It’s been a while since we last visited the small but astonishing Department of Eggshell Artists. Pu Derong is a self-taught artist from China’s Hebei Province who, with a knife and an incredibly skillful hand, transforms eggs into awesome works of art.
"I had always been fascinated by eggs as a child," Pu says. "They are so fragile. Artists use canvases; eggs are mine.” The talented artist from Dongzhuangtou village showed a great interest in painting and calligraphy from a very young age, but he didn’t have the financial resources to attend a specialized art school, so he taught himself. In his adult years he did all kinds of manual labor, worked as a repairman and as a chef, but never gave up on his passion for art. One day, he discovered eggshell carving completely by accident, and he’s been hooked ever since."
The fragile shell of an egg is a mere 0.3mm thick, so it took many failed attempts before Pu began to master his art. Today he is recognized as one of China’s most skilled artists, and rightfully so.
"One wrong move can ruin hours of painstaking work, so Pu Derong says he has to remain concentrated from the moment his knife touches the shell until the piece is completed. Although on occasions he uses dyes, most times the artist takes advantage of the egg’s natural coloring to highlight his work."
Unlike other artists working with eggs, Pu Derong never pierces the shells of his eggs. Instead he carefully carves away just a fraction of his 0.3mm thick canvas in order to create his designs. Pu even made his own carving knife. His subjects vary from beautiful patterns inspired by nature to traditional Chinese motifs and architectural pieces.
[via Oddity Central]
Return to Sender is a funny photo series by photographer Tommy Kha that takes a unique approach to self-portraiture. Rather than taking a straight-forward image of himself, the Memphis-based photographer presents himself engaged in a one-sided kiss with dozens of strangers in various locales. Funny enough, it’s the other person in each shot that is fully committed to the smooch as Kha stands motionless.
When approaching strangers to be his potential partner, Kha simply has one direction for them: “They can kiss me however they want but they have to kiss me on the lips.” No matter how they choose to go about it, Kha’s reaction is consistent. The stoic photographer’s unresponsive facial expression and body language stands out in each shot, making for a hilariously awkward collection of photos.
Shot after shot, he continues to lock lips with passionate partners, yet he impressively displays no sign of pleasure, disgust, or any other possible reaction. Instead, he opts to remain unaffected by their advances, even if they choose to carry him in their arms or dip him as a romantic gesture. via [Beautiful Decay]