Posts Tagged ‘photography’

My previous art oriented posts were mainly centered around artists and their ability to make their art look realistic, also known as photo-realism. Alexa Meade,  however does the contrary. She seeks to make three-dimensional subjects look like two-dimensional oil paintings when viewed in a photograph.

In August 2008, the artist began to apply acrylic paint to the surfaces of people, objects, and walls in a broad brushstroke that mimics the appearance of brushwork in a painting. After 9 months of practice, she was able to unveil her “Reverse Trompe L’Oeil” collection in October, 2009. Her aim is to make her living models into flat pictures. The result is walking, talking optical illusions that confuse how the eye processes these objects in space.

The artist never attended art school nor has she ever taken advanced painting courses.

The following are some of her works, are you deceived? Alexa Meade paints on the surfaces of live human subjects, found objects, and architectural spaces in a way that optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane when photographed.

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Ok, this Little Boy and His French Bulldog was just do dang adorable not to share. Tokyo, Japan-based mother Aya Sakai has been photographically chronicling the adventures of her young son, Little Tasuku and his best friend Muu, a French Bulldog using Instagram. The boys’ mother, can’t seem to get enough of photographing the dynamic duo in their daily misadventures, and it seems their  290,000+ Instagram followers can’t seem to get enough of them either.Whether they’re cuddling on the couch, playing or watching tv, the two just can’t seem to get enough of each other.

When I came across these images the other day my eyes leaked and I was moved beyond words, so I felt compelled to share them here with you also. I hope they impact you in some memorable way also.

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Navy chaplain Luis Padillo gives last rites to a soldier wounded by sniper fire during a revolt in Venezuela.

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A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps, following a luncheon meeting during inter-Korean temporary family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort October 31, 2010. Four hundred and thirty-six South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950-53 war.

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A Romanian child hands a heart-shaped balloon to riot police during protests against austerity measures in Bucharest.

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Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

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Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis is arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

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A monk prays for an elderly man who had died suddenly while waiting for a train in Shanxi Taiyuan, China.

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A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011.

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John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s coffin along with the honor guard.

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Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the uprisings in Cairo, Egypt, in 2011.

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Robert Peraza pauses at his son’s name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.

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A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14.

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Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who had been arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years hard labor, are reunited with their families in California after a successful diplomatic intervention by the U.S.

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The iconic photo of Tank Man, the unknown rebel who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks in an act of defiance following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

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A Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldier stands at attention on the eve of South Sudan’s independence from Sudan.

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Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq (which he had volunteered for) just a few weeks before he was due to return home.

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“La Jeune Fille a la Fleur,” a photograph by Marc Riboud, shows the young pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir planting a flower on the bayonets of guards at the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967. The photograph would eventually become the symbol of the flower power movement.

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Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months.

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Helen Fisher kisses the hearse carrying the body of her 20-year-old cousin, Private Douglas Halliday, as he and six other fallen soldiers are brought through the town of Wootton Bassett in England.

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I first heard of and saw Bansky’s work when I watched a documentary a few years ago called, Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010). His street art to me is a fantastic combination of beauty and wit, all while addressing many social and political issues. His works can be found on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

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Dutch tattoo artist Helma van der Weide inked this clever optical illusion tattoo of a Pentax K1000 SLR for her daughter, photographer Lotte van den Acker.

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