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It is often said that art has a way of transporting viewers, whether conjuring past memories or sometimes through the immersion of visual stimulation. In the case of London-based Japanese photographer Chino Otsuka, such transport is a bit more literal, and turned on herself as both photographer and subject. Otsuka’s series Imagine Finding Me is a sort of conceptual time machine, where she digitally inserts herself into childhood photos. In her own words, Otsuka says, “A new journey has begun, on board a time machine built from digital tools. I’m traveling back, transported to places where I once belonged, cities where I once visited and on arrival I find myself from the past. Navigating through the labyrinth of memory I become a tourist of my own history. And throughout this unique journey I keep a diary.” We are absolutely taken with the concept, but it’s Otsuka’s adept skills with said digital tools that really make this series shine. In the hands of a less capable photographer, this would not have been nearly as effective. Huge success any way you look at it.

Via chino.co.uk

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At first glance, it’s not immediately apparent what these round masses are. But upon closer examination, it’s clear that these are actually very familiar sights (albeit from a disorienting angle). Chinese photographer Lo Cheuk Lun and his Shanghai-based photography studio, Stuff, shot these shampoo-lathered heads for monthly international fashion magazine Numéro. While the concept is rather interesting, this could have been sort of dull and uninspiring. In the skillful hands of Cheuk Lun, however, the series really comes to life. It’s executed perfectly, and we’d love to see even more hair types. It’s a wonder this wasn’t conceived sooner. Well done.

Via wwwstuffcom.com

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London-based artist and sculptor Livia Marin’s melted porcelain series, Nomad Patterns, looks like a first-class exercise in Photoshop. In reality, these intriguing sculptures are physical pieces that appear to be melting into puddles. What’s really special, though, is that the intricate decorations flow into the puddles as well. In her own words, Marin describes the concept behind this superb series: “In a culture increasingly dominated by habits of consuming and discarding, Nomad Patterns interrogates the boundaries between the attention given to precious or elite artifacts and the lack of thought afforded to the mass production of utilitarian objects.”

Via liviamarin.com and emmahilleagle.com

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Chinese photographer/artist Yao Lu has a lot to say in his sophisticated digitally manipulated landscape series. What look like traditional landscape paintings are actually landfills, clearly commentary on rapid urbanization going on in China right now. Lu digitally blankets these mounds of garbage in a green mesh to mimic idyllic scenery, complete with mist, often found in traditional Chinese landscape paintings.

Via brucesilverstein.com

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International visual firm Shotopop teamed with JWT Shanghai to take cardboard cut-outs to the next level. And boy, did they succeed. They were commissioned to develop and build three pieces, made up from the cardboard of shoeboxes, to represent three prominent Chinese basketball players, sponsored by popular Chinese sporting goods brand ANTA. Deservedly so, the project won an Outdoor, as well as a Design Lion at the International Cannes Lions Awards.

Via shotopop.com

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