Panographer Tanja Barnes on urban art

The Wall Along Wilshire - Ten Sections of the Original Berlin Wall
“The Wall Along Wilshire – Ten Sections of the Original Berlin Wall”

Tanja Barnes (a.k.a. @TanjaB on Flickr) started her interest in photography with a Kodak Instamatic and has fond memories of backpacking and riding the train through Europe in the ’80s. A moment during this trip ignited an ongoing love affair with urban art.

What was the moment that got you hooked with urban art?

I went through Checkpoint Charlie on my way to East Berlin. I was absolutely amazed at the west side of the Berlin Wall and its art. It was a stark contrast when you got to East Berlin, everything was so drab and gray. A good analogy is the scene when Dorothy lands in Oz and opens the door for the first time. Everything goes from black and white to Technicolor. Only in my East Berlin experience, the process is reversed — color to black and white.

Your recent panoramas of murals in Los Angeles are fascinating. What gear do you use for these shots?

My basic set-up consists of Canon T1i camera, Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, 360 Precision Atome panoramic head, and Oben ACM-2400L self-standing monopod. When I was first starting out, I used to shoot with a SIGMA 8mm F3.5 EX DG circular fisheye. Now that I’ve got the Canon 8-15, I’m exploring image capture at different focal lengths. Because of this, it has become necessary to upgrade my pano head, even though I absolutely love the Atome. In those instances where I’m shooting at 14-15mm, I’ll use either a Hejnar Photo panoramic head or a 360 Precision Adjuste. I’m still deciding which one I like better — both are good but for different reasons. Also, because of the glass upgrade and the need for a beefier head, in turn I need a full-on tripod, so my choice is the Manfrotto 055XPROB.

UTI Crew + MTO

Dennis Hopper Mural by Jonas Never  - Venice Beach, California

Damon Martin's  "5 Elements - Korean Mythology" in front of the District Gallery - Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Foster The People - "Supermodel" Mural in 360º Panorama

What draws you into capturing urban art?

As an Angeleno, I’m particularly interested in the current developments to the local mural art scene that are taking place right now. It’s really an exciting time! Mural art characterized the Los Angeles urban artscape that grew organically out of the Chicano movement in the ’70s. By the 1990s, advertisers appropriated murals by fabricating product placement that was designed to look like works of public art. It was considered so problematic that the Los Angeles City Council took action against this deception; and in 2002, imposed a blanket ban making all murals within the city limits illegal whether they were commercial or not. This stifled the L.A. community’s mural scene for over a decade. Earlier this year, the ban was lifted.

I think urban art, street art, graffiti art –- whatever you want to call it –- is the most powerful form of modern art. It’s like putting the printing press in everybody’s hands to say whatever they want and express it in any manner in which they choose.

But, as a documentarian (and not a creator) of street art it’s hard to have an opinion of what constitutes urban/street/graffiti art.

I mean all graffiti is not art, but some art is graffiti. I think Warhol said it best: “Art is anything you can get away with.”


“Archways” Commissioned Public Art by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector - Selected Sculpture for City of Santa Clarita, California

How did you get into panography?

It wasn’t until I started working in the visual effects industry providing massage therapy services to VFX artists and professionals that I started to grok DSLR photography. I mentioned to one of my clients one day that I had seen an amazing interactive panorama online and that the viewer could click their mouse and drag and zoom. I told him I just thought that was the coolest thing ever. And he goes: “It’s really easy, all you need is a fisheye lens and a Canon Rebel.” He went on to explain the process a bit more. And with that, I went online and learned everything I could about panoramic photography.

Salvation Mountain #7 (Yellow Brick Road) - Niland, California

What’s your experience like on Flickr?

At first, I would just follow my real-life friends on Flickr, but that’s when I had a point-and-shoot camera. When I got serious about panoramic photography, I began to notice other communities. These communities were tremendously helpful because they emphasized techniques or gear that I had, so I wanted to check out what the others were doing. Soon I was making friends with fellow panographers. Now I pretty much follow anybody whose work I admire. I’m not limiting myself to people I actually know or to just panographers. The thing is, just like a party conversation, sometimes you want to turn around and talk to somebody else. I absolutely love to study the works of other photographers. The best part of my Flickr experience is the ability to connect with others and ask for advice, tips and tricks, and feedback.

