“Shapes”: Spectacular Winning Images & Merit Awards Of AAP Magazine’s Photo Contest

Here are the top photographers and merit awards for AAP Magazine’s 19th Edition Photo Contest in the theme of “Shapes”.

Understanding shape and form is one of the pillars of photography composition, and it can make even the most mundane objects become an object of art in its own right. Geometric, organic, positive or negative, shapes influence the degree of aesthetic beauty perceived when we first look at a photograph.

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000. All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #19 Shapes.

First Place Winner: HsinYa Lin, Taiwan

“Sand Dunes: This group of photograph is about the silhouette of human body that mislead people’s eyes to see landscape photographs. The curvy lines and shadows of human body made the view of sand dunes in the time that sun just rised.”

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Second Place Winner: Klaus Lenzen, Germany

“Car park I: Even in everyday life you can discover interesting shapes and colours. I discovered these on a car park in Moenchengladbach (Germany)”

Third Place Winner: Martine Lemarchand, France

“Planetarium n°5: Mon processus créatif porte sur l’utilisation d’ingrédients et de récipients alimentaires (miel, lait, eaux gazeuse, infusions, encre de seiche, café….) pour créer un monde imaginaire qui prend des formes, des textures propre à un univers lointain, imaginaire ou interstellaire mais pourtant très proche (mon assiette).”

Merit Award Winner: Camilla Gorini, Italy

“A Study of Fragility: “A study of fragility” documents and conceptualizes fragility as an expression of the human condition. It is necessary to know that pain is a quality of being fragile, and therefore may these photographs be a tribute to pain, which is strength and rebirth, light and twilight. For strength has its fulfillment in weakness and measures the heart’s extent.”

Merit Award Winner: Maja Strgar Kurecic, Croatia

“Dancing Saffron: Part of the Floating Garden project. These photos are not just photos of flowers; they are an ode to organic, elemental life, as well as an ode to a life cycle.”

Merit Award Winner: Marlou Pulles, Netherlands

“Movements I: These amazing wooden block prints are usually used for printing on textile fabrics and are a tool to form patterns. They breath craftsmanship and cultural heritage to me. By shaping these simple, elegant and aesthetic forms a new composition arises in which de block prints are the stars of the image. They deserve that platform. Playing with lines and forms , shadow and light, stacking the objects, I wanted to create new shapes.”

Merit Award Winner: Matt Gold, United States

“697: Abstract still life image, from my mobile series ‘Phonography'”

Merit Award Winner: Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

“The Landscape of Modernity: Monolith: I reflect on the contemporary experience of dwelling in extensively “built-up”, i.e., artificial, spaces, Our ancestors lived in spaces pervaded by “natural” landscapes; they were surrounded by spontaneous, self-generating, self-sustaining entities. Consequent to modernity, our visual landscapes are largely colonized by massive, cuboid, monolithic, constructs; and by constricted, disrupted or otherwise occluded skies.”

Merit Award Winner: Jacqueline Walters, United States

“Somewhere between Here and There: Umbrellas and lanterns”

Merit Award Winner: Hyeonmin Cho, Korea

Merit Award Winner: Roland Blum, Liechtenstein

“Poetry of silence: Poetry of silence is an ongoing work of abstract aerial desert photography realized in the namib desert and it’s surroundings. the series poetry of silence XVI was created in the remote aerea of the northern namib. the pictures were taken with a high resolution camera from about 1500 meters over the ground flying with a helicopter. The Namib Desert is often referred to as the world’s oldest desert. Its name is derived from the Nama language, implying ‘an area where there is nothing.'”

Merit Award Winner: Dale Odell, United States

Merit Award Winner: Lauren Murphy, United Kingdom

“Untitled: This image is from my project, ‘On the Edge of Perception’. Lockdown has felt very isolating. Being confined to our homes, normally places we know well, has felt increasingly surreal through over-familiarity. I have explored this concept by taking everyday, mundane objects from around the house and using them to construct something more abstract.”

