Mother Nature -noun Nature personified as a creative and controlling force affecting the world and humans.
A single tear runs down my cheek, as I stare blankly across the field. A wind blows through the trees and I close my eyes and let her kiss my face. She whispers to me softly as I inhale deeply drinking in Her cool, crisp spring air. Chilling my lungs and filling the empty space I've grown accustomed to.
She is my oldest friend, my greatest teacher, my comforter and my escape. I exhale slowly, the cold air now warm against my lips as she leaves my body. I am still here. I am still me. I feel lighter then I did before.
I sit in silence as she sings around me, her ebb and flow a rhythmic dance.
Breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Sometimes the most effective way to "Change Your World" is simply to immerse yourself in it. It's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture in difficult times but if you take the time to simply be in nature, away from man-made interference, the change happens from within, breathing new new life into your soul.
In this series of self-portraits I was hoping to capture the rejuvenating change that being in nature has on my being. The photos were created almost entirely within my camera using multiple exposures - merging self portrait silhouettes with natural imagery, the two intertwining and changing into something new. I wanted to keep the photographs as raw as possible so it was important for me that the only changes I made in photoshop were the Circle frames and typography.
Innovation generally refers to renewing, changing or creating something new, or more effective. I wanted to try something different from what I have previously entered - something that applies more to everyone than just myself, but still a concept based change more so than physical.
The light bulbs, as they are often associated, are symbolic of 'ideas.'
In this piece, I have gone for the concept of taking one thing and putting it in a different and abnormal place to where it would usually belong. My aim is to make the viewer think outside the box, to consider all possibilities and to accept something unusual as it's seen without question, even if it may be completely 'out of the norm.'
Our worlds can change in the blink of an eye, with our mood, or through our perspective. The idea conveyed here, is to not judge a book by its cover and automatically dismiss an idea, but to welcome something different and have faith in all its possibilities. Open your mind to something new.
This could apply to something as small as a new idea that may or may not be justifiable, as a dream that may seem too big to reach and even as accepting another person for who they are - no matter what beliefs, culture, style/looks or disabilities they may have. View the bigger picture around you, establish your own personality and stand away from conforming to the crowd, believe in all the possibilities, don't be afraid to try something new and unusual and accept things for what they are without stereotyping and judgement. If you can believe in your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem to others and test the limits of your ideas, you can surely achieve anything. Perspective and state of mind is the most prominent way to change your world for the better, find a positive & accepting outlook, be innovative.
Change your world, by changing your perspective.
I hope this impacts your perspective for the better and that you enjoy my artwork, thanks for your consideration!
I'm entering the competition~ Right at the last minute, but at least I tried ^^: Self-photography is quite challenging....
I hope my statement makes sense its kinda my thoughts on a page, but I hope they're consistent.
I believe that before changing the world, you have to start with something smaller, like yourself. Whether it is to improve your qualities, setting good habits and (or) working to improve your gifts, changing my world is the first step I'm trying to take. I have photographed my self and my desk in order to reflect upon that, to further add meaning, I also sketched various things in photoshop. The desk is scattered with paper and art materials - to reflect my personality and my want to grasp everything. I have used white guideline type sketches on my desk to signify my artistic progress - only just begun and under construction. The two chibis; one on my shoulder and one near my arm keep me light-hearted company and help me through my process whilst the guidelines on my body remind me to learn from life. The sketchy dove near my head gives me hope and the rainbow is the process of which my world is being changed. To be able to change myself for the better, I hope that in the future, I shall be able to change others' world through my art.
Reflective statement This was just a plain white T-shirt I wore to my grandmother's funeral (Asians wear white to a funeral). As you can see it's very plain and I wanted it to have a new purpose in life. I initially painted out the design with Chinese inks, scanned it, edited it with gradients and text in Adobe Illustrator and then painted it onto the T-shirt.
In uni I chose to study conservation biology and zoology. Even though I haven't made a career out of it and I don't feel I've done as much volunteering as I should have done, I still think the environment and conservation biology is important. It saddens me when I find out another species has gone extinct and it makes me saddened and disillusioned by mankind. Fashion can make important statements and this shirt is a reminder of what we are doing to the world so hopefully will remember what they are doing to the environment and change for the better. It also serves as a bit of a conversation starter. My family had no idea what this shirt meant and thought that zebras weren't endangered at all (There are a few species of zebra. The Plains Zebra is relatively common but mountain zebras are endangered). I sincerely hope the concept is understood by the rest of the world.
