Tag: Instagram

Digital

10 examples of #emojiarthistory

From Van Gogh to Frida Kahlo, Cantor Fine Art Gallery has designed a series of art-inspired emojis that are inspired by iconic artists and artworks. As the widespread use of emojis demonstrate a culture that is increasingly turning to visual icons as a form of expression, we’re delighted that we are now able to express whether we’re feeling more like Bansky or Warhol. We can also qualify our text messages by referencing an art piece by Damien Hirst, or the iconic painting by Magritte with an apple in front of his face. As more art history icons become emojis, we’re looking forward to seeing #emojiarthistory develop as the gallery continues to post on their Instagram. ...
Architecture

Architecture depicted in beautiful watercolor paintings by Maja Wronska

Watercolor paint and architecture don't often find themselves in a mix but in these portraits that's why Maja Wronska’s beautiful paintings are so unique! The artist and architecture combines the best of both worlds in her stunning architectural paintings through watercolor hues. Wrońska captures the structures fantastically through her spot-on renderings of light and shadow while also adding little details like pigeons, chandeliers, and other elements of the environment. Her sense of perspective and proper placements of various focal points results in scenes that are unusually appeasing to the eyes. You can find her work in print form on Society6 and if you like what you see below, consider following Wrońska on Instagram for more! ...
Sculpture

The Ego Washer: an artist’s response to Instagram

In a commentary on the social media site Instagram, a Milan-based artist named Biancoshock has created an installation that he has titled “Ego Washer”. Transforming a washing machine into a large scale Instagram logo, the piece was installed in Oostende, Belgium as part of the contemporary art festival, The Crystal Ship. “Wash your ego whiter than white”, is how the founder of the Nuart Festival commented on his own Instagram post about the piece. Biancoshock explains that he didn’t always consider himself an artist. Reflecting on his projects as a middle ground between activism and performance art, he created the genre that he calls ephemeralism  which he describes as having “the purpose of producing works of art that have to exist briefly in space but limitlessly in time through the photography, the video and the media.” ...
Photography

The story of how Ansel Adams became a photography icon

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept,” said photographer Ansel Adams. The video below, produced by Nerd Writer, traces the personal history of Adams and contextualizes his work within the current photographic climate of Instagram and Snapchat. Adams is known for his black and white landscape photographs. In fact, his work has become so ubiquitous as to be more often thought of as a poster than as a photo in a museum. The video shows Adams as a young photographer who was still exploring and developing new methodologies. Though live interview clips, we learn how this photography icon built his career. ...
Illustration

Illustrations show real relationships between dads and daughters

In a series of illustrations by Snezhana Soosh, viewers are given a look into the unique bond between fathers and daughters. These were inspired because her dad wasn’t around when she was growing up and she wants her 9-year old son to have a positive influence to be sure he doesn’t do the same thing. “Part of the education for my kiddo who I want to grow up to be a good man is to understand what it’s like to be one,” she told Upworthy. Soosh published these photos on her Instagram feed, which you should check out if you want to see more of her work. ...
Digital

Artist creates “perfect life” via Instagram

How honest are you on social media? Of course, we all enjoy posting pictures of our “best selves”: workout selfies, happy pictures with friends, angelic-looking children, et cetera. However, we often leave out our real lives on social media: the crying babies, messy houses and spilled wine. Argentinian artist Amalia Ulman noticed this trend (particularly) among millennials and created thought-provoking art using only her life and Instagram. Ulman’s work Excellences & Perfections features five month’s worth of Instagram photos showcasing her “perfect” life, tricking her over 100 thousand followers into believing her L.A. dream only consisted of brunches, makeup, designer clothes and (fake) breast implants. She changed her appearance and hid all the negatives in her life, creating a caricature of the ideal young woman. After the experiment was over, Ulman revealed that it was all fake and (surprise, surprise), her life wasn't just champagne...
Creativity

