A few things I’ve seen today

Okay, okay the last one I have seen yesterday.

 

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“The Only Limit is your Imagination”

This is how photography manipulation genius Erik Johansson ends his TED talk in which he explains how his fascinating images are created. I am sure some of them you might have come across already.

I have today however discovered the below video in which he explains that all the tools are out there to create realistic looking fantasy-worlds like on his images – all you need is to have imagionation. I wholeheartedly agree. With the technology already available everything in image manipulation is possible. You can be God – or however you want to call it – of your own visual universe. 

But especially after watching this video I would definitely also like to add that you not only need a lot of fantasy but also the willingness and persistence to turn your ideas into reality.

And this – as we probably all know with some form of guilt – is the point where most of us could do with a kick up our backsides.

Erik spends sometimes months from the moment the creative spark hits him until the visualisations of his concepts are finished. His aim is to make everything look as if an actual photograph could have been taken – despite it being sometimes totally un-realistic scenarios.

And that’s for me what makes them so striking. 

Check out his website for all of his other projects: http://alltelleringet.com

 

World’s Longest Photograph: 1km

 

London will soon have the longest photograph in history on display just in time for the 2012 Olympics. It was created by the artist and designer Clare Newton who spent 21 months photographing more than 109.000 people jumping in the air and then seemlessly stitching their portraits to one 1000 m long image.

The photographs were taken across London in shopping malls, parks and other open spaces inviting people from all walks of life to take part.

It will be first exhibited at ExCel Exhibition and conference centre in London Docklands from 1-9 June.

Another great example for a simple idea but executed on such a scale and with so much passion that it becomes something incredibly powerful.

I will defnit check it out.

Official website. www.jump4london.co.uk

 

Clothes Make People

Clothes Make People is the direct translation of the German saying “Kleider machen Leute”. And it’s also the title of Herlinde Koebl‘s photography book. 

I really like her idea to show people what they look like without their uniforms on illustrating how clothes define the perception of humans.

It however reminds me of old photographs of American natives in their beautiful traditional clothes and then showing them in their Western suits after they have been “civilised”. Something that always made me sad.

Replace Face = Ace!

Just discovered this blog called Replace Face, where this guy post these hilarious Photoshop artworks. He says he uses potraits of Russian Generals of the English painter George Dawe and combines them with images of his friends, family and celebrities.

Check it out here: http://replaceface.tumblr.com/

Not perfectly done – but pretty good. Most importantly it made me laugh.