Artist Turns Historical Photos into Colorfully Whimsical Composites

In a continuation of her Dancing with Costica series, Australian artist Jane Long has created more imaginatively surreal compositions by digitally restoring, colorizing, and manipulating black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. The series came about when Long was looking for a way to brush up on her retouching skills. After discovering the Flickr archive of Costica Acsinte, a Romanian war photographer who documented WWI and passed away in 1984, Long was inspired to work a little Photoshop magic on the subjects of the old snapshots. In her words: “I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that, I wanted to give them a story.”

By adding color and fanciful elements to each glass-plate photo, Long creates a whimsical fusion of past and present. Without altering the original subjects too much, she transplants them to wacky worlds that often contrast the stiff, stately appearance of each individual, opening up the images to whole new realms of possibility.

Although the series has been the source of controversy, with some people suggesting that it’s disrespectful for the artist to use the images of people she doesn’t know, Long stands behind her work. “I wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding colour completely changes our perception of images,” she says. “I wanted to change the context of the images. Photographic practices at the time meant people rarely smiled in photos, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t laugh and love. I wanted to introduce that to the images.”

Dancing with Costica will be exhibited as part of the Ballarat International Photo Biennale from August 22 through September 20.

Jane Long: Website | Flickr | Facebook
via [Bored Panda]





December 6, 2016

Famous Songs Hilariously Reinterpreted as Witty One-Panel Cartoons

Cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson hilariously reinterprets the meaning of some of the world’s most popular songs. Ranging from timeless Christmas carols to chart-topping hits, the Icelandic artist uses them as inspiration for his deceptively simple-yet-clever line drawings. As a result, their biting wit puts a whole new spin on the melodies we thought we knew. These one-panel cartoons are ripe with parody. Dagsson takes a snippet of a song—such as its title—and builds a whole stick-figure world around it.

Read Article


December 6, 2016

Ballerina Combines Intricate Beauty of Russian Ballet and Architecture

Russian photographer and ballerina Darian Volkova takes an innovative approach to exploring St. Petersburg’s architecture with her new ballet photography series Ballet House Tales. While she typically shoots backstage life at the ballet, these stunning images prove that her photography is not limited to straight reportage. By placing ballerinas in these these decadent houses, she fills the space with a new spirit. Each dancer melds into her surroundings, molding herself to the surfaces.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter