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Wow, these  GIFs are awesome. The project called RRRRRRROLL, uses photography to explore beautifully minimalist animations based on objects and people turning on a single axis. The Japanese group says they try to make 1 a week.

 

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This music video for the Welsh alternative rock band, Joy Formidable, is pretty stunning. Created by pd3, an independent UK agency, it’s one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen in a long time.

I really love this work by 21-year-old digital artist, Dan Lester, who combines photography and illustration into these clever self-portraits. His Drawn On series, depicts the UK-based artist, and self described  ‘obsessive digital doodler’, in every image, portraying his skilled hand as an extension of his drawing. So fun!

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These are just so amazing. In Pieces is a two-year, multimedia collaboration between sculptor, Nathan Sawaya and Toronto-based Australian hyper-realistic photographer Dean West.

West’s seven photos subtly incorporate Sawaya’s Lego objects, not to mention an artist cameo. The exhibit premiered Dec. 10 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Library in Little Rock, AR (Clinton is a one of Sawaya’s biggest fans) and ran through Feb. 1 before moving to the Avant gallery in New York.

“There’s a fun, nostalgic aspect to Legos–people connect to the art on a different level,” says Sawaya. “But it’s also a medium that lets me design anything I can imagine. I especially enjoy creating curvy forms using rectangular pieces. Up close, you notice the sharp angles, but when you back away, the corners blend into curves. There’s a magic in the perspective.”

You can view the process of creating In Pieces here.

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Wow. At just 22, Tamara Lichtenstein certainly knows how to take a photograph. The gifted Huston, Texas-based shutterbug has been taking pictures since she was a teenager, and is already quite accomplished. She has published a book of her work, and has an impressive list of clients, which include Converse, Urban Outfitters and NEON Magazine. Lichtenstein also has an Etsy shop full of her gorgeous prints and updates her Flickr photostream regularly. Which is a good thing because I can’t get enough of her beautifully pure and ultra feminine work.

 

These photos by Nick Meek are so beautiful. I love the saturated, vintage quality of the first three and the reason behind it. An avid traveler and adventure enthusiast, Meek made the journey to Yosemite to capture the stunning beauty of the National Park. Inspired by the sun bleached, old history and information bulletins found at the entrance, (which haven’t changed since the 70’s), he wanted to “create images that referenced a sentimental, aged view of the park.”

The last photo is of Ama Dablam Northwest ridge. At 6856 meters above sea level, it is a Himalayan giant. Her name translates to Mother’s Necklace after the huge hanging glacier that can be seen near the summit of the south face. This picture is taken from Chukung Ri on the other side of the Khumbu valley.

Isn’t his work absolutely stunning? You can see more of what Nick has been up to lately on his blog.

 

 

It’s been a little hectic around here as of late so I’m sorry for my sporadic posts. Time seems to be slipping through my fingers much faster than usual. Hopefully things will normalize and I can get back into a groove soon…

I did manage to sneak a moment today and stumbled upon these incredible time-lapse photographs of Japanese fireflies. You may have seen some of these already – apparently they went viral last December, much to the surprise and amazement of the amateur photographer, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu. They were taken in various locations around Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan between 2008-2011. Aren’t they just magical? In some photos, the patterns of light look more like constellations than lightning bugs. Hiramatsu continues to shoot the winged beetles and keeps a photo journal on his photo blog.

 

 

Happy Friday! I was thinking the other day about how much things have changed in the world of advertising. Mainly, time. There just isn’t enough of it to create anymore. When I started my career, the average time we’d get to work on a brief was three weeks. Now, you’re lucky if you get three days. That’s a lot of creative avenues that get left unexplored.  Then again, Don Draper said it best when he said (about the creative department) “We are the least important most important thing”. So if the time constraints of our digital age are going to affect anyone, it’s going to be the creative folks. Gotta love Mad Men.

Anyway, on that note, I thought I’d leave you today with this striking series by New Zealand-based photographer, John Crawford. This labour of love took him three years to complete, from 1984 – 1987, when he dedicated his spare time to meticulously planning and executing each shot. The images were all taken with a 35mm camera, exactly as you see them. No retouching whatsoever (this was the 80’s afterall). Utilizing his network of contacts that he’d made throughout his very accomplished career as a commercial photographer, Crawford was able to set up incredible scenarios, like the naked body lying on the tracks in front of a goods train. He kept the photographs in a box for more than 25 years, and only recently posted them up on his website. For obvious reasons, they garnered a lot of attention once they appeared on the internet, and Crawford, now 61, plans to return to the project. I can’t wait to see the next installment!

I had to do a double take when I came across Christy Lee Rogers‘ work over on I Need A Guide. I thought I was looking at Baroque paintings. In fact, these intertwined ethereal figures have been photographed underwater. A self-taught photographer, Rogers indulges in her obsession of water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography. What’s amazing is that she doesn’t do any post-production manipulation. Working at night, the effects in her images are created naturally, in-camera, using the refraction of light and movement in different depths of water. Having no formal photography training, Rogers says she’s learned through trial and error, and loves breaking all the hard-bound rules to capture an image that’s out of this world.

Have you seen this short film by Julia Pott? Ah-mazing. It’s a touching coming-of-age story told in a disarming illustration style. ‘Belly’ was created for Julia’s thesis at the Royal Collage of Art and has been screened at Sundance and many other filmfests. The British-born animator/illustrator now resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she has signed with the production company, Hornet.

 

Belly from Julia Pott on Vimeo.