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Dramatically Lit Portrait Photography From Trevor Appleson

 

Trevor Appleson is a photographer out of London. Appleson travels the world, stumbling upon one fascinating subject after another. Overall, he has a very dramatic, forthright style that stems, often, from his placement of solitary figures against stark, black backgrounds.

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Sabi Van Hemert

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Sabi Van Hemert is a Dutch artist who creates sculptures that are fusions of children and animals. Van Hemert likes to play on  the idea that the viewer has his or her interpretation on what they see. Because it is not immediately obvious what you see, the relationship between the spectator and the image is more complex, which is what Van Hemert strives to get from her work. Van Hemert says she has developed a rhythm to her work: precision, and the material she uses, help gives her work its alienating yet sensual, tough yet vulnerable character.

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Catherine Nelson Creates Landscapes From Hundreds Of Photographs

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Catherine Nelson’s newest series Expedition is comprised of hundreds of photographs, collaged and digitally “painted” together to make five imaginary landscapes. Using her experiences in the creation of visual effects for feature films like Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter, Nelson assembles the countless photographs into one seamless, vibrant, and surreal image. This style of working isn’t new for the artist, and we’ve previously featured her incredible floating worlds before.

In a short statement, she describes what her motivation was for her style, writing:

When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind me in film visual effects, I began to take my photos to another level.

When you see the images up close, you appreciate at her photo manipulating skills even more. They are flawlessly put together and not to mention rich with great details. She features luscious greens of all kinds, plants, animals, and even humans, making references to mythologies like the story of Narcissus. All elements were inspired by Nelson’s memories of growing up along the east coast of Australia. (Via Colossal)

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CKirk’s Raw, Emotional Paintings of the Human Figure

Sometimes things are better off being left “unfinished”. There’s more power that way. More raw, sticky, human emotion. Add such a methodology to an almost random selection of media and you have these works from Texas based artist Ckirk, who says he can “paint with anything”. Aerosol, watercolor, coffee, tobacco ash- he’s doing it. The paintings seem to say, “this is who we are, with all our ugliest inclinations completely exposed. Take it or leave it.” Ckirk has a new monograph out entitled “Ckirk Art: I Can Paint With Anything”.

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Turn Yourself into a Na’Vi Avatar!

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Nerd Alert! Were you one of the many Avatar fans that found themselves depressed, even suicidal when you found yourself unable to visit the utopian alien Planet Pandora? Well, now you can become one of the Na’Vi thanks to The Photo Lab, an Australian graphic designer offering fantasy photoshop services. For a mere $18 bucks, you can become a toruk makto and zip around the planet bonded to the back of the Great Leonopteryx yourself!

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Evan Campbell’s Scary Faces

Free-lance sculptor extraordinaire Evan Campbell creates insanely realistic sculptures!  His work has been featured in films by Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, and Kevin Smith.

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600_1228414846Gregory Jacobsen’s paintings give me a feeling akin to working at a gynecology clinic for several years.

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TIBI TIBI NEUSPIEL’s Deep Thoughts In your Cereal and Infinity Shrimp

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s humorous sculptures mine the banal for the prophetic and haunting. Whether it’s meaningful messages that appear in ala breakfast cereal, rows of cocktail shrimps that magically form an infinity sign, or frightening hidden messages found in NYC subway cards,  Neuspiel’s work takes a comedic approach on the worlds largest philosophical ideas and beg you to ponder along with him.

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