Photography By David Stewart
Aug25

Photography By David Stewart

There’s a very distinctive style to David Stewart‘s photography – especially the pictures of his that really caught my eye, anyway – and that’s one of very staged, very clean, very coordinated, very well lit, often very static shots, with occasional touches of humour or absurdity. Click on the photos below to view the images in their full glory on David’s site, along with a great many others. Four beautiful books of his photos are also available to...

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Vintage Japanese Travel Posters
Aug22

Vintage Japanese Travel Posters

Is there anything the Japanese can’t do and somehow make a little bit weird? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Boosting travel to a country whilst standing out from the crowd of other countries also trying to boost travel is a tricky business but Japan certainly seemed to have a flair for it with this series of posters from the early-to-mid twentieth century promoting their nation as the destination of choice for travellers looking for something a little bit different. There’s a wonderful stylishness in the artwork and they’re certain to have stopped would-be vacationers in their tracks whilst perusing the local travel agent...

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Architectural Photography By Weronika Dudka
Mar15

Architectural Photography By Weronika Dudka

Weronika Dudka is a Leicester-based design student who has discovered a fondness for photographing brutalist and modernist buildings. Understandably so, as I’ve got a similar love for those particular architectural styles which more often than not meets with much shaking of the head when I express it. There’s a beauty in the geometry, symmetry, and repetition that’s hard to get across to people who can’t see past the typical colour scheme of the buildings that features more shades of grey than an E. L. James novel and very little else. There’s also a mystique to brutalism that some people don’t get as the architect’s vision is usually transformed wildly and often darkly by the social structure in which the building is located; far more so in my opinion than any other type of architecture. Enough of my waffling about the glorious gorgeousness that is brutalist architecture and onto the reason for this post, which is to showcase some of Weronika’s photos, all of which were sourced from her Tumblr page: Veronicadelica. Brutalist photography is most often dark, oppressive, and impressive, but here’s a great example of injecting colour into the shot thanks to some great reflections from the Manchester sky. And colour looks good on less brutal, more modernist architecture too as seen in this photo from Birmingham. The more familiar black and white shot now most associated with brutalist architecture photography but you can hopefully see in this photo from Sheffield how the block design resembles a monochromatic Mondrian work of art. A great example of a typical brutalist external staircase, this from a building in Sheffield. You often see these simple rectangular blocks and parallelograms forming stairwells but the curved backside is great to spot too. What’s also really nice here is the paint job which shows off the potential for just how attractive this type of architecture can look in the right setting and with the right light. A nicely-framed photo from Manchester showcasing the geometry and the contrast of angles prevalent in brutalism. Spirals, zig-zags, and long, vertical lines come together in this photo from Birmingham. A colour version of the same shot can be seen here. To finish with, Carradale House in London shot by Weronika. The building is one of Goldfinger‘s listed modernist designs. Sky bridges and narrow windows reminiscent of medieval arrowslits merge to form another wonderful piece of architecture. Check out all of Weronika’s photos as well as the things she finds inspiring here. Iain Baker liked this...

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Architecture For Children
Feb14

Architecture For Children

A lovely little Swiss website here that curates photos of architectural constructs built specifically for children around the world: Architektur für Kinder The side navigation bar provides great categorised links to scans of books, designers, and projects. A sample of some of the images is...

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Nightmare Before Christmas Gifts
Dec07

Nightmare Before Christmas Gifts

It’s almost Christmas and that means just one thing in our house: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton’s musical animation masterpiece. We have a tradition of watching The Nightmare Before Christmas before Christmas (as after or during is terribly unseemly). We don’t follow the tradition every year primarily because we’re forgetful but also we wouldn’t want it to become a ritual. From ritual it’s a short hop to religion and from there to religious wars with Corpse Bridists on one side and Jack Skellingtonians on the other, then schisms among the Skellingtonian followers as cults of Oogie Boogie Resurrectionists blossom. All of which is my way of leading in to highlighting Christmas gift ideas with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. These are the sorts of things we’d love if they were bought for us, not that you’re going to as demographic studies of the website’s visitors show a distinct lack of Mysterious Wealthy Benefactors. Jack and Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Print 8″ x 12″ Lovely print (and ridiculously cheap) from Kia Wynne featuring my favourite character, the devilishly delicious Sally. There’s something about a woman with a knowing smile, eyes the size of tennis balls, and detachable limbs that just sets my heart racing. Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Comic Manga Heels – Made to Order No, they wouldn’t be for me. My missus, on the other hand, has a bit of a thing for shoes and this particular listing from Hero Chic Heels really appeals: your choice of shoe style, heel size, and one-of-a-kind Jack Skellington print all for a fixed price! 27×40 Nightmare Before Christmas – Full Size Retro Movie Poster – 1930s Vintage Horror Movie Inspired, Retro Alternative Pop Art If you know anything about me then you know I’m a fan of retro so this vintage-style movie poster for the film by Ehron Asher appeals highly to me. The other posters for sale in that shop would all make equally fantastic presents. Nightmare Before Christmas Tiles I’ll be honest and admit I’ve never really thought of artwork on ceramic tiles as something to desire but these particular ones for The Nightmare Before Christmas (there are 72 designs at the present time) from Terry Tiles are really quite lovely. Nightmare before christmas – Halloween Thong – Jack the Skeleton G-String underwear Again – and let me really stress this – these would not be for me. Not exactly. I mean, I’m not saying I wouldn’t get some enjoyment out of them but I wouldn’t wear them. Ugly Lightup Christmas Sweater – Sally – Doll Santa To finish with here’s something from the US that if I...

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Places I Can’t Afford In Spain
Dec03

Places I Can’t Afford In Spain

If you’ve ever wondered what sort of places currently for sale in Spain I’d like to live in but can’t afford because a lottery win and/or an obscenely rich uncle suddenly passing still eludes me then this article’s appearance may well form nearly a whole minute of your lucky day! Santa Ponsa, Mallorca Listing 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms make up this gorgeous villa but it’s the great-looking pool and those arched inside/outside lounge areas that really leap out. Well, those and the € 16.5 million price tag. I don’t have that many Euros on me right now so I can’t afford to buy this place. La Zagaleta, Marbella Listing Another villa with 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms – perhaps there’s some mystical reason for it – but this one’s in Marbella rather than Mallorca hence the far more reasonable asking price of € 15 million. For the record, I don’t have that sort of money either even though it’s a full ten percent cheaper than the first Spanish property. Bargain! This particular villa also boasts a staff apartment, sauna, heated indoor pool with jacuzzi, gymnasium, pool bar, wine cellar, and 8 car garage. It also features the thing in the image below which I couldn’t work out for ages when looking at it: a night club. A villa with a night club! How… odd! Courtyarded Villa on Hilltop, Marbella Listing Stunning views thanks to the high elevation of this Marbella villa but only 8 bedrooms and bathrooms. Eight? What sort of poor person only has eight bedrooms and bathrooms? The sort of poor person who can only afford € 9.5 million, that’s who. That’s not me, by the way. Still, the giant Van der Graaf generator in the courtyard is tempting. Santa Ponsa, Mallorca Listing Simple design and minimalism make this villa with sea views stand out and so does the asking price of a mere € 6.9 million. That’s still about € 6.89 million more than I can afford but at least it’s all heading in the right direction. Look at the marble flooring and tell me you wouldn’t slide through there in your socks. And nothing else! Yeah, you...

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