Hilarious milk shots make a splash

We’ve profiled a lot of photographers who have used various props in their photos — but no one quite like Alexander JE Bradley. Rather than using costumes, toys or even animals, Alexander brings gallons of milk to his photo shoots. It sounds strange but the result is one hilarious photo.

“Nobody believes me when I tell them that I throw milk on people for a living,” Alexander tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “But of course when they look at my photos, their reactions are priceless… lots of smiles, laughs and bewilderment. And I think, that’s probably why I keep doing it!”

The idea behind Alexander’s milking series came about on a trip to his native Australia in 2011. At the time, he was planning a party for some of his friends and randomly wanted an image of someone having milk thrown on them.

Anne So Os - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

“I searched the internet for the image I had in my head, but I couldn’t find it anywhere,” Alexander explains. “Because I didn’t want to live in this kind of depressing milkless world, I took the initiative and decided to shoot one myself. My friends and I grabbed some milk, asked a friend if he would be cool if we threw milk on him, he said yes, and the rest is history. It was fun and everyone got a kick out of it.”

“The irony though?,” Alexander adds, “I’m lactose intolerant, so I don’t even drink milk!”

Margot Simonney- Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

When Alexander returned home to Paris and decided to make a series called, “Le Grand Spectacle du Lait” (The Great Spectacle of the Milking). He gathered a team together — including extremely eager subjects — and began taking photos. Shoots were usually long with up to 10 people getting milk splashed repeatedly on them. At the end of the day, however, Alexander said everyone had fun watching each other’s reactions.

“Typically I burst shoot my photographs, so often I have six photos where the milk is in different stages of flight and contact,” Alexander says. “It can be quite challenging to choose which exact instance is the best. I think over the course of the series I have got most of the moments: the anticipation and terror before the milk hits, the initial shock upon impact and usually the hilarity that ensues after the fact! I try to just take a close look at the expressions of the individual and see which one looks the most interesting.”

Auto-Lait - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // Self Milking - The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Auto-Lait - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // Self Milking - The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Alexander never offers his subjects any advice — opting to capture the spontaneity of the moment — although he does try to make sure people keep their eyes open.

“Eyes are such an important part of photography,” Alexander says. “That’s why I really like this image of Emily Farley. You can see she kept her eyes [open] the entire way. She didn’t flinch once, and you can see the milk cascading down her eyeballs. It’s pretty gross if you look at it quite close, but I think it’s what makes it one of my favorite images.”

Ruth Mac Kenna - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Zion Ama Dio - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Another one of Alexander’s favorite photos is Cookie Man.

“It was one of the early photographs I shot,” Alexander says. “There was something just so sweet and innocent about the image, the expression and the scenario that I love. Plus, the form from the milk was fantastic.”

Apollo Garcia - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Alexander admits the best reactions come from random people who walk by and unexpectedly witness his shoots.

“I remember being amazed when a group of children with their parents walked past,” Alexander recalls. “They just stopped to see what we were doing. And as soon as we launched our milk they turned excitedly to their parents screaming, ‘Can we do it! Can we do it! Can we! Can we!’ I was really surprised when their parents responded, ‘Now just go and ask the nice photographer man and see if he’ll let you do it.’ Of course I did and that picture was hilarious.”

Benjamin Gallen - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Nicolas Zielinski - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Overall, Alexander says the responses to series are pleasantly divided.

“Half will ask me from what depths of the devil’s reach did I find these ludicrous people who purposely chose to be submitted to such horrific acts,” Alexander says. “And then the other half will ask me how much did they have to pay me to get them to take part in this series!”

“Every now and again I will see…a comment under my photo reading ‘What a waste of milk’,” Alexander admits. “But I am not wasting anything, I am creating something. Do you think anyone went up to Leonardo da Vinci and told him he was wasting paint? It is the same idea. As a visual artist, anything I put into my photography is a tool of my trade. And in this case, it is milk. It is my creativity, and I don’t consider that to be a waste at all.”

