Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

CTA Seeking Artists For New Red Line Project

Friday, September 14th, 2012

We’ve all been warned about the up-and-coming overhaul to some North Side Red Line stations. While this is undeniably annoying, it’s Friday, and we’re looking to share positive news: The CTA is looking for artists to create work for seven stations scheduled for construction. The idea is that these original pieces of artwork will contribute to each station’s identity, while enhancing travel for customers.

The CTA has more than 50 art pieces at 41 stations along the Pink, Red and Brown Lines.

If you’re planning on entering, know that the competition may be stiff. An evaluation committee will select approximately 25 artists based on artistic merit, qualifications and professional recognition of the artists, as well as written statements of interest. Seven of the selected artists will be offered a commission. Application information is available at


X-Ray Art by Nick Veasey

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

We were immediately drawn to photographer Nick Veasey’s fascinating X-ray images. Each piece of work is composed of a complex collage of multiple x-rays, which are layered and compiled to form the finished product.

He says that his inspiration came from his desire to counter the obsession with superficial appearances by using X-rays to expose what lies beneath the surface. He explains that he likes “to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearances by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.”

We would definitely agree that he has a talent for finding a unique raw, inner beauty.

Is that a crater?! Oh, never mind, that’s just the KFC Logo

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

One of the biggest issues marketers come across is maintaining awareness of their brand in the public sphere. If you have a great product, but no one sees it, then you really just have an idea. The normal way for maintaining a brand’s awareness is through promotions and advertisements featured in social media, magazines, billboards and otherwise. But apparently that is getting a little too obvious. Now brands are taking their logos and artwork on putting them on a more global spectrum……literally. Take a look at how some brands have made their advertisements and artwork so large, that you can see them in space:

Subliminal Christmas hint to my mom

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Why Polaroid pictures are amazing

By: Tolu Taiwo

Polaroid pictures were invited in 1948, long before digital cameras were invented, long before computers were popular and I’m pretty sure long before dinosaurs were stomping around the Earth. They come from an instant camera that lets you click, point, shoot, and print (after about a minute or so. And that’s sans glitches). They don’t give you instant gratification like a digital, or like a camera phone that instantly upload your photos to Facebook (God bless you, Android). However, they are very artsy, and when done right, can turn a shot into a really pretty picture.

In the…2010s, photographer Parker Fitzgerald (hopefully in relation to F. Scott Fitzgerald; see “Why ‘The Great Gatsby’ is awesome” essay) took breathtaking Polaroid pictures of different people and things, including, but not limited to: Amanda Seyfried, a girl in a veil and an army guy. By themselves, these things might be lackluster, or at best, slightly interesting. In Polaroid, however, they are great.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Polaroid’s are amazing.

Footnote: If you want to Polaroid yourself, check out the Poladroid Project. 

And sometimes, we need to capture ourselves

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I don’t know if it’s evident by now, given the amount of recent blog posts I’ve written on this subject, but I am a sucker for photographers. Designers and typographers make me happy, and illustrations get me inspired, but when I see a really, well-shot photo, I get a million tiny little goose bumps, similar to when you see someone you love or when you eat Portillo’s chocolate cake.

Sara Norris’ photography gives me that exact feeling. A 2005 graduate from the Brooks Institute of Photography, Norris captures all subjects with a whimsical, double-take feel, be it carnivals, families or the city. Her combination of capturing things at their most vulnerable and beautiful, and her simple-yet-familiar touch with Photoshop makes her work easy on the eyes.

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Her own personal blog is good too, especially with her 365 Day Project she started, where she takes a picture of herself everyday that tells a story about her day. Usually I’m not a big fan of girls taking random pictures of themselves (unless, of course, it’s me), but Norris raises it to an art form, delivering thoughtful, and at times breath-taking, photos.

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She’s taken self-portraits to more than just something you do when you’re bored or looking for attention, and moved it to a tool for self-inspection and life-backtracking. Which sounds like something they totally tell you in therapy, which is fitting: good photographer can be good therapy.

There’s magic in the pencil

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I’ve worked with pencil all my life (standardize tests, crossword puzzle victories, chewing on erasers, etc.) and I’ve even sketched a little with them (and by “sketching” I mean doodling while I’m on the phone), but I’ve never known a pencil to do this:

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This is artwork from T.S. Abe. She sketches portraits of fictional everyday people using pencil art. However, she does it with such precise shading and detail that the pictures look like black-and-white photos. I could say more, but I think it’s best if I follow the philosophy that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and let you look instead

This one is my absolute favorite. How does she get it so that it looks so much like a photo?!

Wow. Just wow.

Photos from everyone

Friday, July 1st, 2011

It goes without saying that teamwork is important in day-to-day interactions. What would happen if the Boston Red Sox didn’t cooperate? If the White House Cabinet refused to work together? If the servers at Jimmy Johns constantly ignored each other? America would crumble, that’s what. Or at the very least, Boston baseball would be shamed, Obama’s power would disintegrate and we’d lose out on the best sandwiches known to man. Life would be sad.

Sometimes in art, it’s easy to try and work solo for the sake of letting your own talent and ideas shine through your own work. However, photo group Grasshopper sees the value of working as a team. Even though one photographer may be hired for an editorial or advertising shoot, all of the photographers help and pitch in with their ideas and experience. And don’t think the combination of artist makes for less-than-stellar pictures; in fact, I think because they work together, the photography is stunning.

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The neat thing about Grasshopper is that even though they work closely together, they don’t lose their personal creativity. If you look at the photos hard enough, you’d be able to pick out everyone’s strengths. Jeremy Kohm specializes in whimsical landscapes and shots of carefree yet offhanded people. John Fiorucci does inanimate objects, animals and happy old people. Angela Lewis captures beautiful girls; Kourosh Keshiri does well-known beautiful girls, famous middle-aged men and products for men. And Aristea Rizakos shoots inanimate objects in homes, as well as a few scenes outside of houses.

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Teamwork without conformity. It’s a slightly strange concept, but Grasshopper has won over ten artistic awards, including the Applied Arts Photography Annual award for four years, so they must be doing something right.