So what did you do when you were six? I played with Legos, watched a TV show called 3-2-1 Contact, and ate Trix cereal. That was pretty much my day-to-day. But this fearless child is on a road less traveled. His name is Enal and he lives with an Indonesian fishing community known as the Bajau Laut. In this photo captured by James Morgan, he swims with sharks in a penned off area underneath his home that rests on stilts in Wangi, Indonesia. Via the photographer’s web site:
Whilst few young children are now born on boats, the ocean is still very much their playground and whilst they are getting conflicted messages from their communities, who simultaneously refrain from spitting in the ocean and continue to dynamite its reefs, I still believe they could play a crucial role in the development of western marine conservation practices. Here Enal plays with his pet shark.
The next time I tense up watching my three-year-old son do something audacious in the park or walk out “too far” into the deeper end of the swimming pool, I think this image will seriously put things into perspective. Time to get some pet sharks. The photograph won the Telegraph’s 2010 Travel Photographer of the Year award. Seriously, look at that smile! (via lustik)
Though the trend of desaturated photographs of people floating has reached a fever pitch, this unique take on the idea by Jens Sage caught my attention. More of his work here.
A couple of fun images from around Chicago this week. A fake el sign at Wellington, a repeating Chicago flag, and Shepard Fairey (previously) stopped by and left behind a pretty awesome mural down at Navy Pier. Images link to their source.
A wonderful illustration by Mike Mitchell that was submitted as a Threadless shirt design. Prints! Prints!
Competitive Swinging is an installation/event by artist Paolo Salvagione at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. The enormous rope swings are installed 5-on-5 in an old gymnasium and the only true goal seems to be who can have the most fun, a competition I think many people in this world often forget to engage in. From the artists comments via Laughing Squid:
The piece reveled itself slowly. All the ingredients were there in my mind, dreams, childhood playground memories, pendulums. The challenge of a space that big is how to activate it, it was built in 1907. I spent the evening there with bottle of wine and watched the space as the sun set. I noticed period hardware on the ceiling that once held climbing ropes, a common military exercise. From that observation the piece came together. The old basketball court ask for 5 people a side and the building has 5 window on each side. The nature of athletics asked for competition, my sense of humor loved the idea of competitive swinging. [...] There were a few moments where I thought my efforts to get to this swing-of-the-past seemed absurd but when the installation was complete I knew I had made the right decisions. An installation like this only comes to life when populated, with people, with smiles.
If you want to get in on the swinging action, the event is only up through the end of this weekend, the closing reception is May 8th. More great photos of the event captured by Andria Lo can be found here.
I know nothing about Pattern Matters and currently have an email into them to find out more info. From the look of their recently updated portfolio they are making some genuinely beautiful paper and typographic products from calendars to the stunning 3D posters you see here. Looking at the process photos the attention to detail exhibited here is simply mind-blowing.
Update: This is the work of Lim Siang Ching, a graphic design student in Singapore who is graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts. These are her degree projects.
I’m a sucker for huge signs made with pencils, and this work from Spagnola & Associates is no exception. Via their web site:
In 2011 Spagnola & Associates faced the challenge of designing their new office space. They created a 20′ wide dimensional wall to stimulate ideas and complete the office. 2,804 pencils were hammered into pre-drilled holes in the panels.
David Schwen demonstrates how typographic ligatures are created. It’s all about the details. (via notcot)