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)
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.
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.
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.
These videos by Adam Magyar are one of those things that are difficult to explain verbally, but as soon as you see it, you realize how completely amazing it is. Filmed in Tokyo, New York and Berlin, Magyar positioned himself on trains as they pulled into subway stops, filming the waiting crowds at 50 frames per second using a high speed camera. The resulting footage creates an uncanny feeling as the train is clearly moving quickly through the station, but the people seem to remain motionless. Any of these scenes wouldn’t seem out of place in a Ron Fricke film. To learn more about how Magyar filmed them, head on over to PetaPixel. (via The Fox is Black)
Update: There’s another great piece about Magyar’s work over on Medium.
Photography student Guy Cohen lives and studies in Jerusalem, and travels to locations around Israel and elsewhere in the world to capture some of these great images that toy with aspects of light, shadow, and perspective. Although just 24 years old the emerging talent has been shooting for over 8 years and is currently working on a large project involving the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. You can follow his work on Facebook or 500px and prints are available upon request.
Cohen is one of several artists, designers, and photographers I discovered in my trip last month to Israel courtesy of the team over at Kinetis. I look forward to sharing a few more with you over the next few weeks.
Photographer Massimo Margagnoni explores aspects of nature and climate change through his stark black and white landscape photography. Of my favorites are his long exposure images of waterfalls in Norway and Iceland, many more of which you can see on Flickr. The award-winning Italian photographer has been published in National Geographic and recently published a book of his work, Fotografia dell’essere.