The 1930s and 1940s is an era generally seen through the lens of black and white photography. The Library of Congress has launched a publicly available Flickr album of over 1,600 color images taken by photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and Office of War Information (OWI) during the Great Depression and World War II. The images break down the barrier that black and white photography sets and create a relatable connection between subject matter and a contemporary audience.
Miguel Chevalier, a projection artist from France, filled the University of Cambridge’s 16th century King’s College Chapel with a spectacular display of stars, foliage, clouds and university crests for a fundraising benefit. The images changed in real-time based on the content of each speaker. For instance, stars illuminated the chapel during Stephen Hawking’s black hole presentation. A pioneer of digital art, Chevalier intertwines the past and present to create a magical and poetic universe at their convergence.
Source: Visual News
Jun Ong, a Malaysian architect and artist, constructed a 12-pointed star from steel cables and LED lights as part of the 2015 Urban Xchange public art festival. The installation appears to pierce through the concrete of the 4-story parking garage; however, each floor has an independent structural and electrical system. He views the star as a representation of the once bright and thriving industrial town of Butterworth, where the piece is installed.
Source: This is Colassal
Grand Central | Scott Lynch
Geolocating software and a collection of historic New York City photographs are combined in an interactive new app called Deja Vu. Creator E J Kalafarski assigns a geolocation to over 100 historic photos that allows the user to stand at an intersection and view an image of the scene from 100 years ago. NY based photographer Scott Lynch has recreated 15 of those scenes that can be viewed interactively with a slider to show before and after.
Source: NY Curbed
Indonesian graphic designer, Jati Putra, digitally distorts images of landscapes to twist the familiar. A manipulation of geometry allows a realistic photograph to enter a fictional dream state. From a photographic point of view, Putra challenges the possibility of what a simple rotation of an image can accomplish both visually and intellectually. From a representational point of view, the designer expands the potential of the landscape, adding more depth to a typically horizontal plane.
Source: Design Boom
Roland Fischer’s “Facades” appear, at first glance, to be computer generated works of graphic design, but are actually up-close photographs of architecture from around the globe. Through years of travel, Fischer has tuned into the universal attraction to visual pattern. When divorced from a larger architectural context, photography is used as a powerful tool to capture the subtle, abstract details embedded within our built environment.
In order to preserve the historic structure beneath, the now infamous 20-year old “Gum Wall” in Seattle’s Historic Pike Place Market will be removed. A representative from the building maintenance company that has been contracted to perform the work describes it as the “weirdest job [they’ve] ever done.” Utilizing steam, the gum will become loose and fall to the ground in order to facilitate its removal. While it is in the building’s best interest to remove the gum, locals acknowledge that the pristine wall won’t last long and that the gum will return.
Lynn Saville | Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, NY
During the longest days of summer, New York City is never entirely dark. Photographer Lynn Saville utilized the lingering presence of natural light to capture serene, haunting images for her book, Dark City: Urban America at Night. The images depict striking moments of construction, transition, lighted storefronts, and eerie waterways—often still heavily illuminated from the surrounding environment’s reflections.
Source: The New York Times
Thomas Mailaender | Illustrated People
Pushing “alternative processes” into uncharted territory, photographer Thomas Mailaender’s new work utilizes the human body as its canvas. Mailaender places a historic negative directly on the skin of his subject and then projects an intense UV light resulting in a temporary “burn.” Mailaender quickly photographs the burned image before it disappears. His work is published in a volume titled Illustrated People available here.
Tilt-shift photography, also known as miniature-faking or diorama illusion photography, is a technique of manipulating a photograph to make it appear as if it is a miniature scale model. The photographs are taken from a high, angled vantage point and edges are blurred to simulate a shallow depth of field. This technique has gained popularity in the last several years and can be accomplished with a physical tilt lens that can be adjusted to “tilt” horizontally on a camera body or with digital manipulation in Photoshop. Several image filters on social media platforms and websites have also emerged to immediately simulate the affect. In architecture presentations, tilt-shift photographs can be used to more seamlessly relate real life photographs to photographs of models built for representation.
Source: Smashing Magazine
National Geographic photographer, David Littschwager, documented biodiversity in a cubic foot (12″ x 12″) across different environments, such as forests, mountains, coral reefs and fresh water, for his 2012 book A World in One Cubic Foot. During this study, he also investigated the biodiversity in a single drop of water. Magnified 25x, the above photograph includes a colorful eco-system with bacteria, worms, zooplankton, fish eggs, diatoms, and crab larva. The textures, colors, and natural design of these unseen creatures is both startling and spectacular.
Source: Huh Magazine
Sculptor and underwater photographer Jason deCaires Taylor created and submerged “Ocean Atlas”, the world’s largest underwater sculpture, in the Bahamas in 2014 . At 60 tons and 18 feet tall, the sculpture—meant to gradually evolve into an artificial coral reef—is made of a pH neutral cement and was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation. The formation of plant and animal life on the surface of the piece will create a rich, natural texture unlike anything possible above the water’s surface.
Source: Art Net