Illustrated Series of TV & Movies Characters on their days off by Kiersten Essenpreis
Chicago-based artist Kiersten Essenpreis has created a terrific series of pop culture illustrations showing famous TV show and movie characters on their days off. They are currently on display at Gallery1988 (East) in Los Angeles until Saturday, May 25, 2013. Gallery1988 also has prints of the illustrations available to purchase online.
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How I Created a series of matching ‘Sexy’ engagement photos that went Viral
I bought a used Mamiya RZ67 Pro II a month ago, a huge medium format studio SLR with a negative area a full five times larger than the sensor on a Nikon D800 or 5DMKIII “full frame” camera.
A decade ago, the kit I bought would have sold for 5 figures, but thanks to film’s loss in popularity, I was able to get it for less than a tenth of what it cost new.
It’s a bulky thing, its six pound weight demands to be put on a tripod, it doesn’t autofocus or zoom, and dealing with film is generally a real pain in the butt. But damn it’s impressive for an empty box with a hole on one end.
For a first project I had the idea, partially inspired by Jim C. Hines, of taking a couple and posing them both in the same feminine poses and then displaying them side by side.
I approached Adam McLaughlin, who officiated my wedding, and his fiancée Casey Grim (collectively known as ACoupleOfN3rds), who I suspected would be game.
I’d photographed both of them before, and was stoked when they they not only agreed to do it, but were enthused. Casey mentioned they’d previously talked about doing some over the top boudoir parody, so the concept resonated with them.
This was my first time using the RZ67 and my first time using film since I last took photography classes in 2004. The shoot was generally a disaster: due to pure human error I shot everything 2 stops overexposed, I was having a hard time getting the lighting right without the digital crutch of instant feedback, I lost two whole shots because the focus was off, and figuring out the lighting took so long I didn’t have time to try any of the other film that I’d meant to experiment with.
Adam and Casey were patient and up for anything, but I felt like I’d let them down on my end.
I had pretty much written the whole thing off and was deep in the process of thinking I’d made a stupid choice buying the camera in the first place when a few days later I got an e-mail with the scans from Photoworks. Despite the meager resolution of their scans, you could still see extremely good resolution in the eyes (where I’d actually gotten them in focus), plus the look of B&W film was honestly even more captivating than I’d hoped.
And though I was initially disappointed to see the few shots that hadn’t turned out and I never did get the lighting how I wanted it, they managed to save most of the shots from overexposure in the processing, and I realized I had enough decent pictures to try execute the initial concept. So I asked my wife Lauren to Photoshop the selects together and then uploaded the finished photos to Facebook.
I did not expect any response.
Since then the photos have been featured on a couple blogs, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and even on nationally syndicated TV. I’ve had friends message me to say they saw the photos (even one friend I haven’t talked to since high school).
I still have a lot to learn to reach basic competency with this camera, but all things considered my first three rolls have done okay.
Tiny Figurines Making Love Outdoors
For an imaginative ongoing photo series, Berlin-based musician, micro-sculptor and photographer Mr Peluchemakes 1:87 plastic scale figurines and puts them in a variety of sexually explicit scenarios. The first in the series is titled “My Summer of Love: Make Love Not War” and it features tiny naked figures frolicking outdoors and enjoying it as Mother Nature intended. The entire series can be viewed and selected prints are available to purchase at his site.
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Funny Vintage Tobacco Ads
A collection of funny tobacco ads in the past
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How photoshop tools would be used as beauty products
If Adobe Photoshop tools could work their magic in the real world, what would people use them for? One obvious application would be as a beauty product, which would allow people to ‘shop actual faces instead of photos of faces. Budapest, Hungary-based photographer and graphic designer Flora Borsi recently shot a series of photos that humorously depict how it might work. The project is titled, “Photoshop in Real Life.”
As the photo above shows, anti-acne face soap makers would suddenly find themselves out of customers.
