Appreciating Contemporary Art and its Subjective Nature

August 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Posted in contemporary art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Contemporary art is defined as art created in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  To define it even more simply, it is art that has been created and that continues to be created right now, during our lifetimes. The term itself; contemporary, alludes to the present time.  Most authorities on art history, however, say that contemporary art encompasses all art produced after the 1970’s on.

Do you have to be an art aficionado to tell the difference? Not really.  Contemporary art usually gives itself away.  To the novice art buff, it’s usually the type of art that catches the eye and captures his attention.  It is timely as it alludes to the future or present day, it is savvy and selective in its presentation, it is constant, dynamic, and reactive.  Or is it?  The topic of what makes something art in the first place is something that has been a matter of tireless, opinionated debate by artists, Art History professors, critics, and the general populace since the dawn of art appreciation! What makes something contemporary art or art at all; for that matter, is subjective. This quality is also the source of art’s lure and appeal. Art comes from the creative soul and is expressed in the artist’s chosen form as a gift to the world.

Examples of Contemporary Art Museum Pieces

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Whether a piece of contemporary art speaks to you, elicits certain feelings from you, or even repulses you, depends on your particular tastes.  Your affinity or distaste for a piece is subjective to all the factors make up who you are, and what you think makes a great piece of contemporary art.  It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a piece of contemporary art to add to personal your collection, or you are a gallery owner or museum curator searching for that perfect show stopping piece. There are about as many  styles of contemporary art as there are opinions about it.  You should have no problem at all finding your perfect piece.

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Imikimi Musical Frames

August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Inspirational, Music, Photography | Leave a comment
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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams is a very wise man. This can be interpreted that everything you do and everything you have done defines the person that you are; all your experiences make you unique, including things as your favorite type of music or your taste in art. Imikimi frames are art ― each unique frame carries with it the person who made it. Likewise, the person who chooses each frame and what picture to put in it can be termed an artist of sorts.

Pictures & Music & Imikimi

It has been said and is pretty common to still hear now that a picture is worth a thousand words. According to Brigitte Bardot,  “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” Imikimi provides thousands of ways to enhance these special instances in your life. If a photograph is worth a thousand words, an Imikimi frame with your photo in it is worth two-thousand words!

Like photographs, music can also take us through time and all eternity. Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Likewise, Kahlil Gibran stated, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Music means so many things to so many different people. It hurts and is sad, yet it has the power to heal and make happy. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Since pictures and music are so powerful within themselves, why not combine them? Imikimi has many artists who have done just that! Take a look and don’t forget to check out Imikimi.com to find your perfect frame!

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist heniapak

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist lovelyMarie08

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist heniapak

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist marialedesma1958

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist DizzyTizzyToni

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist mmrcss

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist Sinnlich

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist mmrcss

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist miras46

Up and Coming Careers in Art

August 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Digital Art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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What makes art so amazing is that it means so many different things to different people.  There are graphic designers, photographers, musicians, painters, carpenters, and cake decorators who all call themselves and deserve to be called artists.  However, it is difficult to have a career as an artist, we have all heard the term, “starving artists”… Actually, now more than ever, it is possible to have a lucrative career as an artist.  Let’s take a look at some of the exciting up and coming careers in the arts that could potentially earn you big bucks: Continue Reading Up and Coming Careers in Art…

Best Photo’s of July!