Paper cutting artist goes viral

Rich McCor has learned first hand what it means to go viral. After his paper-cutout additions to famous landscapes caught the attention of the Daily Mail, “I went from 5,000 followers on Instagram to about 60,000 in a week,” he told CNN. He began by posting the images for his friends. Adding intricate paper cuts to the foreground of some of London’s sights, McCor has a witty way of seeing the world that people appreciated. After his work went viral, he got an offer from Lonely Planet for a sponsored tour of Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen and other cities, creating new images as he travels. ...
Funny

Adorable hedgehog travels the world with photographer owner

Do you dream of traveling the world (or the U.S.) with your pet? Instagram account @adventuresofcalico has all you need for a vicarious escapade. Calico the African Pygmy Hedgehog (along with her anonymous owner) travels the country, posing for adorable pictures at overlooks, monuments and other landmarks. Not much is known about Calico’s escapades other than where she ends up. Her Instagram has pictured her in Washington, D.C., Charleston, South Carolina, Glacier National Park and more--Calico's road trips are pretty envy-inducing. Check out some of Calico’s notable trip pictures below, and check out the rest on her Instagram account. ...
Funny

#frozenpants prank starts trend of amateur sculptures

When a blizzard passes overhead, the resulting snow makes it easy to grumble about the challenges and disrupted schedules that the winter weather caused. Yet, one man from Minnesota is bringing some joy to passers-by in the neighborhood. Rather than the typical lawn sculptures of snowmen, Tom Grotting instead installed a series of frozen pants. The absurdity of it has caught the attention of the local news, and the trend has spread from there. Grotting says that there was “no good reason” for the frozen pants series, yet the hashtag #frozenpants is showing how far the trend has spread. The below photos are examples of some of the results. As Grotting explains with his modified US map, the frozen pants phenomena has been happening for a long time, as anyone who shovels show understands. ...
Fashion

Instagram account shows how high-fashion shots are captured

Ever wondered how high-profile photographers get those flawless pictures? We take perfect images in ads, magazines and books for granted, but behind the scenes are usually entire teams working to get that one gorgeous shot. Now, Famous BTS Magazine is here to break down the wall between viewer and photographer--the new magazine’s Instagram account curates pictures of exclusive behind-the-scenes action from celebrity and high-profile shoots. Featuring stars like George Clooney, Eva Longoria and Tina Fey, Famous BTS shows the hard work put into these shoots as well as the finished product. See the photographers, crew and sets for yourself below and on Famous BTS's Instagram account. ...
Digital

Digital artist creates Inception-like version of Istanbul, Turkey

Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” became a cultural phenomenon when it was released in 2010. It inspired many artists like Aydın Büyüktaş. The Turkish photographer and digital artist turns Istanbul into a warping playground with photos featuring landmarks and entire cityscapes warped in three dimensional space. Check out the photos below, and follow Büyüktaş on Instagram for more. ...
Illustration

Creepy, grown of version of monsters shown in Instagram drawings

In a series of illustrations that will have you questioning the term “childlike imagination”, illustrator Jimmy D’Amico, known as Futurehaircut, shows us childhood monsters aren’t always cute and whimsical. “Much of my imagery is an exploration of duality. By combining monsters, aliens, and animals, as well as being influenced by punk music and dark movies, I aim to merge images that are gross and crude with something simple and childlike.” he wrote on his website. To see more of his creepy monsters, make sure to follow his Instagram account @futurehaircut. ...
Fashion

Model golden retriever pulls off hipster outdoor looks better than you

If you’re looking for winter outfit inspiration, look no further — Instagram star Aspen the Mountain Pup is killing it in the hipster fashion game. This Golden Retriever’s photographer dad Hunter Lawrence has captured Aspen in everything from hiking gear to a Santa hat, all of which Aspen seems to take in stride. Along with pictures of a gorgeous dog in ridiculous clothes, the Aspen the Mountain Pup Instagram account also features stunning visuals of the landscape of the West and beyond (according to the account, Aspen recently made a trip to Canada). Check out Aspen on Instagram for some serious style and outdoor adventure envy: ...
Creativity

