Expecting Henry

My brother and sister-in-law took some fun pregnancy photos this weekend with their friend and photographer Angela Dimler. They are quite the photogenic pair and the photos turned out great! I’m very excited to meet little Henry, who is due on Pi Day (3-14): a little nerd in the making. Here are a few of my favorites, and you can view the rest at Angela’s blog.

Extreme Sized Things

As I’ve stated many times before, I’m simply enamored with things that are miniature and those that are oversized. Lately, three artists have caught my eye who deal with extreme proportions.

The first is Carrie M. Becker, who created a Hoarders inspired, Barbie-sized mess. She created amazingly detailed, doll-sized rooms filled to the brim with clutter and garbage. Especially wonderful is the neatly organized “after the intervention” room. Bravo.

The second artist is Jean-Francois Fourtou, who shoots beautifully surreal portraits of seemingly miniature and oversized people. His photos trick the eye and are both deceiving and charming.

And lastly, I’ve fallen in love with the work of Shay Aaaron, who creates impeccable food replicas at the tiniest scale. I still can’t believe he can manage that level of detail from sculpting clay, let alone at that size. He sells his creations as jewelry in his Etsy store, and I must say, I want them all.

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

I absolutely love this blog. Awesome People Hanging Out Together posts photographs of exactly that. My favorites are the unlikely groupings of celebrities and historic icons, making them seem so much more human and real. Better yet, most of the photos feel natural and fun; it’s a neat way to view these people we recognize and love.

Salvador Dali and Walt Disney

Andy Warhol and John Lennon

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson

Chevy Chase and John Belushi

Sonny Bono, Cher, and Twiggy

Back to the Future

I’ve recently been enjoying Young Me Now, a blog that posts photo recreations. I love how it shows the changes over time and also the creativity of the subjects. Then, I discovered Back to the Future, a photo project by artist Irina Werning. I was blown away. She takes the same concept, but adds a level of detail that is so impressive, I can’t stop looking. She not only recreates the pose, expression, and location, but also the exact clothing, lighting, color balance, and natural fading that occurs with older photos. So in love with these. Check out her site www.irinawerning.com to view the rest.

Postcards from Google Maps

I saw these on Apartment Therapy and was in awe. Artist Clement Valla takes images from Google Maps that, when viewed at the right angle, transform landscapes into warped and surreal representations. Valla says:

The images are screenshots from Google Earth with basic color adjustments and cropping. I am collecting these new typologies as a means of conservation–as Google Earth improves its 3D models, its terrain, and its satellite imagery, these strange, surrealist depictions of our built environment and its relation to the natural landscape will disappear in favor of better illusionistic imagery. However, I think these strange mappings of the 2-dimensional and the 3-dimensional provide us with fabulous forms that are purely the result of algorithmic processes and not of human aesthetic decision making. They are artifacts worth preserving.

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