July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photo Opts, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the Best of series for the month of July, we here at Imikimi.com thought that we would showcase some beautiful imagery from NationalGeorgraphic.com. Using the theme of light and water, these images not only visually exhibit a beautiful digital contrast the water and light, but they also provide some great ideas for digital art projects that anyone can do….
Light Waves and Dark Currents
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geograpic 2photo credit: National Georgraphic
This photo first caught our eye because it sort of reminds you of a storm around a beautiful lake maybe on the evening of fourth of July. What does it remind you of? A led light was used in this photograph to define the direction of the waves.
Red Shift
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geographic 3photo credit: National Georgraphic
“The camera and film allowed me to extend my exposure time an hour or longer, though 40 minutes was often about right with the camera settings I needed.” Joel James Devlin
The photographer for this photo used a Mamiya 7, a medium-format rangefinder camera. This image can remind you of a humid July evening while taking a walk in your local park, trail or favorite wooded spot.
Photograph by:  Gordon Gahan, National Geographic
Best of National Geographic 4photo credit: National Georgraphic
The light reflecting off of the water in what seems like an endless tunnel is not intriguing but brilliant photography done by National Geographic’s own Gordon Gahan.
 
Gentle Stream
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Georgraphic 5photo credit:  National Geographic
The photographer used a small LED light floating on the stream to create this beautiful, peaceful as well as calming image.
“The speed of the light is quite important, so a gentle stream is ideal. If it was too still the light would just stay in one place and blow out [in the photo],” he said.
It is amazing how light can take an image to a whole other level. Whether using led light, other lighting or even altering an image using your favorite image editor, use the this months pics as an inspiration to explore the beauty of light outdoors. See what effects you can create.

Three Secret Summertime Tricks for Perfect Photos (Hint: Just add kids!)

July 26, 2013 at 11:35 am | Posted in Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Summertime sparks an intuitive collection of photos propelled by children and the everyday joys of water, toys and endless amounts of energy. It’s not hard to find a little inspiration right outside your door. Snapping photos of  summer playtime can ignite even the tiniest bit of nostalgia within minutes – and last a lifetime. The perfect key elements to great summertime photos are literally just a click away. The summer world is ready to go – just add children!

Waterworks at the pool

Great pool poses are instant classics.  From up close face shots, splashing, jumping, swimming and playing, children are aqua-batic tricksters waiting for a photo op.

Photo Credit: Melissa Forte

Photo Credit: Melissa Forte

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Photo Credit: A Scrapbook of Sorts

Photo Credit: A Scrapbook of Sorts

Beaches are for bums (and children)

Pool time may be the highlight of a child’s day, but they are second rate when it comes the beach. Salty water, fish, shells and sandcastles can fill a child’s summertime dreams at night. Mention those sandy shores to any tike and watch those eyes light up!

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Any toy will do, thankyouverymuch!

The great thing about children is that they do not need a large body of water to occupy their summertime days and keep your camera busy making memories.  Bubbles, water hoses (and water toys), sidewalk chalk and lemonade stands provide ample ingredients for photo magic (and fun!) during the blissful summer days.

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The great thing about kids in the summer is that they they are living, breathing and walking photo inspirations ready to be captured!

Make Your Summertime Memories Last Forever With Imikimi Frames

July 16, 2013 at 10:49 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photo Opts, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Imikimi: Summer Time Frames

Imikimi: Summer Time Frames

Summer is in full swing and Imikimi summer frames are the perfect enhancement for all your summer fun memories. There are so many chances for memory making during the summer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the summer is party time.

Family Time

Picnics and barbecues are plentiful in the summer. What could be better than burgers on on the grill and slices of cool watermelon? Pool parties, beach days and trips to the amusement park can certainly generate tons of memorable photos.  There are carnivals and fairs and trips to your neighborhood zoo. Many families choose the summer to host annual family reunions. It’s time for photo-ops with everyone you haven’t seen all year! What better way to preserve these precious photos than with a summer Imikimi frame?

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Imikimi Picnic Frame

Vacation Time

Summer is always one of the most popular times of the year for vacations. Are you taking a Mediterranean cruise on a luxury liner or taking the sailboat out on the local lake? Maybe you’re backpacking across Europe or hiking up a nearby hillside. You can visit your local state beach or visit some exotic tropical locale. No matter where you decide to spend your vacation, you will definitely want to celebrate these images with summer Imikimi frames.

