Serial Cut, a design studio based out of Madrid, worked in collaboration with art director, Bartholot, to create these stunning images for “OFFF Unmasked” — a new art book celebrating the 15th edition of Barcelona’s OFFF festival. The series depicts mysterious figures, each with their own yellow object of unknown significance.
Demiurges, the title of the work, means an “artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe”. So I suppose the figures are some sort of artistic deities. It all comes off rather cultish, but it’s a cult I’d probably like to join.
The Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the desert of Kazakhstan, was the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. It turned 60-years-old earlier this month, and I would say that it’s seen better days. Russian photographer and urban explorer, Ralph Mirebs, gained access to the defunct facility and captured these somber photos of a decaying Soviet space program.
As you can see, there are remnants of two Buran spacecrafts still in the hangar. One of them, OK-1K2, nicknamed Ptichka (Little Bird), was almost ready for spaceflight in 1992, but the program was shutdown right before it was ready for launch.
Todd Baxter, hailing from Chicago, Illinois, is responsible for these dreamy conceptual photographs. Often featuring children in surreal environments, Todd captures a certain intensity with his images. I think his portraits are especially strong… no smiles or laughter to be found here.
Lucia Giacani is a fashion photographer hailing from Milan, Italy. Seen here is an editorial photo shoot for Vogue Italia called “Under My Skin.” I especially appreciate how the model’s glistening red hair matches the animal’s striated muscles.
Stylist: Dinalva Barros
Make-up: Elena Pivetta
Hair stylist: Ana Rodriguez
Manicurist: Rossella Galvani
Model: Kristina Sheiter
Special thanks: Maxwell Goodway
No animals were harmed in the making of these photographs.
We’ve featured Fabian Oefner’s work here on the blog before. He’s a photographer, videographer and a self-proclaimed “curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science.” We can certainly appreciate that sentiment at RobotSpaceBrain. His new collaboration with Ferrari is another wonderful fusion of art and science.
Wind tunnels are often used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects. In the automobile industry, the tunnel can be used to measure the aerodynamic forces and pressure distribution to optimize a car’s design. In this project, Fabian sprays UV paint into the wind tunnel with a black California T Ferrari and captures the scene in it all its glory.
The artwork is certainly commercial, but I appreciate it just the same. After all, artists have to make money too…
Hydrolab Training, I.S.S., Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC], Star City, Zvyozdny gorodok, Russia, 2007.
Class Room, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center [CGS], Kourou, French Guiana, 200
“The Space Project” is an incredible series of photographs by Vincent Fournier, who hails from the little known country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Vincent traveled around the world to capture space training facilities which were left mostly in a state of abandonment. You may have noticed that most countries seem to have shifted their interests away from manned space programs in recent years. After the lunar landing on July 20th, 1969, we just haven’t collectively wanted to exhaust the resources need to journey to Mars and beyond…
These photographs capture some of the beautifully faded glory of space programs around the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Apollo Control Room, John F. Kennedy Space Center [NASA], Florida, U.S.A., 2011.
Ergol #4, S1B clean room, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center [CGS], Kourou, French Guiana, 2011
Space Helmet, Extravehicular Visor Assembly, John F. Kennedy Space Center [NASA], Florida, U.S.A., 2011
Mars Desert Research Station #2 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008
Mars Desert Research Station #1 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008
Plateau de Bure Observatory #3 [IRAM], Grenoble, F 78 French Alps, 2006
There are many more gems from “The Space Project” that you can find at Vincent’s website, here. I think he may be my new favorite photographer. If you are in Amsterdam before October 31st, definitely check it out.