Merit Award Winner: Ragnar B. Varga, Norway

“Companionless: The photo is part of the “Frosty seclusion” series. With the arrival of autumn, shadows lengthen, the first frost appears, and the wind gathers strength, tossing leaves to and fro with gusty energy. The leaves scatter, revealing their differences. Each leaf is sent off on its own path, bitten by the early morning frost, isolated and detached. Using leaves as a metaphor for individuality, this series dares the viewer to stand out in a crowd and to be different.”

Merit Award Winner: Zoltan Gerliczki, United States

“Whatever hurts,with Tylenol.500 mg and 200 mg.2021: ‘I love the idea of “the impossible image” – the idea of there being no limits and of using the photograph as the basis for an image that’s in my head.’ My compositions become like another world where sensuous body figures merge with the environment and transform to become new compositional structures. My imaginary worlds remove my viewer from their commonly understood vantage points because it’s impossible to know where the photographer’s eye is in relationship to the subjects.”

Merit Award Winner: Jacqui Turner, United States

“Sensuality: Within these images, light and dark reveal the sensual shapes of objects from the natural world. Working with a minimalistic intent, I created this series, entitled Veiled in Light, to encompass what I love about nature. The organic shapes transform into free flowing forms evoking nature’s seductiveness while instilling a sense of peace and serenity, a combination that one might call an inner dance.”

Merit Award Winner: Annette LeMay Burke, United States

“Fauxliage – Calvary Megachurch, Phoenix, AZ: From the series – Fauxliage: Disguised Cell Phone Towers of the American West. How much of an ersatz landscape and manufactured nature are we willing to accept in exchange for quality cell service?”

Merit Award Winner: Dede Pickering, United States

“Alluvial Fans in Iceland”

Merit Award Winner: Sandra Klein, United States

“Doodads, a stitched Archival Pigment Print from Meeting the Shadow, 20″ x 13.5″. Edition of 3: As I sit in my garden, I watch life become fragmented – the pandemic, politics, issues of race, personal losses, all contribute to an unhinged surrealism. The beauty and decay among the verdure serve as a metaphor for this new world. Here I deconstruct the photograph, leaving the Shadow as subject. Chance takes over and I begin having a conversation with silhouettes created by the sun. As I cut and sew to create a material object, these images portray my psyche during these turbulent times.”

Merit Award Winner: Suzanne Engelberg, United States

“Murmuration No. 1: This image is part of a body of work which captures the incredible murmuration of thousands of starlings in synchronized flight. The birds form amazing shapes in their collaborative performance … constantly in flux and continually shifting to form increasingly complex and beautiful shapes. This murmuration occurred on New Year’s Day, 2021 in Marin County, California.”

Merit Award Winner: Sharon Tribelsky, Israel

Merit Award Winner: Elio Ruscetta, United Kingdom

“Arches: The project takes inspiration from one of my favourite painters De Chirico. I always been fascinated from his works and how he evokes mood of nostalgia.Empty arcades, towers, mannequins among others arranged together, creating a surreal environment which conveys a feeling of “power and freedom. The set are entirely made from scratch and they are around 1/12 scale.”

Merit Award Winner: Colin Page, United Kingdom

“The Night Train: The Docklands Light Railway train from West Silvertown to Canning Town in East London, UK. Taken from a moving cable car across the Thames. I noticed the late evening light showed the shape of the rail lines and so concentrated just on them and the train and nothing else.”

Merit Award Winner: Dean Ian Forbes, United States

“Last light”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/shapes-spectacular-winning-images-merit-awards-of-aap-magazines-photo-contest/

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Russian Artist Draw Interesting Pupils Of The Eyes, Here Are 11 Of Them

According to an artist Natalia Ordobaeva: “I really love to draw, for the first time I tried to draw the pupils of the eyes. I really liked the result, and I also got a lot of pleasure. Join in and take a look at my drawings. Under each picture, there is a detailed description, interesting and informative facts. Thank you for your attention.”

“I got such a precious pupil of the eye in the picture. It looks great and deserves special attention! I think there is at least one owner of emerald eyes on Earth. And this is apparently a lucky one, because such eyes are a gift from heaven. These are people who have such emerald eyes, kissed by God. Just beauty and chic. There are no words to describe all my feelings and emotions when I look at this drawing of an emerald pupil.”

