The scene: 9 am, you wake up. Your room is eerily silent. You sense something’s off, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.
You run to your computer. Photoshop is gone! All that’s left is your scanner, camera, and film. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Create art IN your camera!
Martin Wilson did, and the results are incredible: each contact sheet is a self-contained work of art, made of cleverly-composed patterns and words.
It’s not easy — every time he picks up his camera, he has to know precisely what each frame should look like before he shoots it — a single roll can take months to shoot. But the product: a Contact Sheet Masterpiece, with nary a cursor in sight.
With a little patience and a pint of planning, may we all aspire to the Martinistic school of contact!
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Standing in single file lines, cleaning lunch trays, and turning in essays every week? Booooooring.
Us? We’d rather relive the fun parts of high school (like that time we stuck our face in the copy machine and made MILLIONS of copies).
Russian duo Timur Akhmetov and Yulia Yukashova agree, so they created an online gallery called Face Your Pockets.
The instructions are simple: place your face along with the objects in your bag or pockets onto a scanner bed and scan away. They call it scanography.
The results are like those of an anthropological study!
Who’d have thought that a body’s most essential belongings could say so much? Who are these people who cart Kermit dolls, sequins, and plastic animals in their purses?… Because we’d kind of like to meet them!
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7 AM is a whoooole other dimension.
It’s a land of poofy hair, sleepy eyes, and disheveled jammies (with an occasional appearance of a bad-breathed grouch).
In a stroke of genius, Meredith Andrews decided she was going to venture into this uncharted land. Yes, it was terrifying, but like a brave, camera-wielding Magellan, she did it!
She woke people up and photographed them in their sleepiest state.
The resulting photos are full of squints, grimaces, and yawns — photos that most would answer with the delete key.
But looking at her portraits reveals something pretty amazing: we’re one and the same! Everyone gets sleepy, and everyone looks funny in the morning. And that’s kind of great.
We hope Meredith will inspire you to jostle your loved ones awake tomorrow for an early Tuesday morning photo session. They’ll LOVE it. Promise. ;-)
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p.p.s. More sleepy photos from the New Yorker.
Published on June 28, 2010 — See more Inspiration
Would it be dramatic of us to say our font choice is a privileged glimpse into our soul?
Yes. Yes, it would.
But, we can all agree that choosing a font is pretty important.
It’s kind of like picking out a car or choosing an outfit for a first date (so, we’ll be staying faaaar away from Comic Sans AKA the poofy bride dress of fonts).
Lucky for us, two camera-happy brothers at HandMadeFont took on the challenge of merging the two things we love to stare at all day long: photos and fonts.
Maksim and Vladmir had the brilliant idea to cut letters out of bread, toast those letters, photograph them, and make them into a font!
BUT THEY DIDN’T STOP THERE. These crafty bros went onto photograph and font-ify caviar, shattered glass, smoke, and donuts! (and more!)
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What would you do with a Yale MFA in photography, a job as a private eye, and a passion for alien landscapes?
We’d probably watch Planet of the Apes and then take a really long nap.
Not Allison Davies! She packed her photo-bag and embarked on a quest for the true land of the Apes: the deserts of Arizona.
12 years later, Allison debuted Outerland, an astonishing assortment of images taken on “whoa”-inducing sci-fi film locations all over the world.
A look through Outerland will take you to Argentina, Iceland, and California….or is that Endor, Tattooine, and Vulcan?
Wanna organize your own sci-fi photo safari through Avatar, 12 Monkeys, Gattaca, Children of Men, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and more? Use our Sci-fi Shooting Locations Google Map to get there!
Why is it that we just can’t come to terms with gravity? In the boxing ring of flight v. falling, Icarus = 0 and Newton = 1.
No less, flight-seeking photographers like Beijing’s Li Wei will never give up the anti-gravity fight.
Relying on a crafty combo of acrobatics and wire harnesses, Lei creates unbelievable scenes of folks in flight.
His impressive collection includes men shooting out of high-rise windows, children jumping 20 feet off the ground, and flocks of people scattering from trees.
Did you know anyone can levitate? Learn how here!
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Published on June 10, 2010 — See more Inspiration
Who hasn’t been stuck on a four-lane interstate from hell and bemoaned the death of the corner store, the small town, the narrow country road?
David Yoon didn’t moan, he did something about it.
Taking photos of multi-lane monstrosities all around Los Angeles, he wielded the power of Photoshop, and he narrowed LA.
With a stroke of a brush, gaping boulevards took on an agreeable charm. Chasm-like intersections, humbled by the mighty masking tool. You’ll be stunned what a change the width of a street can make to the character of a town.
Best, he made a video showing how he did it. Time to take your home city down a notch.
Published on May 27, 2010 — See more Inspiration
So yeah, we know street art, Banksy, and all that jazz is so very late April 2010, done and overdone, *yawn*.
But when we came across this clever lenticular made out of an iron gate in Berlin, we couldn’t help ourselves.
Made with photo-realistic strips attached to slats, it’s invisible from the front, and shows a different pic from each side.
May it inspire some creative new photo displays in your life… or at least a re-visit to our DIY Lenticular Tutorial!
Published on May 13, 2010 — See more Inspiration
George Steinmetz gets as far away as he can, then he snaps the shutter.
A new angle in photography is rare, so we’re always impressed when someone manages a vantage point we haven’t seen.
George certainly qualifies. Soaring above the African desert in a motorized para-glider (think flying lawn chair), then landing in remote villages and befriending the inhabitants, he gets the sort of shot you’ve seen, but had no idea how they were made.
Thanks George, for reminding us that sometimes to really see something, you have to get really (really) far away.
Published on May 10, 2010 — See more Inspiration
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Published on April 26, 2010 — See more Inspiration
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