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Art

Creative breakfasts by Instagram superstar IdaFrosk

Ida Skivenes, IdaFrosk on Instagram, is a food artist and enthusiast from Oslo, Norway. She believes that food should be fun, tasty and for the most part healthy. She started creating food arts and posted them on Instagram in 2012 with the purpose of just sharing her healthy and creative breakfasts. It was obviously a hit as she gained nearing 300 thousand followers since then. In 2013, she released her book Eat Your Art Out: Playful Breakfast by Idafrosk. On her website, there's a series called The Art Toast Project. It is basically an edible remake of major works of popular artists using a piece of toast bread as the canvas. While most of her other food art are created with the main purpose of being easy to copy, this project aims to make famous arts accessible and so the level of difficulty is higher. The majority of these pieces take usually at least 30 minutes to make and she usually does them on weekends. ...
Art

Fiery ring in the Swiss Alps bring out primal fears of predators

Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember's fiery ring installation burns brightly amidst the icy peaks of the Swiss Alps. As close as you can for as long as it lasts is a temporary piece by the creative duo produced for the biennial event Elevation 1049. The fiery ring was one of 11 sculpture, performance, and AV installations supported by the LUMA Foundation in Gstaad, Switzerland. The ring hosted a performance depicting the tale of a lonely traveller, evoking primal fears of dangerous predators. The sculpture was the result of a collaborative effort that saw Tschiember creating the ring of fire, while Gordon contributed the sound piece. Check it out! ...
Culture

Nomadic life of tight-knit community, Irish Travellers, captured in photographs

Meeting new people is one thing. Meeting a group of closed-off, extremely private nomads is another. Deep in the countryside of Ireland resides a group of families known as one of Ireland’s ethnic minorities. The community, known as the Irish Travellers, resides in their respective caravans and lives a life detached from modern necessities and technology. Brite Kaufmann, a German photographer, saw these camps on one of her trips with friends. She developed so much curiosity for their culture that she bought and drove her own caravan to one of the camps, and stayed with the group for four years. These families face discrimination, even if the Irish government tries to embed them in the city. Their concept of gender roles is deeply rooted that Kaufmann, a female who drove on her own, first became a kind of a novelty to the community. Following tradition is strict in this nomad group, which means that only men work and women care for the children. The Irish Travellers trusted...
Culture

Colorful gas stations photographed in Iraq will change your whole perspective about the country

Despite being depicted in papers and the media as a war-torn country, some parts of Iraq still prosper quietly and, surprisingly, in full color. Along one of the roads in Northern Iraq is a 70-mile stretch of more than 70 gas stations – all having their own unique and colorful characters. The connecting road between Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah boasts of unusual but entertaining roadside architecture in the form of stations filled with gold-plated pillars, temples, and popping of colors. During his visit in the country, photographer Eugenio Grosso was captivated by the interesting show of creativity and culture in these Iraqi gas stations. “These stations are all different, and different from what we expect,” says Grosso. These stations all have something in common – the idea that the brightest and the flashiest gets all the customers. Despite the dusty and hot situations in this side of Iraq, the comical roadside entertainment keeps the long driving hours bearable,...
Creativity

Photographer pays homage to cinema’s favorite characters through dreamy, black and white long exposures

From realistic visual effects to captivating scenic footages, it is true that cinematography has come a long way. But for San Francisco native and photographer Nathan Wirth, the beauty of simplicity in old films still holds real power in effective storytelling. In his photo series called Imaginations, he captures fan-favorite characters of known sci-fi movies in truly nostalgic black and white photographs. Darth Vader, Godzilla and the Tardis are just a few of his subjects. These haunting portraits were all shot by the seaside accompanied with long exposures, adding both the element of mystery and nostalgia. For Wirth, it is important that his audience learns to “embrace these images’ flaws” and that each photo tells a simple story that kids who grew up in an era of lousy, over-the-top visual effects would completely relate to. Adding to this, he says that his series is meant to be a “look back” at his childhood fantasies which, to this day, inspires him to...
Art

Instagram artist makes lip art to die for, paints pregnant Beyonce on her mouth!

