Photographer Yener Torun has an eye for color. While many consider the urban landscape a drab environment, Torun thinks differently. The Turkish photographer, who studied architecture, spends his time wandering the streets of Istanbul to find unique examples of rainbow-hued buildings and prove that urban living can be colorful.
Torun creates his compositions with surgical precision. Each angle is exact and the results are so surreal that they seem plucked from a film. Given the graphic quality of his work, it should come as no surprise that Torun had an interest in design long before he picked up a camera. By merging all of his interests, he’s seen his work progress and his Instagram following explode—he now has nearly 200,000 followers watching his every move.
Now, Torun is stretching himself and moving beyond Istanbul to explore some of Turkey’s other cities. Ankara, Izmir, and Antalya are just some of the other urban settings where Torun has been able to find technicolor architecture. By sharing his work online, he is transforming expectations of Turkey. Focusing on colorful contemporary architecture rather than Turkey’s historical monuments, Torun is providing an often unseen vision of the country.
“It’s possible to find something inspiring in almost every corner of the city,” Torun tells My Modern Met. “You won’t be discovering something pretty every time, but you’ll find something original nonetheless. And even if some of the discoveries are some sort of atrocities, it’s a satisfying feeling to find the best angles to transform them into works of art.”
“I think my work offers an alternative vision of Istanbul—or even Turkey—and helps people to form a more profound perception of it. What I show in my photographs are not very common things and I’m aware that my approach is somewhat idiosyncratic, but these photographs have the shock value to make people realize that there’s a lot more than they know about this city and its dynamics.”
For Torun, each photograph is also a representation of himself, making his work extremely personal. He hopes that through his work, he inspires other creators to take risks and experiment with new projects. As his success shows, you never know what you might find.
Yener Torun is known for his spectacular architectural photos of colorful buildings in Istanbul.
Now he’s begun traveling around Turkey to discover rainbow-colored buildings in different cities across the country.
Through his work, he proves that the urban landscape doesn’t have to be drab.
He’s also showing a whole new side to Turkish cities beyond the historical monuments.
My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Yener Torun.
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Denim jackets have been a wardrobe staple ever since they were popularized by silver screen stars such as James Dean and Steve McQueen in the 1950s. Today’s jean jackets come in a number of different styles and colors, but Colombian textile designer Ana Maria Restrepo (of Amarpo) adds personality to the simple garment by customizing them with colorful embroidery.
Inspired by her Latin American roots, Restrepo’s upcycled garments celebrate the colorful beauty of Colombia’s nature. She uses a combination of embroidery and crochet to hand-stitch colorful florals and other nature-inspired motifs to the shoulders, arms, backs, and fronts of each jacket. Each statement piece is just like a wearable piece of art and allows wearers to show off their unique style.
Love adding personality to your outfits? Check out some of Restrepo’s custom embroidered jackets below and see more of her colorful creations on Instagram.
Textile designer Ana Maria Restrepo artistically adds personality to simple denim jackets by customizing them with colorful embroidery.
Inspired by her Latin American roots, each vivid garment celebrates the beauty of Colombia’s colorful flora.
My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ana Maria Restrepo / Amarpo.
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Photographer Martin Klimas freezes split-second moments in time. Through his compelling series, titled Porcelain Figurines, he captures the exact point at which sculptures of warriors, dragons, and other symbolic figures hit the ground and shatter into countless fragments. But despite their demise, Klimas has photographed them in an ideal state; they are in the midst of becoming pulverized, but they are still in large enough pieces that we can understand what they were before they ultimately meet their fate.
The Porcelain Figurines project is the culmination of Klimas’ fascination with high-speed photography and the visual complexity that results in the breaking of glass and clay. “I began with simple things like wine bottles and coffee cans,” Klimas tells My Modern Met, “and in 2002 I started with this series and was constantly evolving over the years.”
It took the photographer hundreds of dolls, bought from flea markets and eBay, to find figurines that worked the best for his series. Eventually, he discovered that he didn’t have to look far. “ I found the Kung-Fu Figurines at a Chinese Supermarket around the corner. It gives the work a really good turn and I let them fall in pairs to get the intention of a fight between them.”
