Posts tagged photography

Photo-a-Day Project Brings Star Wars Action Figures to Life!

Taken in various locations around Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan between 2008-2011 this brilliant series of photographs captures the wild frenzy of gold fireflies as they mate after thunderstorms during the June to July rainy season. 

This is the end! Beautiful Flickr photoset of famous film endings.

This is the end! Beautiful Flickr photoset of famous film endings.

M.I.A. shot by Ryan McGinley for New York Times Magazine

M.I.A. shot by Ryan McGinley for New York Times Magazine

Olly Moss. If you haven’t heard of him you will.

He recently designed the cover of Sony PlayStation’s Resistance 3, which at first glance looks quite unassuming. However, typical of Moss, this is unlike anything you may have expected.

Resistance 3’s box art shows the cityscape of New York forms which forms the teeth of the Chimera. Subtle yet certainly very effective.

The U.K. based artist is now a pop idol. He rose to fame with his extremely popular designs for Threadless, his creations Lost, Star Wars and The Evil Dead became hugely popular because of unique minimalist style and his obvious passion for the material.

Moss has been called everything from a “creative genius” to a “one of the most influential pop culture artists today.” He works with popular and recognizable themes like movies, television show, comics, video games and books, giving him the ability to instantly connect with and captivate a wide audience.

His first ever exhibition ‘Paper Cuts’ had fans lining the streets days beforehand, not only that but prior to his show all pieces had already sold out. “Totally crazy, was not expecting that at all!,” he says.

There’s a great interview over at Slashfilm where Moss talks about his style and his passion. “I don’t think I’m ever going to stop working with pop culture. I wouldn’t be interested in doing anything else really, I love it, it’s so much fun for me. I’m totally obsessed. But people always ask how you justify doing work with pop culture. And it’s kind of a pretentious justification but if you look at classic art, a lot of it is religious and mythic iconography and symbolism. Now a days it’s a similar thing. It’s just instead of having Hercules, Athena and Apollo it’s Darth Vader and Optimus Prime. More stuff that you recognize, stuff that you have an instant connection with, stuff that stands for the same concepts.”

Stunning Street View Photography

Montreal-based artsit Jon Rafman’s collection of stills captured by Google Street View is hugely inspiring. He frames the way we think about perception, alienation and autonomy.

Street View photography presents a different perspective on the individual’s relation to his external world in comparison to art of previous historical periods.

In this instance the photographer is a Google car, mounted with nine cameras. It’s gaze is detatched from the subject - it witnesses but does not act in history. Street View ascribes no particular significance to any event or person making the photography artless and indifferent, without human intention. The images are therefore devoid of context, history or meaning.

We share Street View’s somewhat detached vision of the world. However by becoming aware of our gaze we can reframe our perceptions and see an alternative reality. Despite the impersonal nature of these settings the subjects are not simply objects of the robotic gaze of an automated camera. Rather this snapshot artist reasserts the importance of the individual. This altering of our vision challenges the loss of autonomy and in the transformation of our perceptions, a new possibility for freedom is created.

INSIDE OUT: A COLLABORATIVE STREET ART PROJECT

Can art change the world?

French street artist JR has just won TED Prize 2011 and announced his ‘wish to change the world’:

"I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT."

Get involved in this collaborative global art project by uploading your photos via the website www.insideoutproject.net/ These images will then be made into posters and sent back to the curator. You. Then all you need to do is find a wall, window or building and paste it up….

Might be cool if this was tagged, documented and discovered via streetartview.com/

#Slinkachu = Fun

UK street artist known by the moniker Slinkachu places tiny people in discarded rubbish, creating exciting installations only the hawk-eyed will notice.

Hoping to go check out his exhibition in London ASAP http://andipa.com/Exhibitions/Concrete-Ocean_art.php