“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus
Dean West has won several different awards for his advertising work, and was even named “Saatchi & Saatchi’s World’s Top Emerging Photographer” in 2008. But, what stands out to me are his conceptual portraits. Not only are they wildly creative, but his execution, the compositing and post-processing, are absolutely superb. [via Beware]
I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but I’m still fascinated by how out of place the Amish look in such a technology-saturated world of 21st-century America. These photographs, by Lottie Hedley, show another side of the American experience; a strong sense of family, a dedication to community, and lives rich with meaning and purpose, despite the uncanny lack of “modernity”. [via Feature Shoot]
We are suckers for portraits of pets. Traer Scott travels the country and creates these compelling (and sometimes heartbreaking) portraits of dogs living in shelters. Though many are adopted, others are not, making these portraits that much more poignant. [via Design You Trust]
This is the Ted Talk video that accompanies the article we wrote about Anton Kusters and the photographs he took of the Yakuza. In the video, Kusters discusses the two-year process that he went through to gain permission to photograph some of the top members as well as some of the more interesting encounters along the way.