How can you create original art with nothing but your phone and some paper? Artist Anshuman Ghosh has the answer, and it’s pretty damn impressive.
Based out of Johannesburg, Anshuman Ghosh set himself the goal of creating art using only two very simple ingredients: just his phone, some paper, and nothing else. That’s all.
Now he’s been sharing the results in a series of posts on his instagram account, and they look amazing.
Here’s Ghosh’s take on a trash bin, using only an image on his phone screen, augmented by a simple paper apple core:
For something a little more advanced, check out how Ghosh deals with an object overlapping the boundary of the screen. In this case, the screen shows us the interior of a toaster, with half of the bread appearing as an image on the screen — and the external half created out of paper, along with the wire and plug:
And if you’ve ever wanted to eat something you saw in an image on your phone, Ghosh has you covered:
The Delhi Belly Series (2 of 4) Hi everybody! A new week is here and it's time to show you another glimpse of my gastronomical journey in India. This week's star attraction is the ubiquitous chicken 'n egg chowmein, a mainstay of "Indo-Chinese" cuisine. Right from the by-lanes of North Delhi in the form of street food all the way to swanky noodle bars in Mumbai, Chinese food is by far the most popular cuisine while eating out in India. The next time you are in India, do give Chinese food a shot – it'll taste unlike any other form of Chinese you've ever had 🍜. #artwork #arts_gallery #chinesefood
There’s definitely a food theme to a lot of these pieces. This ones gives us some roasting chicken and kebabs. Ghosh brings it to life using only a few small pieces of paper to represent the skewers:
The Delhi Belly Series (4 of 4) ft. Tandoori Chicken and Paneer Tikka! Hi there! This is the last post from my Delhi Belly Series but it's sadly also my last post for at least another 10 days 😩😩😩. Since my wife and more importantly her phone are still in India, I don't have anything to take pictures of my phone 😂😂😂. What this sadly means is till such time as I am reunited with my wife and her phone, I can't take pictures of any artworks. Unless, someone wants to lend me their camera 😂. I think I'll make the most of this week long sabbatical and get up to date with all the lovely comments I haven't replied to in such a long time. Keep well and see you soon! #sp #ballantines #ballantinessa #staytrue #artwork #arts_gallery #phoneframes #phoneframing
Getting a little more creative, here’s one where Ghosh manages to fuse two favourite nerd pastimes, Tetris and the Rubik’s Cube:
Hi there everyone! I try to post fresh edits of some of my older artworks every Thursday so here's a #throwbackthursday edit of one of my favourite artworks which I had posted a few months ago – most of my new followers probably wouldn't have seen the original. Hope you guys like it! #artwork #arts_gallery #rubikscube
It seems like he’s able to think up of endless variations — check out his takes on a paper shredder and a soap dispenser:
In a build-up to Global Handwashing Day on October 15, I am working on some artwork to highlight how hand washing with soap is one of the most important health interventions in the world. Every year, almost 1.7 million children do not live to see their 5th birthdays because of diarrhoea and pneumonia. The simple act of hand washing can significantly reduce the risk of contracting diarrhoea and pneumonia by as much as half and can save lives. There is a need to create awareness in our communities about how big an impact hand washing can make. This quirky artwork is dedicated to this cause and I hope that someday, a soap dispenser will become as ubiquitous as a mobile phone everywhere in the world. #globalhandwashingday #iphoneography #artwork #arts_gallery
You may wonder: why didn’t I think of that? Well, you didn’t. But that’s okay; there’s no reason you can’t make your own versions, inspired by Ghosh. And in case you’re wondering whether Ghosh is getting anything in return for his free art, don’t worry — he has some sponsorships as well, like this piece he did for Ballantine’s:
Hello everyone! For me, this is probably the best way to tackle Hump Day – some delicious @ballantinessa whisky on the rocks… A lot of rocks 😂😊👍. I can already smell the weekend! PS: Alcohol affects cognitive ability so please don't drink and drive (or even walk for that matter). Drink responsibly. Do the right thing and call a cab! [SPONSORED POST] #staytrue #ballantinessa #ballantines #artwork #arts_gallery #phoneframes #phoneframing
As for his motivation, according to Ghosh: “I wanted to create something that was a fusion between what was real and what was not … Placing the phone in the picture gives me the freedom to trick my audience into believing the phone is more than something that it is.”
Check out some more of Anshuman Ghosh’s incredible work below:
Hi there everyone, The last couple of days have been crazy and overwhelming all thanks to @instagram 😊. I have read through all the lovely comments left by friends (old and new) and I promise that in time, I will respond to all of you 😊. Thank you so much for being part of this journey and to all my new Instagram friends, I hope I'm able to give you a sneak peek into all the crazy things that go on inside my head 😂. So…. I'm making some scrambled eggs. Who wants some 😂? #artwork #arts_gallery #butwhataboutbreakfast #phoneframes #phoneframing
Hi there everyone! You would noticed my absence from Instagram over the past few days – yesterday was the first day in a long time that I forgot to post an artwork! Here's why. The last couple of days have been quite forgetful for me – firstly, I had to travel back home from India without my wife and son. My wife fell badly I'll on the day of our travel and she had no choice but to stay back in India. If things weren't depressing enough, my flight from Dubai was delayed by over 2.5 hours which meant I reached home only in the wee hours of Monday morning. There is no worse feeling than reaching home to an empty house! Anyway, after a day of trying to get things back on track, I am finally back on Instagram (although not for too long, more details to follow 😟) and glad to be #wakingupin Johannesburg again. How have you been? #artwork #arts_gallery
Can you guess what song this is? UPDATE: "How Deep Is Your Love" by Calvin Harris ft. Disciples A special shoutout to Nick (@nicksmuts) for being the first to answer correctly! Great job Nick! ———————————————————- Hi there everyone! It's time for this first edition of #minimalmusicpictionary for 2016. Let the guessing begin! Every week, I post artwork depicting songs from my @applemusic playlist and all you need to do is guess what song it is by commenting on the photo. I will update the caption of the post with the correct answer later on. So please play along, tag your friends and just have fun! Happy guessing! #artwork #arts_gallery
Hi there! My bag is packed and I am ready to go 😁. So the day has finally come! Me and my family are leaving for our month long vacation to India tonight. It feels so great to be heading back home after such a long time and I can't wait to get to New Delhi! The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy with me burning the proverbial midnight oil to create enough artworks to last the month long holiday. I am on the verge of a full blown burnout! As you would have probably noticed, I have been tardy replying to your comments and engaging with all my Instafriends. It's unlike me not to respond to comments in time so I am really sorry about this and I will most definitely catch up with all your comments in the next few days. Keep well y'all! My next post will be from India ✈️. #artwork #arts_gallery #travel #luggage
Happy Monday morning to y'all! I am really excited about today since a special milestone that I've been looking forward to is just around the corner. And I thought I'd celebrate it with some delicious spaghetti with olives, tomatoes and herbs… I call it "Spaghetti a la Moo" 🍝. Mmmmm! Does this make you hungry? #artwork #arts_gallery #hpjoytrigger
Here's wishing all my followers a Happy Diwali – the Festival of Lights 💥💥💥! I was never into bursting fire crackers when I was a kid mainly because I grew up with only one fully functional lung and it never seemed a good idea to inhale a lifetime of smoke in one day 😂. So to celebrate Diwali today, I have conjured up all the paper explosives I could think off and let them alight safely within the confines of my phone. Although there is a good chance it might blow my phone into kingdom come – please do not try this at home 😂💥🎉😂! #ballantines #ballantinessa #staytrue #arts_gallery #diwali #celebration #minimal_tb #artwork