The latest library of X+Living, a forest of mirrors

The latest library of X+Living, a forest of mirrors

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Design

In the southwestern part of China, in the Sichuan province, about fifty kilometers from the city of Chengdu, you can still visit one of the oldest sites of the country and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dujiangyan and its irrigation system built around 250 BC.
This place and its intricate system inspired the architects of the X+Living studio to design a library for the city of Dujiangyan. This is not the first time that we have visited X+Living‘s bookshops, we had in fact talked about the one in Beijing and also the one inspired by Escher‘s works. 

This time, however, it seems that the architects wanted to overcome all their previous projects. The bookshop develops horizontally, but thanks to the creation of lofts and small terraces accessible by spiral staircases and, above all, a fully mirrored ceiling, in the store seems to go on forever. 

As far as the shapes of the bookcases and the furnishing objects are concerned, X+Living has taken its cue from the shapes and characteristics of the landscape in the area. The columns full of books are reminiscent of the bamboo forests, while the black floor is a tribute to the Min River and the wooden benches in the corridors and rooms are reminiscent of the typical boats that populate the waterway. 

Buying books has never been so beautiful!

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Martin Neuhof, an evocative photographer and portraitist

Martin Neuhof, an evocative photographer and portraitist

Federica Cimorelli · 3 mins ago · Photography

Martin Neuhof, born in 1984, is a German photographer and portrait artist based in Leipzig, Germany. Martin followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Friedrich Gahlbeck, a well-known German photographer of the last century, then worked to afford a camera and began experimenting with images.

His photography is clear and elegant, it focuses on the human face and delves into the interiority of the subject he captures. For Martin Neuhof, the face is a gateway to human emotions, an obstacle to be overcome and a barrier to be broken.

– Read also: The deep photographic portraits by Laura Zalenga

His photographic compositions manage to break down all appearances, they are creative shots that highlight the protagonist of the image and meanwhile strike the viewer, provoke him and activate something in his inner self.

See a selection of his shots here, follow Martin Neuhof on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The dreamlike and conceptual shots of Alex Stoddard

The dreamlike and conceptual shots of Alex Stoddard

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

There comes a time when photography stops faithfully reproduce reality and try to re-imagining it.
The result resembles a short and unstable interlude between dream and consciousness in which the mind tries to compensate the lack of logic and everything seems to have a different sense.

Alex Stoddard, a young conceptual photographer, try to represent that short instant, he tries to make real the moment when vision and perception breathe together.

Alex’s experiment seems to take its cue from different art forms, but also by other photographers.
From the Cinematic taste of Eugenio Recuenco, the mysterious qualities of Jeff Bark, from Tim Walker to Oleg Oprisco and his unique surrealism.

As for Kyle Thompson, Louis Lander Deacon, and David Talley, the escape from reality becomes a refuge, the only way to identify himself.

Take a spin on his website.

Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
Gli scatti onirici e concettuali di Alex Stoddard
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The conceptual photography by David Talley

The conceptual photography by David Talley

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

When photography stops to tell the concrete reality and try to represent a concept, when the image alludes to something, it becomes visual narrative, surreal and fantastic, a concept art.

A very young artist, spokesman of this photographic genre, is the American David Talley, founder and creative director of Concept Collaboration, a worldwide movement dedicated to conceptual photography.

With a touch a bit emo(tional) and an image processing similar to the dark one of Tim Barton, his goal seeks to highlight “the darkest moment before an explosion of light”.

Through the use of the movement and the rarefied atmospheres, David translates the emotions of real life in photographs from the positive impact that try to capture vulnerability and disturbances. Every place, every natural element help him enrich his narrative skills and provides in visual emotions.

The reality, after all, is only a starting point.

Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
Le fotografie concettuali di David Talley
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The dreamlike photographs of Lin Yung Cheng

The dreamlike photographs of Lin Yung Cheng

Buddy · 1 day ago · Photography

I already wrote about Taiwanese photographer Lin Yung Cheng, enchanted by his raw and ironic shots, and his ability to show an abstract and never banal sensuality.

For Lin, photography is a means by which we can discover the surreal in our daily lives, create irrational images that mock eroticism through conceptual games and vice versa, and make fun of a certain essential aesthetic taste through a mysterious and pungent sensuality.

No facial expression, an explicit eroticism that is never shown.

Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
Gli scatti onirici di Lin Yung Cheng | Collater.al
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