Griffith Observatory

Thank you, Tanja, for the interview.

If you’d like to discover more of @TanjaB’s photos, head over to her photostream.

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Vote for The Weekly Flickr at the Webby Awards


You may have already heard that The Weekly Flickr is nominated for a Webby Award in the category of Online Film & Video Reality, and it’s your chance to cast your vote.

Every Friday, TWF showcases interesting, intriguing and beautiful photos and the Flickr members behind them here on FlickrBlog to to amaze and inspire you.

Since its launch in December 2012, TWF has posted over 70 episodes documenting the work of talented Flickr photographers from around the world. We feel very honored that TWF is nominated and need you to win.

Head over to the Webby Awards website and cast your vote!

Here’s a quick rundown of our most popular episodes to date:

Joel Robison – Young Photographer Lands Dream Job


Rosie Hardy – Maroon 5 Discovers Young Photographer


Whitney & Dave Tuttle – Whitney + David = Flickr Love Story


Christian Hopkins – “Photography was a form of therapy; probably saved my life.”


If you want to be featured on TWF, send a tweet to @flickr and @theweeklyflickr or submit your photos here:

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Monday Portrait Samplr

Alahnna Enkelhet

Windkissed. Under the night sky


What better way to start off your week than a samplr showcasing some of the great portraits uploaded to Flickr within the past couple of weeks. We hope you like them as much as we do. Happy Monday!

Photos from Caroline Alexander, HQheart, , nataliefongphotography, Ella Ruth, and Megan Wilson Photography.

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Combining old and new with tintypes

“Surreal time travel” is how many Flickr members describe Dinah DiNova’s photography. Dinah, known as knitbone on Flickr, masterfully combines the old and the new in a set of unique tintype photographs.

“My photographs really blurs the lines between the modern day and the past in this very confusing but beautiful way,” Dinah tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “I love it when people can’t figure out right away who these people are or what they’re doing. You have to sit with a photograph for some time and really let it sink in.”

Tintype photography was the first mainstream photographic process in the United States. Before 1850, photography was very expensive; available only to the very elite. Tintypes — which consisted of creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of cheap iron, coated with collodion (no tin involved whatsoever) — made the process very affordable; allowing a huge range of people to have their photographs taken.

Mardi Love Untitled

Suddenly tintype portraits were made by photographers working in booths or the open air at fairs and carnivals. Because the lacquered iron support was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.

“It was this huge turning point in the history of photography, because all of a sudden, so many people could afford to have their photographs taken,” Dinah says. “And because they’re on metal, they have lasted for a long time, leaving us this very rich, beautiful lineage of different classes, races, genders, and people that otherwise would have really fallen through the cracks. Now [because of this process] we get to hold on to them and still have them in our cultural identity.”

Clara & Cosey Mo having their portrait taken on the coldest day of the year, Lower 9th Ward New Orleans

Growing up, Dinah was always drawn to the aesthetics from the 1800s and early 1900s. As a teenager, she remembers pawing through photography books being particularly fascinated by the old ones.

“What attracted me to tintype photography was this extreme ethereal, ghostly aesthetic that you get from these photographs,” Dinah explains. “In a way, it’s kind of running away from digital photography, running backwards to this handmade art.”

“To do one of these shoots, it really is a production,” Dinah admits. “It’s very involved, it’s very complicated, and you get one shot. So if the exposure is off, there’s a light leak in the camera, or if somebody moves too much and they’re not in focus, you just start over again. Typically a shoot day can be very long. Each photograph can take at least 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish, I generally do one at a time. You could probably do three or four an hour, maybe more.”

Dinah loves that this process allows her subjects to step back in time, giving people an appreciation for what people had to do 150 years ago, just to have one photograph taken.

