Jonathan Knowles / Complex Simplicity

 

As a kid I was endlessly fascinated with the game Mousetrap, so being drawn to Jonathan Knowles‘ photographs of set designer Kyle Bean‘s Complex Simplicity project was a no-brainer. Each one is inspired by the Rube Golberg machine, originating from the man’s cartoon creations of complicated machines designed to complete simple tasks. Captured in a pastel palette with a modern treatment, Knowles created a clean and crisp lighting aesthetic across the project that allowed for a clarity of detail befitting the complex Rube Goldberg machine.

 

 

 

 

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Uta Barth

 

Uta Barth has a wide breadth of work that is ever-evolving with influences of painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Engagement and perception play big roles in her work, exploring the way the human eye might view something versus the camera, and Barth’s latest two projects – In the Light and Shadow of Morandi and Untitled 2017 – press her forward on that journey. In the first she pays homage to Morandi’s love of repetition, light, and form, while in the second Barth’s focus is on attention to detail in photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Ryan / Subwayhands

 

Some of the best people-watching can be done while traveling on public transportation, and photographer Hannah Ryan is on a mission to capture the intimacy of the New York subway. For the past year she’s been capturing one specific part – hands – on the Instagram account subwayhands. Holding hands, drawing, eating, and so much more is captured through Hannah’s lens as she documents her commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back again, day after day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then and Now

 

My Mom is my everything. My best friend, my sounding board, my ride or die. The one who gives me tough love when I need it and tells me to be gentle with myself when the days are hard. We’ve always been close, but it was only once we no longer lived in the same house that I began to appreciate the things that once annoyed me. The way she always put me first, how fiercely protective she can be, and even the amount of discipline she instilled in the way she raised me.

 

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My mom was made to be a mother, my mother. She had me at a young 22 years old, but was wise beyond her years after some difficult family circumstances early on in life. But once she gave birth she never really looked back – we went everywhere together, did everything, and were sidekicks. We still are.

 

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I wanted to give her something extra special this Mother’s Day, something that represents how we began and how far we’ve come as mother and daughter as well as friends. I chose two of Artifact Uprising‘s Instagram Friendly frames, each of them measures 8 x 10″ and is deep set with a gorgeous walnut finish. In the first she’s holding a one and half year old me in her arms at my cousin’s baptism, and in the second we’re crouching in together at Mother’s Day brunch two years ago.

 

 

Both of these photos were already in my Instagram feed, so I only had to connect the channel and voila – no uploading necessary. I know these two museum quality frames will be something my Mom cherishes for years to come, and I love that we can add to them in the future with more shots of the two of us!

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Annika Von Hausswolff

 

You guys, I have warm weather on my mind in a big way. Yesterday I moved half of my indoor plants outside (onto my covered front porch in case of a late frost) and bought two peony roots to plant. Annika Von Hausswolff‘s photography makes me think of junior high summers, hanging out at the public pool with my best friend, listening to Top 40 music, and gossiping about boys. All good things.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ward Roberts / Courts

 

Ward RobertsCourts 01 and Courts 02 series is a tribute to his childhood spent in Hong Kong, playing basketball outdoors with other youth. Roberts’ photography captures the juxtaposition of stark concrete apartment buildings against soft pastel tones and open empty spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pete Johnson / A to Z

 

Pete Johnson travels globally working with nonprofits and NGOs, photographing different cultures and subjects as he travels and works on humanitarian projects. In his latest project, A to Z, Pete’s collected some of his most powerful images and designating them to a corresponding letter. The resulting alphabet pairs graphic design with photography to create some truly dynamic images.

 

 

 

 

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