Monday, January 10, 2011

12 Creative Photo Series to Inspire You [My Modern Metropolis]

12 Creative Photo Series to Inspire You: "Sleeping again !?

Now that the new year has begun, I decided to round-up some of our best photo series in hopes that you might find some inspiration from them. Last year, I read this book by Daniel Pink called A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future that really changed the way I thought about creativity and what it means to us in this day and age.

Excerpt: 'The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind—computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.'

I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to tap into their creative spirit.

The following twelve posts are great examples of everyday people finding their own, unique way to creatively express themselves. It's my hope that they'll spark something inside of you. Enjoy. (Click into a picture or follow the corresponding link to learn more.)

Highlight Your Kid's Personality

Kid Portraits with Character

With six stunningly beautiful kids, Dupont is not only blessed with a large and lovely family, she's a gifted fine art portrait and wedding photographer who gets to spend her days capturing other people's memories. [Link]

Get Your Family Members Involved

Grandma's Superhero Therapy

A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn't stop smiling. [Link]

Find Fine Art in Animals

British photographer Tim Flach sees animals in a completely different way. Having completed postgraduate studies at St. Martins School of Art London, Flach shoots stylized animal portraits that look more like fine art than framed shots of your puppy.[Link]

Take on a 365 Project

Stunning Self-Portraits by a 17-Year-Old

Like Valerie Chiang or Kalie Garrett, Alex Stoddard is one of those talented teenage photographers who knows how to express themselves. His self-portraits are all incredibly unique and after viewing them you're left wondering where he's going to take you next. [Link]

Celebrate Love and Romance

London born photographer Chis Craymer recently launched his new book, Romance. Craymer wanted the book to be 'essentially emotional rather than intellectual or fashion led.' As he states, 'Romance for me was the perfect vehicle to make pictures which can covey a number of emotions...I wanted to try to make pictures which could be for example sexy, funny, joyful and also powerful and even soulful.' [Link]

Bring Everyday Objects to Life!

Artist Terry Border is one of those people who holds a secret gift. He can take boring, everyday objects and make them come alive. His art can be appreciated for the clever thought behind it. [Link]

Make Unexpected Street Art

Urban Street Art - Reading Minds: Brooklyn, New York

Love the simplicity and creativity of this street-art piece by Katie Sokoler and Matt Adams. They make assumptions of what people think about on a daily basis and then attach thought bubbles on the walls of Brooklyn. As random people walk by, they snap a picture. What would be in your bubble? [Link]

Find the Art in Science

Caleb Charland demonstrates lessons in physics and mathematics with his mind-blowing photography. Inspired by children's books of science experiments, he photographs everyday objects (like matches, pens and mirrors) in ways we've never imagined, often using multiple exposures to tell the story. [Link]

Make the Kitschy...Cool

Replacing World Landmarks With Cheap Souvenirs

When most people go to a landmark or tourist attraction, they take home a little souvenir to remind them of their trip. Then there's Michael Hughes. He loves to take pictures of world famous landmarks - perfectly blended with cheap souvenirs. [Link]

Play With Toys...Yes, Toys

Created by Stéfan, Stormtroopers 365 is a photo project starring Stormtroopers in the Galactic Empire Army. The project began on April 3, 2009 and ended on April 2, 2010. Each day, a new picture was added to the series. [Link]

Find Stories in Old Hands

If These Old Hands Could Speak

If these old hands could speak, just what would they say? What incredible stories would they tell? In a series where we're left with more questions than answers, Alex (or Algo on Flickr) shows us just how powerful faceless photos can be. For years he took pictures of aging hands, sometimes providing a simple story to accompany the piece.[Link]

Visit One Tree, Everyday

One Dead Tree

It's a familiar tale you hear all the time. What starts out as an accident turns into something amazing. So it was for Kevin Day, a graphic designer who's created a beautiful and moving story about one dead tree. [Link]

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