Monthly Archives: January 2014

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya by Yume Cyan

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya by Yume Cyan

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya by Yume Cyan

If you are tired of the common long exposure photos, then this photo project might be just right for you. Japanese photographer Yume Cyan has spent a month in the forests of Nagoya City, Japan, shooting some surreal long exposure photographs of fireflies.

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Big Appetites: Tiny People Living in a World of Giant Food by Christopher Boffoli

Big Appetites: Tiny People Living in a World of Giant Food by Christopher Boffoli

Big Appetites: Tiny People Living in a World of Giant Food by Christopher Boffoli

Christopher Boffoli‘s photo project Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World Of Big Food is a miniature masterpiece of photographic humor.

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Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson

Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson

Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson

Fascinated by the texture and color of water, artist Elizabeth Patterson challenged herself to recreate the complex formation of water droplets on rain-streaked windshields. Patterson begins her own photography then utilizes several images for a single drawing, finding the right details and patterns for each composition.

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Master Plan: Sand Castle Art by Chad Wright

Master Plan: Sand Castle Art by Chad Wright

Master Plan: Sand Castle Art by Chad Wright

Artist Chad Wright‘s installation Master Plan examines the symbolism of the mass-produced tract house made of sand. “I am conflating a child’s sandcastle with architecture typifying post-war American suburbia,” he says. “As children, my big brother Christopher and I would build cities in the sand.”

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Tiny Sculptures Made From Wonder Bread by Milena Korolczuk

Tiny Sculptures Made From Wonder Bread by Milena Korolczuk

Tiny Sculptures Made From Wonder Bread by Milena Korolczuk

We were often told by our parents to not play with our food but artist and photographer Milena Korolczuk certainly did otherwise. But instead of playing, she did an artwork out of them.

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Sea of Clouds by Jakob Wagner

Sea of Clouds by Jakob Wagner

Sea of Clouds by Jakob Wagner

German aerial photographer Jakob Wagner is the is the one responsible behind this series of beautiful photographs entitled Sea of Clouds. He made the photos in 2010 above the Mediterranean Sea while on a flight from Cape Town to Düsseldorf. This images look surreal and the clouds above the Mediterranean Sea look amazing. The effect is doubled by their reflection off the water surface.

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High Speed Photos of Spinning Paint-Soaked Toys by Peter Schafrick

High Speed Photos of Spinning Paint-Soaked Toys by Peter Schafrick

High Speed Photos of Spinning Paint-Soaked Toys by Peter Schafrick

Peter Schafrick is a commercial photographer with a good portion of his portfolio dedicated to images of liquids splashed, poured, thrown and tossed. To create these wonderful shots, he soaked a variety of toys and tools in different colors of paint, launched them using centrifugal force and captured the images at high speed. Schafrick created a special rig called the Spinster that allows him to quickly launch each object into a spin.

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Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House by Manuel Cosentino

 Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House by Manuel Cosentino

Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House by Manuel Cosentino

Photographers have a penchant for finding beauty in simple things – it’s their talent, and Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino is sure one of them. The subject of the project Behind a Little House is a tiny house positioned on an unnamed hill. Cosentino photographed the small residence for two years, capturing dramatic change of weather patterns that took place within the horizon just beyond the little house.

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Landscapes Formed From Human Bodies by Carl Warner

Landscapes Formed From Human Bodies by Carl Warner

Landscapes Formed From Human Bodies by Carl Warner

We previously posted a review of London based photographer Carl Warner‘s Foodscapes and now he’s back for more exciting and unique photo projects that will blow your mind.

As his work got famous over the photography industry and in many magazines and television ads, the artist looked for other subject matters he could use in his landscape settings and he came to the idea of using human bodies. In this series, Warner contorted human bodies, lit, and manipulated them to form expansive landscapes similar to barren deserts and mountains. He shoots all of the forms in his studio and then digitally pieced together using Photoshop.

