Chinese artist and photographer Zhang Kechun has created a beautiful series of photographs taken along the banks of China’s Yellow River. Part surreal – part mysterious yet always stunning; Kechun’s photographs have an other-worldly feel to them. Yet despite the majestic nature of these scenes Kechun’s images also have a darker side to them too. They highlight the frail realitiy of life along the banks, showing the devastating effects that floods and droughts can bring to the area. They’re images that tell of the struggle that exists when man and nature attempt to co-exist together in one place.
Kechun’s series of photographs is a collection of forty spectacular images so make sure to take a look at the complete series on his website here.
French electro duo Justice recently released a new video for their track New Lands. Directed by the Spanish collective CANADA, the video is an absolute thrill ride! It would seem that the guys at CANADA really can’t make a bad videos – everything they touch just turns into absolute awe-inspiring gold!
New Lands is taken from Justice’s 2011 album Audio, Video, Disco and in the hands of CANADA the track becomes the perfect soundtrack to a fantastical futuristic hybrid sport. Here we can see CANADA wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves and every frame seems to be loaded with knowing nods and tributes to great cinematic works like TRON, Rollerball and Escape From New York. Make sure you don’t miss this video!
I love these ceramics! They’re created by the illustration collective It’s Raining Elephants and the Swiss-based ceramic artist Robi Wehrle. Every year the three collaborate together to create a small edition of handmade and hand-drawn ceramics.
The simple and childlike style of the drawings work well on ceramic and the way that they approach the objects is both fun and playful. “Our intention is to create objects that offer new narratives and meanings when they are in use” say It’s Raining Elephants on their website. “For example a hill is going to look out of the soup, a ship is going to float on the tea, an abstract drawing is going to look like an animal from a certain perspective, a miniature drawing on the bottom of a teacup can only be discerned when it is brought close to your eyes.”
It’s an idea which is really fun and the ceramics themselves are really beautiful. You can see a full collection of the work on the It’s Raining Elephants website.
The English photographer Greg Williams takes some amazing portraits of actors. I first discovered his work amongst the pages of men’s magazines like Esquire and GQ – you know the type of pieces – “articles” about the ‘Woman of Summer 2009′ (Megan Fox) and the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ (Kate Beckinsale). Despite the racy content of these shoots there was always something a little more about Williams’ work which made it stand out from the rest. Sure they were images of Megan Fox and Kate Beckinsale in their underwear, but Williams also had a real talent for natural lighting, interesting locations and an obvious connection between himself and his model.
Over the years he has worked up an impressive CV of film and editorial work. Beginning his career as a war photographer, he has since moved on to taking photographs for magazines, films and advertisements. A notable early adopter of digital video technology Williams has recently started to keep a blog which gives a fascinating insight into how he works. It’s a good read for the budding photographers out there. Above is a selection of some of his portrait work – their images filled with character and personality. They’re fun, lively and a little bit different from your usual restrained celebrity portraiture. Make sure to check out the rest of his work online here.
This is amazing! 16-year-old LEGO sculptor Paul Vermeesch has made a fantastic recreation of M.C. Escher’s famous “Relativity” print out of just Lego. Six months in the making, Paul’s ‘Star Wars Relativity V2′ is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Measuring one-cubic-foot, the model recreates a number of iconic scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy – telling the story loosely in a counterclockwise format.
Vermeesch say that he imagines the piece is made up of between 2,000 to 3,000 Lego pieces and it even includes several lights that illuminate the model from inside as well as an amazing mini-cinema tucked in at the back.
Make sure to go check out the complete set of awesomely nerdy photos here.