Mixing hair and art in Hollywood

Guy Tang is a self proclaimed “hair activist” who resides in Hollywood. He specializes in ombré effects, from gentle lightning and subtle pastel graduations, to full rainbows and bold psychedelic metallic kaleidoscopes. You can see more of his work on Instagram and Pinterest, or the whole procedure on his YouTube channel. ...
Creativity

One year of symmetrical breakfasts

It started by accident. Noticing that his breakfast was perfectly symmetrical to the one he prepared for his boyfriend, Michael Zee snapped a photo and posted it to Instagram. Zee has been posting daily to his Symmetry Breakfast series for more than a year, and now has 400,000 followers. Zee told The Guardian, “People wonder if I’m crazy or obsessive but it is a declaration of love, really. I’m dedicated — both to breakfast and to Mark.” The London-based museum educator studied photography for five years. Not only does Zee wake up very early in the morning to prepare, he sometimes begins the night before. ...
Funny

Making fun of “typical” Instagram photos

If you like Instagram accounts that can have a little playful fun, we’ve found the perfect one for you. @Brosbeingbasic is a user-submission based account that takes images of (you guessed it!) males taking some selfies and pictures that are a little more common for women. Things like laying in a bathtub, jumping with friends with a beautiful view in the background, doing yoga in strange places, or taking selfies with small pets. Whether you’re an Instagram addict or not, this account is hilarious. And don’t worry ladies — we've all been guilty of one or more of these photos in the past! ...
Creativity

Convincing yet surreal digital manipulations

Digital manipulations are most effective when they are convincing. Digital artist Jati Putra Pratama is great at achieving photo-realism with a side of fiction. The artist and graphic designer is from Jakarta, Indonesia and has become quite popular on places like Instagram, where he posts his work. His digital manipulations are a unique sort of photorealism, in that his use of light is very convincing, and surrealism because, well, you normally don’t see pirate ships sailing in mid-air. Check out some of his digital manipulations below, and follow him on Instagram for regular doses of awesome. ...
Creativity

8 of the saddest places on earth

The Instagram account Sad Topographies is collecting some of the saddest places on earth. We learned from their posts that Alone is a place beyond a dead-end road in Bresica, Italy. The location Mt. Despair is in Montana, U.S., and in Killarney, Canada, there is a small bit of land called Dead Dog Island. Make no mistake; these are not fictional locations, but actual places that the author has sourced on Google Maps. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t buy a house on Mistake Island. And Misery, France does not sound like an ideal vacation spot. ...
Photography

Photographs of a rescued raccoon’s fabulous new life

Last year, Rosie Kemp discover an abandoned and injured baby raccoon in her Nassau, Bahamas backyard. After taking care of it, Kemp’s daughter Laura decided to adopt it and raise it alongside her two dogs, Toffee and Oreo. “Pumpkin considers the dogs her moms.” Kemp's daughter, Laura told Today. “She respects them when they have had enough rough play, and she loves to cuddle next to them when she is tired.” The animal's life is well documented on Instagram and Facebook, and will have you wanting your own baby raccoon to raise. ...
Photography

Eye-opening images contrast glamorized travel photos to reality

Mass media cannot be taken at face value, that much is a given. What we see on TV and read on the web is not always depicted truthfully. Limitless, a magazine-style blog based in India, recently unveiled a series of thought provoking photographs, called “Broken India”, which contrast the glamor-laden depictions of India on the web to their real-life versions. The resulting series is shocking and astounding. The images reveal the grim origins of popular pictures floating around platforms such as Instagram, like the cropped-in portrait of a young girl smiling at the camera, where in reality she is actually smiling while rummaging through trash. Check out some of the eye-opening images below. ...
Funny

