An old residential building is seen surrounded by a newly-built ring viaduct, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, June 18, 2015. The building was planned to be demolished, but several units in the building refused to move out as they couldn’t reach a compensation agreement with the authority, local media reported. Picture via REUTERS/Ma Qiang/Southern Metropolis Daily
A hover-cat…now we have seen everything!
Temptations – by photographer Jens Kristian Balle
temptation – a desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise.
Keeping this definition in mind the conceptual Temptations series was created fixating on the negative lifestyle habits and addictions of humans around the world. Though the theme is dark the series is kept light-hearted, full of bright colours and carefully styled objects to match.
The series itself was made to make people smile, but of course, it also has a message to maybe get a few people to think twice about their lifestyle choices, or in a funny way to reinforce what people probably already know. (text via dodho.com)
From the series ‘Comfort Zone’ by photographer Tadao Cern. Words from his website:
Real people – real stories.
While spending a weekend at the seaside, I’ve decided to visit a public beach that I haven’t seen since I was a little boy. There I saw a possibility to recite a lot of stories only from looking at the things that people bring with them. I’ve got so inspired that I had to quit what I was doing at the time and indulge into a new project. I came back the very next week with all my equipment needed for a photoshoot.
I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people’s behavior. During our everyday life we attempt to hide our deficiencies, both physical and psychological. However, once we find ourselves on a beach – we forget about everything and start acting in an absolutely different manner. Is that because everyone else around you is doing the same? If yes, I would love that the same rules were applied beyond the borders of the beach – people would care less about what others may think about them. I believe that this in turn would show how different, interesting and beautiful we truly are. The deeper you dig, the greater possibilities arise. And the more you think – the more you question and ponder.
These photos are not staged and people did not suspect that they were photographed by me. I chose to capture images of sleeping vacationers because it accurately represents the name of the project ‘Comfort Zone’. It is only about the seaside, sunbathing and holiday somnolence that is free from a world surrounding you. I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted. It also helps to avoid empathy or connection between people in the photos and the observers. It really does not matter who they are – the details not only reveal their stories, but make us face ourselves as well.
My favorite piece is the one with the two ladies – it was my first shot and from the moment I saw it, I was convinced that I must finish this project no matter what. Even though the process was stressful and frustrating, today I can finally say that I am really happy with the end result that turned into a collection of 24 large scale prints. Images that can be seen on the internet is only a part of it and I hope that a chance will present itself for everyone to discover all of them during the exhibitions.
Will It Beard – Pierce Thiot and his wife Stacy Thiot have created a bizarre Tumblr called Will It Beard, which is devoted entirely to the couple sticking things into Pierce’s beard and photographing the results.
Shaving razors, lollipops, uncooked noodles, cocktail umbrellas and, yes, even lit matches, they have tried it all.
Fantastic Dog Portraits by Elke Vogelsang
Wonderful miniature world photo-manipulations by 14-year-old photographer “Fiddle Oak”
Meet ‘Marutaro The Hedgehog‘ :)
The Mini Book of Life’s Major Events by artist Evan Lorenzen
After a little holiday, we are back with a bang – a hilarious one:
From her series “Wet Dog” – a fantastic set of dog portraits by photographer Sophie Gamand of Striking Paws. Words from her website:
Wet Dog is a series of portraits of dogs caught mid-bath, by photographer Sophie Gamand. The way the water plays with their hair in a very painterly manner, and their facial expressions as the water is poured on them creates striking portraits. The dogs are caught at a vulnerable moment, half a second before they shake the water off their fur. The series was done in collaboration with groomer and pet stylist Ruben Santana. Beside the esthetic aspect of grooming, it is also a necessary routine for dogs and helps prevent diseases and infection.
Through her photography, Sophie Gamand explores the complex relationship between dogs and humans. She also wishes to challenge that bond: how far do we take our relationship to our pets? How much are dogs willing to accept to maintain this bond? There is a lot of co-dependance in the dog/human dynamic. With her work, Sophie Gamand wants others to see dogs for what they are: more than just animals. They are life companions. When she photographs dogs, she looks for the human in them: an expression, the life in their eyes, a smile. It’s almost as if humans and dogs are morphing into one-another. It’s more than just anthropomorphism though. Sophie doesn’t try to attribute human qualities to dogs. She tries to capture the ones that she believes are already there.
Welcome to the City of Elgin Park.
Michael Paul Smith is the perfect example of an artist with a passion for what he does. For the last 25 years, he has spent some of his spare and much of his professional time making miniature models and photographing them, creating a gallery of vintage car photographs from a fictional 1950s American town called Elgin Park.
As a professional model maker, Smith’s models are detailed enough to withstand the scrutiny of close-up photography. Smith places them in miniature dioramas and uses forced perspective to make parts of the real world lend his pictures additional realism. The result is a quirky sort of historical fiction – faithfully and authentically reproduced scenes from a small American town that never actually happened (but could have).
