The 2D or Not 2D series isn’t the first time Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov has dabbled in painting his models faces and taking striking portraits of the results. His Weird Beauty series got quite popular, with black and white designs jumping out at you from the faces of his made-up models.
2D or Not 2D, however, is different — and not just because he used color this time. It’s different because the point of each photo is to trick your mind into thinking you’re looking at a two-dimensional painting.
If the idea sounds familiar, that’s because Alexa Meade does something similar using entire scenes. Khokhlov’s series is different though, because it intentionally straddles the line between painting and reality, playing tricks on your mind, whereas Meade intends to fully convince you you’re looking at a painting and not a photograph.
The portraits in 2D or Not 2D sometimes look quite painted, and optical illusions frequently play a role in making you wonder if you’re looking at a two-dimensional object. But the majority of the photos give themselves away on purpose by leaving the models’ eyes open — two pools of reality in an otherwise two dimensional-looking object.
Here’s a look at the whole series:
As with Weird Beauty, Khokhlov teamed up with Valeriya Kutsan, one of the best make-up artists in Russia, to create the designs on the models’ faces. To see more from Khokhlov, head over to our previous coverage of the Weird Beauty series or check out his website by clicking here.
(via Visual News)
Image credits: Photographs by Alexander Khokhlov and used with permission.
"Haphazard urinal usage can have devastating consequences." So says a team of physicists at Brigham Young University, who have discovered the best way to pee into a urinal without getting the dreaded splash-back onto the floor or, worse, your clothes or yourself.
The team set up a water tank and nozzles to mimic the way urine leaves the human body and filmed the action with high-speed cameras. They also set up a second tank to mimic sitting on a toilet rather than standing at a urinal.
In their analysis, the researchers determined that if men sit on a toilet rather than stand at a urinal, they'll have the least amount of splash-back. If you have to use a urinal, Phys.org reports:
Men should stand as close to the urinal as possible... Also helpful is directing the stream to hit the back of the urinal at a downward angle. That creates less splash-back and the drops that do bounce, head downwards into the urinal drain. Conversely, to prevent messing one's trousers (or angering neighbors) they suggest men not spray directly into the urinal or into the pool that forms at the bottom of the urinal, both cause a lot of splash-back.
So remember: get close, aim down. Yay science!
A few years ago, Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich started selling his work through microstock sites, and so he went in search of some interesting subjects to populate his gallery and generate some sales. Interestingly, he found what he was looking for in his own house: his pet fish.
Ever since he was a little boy, Angkatavanich has owned different kinds of fish — everything from goldfish, to guppies, to Siamese fighting fish — and he quickly realized that they made the perfect subjects. “I found that nowadays there are so many different kinds of fish that come in unique shapes, colors and pattern,” he told us over email. “I am fascinated by them, and so I started taking their photo.”
He takes his photos with a D800 and a 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens, most often setting up his strobes directly above the fish tank (although he’ll change the lighting as needed if he wants “a different style and tone.”) The trick, Angkatavanich tells us, is to clean the tank and filter the water as clear as possible.
The final shots make the fish look as if they’re floating in mid-air, rather than swimming around inside the confines of a fish tank:
To see more of Angkatavanich’s photography, head over to his 500px or Facebook page by following the corresponding links. And if you want to browse through his microstock gallery, you can find him on Shutterstock here.
Image credits: Photographs by Visarute Angkatavanich and used with permission.
That’s pretty much it right there.
AdMe.ru собрал наиболее массовые забавы среди хорошо известных старых и набирающих популярность новых трендов в социальной фотографии.
Коты и Бэтмен и по отдельности — два неиссякаемых источника мемов и фотожаб, а вместе — так и вовсе беспроигрышная комбинация. Один молодой человек, осознав этот факт, сделал фотографию с котом на голове и опубликовал ее на на reddit с комментарием в стиле вселенной Бэтмена: «Я возмездие! Я ночь! Я… КЭТМЕН!»
