Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

Reflected Landscapes by Victoria Siemer mirrors landscapes conceptual

In this recent series of digital artworks, Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer begins with dreamy landscapes of mountainous forests shrouded in fog and clouds and then inserts giant reflective fragments that rise from the ground. The inversed image creates the uncanny effect of a monolithic mirror that towers over the photograph like a kind of portal. Siemer says via email that the images are open for interpretation, but her work often deals with the idea of visual or emotional fragmentation which originated from her college thesis. Another example is her recent series of humanized computer error messages recently making the rounds. You can see more over on her blog (occasionally nsfw). (via My Modern Met)

Woodoo: A Stop-Motion Animation with Laser-Cut Wood

Woodoo: A Stop Motion Animation with Laser Cut Wood wood stop motion animation

Created by Amsterdam-based director and animator Andre Maat, this quick animated short titled Woodoo relies on impressive sequences of laser-cut wood to create the illusion of a malliable substance. (via Booooooom)

Kelpies Timelapse: Watch the Construction of Andy Scott’s 100 Ft. Steel Equine Statues

Kelpies Timelapse: Watch the Construction of Andy Scotts 100 Ft. Steel Equine Statues  timelapse sculpture Scotland horses

Kelpies Timelapse: Watch the Construction of Andy Scotts 100 Ft. Steel Equine Statues  timelapse sculpture Scotland horses

Kelpies Timelapse: Watch the Construction of Andy Scotts 100 Ft. Steel Equine Statues  timelapse sculpture Scotland horses

Although major construction on Andy Scott’s imposing ‘Kelpies’ sculptures near Falkirk, Scotland ended last November, this new timelapse from the Helix captures the enormity of the project in vivid detail. The gargantuan horse head sculptures completely dominate an otherwise flat landscape over the Forth & Clyde canal and promise to be a major attraction when they open to the public on April 21. The construction part takes up the first half of the video, you can jump to around 3:00 if you want to see pretty shots of the completed pieces. (via MeFi)

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Ninja Knee

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Crayon Tree

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Snowman on his smartphone

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Beard bear

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Cereal TIE Fighter

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Chip in a bottle

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Squorange

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Good morning

It’s been a long while since we last checked in with Brock Davis (previously) who seemingly dabbles in every creative field there is from illustration and photography to advertising and apparel. But it’s his Instagram account where his brilliance seems to be most highly concetrated, where every image has a mix of laugh-out-loud whimsy and a good dose of why didn’t I think of that. You can see more if his work right here.

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

Science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Overprotection” | Linz, Austria 2014

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Double Tie” | Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

Oslo, Norway 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Grateful death” | Köln, Germany 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“feat. OsGemeos” | Lodz, Poland 2012

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Rotten apples” | San Francisco, USA 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Monkey Business” | St. Denis, Reunion Island 2012

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“love letter” | Lodz, Poland 2012

If you’re trying to find the globe-trotting Spanish street artist Aryz, you’ll have to look up. Because in whatever city he happens to be in, the prominent artist will typically be hoisted 100ft above street level converting large building facades into public canvases. And buildings aren’t the only thing he’s climbed. At just 25 years of age, Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) has risen to be amongst the top ranks of world-renowned street artists like Banksy and ROA.

Aryz was born in Palo Alto but moved back to Spain when he was just three. He began painting (in the form of graffiti) as a teenager, and his style evolved – in part, from his art studies in college – to what it is today. Bones are a recurring motif in the artist’s work, and so are skin-like muted colors. “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors,” said Aryz. “It would be too much.”

Have a look at some of his latest pieces, which includes the artist’s most latest: “Overprotection,” painted in late March, on a large industrial building in Linz, Austria. You can follow the artist on Facebook or Instagram.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Finalist: Travel. Terraced fields during harvest season. Mu Cang Chay, Vietnam, September 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Carol Lynne Fowler (Seeley Lake, Montana). Finalist: Americana. A champion bronco bucks a champion rider at the Helmville Rodeo. Helmville, Montana, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez (La Garriga, Spain). Finalist: Travel. Portrait of a young Suri boy going with his father to take care of the cattle. Ethiopia, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. McGeorge spent a quiet 6 hours trying to get the perfect image of this eastern screech owl out of its nest. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, April 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. Breath at sunset, captures a sea turtle at a dive site called Black Rock. Kāʻanapali, Hawaiʻi, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Karen Lunney (Brisbane, Australia). Finalist: Natural World. During their annual migration, wildebeests are forced to find new river crossings in the Serengeti-Mara region. “The animals were being taken by the unfamiliar currents of deep water and had to struggle to get close to the far bank. There were few rocks on which to land and the initial orderly progression soon became a desperate struggle of clambering,” says Lunney. Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Nidal Adnan Kibria (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Finalist: Travel. Action Hero. As part of a show called “Well of Death,” a biker performs a stunt at a village fair to celebrate Rath Jatra, a Hindu festival. Dhamrai, Bangladesh, June 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vincent Cheng (Burnaby, Canada). Finalist: Travel. A group of locals playing billiards by Namtso Lake. Tibet, China, June 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Dina Bova (Petach Tikva, Israel). Finalist: Altered Images. “Babylon—Made in Italy is inspired by the story of the Babylon tower, the painting by Pieter Bruegel and by a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy,” says Bova. Cinque Terre, Italy, October 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Aspen Wang (Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Finalist: Natural World. Penguins on Ice. “Although my photo hardly does justice to describing the tenuous balance in Antarctica’s ecosystem, it has served to crystallize in my memory one of the last stretches of untamed and inarticulate lands on earth,” says Wang. Antarctica, December 29, 2010.

Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of their 11th Annual Photo Contest. This year’s competition saw a whopping 50,000 submissions, from which 60 finalists were selected in 6 categories including: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. The contest is now open for a Readers’ Choice vote which runs from today through May 6, 2014. Vote here. All photos courtesy Smithsonian Magazine and the respetive photographers.

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

Self-taught photographer Darren Moore creates ethereal black and white landscapes using a method called daytime long exposure, where a special filters are attached to a camera lens to reduce the amount of light. These neutral density filters allow for the shutter to open for extended periods of time in broad daylight, from 30 seconds to upward of 15 minutes for a single exposure. Moore shoots mostly in locations around England, where he frequently visits causeways, breakwaters, shipwrecks, and other features along the shore.

You can see more of Moore’s photography over on Flickr and in his online gallery. He’ll also have work later this April in a group show at the Patchings Art Centre.

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