What’s also great about his Elgin Park collection is that the magician is willing to reveal his secrets. Smith’s Flickr gallery often pairs his brilliant illusions with a picture that breaks their carefully arranged perspective and reveals how he managed to blend reality and his imagined history. His pictures are an excellent example of how art can be used to fool the eyes.
Humorous artworks using a variety of different media by artist Ole Ukena.
Travis and Gus – two German short haired pointers – are the furry duo in this shoot by Canadian photographer Steph McCombie / follow them on instagram @ifitwags
Self Portraits of a different kind – innovative and fun images of French photographer Olivier M. hiding behind trees and other objects (with a bit of digital help). See more of his work on flickr.
The Arcimboldo Series / by artist & photographer Klaus Enrique.
Words from the author: I had been working on a photography series in which I surround an isolated human body part with a large quantity of a certain object, when I was struck by the idea for this project. While I was photographing a human eye that was peeking out amongst hundreds of leaves, it occurred to me that I could actually utilize leaves to construct portraits or masks. I researched what other artists had created along these lines and discovered that, as usual, someone somewhere had already done something similar. In this case it was the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who made paintings with this concept in mind over 400 years ago.
From the series ‘Just the Two of Us’ – Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts in their Homes, photographed by Klaus Pichler
In his ongoing series of portraits titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrain costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life. Via his artist statement:
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.
While the costumes are incredible, terrifying, and laughable, it’s the strange juxtaposition of ordinary home life and the unknown identities of each individual that create such great images.
PyroPet – Kisa (The Devil’s Pet) / Sweet little kittens are transformed in a fire. Crawling from the ashes come forth grinning metallic devils with sharp claws and fire blazing in their eyes by designer Thorunn Arnadottir and product developer Dan Koval. Photographs by: Glamour Et Cetera
A small collection of cool orange art sculptures and designs / unknown artists.
‘Complete Stop’ by David Foster Nass
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/// Photograph “A spoonful of magic” by Taren Maroun
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Top: Black painted Hardwood Flooring / Below: ‘Painted into a corner’ quite literally / unknown photographers
‘Anna, Melbourne 2008’ – Amusing fashion photograph by Vito Mirr. Find more of his work here
The house of Luo Baogen and his wife who refused to accept an unfair compensation for relocating and stubbornly remained living in their flat as allowed by law, forcing developers to refrain from tearing down their side of this apartment building Xiazhangyang, a village in Zhejiang province, China and eventually building the planned 4 lane highway around the house itself. / Photographs courtesy of AFP/Reuters/Getty Images
‘Pool’ – 3D notebook sketch drawing / as part of the Kielo Travel Agency Ad campaign, by the New Moment New Ideas Company, Serbia / Photographer: Nemanja Spoljaric
Famous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ slogan poster – the zombie, blood spatter edition / typography graphic design art by unknown artist.
‘Headlight’ / Miniature light bulb people seek life from power outlets – cute little human body figures made from recycled materials with light bulbs as heads by Brooklyn-based sculptor Stephen Shaheen.
‘Blowing Ears’ by Erik Hagman
/ Basset dog with blowing ears.
Floating Butt of a polar bear climbing out of the water // unknown photogapher
Broccoli House by Brock Davis
Today we display an interesting idea that could inspire you to use available resources to create fantastic presents or impress someone close to you with the creativity expressed by this kind of projects. Although there is only one picture, the idea is so interesting that we should try to capture its sentimental value rather than the materialistic feature. The Broccoli House was created by Brock Davis with a simple desire in mind: “I couldn’t build a tree house for my son so I built him a broccoli house instead“. This simple idea was transformed into a fantastic declaration of parental love and I hope that the artist will be soon able to make a full scale tree house for his son. The broccoli was used to replace a real tree and Brock Davis used a craft knife to meticulously carve the tree house out of balsa wood. The result is an adorable little Broccoli House that simply puts a smile on my face.
‘Flying Houses’ by french photographer Laurent Chehere
Happy New Year to all Hovercraftdoggies, Fans & Followers
Adorable, funny photograph of a running dog carrying a tennis bal / photograph ‘ball player’ by Frank Meynet
Santa Claus Parking / unknown photographer
Italian sheperd Luigino Balzan and his flock at the San Boldo pass, Italy / photographed by Giancarlo Rado
German artist Hans Hemmert takes the squeaky goodness of balloons and covers everyday scenes in latex wonder.
from the book: ‘Underwater Dogs’ by photographer Seth Casteel / get the book on amazon here
Balloon art installation simulation of sunset, by Lloyd Hamrol
Photograph series of the fashionable french bulldog Trotter, by Sonya Yu
Amazing, funny photograph of a dog licking the shop window glass of a bakery / dog portrait by Ron Schmidt
Broccoli House by Brock Davis
Fruit and vegetable sculptures by Dan Cretu
Two cute dogs simultaneously running / jumping through a door / photograph by Caity Bird