The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs were one of Florida’s main attractions in the ’60s. Celebrities like Elvis would join nearly a million other visitors a year to take in their show. Drawing air from plastic hoses that flowed out of the bottom of their underwater theater in order to avoid fantasy-disrupting scuba gear, the mermaids could dazzle sold-out crowds with their acrobatics and performances for up to 30 minutes.
Jonas Bendiksen, an wonderful Norwegian Magnum photographer, has taken a job as a staff photographer for a local newspaper in Sortland, Norway, a town of 8,000.
About the decision, he told Wired’s Raw File blog:
“I have a lot of respect for people who work in daily journalism, and local news in particular. These are guys who go out every day and find new stories or angles in the same tiny village for 25 years. That’s not easy,” says Bendiksen. ”This is all very good experience for me to apply to all my photography. Sharpening my eyes a bit for finding images in the everyday. This I’ll definitely take with me.”
Read the rest of the great interview on Raw File here.
The photos in Deborah Bay’s new photo series, The Big Bang, show otherworldly close-ups of bullets lodged in panels of plexiglass. For Bay, they recall images of nebulae and Big Bang explosions, but they are also blunt reminders of a bullet’s destructive force.
“Photography’s roots are so based in realism and I like to take it the other way,” says Bay. “I make an effort to take you into another place that is not quite so real, or maybe real in it’s own way. I aim to give you some food for thought.”
This leak features songs i was working on back in 2013-2014, everything here is shit that got scrapped from my debut tape (which is currently still being worked on) All these songs are still in the demo stages that means no mix, no master, some the beats still got tags on em’. Just raw files straight from my computer to give ya’ll something new to vibe to while my 1st project is being finished. Enjoy My Lady Muse.
“It can get pretty bizarre,” he says. “It must have been right after Michael Jackson passed away and this guy down in Alabama had made this really bright sign that said ‘Michael Jackson estate sale here.’ I photographed another place in Georgia where people put out a huge 20-foot pink flamingo to draw people in.”