Taking Landscape Art to a New Level

Keeping the seasons in mind is virtually a natural human instinct.

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

Spring on the Mind

Your moods, lifestyle and habits change almost without a conscious thought with them. Artist Levi van Veluw has taken the idea to heart, or should I say head, in an amazing multimedia presentation…

Summer on the Mind

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

Levi’s showcase “Landscapes” series reinterprets the traditional landscape painting format, removing nature from its two-dimensional painted norm and transposing it to the three-dimensional aspects of his own head. While the video only presents the spring aspect, the artist’s photos cover all four seasons.

Fall on the Mind

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

Winter on the Mind

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

I wonder if all that nature went to his head?

[Published for Environmental Graffiti]

Looking Into the Eye of the Beast

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what do these caged beasts see?
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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

Mind grabbing photos from Oscar Ciutat, a photographer in Barcelona, Spain, seem to provoke this thought deeply. These images are part of a series called “Caged”, entirely comprised of captive animals from the Barcelona Zoo. What can be seen looking back in the eye that beholds you, something tangible or nothing at all, is for you to decide. beholder

Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Of his works Oscar says: “It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. I took a series of trips to the local zoo to photograph the eyes of animals held in captivity. I was intrigued by whether the lack of freedom would be apparent in the images.”

What answers he found, we may never know for certain. Yet those who see his works will reach some conclusion themselves rather easily.
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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

While zoos are amazing and the animals a glory to behold, it does make one wonder at times, what would an entire life in a cage be like surrounded by loud, hairless apes? I’m not sure if it would be more Planet of the Apes or a bad prison movie. I do know I’m happy I don’t have to find out for myself.

With special thanks to Oscar Ciutat for letting us use his images for this post.

[Published for Environmental Graffiti]

You Know Times are Tough When Your Turf is a Trashcan

Garbage Graffitia

Photo: northwestgangs

With the recession in full swing life is getting harder. Not yet to the level of the Great Depression, but close enough to impact every sector of society. Some of the hidden sufferers are gangs in the gangland turf wars. As less people can afford drugs and electronics worth stealing, times are getting tough for the small gangs. Some have been reduced to garbage for territory. Like all true thugs though, they tag it and claim it with pride…

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Oh but wait, it gets worse. Some poor crews don’t even have a stable dumpster to dive in. Instead they have been knocked down to trash can jacking. They can’t hide their bikes behind it, or even take a leak without being seen.

Single Spot Gangsterpail

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Single Spot Gangsterpail

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Don’t feel too bad for them though. There are worse gang turfs to run than garbage pails. When you can’t climb the gang banging hierarchy, things can go pretty bad. In fact these spots are literally full of crap. On the bright side, at least they have a pot to piss in…

Toilet Bowl Thugs

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Toilet Bowl Thugs

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Toilet Bowl Thugs

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Just to prove it’s not all that bad, even if for some gang bangers their turf’s a toilet. When you’re on top of your thug-ability, you can achieve the ultimate pimped out cribs like these. When you have your lot on lockdown, you may have your very own gang shed…

Gang Shed

Photo: northwestgangs

So remember to always follow your pipe dreams kids. Because one day you to could end up in a big pimpin’ swagger shack like this…

Trailer Thug

Photo: northwestgangs

Who says a life of crime doesn’t pay. I mean seriously, look at what we are missing. Almost makes you want to quit whatever it is you do and join in the glory of true thug life.

When Nature Ads Go Wrong

Go Green! At least that’s what they think, you think, they’re making you think, they think…

Confused yet? Corporate greed has always been the bane of the environment. Now greed has gone ‘green’ again, this time it’s a pretty paint job, for the same green they have always chased, money.

How to Sell a Lock… Choke a Tree and Kill Some Hippies!

Green Hippy Happy Greed

Photo: masterlock

I think the point was supposed to be ‘our locks are tuff’ but all I can see is a bunch of dead hippies. They want you to think it’s a great product and you can tell. You can tell because they are willing to kill environmentally conscious humans and choke a tree to death. See how much they care about green?

How to Sell a Battery… Poison the Environment of Course!

After Falling into River

Photo: koba

After Being Abandoned

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After Being Discarded

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Nothing says ‘our product’s good’ like showing how hard it is for nature to reclaim.

On the other hand, this just reminds me of all the toxic pollution we gladly buy, then toss back at Mother Nature to handle. None of their advertising agents must have moved out of their mom’s house yet, because nobody else’s mom still cleans up their mess once they’re on their own.

How to Sell Auto Recycling… Make us Feel Guilty About it!

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Who Gives a Hoot?

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Ok, even I admit this company may be greedy, but at least serves a real green need. They are also the only one to make an honest and useful point…

“Mother Nature should not have to adapt to our trash”

For business greed is considered good, at least within its own walls. Most companies will never admit the perversity of their ad campaigns, at least when consumers don’t complain, or the real reasons behind them. The world is at war with our habits and she needs our help. Can you make a difference, or will you just keep consuming?

[Published for Environmental Graffiti]