Friday Shout-Outs, Standing Ovations, and Trophy Cups

This week one photographer turns old bikes into beautiful pictures, and other has a photo contest that’s not a photo contest – and her mom is a judge. A greasy world record is set and documented by another photog, several others declare their inspirations, and – can you believe it – Halloween is coming!

Shout-Outs are a regular Friday thing, and you can be part of it too. Send us suggestions! If we think it’s worth shouting about, it will show up here in the blog on a Friday. To submit something, scroll to the bottom to see how.

Andy Gregg has a series of images that show recycled bicycle parts being used to make really cool-looking furniture. The furniture looks great, but his images are even nicer. That’s a double compliment – considering he made both the photos AND the furniture.
Bike Furniture Design – Images by Andy Gregg

Gregg also runs the website,, where he accepts bike part donations (re-recycled!) and sells the finished results.

Jennifer Spelman from Photo Coleslaw is running a cool little exercise on her blog, called “The Infinite Summer Invitational.”

“It’s not another contest. It’s a discussion…” she writes.

“During the month of August I am inviting you to submit 3 photos that key in on the feeling of summer. I’m looking for photos that go beyond the cliches and really examine what summer is,” she said.

“So you have the entire month of August to shoot. Put down your slurpee and pick up your camera. I’d love to see what you create.”

Send them pictures, and the winning images will be talked about – in depth – on her website. The judges are Dan Milnor (who is a cool guy who always has interesting things coming out of his mouth), Jennifer Davidson, and Vicky Spelman-Lang (Jennifer’s mother!)


Spelmen is an editorial and documentary photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a photography teacher and instructor with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, AD013 Studios and has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions.

Billy Suratt of Apex MediaWire was on the scene this week when KFC “set a new world record” for the largest single serving of fried chicken. Really? They keep track of world records for this kind of thing?

According to KFC, 2,400 lbs. (or 1.2 tons) of chicken was served from this giant single container.


The NY Times’ Lens Blog has been featuring PhotoShelter users like crazy lately, thanks to a column conceived by Amanda Rivkin, a photographer (and PhotoShelter member) who has had work published by The New York Times, Newsweek, Le Monde and Agence France-Presse.

Her inspiration behind the series, titled “Turning Point: Images That Inspire“, was that she “wanted to hear from her peers about their own work. But she was interested in more than self-meditation,” the introductory article says.

In addition to sharing her own personal inspiration, she has interviewed fellow PhotoShelter members Aga Luczakowska and Robert Caplin.

This is a really well-done blog series, and I look forward to seeing more…

Turning Point: Aga Luczakowska
Turning Point: Robert Caplin


Matthew McKee, a Boston-based stock and commercial photographer, has a gallery of images called “Halloween Stock Photography.”

Perfectly timed for the upcoming Halloween season!

Halloween Stock Photography – Images by Matt McKee

I am always looking for things to include here in our Friday Shout-Outs – so if you have anything you think is worthy, let me know.

Or, better yet, post a note to Twitter with my name in it (@heygrover) or “friend me” on Facebook, and that way I won’t forget it later.

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