Random photos without context sought
August 28, 2012 5:50 AM Subscribe
Help me find photos from a wide variety of sources without
posted by stonepharisee to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Years ago, someone used their minor scripting abilities and an ethical blind eye to collect found photos (http://foundphotos.net). I found it fascinating to be confronted with photos without any surrounding context, and with no selection for artistry, content, or value. They were also global, which is important. One of the first interesting things to ask oneself is "which continent is this on". Then the fun starts: examining electrical outlets, advertisements, plastic cutlery, etc for clues.
That site hasn't been updated for years. Something similar is available for photos posted to LiveJournal (http://fuzzysquid.com/LJ.php), but these are almost all of Russian origin, which is fine, but limited. Also, because they are being posted, they have been selected as view-worthy.
So do you know of any other sources of context-free images, with bonus points for global coverage and extra super bonus points for avoiding pre-selection based on quality. I want them bad and random.