Менее чем за неделю снимок облетел весь интернет и обрел подражателей, коим может стать любой. Все, что вам нужно — это наличие кота, любого устройства с функцией фотографирования и возможность выхода в интернет.
Борода из кота
Нижнюю часть лица котики могут заменить даже лучше, чем верхнюю. Например, они могут быть прекрасной бородой. Первым до этого додумался человек с ником Catasters, разместивший на Tumblr первую котобороду. Стоило ему оригинально сфотографироваться со своим питомцем и выложить фото в интернет, как тут же владельцы котов и кошек по всему миру продолжили это веселое безумство.
Если вдруг у вас нет кота, то собака тоже подойдет.
Экстремальная глажка (Extreme ironing)
Люди берут с собой в труднодоступные места гладильную доску, утюг и несколько предметов одежды. Забравшись на крутую скалу, памятник, спустившись под воду или высадившись на необитаемом острове, они принимаются гладить одежду, которую прихватили с собой. Простым дурачеством это уже не назовешь. Экстремальная глажка — это симбиоз экстремального спорта и перфоманса.
Если вы фанат «Звездных войн», вы наверняка знаете о прославленном Дартом Вейдером удушающем движении, который лег в основу этого фотодурачества. Суть заключается в фотографии, на которой Вы, как бы владея темной силой, поднимаете людей в воздух и душите их.
Багет всему голова, а также электробритва, смычок, оружие и галстук. Западные интернет-пользователи придумали для себя новую забаву — багетинг. Развлечение подразумевает использование французского длинного хлеба вместо бытовых предметов, спортивных снарядов, животных, детей или даже частей тела. Правила простые: нужно заменить вышеперечисленные вещи свежеиспеченным французским багетом, сделать фото и выложить в сети.
Собаки в колготках
Этот безумный фотомем придумали китайцы. Кому-то пришло в голову выложить в интернет снимок своей собаки в колготках, и это оказалось заразно. Идея владельцам домашних животных понравилась и они стали обмениваться изображениями своих четвероногих моделей на сайте Weibo. При этом некоторых собак наряжают не только в разноцветные колготки, но и в кроссовки, и в туфли на шпильке. Выглядит все это довольно безобидно: животные на фотографиях не проявляют беспокойства и недовольства.
Это фотопостановка мощной ударной волны, буквально раскидывающей находящихся рядом людей по всем углам. Фотомем придумали японские школьницы в честь особой атаки из популярной манги и аниме.
Свободное ныряние (Leisure dive)
Новое развлечение изобрела скучающая в Великобритании молодёжь. Любители забавы под названием leisure dive — «свободное ныряние» всего лишь «зависают» над бассейнами с водой. В момент прыжка в воду энтузиасту необходимо принять такую позу, как будто он просто лежит на пляже, уперев руку в бок. В это время специальный оператор должен успеть его сфотографировать. А чтобы хватило времени создать нужную позу, советуют прыгать с вышки или трамплина. Остроумно выглядят фото в одежде, например, деловом костюме. Такой снимок требует особой ловкости как исполнителя, так и фотографа. В случае неудачного кадра, мгновенно повторить трюк не удастся.
Planking (от англ. Plank — доска) был основан британцами Гарри Кларксоном и Кристианом Лэнгдоном в 1997 году. Сегодня планкинг распространился до уровня мирового движения. Массовость придала ему смысл: он стал чем-то средним между дурачеством и перформанс-артом.
У horsmaning (от англ. Horsman — всадник), в отличие от всех остальных видов планкинга, есть культурно-историческое измерение: его породила фотография, сделанная в 1920-х годах. По слухам, в то время тоже было модно так фотографироваться. Другое название хорсменинга — «Всадник без головы». Важное отличие от всех направлений планкинга — для выполнения позы требуется два человека.
Фотомем назван в честь вымышленного вида спорта из книг и фильмов о Гарри Поттере. Нужно сфотографироваться на метлах в прыжке. Даже российские военнослужащие не устояли перед этим массовым дурачеством.
