These portrait shots by Dutch photographer Morten Koldby capture our furry and feathered friends in much the same way you’d snap a particularly photogenic human. With the animals all staring straight into the lens, you get a sense of the wisdom and insight the lurks just beneath the eyes. Beautiful? Yes. But hauntingly so.
Jonathan Zajdman is an illustrator based in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He’s worked for a handful of ad agencies and small publishers, but it’s his portraits and story book-styled illustrations that are really worth checking out.
Manhattan-born Mark Hartman takes photographs that are so balanced and genuine that you actually relax while looking at them. Seeing is peaceful shots of mother nature as well as his beautiful portraits of people of all different kinds cultures gives you the feeling of being there yourself; no filter, just real life.
Free Crappy Portraits is an awesome site where you can send in a photo and some information about you or the people in the picture and get back a crappy, yet hilarious, reinterpretation of it. There are dozens of artists, so the portraits vary in style and personality. Seriously, who doesn’t want a free crappy […]
It’s that moment when you reach under the table and immediately regret it when your fingers touch the crusty, dried out secondhand gum stuck to the underside of the tabletop. Old gum is repulsive, right? Think again. Artist Anna Sophia Matveeva has completely re-invented the “medium” of secondhand gum. She used the sticky substance to […]
Starting in 1994 Rossell, the daughter of a member of the PRI Mexico’s ruling party, started photographing women with money in Mexico. She says she started with family members and moved onto friends of friends. She explains that these women were easy to photograph and already had this ‘role’ in mind that they would play in the photos, which are objectifying to the women, but at the same time draw the eye and are beautiful to look at.
A child’s bedroom tells a lot about their personality, and it is also a reflection of their life story. James Mollison’s series entitled Where Children Sleep provides a truthful and sobering narrative about the circumstances in which children from all around the world live … and sleep. Mollison’s series is published in a book for children to read, but it is also highly poignant visual for adults.
When graphic designer Brent Holloman’s baby daughter was born in 2012, he decided to mark her rapid growth with a weekly silhouette of her for her first year at least. The works from the ongoing project are pretty inspirational, ranging from a smoke painting to an actual steak (“My wife finds this one rather disturbing”). […]
Photographer Ed Jones offers us a peep at the serious regimen that over 40 bodyguard trainees in China wake up to daily before dawn, like braving sub-zero temperatures and martial arts bootcamps under former Portuguese special forces bodyguard Marco Borges. They will eventually go on to provide security for Chinese investors in places such as Africa and the Middle East.
Andrew Myers is screwing art … literally. Lying somewhere between painting and sculpture, Myers creates portraits by painting the heads of screws and drilling them into backing boards made from telephone book pages. Each work of art usually takes between 8,000 and 10,000 screws, but produces amazing textures. Perhaps more people should screw art. In the nicest possible way, of course.
Japan-based artist Xhxix creates these amazing digital portraits that have a uniquely surreal quality to them. The use of vibrant colors and dull skin tones creates a beautiful emotional juxtaposition.
Christian Faur’s crayon art exemplifies a unique and exciting new technique. Instead of utilizing traditional medium Faur turns to a material from our childhood: the crayon. He uses individually hand cast wax crayons to explore the complexity of the pixel in digital photography. Using each crayon like a pixel, he arranges thousands upon thousands of colorful handmade crayons into beautiful and elaborate works of art that allude to aspects of Pointillism and digital photography.
Just when you thought every material had been used to create an amazing piece of art, here is Korean artist Seung Mo Park who cuts layer upon layer of wire mesh to create a portrait. He starts with a photograph then superimposes it over layers of wire with a projector, and then starts snipping away. I saw them at Scope in Miami and they are incredible, and certainly one of the top pieces of what I saw during the Basel week.
There’s something about Brendan Danielsson’s portraits that you just can’t look away from. They are beautiful in a grotesque and thought-provoking kind of way. Danielsson’s portraits can be seen in the Beautiful/Decay Book: 9.