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Jose the Amazing by Chris Arnade

Jose the Amazing  by Chris Arnade

Jose the Amazing by Chris Arnade

Chris Arnade, a New York City photographer, stumbled across a talented, young practitioner of parkour in an area of the South Bronx called Hunts Point, one of the poorest districts in the country. His name is Jose Garcia, a young resident of the place, who, along with his friends, has a knack for doing dangerous jumps and flips off of high platforms.

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Time Is A Dimension: Cityscapes Transition from Night to Day by Fong Qi Wei

Time Is A Dimension by Fong Qi Wei

Time Is A Dimension by Fong Qi Wei

These stunning photographs by Fong Qi Wei are an attempt to capture the passage of time in still images and showcase colorful depictions of city life. Wei would like to invent a way to show how scenes change over time, without using a video camera or time-lapse photography. So he spends two to four hours shooting the same location between sunrise and sunset to record the dramatic change in light. He then layers various exposures and create collage images that shows the relationship between time and light.

Time Is A Dimension by Fong Qi Wei

Time Is A Dimension by Fong Qi Wei

Time Is A Dimension by Fong Qi Wei

Time Is A Dimension by Fong Qi Wei

Fong Qi Wei explains:

Most paintings and photographs are an instance of time. That’s not the way the world works. We experience a sequence of time, and that’s why a video is somehow more compelling than a freeze frame. I work in the confines of a photographic print, because I like to do so. But in a way, I wanted to break out of this restriction of a single slice of time in photography…Similarly, our experience of a scene is more than a snapshot. We often remember a sequence of events rather than a still frame full of details. In this series, I strive to capture both details and also a sequence of time in a single 2 dimensional canvas. I hope it gives you pause and reconsider what you experience versus what you shoot with your next camera phone.

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Mother + Daughter Lookalike by Carra Sykes

Mother & Daughter Lookalike by Carra Sykes

Mother & Daughter Lookalike by Carra Sykes

Photographer Carra Sykes made a beautiful and fun photo project called Mother + Daughter which features her dressing and posing identically to her mom. Sykes uncle’s constant joking on her mother wearing her clothes gave her the idea for this project. Her mother has a knack for occasionally raiding her Goodwill donation bags and putting on her Carra’s old clothes.

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Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas

Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas

Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas

Interested in the idea of anthropomorphism or the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object, Madrid-based photographer Miguel Vallinas manipulated animal photos and made it appear as though they were wearing human clothes. Animals wearing clothes are not entirely new to us but Vallinas’ work made it a notch further by giving the animals a full wardrobe, complete from head to toe.

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A Walk Inside an Ice Cave by Denis Budkov

A Walk Inside an Ice Cave by Denis Budkov

A Walk Inside an Ice Cave by Denis Budkov

One of the last great undiscovered travel secrets on our planet is the Land of Fire and Ice which can be found in the ice caves of Mutnovsky volcano. This magical spot is located some 70km south of the regional capital of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. These ice caves are carved by volcano-fed hot springs through the glaciers of Kamchatka. Photographer Denis Budkov came across the magical caves by chance while on expedition near the Mutnovsky volcano and didn’t pass up the chance to take shots of these wonderful ice cave formations.

The ceiling is translucent giving a multicolored glow inside the cave and there are streams rippling through rocks beneath. ‘Mutnovsky volcano is the heart of Kamchatka’, said Budkov. ‘This heart is literally beating and you can feel it while the earth is slightly moving under your feet’. The cave does not melt completely because the ceilings are made of four layers of compacted snow.

‘It’s hard to find such places without a guide’, said Budkov. ‘Even me, being an experienced guide, didn’t know about this cave as it is off the usual routes I normally take. Plus at the moment, it is impossible to get there as we have a metre and a half of snow covering everything. I’m not sure if it will even melt during the summer. So maybe the people who want to see the cave will have to wait until next year’.

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Explosions in the Sky by Nick Pacione

Explosions in the Sky by Nick Pacione

Explosions in the Sky by Nick Pacione

Dallas-based photographer Nick Pacione has created a wonderful series of macro photographs of fireworks titled “Explosions in the Sky.” It offers a unique view of the chain reactions in a fireworks display, at a macro scale. He camped out below a firework show last 4th of July and captured these awesome shots using a macro lens.