Aside from the striking visuals that Klimas produces, the broken figurines symbolize time made visible. He is “obsessed” with this notion because it encapsulates the idea into a single image. “To catch something out of the flow of time, to find the perfect moment” he explains, “is what photographers are forever looking for.”
Through high-speed photography, Martin Klimas captures the split second a pair of porcelain figurines break and shatter on the ground.
The perfectly timed images look like earth-shattering battles.
Klimas also captures singular ceramics artistically smashing into thousands of pieces.
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The art of cooking requires many tools, but now you can get at least four of them with just one new product—introducing the Noori V01. What at first looks like a sleek grill is actually a 4-in-1 cooking gadget that seamlessly meets the demands of the rocket stove, BBQ grill, pizza oven, and fire pit.
Noori (which means “my fire, my light”) tries to emphasize the importance of shared food rituals around a communal fire. Fortunately, V01’s compact design makes doing so extremely easy. The V01 features a bullet-shaped body made of heat-resistant refectory concrete, a stabilizing tripod, and three carbon steel wheels so that you can move the V01 from place to place.
The Noori V01’s modular design allows the user to transition from one cooking activity to another in a matter of seconds. Based on the rocket system, the V01 acts as a rocket stove by optimizing fuel combustion from the wood fire made at the base of the body (perfect for pans, casseroles, or other stovetop dishes). To use as a BBQ grill, add wood, charcoal, or a combination of both and place food onto the grill (meat and vegetables are recommended). The Noori V01’s concrete body holds heat for long periods, so you can enhance smoky flavors by closing the lid. Additionally, the Brazilian cooker can reach approximately 750 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you to bake pizzas in only 4 minutes. Plus, when you’re done cooking but feeling a little chilly, you can cleverly use the V01 as a fire pit (with wood or charcoal).
Ready to upgrade your outdoor cooking experience? The Noori V01 is available for purchase starting at $3,200 via their website.
Modern design meets modern demands in the Noori V01—a compact 4-in-1 cooking gadget that works as a rocket stove, BBQ grill, pizza oven, and fire pit.
The Noori V01 can reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you to cook delicious pizzas in a matter of minutes.
All images via Noori.
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Nature’s Lessons in Gender Equality, Gender Diversity, and True Love: The Male Pregnancy of the Seahorse and the Fearless Trans Fish of the Coral Seas
What the weird, wondrous, otherworldly animals of this precious planet can teach us about being better creatures ourselves.
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals,” the great nature writer Henry Beston insisted nearly a century ago. “In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.”
Over the long sweep of evolution, our fellow creatures have developed wondrous forms and faculties far superior to our own — from the strange splendor of the octopus, endowed with Earth’s most alien consciousness, to the olfactory prowess of the dog, capable of accessing layers of reality wholly hidden from us. (“Never say higher or lower,” Darwin scribbled in the margin of a book. “Say more complicated.”) To fathom the worlds of such creatures requires that we “shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place,” as Rachel Carson wrote in the pioneering 1937 essay that first invited the human imagination to consider this precious shared planet from the perspective of non-human creatures.
But in the century since Carson and Beston, some of this world’s most extraordinary animals have been driven to near-extinction, vanishing from the biosphere, vanishing from the dictionary and from children’s imagination. Along with them vanish the voices we shall never hear — voices that can teach us a great deal about being better creatures ourselves.
Welsh illustrator and author Millie Marotta celebrates forty-three of these astounding creatures in A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals (public library) — a collection of short, stunningly illustrated encyclopedic “profiles” of wild and wondrous creatures: miniature dragons of the underworld, desert-dwelling fish, marsupial tree frogs, otters with a hundredfold more hairs in a square inch of fur than you have on your entire head, and the clandestine cousin of the extinct dodo. What emerges is a testament to naturalist Sy Montgomery’s conviction that “our world, and the worlds around and within it, is aflame with shades of brilliance we cannot fathom — and is far more vibrant, far more holy, than we could ever imagine.”
