Holi Festival 2014 – Photography

March 20th, 2014 | Brain

Holi Festival 2014

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival of color and love celebrated at the arrival of spring in India and Nepal. Music, dancing, and explosions of colored powder create these incredible visual landscapes. The celebration starts with a big bonfire, and the next morning, everyone runs around the city with water guns, balloons, and powder painting the city rich with color.

Several groups form impromptu musical parades with drums and other musical instruments. At the end of the day, people dress up and visit with friends and family.

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It’s a wonderful place to capture photos.  I imagine it would ruin your camera, but it’s worth the risk!

-RSB

[via The Big Picture]

Expressive Watercolor Illustrations by Zao Dao

March 17th, 2014 | Brain

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I’m loving these illustrations by Zao Dao, an artist based in Kaiping, China. She wields earth-toned watercolor paint to create these beautiful, Dalí-esque illustrations. I honestly don’t know too much about the artist. I suppose she doesn’t have the biggest presence in the Western world, but maybe that will all change soon.

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You can check out the whole collection at Zao Dao’s facebook site.

-RSB

[via TFIB]

Psychedelic GIFs from Henrique Lima

March 15th, 2014 | Brain

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Henrique Lima is a Brazilian artist who makes some of coolest GIFs on the web. The series titled, Mestre Fungo, is an pure acid trip, and probably not the good kind. Henrique animates flowing tears, bleeding noses, gashed faces, and melting skin in fluorescent colors that seem to jump off the screen.

Mestre Fungo translates to Master Fungus, and I think the name is very fitting!

See many more from the series at the artist’s site.

-RSB

“Chella Ride” by Dog Blood

March 13th, 2014 | Space

“Chella Ride” is a new track from the group, Dog Blood, a musical collaboration between Skrillex and Boyz Noize. The animated music video really caught my eye. It’s an incredible production by the folks over at Golden Wolf. They implemented multiple techniques such as 3d, 2d, cel animation and live action footage to create a gritty, hard-hitting animation style.

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celllayersIf you’re not familiar with it, cel animation is an antique method used by studios before the advent of computer-assisted design. The technique involves drawing on clear plastic sheets (gets its name from “celluloid” sheets) and then laying these images over a static background drawing.

Very old school!

-RSB

Brutal Weapons of the Ukrainian Revolution by Tom Jamieson

March 11th, 2014 | Robot
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A club with nails hammered in at the end. The inscription reads “Ternopil,” which is a city in Western Ukraine. According to the owner, the handle is wrapped in tape after having broken in clashes with the Berkut.

The Ukrainian Revolution began quietly with a collection of relatively calm protests against the government back in November 2013. However, on February 18th, 2014, Euromaiden protesters and police clashed, leading to the deaths of 82 people (13 policemen) and over 1,000 injuries.

Protesters subsequently battled the Ukrainian army and eventually ousted President Yanukovych using a collection of homemade weapons such as clubs, slingshots, and nightsticks. Photographer Tom Jamieson was on the front lines to capture some of these DIY weapons, and the results are pretty striking. Jamieson and his assistant would simply set up a black background cloth and shoot in natural light. The protesters chose their own postures, leading to some very expressive shots.

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According to Jamieson, every protester had a helmet, a balaclava, and a club-like implement of some sort.

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Brutal as these weapons look, they’re basically medieval compared to modern security forces. “It’s literally sticks and stones,” says Jamieson. “As mean and nasty as they look — and of course they’re intentionally made to look that way — it’s nothing in comparison to a gun.”

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“You’d talk to one guy,” says Jamieson. “Asking him, ‘Hey can I photograph this, tell me about this,’ and then one of his friends would start laughing and say, ‘No you don’t want to photograph this, come with me, you want to photograph this instead.’ It was that whole sort of pride thing, like ‘mine’s bigger than yours.’”

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The markings and signs of use on each weapon tell their own stories, usually having to do with bludgeoning a policeman.

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This protester’s helmet is painted with an image of St. Michael, next to the Ukrainian crest.

Each protester simply held their weapons up as the camera prepared to shoot, leading to a unique composition for each shot.

Each protester simply held their weapons up as the camera prepared to shoot, leading to a unique composition for each shot.

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The inscription on this one says it all.

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The inscription reads “Glory to Ukraine.”

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The photos in this series were shot at various places around the occupied zone. Jamieson and his assistant would simply set up a black background cloth and shoot in natural light.

There were more advanced weapons in use by the protesters, while others, apparently including automatic guns, were kept locked away in case the situation escalated into open war.

There were more advanced weapons in use by the protesters, while others, apparently including automatic guns, were kept locked away in case the situation escalated into open war.

Via Wired:

“Every single person without fail had a club or a bat or something like that,” says Jamieson. “You couldn’t help but notice the DIY nature of the whole thing, from the barricades themselves to the totally inadequate body armor that people were wearing, and the weapons as well. It looked like something out of Mad Max, it was crazy.”

I can’t help but admire the resourcefulness of Ukrainian people, but I hope a more peaceful path to resolution is found very soon.

You can find more work from Jamieson at his online portfolio.

-RSB

Geometrical Drawings by Rafael Araujo

March 11th, 2014 | Brain, Robot

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Rafael Araujo is a Venezuelan artist who studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas. The illustrations were completed entirely by hand and each piece takes approximately 100 hours from start to finish! It’s an uncommon display of focus in today’s technology-driven atmosphere.

Via Wired: Before computer-assisted drawing, there were artists like M.C. Escher, who Araujo counts among his biggest influences. “When I first saw M.C. Escher, I was speechless,” he says. “His artwork was so akin to my geometrical taste.”

The calculated style of the work reminds me of the old masters: da Vinci, Botticelli, and Michelangelo.

For more, head to the artist’s gallery.

-RSB

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