Photographer Emma Hartvig Captures the Coolness of Summer

Emma Hartvig

Emma Hartvig

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.

Emma Hartvig

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”.

Emma Hartvig

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!

Emma Hartvig

You can check out more work from Emma Hartvig on her website.

August 13, 2014 / By

The Fox Is Black’s Six Favorite Plant-centric Instagrammers

The Fox Is Black's Six Favorite Plant-centric Instagrammers

“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

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 - Instagram

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 - Instagram

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 - Instagram

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 - Instagram

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 - Instagram

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.

August 12, 2014 / By

Nora Luther Photographs Recipes As Dynamic, Floating Ingredients

Nora Luther Turns Recipes Into Flying Feasts

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.

Nora Luther Turns Recipes Into Flying Feasts

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.

Nora Luther Turns Recipes Into Flying Feasts

Nora Luther Photographs Recipes As Dynamic, Floating Ingredients

August 8, 2014 / By

Bence Bakonyi Photographs Figures Disguised By Their Environment

Bence Bakonyi

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.

Bence Bakonyi

Bence Bakonyi

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.

Bence Bakonyi

Bence Bakonyi

August 5, 2014 / By

Hans-Christian Schink Finds the Beauty of Minimalism in the Mundane

Seehausen from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

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.

Frankenheim from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Gunthersdorf from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

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.

Halle Queis from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

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.

Sanitz from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

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.

August 4, 2014 / By

Rocks Burst With Colour in this Beautiful Photographic Series by Inka and Niclas

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

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?

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

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.

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

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.

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

July 29, 2014 / By

I Am A Food Blog Gets Recipes Right With Stunning Photos and Spot-On Type

I Am A Food Blog

I Am A Food Blog

I find it rare to come across a good food site that doesn’t look like a stock blog template or is filled with nothing but hokey desert recipes (I have a savory palette).

That’s why it’s exciting to come across a site like I Am A Food Blog, the passion project of Stephanie Le. Her photos are spotless and with every recipe she creates what you could call a “logo” which makes each dish feel unique. Not sure how anyone could resist dishes like Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken, Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, or Mac and Cheese Pie!

You can pre-order her cookbook by clicking here.

July 29, 2014 / By

Life in Space as Azuma Makoto Captures Flowers in the Cosmos


Japanese artist Azuma Makoto is taking his work to new heights, literally. His art project, titled Exobiotanica, pits plants high above their home, bursting in color and beauty against the backdrop of a glistening planet Earth and the infinities of space that surrounds it. The project is simple in concept, visually beautiful in execution, and says volumes about the planet we’ve come to inherit.


Working out of Black Rock Desert, Nevada and alongside JP Aerospace, Makoto sent organic life to the borders of space, suspended by balloon. Bonsai trees, orchids, lilies, and other fauna or flora were subject to altitudes exceeding 30,000 meters and minus 50 degrees celsius. To the artist, exposing organic land-locked material beyond the confines of their earthly home transformed them into “exobiotanica,” or rather, extraterrestrial plant life.



While Makoto’s intent is neat and its results hold true, I believe that there’s more being said here than simply sending life where there isn’t any. Jonathan Jones wrote on the Guardian, “these images dramatize the startling nature of planet Earth itself.” Makoto’s photographs beautifully put forth the mystery of life on Earth—something to be treasured, once realized.



The fact of the matter is that our home, planet Earth, is the only known place in the entire universe to harbor life. We don’t know of any other planet that is alive as ours is. The richness of Earth’s organic matter is gorgeously apparent in Makoto’s arrangements, the brightly-colored flowers serve in stark contrast against the darkness of space that surrounds them.


In talking about the importance of Makoto’s project, Jones references William Anders’ iconic photograph, Earthrise. Shot aboard Apollo 8 in 1968, the photograph was the first color image to look back upon ourselves from the outside. It has been declared “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken,” and helped spark the environmental movement. To me, this reference couldn’t be any more apt, as Makoto’s project entertains the same sentiment in aiding our appreciation for existing in a lifeless universe.



While Makoto’s work might not be as historic as Earthrise, it’s certainly no less thought evoking. Projects such as these remind us that life on our planet is intertwined—Earth acting no more than a spaceship, nurturing its lively passengers. This concept has inherently been apart of our understanding for years, as demonstrated in the great landscapes of art’s past, such as Hokusai’s 35 views of Mount Fuji, which portrays the interlinking of sky and Earth.


If you’re having a bad day or just want to feel enlightened, then look to pieces like Makoto’s Exobiotanica, Earthrise, or even Hokusai. You’ll quickly cherish the importance of this very special planet we’ve come to inhabit—it’s the only one orbiting amongst a vast sea of stars that’s bearing life and all its beautiful intricacies. Revel in the fact that you live here and are a part of it.


July 29, 2014 / By