“More Than Human” – Striking Animal Portraits from Tim Flach

August 5th, 2013 | Brain

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Photographer Tim Flach puts the viewer up close and personal with animals in his series titled, “More Than Human.”  The viewpoint is intimate to say the least.

Here’s a quote from the artist:

“The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, is certainly one of degree and not of kind. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention, curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.”

We live in an unbalanced relationship with our animal friends on this planet, relying on them for food, labor, entertainment, and companionship. I often hear vegetarians say that “animals are my friends, and I do not eat my friends!”  Of course, the carnivore trait is ingrained in our history and culture.  I wouldn’t expect lions to stop eating gazelles, but I do think it’s a good idea to at least question our relationship with animals. The more we learn about the brains of animals, the more we realize how similar they are to us. As Tim pointed out, they have consciousness, fear, curiosity, and a host of other emotions we identify as prototypically human.

Seeing the animals photographed in this intimate way destroys the artificial boundary placed between us.

Find more from Tim Flach at his site.

-RSB

Wookies Come to Life! Photography from Mako Miyamoto

July 29th, 2013 | Space

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A Wookie is a 7-foot-tall beast from the Star Wars Universe. They are renowned for their excellent strength, marksmanship, and loyalty.  A few lesser known facts for the curious: they apparently live for several hundred years and possess retractable claws to help them live in the trees — the natural Wookie habitat.

Mako Miyamoto decided to bring these creatures into the present day with this excellent series of photographs.  Of course, these figures are not true representations of Wookies (they should be hairy all over and much taller), but nonetheless, the images are pretty damn cool.

Find a lot more photography at Mako’s site.

-RSB

Haunting Drawings from Eunjung Shin

July 27th, 2013 | Brain

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Abominable creatures, mutilated children, and spooky forests are all part of the nightmarish surrealism created by Korean artist, Eunjung Shin. I really love the dark style of pen & ink.  It works to conceive an appropriately gloomy atmosphere in each of the illustrations.

If you liked these, check out more work at indivisualplay.

-RSB

[via Visual News]

24-hour Time-lapse Music Video from Dan Black

July 24th, 2013 | Space

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Every 16 seconds, for 24 straight hours (11 am to 11 am), a photo was taken to create this incredible time-lapse music video from Dan Black.  The song, titled “Hearts,” is pretty good, but the video is absolutely top-notch!  He stands there for 3 hours before a word is sung!

The planning that went into this was extensive.  Here’s a “Making of” video to give you some details:

I really respect the attention to detail that went into getting the lips synced to the music and to having poster boards printed out for every frame of the cameo featuring Kelis.

For more from Dan Black, check out his site.

-RSB

[via PetaPixel]

Golf Ball Cross-Sections by James Friedman

July 21st, 2013 | Space

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James Friedman is an American photographer who was curious about what the inside of golf balls might look like.  He used 20 different types, and I’m astonished at the diversity he found.  Also, with the black backgrounds, the images could pass for planets in outer space.

From the artist:

“Curiosity led me to cut my collection of golf balls in half to see what the cores looked like. To my surprise, what I found inside inspired me to consider that I could discover, in the unlikeliest of places, elegant formal qualities, unpredictable color schemes and metaphor. Interior Design has moved me to be enthusiastic about abstraction, an exciting corollary to my work as a documentary photographer.Incidentally, I do not play golf.”

See more of James’ work at his site.

-RSB

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