Painting the sky

April 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

In the urban landscape we only get small glimpses of the sky; at least from the street level view-point of our every day comings and goings. Yes, one could see a fair share of sky from a high building, but it always the urban skyline that dominates the experience, not the vast horizons of the countryside.

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Basically, the sky is absent from the urban landscape.

This is why sky-artist Thomas Lamadieu fills in the small sky-gaps with his strange creatures.

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Lovers asleep

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

How do lovers sleep?

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In a project called The Sleep of the Beloved, photographer Paul Schneggenburger captures a couple’s most intimate moment: their sleep. Using long-exposure photography he creates these ethereal, haunting, black & white images, where faces and limbs are combined in a single aura.

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The beloved are photographed inside Paul’s studio, from midnight to six in the morning, in black sheets, under candle-light. The project is ongoing and you can take part by contacting the photographer.

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The disappearing artist act

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am ambivalent about this. Is it ironic or moronic? Is it a critique of celebrity image, in this paparazzi infested world? Or is it a strained attempt to be the next meme? Here is the concept and you’ll be the judge:

Photographer Chris Buck had a side project. Once a photo shoot with an artist was completed, he would ask them to hide somewhere inside the frame and then he would take a photograph. The series is appropriately called “Presence“. Cleverly enough he asked witnesses to sign an affidavit affirming the presence of the artist. In the monograph of the series, this signed document is displayed across the photograph itself. An empty photograph and a legal document. What do you think?

Let’s do an experiment. Can you tell which artist hides in which photo? Do you feel their “presence”? (answers on hover).

David Lynch

Nick Cave

Jonathan Franzen

Admittedly, Buck seems interested in the concept of the public image of the celebrity. In another of his series, named ISNT, he explores Alison Jackson-esque scenes with celebrity look-alikes. By the way, if you haven’t already, you should visit Jackson’s faux celebrity blog.

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What Does Music Look Like?

September 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

In this blog, I have often wondered if music could be visualised and how it would look like and many artistic experiments I have encountered through the web tried to answer my question.

But I have to admit that no other experiment manages to capture better the look of music than Martin Klimas‘ photographic series, entitled ‘What Does Music Look Like?’. After having covered a speaker with a sheet of translucent plastic, he pours colored paints on that sheet and pumps up the volume. Then he photographs the ‘vibrating’ colors that dance on the air.

Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

Can you recognise the songs? (Hover to find out..)

Jimi Hendrix – House Burning Down
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The beach from above

August 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Well, I love being on the beach, enjoying the sun, playing with the sand and diving in the cold waters. Photographer Gray Malin seems to enjoy the beach while being on air. How else can I explain his beautifully taken from helicopter photographs of some of the most famous beaches of the world, St. Tropez in France, Copacabana in Brazil and Bondi beach in Australia.

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Lost in the modern metropolis

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

We try to hide in our modern metropolis, in the cityscape, but it seems that sometimes the city itself can be also found hidden in our mind and in our thoughts. Beijing-based photographer Jasper James captures in his photographic series called City Silhouettes the expressive silhouettes of different people mingled in the city’s landscape.

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Fictitious dishes from classic novels

July 24, 2012 § 3 Comments

How would you imagine Oliver Twist’s breakfast of gruel and water or Alice in Wonderland’s afternoon tea served? Dinah Fried in her photographic series entitled Fictitious Dishes decided to capture the meals of five fictional characters – Oliver Twist, The Catcher in the Rye, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and Moby Dick.

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By changing the table dressings, condiments, crockery and cutlery, the culinary snapshots are turned into fascinating literary set pieces.

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Documenting the human body

May 29, 2012 § 2 Comments

There are cases that nudity is no longer provocative or shocking, but a manifestation of the human condition. In Spencer Tunick’s photographs, a nude body stops being just a nude body and becomes part of the landscape.

More than 15 years, Spencer Tunick has been gathering hundreds or thousands of volunteers and photographing in public places, such as the Zocalo Square in Mexico City, the Dead Sea in Israel, in museums, or in the streets all around the world,  challenging our notions of nudity and purity.

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Day and night in one shot

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

An image of a metropolis where the sun meets the colors of the night. Day and night together in just one image.

