Lately, reader submissions have been flooding in, and it’s an exciting way for us to discover new artists. This was one of them, and we jumped at the chance to publish this incredible series “Parkour Motion” by NYC-based photographer Ben Franke.
It’s a fresh year, it’s time for some fresh lingerie, and we can’t help but crush on the soft, silky look of Ari Dein‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. There’s definitely a place in every girl’s closet for more feminine, not so tight and busty intimates, though don’t be fooled. The pieces are masterfully tailored (and hand-crafted in Manhattan) with hand-sewn ribbon detailing, and they feel oh-so glamorous on.
New York City based editorial and advertising photographer Bela Borsodi never ceases to amaze with his brilliant and often sexually driven images. This series titled “Unconscious Affair” fuses real-life models with hand-illustrated fashion statements, kind of making you wonder what’s going on in his head. It’s the stuff of dreams, right?
We’ve been working collaboratively a lot with White Walls SF, because the gallery focuses heavily on street artists, and as you probably already know, we love ourselves some street art. Artist Chad Hasegawa is no exception. I noticed his work about a year ago when I first saw his piece “Mother Market” on 6th & Market, painted on the roll-down of the Luggage Store Gallery. I literally stared at the bear from across the street – with his jaws wide and teeth rearing – and it appeared almost as if passers-by got swallowed from the sidewalk to forever disappear into the abyss of the bear, literally.
San Francisco-based artist Erik Otto has been at it for a while, and it seems with a lot of hard work, the stars have aligned for him and his career this year. Otto works with all kinds of materials, his style is quite versatile, and he feeds heavily on his creative juices and drive to guide him as an artist. He’s been hired for private commissions as well as big city public projects, and he soon jets off for Pow Wow Hawaii 2013 to hang and paint with some of the worlds’ biggest muralists.
Unfortunately for the modern Boho shutterbug, most camera accessories feel devastatingly boring… Until now! Introducing Great State Strap Co., a new company you’ll love for their rugged leather camera straps designed by photographers and handmade by leather workers in Portland, with a look reminiscent of the 1960′s saddle bags. You can be sure to amp up your style!
There’s nothing more romantic than going on a picnic with your main squeeze, finding that perfect spot to cuddle and drink wine. The thought of it seems almost like a dream sometimes in our fast-paced lifestyles, but it really is important for a relationship to unplug, tune-out and smell the flowers.
Remember all of the negatives you had back in the day? Digital cameras only took over the photo industry in the last ten years or so, but it seems like eons, right? If you haven’t archived your old film (which most people haven’t), here’s a reason to revisit the best of your negatives, and probably a few long-lost memories… The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner was created to instantly and easily scan, edit and share 35mm film.
It scans directly to your Smartphone with a direct light panel that illuminates your developed film, and works with most color, slide or black & white 35mm film. It’s an analog photographers dream – no wonder the Kickstarter Project is more than 200% funded! I want one!
I’ve been kind of obsessed with animals in art, especially street art, and when I found São Paulo street artist Zéh Palito, a.k.a. Danilo Omwisye, it was the perfect match for my curatorial mind. The wildly creative and colorful representations of animals, paired with various shapes and forms radiate a spiritual energy, bringing nature’s finest to neighborhoods all over the world. Have a look:
The anaglyph – or 3D image in photography – is not something new. In fact, the method has been in existence since the 1850s (though it’s a little easier to execute these days with Photoshop.) In a series titled “Mimicry,” Slovenian artist Matjaž Tančič has added a fun twist to fashion photography with this eye-catching effect, which cleverly accentuates the stark contrast of the city and the country, both with the style and poses of the models.
Helmut Newton crossed my mind when I first saw Kostis Fokas‘ editorial work, from the focus on the female form to the “shock” factor that he works into his captures. The exclusion of the face and on-camera flash also makes the work a bit jarring, but I’m loving the edgy, sexually charged statement he’s making. Have a look:
Just in time for the holidaze, London-based artist and designer Ryan Todd has created a platform for designers to showcase festive animated gifs, aptly titled Christmas Gif(t)s, though on the site, the “t” is crossed out. Some of the world’s best designers, illustrators and directors have jumped on board, culminating into a growing online gallery of thought-provoking, comical holiday animated gifs. We just can’t get enough. Think you can make the cut? There’s a link on the site to submit your own design, so get crackin’ because Santa Claus is coming to town!
We recently posted a sexy summer exclusive by photographer Magdalena Wosinska about Swedish band Graveyard, and now she’s back with another sultry rock n’roll lookbook for Solestruck. We’re loving the free spirited take on the brand, from her desert-romping, gun-shooting shots to the life in the fast lane on a motorcycle. It’s the look of love, right? Oh and – rad shoes!
Bela Borsodi is well known for his creative editorial and advertising work, with a focus mainly on telling stories with still life photography. So this series, titled “Skin Flicker,” feels a bit out of his comfort zone – but we love it just the same. He’s painted nude females in heels with light in various erotic positions, creating dramatic images that look almost like paintings.
Artist Adam Caldwell leaned heavily on his passion for philosophy when storyboarding his latest body of work “Empty Room” for Shooting Gallery. The paintings address the concept of “Cartesian Dualism” and its impact on Western society. What the hell is that, you ask? Yeah me too. But a studio visit and conversation with the über intelligent artist helped me to understand the visual decisions in his work, as well as how philosophy has shaped him as a creator.
Polish artist Przemek Blejzyk – a.k.a. Sainer – amazes with his colorful, whimsical figures, which he paints both on canvasses and the streets. There’s a darker edge to his style – you’ll notice that none of his characters look at you – or their faces are hidden in some way, almost as if they are masking their sadness…