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The Shadowy Skyline of Chicago Towers Over Lake Michigan

October 17, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Last Friday afternoon, photographer Nick Ulivieri was on an aerial photoshoot for a client when the helicopter pilot took a long turn out over Lake Michigan so he could better capture the shadow of the Hancock Center. After reviewing his photos later he quickly realized the exaggerated autumn shadow of the skyline looked fantastic when he flipped the photo. The result is the image you see here. Ulivieri consistently takes some of the best photos of Chicago year-round, aerial or otherwise. Such as this, and this, and this. Well worth a follow.

 

 



Art

New Cityscapes in Motion Painted by Valerio D'Ospina

August 16, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Early Morning in Manhattan, 2014, oil on canvas, 84x55in.

As if viewing cityscapes from the vantage point of a bird swooping through the sky or from the window of a speeding car, Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina (previously) sets the world in motion through quick and expressive brushstrokes. The artist imbues the streets of Italy, New York, and Paris with a bold sense of energy that can appear both exciting or foreboding depending on your perspective. D’Ospina also finds beauty in industrial transportation, specifically oil tankers and old locomotives that lumber into rail yards or sit docked in harbors with a captivating sense of dignity.

D’Ospina trained in Florence and Paris before moving to Philadelphia. You can see more of his work through Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art and Rarity Gallery. He also had a recent solo show titled Transient Glance at Mike Wright Gallery in Denver. (via Design Milk)

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The Corner Building, 2015, oil on panel, 48x25in.

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Rush Hour, 2015, oil on panel, 17x31in.

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Rainy Day in NYC, 2015, oil on canvas, 36x36in.

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Walk in the Shade, 2015, oil on panel, 25x49in.

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Shipyard, 2015, oil on panel, 48x48in.

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Esb in the Evening, 2016, oil on canvas, 45.5x65in.

 

 



Photography

NYC's Central Park Photographed in Infrared by Paolo Pettigiani

May 20, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer and graphic designer Paolo Pettigiani recently took a stroll through New York’s Central Park armed with an infrared lens and took a number of fantastic shots that show the iconic park in a whole new light. The usual green grass and trees are transformed into a bright cotton candy pink which vividly contrasts with the aquamarine sky. The 24-year-old photographer moved to New York from Turin, Italy only two weeks ago and has been busy documenting his views of the city on Instagram. (via Behance, This Isn’t Happiness)

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Art Photography

The Neon Glow of Tokyo and London's Nightlife Captured by Liam Wong

May 13, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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All images via @liamwon9

Art Director Liam Wong spends his days directing the visual identity of video games at Ubisoft, while his nights are spent exploring the neon-splashed streets of his city of Tokyo, and sometimes London. Wong places these images, that seem to mimic the appearance of a video game themselves, on Instagram. Here he has a huge archive that explores how the digital has embedded itself within the cities’ landscapes, meshing reality with flashing LED lights, scrolling messages, and neon signs. You can also see more of Wong’s imagery on his Facebook, and Society6 where you can buy his prints. (via My Modern Met)

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Art

New Oil-Based Cityscapes Set at Dawn and Dusk by Jeremy Mann

April 19, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

"NYC #19, oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches, all images via Jeremy Mann

“NYC #19, oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches, all images via Jeremy Mann

Jeremy Mann (previously here and here) paints cityscapes set during the low-lit moments of the early morning or evening, just when natural light has begun to creep in or fade from a city’s car-lined streets. Using oil paints, Mann applies and wipes away areas of the canvas to recreate these hazy environments, adding layers of paint back on top of the slightly smeared works with more detailed strokes. This layered effects makes the works appear like double exposed images, two scenes gently blurring into one.

Mann’s work will be featured in an upcoming June 3 exhibition at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco which will run through July 9, 2016. You can view more of his cityscapes on his Instagram and Facebook.

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“Market St., Midnight” (2016), oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches

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“The Geary St. Storm” (2016), oil on panel, 48 x 48 inches

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“Cityscape – Composed Form Study 13,” oil on panel, 6 x 6 in.

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“NYC #20,” oil on panel, 48 x 48 inches.

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“NYC #22,” oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches

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“Morning Downpour on Market Street” (2016), oil on panel, 25 x 25 inches

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Photography

Cinematic Photographs of Tokyo at Night by Masashi Wakui

January 21, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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All photos © Masashi Wakui

Tokyo is an infinitely photogenic city. And there’s no shortage of photographers capturing its vibrant landscape. But local resident and photography aficionado Masashi Wakui has a unique, surreal style of capturing Tokyo by night and making it look like an animated still from Akira or a Ghibli film.

Wakui has a penchant for the backstreets of Tokyo, specifically those with plenty of lanterns, streetlights and neon signs that only add to the surreal, cinematic quality of the scene. And those who have spent any number of nights wandering these streets will find Wakui’s photos achingly captivating.

Once the scene is captured Wakui then digitally manipulates the image, giving it a color grading effect that works perfectly with his busy nighttime cityscapes. There are tutorials that have even sprouted up, analyzing the “Masashi Wakui Look,” as its been coined. Wakui himself even points to one, admitting it’s close but not perfect.

You can see many more of Wakui’s photos on Flickr, where he constantly posts new work. (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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