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An Artist’s Mission to Photograph 1,000 Bedrooms Around the World

Wednesday 02.12.2014 , Posted by
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A bedroom can tell a lot about a person’s character. Where we sleep and the area surrounding area often reflects our personal style and shows a glimpse at how our brains are organized, yet our bedrooms are intimate places that not many people will see. Photographer Margaret Ellen Burns from Sydney, Australia, gives us a peek into those secret worlds as she treads forward on her mission to photograph 1,000 bedrooms with their people in them. She takes the photographs on black and white 35mm film with an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic camera that used to be her mother’s. [Read more...]

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A Slice of Time on A Crowded Subway Platform: Stunningly Clear High Speed Video

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere along the border of still photography and motion picture lies the stunning high speed footage shot on Adam Magyar’s self-constructed slit screen camera with homemade software. Over a span of just seconds, on a busy NYC subway platform, there is so much going on and Magyar slows it down so that we can see how much our eyes miss. Hundreds of lives, all on a different path, converge for a moment on a single subway platform, likely never to line up in that same way again. [Read more...]

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Not Your Typical Homeless Portraits: Beautiful, Upbeat & Dignified

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Nobody dreams of being homeless when they grow up, but difficult times, foreclosures, and a continually declining job market have left some people without a roof over their heads. Whatever the struggle, it’s important to remember that these people are people and they don’t deserve the stereotypes that are commonly associated with the homeless. Photographer and long-time homeless shelter volunteer, Rosie Holtom seeks to show the beautiful souls shining through the faces of people in unfortunate situations, fighting to make a better life for themselves against all odds. She captured some of the strong individuals at Shelter from the Storm, London’s ONLY free homeless shelter, giving them dignity and hope. The portraits are black and white and show each person’s strength and value, and they look just like anyone else, reminding us to be grateful for what we have and understand that nobody is immune to tragic circumstances. Before thinking of someone as homeless, think of them as a person. [Read more...]

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Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers Who Have Found Their Match

Saturday 11.09.2013 , Posted by

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Fascinated with the idea that two totally unrelated people can look like twins, photographer Francois Brunelle set out to take portraits of 200 doppelgangers. This beautiful black and white series began when he photographed a pair of friends who looked as though they were identical twins that had been separated at birth. Although most of his photos so far have been taken in North America, Brunelle is now taking his I’m Not a Look-Alike! project around the globe to create a book and international exhibit. He has already been looking for look-alikes in Australia! [Read more...]

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Dots To Line: Minimalist, Black Ink, Geometric Tattoos by Chaim Machley

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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Based in Berlin, German tattoo artist Chaim Machley has gained quite a following for his iconic geometric tattoos. His minimalist black ink designs are based on points and lines. He is a master of perfect symmetry and rich, monochrome contrasts. [Read more...]

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Man Intimately Photographs his Beloved Wife’s Heroic Battle With Cancer

Friday 10.25.2013 , Posted by

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It was love at first sight when photographer Angelo Merendino met Jennifer, who grew to love him as he grew the courage to tell her how he felt. Five months after their wedding, their world was shaken when Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Soon after their one year anniversary, after a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and constructive surgery, the doctors declared Jen “cancer-free” and they began to put their lives back together. A few months later, they found out that the cancer had metastatised through her liver and bones. They realized that as much as their family and friends were concerned and wanted to help, they had no idea what the couple was going through, so they decided to document Jen’s battle with cancer through intimate photos. Merendino shows how true it is that a picture is worth a thousand words in this emotionally charged, powerful series. [Read more...]

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Leanne Shapton Recreates Iconic Film Moments with Watercolor in “Sunday Night Movies”

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes learning the back story of a piece of art can be disappointing to the viewer, but Leanne Shapton’s explanation behind her new book “Sunday Night Movies” is completely satisfying.

“Sunday Night Movies” is a compilation of watercolor paintings Shapton created as part of a larger series “A Month of…” back in 2011. In a piece for the New Yorker, Shapton explained how the series only made sense to her really after she stepped back and viewed it after. [Read more...]

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Burning Man Pinhole Camera Project Develops a Web Presence

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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As art lovers, naturally we love covering one of the most amazing visual experiences in the world: Burning Man. It’s an experience like no other and although it photographs well, capturing its true essence behind the lens is an amazing feat. Two of our favorite photographer we have loved covering are Eric Schwabel and Scott London. The project presented here is even more of a challenge than protecting your equipment from the playa dust with a digital camera, these captivating images were all captured with a lens-free pinhole camera! [Read more...]

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Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portraits of People Looking At Themselves in the Mirror

Friday 08.02.2013 , Posted by

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We all have a special “mirror face”- the way we look at ourselves when we’re staring back at our reflection. For some it’s a critical eye scanning for every flaw, for others it’s a satisified “looking good!” but while we’re doing something in the mirror, it seems many of us make the same faces. Estonian artist Heikki Leis has captured these mirror moments perfectly with his pencil drawings called Everyday Reflections. He includes the relaxed, pouty ‘putting on make-up face,’ the squinched ‘popping a chin pimple face,’ the brace for pain ‘plucking eyebrows face,’ and of course the side-smooched, ‘tighten the cheek for shaving face.’ The graphite drawings feature everyday Estonians, but the faces for each mirror activity are universally human. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #459 > Home Is Where The Photos Are

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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