“Today we can just take selfies all the time, and it’s so simple,” Dinah says. “But [back then] it was really your one shot and you really earned that picture when you took it because you’d sit there for a long time. So I like to tell people [I photograph] to really put yourself into that position of ‘if this is the only photograph I’m ever going to have taken, how do I want to present myself? How do I want to be remembered?’”

The long-term project Dinah has been working is called Tin Sin & KinShip — a tintype documentation of artists, musicians, travelers, and people who live outside of normal social boundaries.

”Everybody wants to know the lineage of their identity,” Dinah says. “Whether it’s your family lineage, if you’re kind of an outcast, you want to know the lineage of the outcasts that came before you. I think we don’t have a lot of that because you couldn’t be gay, you just didn’t have a lot of opportunity to express yourself, unless it was in hiding and in secret. It’s not that something people could be very open about, and it’s not something that you really had a chance to document.”

Abi & Shoog in realtree

“This project is really looking to say this community and these people are so beautiful and so important. We’ve always been here, we’ll always be here, and I want to leave a record of this for the future.”

Dinah started tintype photography six years ago and today admits she can’t stop. “It’s an obsession,” she says.

“There’s a huge amount of love and dedication that I put into this work; it’s a labor of love. I can only hope that that comes across, people see the magic that goes into it, and the heart that everybody puts into making one of these photographs.”


Visit Dinah’s photostream to see more of her photography.

Check out a previous episode: Photographer crafts scenes of iconic Americana

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#FlickrFriday: Yellow

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#FlickrFriday: Yellow | It's the color or spring when the sun becomes warmer and the buds start to blossom, of autumns when the leaves turn their colors. It's lemons and bananas, of canary melons and corn. Take a shot of something yellow and share it with

Our new #FlickrFriday theme, can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be. We want to see something #Yellow. Whether you spot something yellow in an otherwise gloomy street scene, stage a lemon or banana, take a shot of a piece of butter, or stage a yellow item to portrait the color, it is up to you. Show us a beautiful, scary, fascinating or dangerous approach to yellow in your daily life.

Take a shot from today until next Friday when we announce the new theme, and submit it to the group for a chance to be featured. You can also invite your friends to participate by reteweeting us or sharing our status.

To see last week’s recap post, let us take you to our #IcebergAhead selection.

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

CC-BY source photo from JD Hancock.

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#FlickrFriday: The #IcebergAhead Selection

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Iceberg Ahead

The Light Within De ce que l'on peut en voir | Iceberg Ahead | Flickr Friday

Iceberg Ahead!

#IcebergAhead 14/52 - spring melt

Ice meets Iceberg 'Lettuce' | IcebergAhead | FlickrFriday ICEBERG AHEAD iceberg ahead

iceberg2hd  #IcebergAhead for #FlickrFriday

Iceberg ahead

Just a Little Piece 04052014 Comme un iceberg


Our last Flickr Friday theme was all about the cold, frozen water and arctic climates. The theme was #IcebergAhead, and these are some of our favorite submissions to the Flickr Friday group.

Many of you also took the time to pick your favorites and present them in the galleries of favorites thread that you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s never too late: We invite you to go through the pool and create a gallery with your faves to contribute it.

Photos from Sandra’s Weeds, jadzia0410, dinelo,, Matt_Briston, carlamgk,, Dondu.Small, seventeenflights, Facvil, Pixi Pics, johannekekroesbergen, Orange Barn, Yseult D., and Kakadu.

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

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Reflected distortions of reality


Glass facades of buildings reflect fascinating visual distortions, and many of you capture them in remarkable ways. The photography of reflected images of neighboring architectural structures take us into a psychedelic realm, full of scattered squiggles and twisted shapes.

See, and share, more photos in the Window Reflections gallery and Fragmented Reflections group.

Photos from Jon Bewlay, Eckhart Derschmidt, steve2129, Matt Peterson, and Lucie Maru.

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Welcome the Finnish Museum of Photography to The Commons!