More: Natalia Ordobaeva h/t: boredpanda

“The fantasy drawing was born in the process. A turquoise eye pupil that reflects a loving heart. I really want that every day in the world there are more people who have an open heart and a kind soul. This is about clairvoyant people, because indeed many people in the world have clairvoyance. Perhaps this is not with the eyes, but with the heart or inner vision, but this drawing reflects this theme, but in such a beautiful version. And as the Internet suggests, there are owners of turquoise eyes in the world, most likely less bright than in my drawing, but this is a fact.”

“They say the eyes are the window to the soul. The eyes reflect the entire depth of the person we are looking at. What are eyes? This is the best gift from God for us! We contemplate our World, its beauty and splendor. Words fail to describe the importance of our eyes. And how many meanings are attached to the eyes: This is the third eye, and clairvoyance, and a portal to other worlds, and a keen eye and many others … Let this drawing of my eye pupil help you see the best that can be among us, see the beauty of a dawn, a child, a flower and harmony in everything that surrounds us.”

“The rarest eye color in the world is Purple eyes. The purple hue of the iris is a mixture of red and blue, so genetically it is just a variant of the iris with a blue pigment. Blue pigment is not at all uncommon, it is found in all blue-eyed representatives of the Caucasian race. Unlike blue eyes, blue and blue-lilac are much less common, but amethyst or purple are quite rare in the world. But, since genetics does not reject the likelihood of the existence of lilac eyes, you can see them.

Purple pupils of the eye are found in representatives of one of the peoples in the highland North Kashmir. The famous American actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose beauty conquered the whole world, had violet eyes.

Such a story with purple eyes became known to me after I had already drawn this gorgeous pupil of the eye. And you can also have such a rarity at home in the form of this picture!))) Although perhaps someone has such beautiful and rare eyes, or your friends or relatives, then congratulations!”

“Eyes are the mirror of the soul, who can deny such an obvious fact!

Yellow or sandy eyes are quite rare. Therefore, people with yellow eyes, more like the eyes of a snake, are considered unique, interesting personalities and endowed with wisdom. Despite the comparison with a creature that is not the most pleasant for some people, they love company, they can cheer and calm. They treat all people well, they love to show themselves and look at others, they are not in the habit of criticizing anything. The most important thing in life for those with yellow eyes is the security and success of the family, so it is advisable to be polite with their family and friends.”

“A very common eye color is brown, most of all on the southern side of the planet. People with brown eyes are very resourceful, but at the same time, they can be deep thinkers. They have no problem combining fantasy with logic in a creative sense. People with brown eyes look very bold and determined. For this reason, they will often take risks in order to succeed.

Regardless of how adventurous they are or take risks, people with brown eyes are also very responsible. They are always aware of their own shortcomings and will not act before they think about it.”

“Light blue is commonly referred to as the most beautiful eye color, and their wearers tend to appear very attractive. And women with light blue eyes should be especially pleased with the fact that their eye color is often associated with youth!

Blue-eyed people tend to have the longest-lasting romantic relationships. They are quite peaceful, kind and smart. They are highly spiritual people, and one of the most important needs of their life is the desire to make all people happy. People with blue eyes tend to be assertive, but at the same time, they are simple and cheerful.”

“People with red eyes are quite rare (about 0.3% of the world’s population), but you should not immediately think that they are vampires, because this is just a fiction. Often, red eyes are observed in albinos, people deprived of the melanin pigment. But the owners of such an unusual eye color should not be upset, because now all over the world red eyes are becoming a trend. Thanks to the popularity of anime, cartoons and films about vampires, such as the “Twilight” saga, teenagers and older people actively use red contact lenses in order to resemble their favorite characters.

Also, many animals have red eyes. In ancient legends, the owners of red eyes were endowed with strength, power, fearlessness and a fatal nature, and were also carriers of a supernatural essence. So here it is the red pupil of the eye, presented in this figure, for lovers of exotic and mysticism.”