Constructive criticism I painted this design onto the T-shirt with Permaset silk screening inks. Some areas of the shirt look very drybrushed unfortunately. I'm still debating as to whether or not I should have used a stencil. The inks were also very thick and I couldn't think of a way diluting them to make them thinner and easier to paint onto the shirt. Any ideas? There's not much point in me getting a silkscreen - unfortunately I don't do silk screening often enough to warrant a set. Still any ideas would be great. Constructive criticism on the design is also appreciated.
I ordinarily don't like to title my projects, as I feel that often sets up the viewer to have a formulated perception of the image/s. It creates bias, if you will, preventing them from coming to their own self directed conclusion. But in this circumstance, I had a specific concept in mind and wanted to convey something definite.
My concept for this is actually more of a focus on the inherent reaction of the onlooker to the work rather than the work itself. My aim was to eliminate the central focus that people naturally seek when looking at a portrait, with this being the eyes.
I wanted to create something which interrupted people's natural expectations, addressing the issue of complacence and the human ability of missing details in day to day life due to the formation of a pre-conceived idea as a product of familiarity.
Through this elimination I had hoped to awaken the viewer's awareness and force them to inspect the image further rather than take it for face value. To break out of that familiarity, to question and inspire imagination. It is through this that I hope to "change my world" - to open the minds of others and spark intrigue within them.
(Apologies, the quality isn't of the greatest - the images in person look stunning and the colours are more correct)
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Artist's Gouaché on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, mounted on 10mm foam core. (All images photographed, edited, and painted by myself)
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This submission is for the "Billy Blue Change Your World" contest entry.
Beach pebbles are a beautiful thing, they’re smooth, fit nicely in your hand and have very pleasing shapes but sometimes I give nature a helping hand. Over the years I’ve painted hundreds of these pebbles and all have been given away as random gifts. I paint them with non toxic paint and a waterproof sealer so they can handle water and weather. On occasion I will paint one and take it back to where I found it, wish it a good life and walk away. This is my way of giving back to the beach from where I gathered my pebbles. Some I’m sure get washed away into the ocean and live their lives as a colourful addition to the beauty below the waves, some will get worn off by the turns and tumbles of the pebbles surrounding them and some will be found by passersby. Can you image the stories these people would tell once discovering the painted pebbles and try to imagine why they are there and where they came from. I’ve never found out the fate of any of my journey pebbles but that doesn't stop me from creating more. Ours is a world full of colour and mystery. It is my hope that a little improvement now and then, a little human intervention, might render it even more beautiful.
What I believed in changing the world is in the power of simple things. I learned this in my church from a man who always greets us with " I Respect You and I Love You"
I realized that all I have to do to change the world, to improve the world, is by the little things, little simple things. I believe the power of 'words' will have an impact to people around us, making the world a better place.
Try it by your own~ Try saying "I Respect You and I Love You" , show people you cared a bit to them.
I used flowers because it's one of the most beautiful 'simple things that makes us happy'. It is sweet, simple and beautiful. Just a simple flower, with a note that someone in this world actually cares about you. I believe it makes the world a better place.
Flowers are from my aunt's garden. I made the notes with unused paper from the house and makes the rope with a mushroom bag. Forgive my bad handwriting XD , it is my handwriting. Glasses is mine as well
Photo is not very special. Just taken with my hand phone camera and retouched it in photoshop. I hope it makes people smile. I will be very happy if people likes it~
I could submit a second entry.. so why not? Basically, this image is a 'modern' twist of the classic, surreal contemporary piece by S.Dali and P.Halsman Wooden chairs are replaced by office chairs The canvas is turned into an iPad In Modern art, zebra print is more 'fashionable' than naked ladies Cats turn into dogs Stands turn into laptops Paintbrushes change into cameras And I replace Dali
The inspiration behind it came from the rapidly evolving forms of art. New technology comes with innovation and by blending the two together creates something new entirely.
Decided to revisit an old concept that didn't work out, and submit it for this contest. Made it just in the nick of time!
When I considered the theme 'Change Your World', I thought of two things: reading and drawing. These two things change my world on a daily basis: not the actual world itself, but my own personal world. Reading makes me see the world around me in a new, inspired why; drawing lets me project that vision back onto the physical world, through the art that I create.
I combined this interpretation of the theme with an idea first explored by Australian artist Shaun Tan, who drew a short comic called 'Create Your Own Pet'. My version is 'Draw Your Own Pet', because the world could always use another furry/finned/feathered friend or two. Drawing this concept by hand frees me to create animals - like winged dogs - that don't exist in the real, mundane world; suddenly, an ordinary pile of books becomes a 'portal' through which these fantastical beasts leap into the real world.
The animals were drawn in pencil, coloured digitally, then superimposed onto photos of books that I took. Each component - drawings (including both lines and colours), books, pencil, eraser, sharpener, paper, background 'table-top' - is a separate item; everything had to be carefully edited and stitched together.