Its the Canada Day and Independence Day long weekend in North America (ironically both celebrating an inverse Brexit) and the official kick-off for summer – so I thought that I would try to inspire you to get up early and stay up late by sharing the stories behind a few of my favorite summer photos.
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Composites are awesome, I just love it when a good composite comes together throwing me into an imaginary world. Doing good stills composites is not easy, but when you combine that with video, it looks virtually impossible.
Coldplay’s new Up&Up video is just that. a collection of composites featuring Chris Martin being in all sorts of impossible locations. Sit back and turn the volume up and dive into that imaginary world for your daily dose of
image video manipulation inspiration.
P.S. I am totally not envious of the after effects artists who had to track all those scenes…..
Inspiration, much like emotion, happens to be one of those things we can often get lost within and struggle to recall without the helpful nudge of others around us. The problem with this when it comes to creating new work, is that it relies on you to remain as current or observant as possible in order to find things around you to spring board from.
That approach isn’t exactly a problem per se, I mean hell, who doesn’t find inspiration in the world around them? Be it movies, music, lyrics, sounds, other photographers works, comics etc… there’s truly an endless field to pick your flowers from but sometimes we want to start from a fresh foundation. A new idea, something more unique or off the cuff.
Here’s what I propose in order to get some new ideas off the ground. Write yourself 3 random categories right next to to each other, they can be anything, I’ll go for: Prop, Mood, Colour.
Now write yourself random words that you think of under each category:
[note from the editor: being inspired is often an illusive process, I mean, it was all said and done and all we do now is remix, right? This is especially true in the realm creative arts. What differentiate “heavily inspired” from “blatantly copied”? How much of an image is the idea, and how much of it is the execution? Mitchell Kanashkevich is a travel photographer who has a regular section on his website where he takes the reader behind the scenes of some of his photographs. There is a crazy story connected to the last photo he posted. I asked if I could share it here.]
An image of a warrior native with a bow and arrow is not a new idea. I was inspired by a photo of a Papuan man atop a hill (right) made by a well-known photographer of disappearing cultures Chris Rainier. I’ve probably seen similar images elsewhere too, but, this is the specific photograph that I stuck in my memory. I took an element from his photo – the warrior ready to fire away and appropriated it to my situation with my model Bob from Rah Island in Vanuatu.
Stop motion animation is hardly a new art, but the brand new advertisement PES created for Honda takes the art form to a new level. Instead of trying to deliver a smooth animation, the advert ‘breaks the fourth wall‘ and features the hands making the animation as part of the animation itself.
A short while ago we shared a fascinating video about the power of perspective and how 6 photographers captured the same person, playing changing characters, completely differently.
It was a brilliant experiment, but it left me wanting to see how different photographers would capture the same character or object.
The next video in the series, ‘The Lab – Evolution’, isn’t exactly what I was hoping to see but brings us one step closer as a group of six photographers all receive the same everyday objects and photograph them together.
While the previous video was about perspective, this one is all about creativity and inspiration and they evolves.
Losing her mother to ovarian cancer and being in high risk of getting breast cancer herself, Aniela McGuinness had an appointment to schedule a preventative double mastectomy. Just three days earlier, however, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.
Rather than letting cancer get the best of her, Aniela fought back and used photography and humor to help her get through the rough times.
See how these creative photo shoots helped Aniela go beyond just surviving cancer, and show other women that breast cancer does not have to ruin their life.
Warning: prepare to be smacked straight in the face with a huge dose of inspiration.
New Zealand based astrophotographer Mark Gee (previously, and here) has quite a creative take on the Super Moon we had last week. I mean, we all shot the Super Moon (didn’t we) but Mark documented the shooting of the Super Moon with a few of his photographer friends, taking the whole thing to a new level of Meta.
In order not to miss the actual super moon itself, Mark made the movie one day prior to the Super Moon day, but that had very little impact on how the moon looks like in the movie.
The movie shows a gorgeous shot of the moon rising with several photographers gathering up to photograph the events. It starts with the photographers arriving at the scene, unloading their gear, doing their thing and finally tearing up. This entire 2 minutes scene is happening in front of the most gorgeous moon you’ve ever laid eyes on.
Maja Topčagić has an eye for the beautiful and she knows how to masterfully capture it in her vibrant portraiture work. Just take a moment to peruse through her photography and you’ll be instantly drawn–the Bosnia based photographer clearly has a knack for photographing people. The portraits of redheads are especially captivating with all those faces full of freckles, delicately adorned with flowers.[Read More…]
One of the things I used to hate when perusing my path as a photographer is when I reached a point where I was uninspired to shoot, or I’d reach a point where I’d feel that my best work is behind me and there is nothing new I can do. These creative dry spells used to happen to me from time to time and I know it happens to everyone so I want to share what I personally do to overcome this feeling.