Artist Alert: Andrea Ferrari
In the artist’s latest photographic work, “Wild Window,” Andrea Ferrari paints taxidermied in a new light, breathing life into them all over again. A “meditation on the natural world,” as his gallery puts it, “Wild Window” attempts to freeze the beauty of nature a second time so that it may be put on display forever. As if taxidermy wasn’t permanent enough…
(Images courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Animal Spirit: The Shark
In our series, Animal Spirit, we believe that spring is a good time to explore the shark energy. Those who wear shark pieces connect with the idea of being “masters at survival.” As elegant authorities in the ocean, they also possess incredibly razor-sharp focus to get what they want. To vibe with this goal-driven and determined spirit, keep some shark teeth lying around your home, or be bold and rock a shark T-shirt.
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The Water Series
In between images of the personal artwork uploaded to Mya Kerner’s Tumblr page, you’ll find thought-provoking quotes from luminaries like Pablo Neruda and Henry David Thoreau. It makes sense, really, in that her own work is a form of poetic expression in itself. Whether it be purposefully scorched pieces of wood or texturized, frothy paintings of water like the ones seen above, Kerner engages in a dialogue with life and nature. As viewers, we just get to reap the benefits of that conversation.
(Images courtesy of Mya Kerner. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Insta-Peep-o-Gram: Nick Hines
"I’m seventeen. I love nature and art! I’ll try not to disappoint you," Nick Hines announces on the header of his Instagram page. What follows is a litany of kaleidoscopic, psychedelic, digitally altered images from rural, south eastern Ohio, where snow falls on empty fields and trees stand tall and uninterrupted. Nick then processes the images, sometimes adding an overlay, and then ships his magical world out to the masses, one shot at a time.
On Instagram, we often choose to follow those in the fast lane: the magazine editors, the celebrities, the models, all those boldface types. Everyone lives in Paris, London, New York. They take pictures of vegan food in San Francisco restaurants and snap shots while tanning on South African beaches. Nick (for the time being) is far removed from that, and that’s what makes his world so wonderful. His relative remoteness is an asset, and the images that he creates as a result do anything but disappoint.
The Inside Source wanted to pick the brain of this young photographer-in-the-making and find out what it’s like to approach photography having been born fully immersed in the digital age. Nick was kind enough to oblige.
Jenny Bahn: Can you tell us a little about where you’re from?
Nick Hines: I live about two hours away from Columbus, which would be… [MORE] the nearest large city. I live on a farm but I’m anything but a country kid. My home is actually located in Wayne National Forest and that’s why I have so many nature-themed pictures. It’s beautiful here all year long but I hardly get away from here and I’d like to see way more of the world than what I have. Everyone around here is the same.
Q: Do you take all your photos on your iPhone?
A: I do take all of my photos on my iPhone 3GS. The camera is actually pretty good for being so outdated compared to the ones in newer iPhones. Luckily, I get my new iPhone in April though!
Q: What are some of your favorite apps?
A: My favorite apps are Snapseed, Split Pic, and Decim8. I’d say my absolute favorite would be Snapseed though because it makes any picture look like a professional did it. The other two I like just because they are neat and look like I know what I’m doing. Haha.
Q: Do you ever shoot on real cameras, or just the iPhone?
A: I do not take pictures on real cameras. It’s harder for me to get creative with real ones for some reason. Plus, I don’t even own a camera of my own besides the one in my phone.
Q: How did you get into photography?
A: I don’t think that there was a specific time that I got into photography. I started at the end of last winter when I first discovered Instagram. To be honest, at first I was horrible at taking pictures but then fortunately I evolved into a much better artist. Now photography consumes most of my free time. I’d say that I started really getting into it though when I saw the works of others that inspired me.
Q: What are your favorite things to shoot?
My favorite things to photograph are trees. I am obsessed with anything nature, especially trees. I love how no two trees are the same and how the branches twist and turn up to the sky. They are just too beautiful. Over the summer I was always out in the forest under one.
To follow Nick on Instagram, his handle is @nick_hines.
(Photos courtesy of Nick Hines. Text by Jenny Bahn)
It’s a Small World
Okay, so you want to build a terrarium. You’re going to need a few things. First, find a container. Do you want something round? Cylindrical? Re-purposed? Second, you’ll need your plants. Which plants you choose depend on the closure of your container. Succulents will not thrive in a closed-off terrarium; they don’t need humidity like other plants. If you want to keep your miniature garden living for more than a week, you’ll have to do your research. Thirdly, you must have a good drainage base. And last, you’ve got to have the right kind of soil. The devil is certainly in the details and we’re here to point you in the right direction. TheLittleBlog.com has a great step-by-step description for your D.I.Y. terrarium. And when it comes to supplies, eBay most definitely has you covered. From glass containers to air plants to soil to succulents, you’ll find everything you need online.
(Photos: Courtesy of Dwell and TheLittleBigBlog. Text by Jenny Bahn)
Glamping It Up
Here’s what we call “stepping up your game” in the world of camping. This very chic set up was spotted by The Black Workshop via Art&Design’s Facebook page. We must admit, the idea of Glamping (Glamour + Camping) seems more enticing every day. Here’s a few selections for large tents on eBay to begin tickling your adventure side. With the proper trucking devices, one could even, dare I say, move out to the country just a little longer than expected. Consider it alternative living…Thoreau style.