Eve Bourggnn - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

Paul Remay - Le Grand Spectacle du Lait // The Grand Spectacle of the Milking

When asked about the objective for his milking series, Alexander says, “If it makes people smile, then that’s good enough for me. Most of my work is pretty crazy, this is probably a reflection of myself as a fairly offbeat person. And as an Australian, I think I have a rather rye sense of humor and will find something absolutely hilarious that others might just think is a bit odd. But it’s all fun.”

Visit Alexander’s photostream to see more of his photography.

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#FlickrFriday: Precious Treasure

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Precious Treasure

My Nikon FE2 + Lens 45-365

Essential Bird's nest

Treasure chest and it's full! #PreciousTreasure (Trésor précieux)

My precious treasure

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The view is the treasure on Treasure Island

Our last Flickr Friday theme was #PreciousTreasure. This is a selection of our favorites from your submissions.

When we think about our most precious treasure, many things come to our mind. Family, pets, special objects that have been kept in our families for a long time, wonderful places and the five senses. From your kid’s favorite dolls to your most beloved wardrobe piece. Come and have a look to all the wonderful secrets you shared with us in the Flickr Friday group pool.

Check out all the galleries of favorites that you’ve been sharing with us, create your own and share it with us too.

Our next theme is currently making us all thrilled about who will be the winners of the upcoming weekend. We are sure you will easily find the way to recreate #MyFavoriteMovieScene. Get inspired by the Oscar winners this year or dig into your memories and find your favorite one. Share your nominated shot with us in the Flickr Friday group. The selection of the week, will be showcased right here in FlickrBlog. Don’t forget to invite your friends to take part in the challenge by reteweeting us, or sharing our status.

Photos from Dave Sutherland, 2day929, Elizabeth Sallee Bauer, Andrezza Dias Haddaway, dayseven2013, Mandy, Alt-D90, Paulo Contente, coreylynn, ashleigh290, t1ggr, Steve, Kely Cristina, Pamela Gomes, Valet Emilie, O fil, and Tom Hilton.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for more.

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Sochi diary: Diego Jimenez

Sochi Blog: Media Day.

Flickr member Diego Jimenez (dejota3) recently traveled to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics, where he shot a number of amazing photos. Diego hails from Venezuela and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. This was his first trip to Russia. He shoots on a Canon 6D and carried a 24-105mm and a 70-300mm telephoto to the Olympics.

We reached out to Diego to ask him more about his experience and we’re happy to share the extended discussion here:

Flickr: What motivated you to go to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics?

Diego Jimenez: I am a huge fan of the Olympic Games and had always wanted to attend in person. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to visit Russia, a country I knew very little about before this trip.

Flickr: Were there any parts of the travel that you found interesting or quirky?

DJ: Despite of the language barrier, we had a great experience exploring each city and finding our way around. Ordering food was always an adventure, and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the local cuisine (e.g., Pelmeni, chicken soup, pancakes, beef stroganoff, etc…). Most Russians were also very hospitable and helpful.

Sochi Blog: It's hockey time.Flickr: What did you like best about the Olympic venue?

DJ: All of the arenas were state-of-the-art, so it is difficult to choose. In terms of architecture, the Iceberg, the Bolshoy Ice Dome (especially at night when it showed the scoreboard for hockey games), and Fischt stadium were all stunning. The Olympic cauldron and the musical fountain beneath it were also awesome.

As far as attractions, I loved visiting some of the national houses. These are a meeting place for supporters, athletes and followers of a country’s team. We were invited to the opening of the House of Switzerland, and they had a great party with food and free drinks. Another great one was the Austria house in the mountain cluster, which featured a bar, beach chairs and even a high striker game. Really fun.

Finally, the chocolate pancakes at Olympic park were the best thing that ever happened to us. I had like 20 of them.

Flickr: What were your favorite events?