An example of how not to use the Smudge Tool:
The plastic surgery industry would completely vanish as people begin using Photoshop on noses and other features they don’t like:
Feeling blue? Just change your hue!
The Smart Object feature alone would make this product a must have:
You can find more of Borsi’s work over on her Facebook page.
Famous Photographs turned into arm’s Length self-portraits
Self-portraits snapped with an outstretched arm can be seen everywhere these days, from profile pictures on Facebook to filtered shots on Instagram. Among iconic historical photos? Not so much.
However, Cape Town, South Africa-based newspaper Cape Times has launched a brilliant new advertising campaign that imagines what those photos were look like if they had been captured with arm’s-length “selfies”.
Created by advertising agency Lowe Cape Town, the ads show four famous photos Photoshopped to look like they were captured with a hand-held camera by one of the subjects.
The photograph above is a remaining of the 1945 image V-J Day in Times Square.
A portrait of Winston Churchill resting on a bench by LIFE magazine photographer Hans Wild:
A photograph of South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu:
A picture of Prince William and Kate sharing a kiss on a balcony on their wedding day:
The images are a pretty neat way of making the point, “You can’t get any closer to the news.”
Creative and funny “Lost Signs” artworks by Phil Jones.
Portraits of a Grandmother
A few years ago, photographer Sacha Goldberger discovered that his 91-year-old “mamika” (Hungarian for “grandmother”) named Frederika was feeling lonely and down. To put a smile back on her face, Goldberger suggested that they shoot a series of silly portraits featuring Frederika dressed up as a superhero. Frederika agreed, and Goldberger’s project Mamika was born. The photographs took the web by storm back in 2010, and the viral views gave Frederika a huge boost in cheer as people from all over the world sent encouraging messages to her.
Eugene Kim over at My Modern Met writes,
Frederika was born in Budapest 20 years before World War II. During the war, at the peril of her own life, she courageously saved the lives of ten people. When asked how, Goldberger told us “she hid the Jewish people she knew, moving them around to different places every day.” As a survivor of Nazism and Communism, she then immigrated away from Hungary to France, forced by the Communist regime to leave her homeland illegally or face death.
Aside from great strength, Frederika has an incredible sense of humor, one that defies time and misfortune. She is funny and cynical, always mocking the people that she loves.
Since Mamika, Frederika has continued to model in Golberger’s various portrait ideas:
You can find more of Goldberger’s work over on his website. He also tells us that he has a new book coming out called Mamika & Co, a followup to his first one titled Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother.
P.S. Goldberger is also the photographer behind the “joggers after running” portraits we featured last year.
Thanks for sending in the tip, Billy!
Image credits: Photographs by Sacha Goldberger and used with permission
Scared Out of their minds
One year ago, the haunted house called Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada scored a major marketing win after its candid photographs of horrified guests went viral online. With Halloween 2012 only a week away, Jakob Schiller over at Wired caught up with the house’s marketing director Vee Popat for the inside scoop of how the images are shot:
At one point in the attraction […] the groups come to a spot where they trigger a Nikon D80 camera and flash at the exact moment where they encounter some unknown fright that is so scary it provokes grown men to hide behind their wives and friends to jump into each other’s arms.
The idea for the photos was inspired by photos of people yelling as they ride rollercoasters. Popat says the owner used to actually sit in the haunted house and take the photos himself. Just like amusement parks, attendees at Nightmares can purchase their photos after they’ve recovered from the excitement and the “best of” photos circulate on monitors in the lobby.
In case you missed the viral images last time, here’s a sampling of some of the house’s recent photographs:
The Audition, Actress Proves She Can Perform Any Role
In The Audition, New York based actress, choreographer and filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall proves she can perform any role. At an audition for ‘clipboard woman,’ she jumps through hoops, juggle many things at once, stands still, bends over backwards, and much more. While humorous at times, the piece is an stern critique on the audition process.
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