Pacione created the abstract images by using a rack focus technique which alters the focus during his long exposures and transforms the fireworks into abstractions of light and color. Fireworks alone can be beautiful but Pacione’s works are even more. Instead of the typical willow tree-like shapes, the fireworks changed into glass tubes, flowers, and some shapes even resemble the little pointy ends of beetroots.

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Aerial and Fashion Photography Mashups by Joseph Ford

Aerial and Fashion Photography Mashups by Joseph Ford

Aerial and Fashion Photography Mashups by Joseph Ford

Joseph Ford is a talented photographer who was born in London in 1978. He began taking pictures while he was doing his degree in French and Italian at the University of Cambridge. He writes on his official blog “I work regularly with a team of stylists, hair/makeup artists, casting directors; location finders, animal handlers and production managers, and I can source people to coordinate all elements of a shoot.”

Aerial landscape photography and fashion photography hardly go together in most peoples’ minds, but not with Ford’s series of Aerial mashups. The whole series is actually made up of two photo projects done for two different magazines.

Creating these photographs was not easy. Although they selected landscapes and clothes that would go well together, the clothes had to be lit just right to match the landscapes and the fashion photos took as long as 12 hours to properly set up and shoot. There was almost no retouching done to the images at all except for some color balance tweaks.

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High-Speed Photographs of Ink Mixing With Oil by Alberto Seveso

High-Speed Photographs of Ink Mixing With Oil by Alberto Seveso

High-Speed Photographs of Ink Mixing With Oil by Alberto Seveso

Dropping, is the natural evolving of my previous projects using ink and water. This time I tried something different using the oil instead the water and the outcome was amazing! The title is very important to me, because it is a tribute to the master of the dripping technique, Jackson Pollock. I always was a big fan of the chaos theory. – Alberto Seveso

When it comes to high-speed liquid photography, it would be hard to find more than one or two people in the world who can match illustrator Alberto Seveso. In the past, he has created a surreal set of photos that mixed portraits with ink and the awesome “Ink Riders” series of LEGO men surfing on ink. And now he’s back for another spectacular project called Dropping where Seveso eschewed the water he typically uses and used oil instead.

To achieve these photographs, Seveso dropped ink into a container of oil and photographing them at high-speed. and flipping the resulting photographs upside down. What you get in the end is a set of ink droplets seemingly defying gravity and reaching towards the sky.

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Night Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland by Mikko Lagerstedt

Night Animals  Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland by Mikko Lagerstedt

Night Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland by Mikko Lagerstedt

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt is back with another fantastic series called “Night Animals” which contains a whimsical series featuring “animals wondering around the city while people are sleeping”. If you are wondering how come an emu wanders in an empty street at night, well, these images are composites of two photos – one of the atmospheric background and the other of the animal itself, both captured by Lagerstedt.

However, the picture featuring a large cat off in the distance lit feintly from behind by a street lamp is actually shot on site, and it also what started this surreal series.

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The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud

“Géométrie de L’mpossible” is an art installation by 22 year old Fanette Guilloud who paints optical illusions in abandoned spaces then photographs them from different angles to create three dimensional illusions. It’s about mixing street art with abandoned buildings and a touch of geometry.

Created earlier this year in Toulouse, Bordeaux and Lyon, the series employs a projection method called anamorfica to create the illusion of a painting superimposed on an image, when in reality there is some sort of digital trickery. The images are actually painted on surfaces at different angles and appear in a certain way only from a particular point of view.

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Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson

Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson

Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson

The 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans was filled with people that have outrageous display of facial hairs. Luckily Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was there to give us a good look as the bizarre spectacle of facial hair paraded in front of his camera.

