Is there anything more disturbing than children shoved into adulthood just to sell fashion? Not really. At the opposite end of that spectrum is this great campaign by kicokids. Great concept, styling and colour palette. Giant whimsical sea creature balloons and a dreamy haze creates fantastic fashion photography that is chic yet innocent. I only wish kicokids had an adult line! Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t mind that giant octopus hat or anchor either…
Love this photograph by Harry Smith. The contrast of a white house and ladder full of balloons is just plain happy-inducing. Wouldn’t this make a unique and modern party decoration?
I spotted these photographs on the Flickr page of very talented stylist and photographer Imke Klee and was instantly fascinated by the combination of crumpled paper towel texture and vibrant pigment hues. That circular palette of pigment piles is a stunner too. Not sure if this is the start of a bigger project by Imke but I sure hope so! (p.s. take a peek at my Holi post for more colourful powder happiness)
As you may already know, I love when magic can be found in the seemingly boring, everyday items and tasks that surround us. That’s why I’m rather fascinated with the work of artist and photographer Alastair Levy. From covering one side of an oak plank with highlighter ink to create a beautiful pink glow when leaned up against a white wall to organizing ballpoint pens into a bold triangle pattern, Alastair is constantly re-imagining and injecting colour into the everyday. Just look at the top right image of his piece ‘Keep Going’. A modern circle of colourful cubes created with what? The peeled off stickers of a Rubik’s Cube. Now that’s re-imagining things!
Are these beautiful abstract paintings by a colour-loving modern artist? Nope. They are photographs of alcohol! Florida State University research scientist Michael Davidson had the intriguing idea of shining polarized light through crystallizing drinks on lab slides and using his old-fashion 35mm camera to take a photograph of the alcohol under a microscope. This process magnified the drink over a 1000 times and the results are spectacular. The brainchild has now become a merchandise mecca called BevShots that uses the photographs to make high-quality art, scarves and so forth. The colourful patterns translate beautifully to fabric, don’t you think? Incredible to think that our favourite cocktails are made up of such insane colour.
(thanks for the inspiration Taylor!)
Ever wonder what the first colour photographed looked like? Well wonder no more! Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell is responsible for creating this intriguing image of tartan ribbon in 1861. By photographing the ribbon three times through red, blue and yellow filters, Maxwell could combine the images into one full-colour composite. A milestone moment for the art and technological evolution of photography. Oh and a pretty striking image in its own right!
(thank you for the inspiration mélanie)
A brilliant fashion editorial photographed by Viviane Sassen for Dazed & Confused magazine. The vibrant work of colour-loving designers like Missoni, Diane von Furstenberg and Vivienne Westwood looks spectacular against the rich tapestry of Netherlands tulip fields. Don’t even get me started on the mix of textures! A beautiful fusion of colourful fashion and nature. (p.s. I previously did a post on tulip fields if you fancy a look)
Sweet Paul is a ridiculously inspiring food blog and online magazine. You can definitely tell the creator comes from a food and prop styling background as both the magazine and blog are full of gorgeously arranged, photographed and styled culinary creations. On top of all that, the recipes look drool-worthy delicious! Upon reading the new Summer 2011 issue, I spotted these deconstructed summer salads and my jaw dropped for five minutes or more. A stunning mix of geometry, design and summer colour. Food as art. How great would large prints of these photos look on a restaurant or kitchen wall? I highly recommend taking a look at the new issue of Sweet Paul Magazine. You will be inspired by the curated home accessories, insightful articles, delicious recipes and yes, insanely beautiful photographs!
Buenos Aires has been at the very top of my wanderlust list for a decade or so. Often called “Paris of South America”, the port city is a mosaic of Latin American flavour with a distinct European influence. The birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires seems to echo the dance’s passion across all aspects of its culture. From fashion to football to art and architecture, there is so much character and colour in this eclectic city. I found it almost impossible to stop looking for images! One particularly colourful area is La Boca, a working-class neighbourhood and tourist hub that that features tango clubs and vividly-hued tin houses. I can’t wait to visit Buenos Aires one day and see this seductive city in person. Any place where tango just randomly breaks out on city streets just needs to be seen, right? Even the subways have elaborate and colourful tile patterns! I’m hoping to feature Argentina as a whole one of these days as there are gorgeous landscapes and unique areas all over this beautiful, one-of-a-kind country.
British photographer Louis Lander-Deacon is one of those artists you just know you are still going to be hearing about 30 years from now. His work reveals an immense talent and curiourity that can only result in spectacular photography. I love this series Louis created using coloured powder and a few willing friends. The very subdued and cold hues of the forest are a perfect backdrop to the vividly pigmented clouds of colours. Colour powder and smoke bomb photos seem to be growing in popularity and I personally love the randomness that results. Who knows what photograph you will end up with? The first image shown above has a colour palette that actually took my breath away. Yep, I need to find some willing friends and see what colour I can cover them with… (p.s. these photos also remind me of posts I have done on holi celebrations and silence/shapes by filippo minelli)
While some thought they would be left behind in the 1980′s, neon colours have been popping up everywhere lately from fashion to stationery to art installations. I’ve always loved neon hues because they are so full of light and are just plain happy-inducing! How can hot pink be anything but fun? I also love another form of neon – the sign variety. From retro signs like those that used to cover Vancouver (see the seahorse one above that is still in use) or the modern innovations sprouting up in design, it is hard to resist the glow of a neon sign. Whatever the form, how can you hate neon? Time to move on from spandex pants fear of yesteryear and let neon colour you happy!
Collecting trash from Australian beaches, artist Liz Jones arranges objects into colourful collections and photographs them for her series titled “Rubbish Rainbows”. It’s amazing how bits of garbage, battered by the ocean waves, can create such intriguing images simply through use of colour. Liz is cleaning up her native beaches, provoking thought about littering and the human obsession with plastic all while creating brilliant photographs. Talk about a fascinating triple-threat project that requires amazing dedication and colour sense!
There are a million images by design director David Schwen that I love and this one is no different. I admire anyone that sees magic in the everyday and seeing an ice cream cone among construction pylons is pretty darn magical.
Golden desert sand, brilliant blue skies, lush green land, dusty urban life, ornate traditional dress, pure white snow, chestnut and ebony wild horses – Mongolia has such a stunning and distinct colour palette. Part of the reason Mongolia is the land of a million earthy colour swatches is its geography. A landlocked nation, Mongolia includes the Gobi Desert to the South, snowcapped mountains to the North and grasslands, forests, lakes and rivers in between. In addition to all of the beautiful landscapes, I have always been fascinating by the vibrant and completely unique faces of the Mongolian people. There is just something magical about them. A sparkle in the eye perhaps? When preparing this post, I also learned more about the traditional Mongolian khadags – blue silk scarves symbolizing goodwill and the open sky. These scarves are given for occasions like weddings, funerals, births, graduations, departing friends and other ceremonial events. When researching photos, the beautiful blue textiles seemed to pop up all over the place and only added another layer of gorgeous colour to the wonder that is Mongolia.
I’ve always loved chevron and herringbone. Both designs have been used throughout history and are variations of a “v” linked pattern. Lately, chevron and herringbone have emerged as design trends which has resulted in some fabulously inspired modern twists on the traditional patterns. How gorgeous are those floors at the top of this post? If that was my bathroom and living room, I would never leave the house! The image directly above shows the slight variations between the two patterns (chevron on the left and herringbone on the right.) I’ve always liked the fact that herringbone gets its name from the structure of herring fish skeleton. You never know where inspiration will come from… Hoping you see lots of joyful patterns this weekend and they colour you happy!