Jazmina Daniel is not your ordinary woman. She is not just talented. That would be an understatement. Her canvass of choice? Her lips! She has been posting amazing lip art on Instagram, and her latest work involved her painting Beyonce's pregnant photo on her lips. Without a doubt, Queen Bey's fans went crazy. The Australian artist captioned her photo: “I know I have a lot of Queen 🐝 Fans out there! This one is for you! @beyonce Tag the Queen if you think she’d approve 🐝,” She explained, “I chose to recreate Bey’s pregnancy announcement because everyone was so excited about it. There were a lot of people recreating it in pictures and I know that a lot of my followers were Beyoncé fans so it just seemed right to do. I felt inspired in the moment to do it!”  Some people can't even put lipstick on properly! Check out more of her amazing works below: ...
Art

Selfies gone bad: Tourist accidentally trips onto an $800,000 art piece inside exhibit

How far will you go to get an Instagram-worthy photo? A visitor at the recent event, Infinity Mirrors - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama, held at the Hirshborn Museum in Washington, D.C. accidentally tripped on one of the installations while attempting to get a selfie. Although no official announcement was made, it is rumored that the sculpture amounts to $800,000. It may not be entirely the visitor's fault, though, since there is a limited number of people allowed inside the installation at a single time. This means that there is low to no security personnel to guide the tourists about the proper behaviors acceptable. The installation is described as "narrow walkways, transparent barriers, and plenty of darkness". But whether this is the case or not, people should really start behaving more like civilized tourists during these sophisticated shows. After all, the artist did work really hard to get these done, don't you think? ...
Architecture

Marcel Breuer’s legacy in architecture and design is remembered in photos at the Met Breuer

The Met Breuer, the iconic museum in Manhattan, New York, formerly known as the Whitney Museum of American Art, has commissioned photographers Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen to take photos of some of the renowned works of the museum's namesake and architect, Marcel Breuer (1902-1981). Now exhibited at "Breuer Revisited: New Photographs," the museum's first architecture exhibition under its new name, Lambri and Princen's works capture the modernist spirit of Breuer's approach to architecture and as well as pay tribute  to the visionary quality of his oeuvre. Lambri and Princen took compelling snapshots of four of Breuer's landmark buildings, namely the Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the IBM Research center in La Gaude, France, and, fittingly, the Met Breuer, which is renowned particularly for its form as an inverted ziggurat. The photos are characterized by their masterful employment of chiaroscuro,...
Art

Fashion photographer takes cinematic images that embody melancholic symbolism

Fashion has worked side by side with photography to give the audience a complete experience visually. Artists like Elizaveta Porodina is one of those who brings success to these collaborations bringing the spectators to a whole new level of understanding of the art. Porodina was born in Moscow. In her experimental fashion and fine art photography, she travels through time and space, extracting the underlying emotions in her entrancing productions. She studied clinical Psychology and this could just be the biggest influence on her masterpieces. Her melancholic symbolism sets connotations, sometimes ambiguous, sometimes honest and obvious. Her imagery range widely varying between cinematic, fashion and almost documentary. This artist had a couple of exhibitions in 2016. She had worked with magazines like Vogue, Elle, among others. She also had collaborations with Louis Vuitton, BMW MINI, and others for commercials. More information about Porodina can...
Culture

Israeli girls photographed at age 15 and 20: See the powerful transformation unfold

Comparative photography has successfully been embedded in today’s modern culture. From scrawny then-and-now pictures to memorable “Throwback Thursday” posts, the new technology-crazed generation has become more creative in sharing photos that show interesting and, most of the time, funny comparisons. A young Israeli, however, managed to take the whole "flashback" trend into new, powerful heights in just one photo series. Neta Dror, a Tel-Aviv-based photographer, started her project back in 2011 by taking photographs of Israeli girls – all aged 15 but came from different backgrounds. In 2016, she followed up on the girls and took again their photographs expecting to document some kind of change. The series was named, fittingly and simply, “At 15 & 20” – and the results of the photographic analysis were stunning. From innocent poses to defensive gazes, the evident changes in their body languages were perfectly captured by Dror. Some had...
Art

CAPTURED: Split seconds between dreaming and waking

Martin Stranka is an award-winning professional photographer from Prague, Czech Republic. Stranka's approach to photography never fails to capture his audience as he tries to etch a unique space located in balance and serenity resulting to images that seem to exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening. For a self-taught artist, Stranka has gone quite a long way. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen from South and North America, through Europe, all the way to Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Milan, London, Miami, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Kiev and many more. He has created book covers for the biggest New York publishers, such as Harper Collins Publishers and Sterling Publishing. In addition, he has collaborated with other book publishers, music publishers, and artists around the world. Visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram for more of his stunning...
Books

“Reunions” – where we are going to be in 30 years?

