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Photographic Convergence

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Have you ever taken a photo, only to find that it mirrored an existing image?

Portland, Oregon photographer Lyza Gardner snapped this photo of grocery store aisles in an enormous Fred Meyer grocery store. The photo was later featured on Boing Boing and added to the Wikipedia entry on supermarkets. I heard about this because Gardner happens to be my neighbor and coworker, and this is just one of the many amazing images captured on her Flickr photostream.

Gursky photoSome viewers have compared Gardner's image to a famous photo called 99 Cent by Andreas Gursky (read more about Gursky's MoMA exhibit). They have a similar subject -- rows of groceries in a supermarket -- but have a surprisingly different effect on the viewer. One major difference is the use of color: Gardner's image is warm and yellow, while Gursky's is cool and blue. At their core, they're very similar photos, but separated in time and space.

Have you ever noticed striking similarities between two images? Similar convergences are explored in Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler (read a sample, with sample images).

100 Street Artists Turned This College Dorm in Paris Into a Graffiti Gallery

This summer, a college dorm in Paris received a colorful—albeit temporary—interior makeover after dozens of graffiti artists joined forces to adorn its walls, ceilings, and floors with collages, murals, and painted designs.

As My Modern Met reports, the artists spent three weeks painting the student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire as part of Rehab 2, an urban festival held from June 16 to July 16. The school will soon undergo renovations, so the artworks aren’t long for this world—but luckily for street art fans, pictures of the vibrant graffiti have been posted on social media for our prolonged enjoyment.

Check some of them out below:

[h/t My Modern Met]

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