To see one of Jason de Graaf’s paintings is to be tricked into believing they are real. His hyper-realistic worlds are painstaking illusions, created with his delicate brush strokes and resulting in the appearance of a high definition photograph. Much of his work revolves around reflection: from shiny metal orbs, to polished crystal skulls; each of his images is unbelievably real. [Read more...]
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...]
Mirrors are pretty awesome- the slightest concave or convex bend can stretch our image out like a super model or shorten and widen us like munchkins from Oz, but photographer Ron Brinkmann shows they can be used for more than narcissism in this incredible photo series. Using 6 square mirror tiles and some tape, he created a cube that is reflective on all 6 interior sides. Then he arranged candles and objects inside to create trippy, psychedelic scenes. He set the timer on the camera and with no digital rendering, just altering object and camera placement, he created these awesome kaleidoscopic images.
Ah, the bathroom mirror selfie: the most narcissistic digital relic of our time, although I can’t say it’s not fun to be on the receiving end. César Moreno, based in Cancun, Mexico, takes these selfies out of the digital realm with a new series called Espejito, Espejito (Mirror, Mirror). On 80 x 50cm wooden canvases, he paints sexy images of women snapping cell phone pics in the mirror. His unique style leaves the women looking like wooden marionettes, perhaps suggesting something deeper. [Read more...]
Covered in Italian villas, beachcombers, and strangely symmetrical rock formations, tiny magical islands spring from the sea. It’s the beautiful world of photographer Gustav Willeit… and what makes it so intriguing isn’t necessarily his mirrored images near symmetry, it’s the few non-symmetrical elements which really grab your eye: a bus tours around a apparently circular ring road, a boat anchors on one shore of otherwise identical sides of an island, twin peninsulas surround multi-colored italian villas. These small touches of non-symmetry lend his images the credible touches that makes us wonder: is this the real world? [Read more...]
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and not quite recognized the face looking back, Alex Kisilevich’s meloncolic series “On the Surface” will really strike a chord. Each portrait features a main character seeming to contemplate some deeper meaning of existence, while reflected in the photograph we find their double has transformed into a different, yet surprisingly familiar person. Based in Toronto, Canada, you can find more of Kisilevich’s work at alexkisilevich.com.