Illusion. Reflection. Vulnerability. These are the things I see when I look at God’s Mirror, a photo series by Maria Svarbova. The images are dreamy and surreal with nude figures floating amongst a dark and cloudy sky. Yet there’s something off with each of the figures. Look closely and you’ll see that each person has an extra limb or a reflect face which distorts the body. Maria claims the effect isn’t done in Photoshop so whatever technique she’s deployed here is quite impressive.
Of all the images my favorite has to be the one at top with the man and mirror. Love how surreal it looks. Almost looks like it could be a painting, not a photo.
All of Maria’s photos are quite impressive, I suggest you take the time to go through all of her series on her Behance page.
Lookbooks for fashion brands must be tiring to make year after year. Most consist of moody looking models against a wall in alley or something variation of the sort. Levi’s Made & Crafted, the sub-brand that’s much edgier from a fashion perspective, decided to pair up with nature-centric magazine Wilder Quarterly for their Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook. Together they’ve presented the latest collection with a mix of classic product shots, interesting interviews with makers, and profiles on beautiful places and phenomenon.
The collection is a well-made mix of classics like leather jackets and denim paired with some pieces made with soem really interesting patterns. It also seems like the collection is extremely comfortable looking, like you could put on any number of these pieces and feel like you’re ready for the winter to come. Peter Stolz, LM&C men’s designer explains the inspiration for the collection.
The title that we gave the collection for Fall 2014 is The New West: Outdoor. We are constantly excited by the West Coast as an eternally inspiring and pioneering land. We were influenced by how we connect to the outdoors in a modern way. It’s about getting away from the urban hustle and connecting with nature––while also staying connected to the modern world. By contrast, we were also inspired by an increasing grassroots support of local foods, farms, farmer’s markets and local, seasonal ingredients and materials found in cities.
Overall I think Wilder Quarterly has done what they do best, which is creating interesting stories around makers and their crafts, as well as writing stories on star watching and seeing the Northern Lights. The stories and features complement the fashion well and creates a cohesive feeling when you visit the site. You can easily imagine the site as a print experience but I’m glad it’s not. Translating an aesthetic to the web can be difficult but I think Levi’s has done it.
Back in October of 2011, a small group of filmmakers, photographers and musicians travelled to the remote countryside of Iceland to document their experience, titling the film Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland. The film features photographers Tim Navis and Kim Holtermand, as well the electronic composer Deru – who composed and curated an original score based on field recordings from the trip. Now you can watch their experience in it’s entirety, which they’ve posted on Vimeo, and which I’ve embedded above.
If you enjoyed the film you should also check out the soundtrack that Deru put together, which features his original compositions as well as music from other great artists like John Talbot, Shigeto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Son Lux, Asura, Heathered Pearls, and lots more. It’s only $9 on Bandcamp
, totally worth the price of two fancy coffees.
Gonzalo Sanguinetti is an accomplished portrait and fashion photographer, yet what caught my eye were these photos he shot of recycled paper. The color and texture, paired with the lighting he created, made me feel like these were rocky crags and caverns and not scraps of disused paper scraps. It’s a convincing illusion that takes a moment to recognize. Looking at a project like this it shows that finding inspiration can really come from anywhere.
Emma Hartvig is a photographer originally from Sweden who currently lives and works in London. A recent graduate of the London College of Communication, she’s already managed to exhibit work in New York, Amsterdam, Sweden and London.
Inspired by a love of cinema, she enjoys the boundaries that the medium of photography provides: “I’m very struck by the still image” she says, “I’m interested in the limitations of a photograph in terms of its narrative capacity to have an image that’s frozen in time”.
The photographs here demonstrate this wonderful approach she takes. You can almost feel these images playing out in slow motion yet instead they are frozen in time. For Hartvig, these are isolated moments with no past and no future. Her work plays to the medium’s narrative strengths, allowing the images to hang in their beautiful frozen moments. I love them!
You can check out more work from Emma Hartvig on her website.
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wanting to feature more plant related topics on the site I thought it would be fun to pull inspiration from my own Instagram feed. The following is a list of people who frequently or somewhat often feature plants on their own feed, bringing a little life to the photo app. They’ve all been chosen for very different reasons and hopefully you’ll find one or a few that match your own personal aesthetics.
Louise Ljungberg – @louiselj
Stockholm based photographer Louise Ljungberg is the exactly what I think of when I think of a great plant-base Instagram account. More often than not leafy greens and boldly colored blossoms dominate her feed. I don’t think I could ever get tired of her POV on life.
