All of these images involve objects from everyday life – the things we are intimately familiar with – and yet they break from familiarity to surprise us with original new interpretations. They are the works of Madrid based artist Chema Madoz, a man with a keen eye for breaking down the form and intrinsic meaning of what seems common – dishes, matches, books – and creating new angles from which to view them (sometimes quite literally). [Read more...]
Spanish photographer Jose Maria Rodriguez Madoz, better known as Chema Madoz, has a unique perspective for black and white photography. He creates unexpected optical illusions, cleverly pairing objects that don’t normally go together for an amusing effect. With Madoz, black and white is never boring and he has published many albums of his work and exhibited it all over the world, winning various international awards including a Higashikawa Prize. He has also published several volumes of his work, all available on Amazon.
Helen Vine is an illustrator living and working in the UK. Her work is mainly done in black ink, with some accents of color & gold. Her style conjures up the mystic properties of life, and things that fascinate her; death, life, decay, beauty, power, & want. Each of these themes are sprinkled throughout her illustrations; at once comfortable, & terrifying – sometimes in the same moment. Geisha’s stand or sit in deep thought, turned inward, or calmly taking in the scenes around them. Others look like they’re spewing rivers of the blackest blood from their mouths. This young illustrator is well on her way, already with many out-of-this-world cosmic illustrations… and each one is a treat. [Read more...]
Andy Rooney once said, “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” UK based photographer Ana Oliveira has used the theme of aging for a fascinating collection called Identity. She takes old photographs of a person, some from as much as 60 years ago, and then takes a new photo in the same pose with similar clothing, much like Irina Werning. Seeing the photos side by side, the effects of aging become obvious, yet in many of the shots the older version looks more self assured, further reinforcing George Bernard Shaw’s view that “Youth is wasted on the young!” [Read more...]
The saying goes that there is somebody out there everybody, and this cyclops pair have met their match. Created by illustrator Anton Marrast, this hideously adorable couple is inseparable. They seem to live a very adventurous life, and they do it all hand in hand. Marrast has quite an impressive CV, with his drawings featured in many publications, and work for various clients, including Playboy. [Read more...]
Using simple black and white photography, Hengki Lee has found a way to tell a story with his silhouettes. The Indonesian self-taught photographer captures perfectly the outline of the people and animals in his shots without giving them an identity, almost to insist that you relate them to your own life or create a story for them. Using the moon to light many of his shots, the silhouettes are so crisp that they almost look like construction paper cut-outs glued to the photographs. [Read more...]
When Eran Amir decided to create a black and white video changing into color, he took the idea far… but kept it completely analog. Painting the entire room in what one Youtube commenter said looked like it “used about 50 different shades of.. grey,” Amir then transforms the room before our eyes, revealing the fact that he’s filming in color. It’s one classy trick. [Read more...]