jueves, 27 de febrero de 2014

Incredible Black-And-White Photos Of Elderly Animals Will Break Your Heart by Isa Leshko

Photographer Isa Leshko has created a photography series titled "Elderly Animals," illuminating animals that don't often make it to the aww-inducing Buzzfeed lists. Yet Leshko's project bears a heartbreaking message.
Leshko began photographing elderly animals after her own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The sudden proximity to illness inspired Leshko to confront her own mortality and shed light on other creatures entering the final stages of their lives in the process.

Leshko's subjects range from horses to dogs to chickens to pigs, all captured in different states of delicate dignity. While some animals were raised on factory farms others spent their lives as beloved pets; the differences in upbringing are written on the subjects' fur, bodies and faces. 

To fully grasp her subjects, Leshko makes sure the animals are accustomed to her presence before snapping the shot. "Depending on the animal," she explains in her artist statement, "I may spend an hour or so simply lying on the ground next to the creature before I take a single image. This approach helps the animal acclimate to my presence and it allows me to observe the animal without being focused on picture taking."

The resulting images -- sharp, unwavering, yet soft -- respect the animals rather than appeal to the viewer. "I wanted the images to be unflinching in their detail," Leshko explains in a behind-the-scenes video, featured below. "I didn't want there to be any risk of sentimentality in the work."

Leshko's series challenges viewers to confront an image we're not accustomed to seeing: animals in their final days, wearing the effects of human impact on their flesh -- whether they were raised to be consumed by humans or raised to be loved by humans. But beyond addressing the treatment of animals, Leshko's images extend to depict patterns of human life as well.
"Photographing geriatric animals enables me to immerse myself in my fear of growing old," Leshko writes in her statement. "I have come to realize that these images are self-portraits. Or at the very least, they are manifestations of my fears and hopes about what I will be like when I am old."

See Leshko's beautiful project below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.


martes, 25 de febrero de 2014

Sochi Olympics – Frame by Frame

To celebrate the end of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, New York Times wanted to highlight some performances of athletes by offering a montage of some jumps frame by frame. Great render for understanding the complexity of the technical prowess performed to discover in the article.

Credits: Fubiz

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell

Using self-portrait photographs and watercolors, artist Aliza Razell has been exploring several abstract narratives by merging the two mediums in Photoshop. Her first series, Anesidora , involves the story of Pandora’s Jar (Pandora’s box was actually a jar, a detail misinterpreted in the 1400s), while the second is inspired by the Finnish word ikävä, meaning the feeling of missing someone or something. You can see much more of her work over on Flickr, and you might interested to know Razell is the older sister of young photographer Fiddle Oak, featured here last year.

Credits: Colossal 

lunes, 24 de febrero de 2014

Catching The Light In Asia by Weerapong Chaipuck

Photographer Weerapong Chaipuck described in his pictures Asia. A beautiful and mysterious continent with breathtaking landscapes and deep-rooted traditions. Enjoy traveling through these beautiful photos in the following section.

Credits: Fubiz

Earth by Navid Baraty

Brooklyn-based photographer Navid Baraty left an unfulfilling career in engineering to pursue his photographic passion. He was drawn to photography by its amazing ability to stop time, revealing unexpected details that the eye might otherwise never see. Navid is expanding his work into photojournalism with the desire to accurately portray humanity and shape the way people think about the Earth. His intense curiosity and love of travel has made him determined to explore the world’s most extreme and beautiful environments on every continent.

Navid's work has won numerous awards and has appeared in publications and exhibitions worldwide. His work has also been used in a large-scale installation.

His work has been featured by National Geographic, CNN, The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, CBS New York, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, BMW, Lincoln Motor Company, WNYC, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Photography, Digital Photographer Magazine, Men’s Journal, San Francisco Magazine, Airbnb and Fast Company.

photographs from my continuing travels around the planet

Credits: Behance
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