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In our recent search of all things creative we stumbled upon this photo that immediately played to the fantasy of floating or being carried away. Almost like Mary Poppins but in a more romantic way. Upon further research, we discovered this photo was by Dimitri Markine (blog: http://www.blog.dmitrimarkine.com/) and we became fascinated with the fantasy and comedic elements he incorporates in some of his photos. A couple more are featured below.
Dimitri was first exposed to using a camera when he was only 7 years old. At that age you could often find him playing with his grandfather’s film cameras. In his dynamoc work he mixes his popular photojournalistic style with a twist of traditional and fine art approach, greatly inspired by fashion. Also check out his photos from India, they are breathtaking.
Li Wei, a contemporary artist from Beijing China, has been taking self portraits to new heights… literally!
His gravity defying photos have been mesmerizing the world, capturing impossible looking moments of apparent extreme danger.
You’ll find Wei hanging on in dangerous situations, or crashing head on into sidewalks and cars.
Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and that he works with the help of props such as mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. He then removes the wires and scaffolding with Photoshop to create these seemingly impossible photos.
“My artistic language is universal and deals with themes about contemporary politics and society using symbols understood by everyone in every part of the world. I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art…”
The sampling of photos below are sure to catch your attention and make you look twice!
Li Wei’s website: http://www.liweiart.com/
Does this photo not make you want to catch a wave?
Clark Little was born in Napa, California in 1968. Two years later, a move to the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii) dramatically changed his future. In the 80’s and 90’s he made his name as a pioneer of surfing at the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Clark had a unique talent for taking off on hopeless closeout shorebreak waves and surviving in one piece.
In 2007, Clark discovered his ability and passion to capture the extraordinary beauty of the shorebreak when his wife asked him for a picture of the ocean to decorate a bedroom wall. With the confidence of an experienced surfer, Clark jumped in the ocean, and started snapping away, recording the beauty and power of Hawaiian waves. “Clark’s view” is a unique and often dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out, captured in photos for all to enjoy from the safety of dry land.
With several camera upgrades, new underwater housings and a compulsion to get that better shot, photography has become his career and the ocean has become his office.
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We recently had the opportunity to work with Kenton Dunson on his debut CD, The Kenton Dunson Progressions. Kenton’s music is very fresh, with unique beats and intriguing lyrics. His style of music blends R&B, with a side of hip hop and a taste of jazz. When you hear his music you can instantly tell that he has a plethora of influences to create the unique sound that is his own. For his CD, we agreed that a clean, straight forward design was the best approach, where his personality and character could really shine through.
Our first consultation with Kenton was at the Sound Garden, Baltimore’s best new and used CD store. CD designs are very visual, so we both thought it was best to go somewhere where we could walk the isles and get a sense for the types of designs that he liked. Kenton had a vision of how he wanted his CD to look, and we were happy about that. After that meeting we got to work on producing a CD design for The Kenton Dunson Progressions.
A professional photographer was hired to visually capture his style. Then we cropped those dynamic images in a way that would be most impactful. Our favorite part of this CD is when you open the case (pictured below) and you see the smooth warm colors of the guitar mixed with the disposition of cool grays and blues in the wall, complimented by a high contrast, weathered wood background on the opposing panel and a minimalist CD label design in jet black. It was poetic. When we presented the final design to Kenton, he was blown away.
Kenton also wanted to spread the word about his new CD and his unique style of music. When you are a new anything (artist, business, etc) breaking into a new scene or industry, it’s important to get that first impression just right. We thought it was also important to make people look twice at Kenton Dunson and inquire more about what he does. So, we immediately asked him to give us his signature. We scanned it in, and created a business card that makes you instantly say “oh wow, what’s that?” Keep it clean. Keep it simple. Keep it classy, and then see what develops.
Kenton Dunson will be performing at the 8×10 in Baltimore (Federal Hill) on June 3rd for his release party. You can learn more about Kenton Dunson and listen to his CD by visiting his website, http://www.kentondunson.com. You might also be wondering about the amazing photography used throughout this project. The photos were taken by photographer Sean Scheidt, and you can check out his work here: http://www.seanscheidt.com.
We love finding inspiration in the most unique places. Recently, while meandering through a bookstore, we stumbled upon the memoir Double Take by Kevin Michael Connolly. Between the hardcover and within the stiff pages detail the story of his life and how he came about his personal photography project, The Rolling Exhibition, which has gained international acclaim.
Kevin Connolly was born in Helena, Montana in August of 1985. Born without legs, Kevin was otherwise a healthy baby and grew up like any other Montana kid; getting dirty, running in the woods, and getting dirty some more.
In the way developments tend to snowball, Kevin began skateboarding and taking photographs for the first time in 2005. His first taste of living abroad came in 2006 when he left to study in New Zealand for one year. It was on the return home – skating down a backstreet in Vienna – that Kevin took his first prototype photo for what was to become The Rolling Exhibition.
Funded by a second-place finish in the 2006 Winter X Games, Kevin took a skateboard and backpack on a tour around the world to more than seventeen countries including Malaysia, Japan, Ukraine and China. Along the way he captured over 33,000 photographs of people staring at him. The Rolling Exhibition has garnered media attention and has been featured at museums and galleries around the world.
Kevin captured a common expression that transcended across border lines and bodies of water, and that didn’t get lost in translation amongst various languages and cultures. It was through his experiences of capturing the images that make up The Rolling Exhibition that he was able to gain a deeper understanding around the human nature of curiosity and concern, as well as strengthen the core of who he is as a person.
Below are some of the images from The Rolling Exhibition. All images are copyright Kevin Michael Connolly.
More about Kevin and The Rolling Exhibition:
To learn more about Kevin, check out his website Kevin Michael Connolly
To purchase the book Double Take, visit its page on Amazon.
You can also visit The Rolling Exhibition website to see more photos.
And of course, Kevin is on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.