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I love it when people from different art-disciplines come together to collaborate. The outcome can be so unique, like in this ‘2D or not 2D’ project. It’s a photo-series done by photographer Alexander Khokhlov, make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan and Veronica Ershova who did the digital retouching and post-production. Much more work here.

The authors were inspired by two-dimensional posters. Key-idea of the project was, to turn the 3D models faces into 2D images. It made me think of how photo’s used to be hand-colored for a while in the twenties-sixties. Back then, those colors would bring depth to an image. In this project it’s the other way around: colors bring flatness. Amazing! Face painting and 3D photography seen in a whole new perspective!

Thoughts you forgot to have during the day

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Anyone having a love/hate relationship with their bed? I do, every night I have trouble sleeping and that drives me crazy sometimes. But those hours of thinking, while waiting for dreams to come, also resulted in some awesome ideas in the past. A quote that totally made sense to me: “Insomnia is a glamorous term for thoughts you forgot to have during the day” (Alain de Botton). It works both in a positive and negative way for me I would say. Any fellow night-peeps who want to share some insights on Insomnia and inspiration?

The photo-illustration is made by art-director Javier Perez. He’s posting photo’s of every day objects mixed with simple line-drawings on his Instagram page. I Really like how these grapes turned into dreamy balloons;-). (via)

Photo Exhibition Architecture Hong Kong

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Last weekend we visited a lovely little photo-exhibition about Hong Kongs old shop-houses (tong lau’s). The archetype shop-house is the oldest house-form found in a trading city. And in turn they are shaped by the city as well! The shop-houses also influence people’s experience of streets. The photo’s showed various shop-houses and documented the life of the owners who run their businesses in Sham Shui Po, a famous working class area in Hong Kong.

You can visit the exhibition till 31st of August in the Western District Community Center (36A Western Street)… a beautiful historic building that used to be a maternity hospital. I had an awesome afternoon in the Sai Yin Pun area and even found some new amazing coffee places like Metropolitain and La Rotisserie that I will use more often in the future to meet people or get some work done;-).

Photo-Journal: Days with my Father

During my uni-years i had a night-watch job at an elderly home. Since those times I’ve a weak spot for old people. I just can’t help it. The way they’re wise and a bit helpless at the same time intrigues me. That’s why I simply have to share this beautiful project with you. Philipp Toledo’s ‘Days with my father’ is an extremely moving photo-journal about his aging father, who’s experiencing more and more memory problems.

What I like about the story’s, is that you often can’t decide if they’re funny or sad. For example when Phillipp asks his 98 year old dad to look in the mirror, this happens: ‘He was so horrified with his own appearance, that he refused to leave the house until he found a ‘black pencil’ to dye his white hair with’.

Check out these honest, loving, excellent photo’s: www.dayswithmyfather.com

Pavel Puhov’s Guerilla Urbanism

I stumbled upon a great artist from Russia. His name is Pavel Puhov and I really like the way he’s using urban objects and alters them into something else. Something that adds a deeper meaning to the original object, something that is an accusation to a city council or something that’s just more beautiful than the original thing.

He’s part of a bigger group of artists, architects and designers who call themselves guerilla urbanists. They want to make urban places, people places that are inspiring to those who use them. As far as I’m concerned guerilla urbanists deserve a bigger platform in our cities.

Photo Exhibition Lost in Lantau

This week I visited a small but beautiful photography exhibition. Derrick Chang documented the story of the last traditional tofu-maker of Lantau island: Mok Kau-moon. He captured very well, how the old man loved his trade and struggled with changes that were almost forced upon him by modern life. Mok Kau-moon for example didn’t want to raise the prices of his tofu because that would change his routine too much;-). Cute but also tragic in a way, for he could barely make ends meet. A touching story.

The exhibition can be visited till 26th of July, Voxfire Gallery, 1/f 52 Gage str. Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.