A few weeks back Jeff and I took a trip over to The Getty, mainly because we wanted to see Oudry’s Painted Menagerie, bu also because it’s one of the most beautiful places in LA. While we were there, they had a photo exhibit by Luc Delahaye, that was absolutely astounding. Delahaye is a photojournalist who has traveled the world taking pictures, concentrating mostly on war photography. In the last few years though he’s also been shooting in more of a documentary-style, which is what the exhibit featured.
The pictures were absolutely stunning! They were all printed at a gigantic scale, so you could see all of the minute details in each of them. The subjects were also quite interesting, taking bits of ordinary life and somehow making them exceptional. One of my favorites was a photo of a group of men, they appeared to be middle eastern, all standing amongst a bunch of broken down buildings, looking as if they were fighting against someone else, or at least preparing to. But the amazing part was the shadow from a cloud overhead was coming directly toward the,, giving the foreground a very spooky and ominous feeling, like the worst was yet to come for them.
Check out this awesome collection of photos from the “country” of Abkhazia, which used to be a beach resort area north of Georgia. Now it’s an independent nation, with it’s own government, that no one else acknowledges as a real country! The pictures were taken by Jonas Bendiksen, Norwegian photographer who takes some really astonishing photographs. They’re all very dark, and moody, and wonderful.
He also has a book out now called Satellites, which is 156 pages and features a ton of his work.
The amazing Annie Leibovitz has created an incredible fashion spread in the new issue of Vanity Fair called Killers Kill, Dead Men Die, which is shot in a style that mimics film noirs. Leibovitz said that she wanted to create “a sense of continuity to the Hollywood Issue”, so she wrangled up the best that Hollywood had to offer to fill her story. There are near 40 major actors, actresses, and even a director in there, which includes Anjelica Huston, Ed Norton, Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, and the always amazing, Jack Nicholson.
The spread has a loose narrative, and generally follows the main elements and narratives that film noir usually carried. There are femme fatales, private detectives, reporters, jealous women, hard-boiled cops, the whole nine yards. What Leibovitz did magnificently, was trying to recapture the spirit, and intrigue, and darkness of film noir. All of the clothing is modern clothing, but it all has that vintage feel that make you think that you’re looking into the past.
The photos look so amazing, and it’s also pretty fun going through each image to see who plays which characters!
Click the link below to see the rest of the images from the shoot!
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The awesome folks over at Fecal Face have a photo essay/interview with Dutch graphic designer Parra up right now. The dude is all over the place at the moment, but I first head of him when he started designing the graphics for Rockwell. His design style is so insane to me, with the crazy colors and the amazing shapes he uses, my brain can’t wrap around how great he is!
The aorta is the largest artery in the human body, giving oxygen to the rest of your body through your circulatory system. Aorta is also the name of photography duo Marco Grizej and Kristian Kraen, who both live in Gothenburg, Sweden. They’re work is extremely moody and dark, often using an extremely minimal color palette, making for some really dynamic photos.
Of course, I picked the two goofiest photos they have on their site, shots from inside a model town. But I love the trees in the top photo a lot, I think they look really scary. Be sure to check out the rest of their portfolio, especially the creepy looking kids.
I was looking through Cobrasnake’s photos earlier tonight when I stumbled upon this amazing gem of a tattoo. Yes indeed folks, that’s a Gummo tatttoo! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. My friends and I were obsessed with that movie in high school. We made so many weird ass movies, mostly inspired either by Gummo, or the old CKY videos… man, those were the times.
If you know nothing about Gummo, be sure to check out both the Wikipedia, and IMDB pages to find out more.
In real life, I’m definitely not a blogger. I work for a photographer who has a certain knack for taking pictures of animals. I’ll be posting about her in a little bit, but I found the horse images above somewhere last week before I left, and e-mailed them to her immediately. I think they’re so funny!
The pictures were taken by Julian Wolkenstein, an Australian photographer who shoots some really amazing work. Also, I was playing around with his site for a while and it’s a lot of fun (minus the really annoying, giant pop-up window it comes in). You can refresh the page and new backgrounds show up behind his board of work. And as you’re looking through, other things interact with the mini-environment, like a soccer ball bouncing through, a bird landing on the top of the board, or a car driving by!
You can read about the creation of his site by clicking here.
Extremely well done site, with some really great, fresh work.
I noticed today that graphic design guru Emil Kozak updated his portfolio a little bit, with some nice identity work for Manual. His style is always so clean and fresh, I wish he would post more work more often!
Also be sure to stop by his blog, and his online store, which is sadly sold out of the fun shirts he had for sale.