Before working with CGI, most models of film sets were actually constructed by hand and were miniature in size. Dan Ohlman, a fond appreciator of miniatures, opened the Palais de la Miniature in France. The museum houses over 100+ film set constructions and you can enjoy images of many of them here.
Japanese Artist Mariko Kusumoto has created jewelry so otherworldly looking, you'd be pardoned if you thought they were actually living organisms from the bottom of the ocean! Her jewelry designs are beautiful, ethereal pieces that are created by heating translucent fabrics and then shaping them until they hold the desired shape. In some instances, the delicate, intricately designed final products take the shape of a sea urchin or piece of coral, tiny flowers or glass blown spheres. Jewelry so lovely, you may rather put them in a museum! Check out more images of her work here and be prepared to fall in love with Kusumoto’s out of this world (and under the sea) designs.
Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke was recently spotted using a strip of 35mm film as his business card. In a unique move within the whole "film is dead" debate, Clarke's decisions has us wondering - will the expected release of Kodak's new Super 8 camera later this year be a triumph in the comeback of film as a medium?
Regardless of when you think "the good old days" actually were, many of us harbor a special respect for the past. These photos show people that had an appreciation for style, taste and class that seems to be harder to find these days.If you have a photo showing what class looked like in "the good old days," we'd love to see it! Please add it to us or let us know about your favorite time period in the comments. See More.
"Man and Woman” is a 8 meter (26 foot) tall moving steel sculpture by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. Located in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia, the two figures represent a Muslim boy, Ali, and a Georgian princess, Nino, from a famous 1937 novel by Azerbaijani author Kurban Said. The tragic story ends with the lovers separated by the invasion of Soviet Russia.The statues begin to move every day at 7 p.m., merging for a short embrace, before leaving each other behind. After 10 minutes the movement is complete. The statue was designed in 2007 but only installed in 2010; it has since been retitled “Ali and Nino.” Read more
“Broken India” shows the reality behind stylized Instagram photos of India. Launched by Limitless, a new Indian company in Singapore, the campaign challenges the rosy picture painted by “Beautiful India” and reveals the poverty and pollution that plague the country. Not all of the pictures are shocking, as only two out of the eight show real poverty, but the creators hope they are enough to start a national conversation.
“By bringing Broken India to light, we really wanted to strike a raw nerve,” Limitless told Buzzfeed. “Only when people realise the state of affairs and break out of their comfort zones, is when they can start to make a difference. A bit of negativity is essential for positive change.” Read More.
There were thousands of beautiful works of art at this year’s Burning Man festival in Nevada, but there’s one that really caught people’s eyes and invited them to interpret its meaning. ‘Love,’ by Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Milov, features two wire-frame adults sitting back to back with their inner children reaching out to each other from within. At night, the inner children lit up as well. Read more.
California artist Kyle Leonard, who draws stunningly detailed stippled art with millions of dots, is inspired by the natural world and politics, especially the politics that affect the way we treat the environment. “I draw everyday as a creative outlet and for the meditative quality of it.”
Leonard goes on to say that he is “inspired by many different artists like Escher, Haeckel, and street artists like Alexis Diaz and phlegm. I spend about 6 to 100 hours on each piece depending on size and complexity. My main method of drawing is stippling but I also use cross hatching.” See more here
Austin Tott likes his tattoos tiny. Tiny and abstract, and posing with their bigger counterparts. This means taking a wrist with a ship tattoo and photographing with a naval map background. Or taking a picture of a wrist with envelope ink and a wall full of… well, envelopes. By far the smartest choice, I think, is the fox tattoo and log background, unless I’m mistaken about the hidey-holes of foxes.
Conceptual photography is Austin Tott’s forte. Born in Seattle, Washington, he’s an art director, as well as a product and conceptual designer. Tott likes fusing surreal concepts and compositions with raw emotions. “Striving at times to even make dark emotions and painful or new experiences a beautiful thing,” it is stated on Tott’s website. “His work with product photography showcases his excellent eye for lighting and styling.” See the photos here
South Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee is a master of manipulation. He turns discarded pieces of wood into attention-grabbing pieces of art that are both elegant and functional.
These incredibly sleek sculptures are the result of Jae-Hyo Lee’s meticulous work: having assembled various chunks of wood, he burns and then carefully polishes them to create visual contrast and a smooth surface.
“I want to express the wood’s natural characteristics without adding my intentions,” says Lee. “I like to make the most out of the material’s inherent feeling. Little things add up to transmit a stronger power, greater energy. That is why I have quite a lot of large pieces.”Read and see more
What does music look like? We’ve all seen visualizations of sound-waves, but what about the motions a person must perform to create music? This what Ontario artist Stephen Orlando managed to successfully capture.
Orlando uses LED lights and long exposures to record a musician’s movement. He attached the lights to special bows and then asked violinists and cellists to play, turning their actions into waves of brilliant light.
“A relative motion between the performer and camera must exist for the light trails to move through the frame,” says Orlando. “I found it easier to move the camera instead of the performer. The LEDs are programmed to change color to convey a sense of time…Each photo is a single exposure and the light trails have not been manipulated in post processing.” See more here