Fire to ice in Chicago

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5-11 Fire in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood

Warehouse Fire

Ice Castle

After the Warehouse Fire

“About 200 firefighters battled to put out a massive fire at an empty warehouse in Chicago as glacial temperatures turned water to ice.” – Yahoo! News

See more images from this scene in the Iced Warehouse After Chicago Fire gallery.

Photos from krum04, glundubh, ccccolinnnn, and metroblossom.

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Posted by Arnold Chao

Flickr for iPhone Samplr

Dylan - Baltimore, MD

Meet You On The Other Side Bay of Fires

January 24, 2013  - hold on tight The Faceless Men & Women Of The City

Sledding day

Photos from Greg Schmigel, Mark T Simmons, Hueystar, Alissa Holland, anthonyfoster1973, and cjazzlee, all taken with our amazing new iPhone App.

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Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Sensational sand patterns


Ripples in the sand (Better on black)

Dunas de Maspalomas.


Sand patterns

Delightful photography of the many sand formations manipulated by wind and water currents.

View more spectacular images like these seen in dunes, beaches, and deserts in the Sensational Sand Patterns gallery.

Explore some of the picturesque places featured here: White Sands National Monument | Nairn Beach | Dunas de Maspalomas

Photos from THE ENIGMATIC TRAVELER, Digisnapper, Victoria…..a secas., Electroguepard, and Timothy State.

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Posted by Arnold Chao

Appreciating beautiful ceilings

Sagrada Familia

Liverpool - Looking Up - No.8

Alhambra ceiling

Radiant ceiling

Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

Chapter House Ceiling   Real Alcazár de Sevilla (2)   up   Galeries Lafayette

Thanks to the many talented photographers of ceilings in our community, you can avoid a potential neck strain from looking upward in the ornate buildings you see here. Comfortably gaze at the mesmerizing details in these crisp pictures that capture some of the world’s most outstanding architectural interiors.

Explore terrific shots of other ceilings in the Sumptuous Ceilings gallery.

See more images from a few of the featured places: Barcelona, Spain | Yezd, Iran | Bury St. Edmunds, England

Photos from AC84, Bernard Rose, Al 72, campra, real spleen, Trev.Pack, poljacek, mym, and richardr.

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Posted by Arnold Chao

Lomo fisheye

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Palmeraflor y cinco dedos

  Blue Marble

A fish's view of NYC skyscrapers

Yuri pela Lomo [Explore May 24, 2012 #248]   Noise


All of these shots were found in the fantastic lomo fisheye group, for people playing with Lomography’s fisheye camera. There you’ll find a trove of photos experimenting with double-exposure, color gels, cows and whimsy.

Photos from Armando Castañón, es,marie, robb albrecht, kevin dooley, k.jessen, rafatorres, and Lida Litle.

Posted by Thea Lamkin

‘Strange Worlds’ photographer aims to trick the eye

When Matthew Albanese began his Strange Worlds project in 2008, he says, it was very much about “tricking the eye.”

“I would describe the photography that I do as small scale dioramas that I build by hand out of everyday, simple, mundane materials and transform them into an image through the lens of my camera making them look hyper-realistic,” he says in the accompanying video episode of The Weekly Flickr. “I’ve used ostrich feathers to create willow trees. I’ve used steel wool to create a tornado. Nothing is off limits.”

By day, Matthew is a professional fashion photographer. By night, for the last five years, he’s been creating large dioramas of tiny environments and photographing them. If you knew nothing about his process, you’d think his photographs were of real life places.

He stumbled upon his Strange Worlds idea by accident one day while in the kitchen at work.

“The first Strange World that I created was Paprika Mars,” Matthew details. “I had spilled paprika in the kitchen and instead of cleaning it, I was playing with it. It was the color and the texture and I just had the inspiration to create Mars out of it.”

Paprika Mars

Ever since he can remember, he has always been a “daydreamer.”

“When I was young I was always very, very obsessed with movie miniatures and movie magic and things of small scale,” he says. “Even just to see a place that I couldn’t see in person, it was a way for me to try to see the surface of Mars.”

Matthew began building his creations in the back of his father’s old warehouse. He has since moved the production of his Strange Worlds to his living room.

“Having these in my living room can be overwhelming most of the time. They take up so much space and so much time to create that I have to literally walk over them, walk under them, and walk around them,” he says with a twinge of frustration. “I don’t have many visitors.”


It can take him anywhere from three to seven months to build one Strange World and he takes thousands of exposures to document the process.

“I’ll make a change, and I’ll make a capture. And, I’ll make another little change and I’ll make a capture,” Matthew says.

When he is done building the diorama, he sets the lighting and prepares the special effects.

“I do minimal digital editing on my work,” he explains. “The most I will do is composite different parts together in order to get the right exposure.”

