A few years ago I stumbled across the work of Illinois-based photographer Cari Ann Wayman and ever since I’ve been enthralled by the abandoned buildings, desolate places and sprawling wilderness that she discovers and photographs. What grabs me most about Cari Ann’s work is that she’s as much an explorer as she is a photographer – finding the strangest places and capturing them with her camera. Her images show the things that people leave behind and there’s a beauty and a fragility to her work that makes these places feel even more ephemeral.
Often she’ll also pose in these places, creating beautiful self-portraits where she stands-out like a girl lost in a place that she doesn’t belong. Amid these bleak spaces it feels as though she creates a special relationship with her surroundings and her photographs become intimate portraits that speak of abandonment, loss and escape. See more of Cari Ann’s work here.
Hollow Mountain is a fantastic new track from Efterklang and it’s the first one that they’ve released from their upcoming album Piramida. The story behind Piramida is a particularly interesting one and it has me very excited to hear the complete album when it is released at the end of September. The band started recording last August when they headed on a trip to the town of Piramida – a small Russian town in Spitsbergen in the arctic. What’s interesting about Piramida is that on January 10th, 1998 it was abandoned overnight and today it stands as nothing more than a ghost-town.
The band spent 9 days there, recording sound samples and amassing over 1000 recordings which they’ve pieced together for their new album. The town is also home to the world’s northernmost grand piano; a Red October, which the band have used on the album. If that wasn’t enough they’ve also enrolled the efforts of a 60-piece Danish Girls Choir. All-in-all Piramida is promising to be one of the most interesting albums of the year.
The video above was created and directed by Oodls (Jakob Steen and Christoffer Frandsen) and it mixes photos that the band took while on their trip alongside elements of the album’s artwork created by the fabulous Hvass&Hannibal. It’s a really nice introduction to the album and the video is rich in beautiful textures and saturated colours. You can also check out the trailer for the album below the drop and see the band recording amid the ruins and relics of the town.
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Collage is a technique which I feel is easy to do yet very hard to get right. For me, the collage work of the German artist Nicole Wermers is near perfect. Created between 1998 and 2011, Wermers’ images explore shape, texture and form in beautiful ways. Each image is pieced together to create seductive geometric abstractions; each one wonderfully surreal and elegantly beautiful.
Wermers also creates sculptural and photographic work and is represented by galleries in Hamburg, London, New York and Vienna. You can see more of what she does online here.
Since the start of last year the Italian illustrator Massimo Carnevale has been creating amazing digital paintings of iconic characters from the big and small screen. Over the course of a year he’s clocked up an impressive 100 paintings and he still continues to post new images every now and again on his blog.
The style and manner in which he renders these characters is nothing short of brilliant and he fills his images with energy, personality and a wonderful color palette. Carnevale is a comics artist and illustrator who has been contributing to the world of comics since 1987. Above are just three of my favorites from his set – if you’ve got a favorite film then there’s a real high chance that Carnevale has already created a great image based on it. Why not check out his blog and find out!
Found via Drawn!
Here at The Fox Is Black we love the work of Glasgow based illustrator Jen Collins. Recently Jen has started a neat little project on Tumblr called Girls Faces. For Jen the project is a way of practicing her portrait skills, and for us it’s a way of getting a wonderful dose of Jen’s work every day.
It’s always wonderful to see artists and illustrators taking on projects like this as you really get to see how they tackle a repetitive task on a daily basis. It also means you get to see first-hand as their work improve and how new creativity can emerge from repition. I love Jen’s portraits for their personality and beautifully simple line work. If you’re on Tumblr I recommend you follow Girl Faces.