August 2, 2011 during Lemmy Caution walking tour © Frank H. Jump

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Ontario Farms – New Lodge – Harthaven – Grandview, Lange & Sons

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

The Winchester Arms – The King George Inn – Port Hope, ON – Canada

© Frank H. Jump

Wilde Hazelnoten Uit Amersfoort! – Wild Hazelnuts From Amersfoort NL! – Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Apparently while Gaia was harvesting almost five kilos of hazelnuts that are growing wild in her picturesque medieval town of Amersfoort in the Netherlands, the generally aloof Turkish immigrants were  eager to comment to her about the hazelnuts of Turkey. No wonder!

The top producer of hazelnuts, by a large margin, is Turkey, specifically Giresun Province and Ordu. Turkish hazelnut production of 625,000 tonnes accounts for approximately 75% of worldwide production. Nutella consumes 25% of global supply. – Wikipedia

Sunlight Soap Repaint – E. Bailey Public Baths – Brighton, UK – Featured Fade, Daphne Hughes

© Daphne Hughes

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Brick Lane, London – Sandra Walker RI, watercolourist

© Sandra Walker RI

© Daphne Hughes

© Daphne Hughes

Sandra Walker RI (Member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour) is an American watercolourist living in the UK and is regarded one of the world’s finest photorealists. I am honored to have caught Sandra’s artistic eye and to have had several of my photographs reproduced by her. Above is a recent watercolor of a street artist mural on Brick Lane in East London. Sandra was also kind enough to include her working photographs used to reproduce this street scene.

According to a Wikipedia article on Brick Lane, a street in East London, England:

It runs from Swanfield Street in the northern part of Bethnal Green, crosses Bethnal Green Road, passes through Spitalfields and is linked to Whitechapel High Street to the south by the short stretch of Osborn Street. Today, it is the heart of the city’s Bangladeshi-Sylheti community and is known to some as Banglatown. It is famous for its many curry houses.

A Brick Lane not-for-profit website [www.visitbricklane.org/#/brick-lane-street-art/4537674490] touts its street art.

Offley [Porto] – Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal – Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Founded by William Offley, in 1737, the company gained worldwide fame and prestige under the guidance of Joseph James Forrester, a legendary figure in the history of Porto Wine, who was later appointed Baron by the King of Portugal.

Baron of Forrester, a businessman, oenologist, highly respected taster of wines, artist and cartographer, was one of the most important characters in Porto wine’s history.

The ancestral Offley Cellars offer to their visitors a unique experience in an ambiance where tranquility and silence reign. Offley Forrester – cavesvinhodoporto [dot] com