One Day Young, by Jenny Lewis / Sunday Morning Art

DesignJoyBlog / One Day Young, by Jenny Lewis

One Day Young is a delightful project by London based photographer Jenny Lewis picturing Hackney-born babies during the first 24 hours of life. The touching and beautiful portraits of mothers with their newborn babies is the perfect ode to all mums, today and everyday, cherishing the extraordinary bond formed between the mother and the baby from the moment of birth!

These beautiful images of loving mums and their amazingly cute babies can now be found on the book One Day Young by Hoxton Mini Press. In the book the photographer shares 5 years of portraits of mothers and newborns in these precious first few hours of a life long bond.

You can check out more of these heart warming photographs on the artist’s website.

Happy Mother’s day!


via My Modern Met

Katerina Plotnikova | Sunday Morning Art

I wanted to write a special art post today to celebrate mother’s day with something of spectacular beauty. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share the work of Russian fine art photographer Katerina Plotnikova.

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While this young photographer may modestly describe her own work as  ‘another tale about wonderland’, I for one believe these are by far some of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen. These wonderful dreamlike images portray beautiful heroines and wild animals, gently living in a world between reality and an ethereal fairytale.

Katerina Plotnikova’s work is available for sale at 500 px where you can chose from a large number of her mesmerizing pictures, one more stunning than the other.

Happy Sunday!

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Source Katerina Plotnikova on 500 px and Facebook


Slim Aarons Collection by Surface View

I get so excited when I see good art made popular that it’s actually quite funny!

Slim Aarons Collection by Surface View // Mara Lane at the Sands

This time is Surface View, a UK based Interior Design company that prints incredibly beautiful images in various supports, from prints & canvases to home decor items such as lamp shades and window films. You can chose from various collections, presenting a wide range of carefully curated images in 5 categories: Galleries & Museums, Photography, Classic Graphic Arts, Designers & Collaborators and, my personal favorite, Vintage Archives. I’ve worked with them a couple of times and I was very pleased with the quality of the prints and the excellent customer service.

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Their newest addition is the work of American Photographer Slim Aarons, best known for his photographs of jet-setters and socialites. This amazing collection of twentieth century luxury images includes gems such as the portrait of Louis Armstrong chomping down some spaghetti, Italian mafioso Lucky Luciano having a coffee in Brooklyn and many many more brilliant pictures of garden parties and ski holidays of the rich and famous. Definitely worth checking it out!

Jason DeMarte | Sunday Morning Art

When I first stumbled upon the work of American photographer Jason DeMarte, the vibrant colours and hint of a somewhat cheeky black humor really caught my eye. I must admit that, even now, as I look at it I can’t help but have a huge smile and an equally large interrogation mark on my face. I mean, really. What on Earth is this all about???

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Jason DeMarte ingeniously uses images of fluffy animals, processed foods and colorful dots to make a statement about the complex human interactions with the consumer environment. Resulting in beautiful and strange compositions that tell the story of an imaginary ‘real world’. This cognitive dissonance of his work makes it rather hypnotic, as a distorted reflection of reality reminiscent of the surrealists.

So hypnotic indeed! In such a way that made selecting the images for this post rather tricky. I truly found myself wondering whether I should pick the floating chicken wings or the dotted fields of beaver… It’s not everyday one is confronted with such dilemmas.

If you’re fortunate to be around Fort Wayne in Indiana, Jason DeMarte is currently showing his work at the Ft Wayne Museum of Art, alongside eminent photographers Julie Blackmon, Martina Lopez, Richard Renaldi, Nick Veasey, and Sharon Harper in a exhibition entitled The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2014. Otherwise his work is also available for sale at Rule Gallery, ClampArt, Photo-Eye Gallery, Lux Archive, and my personal favorite Kids of Dada.

Happy Sunday!

