Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Airport Awesomeness III

Don't mind me as I pore over pretty pictures of all things airport and flying related. (Yes, I am obsessed with airports and flying. And yes there are also two previous posts on pretty pictures of all things airport and flying related - here and here).

At the Airport by Marco Goran Romano

A colouring-in page by Miriam Bos for Transavia Airlines

A photograph for Macquarie Private Bank's Brand Book, by SouthSouthWest 

A spread from Graphic Design for Rainy Days by Studio 3

Late afternoon departure by e2kmaster

Illustration by Marc Boutavant

Photograph by Mark Wagtendonk

Hakodate Airport, Hokkaido by Ryo Takemasa

Illustration from the Visual Grammar Student Book by James Gilleard

Illustration by Rami Niemi for Monocle

Love this Expedia print campaign by Ogilvy London via Creative Review

Photograph entitled "Cleared for Landing"

Illustration by Timba Smits

Venetia Scott for Paule Ka's 2012 Fall line, featuring Caroline Trentini

Airport Runway prints by Nomo

Aerial images of famous airports by Jeffrey Milstein
Pictured here: Newark Airport.

Airport Code pillows by Airportag

Illustration by Atsushi Hara

Monday, January 13, 2014

Looking Back on 2013 I

2013 - what a year! Sometimes it feels like time is flying far too fast, so as we enter the new year, I like to pause and reflect on the year that was, to appreciate events that shaped it.

Following are 25 events that I feel made a big impression in our experience of 2013. Some of these incidents feel like they happened a world ago..

1) 16 January: More than 800 are taken hostage at Amenas, an Algerian gas plant. 39 civilians and 29 militants were killed in the attack. Photograph: Reuters
2) 12 February: North Korea conducts a third nuclear test - the third nuclear test over seven years, posing a problem to Obama administration in their attempts to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power. Photograph: AP
3) 14 February: Oscar Pistorius shoots dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This was particularly sad as I had met and hung out with Reeva and she seemed like such a wonderful, warm and down-to-earth person. Such a tragic, tragic loss. Photograph: Gallo Images / Getty Images.
4) 15 February: 10 000 tonne meteor explodes over Chelyabinsk in Russia, injuring more than 1600 in its shock wave. Photograph: PA Photos
5) March: Harlem Shake goes to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Photograph: Via AnimalNewYork.com
6) 10 - 11 March: Falkland Islanders vote to remain British in the Overseas British Territory referendum. 1513 voted affirmative, while only 3 people voted in the negative. Photograph: Reuters.
7) 19 March: Inauguration of new pope, Pope Francis. His predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, was the first pope to resign in 600 years. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia / AP

8) 15 April: Two pressure cooker bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring 264 others. Photograph: David L. Ryan / AP
9) 24 April: Bangladesh garment factory collapses. The Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building had not been designed to house factories and the upper four floors had been built in mind as use for shops or offices, and also without a permit. 1129 people were killed and 2515 people were injured in the collapse. Photograph: EPA.
10) 5 June: Nawaz Sharif is elected for the third time as Pakistan's prime minister. Photograph: Arif Ali / AFP Photos
11)June: Edward Snowden leaks NSA files and reveals himself as the source of the leaks on 9 June. Photograph: Rex Features.
12) 28 June - 3 July: Egyptian coup d'état - Mohammed Morsi is ousted.
Photograph: Suhaib Salem / Reuters / Landov.
13) 30 June: Buttercup, a duck born in Arlington, Tennessee with a backwards left foot is fitted with a 3D printed foot, allowing him to walk again properly. Photograph: Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary

14) 22 July: A royal baby boy is born - the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to George Alexander Louis at 4:24PM at St Mary's Hospital in London. Photograph: John Stillwell / PA Wire / EPA

15) 24 July: Spain has the worst train crash in decades - 80 are killed and 140 are injured. Photograph: Reuters
16) 28 August: For three years in a row, Melbourne is voted as world's most liveable city according to the Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Survey. Melbourne was also voted best city in Australia in the Australian Traveller Magazine's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards. Photograph: Fotolia.
17) 2 September: Microsoft buys Nokia mobile phone business at $7.2 billion. Photograph: Mikko Stig / AP Photo / Lehtikuva
18) 10 September: Apple announces the new iPhone 5S will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Photograph: DigitalTrends.com
19) 21 September: Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. 72 people died and over 200 were wounded in the eighty hour attack. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
20) 1 - 16 October: US Federal Government is shut down for 16 days
Photograph: Bill Clark / 2013 CQ Roll Call
21) 22 October: Australia (New South Wales) faced worst fire emergency in almost 50 years. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts / EPA / Landov
22) 8 November: Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines. 6230 were killed and 1785 were reported as missing in the typhoon. Estimated $1.5 billion in damages. Photograph: Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images
23) 2 Dec: Amazon reveals "Prime Air" - its plan to deliver by drone in 30 minutes. Photograph: Amazon.
24) 5 Dec: Mandela passes away. What an amazing legacy he leaves behind - not just for South Africa, but for the world. Photograph: Greg Bartley/Camera Press, via Redux.
25) 24 December: El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano errupts for the first time in 37 years. Photograph: Hector Garay / AFP / Getty Images

Happy 2014! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful year - may this one be one to remember!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bright Night piece for .M Contemporary Gallery

What an incredible honour it was to be invited along with my other fellow Alexander Bander's and amazingly talented high profile South African illustrators to create a one-off print for the .M Contemporary group exhibition, "The Path Less Deconstructed" in Sydney, Australia, running from the 14th December 2013 to 1st February 2014. 

It is just incredible to think that a piece I created here in Cape Town, South Africa is not even on the same continent but elsewhere in the world!

Following is the piece I created, some detail shots as well as an artist's statement on what the piece is about - I hope you like!

For the topic of “ The Path Less Deconstructed”, I looked to that which inspires me most in my work and my analytical albeit playful nature, namely the city at night. I am fascinated by the architecture that can be found in my city: a contrasting mix of sleek modern and 18th century decorative buildings juxtaposed alongside each other, especially the patterns of windows, façade details and building shapes that become starker after dusk. At night in the city, there is an unspoken air of excitement – the feeling that the evening could take you on an adventure anywhere, never quite knowing what you may discover along the way. I see the city as a playground with the carousel as its whimsical heartbeat, the symbol of childhood dreams that never quite leave you; a place to be explored and re-explored, a place of great excitement, of intersecting lives and unlimited possibility. It is at night in the city that I feel most alive and most at home.

Some detail shots

Some pictures of the piece up at .M Contemporary

Many thanks to Emma Cook heading up Alexander's Band and .M Contemporary for organising such an amazing opportunity!