Some of Marotta’s creatures contain in their hard-wired biology subtle allegorical answers to some of our most pressing sociological concerns and aspirations — particularly around gender equality, gender identity, and gender diversity. From the seahorse — one of only three known species, along with the pipefish and the leafy seadragon, in which pregnancy is allotted to the male — we get a lesson in subverting traditional gender roles not only in child-rearing but in child-bearing, as well as a stubborn defense of true love (or what we might have to begin calling, nowadays, monoamory), almost at the price of survival. Marotta writes:
Many species of seahorse remain faithful to their mates throughout the breeding season, greeting each other each day in a courtship dance. Other pairs remain monogamous their entire lives, among them the tiger tail seahorse, so named for its distinctive stripy tail.
When breeding, the female deposits her eggs into the male’s brood pouch, found toward the bottom of his belly. He fertilizes them in his pouch, then keeps them there, safe and nourished, as they develop. After two to three weeks, hundreds of miniature, perfectly formed tiger tail seahorses burst out into the water. The babies, only 1 cm long, are immediately independent of their parents and drift away, at the mercy of the ocean currents.
Seahorses are rather inept at swimming, so when it comes to hunting they rely on stealth and disguise. Anchoring themselves to a piece of coral, and changing color to camouflage themselves from both predators and prey, they wait, toothless snout at the ready, to hoover up tasty brine shrimp as they drift by.
From the corpulent, fearless, luscious-lipped humphead wrasse of the Indo-Pacific coral seas — nature’s Orlando — we receive the ultimate affirmation of the transgender identity as a thoroughly natural mode of being.
Among the coral reefs of the Red Sea, a young female humphead wrasse leaves her deep — water cave to feed. She hoovers up vast quantities of mollusks, crabs, lobsters, sea cucumbers… but she is also one of a few species that will tuck into the toxic crown-of-thorns starfish. This starfish eats growing corals, so in eating them the humphead wrasse is preserving her own habitat, which is already damaged by fishing methods involving dynamite and cyanide. As she hunts, she must keep an eye out for poachers: As one of the most expensive fish in Southeast Asia, she is vulnerable.
At about seven years old, she is almost ready to mate. By nine she has grown bigger than most females her age, and as she keeps growing her skin changes color, from rusty red orange to a vibrant greenish blue, and she loses her ovaries and develops testes. Incredibly, she changes sex and becomes the dominant male — known as a super male. He is a giant among his species — up to 6 ft long and a colossal 400 lbs in weight. That’s more than two average-sized men. Only the very largest of females have a chance to become super-males and mate — and they will stay male forever.
Complement the lovely Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals with Eve Ensler’s stirring letter to Mother Earth, sparked by the disappearance of 2.9 billion birds, and illustrator Jenni Desmond’s empathic picture-book invitations into the worlds of two other gravely endangered animals — the polar bear and the blue whale — then revisit this lyrical vintage chronicle of a year in the life of the majestic sperm whale and Sy Montgomery on what working with 13 animals taught her about being a good creature.
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A simple bullet point in Eastman Kodak Company’s November 7th Q3 2019 earnings press release brings good news for film shooters everywhere. Kodak’s film business is up 21% year on year in Q3 2019: “Revenues for the Company’s film business grew 21 percent year-over-year for the year to date.” Naturally, the “film business” noted here […]
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Cinematographer Simeon Pratt masterfully uses his skills for capturing motion to produce dramatic still photographs of landscapes around the globe. With muted colors and a moody atmosphere, the aerial images are a visual feast that evoke haunting narratives. This inspiring work gives a unique glimpse of the natural—and sometimes manmade—world, one that can only be viewed from above.
The clean lines of Pratt’s compositions give the perfect balance to the photographs, allowing viewers to drink in the scenery without getting overwhelmed. As a photographer, he places the landscape at the forefront, giving it top billing. So it should come as no surprise that people in Pratt’s photographs are dwarfed by the environment, almost swallowed by the enormity of the landscape. In this way, his photography is a tribute to the beauty of nature and is filled with respect for its power.
It’s clear that Pratt’s work in cinema has translated perfectly into his still photography. Each frame tells a narrative, whether its man versus nature or the impending doom of a looming storm. The artistry of his drone photography allows the viewer to quickly engage with the work and spin a thousand tales about what action awaits if the frame were to come to life.
We had a chance to speak with Pratt about his work in cinema and how it informs his photography, as well as learn more about how he got started with drones. Read on for My Modern Met’s exclusive interview.