DJ: Long track speed skating had the best fans and atmosphere, so I had a blast there. The snowboard half pipe tricks were incredible to see in person. The team figure skating event was also very thrilling with all the Russian athletes doing so well, and our small section cheering for Team USA. And hockey! So intense!

Sochi Blog: Welcome to Sochi!

Flickr: What was the most interesting shot you took?

DJ: One of the first shots I took in Olympic park was a Russian fan with the Olympic rings shaved on the back of his head. It remains one of my favorites. I also like the athlete celebrations (i.e., having their Olympic moment) and the pictures I have with fellow fans. I don’t think TV coverage shows much of the fans and their experiences, but to me they are a huge part of the Olympics.

Sochi Blog: Orange Day.

Flickr: Who is the guy that looks like Santa Claus?

DJ: I jokingly called him “Father Russia” at the venue, but later found out he was dressed as Ded Moroz (the Russian Santa Claus or “Old Man Winter”). He was a Russian fan at the speed skating event.

Sochi Blog: Orange Day.Flickr: How did you get so close to the athletes?

DJ: We went to the set of the Today Show and nobody seemed to mind that I was taking pictures (Thank you, Today Show!). Some of the athletes–like gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White–even posed for a few shots, which was incredible. They were so down to earth and generous with their time. It was great.

Flickr: Were there many limitations on where you could shoot?

DJ: A couple of times, I was given a hard time at the security gates because of my equipment (for example, one guard pointed to the red ring on my lens as a signal that I was a professional photographer), but after some discussion and arguing, I was always allowed at the park and able to take photos from my assigned seat. In general, the rules for photo equipment were very vague (e.g.., “no professional photography”), so I figured it was worth bringing my camera and taking the risk. In the worst case scenario, I could always find a locker service to store my equipment.

Sochi Blog: It's go time.

Flickr: Any tips for others going to big events like this?

DJ: The first thing would be to do your homework and find out the photography regulations for the event before you buy tickets. I’ve recently been to arenas where they don’t allow DSLRs at all, which is extremely frustrating.

As far as photo equipment, flash photography is a big no-no for sporting events. [Flash] won’t help your shot look better, but (more importantly) it can negatively affect the athletes’ performance. So if your camera has a built-in flash, make sure you learn how to disable it before you go. For lenses, telephoto zoom lenses are great for capturing close-ups of the athletes or performers in big arenas, while multi-purpose and wide-angle lenses are best for landscapes and casual shots.

For photo processing, my only suggestion would be to try to download and edit the photos as frequently as possible so they don’t accumulate. Just as a reference, every night at the Olympic games, I’d have between 300-700 photos to sift through and process in about 1-2 hours (…yes, I am one of those trigger-happy photographers). This timeline seemed crazy, considering I can spend *hours* selecting and editing a couple of photos back home. But in this case, I prioritized sharing the experience in real-time over making sure each and every photo was perfect. It was difficult at first, but a great exercise to go through.

Flickr: Anything else you want to share with the Flickr community?

DJ: If anyone needs a personal photographer for Rio 2016, please let me know :-)

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Sharing the same center

The Art of Muqarnas I

In the Concentric Compositions gallery, we corralled fascinating photos capturing natural and manufactured subjects with concentric patterns yesterday, and also those shots featuring vortex circles via perspective. This addictive geometric theme seems endless in a photo search, from jaw-dropping designs of Granada’s Alhambra ceiling to stump rings of an ancient redwood.

See, and share, more photos in the Radial Symmetry group.

Photos from José Garrido, Victor Aparicio, J-J-W, Carolina, Magortaur, and Joselito Tagarao.

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#TwitterTuesday: Wind

Sunday cruisin'

balloons Winds of Brighton

Mayflower

Waves in Lanzarote Farming the Wind

I fell asleep just a little while, and Autumn crept into my house

Barley fields - Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India Pescadores

* winter sky clearing over Agua Caliente

Anne Sophie, Windy and Elfe II

Feel carried by the wind and enjoy the journey around the world through the blue skies and seas. Have a look and live the unwinding experience from all your submissions.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to see the next challenge directly in your feed. We will be back with the new theme next Tuesday.

