DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Leah Flores

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Leah Flores. Leah is new to the DENY Designs team this past month and her unique photography/typography-esque style is one that we have fallen in love with – we are sure you will too!

About Leah Flores:

Leah Flores is a Portland-based artist who brings together her love of photography and illustration to create adventuresome designs. Born in the Pacific Northwest on Leap Year Day 1988, Leah is a first-generation American with Costa Rican and Scottish roots. In her work you will find mountains, forests, and wildflowers woven with hand-lettered evocations to go explore the natural world.

Don’t you love these?!

To see all of Leah Flores designs on DENY products, visit her page here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/leah-flores-all-art

Surf’s Up: Amazing Wave Photography

Surf’s up! At least for Hawaiian-based photographer Kenji Croman it is. Kenji Croman is the mastermind behind these amazing photos of waves seen in ways that most of us can only dream of.

Not only a master of his trade – his work has been featured on CNN Travel and the cover’s of various surfing magazine – but also extremely passionate about showing the world his point of view in the water through his work.

He says “The reason why I enjoy photographing the artistic wave from my point of view is because it’s so hard to describe what i see when I’m in the water. For years before I got into wave photos, I would be bodysurfing these beautiful perfect waves in the morning, the colors would be amazing and I wanted to share it with others. No one in their right mind would wake up at 4:30am to watch the sunrise, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be in the water experiencing what I am. So with my background in photography, and many, many years of practicing, I learned the art of wave photography.”

Do these make you want to go to the beach too?

 

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Winning: National Geographic Photo Contest Winners Announced

National Geographic is known for their stunning photo journalistic and landscape photographs, so it is no surprise that the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Magazine 24th Annual photo contest have some absolutely incredible talent.

National Geographic Traveler Magazine received more than 12,000 entries from 6,615 talented photographers in 152 countries around the globe. Using the power of photography, contestants shared their lives through their work. Taken in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam, the winning pictures show everything from peaceful landscapes to unexpected moments. However, all of them depict the beauty of the places and people that make traveling memorable.

Here are the 12 winning photographs – each with an amazing story behind them.

FIRST PLACE WINNER: BUTTERFLY
Photo and caption by Cedric Houin
This image was shot in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor. The intimacy of this everyday life moment, shot inside of a family yurt, is in total contrast with the harsh environment these nomadic tribes live in. On the right we notice a television and a sound console. These tribes live weeks away from any village by foot. In spite of being located at an altitude of 4,300 meters in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan they are equipped with solar panels, satellite dishes and cellphones. Ancestral ways of living, with touches of modernity.

SECOND PLACE WINNER: MY BALLOON
Photo and caption by Vo Anh Kiet
H’mong children play with their balloons on a foggy day in Moc Chau, Son La province, Vietnam; photographed January 2012.

THIRD PLACE WINNER: DEVOTEES
Photo and caption by Andrea Guarneri
During the Easter holy celebration called “Misteri” in Trapani, the devotees carry the scenes of Christ’s passion on their shoulders all night long. When the day comes they take a break.

MERIT WINNER: LOOKING INTO ANOTHER WORLD
Photo and caption by Fred An
This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree.

MERIT WINNER: LOST IN TIME – AN ANCIENT FOREST
Photo and caption by Ken Thorne
Near the city of Morondava, on the West coast of Madagascar lies an ancient forest of Baobab trees. Unique to Madagascar, the endemic species is sacred to the Malagasy people, and rightly so. Walking amongst these giants is like nothing else on this planet. Some of the trees here are over a thousand years old. It is a spiritual place, almost magical.

MERIT WINNER: UNDERWATER SURF
Photo and caption by Lucia Griggi
Taken at Cloud Break at an outer reef in Fiji, a surfer duck dives his board to clear the rolling waves of the raw ocean.

MERIT WINNER: BAGAN BLISS
Photo and caption by Peter DeMarco
More than 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas fill the plains of Bagan. Once the capital of the Pagan Empire, farmers now raise their livestock within the centuries old complex. The best way to see Bagan, apart from a ride on a hot air balloon, is by bicycle. It’s easy to get off the beaten path and live out your wildest Indiana Jones fantasy.

MERIT WINNER: OLD MEN WITH DJELLABA
Photo and caption by SauKhiang Chau
The Last Supper Of Da Vinci? No, They are just some old men of Chefchaouen with djellaba, sitting and talking each other.

MERIT WINNER: THE VILLAGE OF GASADALUR
Photo and caption by Ken Bower
The village of Gásadalur and the island of Mykines in the background.
Until a tunnel was built in 2004, the 16 residents living in Gásadalur had to take a strenuous hike or horseback over the steep 400 meter mountain in order to make it to the other villages.
It was a rare sunny day in the Faroe Islands and I had to wait until the clouds rolled in to provide some softer light. I decided to go with a long exposure (1 minute 10 seconds) to illustrate the force of the wind and a serene sea among the isolated islands.

MERIT WINNER: SWIMMING IN THE RAIN
Photo and caption by Camila Massu
My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot!

VIEWERS’ CHOICE WINNER: HUSET
Photo and caption by Michelle Schantz
A lonely cabin is illuminated under the Northern Lights in Finnmark, Norway.

You can see the full stories behind each photo here: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2012/.

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Too Cute: Photographer Captures Unusual Animal Pairings

Get ready to saw “awwww”!

British photographer Mark Taylor has an uncanny knack for bringing out the cuddly sides of his subjects’. Mark Taylor creatively pairs pets and animals like kittens and ducklings and then captures their interactions – some of which are too darn cute for words.

His photographs are a legacy from his late mother Jane Burton who pioneered the style so familiar on calendars in offices and maths teacher classrooms everywhere. His work has even graced the cover of National Geographic Magazine.

So far, he has had no cases of them eating each other.

 

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Drop It: Incredible Water Drop Refraction Photos

You have to check out the work of Markus Reugels, an incredibly talented German photographer that specializes in high-speed and macro photography. Much of his photography centers around water drops and the brilliant splashes, reflections and shapes they create.

In his series entitled Refractions, Markus takes high-speed photographs of water droplets as they fall in front of a background image. With amazing timing and persistence, Markus is able to capture the ‘refraction’ of the image inside the droplet of water.

The results speak for themselves.

 

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Shannon Clark

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Shannon Clark. Shannon recently joined the DENY Designs family, but her work is already a big hit. Her photography and designs add such a bright, fresh look to DENY products – we are loving it!

About Shannon Clark:

SSC Photography by Shannon Clark was born in early 2011 when I decided to dabble in to an interest that I have always admired through others pieces – photography. Already having a life long love of art and color, I decided to mix the 3 together and create the kind of art I love – happy, fun, bright and unexpected. I love color and the effect it has on one’s mood. I like taking ordinary, everyday things and sights and adding a fun, colorful twist on them with a variety of vintage to modern finishes and effects. There is beauty in everything all around, and it can be brought out in fun and unexpected ways! I truly love what I do and hope it shows in my work!

Shannon Clark Summer Bloom Throw Pillow

Shannon Clark Summer Bloom Throw Pillow

To see all of Shannon’s work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/shannon-clark-all-art