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.
I discovered the fantastically named The Late Great Fitzcarraldos through a recommendation by the Danish band Efterklang about a year or so ago. After checking them I found that I’d fallen for them hook, line, and sinker and their self-titled debut was easily one of my favourite albums of last year.
Recently the trio released Jesu, the first single from their follow-up album. It’s a song filled with soft synths and carmel vocals and it stands as a promising introduction to what should lie ahead on their upcoming LP. Stick it on and prepare to get lost in a funky summer-soaked trance. It’s great stuff!
Ben Javens is an illustrator with a terrific style. Originally from a small Yorkshire town called Ossett, Javens headed to Birmingham in the late 90′s to complete a Fine Art degree at the University of Central England. After that he wandered for several years in what he describes as “the wilderness that is life after graduation”. Fortunately he found his true calling as an illustrator a few years later and, as he says on his website he “hasn’t looked back since”.
Ben’s style is fun, playful and charming. Recently he made a tamborine for the Sound It Out Charity which I really love. The simplicity of his work is so good and his images are bound to bring some color to your day. Go check out more of what he makes on his website here.
‘Holi’ is the name of this wonderful little short by the New York based production company & creative collective Variable. The film aims to help viewers take notice of the beauty that exists within the life and culture of our world. “The world is fascinating” they say. “People and cultures inspire us. Sadly, the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us”.
With direction and cinematography by Jonathan Bregel & Khalid, the film gives a brief snapshot of Holî – the Hindu festival of colors. Every year, a large number of Hindus celebrate the spring equinox by participating in the Holî. Here they smear coloured powder on each other and throw scented water in the air. It’s an amazing looking tradition and one which Variable have captured in all its beauty.