Photos from Sue Holland, Lily Lustosa, Éole Wind, Antti Tassberg, Simon Turkas, cec403, Ninon, Chetan Karkhanis, Alfred MyersGwenael Piaser and allophile.

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Group focus: the Jumping Project

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Sometimes you just need to jump for the sake of jumping. No other explanation for it. Just jump! The Jumping Project group on Flickr is a group dedicated to portraits of people jumping, and with over 55,000 images and nearly 28,000 members, the Jumping Project continues to ascend.

Philippe Halsman, a pioneer of jump portraits, was a model and inspiration for the group to collect some of the best jumping images on the Internet. If you’ve got a jumping portrait, add it to the group and join with the thousands of others documenting one of life’s simpler pleasures.

Though the rules of the game are pretty simple–jumping for the sake of jumping–group members have put you on notice that if you title your image “You might as well jump” that’s immediate grounds for removal. Sorry, David Lee Roth.

Photos from Mental Picture, Tom Harper, royal blue 1878-paul jones, flavio, klonsky21, Khalil Goodman, and Keming Wang.

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Carnival of Venice 2014

Sunset in Venezia

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Venice Carnival (2014)

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Venice Carnival (2014)

Photos from the masquerade festival in Venice, Italy, featuring the extravagant outfits and masks of revelers. Venetians have celebrated the traditional event annually since its popularization during the Renaissance.

See, and share, more photos: Carnival of Venice 2014 gallery | Venice group

Photos from Cedric Favero, titti_3, angelatff, oriana.italy, lotti roberto, and Derrigo.

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Avanaut, the Flickr member who inspired the LEGO Movie

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A Pilot's Dream Bossk's Cool Day Out

Samwise the Brave

Dr. Jones Saves the Day

Indiana Jones in the Map Room Breaking In the Tauntaun (Revisited)

Vesa Lehtimäki, also known as Avanaut on Flickr, has been designing LEGO scenes for many years, recreating worlds like Hoth and Tattooine from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth, and the 1930s earth from Indiana Jones.

A recent article on fxguide.com revealed that Vesa’s work was one of the big inspirations for the creators of the LEGO Movie, and we invite you to see what it takes in Avanaut’s LEGO set. We also highly recommend you check out some of his other work with action figures as well as his Star Wars Scale Model Project.

Photos from Avanaut.

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Waiting

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Esperando

waiting

Esperando Esperando

Waiting a plane paris

Espera con vistas - Bilbo

Esperando el regreso / Waiting the return esperando na janela 5

Waiting at the Terminal Esperando la luz verde

Wait in vain, for the train. Dogs in waiting

It's you I'm waiting for!

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Waiting up

There is a moment when time appears to stop. It’s at that instant, when we are waiting for someone or something, that our thoughts take flight and our surroundings slow to a halt.

Photos from José María Pérez Nuñez, Espejo Eterno, mike barwood, María Constanza Welschen, Agustín Povedano, Brice CANONNE, Jean-Paul P.G., Gonzalo Iza, Tever McFervienza, Sheila Tostes, Jonathan Parker, Diego Martin, Walt Jabsco, Raj Deut, marie-II, gemmyjade, Michael, Luz Adriana Villa, and monekywing.

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Lives of animals

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Kampselur - Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus) EXPLORED

Rotund seal relaxes in Iceland, roaming cat ruins a photo shoot, kitten intently stares, klutzy ladybug goes belly up, cute chamois glances before disappearing — these shots give us a glimpse of the many lovely captures of wildlife and pets to discover here on Flickr.

See, and share, more photography in the Animals Portraits gallery and Amateur Wildlife & Nature Photography group.

Photos from Eyþór Ingi Jónsson, Pyper Pup, RANGEFINDERX, mikroman6, and pas.sionphoto.

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