The surreal and colourful illustrations by Calvin Sprague

The surreal and colourful illustrations by Calvin Sprague

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 years 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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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

InstHunt is a selection of Instagram images that we have found on Instagram during the week and that we will propose to you every Friday.

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @rubencaeiropjoto, @valerycia, @fuocoescintille, @my_perfect_little_world, @_barbarac__, @jacopo_cerchi, @imagenationparis, @stefanodoffizi.ph, @cristian.perra, @mahirtasyurt.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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The aerial and conceptual photography by Brad Walls

The aerial and conceptual photography by Brad Walls

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

The popular photographer Brad Walls presented “Detached, in Harmony”, his latest series of photographs inspired by the past two years of pandemic.
The point of view is aerial, which distinguishes all of Walls’ artistic production. In this latest project we don’t have the sensation of looking at the scene through a mechanical eye but with an impersonal gaze that observes women in colorful costumes moving in a desert. The blue sky annuls the depth of the background, while the space is defined only by the choreography of the subjects, and by the shadows that the sun casts on the sand. The bodies become mannequin and all distances are studied and symmetry cancels the spontaneity of movements.

Brad Walls’ “Detached, in Harmony” is one of the few cases of conceptual aerial photography. Not using a handheld camera for conceptual shots is an unusual choice, but it helps represent the emotional distance experienced by the artist during the pandemic.
“The figures are purposefully static, to symbolise how we have been frozen in time over the past 18 months.” commented Walls.
Detached, in Harmony’ placed second in the 2021 Fine Art Photography Awards ‘Conceptual’ category, and placed silver in both the prestigious PX3 awards and Moscow Fine Art Awards of 2021. The artist currently plans to exhibit ‘Detached, in Harmony’ in a solo exhibition in 2022.

Check out the artist’s work on his official website.

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The expressions of the human body in the shots of Ophelia

The expressions of the human body in the shots of Ophelia

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Art, Photography

For some people photography is a hobby, for others, it can also become a profession, but first and foremost it is a form of expression and incredible discovery.
For Feli, aka Ophelia, photography has been gaining importance over time, and for the past year or so it has become part of her daily routine, but for a long time it was simply a seductive and fascinating art form.

Ophelia is 25 years old and lives in Hamburg, Germany. While studying to become a psychotherapist, she plays with analogue photography and creates intriguing portrait photographs.

Her photographic style is intimate, poetic and welcoming, putting the human body at the center of the discourse and using an essential aesthetic to tell the story of the purity of human emotions. The protagonists of her photographs communicate through their bodies, looks and expressions and convey opposite and complementary feelings.

Leggi anche: The analogue photography of Aurelie Lagoutte

For Ophelia, bodies offer infinite perspectives, variations and possibilities of abstraction. Portraying them in a photograph means emphasising their importance and reflecting their beauty and uniqueness.

See a selection of her shots here and follow her on Instagram to discover all her work.

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The editorial and modern shots of Dilyusa Gimadeeva

The editorial and modern shots of Dilyusa Gimadeeva

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Photography

Dilyusa Gimadeeva, better known as @dilyusa.photo on Instagram, is an extraordinary Russian photographer. Her work sees her engaged in fashion, including editorial photography, look books and photo campaigns for fashion brands.

It is precisely in this aspect that her incredible creativity makes its way: Dilyusa seems to mix the laws of photographic technique with instinct and artistic improvisation. A difficult fusion.

Her shots seem to be taken on an unknown planet, they are perfect compositions, studied in detail, halfway between vintage and modern.

Her models, struck by an electric and dazzling light, are the undisputed subjects of his photographs. They are, at the same time, protagonists and interpreters of the scene.

Dilyusa has taken editorial shots for fashion magazines such as Rebel Magazine, Flanelle Magazine, Wonderzine and Harper’s Bazaar.

Follow her on Instagram and support her work.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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