beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Golden Moments

    Gilded portraits of young children evoke themes of togetherness. Togetherness and unity are intangible and often bound to a moment, yet their inherent value can be felt more meaningfully than a precious gem. Photographic artist Tawny Chatmon aims to capture and highlight this intangible value in a visual way in a series of gilded portraits. […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Artificial Creatures

    AI-generated figures evoke marine life and organic structure. Russian director Maxim Zhestkov brings robotic precision to life in a series of animated, AI-generated digital sculptures. Part of a digitally-rendered film called “Artificial Organisms,” waves of motion pulse through floating, amorphous blue globs of matter. “A combination of biological symmetry and impeccable digital matter, they are […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Moonlit Mountain

    An illuminated half-circle structure decorates the natural landscape of Mount Tai with a soft glow. Nestled in the wooded topography of China’s Mount Tai, an orb of light casts a net of light, reflecting upward across a sleek pool of water. Beneath the lit dome of the orb, a concrete chapel lays open for locals. […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Capped

    A three-year photography project captures calving glaciers. Set the scene: a man with a camera travels along a 4,000 km frigid coastline alone in a rubber raft. Chunks of ice fall from an iceberg, plunging the photographer into icy waters. He survives. Left with broken ribs and a concussion, the photographer insists he must capture […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Mortal Stone

    An anatomical rock sculpture study explores themes of mortality and loss. Grief and loss are deep, weighted emotions. That’s why artist and designer Debra Baxter has chosen heavy stone and rocks as the perfect medium to explore these all-too-human themes in the series Love Tears. From a blend of alabaster, quartz, wood, and other stones, […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Light My Way Home

    Artificial light augments gorgeous acrylic paintings of idyllic natural settings. In a series of neon light paintings, New-York based painter GiGi Chen creates surreal portraits of bird subjects against the backdrop of striking sky-scapes, forest, and urban settings. The vibrant neon contrasts with the natural subjects, augmenting leaves, feathers, and jewelry, illuminating portraits with bright […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Third Rock From the Sun

    An animated virtual adventure illustrates rocky extra-terrestrial terrain. Director, cinematographer, and visual artist Clemens Wirth is celebrating the other-worldly terrains on the surface of Earth in a series of animated short movies titled Miniature Landscape.  Wirth’s short films follow a hovering camera as it slithers through intricately designed landscape models Wirth built in his workshop. […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Light Beams

    A virtual art installation transforms the halls of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. As part of the 2021 London Design Festival, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and tech developer Tin Drum have joined their unique perspectives into a new craft — a captivating architectural spectacle only visible with a VR headset. The interactive installation […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Hot Pursuit

    This landscape photographer chases shots of extreme climates. From towering glaciers to cavernous canyons, Hamburg-based Jan Eric Waider is known to pursue breathtaking and intense landscape photography across the globe. In a new series titled LAVA, Waider is turning up the heat, capturing the textures and shapes of melted stone flowing from a volcano. For […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: That’s a Wrap

    A massive, iconic Parisian landmark gets draped in a silvery-blue paper. Global travel may still be limited this year, but that hasn’t stopped Vladimir Yavatchev from creating an over-the-top public art installation for the world to see. Through a partnership with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, workers began wrapping the Arc de Triomphe – a […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Composition Composers

    Photographers deploy creative composition techniques to add a playful twist to various settings. Valencia native photographers Anna Devis and Daniel Rueda merge creative concepts and real-world settings seamlessly in their ongoing portrait collaborations. Taking shapes and color blocks from otherwise mundane backdrops, their photographs compose new narrative-driven shots that add a transformative touch of playful […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Spiraling Stone Plexus

    Sprawling land art embeds coiling patterns in beachy landscapes. Creativity and stone-cold precision are better together, and Wales-based artist Jon Foreman wouldn’t have it any other way. In a series of public land art, Foreman has meticulously re-arranged patches of natural topography into coils of decorative patterns. Land-bound whirlpools of smooth stones sprawl across beaches […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Blooming Distortions

    An editorial photographer plays with refraction through light, glass, and water. Suzanne Saroff is constantly searching for new ways to interpret reality through photography. With a keen eye for lighting and composition experiments, her latest series distorts vibrant floral arrangements using glass vessels filled with water. The graphic manipulation occurs on the other side of […]

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