Parents Refe and Susan Tuma aren’t big on Movember, at their house November is reserved for a different tradition: Dinovember. Documented in photos on the project’s Facebook page, the Tumas spend November keeping their kids’ imaginations alive by convincing them that every night, their dinosaur toys come to life and get into all sorts of trouble.
The tradition started last year, and their Facebook page now boasts almost 250K followers who love to see what the dinos got into last night.
At it’s most basic level, Dinovember is a whimsical photo series that makes for a fun way to spend November, but the Tumas are quick to point out that the point of the experiment goes beyond that. As they explain on Medium:
Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.
Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.
Here’s a look at some of what the troublesome dinosaurs have gotten into this and last year:
If you want to get more involved than that, Refe and Susan encourage you to join them! Do what they do, document all of the toys’ antics in photos, and post them to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (set to public) with the hashtag #dinovember.
We realize this isn’t a “pure photography” (see what we did there?) series like most we share. There’s no professional equipment involved or deep artistic meaning behind the photos. It’s just a creative idea, and we would love to see where some of the very capable photographic minds who read PetaPixel could take this. Ready? GO!
(via Laughing Squid)
Image credits: Photographs by Refe and Susan Tuma and used with permission
An inversely curved chair seat, a super stacked fork, an inflatable door handle—these are only a few of the designs that have come out of KK Studios. In a series aptly titled "The Uncomfortable," designer Katerina Kamprani decides to design in a whole new way that some may call plain awkward. The series' intent is pretty straightforward: "The goal is to re-design useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable and maintain the semiotics of the original item," as read on her website.
In July 1968, ethologist John B. Calhoun built a “mouse utopia,” a metal enclosure 9 feet square with unlimited food, water, and nesting material. He introduced four pairs of mice, and within a year they had multiplied to 620. But after that the society began to fall apart — males became aggressive, females began neglecting their young, and the weaker mice were crowded to the center of the pen, where resources were scarce. After 600 days the females stopped reproducing and the males withdrew from them entirely, and by January 1973 the whole colony was dead. Even when the population had returned to its former levels, the mice’s behavior had remained permanently changed.
There were no predators in the mouse universe; the only adversity was confinement itself. Calhoun felt that his experiment held lessons as to the potential dangers of human overpopulation, and he urged his colleagues to study the effects of high population density on human behavior. “Our success in being human has so far derived from our honoring deviance more than tradition,” he said. “Now we must search diligently for those creative deviants from which, alone, will come the conceptualization of an evolutionary designing process. This can assure us an open-ended future toward whose realization we can participate.”
Street artists look at the world like a blank canvas, waiting for them to inject beauty into the streets and walls. Thanks to the talented hands of artists abandoned yard and buildings, and dead-ends turn into true masterpieces. Graffiti is now vandalism-turned-art.
Nobody pays artists for their work, so it’s almost always a passion or a message that drives them to create these amazing sights. No one can tell them what to do and how to paint, and they don’t have to make sure that people will visit their "gallery" or if newspapers will give it enough coverage. It’s purely for personal expression, or to reflect the state of societal, political and social issues today.
Recommended Reading: 50 Absolutely Stunning 3D Street Art (Paintings)
Hence, in this post, I’d like to share with you 20 breathtaking street art paintings that are made in different countries all over the globe. There are more at the artist’s own site or portfolios. Share your thoughts in the comments.
Magenta (t.n.e.g.b.t.a.a.t.p.r.) by NEVERCREW. Seeing this mural, words from one popular song come to my mind, “I’m gonna send him to outer space to find another race”.
Street Art by Steve Locatelli. The criss-crossing pattern does not dim the beauty of this woman’s face, as she watches you from the wall.
Painting by ETAM CRU. The girl in a jam mural is just too awesome to not put in here. This painting is called Moonshine and can be seen on the streets of Richmond, VA, United States.