Images courtesy of the artist

Astonish me! A retrospective of Philippe Halsman’s work at the Musée de L’Elysée

Best known for… well… pretty much everything he has ever done, photographer Philippe Halsman had an outstanding career. For over 40 years, in Paris during the 1930s and New York from 1940 on, he photographed everyone who was anyone, in a broad range of activities, such as portraits, fashion, advertising, commissions and personal projects.


The exhibition “Astonish me!” (“Etonnez-moi!” in french), currently showing at the Musée de l’Elysée here in Lausanne, is the first study of his entire body of work and presents over 300 pieces including contact sheets, Halsman’s own notes, original photomontages and even Holiday cards. Lucky me! It’s not everyday you get to see the “bad” pictures of Marilyn Monroe, the old school ways of photoshopping or how mad it was the reality of throwing cats at Salvador Dali.

Another delightful of Halsman’s projects is the series entitled Jumpology, where he asked all the celebrities he photographed over the years to ‘jump up and down in order to reveal their true nature’.

In 1941, Halsman met his ‘accomplice’ Salvador Dali, with whom he worked in collaboration for 37 years and, together, they produced an incredible amount of artwork. As if the entire exhibition wasn’t enough to put a giant smile on everyone’s faces, as a final treat on the last floor, a video made by Salvador Dali and Halsman gives a little insight into the world of these amazing artists. I am going back tomorrow!

“In my serious work I am striving for the essence of things and for goals which are possibly unobtainable. On the other hand, everything humorous has great attraction for me, and a childish streak leads me into all kinds of frivolous endeavor.”

Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman, Astonish me!

29.01.2014 – 11.05.2014

Musée de l’Elysée

18, avenue de l’Elysée
1014 Lausanne – Switzerland
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All images from Philippe Halsman’s Archive

Playmobil’s imaginary museum: the work of french photographer Richard Unglik

I think there is a chance this might very well be the best thing I’ve seen… ever!


I had been dying to visit this exhibition since I first saw a poster last january in the streets of Lausanne. And  I finally made it!!! Well worth the wait, and certainly the trip, french photographer and film maker Richard Unglik’s playmobil reenactment of famous artwork is absolutely impeccable and topped up by an outstanding choice of venue.

A few years back, in the early 2000s, Richard Unglik set out  to tell the “history of the world” using playmobil figurines, a little help from photoshop and a lot of creativity. Since, he has published several books portraying this work.In this exhibition he ‘has taken History of Art’s great works and made Playmobil® scenarios out of them – the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Guernica, etc.’ by dressing them up in costumes from the famous paintings. Unglik has worked with his “world travel friend”, belgium artist Bruno Peeters, aka Brubil, to create the sets. Brubil has also made three giant models using real playmobil toys for the exhibition, one of a fortified castle and two Swiss panoramas.

The twenty large format images of this imaginary museum are on view in the Hall of Coats-of-Arms. A brilliant choice as the grandiose of this perfectly restored room gives a certain credibility to the tiny figurines, making it even more believable that the images portrayed in this imaginary museum could be real.

Beginning in April, you can also enjoy an unusual tour of the castle by a medieval guide for free! While you’re at it, check out the prison that inspired Byron’s famous poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.

The exhibition entitled “Le musée imaginaire de Playmobil” is showing at the Chateau de Chillon until the 25th of may 2014 and it’s definitely worth the trip!

Gallery 1: All Images ©Richard Unglik Via Visual News & Casterman

All other images by Julia Christ

Everything is going to be ok: The work of Ashlie Chavez

I just recently stumbled upon this amazing collage of a dinosaur eating children while happy 1950’s families and children went about their business. After a little research and I was pleasantly surprised to find the poetic work of not only one amazing artist, but two. LA based photographers Ashlie and Amber Chavez are two twin sisters who work strictly as a team to produce incredibly personal work, with their “abnormally close relationship as twins” as centerpiece.


Now the best news is that Ashlie has an online shop Art For Your Walls where she sells high quality reproductions of her collage work and photographs. Definitely worth checking out!