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Iori Tomita - New World Transparent Specimens (2005-)

Fisherman-turned-artist in Yokohama City, Japan, Tomita creates art using the skeletons of various dead marine specimens, which he preserves and then colors with bright shades of dye.

The process strips down each creature to the toughest parts of its remains and Tomita has dyed more than 5,000 dead creatures since 2005, which is amazing, considering each piece takes at least a few weeks to complete, and some up to a year.

"Although these are just transparent specimens, they’re filled with the drama of organisms which I have so much love for. I want people to enjoy the beauty of life, treat life with respect and understand that there is drama happening that is not centered on themselves when they look at the specimens. These specimens which you see here are actually animals that have died for some some reason or whose carcasses were discarded from pet shops or fishermen. I use those animals which passed away and repurpose them."

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According to Paul and Ann Rand, popular artists are known to help sell or produce a product by their clients or employers. In the piece, they are also deemed to be commercial. And because they help with selling or producing commercial products, there is a struggle for them to maintain their individuality and to keep afloat in appearing new, fresh and modern, with current technology and trends. There’s pressure to produce quickly and fall into the “newness factor.” But because of these kinds of pressures and constraints, the popular artist might fail in continuing to be innovative when designing. They might simply create for the sake of completing their work, without putting them self in their work.
Maintaining ones individuality and struggling to appear new and innovative while designing resonated with me. When designing for a client or working full time, often feel that I have to stick to the style of a product or company that is presented to me. My perception and how my employer stirs me in a project can be a struggle and in some cases. I have to create pieces that I do not agree with. When this happens, I feel like I have lost myself a little because I did not produce something that I could consider my idea or my style but the style of my client or employer. Also, with technology constantly changing, as a designer, I feel like I always have to adapt, especially when designing for the web or programming pieces online.

Please read first  

According to Paul and Ann Rand, popular artists are known to help sell or produce a product by their clients or employers. In the piece, they are also deemed to be commercial. And because they help with selling or producing commercial products, there is a struggle for them to maintain their individuality and to keep afloat in appearing new, fresh and modern, with current technology and trends. There’s pressure to produce quickly and fall into the “newness factor.” But because of these kinds of pressures and constraints, the popular artist might fail in continuing to be innovative when designing. They might simply create for the sake of completing their work, without putting them self in their work.

Maintaining ones individuality and struggling to appear new and innovative while designing resonated with me. When designing for a client or working full time, often feel that I have to stick to the style of a product or company that is presented to me. My perception and how my employer stirs me in a project can be a struggle and in some cases. I have to create pieces that I do not agree with. When this happens, I feel like I have lost myself a little because I did not produce something that I could consider my idea or my style but the style of my client or employer. Also, with technology constantly changing, as a designer, I feel like I always have to adapt, especially when designing for the web or programming pieces online.

Sorry for Neglecting You

I have been super busy with getting the hang of my new job, recovering from surgery  ( I had an appendectomy) and redesigning my new website that I totally forgot to blog about my latest happenings.

Here’s a brief recap.

There are photos from this year’s Mermaid Parade, which happened in late June. I regret not getting enough portraits but the event was still amazing to capture regardless.

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I have been doing a lot of random street shots and instagraming just to stay on the ball in composing imagery.

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In the past, I was very much against iPhone photography but I have turned a new leaf. It’s pretty fun and I am surprised by some of the images that I can pull off from my phone. Sometimes, I catch myself overkilling it. I have a feeling that it will completely die soon from photographing and tweeting way too much.

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I finally got my shots on film from Sunday’s Stop and Frisk March processed. I didn’t have enough time to scan them so instead they were scanned at Enla, a small photo lab in Greenpoint. Enjoy.See more here.
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SilentMarchAgainstStopandFrisk_f-64 on Flickr.

I finally got my shots on film from Sunday’s Stop and Frisk March processed. I didn’t have enough time to scan them so instead they were scanned at Enla, a small photo lab in Greenpoint. Enjoy.

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See more here.

