Free Images From the Library of Congress

Alright guys, today we’re going to get a little crazy. Hold onto your hats because we’re going to tell you about the super rad things you can do with the help of the Library of Congress. Wait! DO NOT STOP READING. Really, there is something pretty cool that you should know about the Library of Congress and not everyone is aware of it. And that’s how you know it’s cool.

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You can find all sorts of fun images on the Library of Congress website!

The Library of Congress happens to have one of the largest photography collections in the United States. Some of the images are available online and they’re pretty much yours for the taking. Or using, rather. So, that’s good news for folks who want to create their own photo art, but don’t TECHNICALLY own a camera. So get on board with the Library of Congress free images.

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There is something for everyone in the image catalog on the Library of Congress website – for free!

In short, if there’s something that you’d like a photograph of, the Library of Congress probably has it. They even have a Flickr page now. And while they’re a little hazy about who can give you permission to use an image for a reproduction, it seems like they’re giving you a little wink. Like, “Listen, we’re not one to give you PERMISSION to use this picture, but if you want to use the picture, we’re just going to put it on Flickr, look the other way, and if you want to use it, that’s up to you.”

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The Geiranger Fjord in Norway can live on a Plywerk on your wall right now thanks to the Library of Congress.

So check it out, y’all. Don’t let all these images go to waste. If you want a picture of Norwegian fjord and you’ve never been to Norway, don’t let that stop you from creating your very own wood-mounted print of a fjord. The library is your oyster. Hop to it. And we’ll help you out. All you need to do is download, upload, and we’ll do the rest. And you’ve got your fjord art.

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Plywerk Your Creative Family Photos

We see a lot of family photos here at Plywerk. And while every family is special and beautiful, some family photos are more memorable than others. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with your more ‘traditional’ family portrait. It’s always lovely to see the whole gang standing around the Christmas tree or huddled together on a beach. (Even if you’re wearing strange, matchy outfits.) But that’s not for everyone. Sometimes, we see more creative family photos. And that kind of makes our collective day.

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Plywerk your family photos in a creative way such as Jonathan Bolch did.

We’re going to give a little Plywerk customer shout out today to Jonathan Bolch. He took family photos to a whole new place. Sure, you can get a nice snapshot at a portrait studio, but if you’re whiz with Photoshop, the possibilities are endless. And here’s the proof.

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Put your family photo on one of your favorite album covers such as this one by The Beatles. We can Plywerk it for you. Image by Jonathan Bolch

So perhaps you’ll let the Bolch family inspire you. You too can get creative with your family photos and then have them Plywerked. If you want to recreate a Beatles or a Queen album cover with your loved ones, then you should do it. By all means, do it. Why be normal when you can be you? Go ahead and take some funny family pictures or strange family pictures. Because isn’t that kind of what families are?

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How about a Queen album cover? Image by Jonathan Bolch

It can be hard to be creative. But it’s very easy to order a Print on Plywerk. So if you’ve already done the hard part, let us help you out and finish the job. If you’re proud of your unique family picture, get those pictures mounted on wood so you can hang them above the mantle for years to come.

Go ahead and do something awesome or weird. Let your family’s personality shine through in your next picture. And when you do, please send it our way. We’d like to see it, too. It makes the job more interesting.

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A Maggie For All Seasons

In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is officially here. Of course, you probably did notice. That’s why you got invitations to all those Summer Solstice parties that are all the rage. Or maybe you’ve been noticing that the kids in your neighborhood, or in your house, are all running wild these days. Don’t call the truant officer. It’s just summer break.

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Switch Maggie’s photos out for each of the four seasons!
Here she is displaying a lovely spring photograph…

 

It’s surprising though. Wasn’t it just Spring? Didn’t Easter just happen? Is this calendar broken? Yes, yes, and no. That’s just how this world is. Always turning. So don’t adjust your calendar. Embrace the moment and jump into the season, full force. And while you’re changing into your shorts and flip flops, think about changing your home decor too.

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and a summer photograph…

Welcome the season by displaying your best summer photo with a very modern photo frame! Our Maggie magnetic frame is the perfect way to showcase seasonal photographs. The simple design uses magnets and ball bearings to hold a picture in place. And in a few months, when you realize that somehow it became Fall, you can swap it out. Use Maggie to show off that picture from the beach or the pool or the ice cream social. Then, when fall rolls around, you can swap it out for something new!

