Posts tagged: conceptual photography

Campfires on Steroids: Photos of Weapons-Grade Explosives Bursting into Flames

Alain Declercq

H-Bomb © Alain Declercq

Alain Declercq

Napalm 2 © Alain Declercq 

Paris-based artist Alain Declercq’s simple images of explosions are both visually arresting and politically significant. Blast is a series of pictures of various chemical compounds used for weaponry (TNT, C4, napalm, etc.), both currently and historically, photographed as they combust.

Photo du Jour: An Unhappily Ever After Snow White (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Dina Goldstein

Snowy, from Fallen Princesses, 2008.

Vancouver-based photographer and Squarespace user Dina Goldstein‘s series Fallen Princesses strips beloved fairy tales of their “happily ever after” motifs to reveal some hard to swallow alternate endings—”failed dreams, pollution and ocean degradation, war, obesity, the extinction of indigenous cultures, cancer and the fallacy of chasing eternal youth.” Here Goldstein unveils the life of Snowy in a Snow White-meets-Stepford wife version of the story—our main character bound by domesticity, complete with too many mouths to feed and a prince that is less than charming.

Check out more of Goldstein’s fallen princesses on her Squarespace site.

Nigerian Photographer Cleverly Inserts Himself Into ‘The Godfather’ Movie Stills


© Uche Okpa-Iroha. Courtesy Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam


© Uche Okpa-Iroha. Courtesy Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

For a project called The Plantation Boy, Lagos, Nigeria-based Uche Okpa-Iroha painstakingly placed himself as a “humorous intrusion” into 40 movie stills from the The Godfather.

Gourmet Mouse Traps



Cheddar in the mouse trap? Please, this is New York! Photographer Davide Luciano teamed up with food stylist Claudia Ficca to create a series of gourmand mini-platters for the gourmet mouse—and for us, of course.

Photographer Geoffrey Ellis Channels the Debauched Spirit of 70s and 80s Vegas (NSFW)



Valley of the Meadows is San Francisco-based photographer Geoffrey Ellis‘ depiction of the Las Vegas that existed in the 1970s and 80s, a time when he says “the city was in a depressing downward spiral and the criminal entities running the city were slowly losing their grip.”

Photos From The Standard’s 2014 Calendar Bring to Life Oddball Comments From Guests

Thomas Mailaender JANUARY / Your staff are the nicest pooch-lovers in the whole world. Penny, my precious little wiener, is on a special diet and must be fed at specific times so she can take her pills. Your room service staff was sweet enough to prepare it each day, executed to the last detail and delivered right on time. Penny is extremely appreciative and is looking forward to her next stay.

We’re pretty sure everyone involved had a blast putting together The Standard Calendar 2014. Conceptualized by Dutch agency KesselsKramer and shot by French photographer Thomas Mailaender exclusively for The Standard, this year’s calendar is “an unexpected look at the follies of 2013,” inspired by a mix of entertaining and off-the-wall customer comments from guests from across the hotel’s properties in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Shot at The Standard, Downtown LA and The Standard, Hollywood, Mailaender brings these quirky comments to life with the help of the hotel staff, who reenacted them. Here’s to starting the new year off with a little cleverness and humor. Get yours here.

Haunting Photographs of a Family Vacation Spot Off the Coast of Maine


“I see these photos as a part of the family album that at one point I’d like to put back into the album, so that 100 years from now someone can look at it and say, ‘Jeez, that guy was working through some issues.” This was Richmond-based photographer Paul Thulin’s response when I asked him about the role of his family in the hypnotic series Pine Tree Ballads. I’d have to agree that these mysterious photographs would raise some eyebrows amidst the normal snapshot and portrait fare of an album. They are photographs of a family that reveal nothing about the individuals—many of the images do not include people at all, but rather a foreboding abandoned homestead in the woods. And when people are shown, they haunt the frame, peering out from its edges like feral animals caught in the light.

Public Facebook Images Collected As Photographic Clichés

Jenna GarrettLicking My Friend

The Public Profile Project is photographer and Feature Shoot Editorial Assistant Jenna Garrett‘s ongoing project exploring the subcultures, identities, and lifestyles that sustain themselves on the Internet. For the past year and a half Garrett has been appropriating images and video from Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube, putting together extensive, curated collections that speak to underlying themes of exploitation, mimicry, and feminism.

Photographer Uses Toys to Recreate War Scenes Based On the Drawings of Children in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Israel

Brian McCarty

Brian McCarty

Krista Steinke’s Eerie Photos of Kids Inspired by Nursery Rhymes

Krista_Steinke_Photography“And when he was good, he was very, very good.”

Smashing apples on a porch, burying dolls in a sandbox, or running away from suburbia, the children in my photographs appear to be in the midst of some kind of mischief, trouble, or state of uncertainty. The literary reference, interpreted through dark humor and playful theatrics, sets up a point of departure for various levels of meaning and associations to emerge. As we peer through this window, are we the big bad wolf, the girl, the woodsman, or grandma? Or can it be that we carry all of these characters inside of us at the same time?
Krista Steinke

Backyards, BB Guns, and Nursery Rhymes puts quite the spin on the classic childhood tale in images that teeter between surreal and sinister. Houston-based photographer Krista Steinke was inspired to explore the theme of childhood innocence after becoming a mother, focusing on the time in a child’s life when they transition into a perceptive being—that moment when they learn to process and negotiate the world around them. Through her recreated versions of nursery rhymes, Steinke further blurs the line between reality and fantasy by merging her photographs with vintage Super 8mm film stock, resulting in eerie new worlds of make-believe.