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Art Photography

Weeds and Flowers Recast as Shadowy Subjects in Daniel Shipp’s Dramatic Photographs

July 31, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

In Daniel Shipp's series Botanical Inquiry, the Sydney-based photographer explores how plants and flowers found at the edges of urban infrastructure fit into our modern world. Shipp collects seemingly unremarkable plants and photographs the subjects in built dioramas, an environment that allows him to manipulate the relationship between foreground and background with a controlled precision. Through this process he is able to create dramatic photographs in-camera, shooting digitally but using old visual effects techniques developed for early cinema.

By highlighting botanical specimens we have culturally labeled “weeds,” Shipp attempts to shift the viewer’s perspective on flora that they might walk past each day. He recasts these marginal plants as the subject of each of his photographic stories, showcasing their knack for survival even in the face of pollution and harmful human intervention.

“There are some beautiful ‘weeds’ that we might walk past all the time,” Shipp explains to Colossal. “I knew that if I could present these often unnoticed plants in the right context that there was potential for storytelling. Next time you go for a walk make an effort to look for plants in places you wouldn’t normally—shopping center carparks, service stations etc.”

Shipp further explained that one of the most beautiful colors he has photographed for the series was found on the underside of the foliage of a plant common to industrial parks across Sydney. The hidden purple was one of the most incredible metallic shades he had ever seen, and it had been sneakily surrounding him for the majority of his life.

Shipp was recently announced as the winner of Magnum and LensCulture's 2017 Fine Art Photo Award. You can see more of his photographs on his website and Instagram, and take a behind-the-scenes look at his Botanical Inquiry series in the short video below. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



Illustration

Delicate Botanical Tattoos by Pis Saro

July 25, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Crimea-based tattoo artist Pis Saro (previously) brings plants to life on the surface of her clients’ skin, articulating near photo-realistic images of delicate ferns and flowers that traverse spines and encircle wrists. Collected here are a number of works from the last year, and you can see lots of additional new work on her Instagram.

 

 



Illustration Science

A Neural Network Generates Surprisingly Elegant Images of Dinosaurs Composed of Plants

June 20, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Artist and writer Chris Rodley utilized a deep learning algorithm to create these really lovely illustrations of dinosaurs composed of plants. The images were generated with an online service called DeepArt that lets you upload a “target” image and then apply a visual style to it. For step one he fed the network images of common dinosaurs and then applied the styles of 19th-century fruit engravings and botanical illustrations. The results are a sort of 21st-century artificial intelligence channeling Giuseppe Arcimboldo. You can read a bunch more about all the technical mumbo jumbo over on Sploid. (via Kottke)

 

 



Craft Food

Dragons and Floral Designs Carved from Soap and Melons

May 24, 2017

Christopher Jobson

If you’re up for some impressive carving of soap, melons, and other objects, head on over to the Instagram account of @krasinthusith who transforms the simple materials into amazing winged dragons and floral-inspired sculptures. If you liked this, also check out the work of Gaku.

 

 



Illustration

Colorful Studies of an Artist’s Hands Layered With Flowers and Bees

May 22, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Artist Noel Badges Pugh (previously) creates studies of his own hands mixed with drawings of flowers and bees, adding color to the works with both watercolor and India ink. Pugh often photographs these works with the flowers he has drawn layered on top, allowing the viewer to examine how each is drawn to scale. Bees are also a fairly common subject matter in his pieces, and an interest he calls attention to on his site. You can see the field guide of California bees he illustrated on Amazon, and view more of his watercolor and ink drawings on his Tumblr and Instagram.

 

 



Photography Science

An Elegant Flower Time-Lapse Three Years in the Making

May 9, 2017

Christopher Jobson

As a companion piece to his 2012 short film “Fall,” filmmaker Jamie Scott spent the last three years filming a massive variety of flowers in this seemingly endless parade of buds opening into blooms titled “Spring.” The entire film was shot on a small mini-stage inside the wardrobe of his New York home, and the results are stitched together into this seamless time-lapse. The visuals and music were created in tandem with composer Jim Perkins who received edits and wrote the music accordingly. You can learn more about how it was shot over on Fstoppers.

 

 



Art Craft

Ornate Ceramic Vessels Encased in Porcelain Flowers by Artist Vanessa Hogge

May 2, 2017

Christopher Jobson

London-based artist Vanessa Hogge sculpts vessels and decorative wall objects called wallflowers covered in hundreds of delicate porcelain petals out of her studio in Cockpit Arts Holborn. The one-off pieces are inspired by daisies, chrysanthemums, dahlias, hydrangeas, and daphne and range from smaller pieces she assembles in a few hours to larger vases weeks in the making. You can watch a video of her process below and see more on Instagram. (via The Jealous Curator)

 

 

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