Though I have never smoked, I find the photography of smoking incredibly alluring. Here are nine of my favorite shots found over the past few days. For similarly themed photography posts also check out Waves and Books.
Delores Park, San Francisco
Delores Park, San Francisco (detail)
Pier 39, San Francisco
For the past year artist Jenny Odell (previously) has worked in the medium of Google Maps imagery to create stunning prints of cut-out ships, sports stadiums, advertising billboards, swimming pools and other meticulously assembled collections of satellite imagery minutiae. Lately she’s focused on people, specifically locations around San Francisco where they congregate en masse, their ant-like figures filling beaches and public parks. Odell erases all other details of the photos leaving behind only the human footprint. Head on over to her blog to see the images in better detail. (thnx, megan!)
This incredible water-powered jetpack lets you plow effortlessly through the water like a dolphin as Franky Zapata demonstrates. I only live a few blocks from Lake Michigan and would like to rent one of these by summer — somebody call somebody. (via kottke)
Leif Podhajsky is an artist and creative director who makes astounding album covers for numerous labels including Warp Records, Sub Pop, Sony, Warner, Atlantic and others. An artist statement via his website says “His work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience. By utilizing these subjects he attempts to coerce the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings.” These are some of my favorites of his work, both new and old, and here’s a great interview with Leif on Beautiful Decay from last year.
Loomi is a modular, paintable, recyclable light shade made from high quality paper that’s cut into interlinking quadrilaterals. The set of 33 pieces can be formed into at least a dozen shapes and can be dyed, glued or otherwise modified to suit your creative whims. The Kickstarter project is going gangbusters and if you order asap they’ll ship before Christmas.
These whimsical sculptures by Korean artist Kang Duck-Bong are made by adhering myriad cuts of PVC pipe and covering them in a thick shellac of urethane paint. The process creates an uncanny sense of motion, the figures appearing blurred and perpetually in motion. Kang’s work is on display at Gallery 4Walls in Seoul through December 23 as part of his solo show, Disguise. A huge thanks to Cho at Gallery 4Walls for providing the imagery for this post.
Over the past week or so my in-box and feed reader has been suddenly peppered with papercraft. From pop-ups to sculptures, wrapping paper to origami, it seems this paper stuff isn’t just a passing fad. I started writing individual posts for several of these and finally decided to group them together into an epic paper roundup. Enjoy.
Papercraft Pinhole Camera
Although it’s still just a prototype, this folded polaroid camera will eventually be a template for a functional pinhole camera. The handywork of UK-based Matthew Nicholson who made this great paper Leica pinhole earlier this year. (via photojojo)
I just posted about Diana Beltran Herrera’s paper birds last month, but this new parrot was too great to pass up. It seems like each new animal she creates is more complex than the last. Can’t wait to see where this goes.
Unseen Pleasure is paper sculpture by Paris-based David Benmussa that recreates digital sound waves on Joy Division’s famous album cover. The piece is on display at the Point Ephemere through January.
Inkjet Print Shoe
That’s right, paper. Artist Julie VonDer Vellen is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and makes these extraordinary shoes out of ink jet prints. Via email she told me her research expands on traditional storytelling and memoir presentation where significant moments such as personal stories as well as those of friends and family are interwoven into handmade paper crafted from recycled cotton clothing. Beautiful work.
A similar variation of this cover for the Annual Chicago Show of Typographic Allstars could have been done digitally, in Photoshop, with an hour or so of work. Instead, Darren McPherson and Will Miller decided to do things right and built the cover entirely by hand before photographing it, giving the book a striking visual appearance that conveys depth and care. More design like this please.
Hamburger Wrapping Paper
And last but not least, head on over to Kickstarter to check out Gift Couture’s Premium Wrapping Paper Sets, guaranteed to turn that boring stack of book presents into a greasy, mouthwatering tower of solid paper junk food.