Christopher Payne’s new photo series, ‘Asylum’, is both haunting and mesmerising in equal measure

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 9 May 2016

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Traveling to 30 US states to visit 70 mental hospitals, photographer Christopher Payne captures their haunting, eerie atmosphere in his new series, Asylum. As care practices shifted in the mid-20th century, populations of nearly half a million patients in 1948 declined rapidly over the following 30 years, meaning hundreds of insitutions now lie in total decay. Show the rest of this post…

For Christopher Payne, it was a photographer’s dream.

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Check out more of Christopher’s work on his site: www.chrispaynephoto.com

Portuguese llustrator Tiago Galo creates fun, little characters, with a twist in every scene

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 3 May 2016

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Learning his trade in small fanzines while finishing a degree in architecture at Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, illustrator Tiago Galo creates little, plump characters, almost ready to take on the Olympics. Always with something else going on, Tiago’s tongue-in-cheek humour in really clever and engaging, with his chunky creations leaping out at you from the screen. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Tiago’s illustrations on his site: www.tiagogalo.com

Photographer Kourtney Roy shoots a fictional film noir in rural Canada for book ‘Northern Noir’

Posted in Art, Photography, Shoots, Style
By Sam Bathe on 19 Apr 2016

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Shot over several road trips through Ontario and British Columbia, photographer Kourtney Roy‘s series, Northern Noir, are like stills from a fictional film noir. Wanting to photograph the “non-events that encircle the places where transgressive acts may have taken place,” Kourtney creates a sinister undertone in otherwise mundane situations. The series is published in a book by Editions la Pionniere titled by the same name. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Kourtney’s photography on her site: www.kourtneyroy.com

Ancient Transylvanian salt mine, Salina Turda, finds a new lease of life as a spectacular subterranean theme parkThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 12 Apr 2016

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In the picturesque Transylvanian countryside, Salina Turda is an ancient salt mine that has become a tourist attraction for unlikely reasons. Deep below ground, visitors descend the mine’s tight tunnels not only to experience the extraordinary man-made chamber below, but for subterranean mini-golf, bowling, and to row around its underground boating lake. Show the rest of this post…

Shot by photographer Richard John Seymour, the Salina Turda dates back over two millennia, last active as a salt mine in 1932. Since then it was used as a WWII shelter, for cheese storage, and in its modern form, now offers a healing centre for people suffering from lung conditions. Part of a €6m investment, a mini theme park with ferris wheels, plus a spa and small amphitheatre were all constructed as this man-made marvel starts a new life for tourists.

Salina Turda, Aleea Durgăului 7, Turda 401106, Romania
www.salinaturda.eu

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Brooklyn designer Dana Haim teams up with a fifth generation Mexican weaver for her debut rug collection

Posted in Art, Design
By Sam Bathe on 29 Mar 2016

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Designing wallpaper, jewelry, ceramics and pop-poms since graduating textile programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and Central Saint Martins, cross-disciplinary designer Dana Haim has turned her attention back to textiles. Teaming up with a fifth generation weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico, Haim’s debut collection of beautiful, naturally dyed rugs, boast geometric patterns that draw inspiration from classic kilim design. Available in four different designs with two colourways in each style, the rugs are available to buy from Haim’s personal website: www.danahaim.com

Photographer Daniel Müller captures Namibia on an amazing 1,500km, six-day road trip

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 29 Feb 2016

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One of Africa’s most sparsely populated countries, Berlin-based photographer Daniel Müller took to the road in Namibia for Freunde von Freunden. From oyster farming on the Atlantic coast to the San tribesmen across the inland desert, it’s a country filled with character and culture so far beyond the captial of Windhoek. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Daniel’s photography on his site: www.muellerdaniel.com

William Green captures the calmness and vulnerability of Tokyo taxi drivers sleeping in their cars

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 22 Feb 2016

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In amongst the the hectic city life, for his latest project, photographer William Green captures a moment of silence, as Tokyo taxi drivers clock off for 40 winks in their cars. Show the rest of this post…

“I was in Japan working on a few other projects, and I stumbled upon them while doing a bit of pavement pounding,” Green explains, “I came across this one street – it’s not a taxi rank, but there were loads of people asleep.” After noticing the trend, he took his 35mm digital camera around the city to get some better shots, first asking permission from approaching a union rep.

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Check out more of William’s photography on his site: www.williamgreen.co.uk

Claudia Corrent captures the quiet, everyday life of a Venetian that you don’t normally see as a tourist

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 4 Feb 2016

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Famous for it’s car free islands, instead dominated by beautiful water ways, Venice, Italy, is a sight to behold in the summer, but there’s one thing it isn’t; quiet. Italian photographer Claudia Corrent captures that side of Venice you don’t normally see for her series, Insulae. Documenting the everyday life of Venice’s local, her pastel-toned gaze gives the islands such a relaxing feel, it’s so easy to forget Piazza San Marco’s heaving streets in the summertime. Show the rest of this post…

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You can check out more of Claudia’s photography on here site: www.claudiacorrent.carbonmade.com

Illustrator Josh McKenna uses colour and form to show off his voluptuously, curvy characters

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 29 Jan 2016

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You wouldn’t think illustrator Josh McKenna was based out of East London, instead his colourful and vibrant pool-side characters look like they’re straight out of a Miami summer scene. Inspired by tropical details and abstract patterns, Josh has completed work for Converse, MTV, GQ, Wired and the Wall Street Journal, proving everyone wants a bit of sunshine in their lives. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Josh’s illustration on his portfolio: www.jshmck.co.uk

Photographer Karl Hab takes air travel as an excuse to shoot the skies with series ‘Window Seat Please’

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 22 Jan 2016

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While most passengers are cramming on in-flight movies at 10,000 ft, Karl Hab has his camera in hand to capture what’s down below. Putting his favourites from the last 10 years together for short-run zine, Window Seat Please, Hab shoots the cryptic skies with an sense of wonder, and the expectation of what awaits when you land. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Karl’s work on his site: www.flickr.com/karl_hab

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