One of us by Giacomo Favilla

We recently did an origami competition for an event at work. It got me thinking about my origami photography series Origami Me and I wondered what other photographers had done with this beautiful art form.

After some short research I found One of us, a project by Italian Photographer Giacomo Favilla

“They are like one of us. Or rather, we aspire to be like them.”

Origami mask by Francesca Lombardi.
Puma Origami mask folded by Francesca Lombardi, designed by Roman Diaz

Humans and animals become like one in this surreal series. With the perfect blend between reality and fantasy the masked portraits are both magical and realistic, almost like a dream.

‘One of us’ is an exclamation. The same words the Freaks sang in the 1930s cult movie that challenged the concept of normality. In a scene of the film it’s the monsters who accept a “normal” person as one of theirs, in a world turned upside down – in which not only are the physical idiosyncrasies of the circus characters normal, but they hide a good nature that seems to contradict their monstrous aspect.

Absorbed in the black and white atmosphere they appear to tell us that there’s no difference between man and animal, they are like us, in a mythology that blends our world with theirs and stimulates our thinking, by declaring that we’re on the same level.

– One of us exhibition text extract

The choice to use harsh lighting and edit in black and white was a good decision, it really emphasises the folds and edges of the paper masks.

Knowing the context of the project definitely enhances this series, taking away human identity to show that animals/beasts and us are equals is a powerful statement and one that I wholly support.

Jeff Stokely aka Sketch Goblin

I first came across Jeff Stokley‘s work when I saw a tweet about a new comic called ‘The Spire’. I immediately feel in love with his cover work (the first image in the gallery below) and after visiting his site, the rest of his illustrations too. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a copy of one of his comics soon. But for now, here’s a collection of my favourite pieces from his website.

The art of Demizu Posuka

Dystopia is the first word that springs to mind when looking through Demizu Posuka‘s art, it’s one of those things you just can’t scroll past.

With obvious inspiration coming from anime/games/comics the sketchy outlines make it feel as though the world is falling apart around these characters. It kind of reminds me of Gerard Way‘s Umbrella Academy series but with a Japanese pop culture twist.

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Astronauts and Dinosaurs: sci-fi/consumerism art by Scott Listfield

American artist Scott Listfield’s Astronaut Dinosaur series is a breath of fresh air in the world of traditional painting (even though the series started in 1999) tackling pop culture and consumerism in using a traditional art method.

No one explains the series better than Listfield himself…

I paint astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, well before I was born, so I have no firsthand knowledge of how it was received. I don’t know if people really believed we’d be living in space in 2001, if we’d have robot butlers and flying cars, geodesic lunar homes, and genetically reconstituted dinosaurs helping or eating us. But from Lost in Space to the Jetsons to Jurassic Park, it seems that popular culture has fostered this space-age perception of the future. Generations raised on these TV shows, movies, comic books, and novels are now grown and living in a future filled with mini vans, Starbucks, iPads, and Hip Hop videos. In many ways, the year 2001 failed to live up to expectations. And yet the world today is peculiar in ways unimagined in 1957, when Sputnik was launched, or in 1968, when 2001 was released, or even in 1994, at the dawn of the internet. The present is in fact a very unusual place, and it’s strangest in the ubiquity of things we take for granted.

The astronaut in my paintings is simply here to explore the present.

COSPLAY: Hakasi does Uta (Tokyo Ghoul)

Lets kick off the new year with one of the best cosplay series I have seen in a long time!

I’m a firm believer that a good cosplay is made better by a good photographer and visa-versa. Both elements in this series are perfect. Hakasi is one of my favourite cosplayers, there is no falseness, rather than being dressed up as someone else Hakasi seems to transform into them as if she’s reached into the book/screen and merged with the character.

I’ve never come across the work of Russian photographer Kiryukha before now but she is definitely one I’ll be watching. Any cosplay photographer that breaks the trend of shooting in hotel lobbies and forests has my respect. A lot of cosplay photographers don’t invest time in researching the character, location scouting and image concepts, they simply let the cosplayers looks carry the images. Kiryukha is one of the few breaking this convention.

Not to mention Uta from Tokyo Ghoul is one of the most bad-ass characters to come out of anime for a long time. I may be slightly obsessed with him.

2015 has started strong. It’ll be hard to find a series as good as this one but we can only hope and keep searching…

Moebius & Miyazaki – the end of an era

As a sci-fi fan I am ashamed to say I’ve only recently discovered the work of French artist Moebius. Considering he has worked on films such as The Fifth Element, Tron and Alien you think he would be a prominent household name; for sci-fi fans, he is. Moebius earned his reputation as the king of sci-fi during his early career illustrating comics.

