medium /// photography

mariángel catalina


Portraits and plants. Ahh, two of my favorite things merged together beautifully by Puerto Rican born, Brooklyn based photographer Mariángel Catalina. This series, “Me Matas” is filled with both men and women living in their “urban gardens”, but as usual, it was the women’s portraits that called my name… I made sure to keep albahaca morada (ocimum tenuiflorum): javier” in there as bearded proof that she does in fact photograph men as well! Happy Friday.

*all portraits and plants are photographed by Mariángel.

charles pétillon


Oui, oui, a thousand times oui! These balloon-filled interventions are the work of Paris based photographer Charles Pétillon. These perfect white balloons, bubbling out of basketball hoops and old houses are all part of this beautiful series, titled “Invasions”:

“These balloon invasions are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to aesthetic experience: a visual emotion. Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons.”

… ‘a giant but fragile composition’. Sigh. Beautiful.

dolly faibyshev


Ok, that’s it… I’m packing a bag {sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen} and heading to the desert! These gorgeous photographs are from a series titled, you guessed it, “Palm Springs” and they’re the work of New York based photographer Dolly Faibyshev. Here’s a snippet from her bio:

 “American born to Russian immigrants, the vicarious fantasy of America became ingrained in me from an early age. I experienced the relationship of my family to their adopted homeland until I learned to define those experiences in pictures. I am a New York based self-taught photographer exploring the meaning of the American dream in all of its forms.”

American dream in all its forms… ie., cactus mailbox 

{Several of these pieces are available on Uprise Art}

mária švarbová


Oh. Yes. I love this series, titled “Swimming Pool” so, so, so much. The simplicity, the color palette, the little bits of perfectly placed text. Sigh. This is the clean and striking work of Slovakian photographer Mária Švarbová. Let’s just say, if Wes Anderson ever wants to make a film in Bratislava, I know who he should call.

{… thanks to maria ysasi for sending me a link to this wonderful work}

vanessa mckeown


“Fruloons & Vegeloons”… I cannot even begin to express how happy these make me on a Friday morning. This is the colorful, creative, and clever work of UK based designer / stylist / artist Vanessa Mckeown. I can’t decide which is my favorite. The tomatoes? That orange? The eggplant? Impossible. And this is just the tip of the pineapple… check out her site for all sorts of other wonderfully witty work. Happy Friday!

sarah illenberger


Gasp! Perfect plants, perfectly adorned, and perfectly photographed on perfect fields of color. This is the simple yet stunning combination behind this series, titled “Wonderplants”, by Berlin based artist Sarah Illenberger. She describes what she does as “working at the intersection of art, graphic design, and photography.”  Yep.

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j. frede


Found photos, from around the world, living harmoniously in a seamless, new, and totally fictional landscape. Gorgeous. All of these pieces are from the very appropriately titled series, “The Fiction Landscapes”, by LA based J. Frede. Here is part of his very poetic artist statement about this work:

“… The visual of how well the lands meet and continue also creates a dialog about how the land beneath our feet is connected to the land beneath our loved ones feet possibly thousands of miles away. Further more it can be argued that all of the land is connected beneath all of our feet spanning continents and beyond where the divisions are not humanly perceivable. One constant line drawn below us around the globe and back to us, with a center meeting point just under our shoes in which ever direction you choose to face.”

Ahh, so true. I think I’ll go call my mom now.

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koo seong youn


I didn’t think I could love peonies any more than I already do… until Korean artist Koo Seong Youn made them out of sweet, sticky, colorful candy! Here’s a little bit about her still life photography series, titled <Candy>, and why she chose peonies:

<Candy> series derives its motif from the peony folk painting. Peony is known as symbol of wealth and honour. Thus folding screens of peony have been set up in the wedding hall or banquet hall. Small painting of peony was hung on the wall of newly-married couple’s room. In the past they might prayed for prosperous things to this splendid flower painting. Now they seem to be very naive when they depended on not a strong and timeless object like gold or sun, but on the transient flowers, as even though they are very dazzling and beautiful in full bloom, they soon disappear without any trace. Secular accomplishment, like momentary sweet but shortly melting candy in the end of the tongue, is actually futile.

{via Design*Sponge}

don komarechka


Leave it to a Canadian to take insane photographs of snowflakes. Yep, armed only with a camera and a black mitten, photographer Don Komarechka captures these diamonds of the sky in all of their natural glory. Here’s how…

“Some people don’t believe my images are real, and that’s when I know I’ve created something worth talking about. Of course, some people simply think I’m crazy watching me take pictures of an old mitten in a snow storm.

The entire crystal cannot be completely in focus in any one frame, so multiple images are used to put the final photograph together. 30-50 images on average are used in the creation of the snowflake photograph, though hundreds of images are taken to ensure that no slice of focus is missed. Each snowflake is shot entirely handheld, without the use of a tripod. The images are created outdoors in cold temperatures so the snowflakes do not melt, and only the freshest snow will do; Snowflakes that have been resting for even an hour will begin to lose their delicate crystalline features. Timing is everything!”



liz orton


Sigh. So dreamy. Fractured landscapes that look, to me, like delicate pastel irises. This is the work of UK based photographer Liz Orton, from Deltiologies – “a series of collages that both celebrates and challenges the tradition of landscape photography.” The images are scans of early twentieth century photochromes. This is Liz’s description of this work:

“I have categorized the postcards according to recurring motifs such as lakes, snowy peaks, waterfalls and villages. Subject and composition are endlessly repeated. My approach to this work is to disassemble and reassemble fragments, and produce new arrangements of landscape in which it is harder to locate oneself as a viewer. The circularity is unbalancing  – it disturbs the viewer’s expectation of a horizon and an expanding view. I play with the circle as a metaphor and a means to draw attention to the eye and the photographic lens, as instruments of vision.”