Cinemagraphs: gifs for fashion

23 Sep

Cinemagraph is a site founded by photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, dedicated to their animated gifs. Apparently, over the last months, more artists have been making their own fashion-related gifs or cinemagraphs. Not a bad idea, since those sleek, aesthetic gifs do add a nice twist to the usual glossy fashion photography. Not to mention that these could easily be incorporated on the pages of the fashion websites or online magazines.
The Fashion Editorial pictures on Cinemagraph have this eery feel to them and make up their own pretty universe, but make sure to go through the rest of the  site for more beautiful animated photography. Some of my favorite bits below.

(via The Creators Project)

Space Invaders in Sao Paulo

21 Sep

Space Invaders are now truly an international phenomenon as they have reached the Southern American continent. Sao Paulo saw the pixelated creatures infiltrate their graffiti-covered walls in July 2011. Incidentally, graffiti in Sao Paulo (called Pixaçaos) is very distinctive and has its own characteristic style. Invader chose to scout the many old tiles shops around the city in search for material, used later to make up the creatures. A very smart move that placed the space invaders a bit closer to the local culture. The invasion was followed by an exhibition in the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo. Go here for more.

Beautiful Beatles prints by Oliver Barrett

17 Sep

Designer and illustrator Oliver Barrett has created these four posters for the Charting The Beatles project. The site of the project features some very interesting and complex information graphics that are really worth checking (here), but I was drawn to the simplicity and beautiful colors of Barrett’s prints. The delicate and very well crafted illustrations show the instruments that each band member played. And I really appreciated the fact that he illustrated some lesser known, not exactly iconic, images of the Fab Four.

“These four illustrations are for the Charting the Beatles project. I chose to create complex portraits of each member from my favorite era of their careers. In addition to the portraits, I depicted each member’s array (or lack of in Ringo’s case) of instruments through vector silhouettes.”

(via Flavorwire)

A Bunch Of Crock: Politicians, Pundits & Minorities

15 Sep

“A Bunch of Crock is an art exhibit about the absurdities of political campaigns and the unfortunate role of minorities. Filtering through various political messages in any election year, the common thread seems to be this: 1) politicians and pundits think the general population is too stupid to tell fact from fiction and 2) promoting fear of minorities is good politics.
Using satire and good old-fashioned profanity, this exhibit attempts to bypass the bullshit and tell the audience what the politicians and pundits actually mean, and how they portray minorities to promote fear and manufacture outrage.”

This extremely smart exhibit was started by Safwat Saleem as a result of frustration with politicians and the current political landscape in the US. However, it’s something that people from all over the world can definitely relate to. It’s straight to the point and done with a lot of wit and humor. Take for example this series of 12 posters: sarcastic and quite scathing, Saleem does not mince his words. And it’s well designed! Make sure to check the whole series here.

Television

Nearly one-in-five (18%) Americans say President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Source: Pew Research Center / What were those 18% doing when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy was on TV 24/7?

Colored People

‘’I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful.’’ – Laura Schlessinger, 63, radio host, announcing her decision to quit her show following complaints over her use of the word “nigger” 11 times during an on-air phone call
Source: Time magazine / And here’s a tweet by Sarah Palin in support of Laura Schlessinger and her vocabulary: “Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”).

Earth

‘’It’s a flat-out lie. I read my Bible. He made this earth for us to utilize.’’ – Norman Dennison, electrician and founder of the Corydon (Indiana) Tea Party, speaking about climate change – ‘’Being a strong Christian, I cannot help but believe the Lord placed a lot of minerals in our country and it’s not there to destroy us.’’ – Lisa Deaton, small business owner and founder of WeThePeopleIndiana.org
Source: New York Times

Tea Party

‘’Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas… it is a part of earth’s life cycle. And yet we are being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living.’’ – Rep. Michele Bachmann on the House floor on Earth Day, 2009
Source: CSPAN / Picking a batshit crazy quote by other Tea Party favorites like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Sharon Angle seemed too easy, so I went with Michele Bachmann. There are many other delusional gems ranging from Tea Partyers believing in “death panels” to people who are convinced that the Obama administration raised taxes for the middle class

Muslims on a Plane

‘’When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb… I get worried. I get nervous.” – Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst
Source: O’Reilly Factor on Fox News / Juan Williams was fired by NPR following these comments. A day later, he was offered a multiyear, $2 million contract by Fox News. Well played, Juan!

Du monde tout autour – Louise Attaque

15 Sep

French band Louise Attaque’s newest song Du monde tout autour (literally translates to people all around) is a really good song  and the video directed by Louis Clichy is just beautiful! Completed in 22 days, the animation has some extremely smooth transitions, and the rough and sketchy illustration style is amazing. It fits perfectly the feel and rhythm of the song, and works very well with the image of Louise Attaque and their musical style. Clichy is currently working on a potential 3D feature of the comic book Astérix with Alexandre Astier, hopefully the end result will be as successful as the video below.

Vintage 80s: Johnny Stiletto’s London photography

13 Sep

This week is published “Vintage 80s: London Street Photography by Johnny Stiletto”. The book features stunning black and white photographs dating from the 80′s, that capture iconic moments and places, as well as funny and violent encounters on the streets of London. It practically documents the city during that era, on a socio-cultural but also on a political level.

“Among the scenes captured are shots of famous people and places: Mick Jagger walking down the street with his manager, and a photo through the window of Granita on Upper Street, Islington, the restaurant where Gordon Brown and Tony Blair made their infamous leadership pact later in the 90s.”

(via Creative Review)

Granita, Islington

 

Mick Jagger and his manager, Prince Rupert von Lowenstein

 

Al Capone's car outside Sotheby's, Bond Street

 

Video to watch: Sheeped Away

12 Sep

This short animation tells the story of a man trying to save his sheep from being abducted by a UFO. It is done by Junaid Chundrigar and showcases a very sweet illustration style and some amazing color work. Chundrigar explains the main goal of that cartoon:

“The whole point of making “Sheeped Away” was to make a tribute of sorts, to the old American cartoons I grew up with. They were not necessarily made for children but neither were they unwatchable for them. I wanted to make something just like that; something for both adults and kids. And adult kids like me. “

I think he succeeded, the animation is beautiful and really nice to watch. Check it out

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