Chris Labrooy's Auto Aerobics
Aberdeen-born designer's latest work was inspired by a winter's evening walk through Brooklyn, New York
We first came across Aberdeen-born, Royal College graduate, Chris Labrooy via his Formula One series called Toy Story and featuring Red Bull champion Sebastian Vettel as a bull in a china shop. The artist and designer's Design Heroes series featuring the names Toyo Ito and Tadao Ando spelled out using elements from their buildings also brought a smile to our face.
So we were happy to find out that these images that caught our eye on the photography and design website Behance.Net were were from a new work posted by him. They're called Auto Aerobics and were inspired by a winter's evening walk through Brooklyn.
To create them, Labrooy 'built' a digital model of the neighbourhood he'd passed through on the walk. The Pontiac pictured in the photographs was originally a prop on the 'set' rather than the star of the show. Once he had the idea of hollowing out the car's centre he began to double and couple the image, leading to the result you see above and below.
Labrooy's work captures an interest in the applied arts, working directly with materials to develop 'useless beautiful objects' which he applies to a specific purpose. But for more historical examples of the ways photographers have pushed the medium into areas hitherto unexplored over the years you might like to check out our forthcoming title Photography Today, a comprehensive and much-needed survey of the last 40 years of photography, charting its path from method of documentation to art form. It reproduces 500 of the greatest photographic works by modern masters such as Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Danny Lyon, Joel Meyerowitz, Nan Goldin and James Nachtwey.