Photographers on the go already carry a lot of gear. Adding tools on top of the load doesn’t help. So what if you could wear an essential tool kit instead? Leatherman, the US company known for its multi tool sets, is coming out with a unique multi-tool bracelet called the Thread, in late spring. The bracelet is going to be a boon for anyone who spends time outdoors or are not able to access any workshop tools.
Most of us have doodled at some point in our lives. But Philippines-based illustrator, Kerby Rosanes, takes doodling to a whole new level. His imaginative pen and ink work is highly detailed and mesmerizing to look at. He can pretty well draw anything!
Photographers in the field need good storage devices to back up their data. The images are too valuable to lose especially if there is no chance of ever repeating the photo shoots. The Rugged Raid from the French computer product company, LaCie, offers more than just storage. As its name implies, the backup drive is very rugged and suited for all terrain use. It is water, dust and sand resistant and can survive a fall of 5 feet or 1 ton of pressure without any problems.
Teddy bears are childhood staples. These cuddly toys are usually adorable – all fur and cuteness. But Brooklyn based artist and photographer, Kent Rogowski, has given us a vastly different, yet still unconventionally charming, look at teddy bears. His Bears series portrays the plush toys after they had been turned inside out and restuffed!
The quirky inside out bears shows all the construction details which are not normally seeen. The bears no longer sport all over fur but the familiar material still peeks out at the seams. Their eyes are not quite right. Sometimes bits of stuffing are visible and so are uncut thread ends.
The artist explained, “They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.“
This photographic series is also available as an art book.
All images are copyright of Kent Rogowski. Photographs used with permission.
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Dash cams are growing in popularity in both the US and in Canada. These onboard cameras do continuously looped recordings of the view of the road ahead. The photographic evidence in the event of an accident a dash cam can provide is the biggest reason for that rise. Settling potential insurance disputes is another. So it is no wonder that the recently revitalized Polaroid company is entering this market.
We take so much for granted the size of today’s pocket or palm sized calculators. The technology has advanced so much we no longer need the behemoths which were common place just a generation ago. Yet, those low tech devices have a certain nostalgia of their own. San Francisco based commercial photographer Kevin Twomey‘s fascination for such mundane and outmoded objects resulted in his wonderful Low Tech and Calculators series.
There are a number of double exposure apps available in iTunes which allows you to blend two images together. But Liveblend is one app which allows you to create these photos on your iPhone in real time. Serious creative fun!
Russian artist, Igor Verniy makes amazing steampunk animal sculptures out of recycled materials as shown on his Facebook. His delightfully created creatures are articulated with their movements carefully modeled along those of observed animals. The scraped materials vary – anything from old car or bicycle parts, clock movements – basically whatever he can find which fits his vision for each piece.
Teleprompters make the task easier for anyone using scripts as they have direct eye contact with the camera lens. However, they are generally bulky and expensive. The Parrot Teleprompter changes all that. This compact and thus portable unit is a simple and clever combination of a hood which mounts onto a dSLR camera. It uses a mirror system to project the text from a smartphone which sits on a tray under the hood.
Starbucks iconic mermaid is also mysterious. Who is she? And does she have a secret life? Korean artist Soo Min Kim not only imagined, but created makeovers with markers or paints right on the cups themselves. His fun Starbucks mermaid art has the character in all sorts of roles!
She might have a mundane working life, fetching coffee in the office or enduring subway train crushes during the rush hour. She might also be riding the elevator or even just chatting on the phone! Or she might even be moonlighting as a burglar in the night!
The mermaid also has secret lives as a superhero or a transformer robot. His work is delightful, making us look at ordinary objects like these cups with fresh eyes and leaving us with a smile or two!
Check out more of his work on his blog and his Facebook page.
All images are copyright of Soo Min Kim. Photographs were used with permission.
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