Twenty-five-year-old artist Liu Di Photoshopped these distorted animals into his photos of the Beijing in an interesting echo of all the enormous abandoned buildings throughout the city.
The series, Animal Regulation, is part of a group show featuring the work of other young Chinese artists. Curated by Barbara Pollack, it’s on display in two locations in Florida: at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
Cecelia Webber uses images of the human body arranged to create the vision of plants and animals. She photographs nude models (herself included) and then builds the final images through edits, cuts and color.
She explains: “Each image takes many stages to create. I start by researching photos of the creature or plant I’m trying to create and then sketch poses I want to photograph in a notebook…I never warp my models or edit them to change them – it is important to me to portray real natural bodies. Once I have my photos I start laying out my piece and playing with colour and arrangements…Many drastic transformations take place during this stage, so it’s sort of magical, because so many different variations are possible. I feel many possibilities at once but the true form of my subject slowly emerges.”
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Israeli artist Ronit Bigal in her “Body Scripture II” series uses digital photography overlaid with Biblical Hebrew text.
“[The bodies] are almost abstract and enigmatic, arousing the viewer’s curiosity to discover what are the photographed objects, what meanings lies behind the texts; and whether there is a thematic affinity between them or, perhaps are the associations purely aesthetical?”
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A bestiary, or Bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the Ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals, birds and even rocks. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. Reminds me of course of Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings.
Redditor gyyp imagines, with the help of photoshop, a compendium of beasts. I would love, as a writing exercise, to come up with a name and moral lesson for each. Anyone help?
Hraffonallard - The wit and temper of a duck with the grace and strength of a mustang, the Hraffonallard learns early on the emotional triggers of its opponents, delivering, on its powerful back, the one person that will undermine the confidence just moments before physical confrontation.