Category: Photography

Architecture

Mesmerizing helicopter views of Los Angeles by Dylan Schwartz

Taken from high above the city, Dylan Schwartz's aerial photography is mesmerizing. The creative Director and photographer based out of Los Angeles frequently takes helicopter rides at dawn and dusk, capturing breathtaking views of towering skyscrapers, bridges, and sports complexes. The cinematic shots often feature LA landmarks such as the Hollywood sign and familiar locations like Chinatown. It's almost like the viewer is part of the experience of cruising above the horizon and taking in the sights. Check out some of the glorious shots below and find more on his Instagram and website. ...
Culture

Amazing first color photographs stored in Musee Albert-Khan in Paris

Albert Kahn was a rich French banker and lover of culture and art. At the first glance, he had a crazy vision. Apparently, he wanted to create a photographic “archive of the planet”. After seeing the photos below, you cannot disagree that he succeeded in his mission. Kahn traveled the world and collected 72,000 photographs. He was a philanthropist and his interest in other peoples' lives is easily visible on the photos he collected. After visiting Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, Egypt, Japan and 50 other countries, his collection is exhibited in Musee Albert-Khan in Paris. These photos are some of the first colored pictures made using the Lumière brothers’ innovative Autochrome process. Since most of the photos are from the Balkans, BBC made a documentary about the importance of these photographs. They are testimonials about the diversity of ethnical communities, identities expressed through...
Art

Photography series known as #Combophotos feature hilarious mashups of things, animals, and places

Stephen McMennamy has been at the photography game for a while and there seems to be no end in sight for his hilarious digital manipulations. The Atlanta-based photographer and art director has released a series of split-image juxtapositions that he likes to call "#combophotos." McMennamy uses his own photographs and sifts through them to find ones that'd make for funny mashups. Creating humorous scenes by overlapping objects, animals and more, McMennamy delivers some unexpected compositions such as the guitar bridge one seen below. Check out some of the mashups below and find more on his Instagram. ...
Creativity

Photographer captures various bird species around her Michigan home in stunning photos

Birds in Michigan are way different from Lisa M. Ca's homeland of Germany. This noticeable difference gave birth to an entire photography series. The amateur photographer began capturing the various species of birds with her DSLR. Soon after, she invested in a Bird Photo Booth 2.0, a device that uses motion detection technology and an attached camera to snap photos of birds at a rapid speed of 10 images per second. Lisa then touched up her favorite snaps in Photoshop before uploading them to her backyard photography series on Tumblr. Check it out! ...
Inspiration

Documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures” examines the life of Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most provoking and controversial photographers of the 20th century. He was an incredibly blunt, thought-provoking, and intelligent artist. Some would say he wasn't an artist at all, but he definitely brought something revolutionary into the world of modern photography. When you look at his photography, you are sure that you haven't seen anything similar. Before declaring himself as a homosexual, Mapplethorpe was in a relationship with punk singer and writer Patti Smith. In 2010 Smith wrote a book “Just Kids” about their love and life when they were only 20 years old. The documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Picture gives us an opportunity to appreciate this dynamic artist that is so often forgotten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrVYqB0geMo...
Art

Clever graphic designer imagines daily objects in a “pop” world full of candies

Perhaps one of the most imaginative and clever graphic designers today, Paul Fuentes gives another offering of his signature colorful and humorous collections of photos. He focuses on turning daily life items into something more interesting, clever, and funny by twisting certain elements with candies. Wouldn't it be fun to live in a candy world? This isn't his first rodeo, either. Previously, he worked on projects which involved junk food, healthy food, ice cream, a lot of projects involving animals and bizarre characters, and many others. Anybody who is looking for designs that are definitely out of the ordinary will appreciate his work. In addition to his graphic design and mashups, he also is a great lettering artist and a digital photographer. You can catch more of this Mexico City-based artist as he stages daily objects into colorful and surreal mashups on Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and LinkedIn. ...
Art

Ocean artist takes breathtaking photographs of waves that resemble towering mountains

Lloyd Meudell is an Australian photographer who is fascinated by nature. And it really shows, even through his works of art. He is able to immerse himself - literally and connotatively - into the oceans, allowing him to capture mesmerizing pictures of giants masses of water as they form into waves and seem to almost touch the sky. Meudell hails from NSW and is in love with the rawness of the ocean's beauty. Before becoming a professional photographer, he spent a lot of time surfing the seas. One day he realized this passion can be transformed into a different kind of art, and he decided to capture what he loved most about it. Now, his photos are available as prints on his website. If you simply want to be updated with his scenic photos on social media, you can also follow him on Instagram. ...
Art

