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Thomas Dagg

22nd – Dec – 2015

So the new Star Wars film came out and all the humans (well it seems most) ran out to view. I enjoyed the film a great deal. It managed to take me to a place where I could imagine a non earth life amongst the stars, which is all hoped to expect. It reminded me of this photo series by Toronto based photographer Thomas Dagg. How different it would be if a grainy, black and white arthouse approach was used. The images tend to suggest a more subtle storytelling, far from the all American in your face hyper polish blockbuster. Star Noirs perhaps.

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Atom Awards

10th – Dec – 2015

Was honoured to be asked to help with the judging for the 2015 Atom Awards. After nominating myself for a couple of different genres, pixelshifter was allocated the Documentary – Science, Technology & the Environment (Industry) category. I was really impressed with the whole voting process. Personalised login enabled me to read instructions, view content, make notes and submit scores. Everything ran super smooth, well done Atom Awards, please feel free to ask me back next year. Congratulations to all entrants, really made me feel that the Australian media making breeding ground is healthy indeed.

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Japanese Youth in Revolt

6th – Nov – 2015

You don’t usually associate reckless teenage abandon or punk ethos with the Japanese. So neat and polite, however all teenagers rebel. Great images from 1964 Tokyo by Time photographer Michael Rougier of a bitter post war minority rebelling against the mainstream.

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Kate Banzai

14th – Oct – 2015

Latest art crush! Kate Banzai’s work has been appearing here and there in Melbourne recently, maybe much further back but just popped up on my radar. Striking. Bold colour and and a real experimental feel. You get the feeling she really enjoys her work, and so she should. Makes me happy and curious for more. Find much more of her work here.

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Nathanael Turner

7th – Sep – 2015

LA based photographer Nathanael Turner has plenty of interesting composition and colour going on, all wrapped up with a certain attitude. Like stills from indie films you’d want to see.

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Typedrummer

24th – Aug – 2015

You don’t seem to see these sort of fun little internet toys as much as you used to. Maybe most of them existed in the now defunct flash department. Typedrummer by Kyle Stetz is just great – super simple and very well executed. Depending on your curiosity though and I expect mostly dependant on your mood, be prepared to lose some time. Use this link – that’s just a screen grab below!

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Chocolatexture

22nd – Jul – 2015

Love this project by Canadian based, Japanese designer Oki Sato. Beautifully designed set of 9 chocolates. The same chocolate is used in each, the idea being that they taste a little different from each other based on the form and texture, bet it’s true too. They look too good to eat – but I would! Super job on the packaging as well, great design Oki.

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Angus O’Callaghan – Melbourne

12th – Jun – 2015

Here’s a kickstarter project worth backing, I did. Brilliant photography from an era passed, from about the time I came into this world, ’70 to be known. The stunning images were taken in and around Melbourne between 1968 and 1971, and from the few I have seen, they are remarkable. A found old green shoe box full of negatives, then later a chance meeting with Ben Albrecht, all leading to this beautiful book. Can’t wait for my copy. Looks like their target has been reached, excellent.

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Kevin Cyr

22nd – May – 2015

Maybe it reminds of being a little boy, staring at cars and trucks from the back seat of the car. I have been a big fan of Kevin Cyr for many years. If you like his work, his website is well worth a look. His ongoing vehicle series grows and grows. Prolific.

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Michael Wolf

3rd – May – 2015

Architecture of density, is an amazing photo series by Michael Wolf showing the high rise buildings of Hong Kong. The images conjure up all sorts of alternate visions and feelings. Powerful stuff. His website is well worth a thorough look if you find the time.

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Visionary

29th – Apr – 2015

Thank you internet. If this guy is at a party then that’s dedication, but I have a feeling this is more likely forward thinking mother Russia.

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Douwe Dijkstra

4th – Apr – 2015

Quirky and refreshing illustration work from Netherlands based Douwe Dijkstra.

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The Smithers

22nd – Mar – 2015

Love a Simpsons pop culture mash up, here’s another. No idea where I found this.

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Kazumasa Nagai

10th – Feb – 2015

Great design from Japans Kazumasa Nagai. At 86 years young, must have been way ahead of his time. Love both the colour and composition. Found at Juxtapoz.

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The Circular Calendar

27th – Jan – 2015

Just discovered this beautiful design project – The Circular Calendar. Looks like an egg, round and encompassing life – nice one. Bit late, sold out for 2015 – will have to look out for next years version. More info here.

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Brasilia

8th – Jan – 2015

Stunning images from French photographer Marcel Gautherot taken in the 50’s during the development of the new city Brasilia, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer to replace the then capital Rio de Janeiro. Looks super slick and modern even now. Bucket list destination.

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