The way we see the people in our circles may be very different from the way the rest of the world sees them, especially when you’re self-taught fine art photographer Jon Jacobsen. Based in Santiago, Chile, Jacobsen decided to create a remarkable series called People I Know, which features, as you might predict, his fellow artist friends, but not in a way that you would ever expect. For each portrait, he chooses the perfect props, clothing, and photo-manipulation techniques to portray the surreal things he sees when he looks at each friend. [Read more...]
Ever since I was 5 years old, I have wondered what it would be like to be a mermaid- not the mockumentary morbid webbed-hand kind, but a Disney Princess daughter of Triton type like Ariel. The first time I saw it in the theaters, I cried at the end of The Little Mermaid and it gave me a lot of anxiety, fearing that I might grow up and fall in love with a Merman and be forced to choose between moving to the ocean with him- trading in my legs for fins and leaving my family behind on land- or losing my true love. Luckily I never found myself in that situation, but I have residually been obsessed with the ocean and its creatures. What an amazing, magical world, most of which remains as much of a mystery to us as outer space. This collection features works that are amphibious, catching a glimpse of the world underwater and above the surface at the same time. [Read more...]
Elephants and Giraffes and Zebras, oh my! Ever since I saw The Lion King at the ripe age of 10, I have loved African wildlife. That first magical scene while “Circle of Life” plays as all of the beautiful animals are presented harmoniously was the first thought that came to my mind when I saw these awesome photo manipulations by Thomas Subtil. The series, appropriately titled Hakuna Matata, features the most majestic safari animals doing hilarious or surreal things. Giraffes holding up a laundry line with their teeth, a zebra floating through the air on a balloon tied to his tail, an animal pyramid, giraffes with their heads in the clouds, and zebras waiting in line for the port-a-potty are just some of the clever imaginings he has brought to life in black and white. [Read more...]
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How fast is that doggy in the window? You might wonder while looking at these incredibly imaginative photoshop masterpieces by blogger Benjamin Grelle, aka The Frogman. Just as dogs love riding in the car with their heads out the window on the highway, they are shown enjoying space travel at warped speeds. With their gums and tongues flapped back, the dogs appear to be smiling as they zoom through the universe. [Read more...]
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When we look up at the sky we often see formations of earthly objects in the clouds or constellations in the stars at night, but Adam Kennedy looked down to find some rusted structures that look like they belong in the sky. On his daily commute to school at San Francisco State, where he studies Cinema, Kennedy noticed that the rusty knobs on top of the old fire hydrants he passed looked strangely like undiscovered planets in our vast universe. He photographed the knobs and with a little Photoshop manipulation he transformed the rust into continents and the paint into oceans to produce his first fake planet. He posted a picture of the before and after images on Reddit and made the top of the Front Page. Since his hobby was so well received, Kennedy decided to start an indiegogo to raise the funds he needs to make a book of his images.
Spanish graphic designer and artist Nacho Ormaechea contrasts photos in a way that gets your brain ticking. By filling the silhouette of people in urban settings with a clashing image, often from nature, he evokes the idea of memories or deeper yet, replaced energy. If it’s true that 98% of the atoms in our bodies are replaced with new ones every year, it’s interesting to think what forms they’ve taken before and Ormaechea’s photo collages offer a hypothesis. The photographer, who has lived and worked in Paris for the past decade has always been fascinated with people watching, thus preferring cities, “which [he] see(s) as perfect theaters full of inspiring yet anonymous characters.” [Read more...]
Looking up at the sky and forming images from the stars has been going on for just about as long as human life has existed, but that was only what could be seen from the Earth. Digital illustrator Chris Keegan has taken constellations to a whole new level with the use of images from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. He steps back from the images and tries to see what kind of creatures he can find, then digitally emphasizes those figures so that everyone can see them. The result is some highly unique creatures made up of celestial elements. In an interview with WIRED Keegan explained, “In one picture you can see thousands of stars and the idea of having a person or a bird taking up that sort of size was quite unusual.”
Once filled with nothing but beautiful, natural, mountainous, tree-filled landscapes, the now over-populated China has some views that aren’t quite so serene: landfills. To contrast the idyllic past with the realistic present, Chinese artist Yao Lu photographed the landfills, covered in green netting, then digitally manipulated the photos to look like the familiar vintage landscapes in traditional paintings. He adds mist, trees, and buildings to the heaps of rubbish, making them appear beautiful and serene until you look closely enough to realize that they are not actually mountains. [Read more...]