This week’s Single Image Sunday comes from my participation in a challenge on Instagram, where participants are given three days and six images to craft some interesting visuals using only the Hipstamatic app and a certain lens & film combination. Entries are judged by the contest hosts, and the winner gets to pick the next lens/film combination. It’s a fun way to see what can be done with the app by its enthusiasts, and for someone like me who tends to stick with only a few combinations, it’s an encouraging way to challenge myself to see what can be done with combos I might not otherwise consider, as in the case of last week’s Single Image Sunday. More on this at the mxgxpx challenge. For you Hipstamatic users, this was done with the Jimmy lens and BlacKeys BW film, no flash, and with the assistance of a Photojojo macro lens attachement.
Earthbound Arts: More Than Just Skulls
I’ve managed to collect a fair bit of skull-related jewelry and accoutrements over the years, and I thought this challenge’s grainy black & white format would make a cool highlight vehicle for these as a series. This particular skull is a necklace pendant made by Winston-Salem artist, Lucy Duncan of Earthbound Arts, one of my favorite local businesses for one of a kind creations that make excellent holiday gifts, birthday presents, and just cool stuff to have around the house. Check out Earthbound Arts on Facebook, or stop by the gallery/shop on Trade Street, part of Winston-Salem’s thriving Downtown Arts District. I’m not sure if they do mail orders, but if you’re in Winston-Salem and are in the market for some cool handcrafted pottery, sculpture, handmade soap, beads, copper creations, herbs – or, if you’re lucky, some skull jewelry – definitely have a look. Inventory refreshes constantly, prices are very reasonable, and you’ll always get friendly service and conversation from Lucy Duncan and Gordon Jones every time.
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What do you think? Do you have some odd collection that might make for a good photo series? Ever thought about setting up your own shop? Are there any local art shops you frequent for one-of-a-kind items? Link them in the comments!
- Sabrina’s Skulls (skulladay.blogspot.com)
- Sensational Skulls (boticca.com)
- Goodbye Urban Artware (Streets of Winston-Salem)
- Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Carolina Arts News)