App of the week: Guardian Eyewitness

App of the week: Guardian Eyewitness

This week’s app of the week reflects the laid back and chilled out mood you might be in after celebrating the four day Easter break, and simply offers you something interesting to look at as you ease your way gently back into the world of work…

Guardian Eyewitness

The Guardian Eyewitness app isn’t anything ground-breaking or revolutionary; it is simply an interesting application that you might find yourself glancing at as you board the train on your daily commute, or flick through while you're waiting for the kettle to boil, for example.

Eyewitness essentially displays a new image from around the world each day for you to gaze at, whether it’s a fun and quirky photo of the day’s sporting events, or a thought-provoking snapshot which depicts real people in alien cultures getting on with their daily lives.

Accompanying each picture is a short caption which explains what the image is depicting, emphasising the significance of the people or the places in question.

I found myself obsessively checking the Guardian Eyewitness app as soon as I woke up each morning, eager to find out what was going on in the world without having to even read the news. As corny as it sounds, I also discovered that the app opened my eyes, giving me an insight into other people’s lives.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and I feel like just glancing at a scene of the anti-government protestors in the Middle East, or a snapshot of the Mikhailovsky ballet company rehearsing, I am being transformed into a completely different world where I am trying to piece together people’s stories.

To download the app

The app is completely free to download and can be found in both the Google Play Store and Apple’s app store.

Although the app only releases one new image per day, it allows you to review the past week in photographs by scrolling through the various pictures and their description.

Try the Guardian Eyewitness app and let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Alternatively, to post a comment below. 

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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