Moebius and Miyazaki
Moebius and Miyazaki

Upon researching his life I felt great joy to learn that Moebius and Miyazaki held each others work in high-esteem, took influence from each other and even had recorded conversations together about art.

Mr Moebius’ Arzach you know… Yes, Arzach, I think he created it in 1975. I first saw it around 1980. It had a great impact on me. By then, unfortunately, my style was fairly established. So I couldn’t use it as effectively as I’d have otherwise done in my creative development. But it’s definitely true that I created Nausicaa with Moebius’ influence.

– Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki’s film Nausicaa (left) influenced by Moebuis’ comic Arzach (right)

It strikes me that in the last few years we have reached the end of an era for both anime and sci-fi. With Moebius passing away in 2012 and Miyazaki announcing his retirement earlier this year, two of the greats are no-longer creating.

A new era is underway for each of their genres, all we can do is hope the next kings can live up to the magic and talent of their predecessors.

Moebuis’ sci-fi

Miyazaki’s anime

Lim Cheol Hee

South Korean artist Lim Cheol Hee‘s paintings have caught the attention of many art-lovers around the world – including the king of art, Saatchi.

Lim Cheol HeeIt’s no wonder why when you see his paintings. With the paint applied to canvas using a brush and knife, Saatchi’s site says ‘His art style reflects people’s inner consciousness, using repeated strokes’.

Personally I love the aggression and erratic style that contrasts with the stillness of certain facial features. A contrast that is also present in his tools, a soft canvas-caressing brush and a deadly knife.

See more of his artwork here.

Takashi Murakami – In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow

Photo by Shin Suzuki. Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.
Photo by Shin Suzuki. Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

Murakami is at it again (yay!). The superflat artist of our time is back with a new exhibition.

The Japanese artists work usually tackles ideas of consumerism and war, man-made destruction so-to-say. However his latest work has taken a turn, this time looking at natural disasters; the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in particular.

In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow‘ is the title of the NY show, the title itself consistent with the contradiction between childhood and destruction Murakami’s work so often focusses on.

His past series ‘Little Brother’ represented how the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in WWII forced Japan into the position of the child and America the overpowering parent. As much ‘Little Brother’ did, ‘In the Land of the Dead…’ also uses destruction and innocence in such a way that once you dig beneath the aesthetically beautiful surface dark themes and ideas arise to the surface.


One new theme creeping into this series is religion, Murakami uses his art to explore how human use faith to cope with destruction.

To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.
—Takashi Murakami

And so this new exhibition further ignites my admiration for Murakami, a connection with his work and a want to have a piece of his work hanging on my walls. For now the postcards I bought at the Mori tower in Tokyo will have to suffice.

Read more about this exhibition in Artsy’s write up for The Huff post

Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co.
Photo by Shin Suzuki. Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

Fanart by Malboro does Ghibli magic justice

Studio Ghibli films hold a special place in the hearts of millions, not only children but adults too.

The magical stories fill our heads with creativity and transport us from our chairs to the land of cats, the spirit world and underwater lairs.

It’s no surprise fans like to recreate and reimagine the worlds they love. Of all the Ghibli fanart out there Malboro‘s is definitely at the top with the best of them. Anime meets Art Nouveau.

GTGan’s ‘In the mood for love’

Howdy, it’s been a while…

Let’s re-start this blogging journey with a stunning 2011 series by GTGan for Harper’s Bazaar magazine Singapore called ‘In the mood for love’.

This is a typical superficial series to me, the kind that doesn’t say much about anything but it simply too beautiful to care. The first image in particular is stunning, bright colours and meticulous lighting create a Sin City meets the Simpsons vibe, a weird but undeniably wonderful combination.

Steampunk’d cosplay

Steampunk pretty much does what it says on the tin (or brass). The steam half of the name taking influence from steam powered engineering, particularly from 19th century British and American culture (think Danny Boyle’s 2012 opening ceremony – factories and engineering). Punk hinting towards the grunge and rebellious nature, loving a gritty, clunky and unapologetic engineering process over the sleek and often hidden or invisible process of digitisation.

