Katie hosmer's Blog – February 2012 Archive (50)

Art of Sensual Emotion



Moscow-based photographer Mercuro B. Cotto (also here) is a fashion photographer who resists the formal portraiture approach and photographs delicate, feminine figures within the flow of their surroundings. The women in his images seem to lose bits of identity as Cotto transforms them…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 29, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Shockingly Creative Man on Fire Photos

Whoever said you shouldn’t play with fire would change that motto after seeing these shocking photographs by Benjamin Von Wong. Based in Montreal, Von Wong is driven by dreams that he says, “Inspire me and push me to challenge the impossible in creating unique compelling artwork.”

For this particular shoot, Von Wong had a vision and spent a lot of time organizing…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Elaborate Life-like Pencil Sculptures



These pencil sculptures are so incredible and life-like! I half expect the sea urchin-inspired forms to stretch out and crawl away. Jennifer Maestre takes your average pencil and creates such a strong personal conflict—to touch or not to touch! The viewer is drawn in by the intricate detail and surprising choice of material, but at the same time, there is a desire to retreat…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 28, 2012 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Unbelievably Mysterious Tree Sculptures



Recently dubbed the “Yorkshire Banksy” due to the mystery of his identity, a tree sculptor in the English town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire has been popping around town for the past few weeks, transforming various tree trunks into massive works of art. When the BBC decided to knock on neighbors’ doors, they got some answers and almost two months after the first sighting, the…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 28, 2012 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Painterly Photographs by Hisaji Hara

The photographs by Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara are wistfully reminiscent of the past. Hara is inspired by Balthus, one of the most revered artists of the 20th century. This inspiration is evident in the painterly qualities throughout all of Hara’s photographs. He captures the essence of Balthus’s works in a modern way by introducing new settings and new…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 28, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments

ICEHOTEL's Diamond Genesis Room

Next time you travel to Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, pack your long-johns and stay the night at this giant ice and snow hotel! Sitting alongside the Torne river, ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel—about 5,500 square meters—made out of ice and snow and has an indoor temperature of -5ºC. The hotel is constructed each year to serve as both creative accommodations as well as a…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 28, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Energetic Street Art in Cape Town



Recently, Chinese street artist DAL left his mark again on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa with a new mural entitled “The Williams Brothers.” In his trademark ribbon style, DAL used just black and white paint to depict motion of one animal (or perhaps multiple) bounding and bouncing along the streets and around the corner.

The contrast of the animal forms against the…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 27, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Photo Adventures in a Miniature World



These photographs by Kurt Moses transport us into the adventures of a small, small world. Un Petit Monde is an intriguing and amusing collection of tiny people arranged in macro lens settings. Moses teams up with his wife Edwige to create the intricate scenes involving characters in everyday life situations—walking the dog or playing in the snow—as well as not-so-everyday scenes—facing…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Dreamy Silhouettes in Celestial Photographs

Photographer Jaime Martínez describes his photography as, “Images that make me feel nostalgic for things that have not happened yet but that I’m already missing.” This selection of photographs is no exception. Born in Monterrey Mexico and now working in Mexico City, Martínez doesn’t really plan out his ideas but prefers to work in the moment and to be…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 25, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Surprising 3D Street Art

You don’t have to have good balance to put someone up on this pedestal! Talented street artist e1000 recently created this 3D illusion on the streets of Madrid. E1000 is known for using a creative eye and paint to turn the patterns of grates, vents, and manhole covers into something new and appealing. This time, a simple sidewalk grate serves as the top of a pedestal for…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Man Walks All Day to Create Spectacular Snow Patterns



Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D,…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 23, 2012 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Famous Characters Living in the Real World



Photographer Bechet Benjamin’s series I Am Winnie the Pooh reminds us of that classic phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” By placing well-known characters and superheroes into marginal life or overlooked jobs, Benjamin forces the viewer to confront the various and complex hidden layers that constitute a person’s identity. The heroes are being denied celebrity status…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Modern Day Moonwalk



Originally from Taiwan, Ting Cheng is an artist now based in London. She has a tendency to baffle her viewers with work that is surprising and surreal. Cheng says she likes to, “Use the camera to create memories that might not otherwise exist, rather than record existing moments.”

Inspired by the popular 1980’s Michael Jackson move, the moon walk, Cheng takes the impossible and makes it a…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Maddie the Coonhound Standing On Things



I would love to have this dog as my own best friend! Traveling alongside owner and photographer Theron Humphrey, Maddie the coonhound is finding things to balance on in all 50 United States. In 2007, Humphrey got his MFA in photography. He worked in a commercial studio for a few years and then in 2011, he woke up one morning and hit the road. He decided that he wanted to…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 21, 2012 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Google's Colorful and Creative Zurich Headquarters



Studies indicate that the productivity of employees is in direct correlation to how comfortable they feel while in a working environment. I can only assume that the Google employees in Zurich, Switzerland are some of the most productive employees around! This bright, fun, colorful working space encourages nothing but creativity and enthusiasm from its workers.

Designed by…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 21, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Hundreds of Threads Create Rainbows

We all interact with the world and our surroundings in unique ways. Irish installation artist Mark Garry is interested in this process of how humans navigate the world. In many of his installations, he uses pins and beads to attach hundreds of tiny threads to the walls and floors of a space, creating very delicate installations that flow with the space and geometry of a…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 20, 2012 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Neon Signs Tell a Complex Story



These neon signs are not your everyday signs that invite you in to an open shop or direct you to the nearest exit. Rather, visual artist Tim Etchells uses more complex text in the form of neon lettering to create a public deconstruction of language. Each simple, glowing phrase invites the viewer into a fragmented narrative and, “The viewer becomes implicated in a situation that’s never fully…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 20, 2012 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

Alex Thomson Walks the Hugo Boss Keel



At first glance I was skeptical about this photograph but after further investigation I found this whole story to be completely captivating…and insane! Alex Thomson is a talented sailor from Britain. In this photograph, dressed in his most fashionable Hugo Boss attire, he performed a risky stunt that most people would never dream of doing. If you don’t believe it, then check out…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 20, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Gorgeous Red Roses Gown

A dozen red roses is a traditional way to say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day. This year, 23-year-old Joseph Massie used not one, but 1,725 red roses to create this stunning floral gown! He collaborated with supermarket chain Asda in their 2012 Valentine’s Day campaign, which reminded people to spread the love this year through flowers. When approached by Asda, Massie took on the…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 17, 2012 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

Playful Transportation Plates

Remember when mom and dad used to tell you not to play with your food? Well these plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski actually encourage you to break that rule! The transportation-themed designs feature simple line drawings of trains, boats, and helicopters. Organize food into piles on the “train” or on the flatbed of the “truck” before taking your first bite. The kid in you…

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Added by katie hosmer on February 17, 2012 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

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