500px has caused some outrage within the community a couple of times over the past year or so. One of the platforms popular users Michal Karcz was recently threatened to get banned because he’s been posting photo manipulations, which is against the website’s policy. All that wouldn’t be strange if 500px itself hasn’t previously featured him on its own blog, praising his skills in digital art.
Swedish photographer Erik Johansson is known for his dreamy, surreal images. It takes him a serious amount of time to create his work, and his latest project Stellantis is no exception. Erik has recently shared a BTS video which shows the journey of this image from a simple sketch to finished work.
Image manipulation has never been easier or more accessible. From professional photo editing software to game-like apps on our phones, there are plenty of options to fake images nowadays. In an attempt to spot and prevent fake images, a group of scientists has suggested a pretty unusual detection method. They want to implement a fake photo detection system directly into cameras.
When you take a selfie, when is it ready to be posted on social media? How much editing does it need before you share it with your followers? British photographer John Rankin Waddell, aka Rankin, explored this in his project Selfie Harm, and he ended up with alarming results.
Rankin photographed fifteen teenagers with barely any makeup and gave the portraits a simple, natural aesthetic. Then he asked boys and girls to edit their own photos until they felt they were social-media ready. The resulting photos were scary and worrying, showing just how dangerous image altering can be for young people’s mental health and self-image.
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.
I don’t know about you, but I love it when I find old photos of my favorite celebrities, and it’s especially interesting if I can compare them side-by-side to the new ones. But Dutch artist Ard Gelinck took this “then and now” comparison to a whole new level. In his project, famous celebrities are photoshopped so it looks like they’re hanging out with their younger selves.
I always tell everybody that with only 30 minutes of practice a day you can become a master at Photoshop, all you need to be is consistent. And I honestly believe that. Most people will probably put more time in than that, I know I did for sure! But as a bare minimum, 30 mins a day would still work.
Karen Alsop and her team behind heART Project have put smiles on sick children’s faces so many times. Two years in a row, they organized The Christmas Wish Project, which brought joy and festive mood to sick children across Australia. But this year, the project has grown much bigger and it has gone global!
The project assembled a team of over 110 photographers and creatives who volunteered to photograph children in 10 cities around the world. The team created magical Christmas portraits for more than 200 children who are spending “the most wonderful time of the year” in hospital.
Before shooting this series, I saw a documentary about how different groceries are made. Big factories with endless assembly lines and hundreds of machines handling the products from start to end. It was quite interesting to watch how the products change their appearance completely from start to finish. An idea was born to create alternative ways of making these same groceries. And when you add just a drop of humanity to it, I think that’s a story.
Groceries are food (really??). They have no persona (you sure??). How do you create a story around them that creates a character to these lifeless pieces of healthy little things? These were thoughts in my head when I opened my refrigerator when brainstorming themes for my upcoming project… so I picked corns, cucumbers, tomatoes etc. and started sketching.