Archive for October, 2009

Awesome Parents

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

My Parents Were AwesomeTHIS is cute – a site called My Parents Were Awesome , where people post pictures of their parents when they were young.

The site says that “before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts, your parents (and grandparents) were once free-wheeling, fashion-forward, and super awesome”.

Well worth checking out, and it’s easy to submit your own parents’ image – so long as they were once awesome, of course. Thanks to @MichaelRpdx on twitter for pointing it out.

iPhone Images

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

CrowdBOING Boing has featured the Japanese ‘iPhonegrapher’ Koichi Mitsui who walks around Tokyo taking pictures with his iPhone 3GS. “The iPhone has a single-focus lens with no zoom, and this simplicity keeps me devoted to only composition and the perfect photo opp,” he explains.

Some of the results are mixed, but generally there’s some lovely work here. Mitsui’s work shows that with a bit of effort some good results can still be had with the iPhone, which aside from its focus limitations is also a lower resolution than many other mobile phone cameras.

Palestinian Boxer

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

THIS link will show you a quite amazing image of 70-year-old Mohammed Shuhadeh, who runs a gym in the West Bank town of Jenin. He was a boxing champion in the 1980s, and claims to have been the first person to open a gym in the Palestinian territories 40 years ago.

That shot is just one of a series taken by the AP photography agency, more of which can be seen here, albeit on a smaller scale. Click the right arrow to scroll through the images, which are beautiful not only for how they look, but for the story they clearly tell. Every time I look at any of the shots of Shuhadeh’s gym, I see a new detail.

Twitter Treats

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Shoreditch SunsetTHIS is the first of a particular series. Whenever I see an interesting tweet on twitter about a photograph or something to do with photography in general, I’ll reproduce it here. This beautiful picture of a sunset in Shoreditch, London, is courtesy of @grumblemouse

FalmouthAlso, this lovely shot of Falmouth was tweeted by @LloydDavis I like not least because I’ve fond memories of Falmouth – I went there to cover the return of Ellen MacArthur when she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005, and was only a few feet away when she jumped up and down on her boat, brandishing two flares, which are the famous pictures of her from that time.


Monday, October 19th, 2009

HELLO and welcome to my new blog, SOTMario. I plan to use this medium to blog about the many adventures that I get up to while running the Someone Once Told Me website and also about photography in general. So if you’re a photographer, professional or amateur, or know of any good photography stuff going down somewhere, do get in touch as I might want to feature you/it on here.

Incidentally, if you’re wondering why there are other posts that date from much earlier on, that’s because I’ve taken some of SOTM’s former Latest News page and implemented these bits and pieces into the blog, to get it going. So don’t worry, you’re not late to the party 😀

Mind Bending

Monday, October 12th, 2009

WOW. That’s all I have to say. Wow. Actually, I do have more to say, as those of you who have actually met me will attest.

I’ve always been a fan of Derren Brown. His sharp suits, his immaculately coiffured, indeed rather pointy, facial fuzz, his ability to make people do whatever he wants (to the extent that I’ve sometimes wondered if he may be in league with Beelzebub).

And now, it seems DB is actually a fan of SOTM. Well, he liked one of my photos anyway.

A few days ago I found that he’d used a SOTM photo on his blog – unsurprisingly it was one of someone who was told ‘You Look Like Derren Brown’. As you can see, he must get it all the time, given there is quite a resemblance. You Look Like Derren BrownThis image was first put up on my site in June 2008, so I’m not sure why DB stumbled across it over a year later. But he did, and I was delighted and flattered that he used it on his own blog (I have a Creative Commons Licence on SOTM, meaning you can use the photos so long as it’s not for commerical use or financial gain).

But wait! There wasn’t any link back to SOTM, so I emailed Phillis, who helps run the blog, to ask if one could be popped on. She wrote back with the following message:

“Hi Mario

I’m afraid that Derren is one of those guys who does exactly what he likes. In the past when we’ve been sued by websites wanting us to pull content – we seem to get rather quick rebuke later on with a full apology and are told to “just take what we like”.

I will ask Derren to do the sign and see what he says. Coops is about too – I’ll see if he can organize it.

Oh and DB says to check out this link:




That link, as you’ll discover, is to a proper post about SOTM on Derren’s website, which has sparked off a fair few comments and quite a few hits back to my site, too. I’m really pleased that it says SOTM is “a nice little concept that illustrates how some of the simplest ideas are the best” because that’s exactly what I’ve always thought about it myself.

I mailed Phillis back to thank her and to ask if DB would like to have a go at SOTM himself. No harm in asking, eh?