If you combine Palm Springs, my favorite Los Angeles getaway location, and pair it with fluorescent shades of pinks, purple, and reds, you’ll grab my attention in a heartbeat. Kate Ballis, an Australian photographer who considers herself an “aestheticist,” creates pieces that capture and explore the natural world in a grounded, but other-worldly fashion.
Her series Infra Realism does exactly that, taking the arid deserts and lush mid-century homes of the Palm Springs area and captures them with infrared film. The result is a version of the city that looks like a Star Trek acid trip (I mean that in the best way possible!). Here’s her take, from last year’s interview with Another Magazine:
“Before this I produced the Glace Noir series, which is very dark and mysterious.” These images use a similar subversion by representing vast glaciers in a palette of inky blacks and blues. “Both projects actually have a lot in common, it’s about representing this otherworldliness, and infrared has simply given me another tool to express what I was already exploring.”
Chinese artist Liu Bolin is a master at this craft. Meticulously painting his body, he seamlessly blends into the environments behind him, as a means of commenting on mans role with nature and social strife. So it’s interesting to see that his latest project is a collaboration with American photographer Annie Leibovitz who’s well known for her glamorous cover photos of A list celebrities. Even more surprising is that it’s an ad campaign for super fancy outdoor brand Moncler, who admittedly make some really great clothes.
The campaign started last season, photos from the SS17 collection are toward the bottom of the post, and now continue to FW17 with a journey through Iceland. I’m shocked that Bolin’s art of painting of himself still feels exciting and new through the years. It feels like he continues to try and outdo himself with each project and utilizing the incredible backdrop of Iceland is a smart choice. I love the incredible contrast of bright blues with the deep grays and blacks. Really stunning work created by all.
Photographer and director Charlie Schuck caught my eye with his knack for composition as well as his use of color and texture. His work captures a dreamy, fictionalized lifestyle, a wonderland of pristinely knolled items that compliment each other perfectly. Even his less composed pieces, like the arrangement of oysters or the woman with the lamp below, employ a deft use of negative space that focuses your eyes and their attention.
How do you illustrate the feeling of anticipation? Perhaps sweaty palms or a perspiring brow? That’s not exactly the most… appealing, of imagery. Aaron Tilley and Kyle Bean though have come up with a refined, almost elegant way of portraying this haunting emotion for a recent issue of Kinfolk. They’ve put together a series of common objects and placed them in high-stress vignettes. You know what’s going to happen in each, the inevitability strikes you instantly.
Steering the site toward a food and drinks from a design angle, I set up a simple rule: don’t post restaurant reviews or recipes. I’m skirting close to my rules by writing about a site I recently came across called These Pour Souls. The Idaho based site shares drink recipes that are exemplified by some absolutely stunning photos, such as the Blue Moon you see above. Cocktails seem to be posted about a once a week so I’d recommend you follow them on Instagram to keep updated.
Milanese photographer Lorenzo Pennati caught my eye as I was browsing the other day with his uniquely detailed style. I would describe what he captures as extremely posh, upscale lifestyle situations, which defy reality entirely thanks to some fantastic stylists. That’s the entire fun of his work though! There’s so much going in the frame, a multitude of patterns and objects that your eyes dance across his imagery.
Oxford born, New York based photographer Joss McKinley makes a lot out of a little. That is, he takes photos that seem simple in nature but are in fact filled with nuance, extremes of contrast, and rich depths of color. I see McKinley’s work focused on capturing and isolating certain aspects of life itself. People, food, animals, and plants are all treated with a sort of dignity, their individual aspects of beauty highlighted for the viewer to take part in.