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Springtime with Obaachan | Andy Ellis

Under - Inspiration, Media, Miscellaneous

Barossa Valley (South Australia) based illustrator and photographer Andy Ellis captures the subtleties and importance of family and home life on his return back to Japan.

Reverse of volume RG: Yasuaki Onishi

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media

Yasuaki Onishi uses the simplest materials in his installation — plastic sheeting and black hot glue — to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float inside of Rice University Art Gallery. His process of “casting the invisible” involves draping the sheeting over objects, which are removed to leave only their impressions. Onishi views this process of “reversing” sculpture to be a meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.

Yasuaki Onishi studied sculpture at University of Tsukuba and Kyoto City University of Arts. He has had solo exhibitions throughout Japan and internationally, and his work was included in Ways of Worldmaking (2011), at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO). His most recent solo exhibition in the United States was in 2012 at the The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Onishi was the recipient of a United States-Japan Foundation Fellowship that included a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc., New York.

The film above is produced by Walley Films, an independent production company set up by a husband and wife filmmaking duo Mark and Angela Walley based in San Antonio, Texas. Walley Films is dedicated to the advocacy of the arts in their community.

5 December 2

Yurikamome train line photography by Celine Ramoni

Under - Photography

Some very interesting long exposure shots by Celine Ramoni taken from the New Transit Yurikamome (an automated guideway train that connects Shimbashi to Toyosu, passing through the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo, Japan) passing through the Rainbow Bridge.

Japan was the “trigger” of my interest in photography (I lived there for 4 years). During my travels, I discovered so many unique and magnificent landscapes that I felt the need to capture and retain these exceptional moments that I was living. I was astonished by the high number of people that were carrying professional photo gear compared to those in my own country. This apparently large popularity of photography further raised my curiosity.

I bought my first SLR one year after my arrival in Japan. The first few months seemed difficult and my pictures disappointing. But by learning a few basic concepts, I gained a tremendous freedom in the variety of pictures I could take.

I have rather simple gear such as Nikon D7000, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX and Nikon 18-105mm VR. I mostly shoot landscape and cityscapes. I usually use the aperture mode because I like to emphasis on the DOF of my photos. For the long exposure shots though I usually use the manual mode. I don’t do lots of post processing and most of my photos are almost straight out of the camera.

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23 March 2

Composition of Mammals by Wataru Yoshida

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Photography

An interesting blend of photography and illustration by Wataru Yoshida. The artwork comprises of human/animal anatomy sketches that are superimposed on photographs, looking into complexities and intricate structure of mammal’s body. Wataru Yoshida born in Tokyo, Japan in 1987 and has recently graduated from Tama Art University.

I’m searching for job in Japan. And I hope to go to abroad to study graphic design.

Anatomy of Mammals is Wataru’s graduation project and semi-finalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2011 under photography. He was a finalist in 2010 in the same award for illustration.

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14 March 2

Illustrations by Ko. Machiyama

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration

Ko. Machiyama specializes in abstract paintings and fashion illustrations. His artwork overflows with calm, tranquil energy and is reminiscent of Masuo Ikeda.

Born in 1980 in Chiba Japan, now based in Tokyo, he studied at Tokyo Zokei University and Setsu Mode Seminar. He is a member of professional illustrators group Illustrators Tsushin and has worked with clients such as Kongo Shuppan, Mutron, LG Japan, American Home Direct, Educa & Quest, Kodansha and Tokio Marine & Nichido Communications to name a few.

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