Reino Pietinen D1988_44_652_13

Eric Sundström d1970_6_2589  Santeri Levas, Ainola D2005_167_6_147

Max Neuscheller d1970_11_6

I.K Inha: Finnish Agriculture D2000_48_10_8

Today, we are very excited to welcome the Finnish Museum of Photography, also known as Suomen Valokuvataiteen Museo, to The Commons! The Finnish Museum of Photography is the national special museum for photography. It was founded on the initiative of a number of photography organizations and began its work in 1969 with the mission to promote and foster Finnish photographic art and culture.

Maintained by the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography, it is located in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, where it houses both photographic art and photographic culture in its collections that include about 3.7 million pictures. Among them are works of photographic art, photojournalism, fashion shots, press photos and portraits, by both professionals and amateurs.

The collections are characterised by the co-existence and interplay of the different types of photography: prints, negatives, slides, old techniques, digital images. On top of this, the Finnish Museum of Photography also has a collection of photography-related objects such as cameras and darkroom equipment.

Among the content already uploaded to the Finnish Museum of Photography’s photostream, you will find a selection of sets showcasing historical photos of Finnish Agriculture, Autochromes (an additive color "mosaic screen plate" process invented in the early 20th century), as well as photos documenting the life of composer Jean Sibelius taken by Benno Alexander Levas.

We hope you enjoy the photos, and invite you to contribute your knowledge through comments and tags making it accessible to millions of people around the world..

Photos from the Finnish Museum of Photography.

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Flickr Photo Walks on May 4th

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Los héroes que coronaron esa subida suavecita :-))

A couple of days ago, we announced our first ever global day of Flickr Photo Walks. So far, we’ve seen a great response from you and want to highlight the photo walks that are already taking place around the world.

If you are near any of these locations, head over to the respective thread and let everyone know that you’ll be joining!

You don’t see any meetup in your area yet? Become an organizer and announce your photo walk!

Australia | Sydney
New Zealand | Dunedin

Malaysia | Kuala Lumpur
中华人民共和国 | Shanghai
中華民國 | Taipei
India | Bangalore | Mumbai

España | Léon | San Sebastían | Zaragoza
Deutschland | Berlin | Frankfurt/M.
France | Paris
Finland | Helsinki
Italia | Cagliari, Sardegna | Friuli | L’aquila | Napoli | Pavia/Milano | Roma | Sala Consilina | Verona
România | Oravița
The United Kingdom| London

Canada | Toronto | Montreal
USA | Niagara Falls, NY | Denver, CO | New York City | Orlando, FL | Arlington (National Cemetery), VA
| Philadelphia, PA | Las Vegas, NV | Palo Alto, CA | San Francisco, CA
México | Ciudad de México

Photo from anpegom.

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#TwitterTuesday: Panorama

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New Dawn Fades





Il Campo, Siena One afternoon in Chillon, Switzerland

Brickell Miami

Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacán 06202007 Borobudur Panorama


Scenic Railway

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Rhossili Bay Penorama / Olympus Pen EE / expired Fuji Velvia 100

Forêt de Meudon - Panorama

Laguna Miñiques

they call it chaos, we call it home

Alpen Panorama  Ô Quy Hồ pass, 11/2013

Gundegabaletten på Soltorget

Foggy Sunrise

Landscape #2


Christmas tree

Our #TwitterTuesday theme was #Panorama. We think it’s safe to say that these must be some of the most impressive panorama photos we have seen in a long time which is why we selected quite a few to be selected for this week’s recap post. They are also a great representation of the great variety of subjects one can capture in a panorama shot.

As always, thanks to everyone who submitted a photo! We highly recommend checking out all contributions in the @flickr Twitter feed.

To see the next challenge delivered directly to your feed, follow us on Twitter or on Flickr. We’ll be back on Friday with the week-long #FlickrFriday challenge and on Tuesday with the new #TwitterTuesday theme.

Photos from zh3nya, Juan Pablo Roldan, Geir Halvorsen, lawa, Casete, faygate, philippe julien, AkaSancho, Orange Barn, Luke Robinson, christopher_brown, @fotodudenz, rmarvin4095, rob orchard, Massis__, Alfred Myers, musesyndrome_, nudnikhdk, Khánh Hmoong, krissen, marvelprash, Nicnoth, Christopher.F Photography, and Littlemissninon.

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