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4 January 67
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Watercolors by Grzegorz Wróbel

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration

This is awe-inspiring watercolor artwork by Grzegorz Wróbel. An architect by profession, Grzegorz Wróbel was born in 1983 and started painting with watercolors at the age of 12.

During my studies at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, I learnt a lot about watercolors. Although the faculty of Architecture at this university has a strong tradition in drawings and watercolors, but most of my skills are gained from my own study and personal interest in this medium, and from friends who also work with watercolors.

In summer time I usually draw from life. I think this is the best way to learn something new and to achieve better skills. But in winter, it is hard to go outside and paint as water freezes : ) so, I paint from photos that I have made earlier.

The most difficult thing when working with watercolors is to control water! You just cannot control it 100%. I use a lot of water and I think it is the greatest thing to observe how it flows on your paper and creates magical things.

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3 January Share your
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Dueling cameras

Under - Art, Media, Photography

Canon 7D vs 5D … and that guy again – love it!

28 December 4
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Playing with the sky…

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Photography

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Valeria Prieto, based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, studied graphic design at the Institute of Architecture, Design and Art at the University of Ciudad. She’s been teaching contemporary art and illustration at elementary, middle and high schools in Mexico since 2002. She also serves as a photographer and collaborator in short films and animations.

Her latest work ‘Playing with the sky’ caught my eye on her blog which is simply brilliant! I asked her if she could share her thoughts around it:

Those images were shot with Sony Cyber Shot TX5, and then I selected some vintage images/elements to add more life into them. Sometimes I use a peephole and a crystal with cuts to get various background effects and I like to merge several photos into one.

I have loved photography since childhood. One of the best things I’ve seen in the city where I live (city of Juárez, Chihuahua, MX) are the sunsets, so I love to take pictures of them because every day it is different, especially in winter the sunsets are so colorful that I don’t need to apply color correction. I like to play with the shots by adding items such as musical notes and birds on electric wires, buildings or images that may become part of those great sceneries.

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

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24 December Share your
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Start from the Beginning

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics, Music

Animated short by Berlin based artist Andreas Fischer who is a designer slash artist hybrid machine working with spatial time-based media, generative systems and physical manifestations of digital processes:

The video examines the relationship between the simulated image and its physical manifestation. The landscape appearing in the video references one of Fischer´s relief sculptures.

The sculpture is magnified and distorted by the soundscape created by David. As time progresses the landscape becomes increasingly complex and distorted and finally changes its aggregate state to liquid. The shapes of the polygons appear in contrast to the fluid with which they collide.

The 3d model was textured with photos of the physical sculpture, which was carved from a block of mdf with a cnc-miling machine.

22 December 4
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I have a confession to make…

Under - Art, Inspiration, My Musings, Photography, Photolog

I had been sitting on a stash of photographs that I’ve been taking since 2005 but never been able to process, upload and share them online. This is partly because I was busy doing everything else and never got the time to focus on photography. This is also because I’ve been inconsistent throughout in pursuing this passion of mine – but not anymore!

As time is passing, I’m starting to feel that the old relationship between my camera and me is reviving … which is indeed very old – nearly 20 years to be precise. This relationship can be divided into three phases:

Childhood
It all started with my father’s Mamiya SLR (which has long been discontinued). The excitement of holding a SLR camera at that time was more than the photography itself and the focus was more towards taking pictures of school friends and family. This was kind of an exploratory phase that resulted in serious consideration of this art for years to come.

Adolescence
This represents the time when I was at the art college. I also call it the golden-time as I had the opportunity to fully explore photography, from still to landscape and fashion to portrait. I was in fact able to earn a reasonable amount of money with my photography to fund this expensive hobby.

But, I can also be solely blamed for putting an abrupt end to this as I had to decide where I wanted to go professionally and, unfortunately, despite all the pleasures I had with photography, it wasn’t my destination as a profession. It was one of those strategic career decisions that one has to make early on, wittingly or unwittingly. My decision to adopt digital media over photography is something that I don’t regret, in fact it is something that I’m proud of, but this brought an end to this particular interest of mine before the potential could fully be explored.

Maturity or Amateur-ity
This is the present that started back in 2005 when digital cameras started becoming a norm for photographers opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I’ve started seeing through the lens again with a serious resolve to make up for the abrupt end.

The pictures you see in this post are from the first batch that I uploaded on Flickr from the set called London. Keep watching the space on Flickr as I’ll be uploading more and more in the days to come.

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