Street photographer Chris Porsz was actively photographing ordinary people during the 70s and 80s in his hometown Peterborough in England. During the ten previous years, Porsz tried to find the characters from his pictures and invite them for a nostalgic reunion. Guess what, his project was very successful and resulted in the 135 reunions and a book. For this kind of project, one has to plan, research and invest energy. However, the pictures evoke empathic and wonderful emotions in every viewer and surely it was an unforgettable experience for the participants in this project. Below you will find a handful of photos from the book. To order the book and find out a bit more about the characters on the photos click here. ...
Inspiration

Anna Ådén makes you fall in love with beautiful Nothern Sweden

We know artists to have different styles and different niche. Some have a long back story for their choice -- a coming-of-age life event or a significant memory. Anna Ådén need not have a story. She did not have to bring her camera far as the masterpiece is already surrounding her, waiting to be captured. And she did. Anna is a 27-year-old freelance photographer from Umeå, a city in the Northern part of Sweden. She takes amazing photographs of the beauty of nature, landscapes, and lifestyle in her home throughout the seasons. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Sweden and Germany. Her work has also been featured in different local magazines. Just a mere scan of her photography in her blog and website gives you the ultimate Swedish experience. Makes you want to pack your bags and book that flight. For more of her stunning works, visit her on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr.   ...
Art

Science appreciated through art, art appreciated through science in ‘Science as Art’

The “Science as Art” exhibit is a one-of-a-kind event that will run until March 3 at the Washington State Legislative Building. It will continue from March 6 to April 8 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. This has been an annual exhibition that featured images courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "I always really like science as art because it lets you show something in a way that is more universally relatable. You don't have to have a technical background to be interested," says Nicole Overman, a materials engineer who captured the tungsten-copper alloy's close-up. The researchers at PNNL have been selecting, coloring, and submitting images for the Science as Art event since 2010. John LaFemina, the laboratory director, said, "We had all these images that were too interesting and too beautiful to hide in a drawer somewhere." And thus, the yearly tradition was born - and the rest of the country is now enjoying these exceptional...
Creativity

#GandalfTheGuide: Photographer documents his tour of Middle Earth

Akhil Suhas is a photographer who was blessed enough to live and study in a country with an endless amount of scenery and landscapes to offer -- New Zealand. Of course, we know this country to be the very place where J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings took place. In the novel, he calls it the Middle Earth. Naturally, Suhas took advantage of this privilege, went to a 15,000-kilometer adventure and documented it using photos. With so many people already touring the country due to its LOTR fame, this photographer wanted to stand out. He first tried taking photographs of himself in a Gandalf costume using a tripod but it didn't work for him. He then decided to ask people he met along the way to put on the outfit and surprisingly, they agreed. This cross-country tour was life-changing for Suhas and if you follow him on Instagram, and see his photographs and stories, it could change your life, too. His website is also worth checking out. Enjoy! ...
Digital

Bea Nagy captures dreamy Amsterdam after a snowfall

There is a broad spectrum of attractions for recreational and cultural sightseeing in Amsterdam. The main tourist attractions are museums. The city has over fifty museums which attract millions of visitors every year. However, Hungarian photographer Bea Nagy, who is currently based in the city, didn't need to go far or visit a particular tourist spot to use as subject to her photography project. She takes photos of Amsterdam often but her favorite season is when it snows. For her, the white blanket makes the entire city look pure and innocent. Bea tries to tell stories in each photograph with the intention of evoking emotions to her viewers. She aims to capture events as they happen so as to leave amazing memories when the moment is gone. If you haven't been to Netherlands, let alone Amsterdam, these images will surely make you consider it. Visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more of her works. ...
Architecture

