Utah based artist and photographer John Poppleton’s series Black Light Bodyscapes is an amazing mix of body painting, black lights, and photography. The soft landscape art with models acting as the canvas become illuminated by the black light to make incredible portraits
Garbage Pail kids were a series of trading cards originally released by Topps Company in 1985. Topps is well known for their long history of trading cards, mostly in the sports world, so the gross trading cards were something different for the company. The cards of course were a huge hit and started a great following. Some people still have a collection of cards, (guilty). And sometimes people still bug Netflix to get the GPK movie (which was a terrible box office flop) added to their streaming service. I mean, they have Gigli of all movies, it’s not like they’ll lose any customers by adding The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and helping me relive my childhood. And the DVD has been in my queue for like 4 years but there’s always a ‘long wait’ for it. They probably only have one copy and some jerk wad in Wisconsin or something is hoarding it. But I digress…
30 years later, this incredibly well done photo series takes a look at where the Garbage Pail Kids are now, all grown up and getting through daily life as adults.
St Louis based photographer Brandon Voges explains how this came to be:
About a year ago, my friend Jake Houvenagle (a very talented local Art Director and Designer) and I (Brandon Voges, commercial lifestyle photographer at Bruton Stroube Studios) went to lunch to hang out, talk ideas, and drink good beer. In the middle of our conversation, Jake tells me about this concept he has to shoot Garbage Pail Kids, 30 years later…as real people, in real situations, with backstories of how their lives have played out. I then proceeded to crap my pants, tell him of his genius and get super excited. I was a huge fan of Garbage Pail Kids and had a large collection as a kid. The idea of revisiting them, thinking through their story and shooting these portraits was a dream. We had to make this happen.
From there, we picked cards we thought would be good candidates and squeezed these shoots in when we could. It took us until now to get them all finished -shooting them in studio and on location around St. Louis. These are our first 6, with more in the works. This project has been a big, awesome, hilarious collaboration between a lot of fun folks…art direction, photography, retouching, writing, production, and more (see the list of credits below). Big thanks to everyone involved, it’s been a blast so far!
And now, onto the show…
French photographer Sofiane Samlal, aka Samsofy, launched a new series devoted to the best toy ever, LEGO! With the use of a macro lens and some mini figures, Samsofy has created a fun series that shows Lego minifigs aren’t just pieces of plastic sitting in a bucket, they have a life of their own
Awkward and weird family photos are always fun to see, but if you dig back a little further you can get into some REALLY weird stuff. The staff over at the Crestleaf.com decided to do some digging and found some really bizarre and strange vintage family photos.
Turning the pages of an old family photo album can be quite embarrassing at times. It can spawn thoughts like, “Why did I ever think that crimping my hair was cool?” and “Whoa! Look at dad’s curly mustache!” Well, you’re not alone in thinking your family is weird, crazy or goofy — we all feel that way from time to time! And if you’re like us and ever thought your family looked especially odd in old family photos, we’ve found 15 awkward vintage family portraits that will make your own family seem (fairly) normal!
1.) King of Pool with Cue Ball Kid & 8 Ball Kid Portrait
This Russian family portrait was taken back in 1886. The father had an obvious obsession with the game of pool…and dressing his children like billiard balls.
New Jersey based photographer Danielle Guenther got bored with the ‘traditional’ family photo shoots that show a family in matching outfits faking happiness for the camera. Real life is gritty and chaotic and when you add kids to the mix it becomes even messier. Danielle took a different approach with her series Best Case Scenario showing a more realistic side to parenthood and despite all the chaos, it can still be beautiful.