Imikimi: Family Vacation Frame

Imikimi: Family Vacation Frame

Summer Love with Imikimi Frames

Summer is one of the most romantic times of the year. Candlelit dinners alfresco and sunset walks on the beach provide picture perfect moments. From first dates to June weddings and everything in between, there are so many opportunities for a sizzling summer romance. A beautiful photo commemorating that special day or night with your loved one is something to cherish forever.

Imikimi: Summer Love Frame

Imikimi: Summer Love Frame

Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are great for getting together with family and friends. The Fourth of July and Labor Day are both  wonderful holidays to spend time with loved ones. There are fireworks and parties and picnics galore. Keep the festivities going all year when you use Imikimi frames to remember those special days.

Imikimi: Summer Holiday Frames

Imikimi: Summer Holiday Frames

Your summer is full of memorable moments you’ll never want to forget. Imikimi  Summer frames make your images unforgettable.

Inspirational Photo’s – What Inspires You?

July 12, 2013 at 10:35 am | Posted in Inspirational, Photography | Leave a comment
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Hey there! Have you ever wondered what goes on in different cultures around the world? I mean, the different inspirational things that happen everywhere and most of us don’t even realize it? With over 7 billion people populating the earth today and not one of them being exactly like another one person, it is inevitable.

Every place is different. Every person is different. Every culture is different. So it would stand to reason that each unique individual is inspired by something equally unique to themselves. Granted, groups of people can be inspired by the same genre of photo’s, but the meaning will be something deeper that reaches the individual on a personal level.

What inspires you?

There are many, many forms of inspirational art. Some are simply photo’s of animals, landscapes, or random items. Other forms are actual paintings and sculptures of people, place, and things. Abstract art is an increasingly poplar form of inspiration because it can be interpreted a million different ways according to the unique mindset of the viewer. Take a look at some of these inspirational photo’s:

Photo Credit: flickr.com

Photo Credit: flickr.com

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Photo Credit: designyoutrust.com

As you can see, inspiration can come from the oddest and most unique places – a beautiful landscape in Australia, a Native American Pow Wow, or even an “onion bulb.” Minds can be inspired by absolutely anything; that is the beauty of being our own individual selves. From photographs, sketches, paintings, drawings, and digital art to famous and infamous quotations, there is inspirational motivation all around us. What is your inspirational motivation?

Photo Credit: quotes-lover.com

Photo Credit: quotes-lover.com

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Photo Credit: verybestquotes.com

Your Best Photos are Waiting for You!

July 9, 2013 at 10:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Photo Opts, Photography | Leave a comment
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Whether you’re considering taking your first trip abroad or hitting the road with the brood, the best photos are the ones you took yourself. Still undecided where your next much-needed, much anticipated vacation will be this year?  Hop on a search engine near you and get ready for adventure!  You can take flights of fancy to far off places and exotic locales!  You can research places you’ve been considering traveling to, look for ideas, and see places you are curious about. The options are practically limitless. What could be better?  You can take a look at the best photos the web has to offer of a location and get a feel for it before you have to spend a dime!

If you’re a professional photographer or just appreciate capturing the beauty in a great sunset, there are many destinations that offer photo ops galore! Perhaps you would like to travel to Europe, for example.  London might just be your cup of tea. Take a look at some of the best photos from the area.  What do you see?  Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The Tower Bridge perhaps?  All great examples of British history and postcard quality photos for your scrapbook! Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll down the streets of Rome.  There is definitely no shortage of terrific places to snap a pic or two of your family to post on your website.  Don’t forget to get one with them in front of the Coliseum or Trevi Fountain! No trip to Rome is complete without those two sites behind the smiling faces of your family.  Saint Peter’s Basilica or the Sistine Chapel, home of Michael Angelo’s  awe-inspiring ceiling frescos also offer beautiful photos.  Perhaps Europe isn’t on the agenda this year.  That’s okay, there is no shortage of photo-friendly places to go that will satisfy the photographer in you!  All it takes is a little research and imagination.  Go ahead!  Type “vacation” into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. See any great photos?

