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Art Illustration

Artist Tobias Gutmann Travels 25,000 Miles With the ‘Face-o-mat,’ A Portable Analog Portrait Booth

November 21, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Since late last year Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann has been traveling the world with his portable analog portrait booth dubbed the Face-o-mat. Customers take a seat in front of a small window, much like a photo booth, and then adjust some levers to determine how their portrait will look: color or black and white, natural or facelift, classical or avant-garde. Then, for a small fee, Gutmann works his illustration magic and creates a strange abstract portrait in less than three minutes.

In the last few months the Face-o-mat traveled some 25,000 miles (40,514km) with stops in Stockholm, Milan, Dar es Salaam, Tokyo and London. Gutmann often repaints the facade of the machine to match the local language, and recently rebuilt the entire machine using MDF (Medium-density fiberboard) to make it more durable. You can follow further Face-o-mat adventures on Facebook and you can see some of the over 700 portraits Gutmann has illustrated over on Tumblr.

 

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Art Photography

Wonderland: A Fantastical Voyage of Remembrance Through Portrait Photography by Kirsty Mitchell

November 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Gaia, The Birth of an End © Kirsty Mitchell

Part tribute, part conceptual photography, part exploration of costume and set design, Wonderland is an ongoing series of portraits by UK photographer Kirsty Mitchell. After the loss of her mother in 2008, Mitchell found herself in need of a creative outlet to grapple with the emptiness that often follows the death of a loved one. To fill the vacuum, Mitchell began to revisit fragments of fairy tales her mother would share with her as a child and decided to use them as a starting point for a series of elaborate portraits that would make use of her background in fashion design and costume making. The resulting images would form a storybook without words, a sort of visual narrative that people might project their own stories onto.

Everything you see in Mitchell’s photos from the costumes to the sets have been sewn, painted, glued, and assembled completely by hand, requiring up to five months of preparation. By the time of each photoshoot, which generally happens in the woodlands around her home, an elaborate scene has been constructed that the photographer says is akin to a miniature movie set, complete with lighting and assistants, let alone her absurdly patient models.

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Gammelyn’s Daughter © Kirsty Mitchell

Gammelyn's Daughter a Waking Dream

Gammelyn’s Daughter a Waking Dream © Kirsty Mitchell

The Ghost Swift

The Ghost Swift © Kirsty Mitchell

The Last Door of Autumn

The Last Door of Autumn © Kirsty Mitchell

The Guidance of Stray Souls

The Guidance of Stray Souls © Kirsty Mitchell

The Faraway Tree

The Faraway Tree © Kirsty Mitchell

The Storyteller

The Storyteller © Kirsty Mitchell

The Queen's Armada

The Queen’s Armada © Kirsty Mitchell

A Floral Birth

A Floral Birth © Kirsty Mitchell

Now five years later the Wonderland project has practically consumed Mitchell’s life. The photos, which total 69 pictures, have gone thoroughly viral around the web and have opened up entirely new avenues in her artistic career. Mitchell has just announced a collaboration with FX Media, who is helping to shoot a full-length documentary about the final 10 photos in the series, including a 5-minute behind-the-scenes clip detailing the preparation for each image, the first of which, Gaia, you can watch above. Mitchell also recently exhibited with Italian Vogue and was made Nikon UK’s Ambassador of Fine Art Photography in July of this year. You can learn more about her work via her website and get info on limited edition prints here.

Lastly, please do not use Mitchell’s Wonderland images on your billboard, t-shirt, coffee mug or shower curtain without her permission. Seriously. She’s an exceptionally kind person to speak with and will be thrilled to hear all about your amazing ideas for her work. All images above courtesy Kirsty Mitchell. (via PetaPixel)

 

 



Art Photography

Surreal Portraits from Oleg Oprisco

November 15, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Kiev-based photographer Oleg Oprisco continues to amaze with his surreal style of conceptual photography that makes use of a muted palette, unexpected props, and mysterious figures to paint images from a strange, dreamlike world. You can see more of his most recent work over on Behance.

 

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Art Illustration

Headsongs: Graphite Portraits Morph into Landscapes

November 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Austria-based artist Stefan Zsaitsits creates large-scale graphite portraits of truly strange and wonderful characters whose bloated faces often transform into unexpected landscapes. Some of the artists earlier portraits from 2010-11 (not shown here) were collected into a book called Headsongs. See much more in his drawing and painting portfolios. If you liked this, also check out the work of Pat Perry.

 

 



Photography

Just the Two of Us: Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts in their Homes by Klaus Pichler

November 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

We’re less than a day past October 31st and it would be reasonable to assume the people depicted in these portraits are wearing Halloween costumes, but they’re not. In his ongoing series of portraits titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life. Via his artist statement:

Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.

While the costumes are incredible, terrifying, and laughable, it’s the strange juxtaposition of ordinary home life and the unknown identities of each individual that create such great images. See much more here. All images courtesy Klaus Pichler. (via Beautiful/Decay)

 

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Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

 

 



Photography

Switcheroo: Quirky Portraits of Couples Swapping Clothes by Hana Pesut

October 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Amy & Joe

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Cody & Molly

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Daruma & Toko

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Elliot & Reya

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Genta & Kurara

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Hugues & Lykke

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Jackie & Mayumi

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Janis & Ken

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Javan & Brenna

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Sammy & Maggie

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Sheldon & Brittney

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Yo & Reina

Switcheroo is an ongoing portrait project by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut where fashionably dressed couples are asked to swap clothing for a pair of portraits sent against an identical backdrop. While the premise is pretty simple, the results are often highly amusing because of all the subtle details and unusual juxtapositions. Giant feet crammed into tiny high heeled shoes, the seemingly nervous faces of cross-dressing in public, or even the genuine grins of subjects who clearly enjoy the project as much as the photographer.

The portraits shown here are among the most recent from a trip to Japan, and you can see many more on her Tumblr. Pesut also gathered many of the best portraits into a book. (via My Modern Met)