Artistic culinary treats and more in the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney plays host to this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You might have heard of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival or the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This one, however, stems out and creates its own brand of taking food beyond your imagination. Aptly named, it will take place in the "Food Studios" inside the Epcot World Showcase promenade. It will begin from January 13 through February 20. Audiences can expect art that marvels the eyes, the ears, as well as the taste buds. You will certainly see food that is treated as art on a plate. Get ready to take your Instagram snappers. Each day will feature a different interactive activity or workshop. For the schedule of workshops, take a look at this list. And starting on January 6, 2017, online bookings can be made. But if you can't wait that long, you can pick up the phone and dial 407-WDW-PLAY right now. All workshops and activities will be held in the Odyssey Festival...
Design

Slavic folklore as inspiration for fashion photography

Fashion portraits made by Moscow-based photographer Andrey Yakovlev takes on traditional elements to put a fresh spin on fashion photography. Together with the other cultural decorative elements, Andrey created a whole new imaginary and magical cultural narrative. It feels like walking through the history, cultural richness, passion, and power. Take a look also at these intensive and vivid fashion portraits. ...
Nature

Stunning photos show dinosaur tail preserved in apricot-sized piece of amber

Time for a DesignFaves Palaeontology lesson. Just recently, the first dinosaur tail was uncovered by paleontologist Lida Xing in Myanmar. Preserved perfectly in amber, the tail, which dates back to the mid-Cretaceous Period (approx. 99 million years ago), measures about 1.4-inch with an appendage of 8. It's also covered in what appear to be feathers and presumably comes from a juvenile coelurosaur. National Geographic says, "While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers." Check out some images of the amber-infused tail below and read more on National Geographic. ...
Creativity

Twitter user stacks coins in impossible ways creating mind-blowing sculptures

Coin stacking is an art form. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Twitter [email protected]_tani creates some crazy-looking towers from coins, toothpicks, and silverware. The gravity-defying works are held together with a calculated balance in which each piece relies on its position and weight. Just look at the one below where coins are balanced over a knife's point! From swirling cylinders to twisting DNA strands, it leaves the viewer asking "what sorcery is this?!" And the answer is science! Check out some of them below and find more on Twitter. ...
Art

Wild animals dress up in fancy costumes in hilarious illustrations

If dogs in sweaters look cute, wild animals in exquisite clothes should look majestic as ever! And they do! At least in India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre's digital works. The photo edits are part of a funny illustration series which dons wild animals in photographs with fancy costumes. My favorite one is perhaps the raven below. His expression is just awesome. Check out some of his hilarious works below and find more over on his Behance page. ...
Art

Artist fastens LEDs to rowing paddles for striking seaside photos

Long exposure photos always turn out fascinating and this series hailing from Ontario, Canada is no exception. Stephen Orlando fastens LED lights to everything from violin bows to rowing paddles. He then takes long exposure photographs of them over water in what is essentially a series of seaside imagery. The neon glowing on the surface of the water looks amazing! Orlando has done this all around his home in Ontario, as well as Newfoundland and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Floating Piers in Italy this past summer. Check out some of his photos below and find more on his Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

Conceptual artist turns pieces of trash into amazing still life art

Nik Mirus is a conceptual artist who has a knack for seeing beyond what the regular human eye can see. In fact, one of his latest pieces of work involves nothing fancier than railroad junk. He shines a light on random pieces of trash and turns them into well-photographed stills. He captures his pictures just before the sun is about to go down - he calls this the "golden hour". Mirus shows interest in how wind, water, light, and other natural elements are able to create amazing effects seen in the reflections, textures, and transparencies of other objects - even the most seemingly mundane ones. In his studio, he loves to get better "control" of this craft, exploring and photographing the correlation between the natural environment and such discarded objects. Mirus is based in Montreal and posts his work on his website. You can see his other work or check out the rest of the photographs from this 'detritus' series (although it is still officially untitled at the moment).  ...
Creativity

Startling underwater photos appears to show thousands of fish floating in air

This is one of those one-picture posts that yours truly loves oh so much. Mainly because this single picture seems to be worth a thousand. Photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes blow us away by this aquatic photo they captured as part of an assignment for National Geographic in Cuba. They were on task when they spotted this massive school of blue silversides. Thousands in number, the fish were speedily swimming through bunches of mangrove trees. Despite being an underwater photograph, the perspective used makes the fish startlingly appear to be floating in the air. The photo was praised so much that it made National Geographic’s Best Photos of 2016 list. Check it out! ...
Inspiration

