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Perfect Symmetry in Finger Art by Judith Braun

Judith Braun, artist from New York, for around a decade creates abstract black and white art pieces with her bare fingers dipped into the charcoal dust. Nothing more, no other traditional equipment used. Complicated patterns and pictures can amaze anyone with their large size and perfect symmetry. “Abstraction keeps the images free to be anything, while the symmetry resolves that fluidity into something, like liquid energy crystallizing. The crystal metaphor is also reflected in the carbon medium of graphite that, under heat and pressure, becomes a diamond. Working within constraints prompts a proliferation of possibilities that self organize into groups and subgroups,… Read more »

Photography-like Pencil Drawings

Ileana Hunter is a graphite artist living in Norwich, UK. Her work captivates by false simplicity of execution and plain tones of black and white. All pieces are extremely alive and realistic, fast glimpse will definitely make you think they are photographs, yet they were done only with a pencil. Hunter’s drawings are available for sale in her shop on Etsy.

Surreal Monochromatic Images by Dariusz Klimczak

Surreal photo manipulations by Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak are dreamy and odd. Monochrome style picked by artist enhances the power of the composite images. They feel like illustrations to a fantasy story or shots from a mysterious movie. “I prefer square frames and black and white pictures but I don’t shun colors. In my photo-manipulative works I seek mood, joke, and universal symbols which can make the viewer contemplate or laugh.” – says Klimczak.

Impressive Leather Art by Mark Evans

Mark Evans has an amazing talent in “micro-sculpting” leather. Growing up on a farm in Welsh mountains he was given his first carving knife at the age of seven. Later on after graduating from fine arts in London, Mark was exploring different styles and one time a chance helped him to decide. Cleaning a blood stain from his new leather jacket and getting it scratched instead made Evans notice the beauty of his mistake and an open space for creativity as well. “It’s micro sculpture within a tenth of a millimeter, and I’m an obsessive perfectionist about it. Full blown OCD…. Read more »

25 Incredibly Colorized Historical Photographs

A brilliant artistic trend of photo-manipulation has broken to changes our perception of history dramatically. Colorizing historic photographs from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s changes their appearance from something historic and different, into a scene from today. The colorful image of Albert Einstein sitting beside the water gives us an entire new perspective on the genius. He goes from a brilliant historic relic, into a living brilliance of our era. The colorized photograph of Audrey Hepburn transforms our thoughts of beauty. Historic events move forward decades, or even a full century, by the addition of color carefully planned and… Read more »

Architectural Portraits by Francesco Paleari

Francesco Paleari, communication designer and photographer from Milan, Italy, created an extraordinary set of black and white portraits under the title Profili di Milano (Profiles of Milan). The series of manipulated images is a compilation of historical buildings and ordinary faces from Milan. Paleari’s great photo editing skills perfectly blend face features into architectural elements. The main idea of the project is to show the importance of both – people and architecture in the city life.

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella

Italian artist Federico Pietrella gave a different, contemporary meaning to a classic stamp. He recreates photographs of simple objects with it. Each artwork takes about 1-2 months till it’s totally complete, which is documented by the date of stamping. The artist picked this style 15 years ago and totally satisfied with it, as he sells each0f his artpiece for around 20,000 euros. 

Nails and Thread – Portraits by Kumi Yamashita

Kumi Yamashita, previously featured on Urban Peek with her amazing shadow portraits, has new mind-blowing art done with one unbroken thread wrapped through thousands of nails. This series of portraits is called Constellation, each piece took the artist few month until completely finished. 1. Mana, 2011 – 40h x 30w cm Recently this portrait was chosen as one of 50 finalists from over 3,000 participants for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition by Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The artwork is displayed in National Portrait Gallery until February 23, 2014.

25 Pictures from the Past You Can’t Miss

Time passes by becoming a history and all we have left are just memories. Luckily photography keeps some of them accurately preserved for the future generations. Here is a collection of unique images picturing priceless moments from the past. No words needed, they simple speak for themselves.

Elegant Mystery in Portraits by Antonio Mora

Spanish photographer Antonio Mora creates very mysterious art series called Dream Portraits in which he blends portraits together with intriguing landscapes. Two not matching themes perfectly results into one hypnotizing image “that open a crack in our collective memory allowing us to watch, though only it is an instant the hybrid beings who populate our deepest dreams”. Mora also invites anyone to get his very own Dream portrait. If you are interested, send your picture to the artist along with few words about yourself and within a couple of days you’ll become a lucky owner of an elegant and unique creation.

Insanely Detailed Pen Drawings by Tim Jeffs

Tim Jeffs, illustrator from New Jersey, USA, has lifetime hobby of drawing mesmerizing pictures of animals in black and white . Using only pen and ink he manages to produce incredibly detailed and alive illustrations.  “Doing artwork is my passion. I love detail. And the more complex, intricate the subject matter the better.” – says Jeffs. Each new piece takes Jeffs about 12 to 16 hours of work. Recently the artist put his work on Etsy, while his portfolio keeps on growing.

Mesmerizing Black & White African Wildlife Photography by Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt, photographer from London, is one of the few, who ever considered taking pictures of wild fauna. Opposite to the standard approach on capturing the dramatic single action of the animals, he focuses on the beauty of the static shots in the iconic plains of the East Africa. There’s one thing I do whilst shooting that I believe makes a big difference:  I get extremely close to these very wild animals, often within a few feet of them. I don’t use telephoto lenses. This is because I want to see as much of the sky and landscape as possible–to… Read more »

4 Sisters Photographed Every Year For 36 Years

For 36 years, since 1975, the Brown sisters (Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie) have been taking an annual photo together, standing in the same order, dressing almost similarly, and maintaining the black and white effect. It all commenced when Nicolas Nixon, a world-renowned photography professor at the Massachusetts College of Art originally photographed his wife and her 3 sisters, who at the time ranged in age from 15 to 25. They were so impressed with the result, they decided to make it a yearly event, the annual family photo. 36 years later, the sisters and Nicolas had all kept their promise, resulting in… Read more »

Mesmerizing Black & White Wildlife Photography by Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian documentary photographer living in Paris. He has produced several books, and his work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His latest work, Genesis, premiered at The Natural History Museum in London on April 11, on view through Sept. 8, 2013. The exhibition will have its North American premier at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from May 1 through Sept 2 – Here’s a peek inside his latest set, Genesis: On South Georgia, a barren island in the far South Atlantic, a pair of southern elephant seal calves beckon before a colony of king penguins…. Read more »

Picture of the Day: A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow

A beautiful black and white photograph of Krakow, Poland in winter, snapped by polish photographer Marcin Ryczek. An image that can be considered a once-in-a-lifetime shot that is full of contrast between black/white, water/snow, and person/animals – all split by one clear vertical line. Simply amazing! [Via Colossal]

Lee Jeffries’ Faces of the Forgotten

England-based photographer Lee Jeffries has transformed himself from an accountant and sports photographer into a fine arts photographer. His set of images of homeless and elderly people redefines the concept of black and white images. Jeffries travels around capturing the homeless of east and west coast America including Los Angeles and New York, as well as Rome and Manchester. The photographs are then enhanced with software, primarily through dodge and burn, to develop the mood of the eyes. “It’s the eyes that attracted me to take the photograph in the first place and this is always the starting point for the emotional… Read more »

25 Brilliant Examples of Black and White Photography
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