March 24, 2015 § 3 Comments
As the “zero-waste” movement grows in popularity, Gregg Segal shines the light on our consumption and throwaway culture. With the same haunting beauty of paintings like Millais “Ophenlia“, Segal photographs families laying in a week’s worth of their own garbage. “Some of the subjects edited their garbage, removing the really smell stuff, while others were faithful to the concept and brought everything….’I wanted to call attention to how much garbage we produce and do it in a very straight-forward way – I wanted to go for the jugular” explains Segal. These images drive home the point that we have made our own garbage filled bed and this is what it looks like when we lay in it.
To see more of Segal’s mesmerizing work, visit his website greggsegal.com.
December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
I can’t get enough of these Aaron James Draplin of Draplin Design Company videos. As a designer, it can be quite easy to get trapped in your own process and loose the road map and enthusiasm for the design. I guarantee, after watching a few of these vignettes, you will be re-inspired. Draplin’s enthusiasm is infectious and his work: elegant and timeless. Do yourself and your future projects a favor~ carve out a good half hour or so to watch a few of these. You won’t be disappointed.
March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
A big shout out to the folks over at Honey Maid for this week’s new graham cracker commercial. With the tagline, “Honey Maid, everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family.”, they nailed it! Great job and what a fantastic representation of our diverse world. As this trend continues, hopefully we won’t see this as such a stellar example, but instead the norm of how all of us are represented in the media today.
March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
From a recent trip to the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, Blend contributor Holly Willmeth’s Divine Nature was born. Embracing serendipity and the spiritual connection between humans and animals, Wilmeth brings to life hauntingly beautiful images of connections, transformations, spirit and love.
“This project is a series of images that represents the crossroad where woman meets the divine spirit of nature in the form of animals, and where she embraces it. There’s a long history in shamanic traditions and ancient cultures where humans have imbued themselves with the special qualities that animals have and their relationship to the world. Eating a part of the animal, or wearing a part of the animal, or using the animal as a totem deeply permeates us with their special powers. We want to come back to that state of grace where we are aligned with nature as animals are in the right relationship with their environment.”—Holly Wilmeth
Read the full article on this fantastic project featuring Wilmeth on NationalGeographic.com.
August 8, 2013 § 1 Comment
We were more than a little excited discovering this kickstarter campaign for The Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens project. For any of you out there that have an affinity for shooting with antique cameras and really connect with the idea of good bokeh, you have to check this out. The idea of this lens seems like the perfect marriage between technology advancements in souped-up sensor sizes with the high-quality glass art lens. With a deep history in super-sharp center and swirly luscious backgrounds, being able to achieve this effect in camera is not lost on the purist.
May 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
Around this office we obviously talk about diversity a lot. When we came across LA based photographer, Mark Laita’s new work for his book CREATED EQUAL, this touched on a lot of these issues in a stunning visual study. It has a ‘warts-and-all’ type of approach and contrasts the clash between conservatives and liberals, rich and poor, young and old… you get the idea. The diptychs juxtapose the ideas of success and failures all while being fiercely American, something of which Laita is very proud.
November 1, 2012 § Leave a comment