Photographer brilliantly captures rolling fog over San Francisco

San Francisco is notorious for rolling, thick fog and Nick Steinberg has been capturing the phenomena in a wonderful fashion. The photographer produces all work in-camera without employing the use of Photoshop throughout his process. The contrasting blue, orange, and gray neon hues look fantastic rolling down hills and through dense woods. Steinberg conducts extensive research before heading out which involves checking cams, satellites, and forecasts. He describes his process, "This is what I call, ‘subtlety of movement’ where there are small windows of opportunity with fog as it evaporates, moves in and undulates. This requires decisive action, tests your photographic skills, and requires one to be ‘present’ in the moment, and ‘ride’ along with [the fog]." Check out some of his photographs below and find more on his Instagram and Facebook.                    ...
Art

White balloon formations take over homes and woods

Invasive blob-like creatures have gone down as horror icons in Hollywood, and this one should too! Photographer Charles Pétillon has captured a series of photographs that show enormous cloud-like formations made up of white balloons. The blobby forms are photographed invading homes and even the woods. Pétillon explains, "Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself." Check out some images below and find more on his website and Instagram.  ...
Art

Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
Art

Planetarium show becomes art exhibit as it shines light on ‘sun’light

In The Sun Placed in the Abyss, an art exhibit currently underway in the Columbus Museum of Art, the main star (pun intended) is the Sun. Through various films and photographs, the sun is depicted in both direct and indirect ways. But this is more than just an artsy move - the collection aims to go deeper into the social, historical, and even technological implications of the sun in terms of photography conditions and human interest. The museum also partnered with COSI to provide the programming of the exhibition. Over 50 artists participated in the project, all focusing on very powerful images of the sun. The collection explores the "science behind the sun" - how it influences all life on earth, as well as its influence in our art and culture. The exhibit is in the form of a planetarium show, now available to be seen at COSI. It will run until January 2, 2017. ...
Inspiration

These photos of 50ft waves show the beauty and danger of Mother Nature

Photographer Luke Shadbolt believes that the striking pictures he has taken are a solid showcase of the violence of Mother Nature. He stresses that the waves he photographed represent a beautiful duality of creation and destruction. The photos can be read on this philosophical level to easily bring the viewer to the question of how humans treat nature and wonder how long she will be silent about it. Shadbolt’s Maelstrom shows that she may not keep her peace for long. Take a look!   ...
Art

Astonishing multiple exposure portraits by Antonio Mora

Antonio Mora, is a Spanish designer and art director who has created an absolutely mesmerizing collection of multiple exposure photographs. This technique is an old craft. The process of the superimposition of two images together is nowadays also helped with modern techniques and the results are astonishing. Antonio Mora uses various motives in order to express his view of the imagination, creativity, thinking, dreaming, and seeing the world through the eyes of a dreamer. Mora plays with the idea of memory and the mosaic every human being creates based on the experience he or she has. “Images that open a crack in our collective memory allowing us to watch, though it is an instant hybrid being who populate our deepest dreams”, says Mora. For more of his work click here. ...
Fashion

Curious Bandari burqua

Bandari people live in the Iranian province. Their culture is colorful and rich in a traditional sense. Part of their tradition is their unique women’s veil called the “Bandari burqa”. This is a certain type of mask which covers women's face. The mask is more of a fashion item than a religion status symbol. These kinds of veils are worn only by married women. The pictures below are made by a traveler and a photographer Kares Le Roy. He travels in lesser known regions of the world and brings us an amazing view of another people’s culture. For more, check his blog. ...
Creativity

These image mix-ups will make you look twice

Stephen McMennamy is a creative photographer that will wake up your sense of wonder. He takes pictures, of object or places that don't belong together, but with suitable colors and shapes. Seamlessly, he mashes them together and the results are this simple and fun images, that will make you take a second look. If you enjoy his work see more imaginative picture combos on his Instagram to cheer up your day. ...
Inspiration

Chem student captures electrocystallization process in stunning timelapses

Crystals. We take them for granted along with the rest of the world of chemistry. Emanuele Fornasier has been spending time with crystals up close, documenting them with amazingly detailed photography. The resulting video is a timelapse, Crystal Birth, which combines 18 instances of electro-crystallization. During the process, an electric current is processed through a chemical, causing metal deposits to form. Check the video out below and find  more of his chemistry and timelapse work on his website. ...
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