David Burdeny captures Italy’s breathtakingly decadent interiors

Italy is widely known for its rich and opulent architecture. But none has ever captured this grand architectural era in its full glory and color – until David Burdeny. An interior design and architecture graduate of the University of Manitoba, David Burdeny has now turned his attention into appreciating the structure, colors, and materials through photography. Just like his former photographic venture focusing on Moscow’s subway station, this project was pursued to give an ode to Italy’s long forgotten but still decadent interior design. It is like walking into a history class on Italy’s early architecture. The collection shows the ceiling murals and paintings, the intricate craftsmanship of sculpture and molding, the huge foyers and hallways adorned with sophisticated and opulent furniture. Italy’s wealthy days has truly been captured in Burdeny’s photo series. Burdeny would like to think that “there is a mystery at the heart of all my photographs,...
Nature

Amazing underwater photography taken by UPY photographer of the year winner, finalists

UK’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest has just recently concluded and the winning photographs definitely did not disappoint. The contest was created primarily to celebrate the photographic talents of individuals in the field of underwater photography. The range of locations can vary from lakes to swimming pools to the sea – basically under any body of water. Along with the main award, the competition also has 10 other mini categories that test the skills of photographers namely Wide Angle, Behavior, Macro and Wreck photography. Gabriel Barathieu, with his “Dancing Octopus” submission, was revealed to be this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year. The British Underwater Photographer of the Year, not to be mistaken with the former, was awarded to Nick Blake with his freshwater sinkhole photo entitled “Out Of The Blue.” Horacio Martinez was named Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year with his white tip shark portrait...
Culture

Immigrant photos taken in Ellis Island from 1905 share powerful message

Back in 1890, the US Government situated the federal immigration station at Ellis Island, a tiny island in New York City. During his years as registry clerk at said station, Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer, took portraits of immigrants that came in through the island. His subjects were often persons, families or groups that have been detained for medical reasons or interrogation purposes. He would often encourage them to wear the traditional clothes they have brought in their suitcases, resulting in a myriad of widely diverse, interesting photos. Providing unassuming labels such as “Romanian shepherd,” “Albanian soldier,” and “Serbian gypsies” also added more intrigue to his subjects. This has led him to take more than 200 captivating portraits ranging from tattoo-filled German stowaways to Guadeloupian and Ruthenian women wearing intricately designed clothes. The recent news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban may have...
Art

See food in a new light as various artists mix up common offerings with creativity

Food art is a fan favorite here at Design Faves, and it's not hard to see why. When a talented artist mixes food and art together, we get something that is pleasant both to our sight and our taste. The fact is that there are virtually unlimited possibilities with food art - you just have to let your imagination run wild! Below are some photos showcasing this very feat. Who knows? You might be inspired to create your own food art pieces, too! In photos, from top to bottom: Brown rice and Omelette teddy bear (Fancy Edibles), Ogbono delicacy African beauty (Haneefah Adams), Bread and coffee Instagram logo (Daryna Kossar), Pineapple parrot (My Honey's Place), Red Onion Owl (Abhay Chatre), Leafy green dress (Sarah Illenberger), Carrot crab (Becky90210), Banana Dolphins (Michelle from Crafty Recipes), and Zobo lady (Haneefah Adams). Which one caught your attention the most? ...
Art

Photoshop artist creates fascinating portraits of women grounded on reality

Krisztian Tejfel is a Hungary-based painter and photographer. He began digital painting a few years ago. He mainly paints realistic portraits of women. These women are often looking at the viewer which draws the audience more into his mesmerizing works. Before sticking to painting, Krisztian first explored different branches of art such as drawing, tattooing, and even some airbrush techniques. When he eventually got involved in photography, he learned a lot about the elements of lighting, composition, and conveying emotion which led him into making good digital portraits. His main tool is Photoshop where he just plays around with brushes which he has a lot in his digital toolbox. The interest in digital painting started in the 90s when he saw someone in an exhibit, drawing and painting using Paint and a mouse. He never stopped improving his craft since then. Visit his website and Instagram for more of Krisztian's works. ...
Architecture

‘Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints’ – the beauty of abandonment

‘Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints’, this is a simple rule that leads photographer Valerie Leroy through her adventures. Usually, with a group of friends, she travels around the Brussels with an aim to discover places and objects that once were made and used by humans and now are abounded. Although the experience is unforgettable and the risk worth it, one should be careful when stepping inside an old dusty house of industrial complex. To do this kind of hobby or job, one has to be a daredevil. Going to abounded places can be creepy and illegal too. Valery is deeply in love with the beauty of abandonment and respects all that she finds in front of her curious eyes. Abandoned trains, abandoned factories, abandoned hotels, houses and much more to be explored on Valerie’s blog and Instagram. ...
Art

