Incredibly Realistic & Shocking Cardboard Scenes
Box is a project by Belgium photographers Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux, in which they utilized cardboard and miniature dollhouse furniture to create these dramatic scenes. The elaborate portraits portray the imperfections of life through very surreal and cinematic moments. Each character seems incredibly downtrodden and unresponsive to the life around them. For example, a car crashes through a kitchen wall while a woman, unfazed, continues to smoke her cigarette, and separately, a man stands in his underwear, casually watching things burn in the middle of a living room.
The images are quite out of the ordinary and viewers might begin to feel a little uncomfortable about peering in to such intimate and disturbing moments. According to the artists, “The idea is to create imaginary scenes with a cinematic aesthetic which, beyond their narrative aspect, unsettle the spectator through the scale and choice of material.” After seeing this work, viewers will walk away feeling a little depressed, but hopefully they will also be inspired to remember and appreciate the good in their own lives.
High Contrast photos of famous landmarks
Instead of taking your typical touristy photos at the world’s most recognizable landmarks, photographer Gabriele Croppi transforms the biggest cities into cinematic scenes. Somehow, the photographer keeps these cities, that are arguably the most photographed locations in the world, fresh and interesting. His monochromatic shots exude a dramatic brilliance heightened by their high levels of contrast. Looking through Croppi’s portfolio is like looking at a series of frames from an exquisite noir film that draws you in deeper.
The collection of images in the ongoing series titled Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape takes its audience on a journey across the world. From Rome to Paris to London to New York, it’s an endless array of architectural beauty under a new light. Ironically, it is mostly in the shadows, saturated with blackness, that the landscapes are sharply defined and loaded with compelling drama. There’s something so mystifying and simultaneously alluring about a urban setting whose landscape is masked in darkness with only a few theatrical streaks of light.
Rated G, Solo Art Show by Justin White at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles
“…for terrible cartoons that shouldn’t happen.”
The Rated G solo art show by talented Los Angeles artist Justin White (aka “Jublin“) at Gallery1988 will feature an incredible collection of his illustrated / animated cels displaying popular scenes from film and television shows that will never actually become animated. The opening reception for Justin’s art show is Friday, November 16, 2012 from 7 to 10 PM. The show will be on display through Friday, November 30, 2012 at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles. You canRSVP for the show on Facebook and see more art previews (as they are released) on the Gallery1988 Tumblr blog.
images via Justin White on Flickr
Creative and funny “Lost Signs” artworks by Phil Jones.
Photographer Patrick Ng has an obsession with natural materials such as wood and leather. Recently, he decided to “woodenize” his beloved Canon F-1n SLR (a professional film SLR released back in 1976). He didn’t use a pre-made kit for the conversion, though… Instead, he simply ripped off the faux-leather and replaced it with faux-wood wallpaper.
Here’s what he tells us about the process:
It is actually very simple. Just peel off the old skin and clean the remaining glues with zippo, use wallpaper or real wood veneer to apply on the now debossed area.
You may want to cut out a piece of the sticker approximately the size of the area, stick on the surface and use a cutting knife to carve out the unwanted area. To make it even more perfect, after you’ve done with the first sticker, peel it off and use it as a template to cut out an exact copy of it on a new sticker sheet, but this time be very careful with the edges and corners.
This DIY mod will likely work much better on older cameras that don’t feature too many curves.
Barack Obama 2012: Yes We Did. Again.
Barack Obama has inspired so many people around the world. I am one of them. Since 2007 I have contribute to his campaign as much as I could. I have designed illustrations, posters, graphics. You can find all my 2008 work here.
In 2012 I believed that I had to work even harder. To produce more work. To be more involved. So here are the posters I made. They have been used in various grassroots projects such as Democrats Abroad, Design for Obama, ObamaPoster etc.
Design for Obama
Design for Obama, a great grassroots project by Aaron Perry-Zucker and Max Slavkin.
Clever Portraits of a cat using sketches on cardboard
You know those carnival cutouts that let you stick your face in a hole for humorous photographs? A Chinese blogger named toshiya86 had the brilliant idea of creating these cutouts for her beloved cat Guagua’s birthday. Humorous portraits resulted.
The cutouts were quite simple, featuring drawings of famous anime characters — Christine Mi, Dino, Gold Sparkle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, QB, Green Drive, the Old Anchor, Gintama and Naruto — and holes punched out where the heads should’ve been. By having Guagua poke her face through the head-hole, the cat could be photographed doing all kinds of random things (e.g. napping, posing, flying a broom, enjoying some wine).
You could do this with your dog as well, but you might need a much bigger piece of cardboard. More Guagua portraits can be found here.
Breaking Bit, An 8-bit Pixel Art Series of Breaking Bad Characters
Rosario, Argentina graphic designer and illustrator Pablo Cialoni (aka “Pahito“) has created a great series of illustrations titled Breaking Bit that depicts 8-bit pixel art versions of characters from the critically-acclaimed AMCtelevision series Breaking Bad. For a full list of characters and their names, Pablo each labeled on Behance. Prints, iPhone cases / skins, tote bags and apparel are available to purchase on Society6.
Ghettoblaster, A Giant Papercraft Boombox with a Car Inside
“Ghettoblaster” is a giant cardboard boombox that is roomy enough to conceal a Mini within. The car is used to power the boombox’s sound system. “Ghettoblaster” was created by Berlin-based art director Bartek Elsner and was used as a promotion for Mini Switzerland at the 2012 International Radio Festival in Zurich. For more of Elsner’s papercraft work, see his paper portfolio blog and his Behance gallery.
images via Bartek Elsner
Realistic Small Scale Dioramas
Seattle-based photographer Bill Finger creates and photographs amazingly realistic small scale dioramas showing various imaginary locations. The things contained in each miniature model are 1/6th to 1/12th the size of their real world counterparts. Finger builds each of the dioramas while looking through his camera’s viewfinder, which ensures that everything he constructs conforms nicely to the perspective limits of his lens.
Here’s a sampling of his work. Keep in mind that everything you see is tabletop sized…
In case you’re not convinced that these photos are miniature models, here’s a photograph in which Finger’s arm appears in the frame:
As the title of this post states, each of Finger’s dioramas are short-lived: he builds them solely to photograph them, and destroys them after capturing the designed image. Finger tells us that this whole concept is inspired by the way movie sets are used:
This is a way of working that comes out of the time that I spent in the film industry as an Assistant Cameraman. I became fascinated by movie sets. With a set, here was a space/place that was created solely to be photographed. Then once filmed, these spaces, that so many people had labored to create, were then destroyed. But they do continue to exist. They exist within the space that the projected film reveals.
I decided that I wanted to explore working and creating in a similar manner with my own photographs. To expand the idea further, as well as make it more manageable, I began creating miniatures. The miniature has a long history in movie-making as well as a history in symbolizing other places and events. I approach this process as if these were my own miniature film sets with their own sense of narrative. In essence, each photograph is the recreation of a place that has never truly existed. Except for the fact that they do continue to exist within the confines of the borders of the print. In doing so, each image can serve to undermine the traditional role of the photograph, just a bit, as purveyor of truth.
You can find more of Finger’s work over on his website.
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