It’s once again time to submit your most brilliant photograph to the Weather Channel’s third Annual “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest. You have until August 1st to enter your best photograph of nature, adventure and weather for a chance to win big! The grand prize is a whopping $15,000 with second place receiving $5,000 and third place getting $2,500. With prizes like that you have no excuse not to enter your spectacular photograph for a chance at fame and fortune.
There is no fee to enter and all amateur and professional photographers are urged to participate. Visit the Weather Channel’s contest site for more information at: weather.com/photos/contest
Artist Stefanie Herr’s topographic artworks are inspired by maps. When traveling, she writes, they facilitate navigation and orientation, and drawings by cartographers are the starting point of her work. To create her sculptures, images are printed on photographic paper, mounted on matboard, hand cut into tiny pieces and assembled. They resemble maps that show changes in elevation once completed. But, instead of rivers, plains, and mountains, Herr features faces of people.
She calls these pieces experiments on landscapes models that merge photography and sculpture. They often take weeks to complete. In an artist statement, Herr writes:
Photography abandons the two-dimensional plane and sets out to conquer the space. In search of suitable maps, however, I do not only focus on the shape of the terrain, but also on place names. As toponyms can inspire strong images or even stories, they often interfere in the development of my projects. When shooting photos, I mainly choose top, side and front view representations – I particularly like making use of “aerial” views on a scale of 1:1.
In addition to this inspiration, Herr is also concerned about environmental degradation and rapid loss of biodiversity. She further explains:
Unique natural heritage is gradually being depleted or replaced for the mere purpose of economic growth, and it seems that we have completely forgotten about the aesthetic values of landscape. As a world citizen, I am concerned about contemporary landscape change and the prevailing landscape perception. Topographic Fine Art mainly deals with these issues and, even though on a reduced scale, attempts to capture some of the natural beauty that surrounds us. (Via Lustik)
In 2002 Benetton commissioned James Mollison to photograph some of the 17 million people that the World Food Program (WFP) feeds. The images from the famine in Ethiopia in the early 80’s had a big affect on Mollison while growing up, but since then he had felt somewhat desensitized to images of povert. Mollison decided to take his mobile studio- and take away the exotic backdrops and present them as people. He became interested in how the WFP uses food as a tool to get people to change their lives, a kind of bribery for social change.
Andreas Pihlström is an extremely talented Swedish designer working in the arenas of graphic design, typography, web, and interactive work. You might know him as the creator of Dropular (pictured above), an extremely slick and well engineered image sharing and tagging website. I assumed based on these credentials he was more of a coder than a designer, but really he is equally strong in both disciplines, as you can see after the jump.
PS: Mr. Pihlström, if you read this, can I get a dropular invite? Please?
Combining photography, sheets of plastic, and sewing, French artist Cyril Le Van reproduces life-size three-dimensional objects. They include small things, like a Polaroid camera, and large things, like a car. Le Van photographs his subjects from all angles then pieces them together using a blanket stitch. The result is something that’s a deflated, vaguely real version of something that already exists.
A portion of Le Van’s work focuses on consumerism. He reproduces expensive Nike shoes, Rolex watches, leather jackets, and more. These things are a status symbol for those who own and wear them, and his uncanny duplicates take power away from its branding.
Another facet of the artist’s sculptures are based on economic and cultural exclusion. Le Van photographed shanty towns and installed them in a gallery setting. His intention is that it challenges the viewer’s awareness of issues like poverty, and forces them to ask questions like, “what are these, and who uses them?” This, along with a car buried in luggage and a motorcycle weighed down by belongings, shows the transient nature of not having a permanent place to live.
The work of Koen Hauser floats somewhere between fine art and fashion photography. His series Modische Atlas der Anatomie illustrates this well. The series’ title is a kind play on words – literally it translates as “Fashionable Anatomy Atlas”, yet with a single vowel change it can be translated as “Medical Anatomy Atlas”. In the series, his subject seem to be modeling her organs as much as her clothes. Portions of the model’s body are cut away to reveal her inner workings. However, rather than depict the organs true to life, Hauser referenced traditional anatomy atlas’ – artistic medical reference works.
Anton Gerasimenko‘s single paged web-works uses functionalities and traits of the internet browser in surprising ways. He turns the aesthetically mundane objects which are essential to any sort of online activity, tool bars and radio buttons, into subjects of these small sites. Each page has few to no links- when there are links, they transform the screen into a maze of pop ups, and when there are none the window seems to become a movie screen.