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Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Ben #1, 2014. Photo © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Sherlock #2, 2012. Ella #1, 2014. Photos © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Carl #1. Photos © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Xantippe #1. Lizzie #1. Photo © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Jake #1, 2012. Photo © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white Sydney #3. Xenia #1. Photos © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Mr. Beasley #1, 2014. Photo © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Briede #1. Honey #3. Photos © Kevin Horan.

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan sheep portraits humor goats black and white
Honey #1, 2014. Photo © Kevin Horan.

When it comes to fancy studio portraits of pets, it’s no surprise people are willing to hire photographers for loving photos of their cats and dogs, we’ve even seen cameras thoughtfully trained on chickens and exotic snakes, but commercial photographer Kevin Horan decided it was high time for an artistically neglected group of barnyard animals to step into the spotlight: goats and sheep. In 2007, Horan moved from Chicago to Whidbey Island, Washington where he approached a neighbor about photographing one of his sheep. The neighbor agreed and his portrait series Chattel was born.

Lately, Horan photographs mostly sheep and goats from the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue in Arlington, WA, where he sets up a portable studio and works with assitants to achieve surprisingly emotive and humorous portraits that reveal the subtle personality of each animal. The wildly popular series was selected in Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 for 2014, and one of the photos was acquired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Prints are available upon request. (via Slate, PetaPixel)

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Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress

Starting this month Verizon FiOS customers can get upload speeds every bit as fast as their download speeds. Since that means faster, easier sharing of high-res illustrations, designs, and photos, FiOS is sponsoring a series of posts on Colossal to help us commission and share these super hi-res animated GIFs from some of the most amazing artists we could find.

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

Art director and designer Kevin Weir uses historical black and white photographs forgotten to time as the basis for his quirky—and slightly disturbing—animated GIFs. His path to online GIF superstardom began when he was in high school. He tells us that “my parents’ boss bought me a copy of Photoshop and I decided I wanted to be some kind of designer.” Having mastered the software, he found himself five years later “making black and white GIFs as a way to occupy myself during the downtime of an internship I had during grad school.” He shared the images on his Tumblr, Flux Machine where they quickly went viral.

Weir makes use of photographs he finds in the Library of Congress online archive, and is deeply drawn to what he calls “unknowable places and persons,” images with little connection to present day that he can use as blank canvas for his weird ideas. Perhaps it’s the nature of his imagination, or maybe a result of the medium’s limited frames of animation to communicate anything too serious, but despite the creepiness factor, it’s hard to not to smile at the absurdity of his ideas.

Weir is now an art director at Droga5 in NYC, he also also animates music videos and sassy birds.

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress gifs black and white animation

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Kinder in einem Feriendorf / Martin Munkacsi / 1929

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes. From a 12-megapixel scan of Rembrandt’s 1660 self-portrait to over 18,000 photos spanning almost two centuries. Here are a few quick gems from the Photography collection, see also: Arms & Armor, Modern and Contemporary Art, and other highlights. (via Kottke)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Daughters of Jerusalem / Julia Margaret Camero / 1865

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Head of Man with Hat and Cigar / Leon Levinstein / 1960

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern / Robert Howlett / 1857

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
A Study, No. 1 / Rudolph Eickemeyer / 1901

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Street Minstrel, Gose / Shinichi Suzuki / 1870s

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Group of Thirteen Decapitated Soldiers / Unknown / 1910

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
Sincerely Yours, Woodrow Wilson / Arthur S. Mole / 1918

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white
A Girl, Carmel / Johan Hagemeyer / 1930.           Unidentified Child Picking Nose / Walker Evans / 1930.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography black and white

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Large-scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“All Mine”/ graphite on paper 28″ x 28″ 2011

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“State of Massachusettes” / graphite on paper 48″ x 48″ 2014

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“Wanderer above the sea of fog” (homage to Caspar David Friedrich) / graphite on paper 36″ x 36″ 2013

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“Betrayal” / graphite on paper 48″ x 48″ 2012

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“State of Alaska” / graphite on paper 36″ x 36″ 2014

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“State of Nevada” / graphite on paper 48″ x 48″ 2014

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“Lovers Film Proposal” / graphite on paper 24″ diameter 2013

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“Early Warning System” / graphite on paper 48″ x 48″ 2013

Large scale Graphite Drawings of Surreal Adventures, Dreamers, and Heroes by Ethan Murrow surreal drawing black and white
“The Old Aristocratic Colors Break Through” / graphite on paper 48″ x 48″ 2013

Heavily influenced by both film and photography, artist Ethan Murrow creates grandiose theatrical narratives manifested as large-scale graphite drawings. The artworks are populated with adventurers, inventors and dreamers, in what Winston Wachter gallery calls “characters as outrageous innovators and absurd explorers capturing a sense of adventure, satire, fun and defeat.” Murrow’s latest works involve a series of drawings set in different American states for his show State Flag currently at Winston Wachter in New York through May 2014. You can see much more of his work here and on his website. (via Illusion)

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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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High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X-Rays of the Human Brain

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X Rays of the Human Brain high speed fire brains black and white

The plume from an exploding bomb. Black and white flowers. X-Rays of a human brain cortex. These all seem like valid guesses when looking at this new series of photos by Fabian Oefner (previously here, here, here), but the truth is more amazing: it’s fire. To create the photos Oefner added a few drops of alcohol into a large glass vessel and waited for the fumes to fill the void. He then ignited the gas and managed to capture these fleeting images as the fire consumed the interior of the vessel. You can see more plus a brief video here.

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Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

While attending the Setouchi International Art Festival in Japan, photographer Kurt Gledhill snapped some beautiful abstract shots of several artworks on display. My favorite is the top piece, a view from inside an installation by Chiharu Shiota. The 2013 Setouchi Triennale involved 200 individual artworks spread over 12 islands in the Seto sea and lasted 108 days. Spoon and Tamago has a nice recap. All photos courtesy Kurt Gledhill.

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