The Horticult – @thehorticult
The Instagram feed of The Horticult, a blog that focuses on finding garden inspirations. Founders Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit may not the most aesthetically beautiful feed on the list, but certainly they’re certainly the most knowledgable. These two are great nerds who’ve taught me a ton about plant life.
Emily Blincoe – @thuglifeforevs
There are few photographers who are able to capture beautiful scenes like Emily Blincoe, who on Instagram goes by the handle @thuglifeforevs. I love when she creates these little set-ups with objects organized by color, especially these plant based ones. You can’t go wrong following Emily.
nistsa – @nistsa
Of everyone on this list nistsa is the most mysterious. Based in Japan, this Instagrammer shares minimal photos of plants on grey backgrounds, quite the opposite of some of the others on this list. I think the subdued nature of their photos is quite nice and the subtle details they capture shouldn’t be overlooked.
Nicole Franzen – @nicole_franzen
Photographer Nicole Franzen has an enviable life. She’s hanging out on boats, in cute French bistros, chilling with Giada and Tom Colicchio. What I’m digging about her Instagram though is all the lovely nature that finds itself in her feed. I pulled a bunch of the desert related photos because Palm Springs is my favorite place in the world, and they remind me of there.
Julie Lee – @julieskitchen
I’ve had Julie Lee on the site a couple times before, she’s well-known for her incredible plant/food mosaics which she posts frequently on her Instagram. I figured it would be silly to leave her off of a list like this. Julie turns plants into art and that’s not to be missed.
The earliest incarnations of the recipe come from 1600 BC in Babylonia, and since then, not a lot has changed (although we don’t use stone tablets anymore). A list of ingredients, a set of directions with cook times – this is really all you need. Berlin based photographer Nora Luther though has come up with a clever way of reimagining the recipe, by photographing all of the elements flying in mid-air.
As she says in the project description, her intention is that “the look of the ready cooked dish is left to one`s own imagination.” The way she’s photographed the pieces of the whole are stunning, like a food ballet captured in mid leap.
I find the work of Bence Bakonyi an interesting contrast to the last post Philip wrote which featured the minimal and colorful photos of Hans-Christian Schink. They both depict these bright environments as the focus of the work, only in Bakonyi’s case he’s inserted people into these environments who seamlessly blend in to them.
Bakonyi’s point of the works is to show the effect that our surroundings have on us. That we can be influenced by our environment and learn to identify with it. The pieces feel like the super pop versions of Liu Bolin’s photography, although he’s much more detailed and camouflaged than these. Still there’s something captivating about these figures lost in blocks of color. They’re there but they’re not.
Since the early 90’s the German photographer Hans-Christian Schink has been bringing his unique perspective to the world. Represented internationally by many museums and galleries, his photographs often cover a broad range of subjects but a fascination with landscape always seems to be at the heart of his work.
Between 1995 and 2003 he produced a body of work called Walls. Easily his most abstract series to date, the work highlights Schink’s direct, near confrontational, manner of photography. Shot with a large format camera, the series consists of 11 images, each one demonstrating the photographers strict approach to his subject matter.
The photographs examine the architecture of commercial buildings. Each image resembles a large color field paintings, with Schink paring down his subject matter to a point of graphic abstraction. Only the smallest hint of subject matter can be detected from the tiny traces of pathways and skylines that Schink choose to include at the edges of his work.
Personally I love the restraint in this series. There’s a striking directness about each image and the colors of these buildings are just wonderful. You can see the complete series on Schink’s website and make sure to also check out more of his work while you’re there.
Inka Lindergård and Niclas Holmström are two Swedish-based artists who collaborate together to create some truly striking images. Based in Stockholm, they frequently travel in search of the perfect landscape for their work.
At the core of what they do is an interest in the power of nature and landscape. They are particularly drawn to our perception of these things. Why is it that we like a sunset over an ocean; why are we filled with awe when we see a mountain range?
Often verging on the supernatural, their work plays with the components of nature that inspire awe. Take for example this series entitled The Belt of Venus and the Shadow. Here the duo extract the lush colors of a sunset and transfer them to the rocks of the shoreline. By doing so the natural becomes the unnatural and the tangible suddenly becomes metaphysical.
It’s a beautiful series and I think the simplicity of their idea is very effective. The Belt of Venus and the Shadow is only one of a number of projects that explore similar territory. You can see more work from Inka and Niclas on their website.