“People with this dark gray eye color are quite common. And this is what everyone’s favorite Internet says about the owners of such eyes):

Dark gray eyes are attributed to the energy of Mercury with an “admixture” of Saturn (dark shade). The owners of such eyes are stubborn and brave, they have a strong will, a fighting, decisive character. They are not alien to the feeling of envy, although they try to hide it. For those who have met such a person, it is actually lucky, because people with dark gray eyes usually only love once in a lifetime.

Like this! Who has not yet met his love and wants to find a permanent life partner for life, look for the owners of dark gray eyes))).”

“When I was in Turkey, I noticed a huge number of blue eye amulets made of glass or plastic. And tourists always buy these amulets for their homes or for gifts. And this is my view on the blue pupil of the eye.”

“The main personality traits of gray-eyed. This is a conservative person, scrupulously adhering to the rules of morality and well-established norms. This quality cannot be called a disadvantage, but in this case, it sometimes oversteps the boundaries, and its owner becomes boring and old-fashioned.

These people are modest to the point of disgrace, they do not meddle in other people’s affairs, do not collect gossip, in communication with others they take a position of submission. They rarely allow themselves to argue with the interlocutor, preferring to listen. But if they say, then a lot, interesting and to the point;
Thanks to all of the above, their life most often flows measuredly and according to plan, which allows them to achieve good results in a professional direction.

They are conscientious and decent workers you can rely on. However, it happens that such hard work is harmful and leads to health problems and overwork. That’s how much we learned about these beautiful owners of light gray eyes.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/russian-artist-draw-interesting-pupils-of-the-eyes-here-are-11-of-them/





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Beautiful Photos of Jane Birkin at Home Taken by Jean-Claude Deutsch in 1971

A native of London, Jane Birkin began her career as an actress, appearing in minor roles in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup (1966), and Kaleidoscope (1966). In 1968, she met Serge Gainsbourg while co-starring with him in Slogan, which marked the beginning of a years-long working and personal relationship.

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After separating from Gainsbourg in 1980, Birkin continued to work as both an actress and a singer, appearing in various independent films and recording numerous solo albums. In 1991, she appeared in the miniseries Red Fox, and in the American drama film A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, in 1998. In 2016, she starred in the Academy Award-nominated short film La femme et le TGV, which she said would be her final film role.

Birkin has lived mainly in France since the 1970s. In addition to her acting and musical credits, she lent her name to the Hermès Birkin handbag.

These beautiful photos were taken by photographer Jean-Claude Deutschthat that show beautiful portraits of Jane Birkin at home in Paris on December 15, 1971.

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Photographer Captures Couples Who Switch Outfits, and the Results Are Hilarious

“Switcheroo” is a dual portrait series by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut where accomplices are photographed twice, once in their own outfits and again wearing each others outfits against the same background.

More: Hana Pesut, “Switcheroo”, Instagram h/t: brightside

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/photographer-captures-couples-who-switch-outfits-and-the-results-are-hilarious/



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This Photographer Creates Paintings That Are Actually Photos

According to Tarryn Goldman: “Impasto Process is a very literal study of what Fine Art Photography is. Is it the process of clicking a button, and the act of intention behind the artist, or is it the subject that is being photographed? This is a question that I have been asking myself for a long time. And my conclusion is that it is both.

It took weeks of planning, two days, more than 10 liters of paint, and a very patient model to create these images. During the process, I was very aware of the story I wanted to tell, at the same time wondering which story the audience would take away from the image?

My hope is that people will stop and hopefully look closer… I hope it gives the audience some insight into the mind of a creative and perhaps more of a story to think about when looking at my work. I hope they get the same enjoyment from looking at it, as I did when I was making it.”

More: Tarryn Goldman, Instagram h/t: boredpanda

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/this-photographer-creates-paintings-that-are-actually-photos/


Photo by:The University of Manchester

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 どこかで見たようなアニメ風に仕上がっているのだが、日本で90年代にヒットした「美少女戦士セーラームーン」の作風にそっくりで、レトロな日本のアニメが好きな海外ファンが歓喜しているのだ。 続きを読む

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 2名の候補者が、もう1人の対立候補者の名前に故意に改名したため、同姓同名の立候補者が3名存在する。更に外見までも真似られており、その状況が有権者らを困惑させているという。 続きを読む

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