It’s a blessing and a curse to be so interested in so many different things. I want to write about everything and anything that pops into my head. That's why I've started a weekly series of "Friday Favorites". Essentially, I'll share with you five of my favorite photographers, artists, musicians, etc. each week. I decided to start off by sharing five of my favorite photographers. They all have their own unique aesthetic but tend to keep the same theme -- playfulness.
I’ve been a fan of Julie Blackmon since my sophomore year of college. We had to choose an artist for a presentation in my Fundamental Arts class and I was immediately drawn to her style. At first glance, I thought these photos were created in Illustrator because of the lighting and cartoon-like editing. But as it turns out, Blackmon stylizes each and every one of the photographs. Fun fact: she uses her own children and friends for each photo. I was blown away by how the composition seemed so natural at first glance but once you look closer, you find unusual detail.
I’m in awe of Gray Malin. He is so unbelievably talented. He has such a distinct aesthetic that it's easy to spot his work in the crowd. If I could have it my way, I would have his art famed on every wall of my house. It's so playful and visually eye-catching.
I stumbled upon Matt Crump’s Instagram a while back. Every one of his photos reminds me of candy, they're extremely polarized with color which makes them so eye-catching. I love how he takes all different elements, whether it's buildings or amusement park rides and makes you look at them in a completely new way.
Cig Harvey is one of my more recent favorites. I love how she add depth to each photo without trying too hard. There's just an added aspect that makes each photo that much more compelling. Whether it's the color or objects. You want to know more.
I actually came across Najjar when I tried to find the Julie Blackmon exhibit in Chicago. Turns out Serge has an exhibit (open until Feb. 25th) at the Catherine Edelman Gallery. He has such an amazing eye. Side note: If you haven't noticed by now, I love anything with a pop of color. Most of Najjar's shots are of structures but the lines of symmetry are so compelling. It makes you look at architecture in a new way.
I hope you enjoyed the first "Friday Favorites". This time next week I'll be sharing a few of my favorite musicians.