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10 locations to capture your best photos:

These are in no particular order, but they are all worth seeing in person!

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. Stonehenge, England
  3. Rapa Nui, Easter Island
  4. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  5. Vatican City Rome, Italy
  6. The Coliseum Rome, Italy
  7. Palace of Versailles France
  8. Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. Taj Mahal, India
  10. Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii

Who knows where you’ll end up.  You could find yourself looking through the lens at the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids in Giza. Wherever you go, you will be able to go again and again as you thumb through your photos and see the sights just as they were the moment you took them.  It’s been said that photographers are always on the lookout for their best photos, the ones that capture the essence of a moment and speak without saying a word.  The most photogenic locations offer opportunities for iconic photos that speak for themselves. So, what are you waiting for? Get going, have fun and don’t forget the camera!

Happy 4th from Imikimi – Featured Top Frames

July 2, 2013 at 10:39 am | Posted in Imikimi, Photo Opts, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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July 4th is usually a day that we not only celebrate our Independence, but its usually when folks get together for a barbeque, outdoor picnic, trip to a local beach and ending the day with fireworks… This year at Ikimi we would like to help you celebrate by featuring some 4th of July inspired frames….

 
United States Fireworks
by blue-nightingale

tphoto credit: Imikimi.com

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While wearing a five finger ring representing the USA, this frame exhibits a modern day version of Uncle Sam. You can use this frame as an invitation or as a Happy 4th what’s up to entertain your viewers with your pic of choice. This is definitely a cool favorite at Imikimi.

 
Patriotic, Memorial Day, Military Fourth of July
By: hobbsca

Happy 4th From Imikimi 2photo credit: Imikimi.com

We can’t forget to honor those who have fought for the country. This patriotic frame is an outstanding piece to either remember a fallen solder or honor those who are away this year. What an amazing contrast and blend of the eagle and flag.

Fourth of July Baby
By: cmachao

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Not only is the frame cute but you can add  anyone’s photo not just a baby’s to add a little character and fun. What a nice frame for a baby’s first 4th! This frame is so adorable!

Independence Day
By: EARROYO

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Whether you are staying and watching the fireworks on tv, going out and enjoying a picnic or barbeque…. Make this 4th of July a memorable one with a Ikimi frame. Happy 4th to all and be safe!!!!!

Photo Opts.. June’s Best Photos

June 28, 2013 at 7:47 am | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Although Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial summer kick-off holiday, June is the first full month of the Summer Season. The month of June means that elementary and high schools are finishing up their academic years and families are heading out on vacation to engage in any number of summer oriented activities. In this post I wanted to highlight some of the images that not only allow us to think of the summer season’s first full month, but those we find inspiring as well.

Activity #1: Picnicking and Barbequing: In my opinion there’s nothing better than the aroma one smells of food cooking on the grill or fresh fruit and salads coming out of a picnic basket located on the beach or by a lake. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, Pasta Salads, Watermelon, and Fresh Baked Cookies are all some of my favorite summer-inspired dishes, what are some of yours?

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Activity #2: Camping & Fishing: One of my most memorable and inspiring summers came when I was a little boy and my uncle took me fishing on the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. We’d fix ourselves a camp site, pitch the tent, make a fire very night and roast marshmallows under the starry night sky. Each morning, we’d wake up and launch our three-person row boat off the shore and set out on a fishing adventure that began with Sun Fish and ended with Trout. Have memorable moments from your childhood, ever inspired you as a parent?

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Activity #3: The Beach: For those of you who prefer crashing waves and beautiful sunsets over the calm and still beauty of a lake-based atmosphere, then the beach is the place to be. As the waves crash on the sandy shores, I think from an artistic perspective and strongly believe that a new canvas unfolds during each tidal cycle. One of things I love about the beaches here on the East Coast is that during the month of June, tidal cycles tend to deliver the clearest water during the summer months, and that clarity is what inspires me.

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