Some of those wood scraps battered by ocean waves and strewn across beaches become valued construction material. Fitted together into an standing bear to adorning the Arctic Brotherhood building in Skagway, Alaska, driftwood assemblages are making appearances all over the place.
As the calendar flips past Spring, we wanted to take a moment to share some stunning rainy shots. Trekking out into a downpour is not everyone’s idea of prime photography (although the aftermath is always a field day for macro shots). But some find a way to capture the moodiness of rain while it’s still falling, and often with a healthy side of bokeh. If you’re looking for even more atmospheric photos of inclement weather, check out the Rain in the city, Fog and Rain, and It’s Raining groups.
It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and your uploads on Flickr clearly represent this. We’ve seen you take strolls in the park, enjoy some fish & chips on the beach and bubbly beverages in beergardens, as well as drawing or shooting bowls of fresh, delicious strawberries. Your explorations included glowing lava fields in Hawaii, amazing wildlife in our oceans, and fast and furious fighter planes at high altitudes.
Today we meet Anne Maningas, also known as version3point1, who lives in North West London.
At daytime, Anne has made one of her dreams turn into reality and is driving trains for the world’s most famous public transport network: The London Underground.
By night she is an avid photographer and artist who publishes her amazing work here on Flickr.
She was recently featured in the Mega-cities exhibition of the Leeds College of Art and was part of Out of Uniform, a project of fellow artists working for the London Underground.
Anne, what did get you started on photography? Have you always been an avid photographer or was there some trigger?
For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed looking at photographs as well as taking them. My mother was a keen photographer, with boxes upon boxes of photographs she had taken throughout her teens and early adult life, not to mention many of the family photographs. I had a rather traumatic growing up, which makes me quite anxious and forgetful, and one of my biggest fears is not being able to remember stuff or things that happen to me, the little adventures one has in life.
I started taking pictures as a sort of visual diary, firstly with disposable cameras, and then when my mother felt I could be trusted with it, her old Pentax ME Super film camera. This is where the Tube steps in really; my mother always used to take me out on it a lot as a child and I just became obsessed with the place. In the one place that feels like absolute chaos to some people, I find it quite therapeutic, and when I was old enough to travel on the Underground by myself, I would escape to it on weekends, camera in tow. It’s a wonderful way to discover London when you’re young.
The London Underground (or "the Tube" as we sometimes call it) has always played an important part in my life
Whilst I was at school, with my obsession for the Tube still in full swing, it was the source of much inspiration, and I must say that I ended up becoming a bit of a London Underground enthusiast. There’s always something to photograph because it’s always a visual environment; from scenes that could come from a movie, to our world famous typeface designed by Edward Johnston used on all our signage, there’s something about it that draws you in, and this year, the London Underground is 150 years old! So it is adorned with heritage as well as the era of new and modern design. All of that drew me in, and yes – it meant I wanted to become a part of London’s busiest public transport system.
So when I finished school, at 18, I applied to work for the firm and I’ve never looked back since. I work with, and have worked with, some wonderful individuals, and in my six years working for the company, I’ve found myself with many stories to tell, but also carrying stories and legends from those who joined in the 1970s and ’80s, many of whom are now retiring after serving so many years for London Transport.
It sounds a lot like it’s a dream job for you. Do you think your work has a strong influence on your photography or vice versa?
My day job of driving trains on the world’s oldest underground railway line does influence my photography somewhat as it makes you appreciate the lighting that you have available to you. Not being able to use flash (and for those who question why – it can cause a temporary blinding or partial loss of sight when I emerge from a tunnel and I am trying to stop my train in the correct place on a platform, so please avoid it if you can!) means always shooting wide open if I can, and one of my favourite lenses (if I’m carrying my big camera around) is a 35mm f1.4.
I do, however, use a variety of digital and film cameras, depending on my mood or what I’m already carrying (my work bag is full of bulky, heavy equipment that I require to carry out my daily duties). I do love instant film at the moment though and the immediate gratification it provides, giving me the nostalgia of film without the wait. Our in-house Employee Communications department also used to like some of the day-to-day pictures I used to take of my colleagues and now and again I get given assignments by them, and that’s all part of preserving our rich company heritage.
When did you first hear about us and what made you make Flickr the home for your photos?
I discovered Flickr by complete accident when I was still at school, back in 2005. I love Flickr because it’s a wonderful place to share stories and memories, the one thing that I am scared of losing, and I feel that Flickr is helping me keep those stories and memories. There are many people interested in the Tube here on Flickr that sometimes get in touch because they want to ask a question about something or simply want to share something with me, and one of my closest friends, Martin Deutsch, I first met at a Flickr meet hosted by the London Transport Museum!
I am inspired by literally hundreds of Flickr members and groups, but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be fellow Londoner, 333Bracket. Whenever she updates her stream, I feel like I’m picking up one of my favourite books. She mainly uses film, which I respect her massively for, given the convenience of digital, but there’s just something about her and her storytelling with the images that I love immensely. She captures what I fear forgetting about: The Little Things.
Before we wrap up, what is your "secret ingredient" for taking photos?
My one tip for someone just picking up photography is to enjoy what you discover and learn because you never really stop learning. There are some amazingly talented people here on Flickr, and it would be impossible to thank everybody, but I have learned so much about photography here.
If you see something that catches your eye that you want to save forever, then that is your starting ingredient for a recipe. What you choose to make is up to you.
Anne, thanks for taking the time to share your story with us.
After 90 years of planning and delays, the Second Avenue Subway is the first line to be constructed in New York City since 1932. The $4.5 billion transportation project will improve access to mass transit and reduce overcrowding and commuter delays on the east side of Manhattan.
Phase one began in 2007 and included the excavation of new tunnels eight stories (80 feet) beneath Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as well as access shafts at 69th and 72nd Streets.
