San Francisco is a city unlike any other, and while I love to visit, I’d never want to live there. But then there’s guys like Danny Espinoza, who make really art that seems to feed off the city itself. Danny is an all-around talent, taking photos of the city and its inhabitants and drawing pictures that I would describe as “a hippy acid trip”, and I mean that in a really good way. I really love the black and white ink drawings on his site, the texture in them is really cool. I’m always amazed when people can do something so simple and yet it looks so good. Also check out his “shapes” section as well which features… well, a bunch colorful shapes.
Diftype is the aka of Niklas Lundberg who lives and works in UmeÃ©, Sweden. His work is extremely digital, which usually isn’t my favorite, but I think that his extreme acceptance of the format is what makes his pieces so amazing. The amount of detail in each piece is pretty overwhelming, but I bet if you looked at one them printed out and up close that it would be quite a treat for your eyes. His sense of color and composition is also really great, especially in pieces like ‘A trip to elsewhere’ and the piece above, ‘Aesthetic Mathematics’.
I was wrong. Let me just get that out of the way. Why I was wrong… well I dunno.
Ben wrote me a week ago letting me know about his site, and said this to me:
“I thought that you may be interested in my latest project CITYshrinker. Taking on cities from Melbourne to Tokyo, shrinking them to diorama proportions!”
I inferred this to mean that he made dioramas or models of cities. I knew it looked like tilt shift photography, but I figured that was a part of the effect of making tiny miniatures look real. I also read the about section of his website, which gives no further information, other than he works with photos, which would still be applicable to photographing models.
The pictures are still cool, but definitely not as cool as I thought they were. Dang.
The photos you see above aren’t real. Well, at least not real in the way you’re thinking. Everything in these photos was created by the incredibly talented hands of Ben Thomas, a Melbourne based maker of dioramas and all around creative genius. Looking through his site is kind of a joke, because you look at his images, and it’s absolutely mind boggling that he MADE these images. There are so many people and buildings and details that it doesn’t seem like it could even be possible to do something like this!
I talked to Ben briefly through email and he told me that getting the lighting and coloring correct is the hardest part at this point. That to me is also boggling, as I would think that it would all be really effing hard to do no matter how good you get at making models. Go take a look at the rest of Ben’s work over his site, CITYshrinker, and also be sure to check out his store as well to pick up some of his prints.
I think everyone has a nostalgic love for photobooths, or at least I do. There’s something so wonderful about having some old machine take some old crappy looking photos of you. So seeing Keetra Dean Dixon’s Tricky Photobooth takes the idea of a traditional photobooth and combines it with modern day technology to get some truly amazing results.
Dixon made the entire booth, which as you can see above is looks more like a mini photo studio. I’m not 100% sure if the booth can create and put the graphics onto the pictures by itself, but sometimes there is a person sitting inside customizing the photos with messages and special patterns. These photos are so damn rad, and if I were having a Super Sweet 16 I would definitely want one of these at my party.
Also be sure to check out the hundreds of photos that the booth has taken by clicking here. There’s also a Photobooth Key which gives you an idea of what all of those shapes and patterns mean.
Found through 2twentysix
This Saturday GR2 will be hosting a new show called ‘Year of the Rat‘, celebrating the year 4076 of the lunar calendar. The show should be pretty rad, with all sorts of different kinds of arts and over 50 artists involved including:
Andrice Arp, Derek Ballard, Sasha Barr, Gary Baseman, Robert Bellm, Chris Bettig, Kelie Bowman, Aaron Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Buff Monster, Martin Cendreda, Shawn, Cheng, Jo Dery, Dutch Door Press, Theo Ellsworth, Austin English, Noel Freibert, Susie Ghahremani, Leif Goldberg, Tim Gough, Katherine Guillen, Gunsho, Lizz Hickey, Andrew Holder, Yellena James, Kaori Kasai, Dan-ah Kim, Diana Kwok, Olaf Ladousse, Jesse Ledoux, Travis Lampe, David Magdaleno, Le Merde, Thom Lessner, The Little Friends of Printmaking, Jay Ryan, Tyler Parker, John Pham, Emilio Santoyo, Ashira Siegel, Ryan Jacob Smith, Daniel St. George, Hannah Stouffer, Deth P. Sun, Daria Tessler, Elisabeth Timpone, Kelly Tunstall, Edwin Ushiro, Steven Weissman.
The show goes from 6:30 to 10 Saturday night, so be sure to come out and support the arts!