Smithsonian Magazine has announced the finalists for its 10th Annual Photography Contest. This year saw a submission of 37,600 photos coming from 112 countries. Editors of the magazine have chosen 50 finalists from the submissions in their five categories. Here are some of the images that made it to the finals.
Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes does the disappearing act in her surroundings, where she uses wallpapers to paint herself and be “one” with the background. Her eyes stand in sharp relief to the background and the paint on her, and eventually give away her form against the backdrop.
We have already had the pleasure of seeing Star Trek characters in the style of Pixar, and it’s only natural that now we take a look at the Pixar treatment of Star Wars characters. The illustrations are the work of Phil Postma’s Minion Factory.
Robert Mickelsen made an assault rifle glass smoking pipe, because he is badass. And all smokers wants this gun for themselves.
We are well aware that papercraft usually does not lead to the creation of objects that look very real. Thankfully, Los Angeles based artist Vincent Tomczyk was not aware of the said adage, or was all too well aware of the challenge. The artist has created several sculptures of everyday objects, all that look very real and very much like they should be, except of being made entirely out of paper. All surfaces have been painted by hand. Tomczyk’s sculptures will be on display at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, May 4 to May 31, 2013.
For his series Built of Books artist Frank Halmans went the literal way, giving stacked vintage books the general appearance of houses. They’re complete with doors and windows and if viewed merely as a silhouette, they might as well give the impression of a “real” house. We’re pleased to see that the opposite is true as well.
Neon Skull Lights by artist Eric Franklin are one of those scary things that keeps you looking at them with rapt attention. You might be creeped out, but you somehow can’t bring yourself to look away from the spectacle. Or that’s how they put such things in a couple of not-so-good books I have read. As far as I’m concerned, these lamps are fabulous. It is a set of three skulls, lit up internally through ionized neon, krypton, and mercury. The skulls themselves are made using an intricate network of glass tubes sealed masterfully to create a vacuum.
An image can convey a thousand words. Play your cards right, and a word can convey many words as well. These minimalist posters by Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat show the achievements of famous scientists with just their names. Prints are available on Society6.
Artist and illustrator Kenny Durkin has transformed the Muppets into the setting of other popular characters. Going by the different character costumes they have adorned, we will say the Muppets are pretty versatile.
Checkout these beautiful landscapes captured in infrared by Irish photographer Richard Mosse. All these photographs are from Eastern Congo, showing the beauty and the horrors of the region through the eye of infrared photography. Some of these pieces will be on display at the Armory Show in New York from 7 to 10 March.