Limited-edition Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

 

Hiroshi Sugimoto is known for his application of craft, and the art of photography. ‘Mr. Sugimoto sees with the eye of the sculptor, painter, architect, and philosopher. He uses his camera in a myriad of ways to create images that seem to convey his subjects’ essence, whether architectural, sculptural, painterly, or of the natural world.’ Process is important to his work. Click HERE to view a documentary short about the philosophy of his work, and the breathtaking imagery he creates.

A decade long project, Sugimoto used a Polaroid camera to methodically photograph the subtle and changing variations of color gradients, producing a project titled ‘Colours of Shadow’. Mr. Sugimoto has teamed up with Hermès to produce a limited edition series of 20 designs, releasing 140 scarves reflecting this imagery, titled the ’Hermès Editeur – Couleurs de l’Ombre’ collection. The images translate well to the silk textile, as Hermès developed a project specific ink jet printing method to create the scarves.

Color in its purest abstracted form. Lovely to look at, and I would imagine just as lovely to wear.

Images and excerpts sourced at Wallpaper.

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Moby’s Architecture

 

Did you know Moby, the talented musician, is passionate about architecture? Not the well known icons of L.A., but as one might expect it is the off the beaten track fare that catches his attention. Moby is telling stories, through his chosen medium of photography, about his vision and connection to the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The creative spirit finds expression in a multitude of ways. I appreciate the opportunity to selectively see the world through Moby’s eyes.

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Michael Wolf

The photography of Michael  Wolf captures the pattern, color and repetition of large scale architecture. This series titled ‘The Architecture of Density’, is a study of elements in the built environment and their impact on our visual perception and experience. I absolutely love this series. The ability these images provide to look abstractly a facade, reduces an otherwise overwhelming and enormous presence to the pure, simple, essence of the design. Looking at one single element or detail repeated, allows a unique perspective which is difficult to isolate and view in person. Often we understand the impact of form of the whole which is most often documented, but these artful compositions speak of restraint, and the power of patterning.

What might these images inspire? Perhaps a quilt, a painting, or even a FLOR rug? Have fun with pattern and color in your environment, and be open to finding the source of inspiration for creating in unlikely places. It is there all around us. All we have to do is squint a little.

Images sourced at  www.20ltd.com

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Developer Trays by John Cyr

This Developer Tray Photographic Series by Brooklyn based photographer John Cyr is simple, powerful and resonates profoundly with me. Each image takes me into the artists process. Every mark on the tray, the color of the chemical effects, and the size and shape of the vessel tells a story of the power of the unique creative process for each unique individual. I can visualize the important work that has passed through each tray, both mechanized by the camera, and a work of handcraft by the artists vision. What an opportunity as a viewer to get inside some of the most accomplished photographers darkrooms.

John Cyr is a Brooklyn  based photographer, printer and educator. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography. In addition to working on his own photographic projects and teaching, he owns and operates Silver 68, a traditional silver gelatin printing studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn’s Photo District. I have highlighted only a few images from the Developer Tray series. Prints from this stunning set can be purchased in various sizes by contacting John Cyr at  www.johncyrphotograpy.com.  A wonderful gift for your favorite photography enthusiast.

Images and excerpts found at http://www.johncyrphotography.com

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Happy New Year

1942: Times Square Waits for the Ball to Drop

2011: Times Square Waits for the Ball to Drop

Through the years the face of Times Square has changed. The architecture, design and technology have evolved with the times. Some would say for the better, while others prefer the simplicity of days gone by.  Yet, the spirit of celebration remains the same, and the longstanding traditions of gathering to greet the new year have continued. Every year, thousands gather here to share in the multi-cultural and multi-generational community of neighbors to celebrate the promise of a new year,  just as they do in communities like yours and mine all around the world. The clink of the glass and a celebration with those we hold dear. A toast to design of our everyday, and a wish for much beauty and meaning in the coming year. Happy New Year.

Image 1 sourced:  http://www.life.com
Image 2 sourced:  http://www.timessquarenewyears.com

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