We all had a teddybear. No? Then surely a rabbit or monkey, or perhaps some other stuffed animal you squeezed with loving delight? Mark Nixon, an Irish photographer, set about photographing a series of stuffed animals in his new book, Much Loved. An extremely endearing project that’s twofold charming, its universal appeal lies in Nixon’s ability to capture a notion that anybody and everybody can identify with: childhood.
Photographer, Randy P. Martin, (featured here before by Bobby) has a new series titled We Are Tiny. Humbly referring to his photography as simply, ‘Travel Documentation,’ Martin captures his adventures to the corners of the globe in charming snapshots of the people and locations he encounters a long the way. What really captured my eye (or rather my mind) in Martin’s new set was the therapeutic nature of the work. We Are Tiny envelopes our need to travel while also highlighting the paltriness of our existence.
Leta Sobierajski, a Brooklyn based designer chilling in New York, caught my eye with this sort of cuckoo collection of still life designs and random ideas that she put together. I mean that literally, she describes the section on her site as, “A selection of personal projects and bits and pieces that can’t quite fit anywhere else.” I’m personally glad that she compiled them all together because as random as they are, I’d totally buy a book of this stuff. Sure, it might all be electrical tape, Ritz Crackers, and grapefruits, but the execution is flawless. You can see more below or by visiting her site here.
Joe Nigel Coleman is an Australian photographer currently living in Newcastle, New South Wales. His series Mirage is particularly striking. Presenting nature with a lo-fi twist, his images feel raw and intimidate, and there’s something really engaging in the apologetically grainy nature of his photographs.
The New York Times has put together their 2013: The Year in Pictures feature which, as always, is a powerful look at the past 12 months told through the images their photographers have taken. Featured are a number of powerful photos that show the tragedies of the year, but also the joyous moments as well. Culture editor Dana Jennings sums it up nicely:
The year, of course, wasn’t all blood and guts, and these photos reflect that, too: ballgames were played, marriages made, Shakespeare performed — whether the government shut down or not. I found myself hooked hardest by those images that seized the rare quiet moment, scenes that pirouetted away from hype and cliché, showing us at our most human, and our most vulnerable.
In Western culture we often measure our happiness by the things we own. The more stuff you have the happier you are. With that in mind, it’s quite humbling to see these photos by Huang Qingjun which show Chinese families and all of their possessions in one photo. Perhaps I’m romanticizing the plight of poor Chinese, but I feel like there’s something envious about the idea of living with so few things. Qingjun’s subjects range from all over the country, in all kinds of dwellings, which helps round out the idea.
Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.
This morning, Instagram added a new feature they’re calling Direct, which allows you to send Instagrams to a specific person or persons.
There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people—an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.
This feels a lot a fuck you to Snapchat, who Instagram owner’s Facebook offered $3 billion to buy their app, only to be turned down. A feature like this would have been in the works for a while though as it’s a brand new build of Instagram. Personally, I feel like the old man who wants the kids off his lawn with this feature. At 31 I can’t find any reason to use Snapchat, and if I want to send a certain person/persons a photo I’ll simply text it to them. It’s certainly possible that I’m not the audience for this feature, but it also seems like the Instagram product is getting more diluted as time goes by.
Australian photographer Emma Summerton photographed George Clooney recently for W Magazine, and the images are quite amazing. That’s because Mr. Clooney was outfitted in a custom suit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who also created the amazing scenes he was photographed in. I love the stark contrast of these photos, and I also love that Yayoi Kusama is getting so much love these days.
You can see the photos and read Mr. Clooney’s interview over on W Magazine’s site by clicking here.
Ryan Duffin is a young photo student currently attending Parsons who’s work recently caught my eye and I needed to share. It’s hard to pinpoint what his style is, I mean, the word that comes to my mind is “surreal”, but I don’t think that’s quite right.
His photos capture abstract still lifes that feature these interesting pairing that usually have super intense colors which really make you stop and take notice. There’s also a mundanity to the pieces, like the dirty Evian bottle above, but they’re lit like fine art, like something of a really high value. This contrast exists in a lot of his newest work and the juxtaposition is definitely something to take note of.