Street Art by Kobra. This otherwise black and white yet still iconic V-J Day kiss is depicted in vivid colors on a wall in Moscow, Russia.
All eyes on you by iNO 1. This Last Hope painting features realistic baby eyes in pink and blue. It can be found in Athens.
Mural by Natalia Rak. A cross between the realms of art and painting, and reality. Water away, my child. (Thanks Maria.)
Street Painting by A’Shop. One for the Mural Festival in Montreal, Canada – "we wanted to have an old lady to represent the old school graffers that have been graffing here since the seventies and eighties.”
Cupido by TAM CRU. Fore! Love bomb heading your way!
Glasses by Man o Matic. We had one with the eyes of a baby, and here is a very realistic black and white wall painting of one from the older generation. Cool shades!
Graffiti bird by Luis Seven Martins, aka L7m. It almost looks like the little birdie smashed through some portal to another dimension. Look out for this one on the streets of San Paulo.
Graffiti by Rogue-one. This one will definitely make you do a double-take. A caption contest for this image will surely be a fun one.
Street Painting by C215. This unusually colorful girl can be found on the streets of Haiti.
A Fatal Attraction by DesOrdes Creativas. Located in Erminio Rial Park in Spain, this is one mural made of the stuff from a dream (or nightmare) sequence.
Street Painting by DesOrdes Creativas. Is this a prediction that bugs will eventually rule the world one day?
Street Painting by Liqen. This artwork is absolutely surreal, done by Spanish artist Liqen. Imagine seeing this is real life (in fact you can; there is a behind-the-scenes look at the link attached).
RESIGNATION by INTI. It seems like one part of this surreal animal symbolizes night and the other one, day. This mural can be fond in San Miguel, Spain.
Man House by MTO. The legend of Fred ILLE & Gwen VILAINE in Rennes, France. The picture is called “Catch me if you can” and it really looks like he is trying to get someone.
Street Painting by Fin Dac. Fantastic urban piece of art. The girl with tatoos reflects the state of today’s society.
Street Art in France. A mural of a massive scale, this ship looks like it is going places once they finish buidling it.
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We’ve seen photographs of wildlife that run the gamut from cute to ‘Far Side,‘ but it’s important never to forget that wild animals are, after all, wild… and therefore dangerous. One photographer was reminded when he found himself in a tense standoff with a young bull elk on the side of the road.
The altercation happened in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, when a bull elk decided to start the day by starting some trouble with a nearby photographer.
According to the video description, the photographer in question had been keeping a respectful distance when the curious elk took notice and walked up to sniff his camera gear. So far so good. The problem started when the elk became more aggressive, lowering his antlers and full-on headbutting the poor photog.
The photographer who shot the video later emailed the photographer in the video to ask why he decided to sit there for minutes on end while the elk continued to headbutt him. Here’s his response:
My first thoughts were “wow, he’s getting pretty damn close here.” But I’ve been up close before without incident. I hoped being still and passive would see him pass on. When he lowered his antlers to me, I wanted to keep my vitals protected and my head down. I felt that standing up would provoke him more and leave me more vulnerable to goring.
I think that while protecting myself with my head down, having my head down was a signal that I was rutting with him. I was concerned at first, but when he started rearing back and lunging at me later on, I got scared and pissed off. That’s when I wagged my finger at him to cut that s*** out. I was relieved to see the Ranger coming.
So what, if anything, is the lesson here? Probably: be careful and keep your distance. We’re just thankful the Ranger showed up before the elk got any more aggressive, because this could have gotten very ugly very fast.
For his part, the photographer seems to have escaped with his sense of humor intact. At the end of his email, he quipped that, “at least he took me for a buck and not a cow!”
You know you should wash your hands, but for how long and with what kind of soap? While we tend to overcomplicate our personal hygiene nowadays, the answer is pretty simple.
