The Robot Book is the latest creation from Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Thomas Jackson (previously). It’s actually the culmination of a larger photo project he completed last year which follows dreamlike story of a lone robot in a post-apocalyptic future, carrying on the day-to-day menial tasks of life. The book is constructed from sheet metal, salvaged wood, and is embedded with an antenna (!) and other electrical components. It contains 24 giclée-printed photographs and 7 giclée-printed illustrations by Jackson.
When I began this project three years ago, I didn’t know I was making a book. The plan was to create a series of staged photographs addressing a set of themes that interested me, among them our culture’s obsession with hard work and our less-than-harmonious relationship with the natural world. Composed in narrative form, in the manner of a medieval tapestry or altarpiece, the pictures would tell the story of a solitary robot’s last days in a post-apocalyptic place. But when I completed the images in late 2010, the project felt unfinished. The story seemed to need one last narrative twist. The answer, I came to realize, was a book. A book that was itself an artifact from the world I’d created in the pictures. A combination of organic, manufactured and mechanical components, it would be the sort of thing the robot himself might have made. The result is a mixed media mash-up that’s part sculpture, part graphic novel, part photo book and part gadget—an inscrutable relic long lost in an apocryphal future.
If you’re interested in obtaining a copy (a limited edition of 11) you can contact the artist directly via his web site.
A collection of photographs by Takayuki Nakazawa and Hiroshi Manaka, the founding members of NAM, a collective of artists including photographers, graphic designers, makeup artists and others. The photos are created without the use of digital effects, instead relying on complex webs of filament, clever shifts in perspective, and other low-budget techniques. Truly mesmerizing and dreamlike imagery. NAM’s first public exhibition, A Fantasy in Life, opens at Public/Image.3D on February 25th. (via spoon and tamago)
Five new photos from Martin Stranka available as high quality prints from 5 Pieces Gallery. (via poster district)
Great first photo of the new year from Paul Octavious. Previously.
Gh0st L1fe is a photographic collaboration by Allison Reilly and Miguel Farias, documenting the countless hours today’s youth spend staring into computer screens.
Having grown up surrounded by constantly changing visuals and instant gratification, today’s youth has become fixated on providing their minds with a steady stream of fast paced media. This need is filled by a plethora of video and computer games, tv shows, and websites such as youTube and Facebook. With this time wasting comes the inevitable stress of getting work done at the last minute, accompanied by the excuses and inability to take responsibility for their actions. In order to express the destructive process of procrastination, we chose to take long exposure photographs (about 15 minutes) of youth participating in activities that are classified as time wasters. The overall effect of these photographs are an eerie representation of what comes of these activities. Ghostly and sub-human, the subject of the photograph seems no longer consciously present, and their face, bathed in the light of the screen on which they are fixated, is irradicated and blown out in a white glow. The photographs are lonely and isolating, creating an environment in which human interaction is obsolete and the environment one chooses to live in is self contained, complete with the use of headphones to even isolate ones ability to hear.
Delightfully surreal photos by Romain Laurent.