The macabre allure of Enrique Metinides’s crime scene photos is enduring

It goes without saying that to excel as a crime scene photographer, one has to have the guts to shoot macabre circumstances, in addition to the usual photo-taking skills. Celebrated Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides has a surplus of this hardiness, thanks in part to some exposure to bloody situations in his youth. After getting his first camera, he took pictures of crashed cars near his father's restaurant. Metinides, born in 1934, soon found himself tagging along with police officers who frequented his father's restaurant when there a crime scene. Metinides became a published photographer at the young age of 12. At 13, his unmistakable talent earned him a spot at the newspaper La Prensa. From 1948 until his retirement in 1997, Metinides took photos of numerous crime scenes, natural disasters, car crashes and at least one suicide attempt. The gripping narrative contained in his photos, made possible by his masterful composition of them, made him a renowned photographer,...
Art

My Heart is an Animal by Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek

My Heart is an Animal is an ongoing photography project based on surrealistic imagery. It is made by photographer couple, Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarekwho, currently live and work in Belgium. The couple started working together in 2015. Katarzyna is a fashion/product designer and has a Master's degree in Arts while Marcin has been into photography since he was 20. Their brainchild, My Heart is an Animal, put their passion for digital photography to a whole new level when it was launched in 2016. It brings the viewers to the world of dreams, symbols, metaphors, allegories, legends, and myths. The process of hybridizing human and animal bodies is a rare kind of art that captures the audience's emotion regarding humanity, its power, passion, and state of mind. The couple aims to explore the infinite possibilities of human imagination, in search of a connection between reality and otherwise. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. ...
Art

Jan Cieslikiewicz confronts our discomfort with the random and uncertain with new photo series

"Null Hypothesis," a new series by Polish photographer Jan Cieslikiewicz, bears the trappings of scientific thought. The series takes its title from the name of a hypothesis which posits that the connection between two phenomena is random, unless a scientist proves that it is not at all and is therefore calculable. Considering that Cieslikiewicz went to Harvard to study mathematics and subsequently worked as a Wall Street trader, the theme -- or, more to the point, the thrust --- of "Null Hypothesis" isn't surprising. The photos in the series each show what appear to be unrelated or contradictory components, and it is with this disjunction that Cieslikiewicz seeks to confront viewers regarding their thoughts on and reactions to life's random events and uncertainties. "I don’t think humanity as a whole can accept and genuinely come to terms with fundamental randomness and uncertainty," the photographer says in a statement accompanying the series. "Accepting...
Art

‘Maker Faire Kuwait’ exploded with technology and art, featured some of the country’s brightest talents

Maker Faire Kuwait took place at the Kuwait International Fair, the largest event space available in the country, last February 9 to 11. It was a grand event that highlighted "makers" to share their work, collaborate with each other, and inspire younger generations of makers. Many of the participants used everyday objects as well as recycled materials to create astonishing works of art. This event is only one of the series of Maker Faire exhibitions. Be sure to watch out for the next destination to be included in the series. Below are some of the artists who participated in the Maker Faire Kuwait event. Check these out and be inspired to CREATE and MAKE! (From top to bottom: Pottery and Sculpture by Sara Al-muail, E-buru Paper Marbling Demo by Wael Al-saleh, Model Ships by Ali Mohsen, Art by Omer Al-hamed, and Scroll Saw Art by Faten Fahad.) ...
Art

Revisit WWI in an exhibition that highlights the impact of the Great War on American artists

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host a thoroughly in-depth look at how WWI has affected American artists and their wok. Entitled World War I and American Art, the event will showcase 173 works by 80 different artists. Popular contributors to the exhibit include John Singer Sargent, Horace Pippin, Ivan Albright, Georgia O’Keeffe and more. The exhibit is not limited to one form; it will host various kinds of artwork such as paintings, photographs, animation, sculptures, and many others. We shall be able to get a closer look at the evolution of American art, probably contrary to popular belief. The World War art genre has often been overshadowed by pieces that came from Europe rather than America. This show gives us a comprehensive examination from the perspective of our American artists. History and art lovers will appreciate this opportunity. It may even change public perception about the evolution of American Modernism. The event...
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