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Touching Self-portraits Document the Psychological Journey of Grieving Death

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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After losing her fiancé in a helicopter crash in 2012, Sarah Treanor quit her job as a graphic designer to pursue a deeply emotional exploration of grief through photography. The creative endeavor is symbolic of her psychological experience in process and in imagery, and captures the essence of the dark, peaceful, and disorienting journey of mourning. The heart-wrenching feeling the images evoke is universally familiar and carefully dissects the most difficult aspect of the human experience – death. [Read more…]

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Nope, These Glitchy Portraits Aren’t Digital. They’re Hand Painted.

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is becoming more dependent on technology, one has to ponder the impact on society. What are the tradeoffs to our personal freedoms and autonomy? Are we just codes that can be reduced or multiplied? This is a question that artist Justin Bower reflects upon and incorporates into his eclectic portraiture. At first glance one might believe that the art is created digitally, but there were no electronics involved – these works are entirely hand painted. [Read more…]

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This 93 Year-Old Grandmother Is Still Living A Vibrant Life Through The Lens of Her Granddaughter

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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Brazilian photographer Adelaide Ivánova, currently studying in Berlin, has found the perfect subject in her 93 year-old grandmother. For the past 10 years Ivánova has captured her grandmother’s zest for life through lively moments, as well as mundane, stereotypical elderly moments like visits to the eye doctor. The grandmother, also named Adelaide, was the mother of sixteen children and supported her family by selling cakes when her husband’s grocery business went bankrupt. Her strength of character is evident throughout the series. The series was shot in Reclife and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Read more…]

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How About Cutting a Face Into Your Hair? This Barber is Creating Detailed Portraits

Wednesday 07.09.2014 , Posted by
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Looking for a bold new style? How about carving Edward Scissorhands or Steve Jobs into your noggin? “Rob the Original” is doing that for his daring clients, creating a series of hair portraits that are just as bizarre as they are incredibly detailed. [Read more…]

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When a Wildfire Broke Out Near Their Wedding, This Couple Made the Most of It

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone who plans an outdoor wedding hopes it happens on a day with good weather – clear skies, warm temps – but what if your special day was threatened by a wildfire? While tying the knot at Rock Spring Ranch in Oregon, Michael and April Wolber actually had that happen. Ignoring their carefully made plans, the Two Bulls wildfire blew straight towards the idillic green glen where their ceremony was taking place. [Read more…]

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150 Year Old Portraits Show Victorians Looking Seriously Fashionable

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera as a gift at the age of forty-eight. It was 1863 and she was the mother of six children, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing a new found love for photography. It was a passion that is still influencing photographers today. [Read more…]

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These Dog Portraits Have Major Personality

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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When I ran across Elke Vogelsang’s dog portraits recently, I couldn’t get over how perfectly each one captured the close bond we can have with these canine friends – and the incredibly goofy moments they share too. Using mostly a wide angle lens to capture close ups, she has created an impressive collection that includes her own dogs; Noodles, Scout, and Loli – and now many from clients eager to have her reveal their dogs inner personality. [Read more…]

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Hammer & Nail Pointillism: Stunning Portraits by David Foster

Saturday 11.16.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen some pretty impressive examples of classic pointillism, with Miguel Endara using 3.2 million dots for one portrait. Federico Pietrella amazed us again using date stamps in a pointillist fashion to re-create photographs. And now we are pleased to bring you these hammer & nail stippling works by David Foster. Using thousands of nails hammered to a canvas, he varies the solidity and shading to create stunning portraits of celebrities, animals, and of course, a hammer and nail! [Read more…]

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Ridiculous Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson

Thursday 09.26.2013 , Posted by

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Think you’ve got facial hair? Nope. I thought I had a mustache until I saw these absolutely ridiculous portraits from the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans. There are up-do’s, out-do’s, loop-d-loops… well, I don’t know what to call them. It’s basically face-based sculpture, it’s bizarre and wacky. We’re thankful Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was there to capture the majesty of these growing works of art. [Read more…]

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Not Photoshop: Trippy Melting Inkjet Prints

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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These bizarre melting portraits from Portland, Maine-based artist Ben DeHaan are created with a surprisingly clever technique using just a conventional inkjet printer and gravity. His project, called Uncured, features two side-by-side images of the portrait before and after it has melted away leaving drips of watercolor-like paths down the page. [Read more…]

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