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Mary Ellen Croteau Makes Bottle Cap Art

Bottle Caps

Artist Mary Ellen Croteau proves that recycling can be beautiful with her work, titled Close, made entirely of bottle caps.

According to Mary:

Plastic bottle caps – like bags, a plastic product that can’t be/isn’t recycled. I conceived of an “endless column” of these caps, after Constantin Brancussi’s iconic modernist sculpture. One became two, and two became many. While making these columns, I noticed the smaller caps tended to nest inside one another, and the color combinations reminded me of Chuck Close’s painted portraits. So I got sidetracked and started on a large self-portrait made entirely of bottle caps. The piece measures 8 feet by 7 feet. No paint is used, except to delineate a few shadows where white board was showing through. In a few cases, the caps are trimmed in order to fit a tight space.

See more detailed photos at her site.

[Mary Ellen Croteau]

…We’re all gonna die?

We're All Gonna Die

Simon Hoegsberg’s work, We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence is a (you guess it) 100 meter long picture composed of 178 different portraits all captured over the course of 20 days from the same spot on a railroad bridge on Warschauer Strasse in Berlin in the summer of 2007.

The title of the photograph: “We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence” is not meant to spread fear as some people may believe – on the contrary, it’s meant to point out that life is beautiful, and unless we open up to each other instead of keeping our longings, hopes and experiences to ourselves we’ll fall into the grave with a lot of valuable information and love that we never got around to sharing with the people we’re in touch with. I believe that it is meaningful to let the thought that we’re going to die into our heads once in a while because it brings into perspective what we’re actually doing with the life we’ve been given.

Darren Rowse from Digital Photography School also had a chance to speak with Simon about the work, so be sure to read the full interview there for more info.

[We’re All Gonna Die – 100 Meters Of Existence]

[Digital Photography School – Interview With Simon Hoegsberg]

…Armed America shows you what gun owners look like?

Armed America

Armed America: Portraits of American Gun Owners in Their Homes “isn’t a book about guns. It’s a book about people”.

Kyle Cassidy traveled 15,000 miles over the course of two years to ask those featured just one question: Why do you own a gun?”

The goal was to humanize an issue as polarizing as gun ownership and gun control, and according to the reviews, Kyle succeeded.

[Armed America]

…Synchronicity needs your help?

Synchronicity

The Synchronicity Project is a simple yet beautiful idea to “Share the Time and Environment. Photos and Reports of the Globe at Glance.”

Created by Jun Tsuzuki, it’s supported by participants who find the project interesting, and is free to join if you fit that single criteria.

To participate, simply take a picture of where you are at and what you are up to, regardless of what that is, at a designated time.

The designated time is chosen by Jun, and has either a neat and euphonious look (Examp: 11:11:11 on 11/11) or a time during which a historical event took place (Examp: 9/11)

The designated time is also based on the GMT, so your specific time might not match up with the perfect time, but that’s actually the point. It’s supposed to be a portrait of the world at a single point in time, though not necessarily the “perfect” point in time.

If the project interests you, and you’d like to participate, then you’d better find a camera quick, because the next time is January 1st at 00:00:00 GMT (December 31st at 04:00:00PM on the West Coast, and 07:00:00PM on the East Coast if you’re in the US).

What will you be doing?

[Synchronicity]

[Via: Cool Hunting]

…Your portraits should be inspired?

Fly

Armed with a camera, a face, and the information that is currently floating around the Photo-Blogo-Sphere, you will soon be shooting portraits like never before.

Hot on the heels of The Art of Portrait Photography, Epic Edits Weblog has put together a list of 16 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques.

With texture, exposure, lighting, posing, reflections, shadows, focus, movement, colors and emotion all covered, it’s a how-to that will have you capturing images like never before.

[Epic Edits – 16 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques]

[Photo Via: sam_samantha]