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fall…

Maybe you’ve got a great Halloween picture, but it’s not one you need hanging all year long. That’s what Maggie is made for. Let her help you stay with the times. Maggie comes in a variety of sizes, up to 10×12. You can can her on the wall or sit her on the mantle. Maggie goes with the flow. She’ll change with the season and look good doing it.

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and winter!

It’s more fun than a calendar. And it’s easier than changing the picture in a regular frame. Maggie has no glass. No backing. Just gorgeous, eco-friendly bamboo, and a few little magnets. Simple.

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Plywerk a Facebook Photo

We chronicle some of the best parts of our lives on Facebook. It provides us all with a nice way to share photos and stay connected with friends and family. It’s also a great way to make your former high school classmates jealous when you go on vacation to Bali. And isn’t that what it’s all about? No? Well, maybe not entirely, but a little bit, right?

But Facebook is about sharing pictures. And memories. And, well, look at that! What do you know? That’s what Plywerk is about too. We have so much in common.

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It’s super easy to order Plywerk using your Facebook images. Just add a product to your cart and when it’s time to chose an image, click on the Facebook icon.

But just because your great pictures live on Facebook doesn’t mean they have to stay there. In fact, at Plywerk, we make it super easy for you to turn them into something more. We can take your memories and turn them into something real. Something tactile. With just a little Plywerk magic, we have the ability to turn a digital picture into a work of art.

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Our system lets you access all of your Facebook photo albums, cover photos, profile images and photos that you’re tagged in! Even those from the beginning of Facebook time…

When you order a Print on Plywerk, you can simply login with your Facebook account and choose a picture from any of your Facebook albums to create a beautiful custom Print on Plywerk. Make a print of a Facebook photo and set it free! It’s so simple. Just select your panel, choose a picture, and pick your size.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your pictures offline and on a wall. A real actual wall. (I can see now that the wording might be confusing.) “But my high school acquaintances never come to my home! This will hardly make them jealous,” you say. Well, that may be so. A Print on Plywerk is more for you than for your virtual chums. And you can keep it forever and admire it even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi.

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Rachel Beltzman – July Featured Artist

Rachel Beltzman

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Website: www.rachelbphotostudio.com

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Q&A

Give us a brief description of you and your work.

First and foremost I am a mom to three amazingly cute boys. They always keep me on my toes and make everyday an adventure.

I have been in business for almost 6 years, however, taking pictures is something I have loved my whole life. My main focuses are maternity, newborns, toddlers and families. I love to capture a child’s nature. Who they are at that very moment. Even if its not their “best” moment, it’s real. I love working outside and finding awesome fun ways to use my environment. My studio is where I photograph most of the newborns and love love love every second I get to spend with them.

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How would you describe your style?

I would say my style comes from happiness and joy. Finding the good in the moment. Letting kids be kids and families relax enough to show a glimpse into their lives.

What’s your goal as as artist?

To evoke emotion from the viewer and to tell a story.

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From where do you draw inspiration?

Everywhere. A simple word or expression can conjure up lots of ideas which then swirl around my head. I see the world in photos, driving over a bridge, exploring new parts of the city can bring new ideas to light. Getting outside and simply taking a walk can be where I find my favorite new spots. I also take photography workshops to help find my inspiration. I want my work to reflect who I am and who my client is at the same time.

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Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

I love the quality of the work. It’s simplistic and clean, which I love. My clients are always blown away with how they look in their homes.

How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?

Mainly by challenging myself to step outside the box and taking risks. Finding inspiration, having a specific intention when I start a shoot. Talking to families prior to a shoot to find out what they want from the shoot.

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Photographing babies and young children must take a lot of patience. How do you keep them entertained and focused?

I let kids be kids. I don’t require them to sit and say cheese. Having three kids of my own, I know how to interact with them. I am also a very patient person. I love watching them grow and explore. If you put little kids at ease they are the best clients you can ask for. They show real emotions which is exactly what I am looking for.

Favorite month of the year?

September. The colors, the weather, the start of a new school year, it’s the best.

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If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

I’m a healthy eater. So lots of roasted veggies with a pasta.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Dependable, confident, trustworthy.

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If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

39 – I love being 39.

Post a Comment Below and Win a Plywerk

Post a comment about Rachel’s work below and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a Maggie Plywerk!!! We’ll select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early August to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.

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