What first sparked your interest in photography and cinematography?
I originally wanted to find a job that would allow me the freedom to travel to at least one new country every year. As I began to travel throughout college, I realized that I needed to find a way to capture the beautiful scenes I was seeing on each of my trips.
From there, I began to take more and more photos, trying to discover unique and abstract views of each of the places I visited. While capturing these photos I quickly found that I wanted something that set my work apart from other work captured at the same locations, and I found the easiest way to do this was through stories told in motion.
How does your work in cinematography help your still photography?
I think my work trying to capture the mood and story of a scene in motion has translated to my attempt to tell stories through single photographs. While capturing motion works, I also try to think about each frame as a standalone photo.
When did you first get involved in drone photography and what is so interesting creatively about this type of photography?
I originally got involved in aerial work because of one particular project that needed wide establishing helicopter shots. Obviously, I couldn’t afford this so I settled on the second best thing—a drone. I didn’t capture any aerial photos for the first year as I was focusing on motion work, but I soon found that the freedom of airborne framing and composition allowed me to make everyday objects and locations look startlingly different than what we are used to seeing from the ground.
Your style is very minimalist. What do you try to highlight when thinking about a particular frame or composition?
I like to find a scene that I have seen a million times in real life, and make it look like it was taken in an alternate world. I attempt to make my viewers feel as if the image they are seeing is something that they would only be able to see in their imagination.
What’s the most challenging aspect of aerial photography?
The most challenging aspect of aerial photography is almost always the technical and legal restrictions that inevitably come with flying a very complex machine hundreds of feet in the air. I frequently find that the major limitation to creativity is simply one thing: battery life.
What do you hope people take away from your work?
I hope my work can show people how beautiful, weird, and unexpected our world can be if you search it out.
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It Was Better Tomorrow: Fashion Designer Benjamin Benmoyal Creates Powerful Silhouettes Using Recycled Materials
Hulking silhouettes are enlivened with vibrant multi-colored stripes in futuristic garments by fashion student Benjamin Benmoyal. The fabric for the collection, titled “It Was Better Tomorrow”, was woven on a loom using discarded video and cassette tapes intermingled with recycled yarns and Tencel (a wood pulp-derived fiber).
In an interview with Dezeen, the French-Israeli designer explained that he was feeling pessimistic about the world after his compulsory service as an 18 year old in the Israeli army. “After high school I was completely lost in my life, I failed many things and needed to prove to myself I could do something that would push me, physically and mentally, to the limits,” Benmoyal said.
In enrolling at the renowned art school Central Saint Martins and creating this collection, Benmoyal sought to channel optimistic energy and harken back to the utopian outlook of the 1960’s. He also drew color inspiration from international travels and artists he admires, such as James Turrell. The collection was included in the multi-art show Designing in Turbulent Times this autumn. See more from Benmoyal on Instagram. (via Dezeen)
Saad Moosajee (previously) shows the richness and emotional power that can be found in grey-scale animation with his new music video for Thom Yorke. “Last I heard (…He Was Circling the Drain)” brings Yorke’s single to life in a hazy dystopian world populated by crowds of anonymous figures. Moosajee tells Colossal that the animation is comprised of more than 3,000 individual frames. Using 3-D and 2-D animation techniques, Moosajee and the team layered over the frames, integrating crowd simulation, charcoal washing, fire simulation, and stop motion powder texturing. He partnered with Art Camp, an experimental studio based in Brooklyn, on the project and was the co-director, co-designer, and 3-D animator alongside Zuheng Yin and Jenny Mascia. See more of Moosajee’s recent work on Instagram and tune in to other music videos by Art Camp on Vimeo.
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Thailand is filled with spectacular scenery, but nothing is perhaps as magical as what’s hidden within the Phraya Nakhon Cave. With a location that’s not simple to access, it takes adventurous travelers to make their way to the cave. But, if the visit is timed just right, those who make it will be rewarded with a spectacular vision. As the sun’s rays stream into the cave’s ceiling opening, a stunning pavilion is illuminated with a golden glow.