Steampunk translates well to fashion and cosplay in particular, for those who want to adapt a character into a look they have created they add a steampunk edge, making them more badass as unique. These are the best of the best…

Yaya Han (Cosplay, US)
Mike Rollerson (Photography, US)
MolecularAgatha (Cosplay, Costa Rica)
Lauren Abundis (Cosplay, US)
Shun Al Hayashi (Photography, US)
Pandore (Cosplay, France)
Skirtz (Cosplay, US)

THE BEST OF: Okō – Hoozuki no Reitetsu

Hoozuki no Reitetsu’s Okō, my new favourite female character. I love her class and power on top of her awesome look and the fact she’s a demon. Traditional geisha meets modern lolita, class and innocence meets the devil, she’s the ultimate ying/yang character. Although being fairly new she’s picking up a following already…

Rato (Cosplay, South Korea)
Lozi (Cosplay, Hong Kong)
Yoki (Cosplay, Japan)
yuuko708 (Cosplay, Taiwan)
MIRA (Cosplay, Japan)

‘Porcelain Figurines’ by Martin Klimas

Using a sound activated shutter release (a technique most associated with the work of Harold Edgerton) Martin Klimas has created this stunning series which suspends time and objects.

What I find most intriguing about this series is how through destruction the porcelain figures appear to come alive and are full of movement. Although we know they are being dropped and smashed the figures look like they are almost rising up and breaking out of their confines.

There is a great skill in these images too, Klimas has created images that could never be reproduced, each figure breaks in a unique way and within microseconds of these images being made the objects exist only as a pile of porcelain on the floor. There is something quite beautiful in the idea of life through destruction.

Saying all of this, I think these images would be even better as real sculptures, the beauty and intricacy would be breathtaking.

Check out the full series here.

Eren Jaeger – Attack on Titan

Shadow Light (Cosplay)
Kimihirokun (Photography)
hana-bira (Cosplay, SIngapore)
Shazzsteel (Photography)
Mimixum (Cosplay, Sweden)
Artano (Photography, Sweden)
Mon (Cosplay, Taiwan)
Asuka (Cosplay, South Korea)
Onnies (Cosplay, Thailand)
Dai Thai Lang (Photography, Thailand)
LINGCH (Cosplay, China)
Sunny (Cosplay, South Korea)
Mahmut (Cosplay, South Korea)

Fem! The best gender bend cosplays

See more from these fem! lovers here:
thewhitegirlwiththelittledog (Cosplay)
HinoSherloki (Cosplay)
Lyz Brickley (Cosplay)
Darshelle Stevens (Photography)
Star Wars Chick (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Kristen Andrews Dvm (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Katie Roberts (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Robbins Studios (Photography)
gymnastar1326 (Cosplay)
SNTP (Photography)
Silent Rip (Cosplay)
Nellie Schwarz (Cosplay)


Words cannot describe how excited I am to start Psycho-pass, it’s next on my list and will most definitely require a full day of duvet and tea so I can marathon it out. From what I’ve read online it’ll be something like a combo of Dredd’s weaponry / themes of future oppression and surveillance meets Minority Report’s ideas of violence and punishment for future crimes that are yet to happen. Let’s hope my impression is right!

This post is just a quick collection of Psych-pass content before I begin and to give you fans some great imagery and videos.

The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person’s state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term “Psycho-Pass” refers to a standard used to measure an individual’s being. The story centers around the “enforcement officer” Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world. In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person’s emotions, desires, and every inclination. In this way, it is also possible to measure a person’s criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals.”

‘Text Talk’ by Nick Knight

Prolific fashion photographer Nick Knight is constantly re-defining and discussing pop culture in his work, never has this been more true than in ‘Text Talk’, an editorial created for Garage Magazine in 2012. With styling by Katy England and modelling by Lindsey Wixon Nick Knight combines the recognisable imagery of texting and uses them in a way that is reminiscint of Roy Lichtenstein’s work to create a modern take on pop culture.


 Of course you can. Just make a contract with me. And become a Magical Girl. – Kyubey

A lot of cosplayers love to dress up as animals from anime and manga, the most common being pokemon. The great thing about animal-human cosplay is there is no human costume template to follow so everyone ends up taking a different approach to the character. One little evil kitten has become quite a popular character too, this is the best of Kyubey.

Check out more from these guys here:
tits–mcgee (Kelly) (Cosplay, Australia)
Lorenzo So (Photography, Australia)
Lau Mao (Cosplay, Italy)
zeropuntosedici photography (Photography, Italy)
KamiRenee (Cosplay, Denmark)
Mie Rose (Cosplay, Denmark)
Haych (Photography, Denmark)
Yuki Neko (Cosplay, Malaysia)

also, not one the best best but still damn funny…

Taken from: Hungary's Frying Pan on Tumblr
Taken from: Hungary’s Frying Pan on Tumblr

‘Color Games’ by Julius Lse

Julius Lse‘s series ‘Color Games’ is a triptych of colour and contrast, combining paint, light and the camera to create these surreal deadpan portraits. Very creative and beautiful.

Airbrush: Heiko Weiß
Models: Anni Fast/ Micky Kurz/ Franziska Hiltl

See more here.