Dedicated to all things facial, classes range from the Fu Manchu (‘the tips of the mustache must extend downwards’) to the Garibaldi (‘wide and rounded at the bottom, and no more than 20 cm in length’). Mustache categories include the Dali, Hungarian and Freestyle. The competition involved around 150 contestants from the US, UK and Canada, competing in 17 different categories and there are a total of 164 portraits from this event in Anderson’s giant gallery.

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Realistic Street Scenes Recreated Using Model Cars by Michael Paul Smith

Realistic Street Scenes Recreated Using Model Cars by Michael Paul Smith

Realistic Street Scenes Recreated Using Model Cars by Michael Paul Smith

For the last 25 years, Michael Paul Smith has used model cars, forced perspective and custom-built miniature displays in real-world settings to create Elgin Park, Smith’s version of a mid 20th century American town. Michael Paul Smith has at times referred to himself as a text book illustrator, a wallpaper hanger and house painter, a museum display designer, an architectural model maker, and art director.

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High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson

High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson

High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson

Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson picturing dogs doing what they do best – making a huge mess. She gets the dogs into a good mood by playing around with them and then shoots their portraits with a high-speed camera and strobe lights while they shake water off of their heads. The amusing portraits seem to transform ordinary pets into strangely distorted animals right out of a cartoon. This project was partially inspired by her dog Norbert whose drool she regularly scrubs from the walls of her home due to his frequent shaking.

She began her work with animals at the Oregon Zoo by photographing birds of prey, and now does freelance work photographing animals for both commercial and individual clients. Shake features a total of 130 high speed photos of 61 dogs, some of which are also available as prints.

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Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris

Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris

Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris

A new book coming out this October by LA-based photographer and author Paul Koudounaris — called Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs, published by Thames & Hudson — brings these beautiful corpses out of obscurity. Back in 2011, Koudounaris published a book on ossuaries called The Empire of Death, and here he takes a step further into the religious veneration of sacred remains.

Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world’s most secretive religious establishments. Thousands of skeletons were dug up from Roman catacombs in the 16th century and installed in towns around Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the orders of the Vatican. Each one was painstakingly decorated in thousands of pounds worth of gold, silver and gems by devoted followers before being displayed in church niches.

They were renamed as saints, although none of them qualified for the title under the strict rules of the Catholic Church which require saints to have been canonized.

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Switcheroo: Portraits of Couples Swapping Clothes by Hana Pesut

Switcheroo: Portraits of Couples Swapping Clothes by Hana Pesut

Switcheroo: Portraits of Couples Swapping Clothes by Hana Pesut

Switcheroo is an ongoing portrait project by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut where couples are asked to swap clothing for a pair of portraits sent against an identical backdrop. The idea was born on a camping trip, when Pesut decided to photograph two of her friends who were dressed very differently: “One was wearing tie-dye, sequins, leopard print, lots of silk scarves. Everything was very bright and colorful. The other was wearing black jeans and a black T-shirt. I thought it would be fun if they switched outfits and I decided to take before and after photos”,- said Hana.

The resulting images are sometimes funny, while also having the effect of making one analyze both their views on fashion and sexual identity. It is interesting that many of the women look completely at home with male clothing, while the men often look ridiculous with dresses. One could conclude that while we have accepted many forms of stylistic expression from woman, men often have much stricter social norms to follow when it comes to fashion.

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Just the Two of Us: Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts by Klaus Pichler

Just the Two of Us: Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts by Klaus Pichler

Just the Two of Us: Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts by Klaus Pichler

Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them. – Klaus Pichler

In his latest photo project titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler visited a number of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts in their homes where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals. Hidden behind the closed doors of our neighbors may live two different people – the person we see on the street, and the one who wears an elaborate costume to live an alternative life. There’s no common answer for why people dress up, but Pichler says over the course of shooting the project he did see one pattern develop. For most people, dressing up is their way of coping with societal pressures, their temporary withdrawal from civil life. Costumes let them inhabit a different world temporarily where they can feel empowered.

“The easiest thing you can do about costumes is make fun of them,” he says. “But by doing that you’re avoiding reflection and not thinking about why people are doing it. You’re not thinking about what the person wants to say with their costume.”

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