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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Art made of salt

March 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Creativity has no limit, no borders, no specific medium. Each artist chooses his medium to express himself, to convey meaning or even to ease the pain. For Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto‘s his medium of choice is salt (more precisely tons of salt) and his story is a little bit different. He builds giant sculptures entirely out of salt and creates incredibly salt maze floor installations to commemorate his sister, who died at the age of 24 from brain cancer.

He perhaps found the healing power of salt, since, as alice says in My Modern Met “salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil”.

As a way to deal with grief or not, we can’t stop staring and admiring his pieces of art.

The following sculptural salt staircase called Utsusemi reflects on the devastating effects of earthquakes in his own country.

At least, we won’t turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife just by looking at these amazing pieces. See more after the jump

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An envelope, my canvas

January 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

An envelope, a canvas to ‘house’ your inspiration?

For Mark Powell envelopes have become the perfect medium to paint his portraits with nothing more than a standard ballpoint pen.

Pretty amazing. Don’t you think?

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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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Classic rock albums revisited

October 3, 2011 § 7 Comments

Here they are, I can see them!!! The Ramones are standing on the opposite pavement!! Well, kind of.. Photographer Matthieu Raffard places rock and punk groups  in real life settings – taken from classic albums. A very interesting campaign of the French rock radio station OUÏ FM.

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Breaking the norm

September 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

Exploring new frontiers and creating new orders? Photographer Frauke Thielkin  uses human bodies to reshape our notion of space and explore the world in a totally different way.

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The fragments of a face

August 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

A basic rule: first destroy, then create. That’s what Lucas Simões at least did in his series of portraits “Desretratos” by reconstructing already deconstructed faces. He cut out photographs of people  in different shapes and re-arrange them back together in different places.

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