© Sharese Ann Frederick

Silent March Against Stop and Frisk on Flickr.On this Father’s day, more than 298 organizations and citizens (including the NYCLU) took part in the Silent March Against NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Policy. I was there and was amazed by the amount of people who showed up.
It felt great knowing that so many people understood how the NYPD’s practices need to be thoroughly assessed and reformed.  You can tell based on the photographs that I took - this practice has impacted everyone. Some people who I spoke with estimate that the march contained tens of thousands of people, if not hundreds, to represent the more than 600,000 people affected by the practice.
Participants traveled from Harlem, beginning at 110th street on Central Park North to the high 70’s on Fifth Avenue - close to Gracie Mansion. It was interesting seeing the onlookers especially when we walked along the museum mile. Marchers were mostly silent. Some were not aware of the current news surrounding Stop and Frisk’s startling statistics.
I was tweeting and photographing a lot. I think I took around 300 photos? However, I whittled the amount down to 96. There’s more to come. I shot 3 rolls on my 7e. I just need to go and get them developed. Take a look and see more here. Check out NYCLU’s Facebook page for more information and photos.

© Sharese Ann Frederick

Silent March Against Stop and Frisk on Flickr.

On this Father’s day, more than 298 organizations and citizens (including the NYCLU) took part in the Silent March Against NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Policy. I was there and was amazed by the amount of people who showed up.

It felt great knowing that so many people understood how the NYPD’s practices need to be thoroughly assessed and reformed.  You can tell based on the photographs that I took - this practice has impacted everyone. Some people who I spoke with estimate that the march contained tens of thousands of people, if not hundreds, to represent the more than 600,000 people affected by the practice.

Participants traveled from Harlem, beginning at 110th street on Central Park North to the high 70’s on Fifth Avenue - close to Gracie Mansion. It was interesting seeing the onlookers especially when we walked along the museum mile. Marchers were mostly silent. Some were not aware of the current news surrounding Stop and Frisk’s startling statistics.

I was tweeting and photographing a lot. I think I took around 300 photos? However, I whittled the amount down to 96. There’s more to come. I shot 3 rolls on my 7e. I just need to go and get them developed. Take a look and see more here. Check out NYCLU’s Facebook page for more information and photos.

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skyflowers replied to your photo: Figment on Flickr. Yesterday I was at the first…

I soo wanted to go :( but I hear some of the installations will still be up throughout the summer?

Yep, there is a possibility however, I did not see a whole lot of installations propped up around the island after. If any thing, you should definitely see Graphic Design Now in Production by Cooper Hewitt. I really loved it!

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Yesterday I was at the first day of Figment, an interactive arts festival on Governors Island. The island was filled with fun and innovative art installations, games, music, and interactive creative pieces. You can literally finger paint on paper maché fingers and have them as part of a colorful hanging outside - it’s not as creepy as you think! Unfortunately, I only got a sample of Figment since I was there from 4-6. I wish I could go tomorrow but, I will most likely attend next year.
 I will be posting much better photos taken with my Canon 7e (FILM). I hope the colors came out nicely. Until then, check out my itty bitty Instagram photos!
Edit: Here are some photos that I took this past weekend. Two are NWS because there was a partially nude painted lady.

Figment on Flickr.

Yesterday I was at the first day of Figment, an interactive arts festival on Governors Island. The island was filled with fun and innovative art installations, games, music, and interactive creative pieces. You can literally finger paint on paper maché fingers and have them as part of a colorful hanging outside - it’s not as creepy as you think! Unfortunately, I only got a sample of Figment since I was there from 4-6. I wish I could go tomorrow but, I will most likely attend next year.


I will be posting much better photos taken with my Canon 7e (FILM). I hope the colors came out nicely. Until then, check out my itty bitty Instagram photos!

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Edit: Here are some photos that I took this past weekend. Two are NWS because there was a partially nude painted lady.

Remember this photo? This was shot a little over a year ago in Webster Hall. It was my first time seeing the band Peelander-Z live. They are a fantastic group who really enjoy entertaining their fans. You definitely get that feeling in this photo.
Just recently, I entered it into Nikon’s Cool Shot Contest. If you really like it please vote for it here.
My friend Andrew St. Clair is participating in this contest as well with the rest of the member of the band at last year’s Warped Tour. Please vote for him here!
Voting is very simple, you just enter a code, so there’s no need to submit your personal info or register on any site.

Remember this photo? This was shot a little over a year ago in Webster Hall. It was my first time seeing the band Peelander-Z live. They are a fantastic group who really enjoy entertaining their fans. You definitely get that feeling in this photo.

Just recently, I entered it into Nikon’s Cool Shot Contest. If you really like it please vote for it here.

My friend Andrew St. Clair is participating in this contest as well with the rest of the member of the band at last year’s Warped Tour. Please vote for him here!

Voting is very simple, you just enter a code, so there’s no need to submit your personal info or register on any site.