Normally when a camera captures a cityscape, the image is lifeless, which is the total opposite vibe of a city. Packed with people, cities have a boundless pulse of energy and life. Dutch photographer Dennis Duinker captures this vitality beautifully with his dynamic techniques. For his Skylights series, he uses a slow shutter speed with a vertical pan to capture light traces in the air, creating a lovely, vibrant graphic pattern. He connects the dots in his black and white Skylines series of Rotterdam landscapes, unveiling a geometric puzzle in the sky above the towering architecture. Using a motion blur, he brings the city up to speed with an emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines. [Read more...]
Did you ever have hermit crabs for pets as a kid? It would be so fun picking out new shells and hoping they’d upgrade to the one you Bedazzled or painted. Japanese artist Aki Inomata is also fascinated with hermit crab shell promotion, but her offerings are not the typical heart and star painted ones- she creates famous translucent cityscapes atop the shells that she also sculpts. She titled the project, “Why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?” To ensure inhabitation of her creations, Inomata imaged the insides of typical hermit shells with a CT scanner and modeled the base of her sculptures after the results. With Inomata’s mobile homes the hermit crabs can choose which city to inhabit- and they don’t even have to worry about rent or cost of living! [Read more...]
In his highly acclaimed book, Cities and Countries, Roman Payne beautifully explains what travel is all about:
Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.
If you haven’t read Cities and Countries yet, I highly recommend it. To celebrate the beauty of cities all over the world and encourage everyone to travel to find their perfect place, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of cityscapes.
San Francisco based artist Jeremy Mann receives his inspiration from his urban surrounding, painting a unique and dynamic city. His style is peculiar, as he uses various painting techniques on wood panels, infusing his compositions with vivid and atmospheric colors. Some of these techniques including surface staining, the use of solvents to wipe away paint, and the application of broad, grainy marks with an ink brayer roller. [Read more...]
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