Dr. Carly Stewart, medical expert at Money Crashers, that you should just use whatever soap you've got:
Regular soap is just as effective as antibacterial soap when it comes to the spread of germs. Furthermore, bacteria can become resistant to the antibacterial agents in these products, which can make it more difficult to kills these bugs down the line.
When washing your hands, don't worry too much about the soap at your disposal. Just take the suggested 20 seconds and make sure you scrub all parts of your hands thoroughly.
Painter and street artist Curiot (Favio Martinez) creates vibrant mythical beasts blending human and animal forms while alluding to a number of Mexican traditions including tribal art, the Day of the Dead, and various geometric designs. The Mexico-city based artist grew up in the United States but moved back to Mexico a decade ago. You can see much more of his work on Tumblr or Flickr, and he also had a solo show earlier this year at FFDG in San Francisco. (via BLDGWLF)
If you want a daily dose of creativity and humor, start following the Instagram account (@cintascotch) of art director Javier Pérez. The Ecuador-based artist regularly posts simple and quirky photographs that consist of only a small object and a simple sketch.
Pérez has a knack for seeing the objects as something different in a tiny imaginary world. A cluster of grapes become helium balloons in the hands of a young boy. A flower becomes part of a record player. The cream and cookie of an Oreo are seen as a spinning globe on a stand.
Image credits: Photographs by Javier Pérez
A couple of weekends ago we shared a short Ray-Ban ad that demonstrated the concept of perspective anamorphosis in a sufficiently mind-blowing way. But if you thought that video was impressive, this Honda ad will probably leave you speechless.
The ad takes what Ray-Ban did and expands it in myriad ways. Anamorphic illusions are combined with forced perspective to create several illusions that you swear were done in CGI. The thing is, they weren’t. Everything you see in the ad above is a true blue optical illusion of one sort or another.
Don’t believe us? Here’s the behind the scenes video to prove it:
We don’t know about you, but we thought it was pretty cool that they pulled off that entire ad without using any CGI to make it happen, and the world at large seems to agree. Ads don’t usually get this much traction on YouTube: in 10 days the CR-V ad has accumulated over 1.75 Million views!
Thanks for sending in the tip, Tulio!
Anamorphosis is a technique you’ve probably seen used many times, even if you never knew what it was called. It’s the projection technique that sidewalk artists use to make it seem like their drawings are three-dimensional when viewed from a specific angle.
And if you want a perfect example of this technique in action, look no further than the video above: a commercial for Ray-Ban sunglasses… although you’d never have been able to tell if we hadn’t told you.
Like forced perspective, perspective anamorphosis can be a handy tool photographers should keep up their sleeves for situations where a limited budget might call for an alternative approach to shooting something.
Filmmaker Vashi Nedomansky showed us how forced perspective and a toy humvee helped him stay under budget while shooting a film that hasn’t come out yet, and we could definitely see a situation where using perspective anamorphosis could prove useful in a similar way.
Alternatively, you could just watch the video, ooh and ahh a bit, and get your Saturday off to a mind-bending start. Still, keep this technique in mind. It might just come in handy in a pinch down the road.
Image via National Archives
Say the words "blimp," "dirigible" or "zeppelin" to most folk and they get an instant image of either the Hindenburg or Jimmy Page. While Germany's famously combustible blimp is the enduring picture in most peoples' minds, The Atlantic recently scoured a host of photography archives to compile some stunning shots. A mere excerpt of these visuals will teach you at least one or two things you didn't know about blimps. For instance:
There were nose-based blimp-to-building docking solutions. Here's a shot of British politicians, sometime in the 1920s, boarding a flight out of Cardington, England. I always thought blimps docked only via the undercarriage, which proves I am dirignorant.
Image via Library of Congress
There were experimental aircraft carrier blimps. Here was see a British Royal Navy airship in 1926 and its attendant biplanes that could be deployed mid-air. Below that, a shot of a U.S. Navy blimp doing their own flight test of a similar arrangement.
Image via Deutsches Bundesarchive
[Image via U.S. Navy]