Since 2007, LA-based photographer Siri Kaur has been driving 480 miles to the Kitt Peak National Observatory four or five times per year to capture the sky on her film camera. 7,000 feet above the ground, the observatory boasts telescopes the size of houses and Kaur takes long exposure photographs of the view from these super telescopes. Sometimes she returns with no good pictures, but those times are all made worth it when she gets shots like the ones shown below. She alters the color and depth of the star formations in the darkroom with chemicals, producing new images that look just like some of the “real” pictures of distant galaxies taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. [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.
In many people’s minds, the Coen Brothers’ ‘Big Lebowski’ is the epitome of a classic film and recently artist Joe Forkan has taken this one step further, creating tributes to both the film and classic masterpieces. His project, The Lebowski Cycle, uses such works as Velazquez’s Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid and Carracci’s ‘The Baptism of Christ’ as inspiration for the scenes he has chosen to paint. The works do in fact have a distinctly classic look to them, bringing grandeur and poetry to a much loved film. See more of The Lebowski Cycle at joeforkanblog.com. [Read more...]