When he is done photographing scenes, he usually destroys the dioramas because they are not really built to last.

shooting palms DIY Paradise

Matthew gets his inspiration from a number of sources.

“‘How to Breathe Underwater’ came around at a time in my life where I was sort of overwhelmed by everything that was happening to me,” he says. In this Strange World, “I used jelly beans carved and rolled by hand to create sea anemones. I used wire coated in fabric glitter to create some kind of sea urchins, and brain coral was made out of walnuts.”

Diorama for How To Breathe Underwater HowToBreatheUnderwater_SM

But the process is not always easy, he admits.

“I have been very discouraged many times building these. It can be very frustrating,” Matthew says. “But I found that making mistakes was the best thing for the work because I was able to discover methods and strategies to build future landscapes.”

When people look at his photos, Matthew hopes onlookers see beyond the shock value of the materials that he uses and the result.

“I hope that they see more than just a pretty picture of a landscape,” he says. “I hope they have a strong emotional connection to the work.”

the tornado Tornado

“When I look back on my body of work, I feel a sense of accomplishment,” says Matthew. “The thing that is most fulfilling is knowing that I can inspire someone like me to get out there and create something. If I can create the surface of Mars out of paprika and a tornado out of steel wool, there is nothing you can’t do.”

Matthew Albanese’s first book Strange Worlds, with a text by David Revere McFadden, will be published by Lazy Dog Press in Spring 2013. You can also follow Matthew’s activities on his Facebook fan page.

More from The Weekly Flickr: Share your photos in The Weekly Flickr group for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode, and tweet about this video series with #theweeklyflickr.

Or watch previous episodes of The Weekly Flickr: The story behind amazing WTC pics | The Weekly Flickr wishes you a happy New Year | Budding photographer finds living in surrealism | Breezy Point will be back

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Heavy monsoon rains swamp Jakarta

Banjir jadi rekreasi dadakan di kampung melayu #jakarta #flood

Boat at street. Jakarta Floods


#flood #jakarta #monumen #selamatdatang #thamrin #thamrinriver #statue #patung #jktbanjir #jakarta #indonesia #iphonesia #flood #public #igers #itouch

Jakarta Flood

The Indonesian capital Jakarta has been heavily hit by flooding, when the 13 rivers flowing into the city from south and west could not contain the strong monsoon rains any longer. News reports say that more than 18.000 citizens have lost their homes, and that the declared state of emergency will be upheld as continued downpours are preticted for the next couple of days.

To everyone in the affected areas: Stay safe!

Discover more photos of the Jakarta flood shot by Flickr members during the last couple of days.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

San Francisco: Let’s meet this Saturday

If you happen to be in or around San Francisco this coming Saturday, we have something for you: A Flickr meetup that takes place in the city’s beautiful Bernal Heights neighborhood. Bring your camera — yes, it can be your phone. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to meet new Flickr friends.

Bernal Heights is full of charm and character. And on top of its hill, it offers dramatic views over the entire city.

Bernal Heights Park


bernal heights  bernal hill park.

We partnered with the Bernal Heights History Project and will feature folks talking about historic places along our photowalk route. All in all: Join us if you love taking photos, want to meet new photographers, and see and capture a great San Francisco neighborhood.

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Event details: Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m. | Meet at the secret Esmeralda slides at Esmeralda St. & Winfield St.

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Photos from dcuk365, talimelekalikimaka, and srcurran.

Posted by Markus Spiering

In the shadows

The View from The Shard

投射 (Explore 68) !

Discover more photos in one of our many shadow groups.

Photos from Laurie Robinson, nkmrmss, Neta Gov, and angex.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Happy Commons Anniversary!

PSA 06-01603 John Currie - Mauretania Hitchhiker with His Dog "Tripper" on U.S. 66, May 1972

McDonnell Douglas : F/A-18C : Hornet

The Big Three at Yalta

Woman in bathing suit at edge of stream near Paradise Glacier ice cave, Mount Rainier National Park Dog with a pipe in its mouth

Exactly five years ago today we announced a fantastic new project: The Commons on Flickr.

To celebrate the occasion, our founding member, the Library of Congress, asked Commons member institutions to send in links to a few of their most viewed, commented, or favorited images. The result is four very special galleries celebrating the beauty, excitement, and emotion of those amazing public collections of civic institutions from around the world.

We want to thank George Oates and the Library of Congress, who founded the project; all the institutions that have joined and are sharing their great photography in the Commons, as well as those institutions that have signaled their interest so far, as well as you, the Flickr community, for contributing to the Commons with nearly 2 million tags and over 165 thousand comments to date that will be making their way back into the catalogues to make these collections even richer.

Photos from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, The U.S. National Archives, The National Archives UK, UW Digital Collections, and LlGC ~ NLW.

Find out how your institution can join The Commons on Flickr.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen