Leonard White and collaborator Ryan Rogers combine forces to become UK-based ROBOTS>>>. ROBOTS>>> does, in fact, make wonderfully giant robots that are created out of cardboard and scrap metal, and then photographed very beautifully.
New York based artist, the theatrical Cai-Guo Qiang, is yet another artist I dream of to meet one day. He is mostly known for his gunpowder explosions, where the guided impact of exploded gunpowder creates beautiful marks on the paper it is placed over. Proof how beauty and violence are sometimes intertwined with each other, a concept Cai-Guo works with often.
Experimental design/art studio Cohen Van Balen‘s new project 75 Watts features an actual factory, assembly line, and workers. However, the product the assembly line workers are constructing does absolutely nothing. Well, almost nothing. The purpose of the product is simply to choreograph the movements of the workers as they construct it. 75 Watts illustrates the complex dance of production, consumption, and the human relationships therein regardless of the product. The project received its name from a rather creepy quote from the book Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers: “A labourer over the course of an 8-hour day can sustain an average output of about 75 watts.” Check out the video to see the dance of the pointless product.
The paintings of Chase Westfall are pleasantly elusive. His work often toes the line between abstraction and figuration. He seems to often swing from sunny imagary such as flowers or rainbows to that of mutilated animal carcasses. However, he never gives it entirely away. The imagary often is obscured by a diamond grid work or its own abstraction. The viewers eyes constantly shifts between deciphering the images and inspecting the pattern, neither resolving the other. His oil paintings are executed on linen contrasting the soft surface with his hard edged geometric shapes.
Vancouver-based photographer Dina Goldstein shoots for magazines and ad agencies around the world. Her series, In the Doll House, examines the less than perfect life of B and K. B is a super doll, the most successful doll in the world. Her partner K is grappling with his sexuality and finds himself in a loveless marriage. He struggles with his position in the household and faces his lack of authenticity.
Lafayette, Louisiana based Jamie Baldridge’s love of stories dates back to a lazy afternoon from his childhood when he discovered a book entitled, “101 Fairy Tales,” in his grandmother’s attic. When Baldridge creates his interpretations of the fables and tales that he has implanted in his subconsciousness they emerge as very surreal and yet visceral photographs that walk the line between reality and fiction.
If you are a Lightroom user and never heard of Sleeklens then you are missing out some of the best presets available for photographers these days. Lightroom presets are groups of parameters defined on Lightroom’s tools and sliders, therefore, they make user’s routine a simpler task by accomplishing many adjustments in only a few clicks. But what does really make a preset stand out in such a competitive industry?
First of all, quality. If a preset is really good made, then it won’t add Film Grain or Noise to your picture unless is your intent to do so. The preset has to work for what is meant to; if it is a Clarity filter, then it will affect only parameters linked to Clarity slider, same for other tools.
Next comes creativity, a killer skill for every artist, and we as photographers are artists as well. Enhance your pictures with creative effects: lomographic effects, stunning B&W for making your pictures look like old time classics, etc.
And finally variety… Presets must apply to every kind of situation that we find in our daily life. Imagine you took a trip to a nearby beach and took stunning pictures, what can be your best pairing for it? A good set of landscape presets. These amazing features Lightroom gives us enough room to explore must be cataloged and defined for different scenarios: Food, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Nature, Film, Cross Processing… the list can be really large.
Sleeklens has all of those features and more. Created by and for photographers, it doesn’t matter if you are not skilled enough with Lightroom for using them; regardless of your proficiency as a user, they will freshen up your pictures, bringing more life out of them.Stop wasting your time and get ready to transform your pictures into beautiful works of art!