The surreal and colourful illustrations by Calvin Sprague

The surreal and colourful illustrations by Calvin Sprague

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 year ago · Art

A unique graphic designer and illustrator, Calvin Sprague is an American born in 1987, clearly with a passion for art.
A style recognizable at first glance, colorful, retro and playful. The artist now lives permanently in Europe, precisely in Rotterdam.
Inspired by his father, Calvin Sprague set off for Europe for a total change of perspective in the hope of finding his now recognizable artistic vein.

During his travels, he discovered Holland, a land that managed to conquer him from the very first moment. In 2014, as mentioned, he decided to make the Netherlands his home.
Although he didn’t have a strategy or a job, he had a goal. His goal was to create from nothing a company that would combine all his passions: illustration, typography, murals. Finally in 2017, after years of research and sacrifice, it became a reality, he founded Union Haus.

Calvin Sprague is able to merge hands and bodies in illustrations with strange shapes and full of color.
In his illustrations appear eyes wide open without any connection to other arts, in his works, there is a surreal atmosphere, often devoid of any logical link.
She plays with thin lines and colored shapes, between harmony and chaos, an artist represents at best moods, with sweet and precise brushstrokes.

Although the comparison may seem excessive or forced, we can compare him for many of his works to the famous Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani. Capable through his sensual female nudes and for his portraits characterized by stylized faces, tapered necks and often absent gaze, similar to Sprague’s last works in particular: “Kimono”. A real tribute to Japan, women with absent glances, immersed in their loneliness that give an evocative look capable of immobilizing you at first glance.

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Can Dağarslanı’s photography breaks up the everyday

Can Dağarslanı’s photography breaks up the everyday

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

A thing is or is not. It exists or it is completely invented. It is part of reality or it belongs to an imaginary world, that of fantasy or dreams. Yet Can Dağarslanı‘s photographs make us doubt that this is the case. 

Can Dağarslanı is an architect, a graduate of the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul, but over time he has discovered himself to be an exceptionally talented photographer. His relationship with photography is closely linked to architecture, especially the organisation and perception of space. 

Contrary to what we might think, Can does not photograph urban landscapes or buildings, but uses the concepts he acquired as an architect to create perfect compositions. Every element we find in his shots is perfectly balanced: the subject is at the centre of the scene, big enough to capture the viewer’s attention, but not completely detracting from the surroundings and the background. 

This balance that we find in the composition is not found in the subjects. It is as if Can Dağarslanı wants to shake up reality and each time he manages to add an element that turns the shots into photographs that border on the surreal, but not absurd. 

Often this effect is achieved through the use of colour, and the shot of a girl lying on the grass in the middle of a forest is a perfect example of this: many would have chosen neutral colours for her clothes, others would perhaps have opted for nudity, but Can Dağarslanı has chosen completely red clothes. It’s not fantasy, it’s a different reality from what we expect, from what we are used to living. 

Below you can find a selection of Can Dağarslanı’s shots, but to find out more visit his website and to make sure you don’t miss his upcoming work follow him on Instagram

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Xhosa Fray Chinn, a sensorial photographer and film maker

Xhosa Fray Chinn, a sensorial photographer and film maker

Federica Cimorelli · 21 hours ago · Photography

Xhosa Fray-Chinn is a Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as something sensory. His light, dreamy, nostalgic aesthetic is a pretext for making the audience empathize with the stories he tells and bring the viewer into his shoes.

Xhosa Fray-Chinn has collaborated with clients such as VOGUE ITALIA, Reebok, Mary Young, Soulmatter, Elsewhere, Laugh.Events and MiCasa, but in the past year he has managed to deepen his style and poetics even more.

The current events have definitely affected my photography. Recently, I’ve been creating a lot from emotion and using everything going on, not only social injustices but the pandemic and other world issues to fuel my work. Creating this way allows me to quickly find inspo and work without too much thinking and more doing”.

– Read also: The intimate and analogue shots by Arnaud Ele

His multi-disciplinary artistic process seeks to showcase the beauty of the black experience to the rest of the world, his approach is creative, expressive and rich in style.

Check out a selection of his photographs here, follow him on Instagram, and visit his personal website.

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The intimate and analogue shots by Arnaud Ele

The intimate and analogue shots by Arnaud Ele

Giulia Guido · 3 days ago · Photography

Fashion photography, but not only. Arnaud Ele‘s shots have that extra something to leave the viewer in contemplation. 
Born in Cameroon, where he spent the first five years of his life, Arnaud Ele grew up between France and Switzerland and completed his studies in Geneva, specialising in directing at the Cinema School. It is his background, or perhaps his personal history, that gives his photographic production a special edge. 

Arnaud is known for his fashion photography and has worked for Diesel, adidas, Vogue Portugal and many other renowned brands and magazines, yet when we look at his shots we are confronted with images that are far removed from the fashion photography we commonly imagine.  

The choice of analogue gives the shots a certain uniqueness and shows that Arnaud Ele is a specialist in capturing the right moment. The tone, on the other hand, is documentary-like. It is no coincidence that, in addition to fashion photography, the photographer has also made a name for himself with series shot in Switzerland or in his home country. 

Whether it is a landscape, a portrait or a still life, there is always an intimate atmosphere in the shots that only a few can enjoy. 

We have selected just a few of his photographs, but to find out more visit Arnaud Ele’s website and follow him on Instagram

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More than bodies, Rony Hernandes’ photography

More than bodies, Rony Hernandes’ photography

Claudia Fuggetti · 3 days ago · Photography

Rony Hernandes is a model and photographer who uses body exploration as an expressive means to embark on new paths and depict characters who fully explore their sexuality without taboos. The artist tells his approach to photography as follows:

“Photography became a part of my life when I realized that I could go through what I felt and felt with the camera in hand, I express myself through self-portraits and stories.”

All images have a perfect composition and tend to highlight with great elegance body aesthetic harmony in every shape. The management of light is accurate and suggestive; nothing is left to chance, indeed, behind every shot there is a large study that contributes to a global representation of multiple moods that arouse strong emotions in the viewer.

On Rony’s Instagram profile you can find other very interesting images, in the meantime have a look at our gallery.

Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
More than bodies, Rony Hernandes' photography | Collater.al
More than bodies, Rony Hernandes' photography | Collater.al
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