8 posts tagged Dreams
8 posts tagged Dreams
Today the Department of Miniature Marvels explores the work of Australian artist Kendal Murray, who uses every day objects as the foundation for creating playful miniature mixed-media sculptures. She builds tiny, vibrant scenes that take place inside and atop found objects such as makeup compacts, coin purses, bottles, jars, and teapots. The human figures that Murray uses in her pieces are so very wee that she uses tweezers to dip in the in glue before delicately placing them into the dreamlike narrative scenes.
The artist says, “The idea of creating these miniature works came from dream states and how we are able to play with our own identity, to play with different roles we take on in our dream state. So the miniature works serve as a metaphor for intuitive thoughts.”
Visit the Arthouse Gallery website to view more of Kendal Murray’s whimsical miniature scenes.
All of these fantastic photos were taken in the same 11.8 x 13.5 x 7.8 ft space and without the use of any photo manipulation. As though recreating worlds that only exist inside her dreams, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee painstakingly transforms her small studio, sometimes over the course of weeks and months, into surreal and vibrant worlds. Within those handmade worlds Lee then photographs herself. The amount of time and effort she devotes to creating and setting up the props and then lighting the scene - all to capture a single photo - is extraordinary.
Each elaborate scene has its own backstory, some are inspired by Lee’s own life while others have roots in old Korean fables. Sometimes it takes a moment to locate her, but she’s always there.
Visit the Opiom Gallery website for more photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
For an awesomely heartwarming photo series entitled The Little Prince, Slovene photographer Matej Peljhan uses simple props and a carefully positioned camera to bring to life the dreams and drawings of Luka, a 12-year-old boy battling Muscular dystrophy:
"The photographer brings Luka’s dreams of "walking, exploring, and getting into mischief" to life with an artistic touch. By placing the boy on top of sheets on the ground, he creates the illusion of an upright backdrop. Additional props and costumes are used to pull it altogether. Through this process, the possibilities for Luka’s adventures are endless, especially when Pelijhan gets really creative by using socks to represent a colorful school of fish and white ping pong balls as air bubbles."
"Despite the young boy’s limitations in movement, which are restricted to minor finger movements to operate his electric wheelchair and slowly draw with a pen, Luka can be seen scuba diving, breakdancing, and skateboarding…"
Karswell, creator of and everything else too, one of our favourite blogs about vintage ephemera, has assembled an awesome post of delightfully insulting valentines.
Unfortunately the artist responsible for creating these cheek valentines is unknown. They’re thought to be from the 1960s. These are just a few of our favourites. Check out the original post to see the rest.
Huddersfield, UK-based photographer Richard Heeks (previously featured here) takes incredibly awesome photos of scenes perfectly reflected in soap bubbles. The images have a wonderfully magical feel. Sometimes the photos feel like moments miraculously captured from dreams and sometimes the bubbles themselves look like tiny planets that remind us of the home of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
When asked what tips he could give on bubble photography, Heeks shared this:
“A really important tip is to have a dark background behind the bubble, because the background brings out the color of the bubble. A bright background, by contrast, makes the bubble look transparent. Another tip is to blow a few bubbles before taking the photograph. The first bubbles to come off the bubble wand are really wet, which produces a thick film to the bubble. Different film thicknesses create different colors, with the thinner films being more vibrant blues and yellows. I love the blues and pinks that come with a thin film. A bright sunny day also makes for beautiful light patterns in the bubble, because the sun can create bright spots and lines. You should be careful with the sunlight though, because the spots are very bright and could reflect into your eyes.”
Be sure to visit Richard Heeks’ Flickr page to view more of his amazing photography.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Dreams of Flying is an awesome ongoing project begun in 2002 by German photographer Jan Von Holleben. Each imaginative photo depicts a different nostalgic childhood dream and practically radiates youthful delight.
"Jan brings the influences of his parents – a cinematographer and child therapist – to his work. His focus on the visual representation of childhood, ‘Child-History’ and concepts of ‘Playing’, come from his teacher training coursework: he combines these theories with his personal experience and childhood memories. Inspired by classic childhood books as well as modern superheroes, he has produced ‘Dreams of Flying’ since 2002 with children from his local neighbourhood in Southwest Germany – ongoing!"
Looking at these photos, it’s clear that Jan is having as much fun working on this project as the children in his photographs.
“Braincar by Dutch artist Olaf Mooij is an art car with a giant brain atop the back half of the vehicle. Cameras on the car capture photos and video of its daytime travels. At night, the car “dreams” a video remix of the day’s footage, projecting the imagery on to the giant brain.
Built in 2005, “Braincar” is now on display in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Center for Art and Media through January 2012.”
[via Laughing Squid]