A project set out by the fascination of discovering what is taste, kitsh and camp Thomas has created a rather nice publication for his project. The hand stitch binding was certainly the first thing that caught my attention along with the piercing shade of blue in the cover, the red stitching complements all three of the colours that dominate the cover; blue, green and white. Apart from that it’s nice to see a publication which isn’t afraid to have a double page with just blocks of text. Refreshing. 7
Beautiful self branding by Milanese designer Giorgia. Every single detail has been thought out, from the texture and colour of the paper to the carefully crafted logo. It’s things like this which will set you apart from all the other portfolio submissions. 7
Marco Goran Romano
Lovely editorial illustration spots by Marco, lots of different vectored styles within his work. Wether it is under the direction of his clients or his own choice, either way it makes for a stunning body of work. 7
A line of quirky illustrations on bottles of beer, wine and spirits has been a growing trend over the last few years. From the hilarious to down right strange, it’s been a refreshing thing to witness. South American illustrator Mundial’s quirky illustrations do still remain true to his style but with a clever use of colour and white space he has elevated them to a more luxurious standard. 7
Eric Ruby’s eclectic choice of subjects doesn’t interfere with keeping his own style - that is the first thing we notice when looking at his work. Nevertheless, the people in seemingly common situations, geometry of pretty average architecture and blooming plants portrayed in his shoots go surprisingly well together, creating an alluring composition. Nearly always there is an impression of a false dichotomy between the natural and the man-made, with the man being placed somewhat in the middle, not sure about which way to go. Ruby’s images are very pleasant to watch and think about - they don’t dictate the way you need to perceive it, but rather offer a range of possibilities. 7
Tamas’s beautiful set in his native Hungary, depicts a beautiful narrative between nature and the environment placed on top of it, not only architecture and buildings which are with time crumbling away but also its people seemingly fighting for their very existence seemingly living in the middle of nowhere, away from modernity. Anyone else notice yet they were still holding hands? 7
What would you like to receive in your post box?
So before anyone freaks out, no we have not sold ourselves out and trying to show photos worthy of Majestic’s Youtube channel in a desperate bid to become popular by showing pretty pictures of pretty girls. Save your judgement for now at least.
What becomes strikingly obvious after looking at Julia’s work after a few seconds is how there is the potential for her to stand out of the thousands of other photographers all emulating to the same style. There is an underlining wit to some of the images, like the ones above, hiding the girls from view and thus making it far more interesting. It actually brought me to smile because by covering their faces aren’t you automatically taking away the beauty and prettiness away yet it’s the exact reason that makes them beautiful to look at. 7
Kenny Keys / Orbito
I think by now most of us have this type of thing done before, people laying out items on a grid. Usually it consists of taking an item apart, a slr camera, typewriter, computer or another mechanical item. Eduardo on the other hand has taken apart a holiday and displaying them almost as though they were dolls. 7
‘I didn’t go to school for photography. Instead I majored in journalism. As a journalist in school, you find that your own words end up being silenced and in place are an objective and almost robotic narrative that is constantly regurgitated. Consequentially, I found myself bad at expressing my emotions through words. I was good at the rant, but any real meaning about myself was locked deep inside. My photographs are a way for me to abstractly speak my opinion and bring my emotions into light.’ 7
Vasava / 55DSL X United Arrows
I detest this type of fashion, usually. I will run away from it and dismiss people who wear it within less than a second as being “too-cool-for-school” but I actually loved this. Everything done in moderation can potentially look great.
The illustration is done by Barcelona’s Vasava, with a very bold mechanical pattern being the centre piece of this line of garments. What I love about it is the way its been used, which apart from the shirt is all very subtle, barely seen on some. The garments are relaxed, loose and reflect the nature of the why the designers have used the illustration. They aren’t fighting one another. 7
Unfortunatly I have no idea if this is a real project or not, one can only hope it is as it visually just looked so beautiful. Not to mention the well thought out graphics and process Irene clearly has gone through and all the possible applications for it too. 7
Romantics believed that an artist is someone who despite growing up stays a child inside - perhaps that’s one of the reasons behind the recurring trend for styles popular twenty-thirty years ago. Artists happily reach for the late-80s look - pale, contrasting colours, hard geometry and campy design - in hopes of propelling our (or their own) childhood memories. But Jeremy Liebman doesn’t try to recreate that era - he seeks for the remnants of it in the present.
By concentrating on the colour and composition, Liebman builds this softly surreal imagery filled with quirk and subtle kitsch - seemingly to achieve a nostalgic feel. But I think that there’s more to it than just longing, as these series are multi-dimensional. Sometimes there’s fun. Other times it’s beauty. And in those short collections of images still remains a space for playing with the viewer, inviting him to reach for the spaces that are only illusionary.
One might say that these photographs are documenting not the reality, but rather how we feel it. Most of the time this type of art focuses on short glimpses of “something more” - but Liebman’s craft lies in creating a different kind of contemplation. To me, they feel like like an early morning walk, where one is left alone and exposed to whatever comes to the mind. 7
Conor & David
Irish duo Conor Nolan and David Wall poster leaflet for NCAD combines an aesthetically pleasing poster, easy on the eyes, nice balance with the shapes and lovely shades of colour. On the back you have all the information you need with a ridiculously simple grid divided up colour, just goes to show you don’t have to over cook something just for the sake of it. 7