Patrick began taking pictures of the site when the first hole was big enough for workers to climb into.
“When I arrived on the scene in 2009, it was just a lot of mud and dirt,” Patrick says. “But as I kept going back, this hole kept getting deeper and deeper and soon it extended several blocks.”
Construction workers brought down and assembled a 485-ton, 450-foot long tunnel boring machine to drill through the mountain of bedrock. The machine used a 22-foot diameter cutterhead to mine 7,780 feet into two tunnels.
“I think when you’re down there for all of 10 seconds, you know that this is a dangerous place to be,” Patrick says. “When the boring machine is on and cutting, it’s loud and extremely dusty. I understand there’s about 800 workers spread out all over the project. Each are drilling, paving, moving rocks – everyone’s constantly in motion.”
Patrick visits the site every few months and each time marvels at the progression. What was once walls of thick black rock suddenly became large, empty cavernous spaces.
“What’s really impressive is when you walk through where the tunnel boring machine had cut the 22-foot hole,” Patrick says, “And and then BOOM, you’re in this huge cavern. It’s this huge hole where the 72nd Street Station is going to be, and it just hits you how big, how much digging they had to do to get this cavern made. It’s just amazing.”
“This thing is definitely an engineering feat,” Patrick says. “These caverns are man-made — created from scratch. It feels like you’re in the center of the Earth but really we’re right underneath the busiest city in the world. It’s incredible.”
Patrick feels that with every picture he takes, he’s documenting a piece of history.
“10 years ago there was nothing there, and now there’s this big cavern; there are these two tubes running underneath the streets. To show the progression and how it’s being built from start to finish is pretty exciting.”
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Our last Flickr Friday theme was The Lives of Others.
Your contributions spanned from shots of daily life in the streets and other public spaces to the siloed architecture of residential buildings, from lives being shared with us through biographies to history being written and rediscovered. Join us and explore all the wonderful submissions in the Flickr Friday group pool.
In case you haven’t spotted it yet, we announced the new Flickr Friday theme #97Percent in the group. We kept it a bit more general this time to give you a lot of creative freedom. A selection of your interpretations will be showcased right here on FlickrBlog late next week.
A double header is in the works for Flickr photographers, with photo walks in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. If you’ll be in either area on June 29th and 30th, and if you’re looking for an opportunity to explore, shoot, and mingle, read on.
San Francisco: Industrial Dogpatch and Beautiful Portrero Hill
We’re gearing up for our next San Francisco meetup, and hope anyone from San Francisco and the wider Bay Area will be able to make the trip to the southern half of the city (where parking is much easier to find).
is a neighborhood home to hidden remnants of San Francisco’s industrial past, and down by the docks you’ll see sweeping views of the bay. On Portrero Hill you’ll get the same post-industrial vibe, but also a chance to shoot our downtown skyline.
Event Details: Saturday, June 29th, 10 a.m. | Meet outside Piccino coffee bar at 1001 Minnesota St.
Los Angeles: Redondo Pier and Manhattan Beach (with bikes!)
For the next event, we’ll be heading down south for a meet up on the Westside. This will be part photo walk, part bike ride along LA’s South Bay through Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beaches. There’ll be plenty of scenes to shoot, from the piers and boardwalk scenes to the ocean itself. We’re also working to provide bikes to those who don’t have their own.
Comparable to the size of Maryland, Canaima National Park is located on the border shared by Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. Unique plateaus called tepuis and the world’s tallest waterfall (Angel Falls) reside in this Venezuelan World Heritage Site, home of 6,000 Pemon indigenous people.
A big thank you to everyone contributing great weather photography from around the world to Project Weather. All this would not have been possible without you!
Here is what Apple had to say:
Yahoo! Weather stands apart with its simple, uncluttered, and beautiful visual design. This highly-rated app displays weather details with stunning photography based on time of day, location, and current conditions. Yahoo! Weather has great layout and typography, compelling animations, fast image processing, and clear iconography. This attention to detail means that in a saturated category, an app can rise above the crowd. Yahoo! Weather is available in 30 languages and optimized for all current iOS devices.
If you would like to become part of this beautiful experience, we invite you to join Project Weather and submit a photo of your hometown, your favorite holiday destination, or your favorite place just around the corner.
We’re super excited to be adding five new institutions to The Commons, our home for photographs from public collections across the world. If historic photos are your jam, check out the other Commons institutions we’ve addedrecently.
The Mennonite Church USA Archives not only serves as the institutional archives for the Mennonite Church USA, but also holds substantial manuscript collections documenting Mennonite, Amish, and Hutterite life in the United States.
The mission of the Dundas Museum and Archives is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects which demonstrate the founding, settlement, diversity, and development of Dundas and environs, for the education and enjoyment of our generation, and those of the future.
The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick holds collections that include archives, rare books and manuscripts relating particularly to the history, literature and culture of Limerick and the Midwest region of Ireland. This year marks the University’s 40th anniversary and a project is underway to organise and digitise the photographic archives which document the history and the development of its campus, academic programs, and community life. We are also digitising material from other archives in our Special Collections and through Flickr we hope to give people a taste of the different resources the library has to offer.
The collection of The New Institute is one of the largest architecture collections in the world: eighteen kilometers of drawings, sketches, scale models, photographs, books and periodicals. The institute is responsible for conserving, managing and providing access to these archives and collections, which contain work by almost every important Dutch architect from the period after 1800, such as the archives of W.M. Dudok, P.J.H. Cuypers, H. Berlage and M. de Klerk.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902, and is the second oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of Mississippi, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications.
You’re welcome – nay, encouraged! – to add information to these and all photos in The Commons, through tags and comments. And if you represent an institution and are interested in joining, why not register today?
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