Scrolling through my Instagram recommendations the other day, a strange horse appeared on my timeline. It was made of clothes on a clothing line; it made me smile and made me curious about the artist behind it. And that’s how I discovered Helga Stentzel. She creates fun and quirky images from everyday stuff, turning something we see every day into photos we definitely don’t see every day. Her photos amazed me and amused me, and she kindly shared some of them with DIYP readers.
When you have a vivid imagination, you can turn everyday objects into extraordinary images. This is precisely what Stephan Friedli and Ulrik Martin Larsen (aka PUTPUT) do in their artistic projects. The duo creates clever ambiguous photomontages that will confuse you at first and make you look twice.
There can be a lot of beauty in everyday objects if you have enough imagination. Artist Adam Hillman sees the artistic potential in all sorts of everyday objects. He carefully arranges them into colorful and geometric patterns and takes their photos. This way, they become irresistible artworks, and you may find it hard to stop looking at them.
I admire the artists who can make masterpieces from ordinary, everyday things. German photographer and videographer Roman De Giuli is definitely one of them, and his latest video Materiality just blew me away. With some iron powder, good lighting and a camera, he created a mesmerizing video you’ll want to watch again. And again.
Common, everyday stuff can be magical in photos if we know how and when to look. Photographer Denis Cherim certainly knows to pick a perfect moment or a perfect point of view. In his Coincidence Project, he has captured juxtapositions of everyday objects, and his work shows a different view of the world around us.
I am a big fan of using simple objects or DIYing solutions in my photograph. One thing I always like doing is using a Gobo (photography lingo fo go-between) to make any plain background stand out. Nowadays, I am using a device called the Light Blaster which can act as a dedicated gobo projector, but before I got it, I DIYed my own patterns for the background.
So here are examples of everyday objects I use to create some cool patterns on the background.