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Friday, October 7, 2011

Dispatch from the small world

Posted By on 10.07.11 at 09:01 AM

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You'll be forgiven for not readily identifying the content of the above picture. It is, in fact, ammonium nitrate, an ingredient in explosives, photographed by Chicago resident Sebastian Sparenga. The photo earned Sparenga, who's a microscopist and instructor at McCrone Research Institute, an "image of distinction" award in the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, which honors photographers who shoot really, really tiny things.

The winning entry, after the jump, was taken by Madison resident Igor Siwanowicz. Rather than swatting a bug that landed on his hand, Siwanowicz (who completed doctoral studies in protein crystallography, natch) ushered it into a tiny test tube that was in his pocket. Regarding his photo, Siwanowicz remarked about "a conflict between the culturally imprinted perception of an insect as something repulsive and ugly with a newly-acquired admiration of the beauty of its form," which is a line that we've been pushing for a while here at the Reader. See for instance our annals of ugly cats.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowtos

Posted By on 02.02.11 at 04:03 PM

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Snowtos? What? Yes: Snowtos. Like "photos," but snowy. Ha.

Pictures of snow! Here we go.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Calling All Shutterbugs: The Reader's Annual "1,000 Words" Photo Contest

Posted By on 11.19.10 at 01:49 PM

We want your submissions to our annual photo issue!

On December 30, the Reader will publish its fourth annual 1,000 Words issue, a look back at the year in Chicago in pictures.

We’d like to include your photos of 2010. No subject is too big or too small—we’re looking for everything from big news captures to perfect little details. Send your high-resolution photos, or better yet links to them on a service such as Flickr, to: 1000words@chicagoreader.com.

All photos submitted to the Chicago Reader Flickr pool throughout the year will also be considered—but if you want to call our attention to something special you've posted there, please feel free.

The submission deadline is midnight, December 15. If we choose your photo for publication, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Canon PowerShot G12 from Central Camera.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

You Shoot: Lupe Fiasco at the North Coast Music Festival

Posted By on 09.07.10 at 01:56 PM

I was up in Michigan over the weekend watching friends get married and feasting on tempeh, so I missed the inaugural North Coast Music Festival. But I've been hearing good things about it from some people who went, so I'm a little jealous.

Here's a captured moment from the proceedings: Lupe Fiasco rocking an extremely 90s Malcolm X all-over-print T-shirt, contributed to the Reader's music photo pool on Flickr by user the extinction blues.

Lupe Fiasco

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Monday, August 23, 2010

You Shoot: Sweet Lou

Posted By on 08.23.10 at 08:40 PM

Thanks LouJonathan Lurie

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You Shoot: Devo at Lollapalooza

Posted By on 08.18.10 at 12:50 PM

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The Reader's music photography pool on Flickr continues to accumulate Lollapalooza pics. There's lots of good stuff getting posted, but user silverfuture's shot of a pixelated Mark Mothersbaugh is a personal favorite. Check out the full-size image after the jump.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

You Shoot: Up in Smoke

Posted By on 08.16.10 at 09:02 PM

Smoke Ringssledzik

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Friday, August 13, 2010

You Shoot: Curved Air

Posted By on 08.13.10 at 07:46 PM

Fuzzpantagrapher

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

You Shoot: Rays of Water

Posted By on 08.12.10 at 06:10 PM

Gabriel Michael

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

You Shoot: Late, Summer

Posted By on 08.11.10 at 07:15 PM

Jonathan Wood

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