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Paul Octavious

November 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

While traveling in San Francisco recently Paul Octavious (previously) captured these two wonderful shots. Too much fun. More like this, please.




Arno Rafael Minkkinen

October 11, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish photographer who has lived and worked in the United States for the better part of 45 years. His work explores an uncanny juxtaposition between the human body and landscapes, where body parts function as integral parts of trees, rivers, skylines, and rock formations. Many of his photos require extreme physical risk, dangling his body from cliffs, holding his breath underwater, or at times facing his greatest psychological fears. One of his more incredible photos he shot while in school at RISD in the 1970s. It shows him leaping, nude, off a snow-covered hill toward an icy, flowing river. At the precise moment the shutter clicked he managed to contort and conceal his entire upper body behind his right leg and buttock creating what anyone today would assume is a photoshopped image. A barren, torsoless leg sticking out of the winter snow.

Nearly a year ago it struck me that I needed to write a post about him for Colossal, and on his one-page website I discovered a teaser for an upcoming redesign. So I waited. And waited. And at long last the new site is up and I was thrilled to discover Minkkinen has published dozens of his photographs organized into 10 portfolios, practically his life’s work. He also has a lovely 12-step introduction entitled How to Work the Way I Work, that details the methods he uses in his art. My favorite:


Artists who believe they control everything control what they know. Artists who allow outside forces to intervene are like canoes going down rapids. The rocks are there. If you fight them, you fly off the bow. If you allow the current to take you, you can pass through swimmingly. It is a rare gift at every bend.

Minkkinen currently has a solo show at Infocus Gallery in Köln, Germany through October 30.




Vika Palatova

August 25, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A great capture from Moscow-based photographer Vika Palatova.



Design Music

Forest Xylophone

April 3, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A new commercial for NTT Docomo’s Touch Wood SH-08C wooden-encased phone, created by Morihiro Harano of Drill Inc. The video follows a small wooden ball that traverses a sloped xylophone “track”, relying only on the force of gravity to gradually play Bach’s Cantata 147. If only more advertising was this brilliant. (via spoon and tamago)




Josh Sommers: Stereographic Projections

January 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Generally when I encounter stereographic photos they all tend to look the same to me, or it seems like an overused effect applied at will to any image simply to make it “cool”. I genuinely feel that way about tilt-shift photos lately. However when I saw Josh Sommer‘s work today I knew immediately this was something different, something better. There’s a crispness and intensity to these photos, in that they appear to have been planned from the beginning instead of having an effect slapped on afterward. Much, much more over on his Flickr, including some stereographic animations and equirectangular panoramas. (via design boom)




Wingsuit Basejumping by Phoenix Fly

December 26, 2010

Christopher Jobson

A collection of shots from the 2009-2010 basejumping season in Europe using new wingsuit prototypes. These guys balls are so huge I can’t imagine how they possibly stay airborne. Learn more over at Phoenix Fly.




Happy Birthday

December 7, 2010

Christopher Jobson

René Thomas on his 16th birthday. Photo by Fernando Elvira. (via fecal face)