I can’t remember where I came across this video (a bad habit I’m picking up, I apologize) but it’s filled with colorful critters in a real life environment, not to mention that it has quite a catchy little beat. I love seeing animated characters in real environments, and this one is pretty surreal and really enjoyable. The music is by a band called Minilogue, who I have yet to further explore, and the animation was a joint effort done by Ljubilden and Varelsen. Take a few minutes and watch this video, it should make you smile.
Something really struck me about Sameul FranÃ§ois’ outdoor pieces, but it’s hard to put my finger on it. The two above are my favorites, and they’re rather simple. He took (what appears to be) a run down building out in the middle of nowhere, and decided to brighten it up by painting it bright colors and adding a bunch of geometric shapes. These bright colors and shapes are totally at odds with their surrondings, which I think makes it even better.
What I think I like best is that it makes me inspired to do this somewhere in my my own neighborhood or somewhere in my home town. I think coming across something like this in the middle of a forest would be really beautiful, what do you all think?
Politics. While they may frustrate my to no end, they intrigue me even more. So when I came across this new lapel pin by Michael Beirut, a collaboration between he and Men’s Vogue, I was quite excited, as it was designed to be politically neutral, something we can all appreciate. With the pins design, Beirut “tried to defamiliarize a very familiar configuration of letters”, and it’s unique shape is inspired by the country’s history as a melting pot.
I think this is a really beautiful piece of work and is extremely timeless feeling, something I’ve found is really important to me lately. There are only 5,000 made and they go for $10 a piece, so grab one while you can, I already did.
Continuing on a photographic jaunt, I bring you the work of Thobias FÃ¤ldt, a Swedish photographer who’s been making the rounds around the interwebs lately. Thobias has this really great style of using the bright flash ever, which illuminates and washes out everything he shoots, making everything kind of hyper-realistic. He’s got a ton of work on his site, so pop over and check it out.
Danish photographer Nicolai Howalt has a really great photo series on his site called Boxer which he took in 2003. It features young boys before and after they’re boxing matches, and as you can see above, some of the afters are quite drastic. Altogether there are 44 photos, and the before and afters are pretty all over the place, some of the kids looking red and puffy, while others just look like they’re was ruffled a little.
It’s kind of like those games where you’re trying to spot the differences, except you’re looking for bruises and swollen eyes.
Found through QBN