Photographer Stephen Wilkes in his series called Day to Night captures views of New York City , where day and night are so beautifully united together.

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Pixels and Polaroids

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Two techniques combined together. Pixels and Polaroids is a series of photographs by California high school student Jherin Miller, which combine ‘retro film photography and retro digital graphics into one interesting blend, where 8-bit  pixelated characters live through the eye of a Polaroid camera’.

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The spirit of a city

January 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

To ‘highlight’ human existence and to show the spirit of a wounded city. That was the concept behind Wittner Fabrice‘s Enlightened Souls, a lightpainting project, which begun in May 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand as an artistic and morale contribution to the 6.3 quake’s aftermath. Now in Hanoi, Vietnam, Wittner Fabrice creates his unique long-exposure photos with lights shone through large cut stencils.

“An interesting way to share ideas and feelings about society and life. After all, this is what street art is made for”, says Fabrice. See more light stencils after the jump. « Read the rest of this entry »

The dark side of a fairy tale

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not every fairy tale has a happy ending. Thomas Czarnecki’s photographic series From Enchantment to Down reveal a different ending to classic fairy tales heroines.

In each of his photographs, he uses recognizable princesses, such as Cinderella, Red Little Red Ridding Hood, Snowhite, Alice in Wonderland to create dark and complex narratives, revealing, thus, intriguing new ways for how classic fairy tales could have ended.

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An essence of the past

January 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

As awkward as it sounds, this new year brought us a sense of nostalgia for an era somehow lost. That’s why we got so impressed with Don Hong-Oai‘s contemporary photographs of China, appeared though as age-old paintings or ink drawings on long scrolls.

Using an old Asian photography technique and incorporating traditional calligraphy and elements of traditional Chinese paintings, Hong-Oai creates mind blowing landscapes, “bringing us back” the essence of past decades.

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2011: a LEGO year

December 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

This year was definitely a LEGO year, or, perhaps, every year can be LEGO year, since everything can be constructed or recreated with LEGOs.

E.M. Escher’s paradox:

Classic photographs:

Music record covers:

Oscar nominated films:

What else will these magical bricks build next year?

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The new frame

December 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Sleeveface: the new trend. A new form of art created by extending the art cover of a vinyl record outside of its confined frame in order to create a new frame. The best examples of 2001 have been compiled in Sleeveface website. Here is our pick:

Photo credit: Birgit Veigel, Johannes Veigel, ThomasVeigel

Photo credit: Nicolas Lincy

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The man and the moon

December 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is the story of a man who found the Moon and decided to spend his life with his new friend. In other words this is a visual poem entitled Private Moon, designed by Leonid Tishkov and photographed by Boris Bendikov.

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Connecting the light

November 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s like connecting the dots to create figures of animals, people, geometrical schemes. That what Cassandra C. Jones does in her very impressive images of lighting ripping and branching through the skies.

She uses all sort of pictures, available to the public, and arranges them atop each other or side by side, allowing the lightning in one photo to connect with the light in another. These collages reveal concrete figures outlined of squirrels. rabbits in motion, perfect circles, “portraying an urban animal jumping through time, space and different rural, suburban and municipal locals”.

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Behind closed windows

October 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Every building has a life of its own and every tenant a story to narrate either if s/he is located in a 22-story block in Brazil or in a minimalist design hotel in another corner of the world.

Photographer Kim In Sook (born in Osaka, currently based in South Korea), in her photographic series Saturday Night, reveals the hidden lives of hotel occupants, satisying in a strange way our scopophilic insticts just by watching the objectified other.

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The windmills of our city

October 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Round,
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel

Just twisted. In Nicholas Kennedy Sitton’s photographs, the buildings of a city have been twisted, making the scene appear like a spiral and creating, thus, a hypnotic feeling, making you feel a bit nauseous. Don’ t you think?

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Watching from above

October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Watching the city from above: “the constant flow of taxis, the merging of traffic, the waves of pedestrians crossing at the change of traffic lights, and the sounds of honking horns and sirens”. That is what fascinates New York-based photographer Navid Baraty in his amazing series of photos of New York City.

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