Posts tagged: fine art photography

Eerie Photos of Feral Parrots in Tokyo



“Parrots should not be in Tokyo,” writes photographer Yoshinori Mizutani of the hundreds of green parakeets that have nested in the city’s trees. He’s right: the birds are not native to Japan. They arrived in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the country’s trend toward purchasing exotic species as pets. The rose-ringed parakeets were brought in from their natural habitats in India and Sri Lanka, and when their owners found them too loud and unsuitable for domestic life, they simply let the creatures loose in the city to fend for themselves. Some of the birds were lost or broke free during importation.

Incredible Moments of Tenderness Found In the Struggling Mill Towns of Pittsburgh



When photographer Dan Wetmore set out to capture the neighborhoods surrounding the abandoned steel mills of Pittsburgh, he was met at times with incredulity as some believe the area to be little more than an industrial wasteland. As a child living in Pittsburgh, Wetmore was drawn to the abandoned steel mills that remained from the city’s industrial growth in the early to mid-20th century, pouring over Becher monographs in search of photographs of furnaces and structures that spoke to his boyhood enchantment. As an adult, Wetmore ventured into the mill towns for his series Jubilee Kitchen I and II, unveiling moments of unexpected rebirth in the struggling neighborhoods shadowed by its industrial history.

The Ultimate Big Brother: Images of a Small, Midwest Community Captured Through Their Own Security Camera



Some one is always watching. Whether built into an ATM or mounted alongside intersection lights to catch traffic violators, surveillance cameras have become a ubiquitous presence in contemporary society. Andrew Hammerand explores notions of privacy, security and anonymity in his series The New Town. Accessing a publicly available, networked CCTV camera installed atop a church, Hammerand becomes the ultimate Big Brother, using the device to capture fuzzy images of a small Midwest community and its unsuspecting townspeople. The series is a voyeuristic vision of Nowhere, USA – the amateurish photos feeling both strangely harmless and provocative. We spoke with Hammerand about how he came across this particular camera, streaming surveillance online, and loss of personal freedom for the American Dream.

Photo du Jour: Sunbathing


For Plein Soleil, French photographer Anaïs Boileau captures the curious culture of sunbathing that permeates summer in the south of France and Spain, including La Grande Motte, Lanzarote, and Barcelona. In Boileau’s surreal portraits, the women appear as if suspended in time, sedated and made oblivious of their surroundings by the rays that tan their skin. As she lays spellbound in a colorful swimsuit and an outlandish pair of sun goggles, an unnamed female figure peers upwards, imploring the sun for an elusive honey glow that lies just out of reach.

Image © Anaïs Boileau 2014

Photo du Jour: Fractured Face


For The Secret, Austria-based photographer Aldo Tolino blurs the lines between photograph and subject by folding portraits of human faces into barely recognizable geometric structures. After reconfiguring each two-dimensional print into a multi-dimensional paper sculpture, he reshoots the metamorphosed face, allowing it to exist within a strange netherworld between fiction and reality.

The Mutated Body: Sculptural Photographs Depict Raw Intimacy (NSFW)





French photographer Alix Marie‘s images will have you looking more than once, her exploration of the mutated body pushing the bounds of the medium and our comfort level. Beginning with nude images of herself and those closest to her, Marie takes her photographs and transforms them into large-scale installations and sculptures. The bloated proportions and crumpled flesh deflect and divert from the photograph’s origin, resulting in behemoth forms of something not altogether human. Targeting our relationship and unease with our bodies as well as implied undercurrents of femininity, the series presents a naked intimacy both stripped to the bone and deeply impassioned. We asked Marie about her process and where these figures come from.

Almost Human: Lifelike Portraits of Antique Ventriloquist Dummies

Matthew_Rolston_07Matthew Rolston, Joe Flip, from the series “Talking Heads.” © Matthew Rolston Photographer, Inc./courtesy Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.

Matthew_Rolston_04Matthew Rolston, LeMare Head I, from the series “Talking Heads.” © Matthew Rolston Photographer, Inc./courtesy Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.

For Talking Heads, the Vent Haven Portraits, celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston focuses his gaze on an unlikely set of performers, honing in on the faces of ventriloquist dummies dating from the 1800s and into the 20th century. Since their illustrious but mostly forgotten careers, the dummies have found a sanctuary in the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. As the only museum of its kind, Vent Haven houses an estimated 720 papier-mâché and wooden figures, each with distinctive features and histories. After convincing protective museum curator Jennifer Dawson of his kind intentions towards the often misunderstood dummies, Rolston was given singular access to the dolls.

Psychedelic Photos Reveal What Your Favorite Cocktail Looks Like Under a Microscope


American Amber Ale


Vodka Tonic

With the help of polarized light microscope, research scientist Michael Davidson and entrepreneur Lester Hutt transform cocktails into fine art. Their unique company, Bevshots, specializes in printing microscopic images of wines, ales, and mixed drinks onto clothing, bar accessories, and home decor products, including metallic prints and canvases. Each stunning abstraction is created from a drop of an alcoholic beverage, crystallized on a glass slide and magnified up to one thousand times.

Carnival Fun Slide

Julien_McRoberts_111138 © Julien McRoberts / Offset

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Bewitching Photos of Bolivian Witch Doctors Mix Fantasy with Reality



For Waska Tatay, photographer Thomas Rousset and graphic designer Raphaël Verona unearth the spellbinding spiritual rituals performed by indigenous peoples in Bolivia’s Altiplano. After years of cultural and political oppression of native Aymara populations, contemporary Bolivian youths are now returning to and embracing traditional devotional practices, including elaborate carnivals honoring the gods of the mountains and the underworld.