The Khuha Kharuehat Pavilion was built for King Chulalongkorn’s visit in 1890. Also known as Rama V, he is credited with saving Siam from colonization. As he’s often referred to as “the Great Beloved King,” it’s no wonder that such effort went into making his visit to the cave special. The warm golden rays of sunshine that bathe the pavilion in light are certainly fit for a king, so much so that several other Thai kings later visited Phraya Nakhon.
Located within the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, which is situated in the northern part of the Malay peninsula, it does take some effort to get to it. Curious travelers will want to make their way to the Bang Pu village. From there, it’s possible to either walk 30 minutes up a hill or to take a boat to the Laem Sala beach, which is recommended to conserve energy. Once there, visitors pay an entrance fee to the National Park and have the option of bringing a guide—often a child—with them. It’s here where things get tricky. It’ll take a 1,410-foot climb through the forest to get to the open ceiling of the cave. While it might not seem like much, the steep and uneven climb can be difficult for those not in great shape.
As strenuous as the climb can be, the payoff is worth it. Though the exact time varies from season to season, typically around 10 am or 10:30 am is when the sun’s rays can be expected to pour into the cave. Not only is the red and gold pavilion illuminated, but so is the lush vegetation that grows in the cave. This makes for an incredibly meditative experience that combines the wonders of the natural and man-made world.
Curious to visit this unique site yourself? Many people book half-day tours to Phraya Nakhon from Hua Hin, a beach resort town about 45 minutes away.
Phraya Nakhon Cave is a magical site located on Thailand’s Malay peninsula.
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During the morning hours, sunshine pours through the cave’s opening, illuminating a golden pavilion.
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People in Japan are known for their extreme work culture, but working around the clock is harmful for both the mental and physical health of many employees. The country has even coined its own term for the issue, karoshi, which translates as “death by overwork.” That’s why Microsoft Japan decided to experiment by introducing the Work Life Choice Challenge, giving its 2,300 employees a reduced, 4-day work week (every Friday off) for the entire month of August 2019. This means 3-day weekends, every weekend.
Microsoft’s initiative aimed to promote a healthier work-life balance, but the results showed astounding improvements in many areas of the business. Working fewer hours meant that Microsoft employees were getting more done during the hours they did work—the tech company recorded a 39.9% jump in productivity levels. Employees also took 25.4% fewer days off during the month, and since the office was closed for one more day a week, Microsoft saw a fall in costs too—staff printed 58.7% fewer pages, and used 23.1% less electricity.
The experiment also encouraged capping meeting at 30 minutes and an increase in remote conferences, so employees could work from home. By the end of the trail, 92.1% of Microsoft employees said they preferred the four-day work week. The company is now planning a similar work-life balance scheme this winter, aimed at encouraging greater flexible working.
Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 4-day work weeks boosted employee productivity by almost 40%.
Stock Photos from Volodymyr Kyrylyuk/Shutterstock
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When dining out, there’s an expectation that your order will be correctly served to you. But if you’re going to eat at the Tokyo pop-up called Restaurant of Mistaken Orders, you should rethink your expected outcome. This dining experience is staffed by people living with dementia who may, or may not, get your order right.
The first iteration of Restaurant of Mistaken Orders began in 2017 with a pre-opening event that doubled as training for staff and servers. When a tweet by a patron went viral, there was even more fanfare for the official launch event in September of that year. Since that time, the Restaurant of Mistaken Orders has continued to collaborate with different dining establishments around the city.
With the word “mistaken” in its name, diners approach their meal with the expectation that it might be wrong, but that they’ll still eat something delicious. In a short video about the restaurant, there are about 37% of orders that were wrong, but despite these errors, 99% of customers said they were happy dining there.
Shiro Oguni, the Restaurant of Mistaken Orders producer, hopes that this yields more open-mindedness about dementia. There are 35 million people worldwide who live with this condition, and it’s projected that this number will increase to 115 million by the year 2050. “We want to change society to become more caring and easy-going,” he says in the video. “So dementia or no dementia, we can live together in harmony.”
The pop-up Restaurant of Mistaken Orders has a wait staff of people living with dementia. As a patron, you may or may not get your order right.
But when you relax your expectations, you can see how much fun the wait staff is having, and you’ll eat something delicious either way.
Learn more about the incredible pop-up in the video below:
All images via Restaurant of Mistaken Orders.
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