Archive for the 'photography' Category

Portfolio: Filippa Smedhagend Sund’s Innovative Style

August 17, 2007


Wow. The portfolio for make-up artist Filippa Smedhagend Sund features one of the most innovative and stunning interfaces I’ve ever seen. Filippa’s work is showcased in unbelievable gorgeous photos and an incredibly unique interface.

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Using Filippa’s portfolio is as simple as grab-and-pull with your mouse. In an instant you’ll see how engaging and effective it is to interact with photos in this way. The website was designed in Flash by Mocoro, a Berlin-based web design shop. Check them out for other innovative designs.

Filippa 3

Now go and spend some time with Filippa Smedhagend Sund’s work.

– chris


The Business of Photography

July 16, 2007

To help tide you over during our vacation it only seems fair to pass on some interesting blogs. A fairly new blog that I’ve been particularly impressed with is The Business of Photography.

The Business of Photography was started by Ed McCulloch out of frustration at the lack of emphasis put on business in photography programs. His sentiments echo my own frustrations and motivations for the writing the Tropist Weblog. Typically there is little to no time in spent in school on marketing, negotiations and promotion, which in practice turn out to be so important.

McCulloch’s journey is focused on photography, but his experience and advice are applicable to any artist. Start paying attention, McCulloch is just about to release his first major portfolio that will be released Nationwide (in the US).

Make sure to read through the archives for the full experience.

– chris

Portfolio: Now That’s A Train

July 6, 2007

Long Train

Branislav Kropilak is a contemporary photographer who focuses on three major subjects: Garages, Landings and Trains. His portfolio has some of the most vivid images of these subjects that I’ve ever seen.
Kropilak is Prague-based artist, who has an incredible way of turning the mundane into the spectacular. He uses sparkling landscapes, interesting framings and odd times to punctuate his work.
Front Long Train
In particular, I’m a huge fan of his train series. The panoramas he shoots highlight areas and shapes I would never have noticed without his particular framing.

Check out Branislav Kropilak’s portfolio.

Have a great weekend!

– chris

Friday Fun: Light Graffiti

June 29, 2007

Light Painting 1

I was blown away when I came across these light paintings yesterday on Reddit. The concept is pretty simple: take long exposure photos of people moving lights around. It sounds simple enough, but with the right skill intricate drawings can emerge.

Light Painting 2

Light painting has been around for a long time and has been done by more artists than you would expect. Below, a light painting done by Picasso in 1924.


The ‘crew’ creating these intricate works involve many people moving together on one image. The results are breath taking.

Light Painting 3

Light Painting 4

The man behind the work, LICHTFAKTOR, can be found on myspace. You can check out all of his photos in this flickr slideshow. To learn how they did it you can check out their equipment and watch a video of their light painting in action.

– chris

Portfolio: German photographer Martin Klimas likes to destroy things.

June 21, 2007

Klimas Tape

Martin Klimas’ portfolio is full of items in the process of being destroyed, mostly by projectile objects. Klimas has taken the art of high-speed destruction photography into new territory.

One of his most impressive series involves the destruction of porcelain figurines to emote action. I have no idea how he did it, but he’s captured intricate scenes using only still objects.

Klimas Fight

To compliment his work, Klimas has also done an excellent job with the layout and feel of his portfolio. It’s simple, clean and effective. Take notes as there’s something to be learned here.

Klimas Vase


– chris

(via Fubiz)

Killer Little Planets from Daily Dose of Imagery

June 20, 2007

King’s College Circle

Daily Dose of Imagery, the unbelievably good photoblog of Sam Javanrouh, continues to impress me. I’ve covered his blog before, but this morning’s image begs to be talked about.

Javanrouh decided to make today’s photo a little planet done in the style made popular by Seb Przd of Flickr fame. Javanrouh choose King’s College Circle at the University of Toronto as the subject for his first public “little planet.”

It’s a great photo to compliment such an interesting concept. It doesn’t have the eye-popping colors I’m used to with Javanrouh’s work (example below) but given the response he’s already getting from the community I’m sure there will be more little planets to come.

Blue Bike Tiles

Go to Daily Dose of Imagery to get lost in a sea of stunning work.

– chris

What would a city look like with no ads?

June 19, 2007

São Paulo, Brazil is finding out after years of rampant street advertisements.

Marco 1

On April 1st, 2007 a law went into effect that banned any and all advertisements in the city of São Paulo. São Paulo’s mayor, Gilberto Kassab, proposed the law after being “..fed up with the ‘visual pollution’ caused by the city’s 8,000 billboard sites, many of them erected illegally…”

Marco 2

It’s estimated that US$133 million will be lost in advertising revenue. Naturally, the decision has been controversial and advertising agencies are a little peeved.

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A Brazilian photographer, Tony de Marco, has been documenting the removal of the city’s ads and the billboard graveyard that’s been left behind. His photos are remarkable. At first glance they look like a ghost town, when in reality São Paulo is the world’s forth most populous city.

I wonder what New York would look like with no ads.

Head to Flickr for Tony de Marco’s full set.

– chris

(via Business Week)

Hmm… Those Book Covers Look Similar

June 18, 2007


New Moons

Novelish, a great new blog about creative writing, has put together an insightful post  about the use of stock photography as book covers. After noticing some striking similarities and doing a little research, it was clear that book cover designers were grabbing their material from the same places.

Thorn, Novelish’s writer, has only found a few examples but I’m sure there are many more. I was shocked that fairly high profile books would use stock photography and run the risk of a double-take, but I guess that goes with the territory. You never know where you’re photos will turn up.

I’d love to see a display of all the different uses of one stock photo.  I’m sure it would be enlightening.

Head to Novelish for more creative writing news.

– chris

“Speed Demon” Photography Competition

June 7, 2007


Sprinting greyhound by EcoShow 

Crestock, a creative stock image provider, has been running some really exciting photography competitions. They’ve just recently entered the third round of their current competition, “Speed Demon” and the work of the finalists have entered  is top notch.
Most of the finalists are all working with high-speed photography on their quest to win a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. It appears that the pot of gold was the right size, because the quality of the entries is pretty unbelievable.

My favorite of the bunch are below.


 Snap frozen by rbphoto


Shattered Glass by raniel 

– chris

Portfolio: Will Pearson’s Stunning Panoramas

June 6, 2007

Pearson London

Will Pearson is an incredible photographer specializing in gorgeous panoramas of his hometown, London. Not only is Pearson’s work breathtaking, but there is an enormous amount available for consumption on his site.

Pearson also has one of the most innovative ways of showcase a series of photos I’ve ever seen. For his Rain Project, shot in 2004, he has a series of photos taken in the rain from his front door. He is showcasing the series with an interactive 360 degree Quicktime VR, taken from the inside of his front door. Once in the QTVR, which is a gorgeous shot itself, pan to the floor to see all the photos taken from the same perspective. If you’re having trouble getting the photos to open in a new window, just head here.

Pearson Rain

Clear the next 30 minutes of your day, cause you’ve got some gorgeous photos to appreciate. Will Pearson’s Official Site.

– chris