Hipster Barbie’s got Instagram

On the Instagram account "Socality Barbie”, an anonymous woman from Portland, Oregon has taken her turn at poking fun of the users of the app who might take themselves a little too seriously. The account seems to be specifically targeted at users using the hashtags #liveauthentic and #socality, who seem to be creating images of a perfect life to share with their friends. The images show Barbie hanging out in the woods with hipster glasses, paddling a kayak around a lake, showing off her “outfit of the day” or drinking coffee on a vista. Each seems to be funnier than the last and poking fun at the stereotypical Northwest hipster. Check out the account on Instagram. a href="http://cdn.designfaves.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/screen-shot-2015-09-04-at-12-38-09-am.png">...
Painting

The joy and laughter of Johannesburg children

Johannesburg, South Africa is a beaming city of liveliness, culture, and tradition. Artist Nelson Makamo captures this in his colorful portraits of the children of the city. The paintings use combinations of oil paints, watercolor, silkscreen and monotype printing techniques, as well as charcoal and ink. The feelings of laughter, hopefulness, and joy emitting from each portrait is beyond contagious. Describing the series, Makamo says, “I document each day visually; because for me, each day is a blessing, being able to capture movements and feelings of people who live around me.” Check out some of the portraits below and connect with Makamo on Instagram for regular updates. ...
Illustration

9 illustrations of metaphysically morphed realities

It’s said that you can access alternate planes of reality through the practice of meditation. Playing with some of these themes of spiritual contemplation, illustrator Julio Cumana creates renderings of morphed realities. Posting under the Instagram name nightversion, the illustrator shows us drawings of monks whose heads are ascending, variances in the time-space where the minuscule becomes the galactic, and the effect of a breeze on a quiet mind. Cumana is based in Vancouver, BC and holds a Masters of Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media. ...
Funny

Fun Instagram series has artist superimposed into photos with celebs

In the series “Jon’s Famous Friends'”, artist Jon Burgerman superimposes himself into images of celebrities, creating a series of fun and simple collages that will keep you laughing. “I was playing around with my decrepit iPhone and noticed Instagram had a new function where you could show two or more images together in a grid. It turns out this is perfect for collaging — no scissors or glue.” he said. All of his images are posted to Instagram, the first which appeared five weeks ago, using the hashtag #jonsfamousfriends. To see more of the images, check out his Instagram feed. For his other art, visit his website. ...
Uncategorized

Iconic movie posters made with emojis

It’s really starting to seem like there’s nothing out there that cannot be recreated using emojis. Sasha Zabelina has mastered the art emoji-fying everything in pop culture. Her latest is a series of movie posters on Instagram that have been recreated using emojis. You’ll find iconic posters from movies the like so E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and of course, Titanic. When doing the makeovers, Zabelina tries not to copy existing poster designs, instead she opts for recreating the posters from the ground up to “capture the essence of the film”. Check out some of the posters below, follow her on Instagram for the complete series, and visit her Tumblr blog for regular updates. ...
Photography

Popular fast food deconstructed

There’s something genuinely satisfying about neatly laid out food on a dining table. This delightful series manages to make food look good in what we thought impossible, food trays! You know the ones you get airplane food in? Or in prison? Yeah, those food trays! David Schwen, in a series for Daily Share, has deconstructed all-American foods we all know and neatly laid filled them in portions of trays. Pizza, a hamburger, and a hot dog are just three of the foods taken apart for the visually gratifying layouts. Check out some of the images below and be sure to visit Schwen’s Instagram for more! ...
Photography

Adorable photos capture the friendship between a Shar Pei and a cat

Annie Jacob, a photographer living in Australia, has captured a series of images that show the uniquely adorable friendship between two of her pets: Paddington the Shar Pei and Butler the cat. These two are inseparable. From cuddling on the couch to posing near the window, each of the photographs shows a very unique animal relationship. Even better, Paddington is often dressed up in costumes, including a set of dinosaur robes, and a dressy polo shirt. To see more of Jacobs photos (and some videos), check out her Instagram page. ...
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