The Camera Obscura in Modern Times

Photographer Abelardo Morell creates unusual images that literally bring the exterior world to the interior of rooms through the use of an optical device, the camera obscura. He has been taking these “travel” photographs since the early 90’s starting with black and white film moving into color and finally digital photography. He uses this optical device first discovered in the 5th century B.C. to fuse the inside with the outside creating literal yet ethereal images. From Times Square to Florence’s Baptistry, Abelardo has traveled the world documenting these camera obscuras. The camera obscura is created by blocking out all the light in a room…

RGB by Carnovsky

“RGB is a work about the exploration of the surface’s depth.” I was happily Stumbling about design this week when I came across this work by Italian artist/designer duo Carnovsky. At first I thought this was just very colorful wallpaper with finely detailed line drawings. Upon closer inspection I realized the images are printed in CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) and when lit up with filtered light (RGB – Red, Green, Blue) these superimposed images become isolated. Why is that interesting? Visually, there’s a hide-and-seek effect because the filters will isolate certain images while making others disappear entirely. So depending on…

EDWARD WESTON: Clouds, Trees, Water

Artist Feature, vol. 6   Though Weston is mostly known for his still lifes of inanimate objects such as peppers and cabbage leaves, his landscapes explored the same subject of form that guided most of his work. Here, in Clouds, Trees, Water Weston captured the flora and scenery at Point Lobos,CA and the desert landscape of Oceano,CA. If you look closely through his images you’ll note why Edward was a part of the f/64 group (which included legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams). His images often employed the use of deep depth of field allowing for all planes of the images…

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes

This past week at the TED Miami event I heard Edith Widder the marine biologist state that more than 90% of the Earth is ocean. Yet there is still so much we do not know about the oceans and the seemingly infinite variety of creatures that inhabit them. The ocean evokes so many connotations from it’s mighty power and volume to the serene tranquility of it’s vastness. The Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto captured the essence of these waters in his breathtaking meditative series entitled “Seascapes“. ” Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract 

attention―and yet they…

VIK MUNIZ & Wasteland

Artist Feature, vol. 3 If you haven’t yet heard, this Brazilian native turned world-renowned visual artist went to one of the largest dumpsters in the world (Jardim Gramacho outside of Rio de Janeiro) to create portraits of the “catadores”. The catadores are the individuals who work at the site separating recyclable materials from general waste. This 2011 Oscar nominated documentary entitled “Wasteland” shows Vik and his colleagues throughout the course of a year getting to know each of these characters and their lives as he develops an “image” for the project. He decides to depict each of them in a…

ANDREAS GURSKY

Artist Feature, vol. 2 I first learned about the German photographer when a professor of mine suggested I look at his work. He knew I was majoring in architecture and was trying to motivate me towards this genre. I didn’t find it too compelling. I thought it was too restrictive. Then, I saw the beauty in restriction when I observed the seemingly infinite repetition and grand scale of Gursky’s work. Architecture is expressed through space and form. I was trying to devise a method to express this third dimension in a 2d format that would be more than a formal…

ANISH KAPOOR

Artist Feature Vol. 1 Born in Bombay in 1954 the Indian sculptor has lived in London since the early 70’s where he studied at the Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art Design. “Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. He sees his work as being engaged with deep-rooted metaphysical polarities; presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place and the solid and the intangible. Throughout Kapoor’s sculptures his fascination with darkness and light is apparent; the translucent quality of the resin works, the absorbent nature of the pigment, the radiant glow…