Visual artist, photographer, filmmaker… Amr Elshamy has many facets. The artist creates beautiful montages that take us beyond reality. He uses his skills in image retouching to develop extraordinary visuals. Photo editing enthusiasts will certainly recognize his work… Indeed, Amr Elshamy is behind the home screen of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. The artist was awarded the Promising Youth Award by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the World Youth Forum 2019.Continue reading Stunning Photo-Montages of a Fantastic World
Julius Kähkönen is a young photographer, visual artist, and entrepreneur from Finland. His unique style in editing and photography results in photographs that many would describe as dream-like or straight out of a fantasy film. It’s small wonder that such stunning visuals earned Julius quite an impressive following, his Instagram page has 357k followers alone.
Kähkönen started editing back in 2017 and through the years developed a unique and eye-catching style that pushed his shots to the next level. As he traveled across the world, shooting hundreds of breathtaking sceneries, the photographer gathered an impressive portfolio that he then turned into a career. “I create art and absolutely love helping others,” Kähkönen’s Instagram bio states.
The photographer now teaches other people how to achieve such stunning visuals by launching courses on different aspects of photography and editing. From basic editing tricks to sky replacement lessons, Kähkönen seems to have found a way to turn his passion into a successful career.
Bored Panda reached out to Julius for some additional information and he gladly replied. “I started photography when I used my dad’s camera one evening during sunset and I was immediately hooked,” the photographer explained. “I then got tired of photographing because I lived in a town of 3000 people and couldn’t take photos anywhere in cool locations,” he said that we quickly got bored of local surroundings and discovered his passion in photoshop.
“I believe my style developed a lot in the beginning through paintings,” Julius told us about his inspirations, “I am drawn to dreamy paintings with a lot of color in them and I have taken a lot of features from night painting into my work”. He also revealed that he developed his own unique style by practicing daily and switching between his own shots and stock images. “The more I’ve been in nature taking images myself, the better my understanding of lighting and color has gotten,” the man said, “I’ve been able to travel to 19 countries so far and have thousands of my own images to edit out from”.
When asked how long does it usually take him to create a single finished piece, Julius had this to say:
“When I started, it took me 6-9 hours to finish one piece but at the time my workflow was not that optimized and I didn’t really know what I was doing. Through daily practice I have been able to cut down in editing time and finish complicated pieces in less than an hour. Nowadays my editing style is also more realistic and I tend to go for realism with a hint of magic in them”.
The photographer mentioned that people perceive his art in a positive light and he tries to be as transparent in his process as possible: “There has been some conversation about it being bad that I modify places around the world a lot BUT I try to be as transparent with my work as possible and I’ve always been creating art. I am not one to lie about whether something is real or not”.
Julius told us that now, after mastering what he’s doing and expanding his horizons, he’s been teaching others his techniques. “I’ve spent the past 1.5 years focusing on teaching as many people as possible about editing,” he said. The photographer also mentioned that he does not wish to gain money for creating art as turning his passion into a job is not his goal, so teaching is a nice way to monetize his talent. “Online teaching is so rewarding and I love to see my student’s progress with editing,” he concluded.
Note: this post originally had 50 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.
If the Shed has proved anything, it’s that kinetic architecture is here to stay in a big way. Of course, one could argue that the DS+R and Rockwell Group behemoth is hardly the first project to feature large-scale, moveable external elements, but it is the first to tackle the concept at the grandiose scale that an urban environment like New York demands. What’s more, the Shed’s sliding shell is unique in that its movements are determined by an individual artist’s desires for the space. The artist’s subjective ability to shape the institution’s size and form at whim introduces an intriguing notion about the future of urban architecture. Will responsive architecture be the city’s new paradigm? As we grow more and more accustomed to hyper-personalized digital spaces, will we naturally demand the same of the physical realm?
A new installation from Studio INI mediates on these questions, albeit at a much smaller scale. Located at A/D/O by MINI’s outdoor courtyard, founder Nassia Inglessis’s debuts her first U.S. kinetic installation, Urban Imprint, to start a dialogue about architecture’s ability to mediate our need for personal expression in a static urban environment. Visitors are able to physically reshape Urban Imprint by simply walking over the installation’s steel-spring-supported floor. With each footfall, a series of pulleys is activated, physically lifting Urban Imprint’s ceiling away from the viewer’s head. The effect results in an undulating, cocoonlike installation that responds to a viewer’s movement, form, and choices.
Read more: 10 Questions With… Nassia Inglessis
“In cities, we are so often adapting to the physical constraints of a predefined plan, as if poured into a vessel of concrete and glass” Inglessis explains. “I wanted to explore what it would look like to create a more symbiotic and natural relationship between us and our built environment. The goal of Urban Imprint is to explore the potential of a highly responsive urban space; one that I hope can allow its visitors to feel present and empowered through their own unique imprint.”
Urban Imprint also exemplifies Studio INI’s fascination with digital tools and unique material techniques. The steel-spring floor was made with computation design and digital fabrication tools, such as laser cutting. The pliable yet sturdy skin was produced through a combination of concrete and rubber. She explored these same concepts in a more linear format with her London Design Biennale 2018 installation, Disobedience. That work consisted of a 56-foot-long corridor with CNC-cut, recycled plastic walls that flexed and morphed around a moving human body.
The location for the installation’s NYCxDesign debut feels especially appropriate, considering A/D/O’s design-centered mission statement and its 2018 NYCxDesign exhibition, United Visual Artists’ Spirit of the City.
“We are thrilled to be working with Studio INI and giving the work of Nassia Inglessis a platform during New York’s most important design week,” A/D/O’s global managing director Nate Pinsley says. “Her vision is one that uses technology as a tool to enhance our humanity. Our programming has always aimed to inspire debate about the future of design and we could not imagine a more perfect partner.”
Urban Imprint is free and open to the public. It will remain open at A/D/O until September 2, 2019. Check out Urban Imprint’s website for events, press, and visitor information.