Karmen Ayvazyan

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I don’t know a ton about Karmen Ayvazyan‘s backstory, but I love the outcome of everything she puts into her work. Her Hair series feeds right into my love of any and all art that includes the stuff.

 

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Nick Knight / Paint Explosions

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I’m in the best mood this week, and influential/visionary photographer Nick Knight‘s paint explosions capture how my guts are feeling. Destruction can be so captivatingly beautiful. Knight’s site SHOWstudio documents his creative processes from conception to completion – don’t you love a good behind the scenes?

 

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Jonathan Smith

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High contrast is difficult to ignore, especially in vast landscapes provided by nature herself. Jonathan Smith captures the world and its desolate landscapes at their most striking through his camera lens.

 

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Zsolt Hlinka / Urban Symmetry

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Budapest-based photographer Zsolt Hlinka captured a series of symmetrical buildings on the banks of the River Danube in Urban Symmetry. By removing the surroundings Hlinka emphasizes the uniform proportions.

If you get a closer view of the photographs, you may discover that none of the pictures show the building in its full form, but only its reflected part. After all, these fictitious buildings coming into existence perfectly grab and condense their original character into themselves, as if you could see human faces and different personalities on the building portraits.

 

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Print Edition: March

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Anchors Aweigh by Jon Contino // Becca Stadtlander Flowers by Little Otsu //
County Line by Max Wanger // Enjoy the Little Things by gumberrypl //
Fruit Art Print Set by Idlewild Co.

 

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La Vie En Rose (Color Wheel) by Yellow Owl Workshop // Night Night by Mathilde Cabanas //
Owl Sketch by Isaiah K. Stephens // Relax There’s Whiskey by Allison Comu //
Table Top by Lovely Sweet William

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Ori Gersht / On Reflection

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Stay with me for a minute while I explain exactly what you’re seeing in Ori Gersht’s On Reflection. They are in fact photographs, photographs of mirrors reflecting flowers using no digital manipulation whatsoever. Gersht used an extremely high shutter speed to capture each moment as they were being electrocuted. The flowers themselves are fake, three separate arrangements were created that reference famous floral paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder. Each photo is focused on the surface of the mirrored tempered glass rather than the reflection, sharpening the breaks in the glass. (Did you catch all that?)

 

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Alexander Straulino

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It’s rare that we share photography, but I’m making a conscious effort to change that beginning with lauded German photographer Alexander Straulino. His stylistic perfection, aesthetic boldness, and saturated tones turn models into works of art with a click of the shutter. Straulino’s willingness to step out on a limb and experiment in the obscure is the definition of art.

 

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Samuel Zeller

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Normally I would be lamenting the cold weather and praising the warm temperatures that surely lie behind these greenhouse walls, but with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing I relate all too well. Samuel Zeller‘s botanical photographs – yes, photographs not paintings-masquerading-as-photos – capture a world longing to escape its confines.

 

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(via My Modern Met)

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