33 posts tagged Beauty
33 posts tagged Beauty
New York-based photographer Ryan Burke is a master of self-transformation. He spends anywhere from three to eight hours skillfully using makeup, clothing, and creative props to achieve each new appearance. However Ryan rarely plans an outfit in advance. Instead he allows each look to evolve organically. Once he has completed the awesome transformation process, Ryan documents each new manifestation by taking a stunning self-portrait. As you can see from the ten examples above, each new guise is nothing short of jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Mr Burke grew up in Virginia and has spent time living in both Los Angeles and New York. His work has been influenced and shaped by his experiences with artists, drag queens and other colorful people during his travels.
He told the Huffington Post of his photo project, titled ‘Self’: ‘My self-portraits are a documentation of my life. When you spend three to eight hours putting together your face and outfit, an iPhone picture just doesn’t seem like enough.’
Ryan keeps an ongoing public record of his favourite guises, which you can follow right here on Tumblr.
German photographer Markus Reugels finds great meaning in a single drop of water. He uses dye and high-speed photography to capture awesome images of water droplets splashing onto a reflective surface. In order to achieve such beautiful results, Markus developed a painstaking process that requires him to control the shape of the water drop, its reflection, the background, and the lighting.
"Water is the element of life, everyone needs it to live and see it every day. But if anyone has seen the most beautiful forms that can take water? Let me show you pictures that are all made with water and color. With the high-speed photography, it is possible to freeze these millisecond, in such forms exist, in order to present them in unique images."
Visit Markus Reugels’ website to view many more examples of his artwork.
When a Los Angeles-based artist named Adam Tenenbaum acquired a few chandeliers that turned out to be too large for his home, he decided to hang them from the tree outside his house instead. That’s how the beautiful Chandelier Tree began. It’s been growing ever since.
Colin Kennedy is a director who lives down the street from Adam and, after watching the Chandelier Tree develop, finally grew so curious about the project that he contacted Adam and created this short documentary about an awesome tree illuminated by numerous chandeliers and the person who made it happen.
Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates awesome large-scale, kaleidoscopic floor installations using mirrors, crystals, metal, and pieces of brightly coloured glass arranged in intricate and mesmerizing circular patterns.
"The fractal-like arrangements feature ornate and elaborate circles growing exponentially out of each other and vibrant rings of spiraling colors winding into the surface of the floor. They are composed of crystals, chromed metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. A sensory experience, and visually stimulating, the glittering installations play with the architecture of the space — climbing up walls and sweeping across the surfaces — examining the idea of illusion and optical effects."
Based in Eastsound, Wasington, Kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe designs and builds awesome futuristic kinetic sculptures with so much entrancing symmetry and sheen that they look science fiction machines.
Visit Colossal to watch several videos of Howe’s sculptures in motion.
Howe works primarily with stainless steel which he welds to create carefully engineered objects powered by the slightest breeze. Watching the motion of each piece in the videos is totally mesmerizing and it hardly seems possible that such an object could be constructed. Many of his original works are available for sale on his website, and you can see many more videos on his YouTube channel.
Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
It’s time to pay another visit to the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena where we’ll learn about the delicate beauty of Guttation:
Guttation is the exudation of drops of sap (xylem) on the tips or edges of leaves of some vascular plants, such as grasses. Guttation is not to be confused with dew, which condenses from the atmosphere onto the plant surface.
At night, transpiration usually does not occur because most plants have their stomata (pores found in the epidermis of leaves, stems and other organs that are used to control gas exchange) closed.
When there is a high soil moisture level, water will enter plant roots, because the water potential of the roots is lower than in the soil solution. The water will accumulate in the plant, creating a slight root pressure.
The root pressure forces some water to exude through special leaf tip or edge structures, hydathodes or water glands, forming drops. Root pressure (osmotic pressure within the cells of a root system that causes sap to rise through a plant stem to the leaves) provides the impetus for this flow, rather than transpirational pull. [Source: Wikipedia]
Visit Twisted Sifter to view even more examples of this awesome natural phenomenon.
Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology reveals the awesome beauty of the solar corona with these amazing composite images that he created by using 47 photos taken during a total solar eclipse.
To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars.
These beautiful sculptures are part of an ongoing figurative series by Japanese artist Mihoko Ogaki entitled Milky Ways. This awesome fusion of the the beauty and mystery of the night sky with the mortal human form is an exploration of the ideas of life, death, and rebirth.
The fibre-reinforced plastic sculptures depict people either dying or already dead. Their forms have been embedded with bright LEDs that project fields of stars against the walls, floor, and ceiling of a darkened space.
"In a bright room, the dying bodies appear morbid and in pain, but, when the lights go off, the suffering seems to disappear into a delightful, twinkling display. One review states, "Ogaki takes the emotions of our human condition and gives them a physical presence." The sparkling figures create an environment of tranquility, in which viewers are encouraged to calmly, and without distress, contemplate the human condition of life and death."
Visit Mihoko Ogaki’s website for more images of these marvelous installations.
But these images are more than just impressive macro photos. Don uses a “focus stacking technique” that enables us to get an even better look at these microscopic natural marvels. During post processing Komarechkha takes multiple images of the same snowflake shot at different focus distances and merges them. To created first photo in this post, entitled 12-Sided Shimmer, Don stacked 45 separate images. The photo immediately below that one is the result of stacking 34 separate images.
"The process is unlike most other photographers who shoot snowflakes, and allows me to play with prismatic color and surface reflections to a much greater degree."
While reading about Komarechka’s full process, we learned one extremely fun fact. The black background all of his snowflakes are on is actually just a plain black mitten he received from his grandmother years ago. As he states, “This is so I can have a dark background, and because the snowflakes get caught in the fibers and bring the background out of focus. It also serves as an insulator, preventing the snowflake from melting on contact. I’ve searched everywhere for a better surface, and I keep coming back to the black mitten.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]