Archive for photography

MIROIR Magazine: H2O

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on May 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

MIROIR Magazine is my all time favorite art publication. That’s a bold statement for a tireless visual arts junkie, but there it is. The magazine features a masterfully curated sampling of the finest contemporary artists and photographers (at least, for the dreamers, the delightful weirdos, the creative, and for all who love to be dazzled and intrigued).

The new issue, H2O, is a glorious collection of photographs and paintings that deeply appeal to my Piscean heart.
a07a95757a3b084a90d9c7436e8c97bb

a25166613606384da584e144099c2ccb

cb779a70e7ae7640aa298e6473115afe

da24db16a2f4554da69fdbc93dad6d26

e11237a9d4e7a84ead0cfdf9de0e2fec

Preview the issue and order HERE (be aware that some images are NSFW).

Eye Poetry Photography

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on May 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I can think of no better name for Irene Suchocki’s work than Eye Poetry Photography.

il_570xN.518545656_cgv9

Don’t you want to just walk this past and get lost among these trees?
il_570xN.237944857

I used to love this ride as a child.
il_570xN.351651466

il_570xN.353424635_nug8

Make a wish…
il_570xN.189847231

Eye Poetry Photography

Kintsukuroi: Sacred Scars

Posted in announcement, art, Books, photography, surreal with tags , , , , on May 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Around the time I made this post, I began to conceive of ways to creatively share the transformative metaphorical implications of Kintsukuroi (objects “repaired with gold,” considered more beautiful for having been broken).

kintsugi-collage-bis

The result was a labor of love, drawn out over many months due to health complications, but finally taking shape. I’m partnering with the remarkable Nina Pak to create an art book with a series of human Kintsukuroi photographs; surreal, evocative portraiture of subjects with compelling markings and stories. Each image will be a vignette unto itself, inspired by the symbols, archetypes and myths to which the subject feels a particular connection.

KS KK belly

But I didn’t want to limit artistic expression, narrative or empowerment through this material to a book project, so I developed Sacred Scars where anyone can submit a story and be celebrated in a community of those who appreciate that we each have a unique, valuable Hero’s Journey.

There is also a Facebook Group which will offer its own exclusive content and opportunities for involvement.

If this profound topic resonates and you’d like more information; if you or someone you know has a story to tell and would like to be featured in the book or website (we are taking model applications right now!), please head over to:

SacredScars.org
Facebook Group
Mailing List

This project means the world to me, but I am admittedly a totally inept social networker and physically unable to do much promotion. I’d truly appreciate anyone’s help spreading the word via email/networks (I’ll be sending fun prizes to my biggest helpers!).

*Stay tuned for the Kickstarter! Members of the mailing list and Facebook group will have access to a preview of the campaign before it goes live.

Happy Easter

Posted in absurd, art, easter, ephemera, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Wishing a very Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

tumblr_n2uzkxPzsa1qd82ewo1_500

facebook_-768417119

tumblr_mkj7ij1G131qzeqqeo1_500

e8d67d851357592ab85ef041b40aa054

tumblr_n4c180dfFg1qfvuj8o1_500

Easter-Greetings

tumblr_lmemi3GsOh1qb9znso1_50084e69ca06cabe80a0fc9392be534ea76

The Blue Ringed Octopus

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on March 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Real Monstrosities recently had a post that reminded me of a small collection of Blue Ringed Octopus photos I’ve had floating around in my “Sea Creature” folder for years now.

blue-ringed_octopus

These tiny cephalopods are actually among the most venomous, possessing enough poison to kill up to a couple dozen humans.
hapalochlaena

Blue-Ringed Octopus, Mabul Island, Malaysia

lesser_blue-lined_octopus

Since Real Monstrosities did such stellar job of giving the scoop on these beauties, rather than repeat the info I’ll guide you to that post.

PS. Don’t the rings remind you of an even more hypnotic version of Hypnotoad?
Hypnotoad

Seung-Hwan Oh

Posted in art, nature, photography, science with tags , , , on March 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Seung-Hwan Oh is a South Korean experimental photographer and microbiologist. In the series Impermanence, he creates thought provoking abstract portraits at the intersection of art and organic decay. They are ethereal, electric, psychedelic, and in some ways almost spiritual…but always intriguing.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web6

In the artist’s own words:
This project is about the superimposition of a moment in microbial growth upon a moment in the life of a person through the projection of one spatial-temporal reality onto another.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web3

This captures the evanescence of film photography, the transiency of life, and the continual entangled creative and destructive processes; a millisecond of an expression, an instance of an autonomous geometric evisceration of film, an exploitation of chemical materiality, a vestige composed of millions of pixels, and a complete obliteration into intangible atoms that dissipate into something else.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web2

The process involves the cultivation of chemical consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume the emulsion over the course of months, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web7

This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.

Seung-Hwan-Oh_Web10

Seung-Hwan Oh

Nina Pak

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on February 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many, many moons ago I drafted a post about one of my all time favorite photographers, Nina Pak, and it somehow got lost in the drafts (which happens occasionally because I consume roughly 9,000 times more art than I can post here, and some drafts have been in limbo for years). So here is an updated peek into Nina’s gorgeous, fantastical world.

NinaPak_PostEdit025

When I read her artist statement, I was blown away; before me was a kindred spirit who relishes symbolism, mythology and celebrates uniqueness as much as I do.

NinaPak_AvantGaurd034

In her own words:
I have always been drawn to symbolic imagery, from ancient orthodox Icons to Tibetian Tankas, art that tells a story of the soul’s journey is of interest to me. Painters that have worked with symbolic elements such as the Pre-Raphaelites who’s paintings often depict mythological stories, and surrealists who delve deeper into psychological meaning, are what I study.

NinaPak_FantasyPortrait061

I have a lifelong love affair with these paintings, which are not only objects of beauty but also have a message. I find that I am drawn to reflections and shadows, mirrored images, textures and delicate details, anything that has potential for a story. Small objects from nature, little antique treasures, costumes that speak for themselves, something unique and wonderful. I like different.

NinaPak_AvantGaurd029

What an honor it would be to get photographed by an artist of this caliber. The costumes, hair, makeup and settings produce windows into strange worlds that reach beyond mere beauty into the realm of story and soul.
NinaPak_PeriodStyle024

She has an extensive online portfolio. Though I devoured all sections, I thought the Post Edit page was a wonderful feature, as we so rarely get to see the evolution of a finished product on display. Go have a look!

Nina Pak

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,163 other followers