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The Dutch Warriors

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Erwin Olaf has been making a name for himself as one of the most talented and influential photographers of our time. Having worked on campaigns for companies such as Nokia, Heineken and Microsoft, he is known for his stunning images and his style of mixing photo journalism and studio photography.

He was recently commissioned by Dutch newspaper, AD to photograph the Dutch football team as Spartan warriors. The players were photographed as gladiators in a “300” inspired theme with their bodies and faces covered in mud and scars. The players photographed were Edwin van der Sar, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Nigel de Jong, John Heitinga, Rafael van der Vaart and joris mathijsen.

When asked why the players were made to look like gladiator. He responded “Football is War”, which explains why the set is entitled “New Warriors”.

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Written by Karan Bharwani

June 10, 2008 at 3:56 pm

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Spread Your Legs, Let Me See it

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You know when you see a movie poster that features a woman spreading her legs and the main actor looking right through it; it tends to get you excited at first, then it reminds you of a movie you saw that also had a similar art direction on the poster but ended up disappointing you. PRINT Magazine has a nice piece on this phenomenon that features a gallery of the evolution of the spread-legged pose on movie posters, covers and advertisements.

The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form. But on book covers and on film and theater posters, the leg has evolved very little. In fact, the “A-Frame,” a cutoff-torso-spread-leg framing device, is the most frequently copied trope ever used.”

Via: Boing Boing

Written by Karan Bharwani

May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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Evil Celebrity Clowns

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The only place you get to see celebrities in their true form and uncensored is on Perez Hilton, otherwise they always seem flawless on camera thanks to a team of make up artists and stylists. But what happens when you let the public (people good at photoshop that is) play the role of celebrity make up artists? You get evil looking celebrity clowns of course. Worth 1000 recently ran a contest that asked the people to turn any famous person or celebrity into an evil clown. Some of the pictures submitted are pretty jaw dropping and disturbing at the same time.

Written by Karan Bharwani

May 19, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Old is the (New) New

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Graphic design has become a major part of our lives. Everywhere we go, we are always seeing graphics in the form advertising, packaging, and other stuff. Some are a feast to the eyes and some should have never been made. While contemporary designs are nice and all, it becomes too much and too monotonous sometimes. To break away from the normal contemporary graphic design, many artists and designers are now looking back to the good old days for inspiration. Smashing magazine has a nice feature on Vintage and Retro design from 1920-1980’s and also some current designs from designers and artists who make use of vintage and retro style in their work. Be sure to check it out.

Written by Karan Bharwani

April 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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3D illustration by Jessica Fortner

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The freakishly surreal character above is the work of Toronto based artist Jessica Fortner. She creates 3D illustrations by sculpting her characters and building the sets using a variety of different materials. She completes her work by photographing them, to create a final illustration. Check her site for more.

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Written by Karan Bharwani

April 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

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