The art world's food fetish is nothing new, triggering equal parts salivation and repulsion we gorge on so-called 'food porn' every day, saturating our screens with sugar. But beneath that candy-cane filter there's a darker side to our fetishisation of all-things sweet. With their Twix noses, salami decolletage and strawberry laces spewing from donut-shaped carverns, James Ostrer'
s saccharine-warped creations are delectably disturbing. Born out of a textbook childhood junk addiction, his new series Wotsit All About
takes sugar worship to the extreme, sculpting mutated, larger-than-life candy characters from truck-loads of pick 'n' mix favourites. Pushing his sitters to the extreme he smothers them in cream cheese, frazzles and ice-cream cones, the food masks leaving a claustrophic, bitter-sweet taste on the tongue. Interview
with the photographer. [NSFW]
is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself
, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW)
. Buy her photozine
, see photos from an exhibition
, or read her text blog
. [more inside]
"Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos
. The idea is that computer files — even though they represent different things like documents, images, and audio — encode data in one form or another. It's just that sound files encode beats, notes, and rhythms, whereas image files encode hue, saturation, and brightness. So when you treat image files as if they were audio, you get some interesting results. Jamie Boulton has a detailed description on how to do this yourself with Audacity Effects
creates incredible illusions through photography. [more inside]
In his new book Ciphers
, German photographer Christopher Gielen
) reveals haunting images of our endlessly repetitive development through aerial views of American urban sprawl. [more inside]
Artist Walks A Cabbage In Public To Question How Society Value Things
In a project that started since year 2000, Chinese artist Han Bing has documented a series of photographs that see him walking a cabbage
on a leash in public.
Longtime veteran courtroom sketch artist
Gary Myrick gives us a look inside his profession.
: the inner workings of a vintage black and white photobooth in real time. Via photobooth.net
, the most comprehensive photobooth resource on the internet (previously
with Richard Tuschman, the photographer Behind ‘Hopper Meditations’
Curiosity led me to cut my collection of golf balls in half to see what the cores looked like. To my surprise, what I found inside inspired me to consider that I could discover, in the unlikeliest of places, elegant formal qualities and surprising metaphorical possibilities
Ten years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray
released the book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."
In it, they documented the facades of the rapidly disappearing mom-and-pop businesses of New York City. Now they've revisited some of the same spots.
Katerina Plotnikova's portraits with wild animals
are surreal. The photographer recently posted a behind-the-scenes shot
along with an album
of other shots showing how they stage each photograph.
The delightful Bill Cunningham covers the latest trends in groceries gone awry
at this year's Paris Fashion Week.
It's the 21st century and somehow I'm still not right without a ring on my finger?
What's up with that? Artist Suzanne Heintz spends 14 years with a family - of mannequins. (warning: video halfway down the page autoplays with music)
Where I See Fashion
is a tumblr which pairs fashion-related pictures with images containing art/architecture/nature/design/texture elements that could have conceivably inspired them. The "Click to Hide Text" link on the left offers more streamlined viewing experience, or check them out on Instagram
. Via: 1, 2
Artist Amy Elkinsbegan corresponding in 2009 with prisoners on death row in California. Of the seven men with whom Elkins made contact in June 2009, she remains in touch with only one, Freddy, who has been held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay since 1995, when he was 16 years of age. Freddy has been incarcerated since he was 13. Parting Words
is "a visual archive of the 500+ prisoners to date executed in the state of Texas."
It was not the first time that Adam Magyar has had to explain his work to mystified observers. Born in Hungary in 1972, Magyar began taking pictures in his late twenties, roaming the streets of Asian cities and capturing images of Indian street vendors, Hindu holy men, and Himalayan students. His work evolved rapidly from conventional documentary photography to surreal, radically experimental imagery that reflects his obsession with finding innovative new uses for digital technology. A self-taught engineer and software designer who assembled his first computer while in his teens, Magyar captures his images using some of the world’s most sophisticated photographic equipment, modified with software he writes himself. Additional code, also of his own design, removes nearly all distortion, or “noise,” from his data, producing images of remarkable clarity. [more inside]
Birds of the West Indies.
Artist Taryn Simon (previously
) has a work of photographs of James Bond's gadgets, guns, cars, and women. The work is currently showing at this year's Carnegie International
, and has an accompanying book. Info at the main link, and a more thorough gallery here.
Within the confines of her tiny studio and without the help of digital embellishment, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee
created elaborate landscapes for her series of self-portraits. [more inside]
Mormon Women Bare
is an art project spearheaded by Katrina Barker Anderson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It's designed to challenge the LDS Church's strict views on modesty and the value of "virtue" by having Church members pose naked in an attempt to reclaim their bodies while protesting the belief that they need to be careful of inflaming the passions of men.
What No One Tells You About Losing Lots of Weight. For at least some newly thin people, there’s a meta-dissatisfaction in feeling that significant weight loss has made life anything other than perfect: Any discomfort you may feel with your body is compounded by a sense of shame at not feeling unmitigated pride at a moment you expected to be triumphant. [more inside]
Nightwatch: The Haunting Light Painted Nightscapes of Noel Kerns
: Dallas-based photographer Noel Kerns
specializes in capturing haunting night scenes of ghost towns, decommissioned military bases, and industrial abandonments. His creative use of different colored lights combined with moon light helps these old abandoned places come alive as vivid nightscapes. [...]
By very carefully planning out his shot and using flashlights, strobes and colored gels to strategically add light, Kerns captures the final product in-camera during exposures that last, on average, one to three minutes — very little, if any, post-production is done at all
. [more inside]
is an artist based in Montréal whose photographic series Alone Time
features one person as two different people, of different genders, in the same frame. The latest in the series has just debuted on Buzzfeed
and features Levine's partner as both an expectant mother and an expectant father, as well as an interview with Levine. [more inside]
Although best known for iconic photographs
of his Weimaraner dogs, artist William Wegman is also a painter
. While Wegman's combined the two before, recently painting atop commercial travel postcards
, he's just published Flo & Wendell
, a children's storybook illustrated by dog photos painted over to tell a whimsical tale. Images and review
(LA Times); video
shoots in black and white, sometimes strangers
, a lot
, but with a sense of humor
He runs a blog
and a tumblr
of art and essays.
is a Barcelona-based photographer whose work shows Barcelona and its surroundings with a cool melancholy. Flickr stream here
is a film artist
who eschews computer effects and 3D modeling for capturing the dreamlike beauty of real objects. CYMATICS
is her latest work, using lycopodium powder
, a speaker, and macro photography. Other works include SILK
. Recommended with headphones and in full-screen mode.
I am not really quite sure how to describe the website MELT
except to warn you to prepare to be away for a very long time. (NSFW).
Incorporating works of artists
(Be sure to scroll down) both surreal
and so much more.
Probably the best way to get around is to just click on the various labels.
"These are photographs of my son, pictured in a world of fantasy and imagination. A world that children occupy a good deal of the time. They are my interpretation of his world." Photography
by David Niles
From The Atlantic
, a series of photography that documents America in the 1970s: the Pacific Northwest
| New York City
| the Southwest
| Chicago's African-American community
| Texas [more inside]
"Borders feel like places of movement. A transition point from one place to another. You don't think of people making a home there. But they do."-A description of Photographer Lara Shipley's
project, Coming, Going and Staying