This is our official announcement to the world!
English artist Craig Davison creates series of paintings that beautifully illustrate the awesome power of childhood imagination and our limitless ability to play pretend as our favorite movie characters. He draws from a wide variety of movies, but the pieces seen here all revolve around Star Wars.
Kids play their hearts in the foreground while their shadows loom larger than life in the background as the fictional characters they’re pretending to be. Tree branches have become light sabers, cardboard tubes and a hair dryer work equally well as blasters, a garbage can and a colander are all you need to be R2-D2 and C3PO, and a pair of headphones serve as Princess Leia’s cinnamon bun hairdo.
Visit Craig Davison’s website to check out more of his delightful and nostalgic artwork. Then go grab a tree branch and meet us at the park for a light saber duel.
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Capturing Aura Portraits with @jalvarezcastillo
For more from Josefina’s #peoplesaura series, follow @jalvarezcastillo on Instagram.
For Buenos Aires art director Josefina Alvarez Castillo (@jalvarezcastillo), creative work is a way to bring out the best in people.
"As a creative director, I work to help people make their businesses shine with ideas and design," she says. "My work consists of making people see the beauty in things—but far more to see their own beauty, learning how to accept and love their inner selves."
With those goals in mind, Josefina created her own series on Instagram, #peoplesaura, where she captures portraits in front of circular objects or designs. As she explains: “The circle behind their head represent their holiness. I believe that we are all saints.”
Want to capture your own #peoplesaura portrait? Josefina has some tips to share:
- "Start looking for circle shapes in the street, your house or wherever you are.
- "If the theme of the aura is related to the personality of the person you are going to shoot, it’s even better!
- "Look out for the symmetry in the composition of your photo and point your camera straight towards the eyes to capture their humanity better."
Photograph by Joakim Eskildsen for TIME
March 7, 2013. An old American car, long a staple of Cuban roads, sits along Guanabo Beach, near Havana, Cuba. From "Cuban Evolution: Photographs by Joakim Eskildsen.”
See TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2013 on LightBox.