I keep coming across really great photography and then totally forget to post about it, and here’s a good example of that. Kalle Gustafsson is a Swedish photographer who studied film in Australia, photography in Paris, and though he’s only in his mid-20′s he’s doing some really amazing work.
From what I can tell he uses a lot of photoshop, making his photos pretty otherworldly feeling. As a retoucher by trade, I personally HATE when people use the Shadow/Highlight filter in Photoshop. The S/H filter tries to balance lights and darks of a photo, making it look ‘hyper-real’, or whatever you want to call it. But Kalle’s use of it is done pretty well, I feel like he actually gets how to use the filter. He also does a great job with the colors of his photos, it’s the same sort of effect I try to get when I adjust photos.
He’s got 4 different sections on his site, fashion, beauty, editorial, and travel, all of full of beautiful images. The sad thing is that you have to view them one by one, which makes it a somewhat tedious task, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
One of my favorite things about the internet is how it enables you to meet people. I have friends all over the world, which is a very new thing to me, and I absolutely love it. So one day about a month ago I got an email from a fellow named Nalden, who was writing to tell me that he liked my blog and he’d like to feature some of the wallpapers on his site. I’ve had offers from people to do this before and honestly it’s just not something I’ve wanted to do. But I took a visit to his site anyhow, and I was blown away!
Nalden’s site, titled appropriately Nalden, is more like a desktop browser than a blog. It’s made for full screen viewing, with all the things he posts about lining the bottom which you can scroll through with ease. He also has a random background that shows up as well, which is where I fit into the picture. So I decided to say yes, because not only does this bring readers from the Netherlands, but Nalden is a pretty rad guy as well.
There’s only one small problem… it’s all in Dutch! It’s still worth a visit though, that interface is just so damn impressive. And if you don’t see the Dan Funderburgh background at first, just keep refreshing, it’ll show up eventually!
I’ve never personally been a fan of smoking, if that’s what you like then that’s great. But I think it’s interesting that designer Myan Duong has combined cigarettes with a common household item like salt and pepper shakers. The idea is titled Flavor Country, and it features the classic cigarette shape as a pair of miniature shakers. And what’s better to hold cigarette shaped shakers then a bowl shaped like an ashtray, just in case you spill any salt or pepper after you’re done flavoring your food.
I could imagine it being a pain in the ass having to refill these all the time, but the idea is totally clever and the metal ends give a classier touch. These are just a concept though, so if you’ll want anything like these you’ll have to make them yourself!
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything about Geoff McFetridge, or at least it seems like a long time to me. Anyhow, Geoff is having a show this Friday at Mollusk called Bury Me in the Sand. From what I’ve seen of the show it looks like he’ll have some new screenprints, including one GIANT piece that looks like it would be a sail for a sailboat. Also be sure to check out Mullosk’s website and shirts they sell as well. They have a really great online store and I bought Jeff one of their t-shirts for Hanukkah last year and it looked great.
The show goes from 7 to 10 pm and music provided by DJ Trace. I wish I was going to be in SF this weekend, I’d love to see this show! Check under the cut for some preview photos that Mollusk posted.
Good morning, afternoon, or evening! Another Wednesday, another wallpaper, and this weeks is a special treat. I’ve received wallpapers in all sorts of styles, mediums and from people all over the world. But so far, I’ve only been given one wallpaper that made me laugh hysterically, which is what today’s wallpaper is. Before you read any further, I want you to look at the wallpaper, try and figure it out, and then come back and see if you got it.
The artist of this fantastic wallpaper is a guy named Dash Shaw. Dash is a 25 year old SVA grad who is currently living in Brooklyn. I found Dash through this amazing Dr. Strange spread he did for the still-yet-unreleased Marvel Indie Anthology, but since then he’s been quite busy! Coming up in June he has a 720 page graphic novel called The Bottomless Belly Button which is being published by Fantagraphics (check out photos here), and he also runs a weekly comic on his own site called BodyWorld.
Honestly though, the first time I laid eyes upon the wallpaper you see above, my immediate reaction was, “What the hell is this?!” But then I read Dash’s description which said:
This is someone’s life story told in desktop icons.
The icons read from left to right, like a comic. This
person has passed away and his desktop is all that we
know about his life. He loves his cat.
At that point I started laughing my ass off, realizing what an effing genius he is. I hope you all enjoy this wallpaper as much as I do. I think it’s so damn clever how the icons have double meanings, how spot on the icons represent life, and how in the end we all end up in the recycling bin.
Check back next week as usual for a wallpaper that’s the complete opposite of this!