The Green Ape Project
Our motto: “Evolution”
Like every dominating force from the evolutionary cycle of nature we have our own stories to tell but instead of narrating we choose to in act and create the same. To conceptualize ideas and thoughts from the underworld of our mind and to paint them out loud on walls, our art has started its journey and it may sound a little similar to every other garage based start-up story. Since we believe only in one thing, and it remains the evolutionary change which shall always point us to a continuum.
Let the art guide us in this journey of colors and shades, where imagination is the only fuel needed for our understanding and the cohesion of art with every individual’s thoughts.
Through Green Ape project we reflect the evolution of thoughts through art and technology. The team is adept in dynamic thinking to create a concept for any requirement. Our visionary team of artists and research specialists has creative edge over the existing norms to deliver to your requirements.
Currently Green Ape project involves itself in the following domains:
• Graphic Designing
• Web Development
• Graffiti/Wall Art
• Vehicle Graphics
• Traditional Art
• 3D Modeling
The Green Ape project has collaborated with various artists for multiple projects to provide a unique blend of art and technology for various clienteles at various coordinates.
Please contact Mr.Yashin Ravishankar for business queries.
Sunset at Anjuna Beach, Goa, India.
Alexandre Oudin, the French artist identified by the media as the one who started the Facebook profile hacks, does not seem to be convinced that Facebook or social media is going to change the way photography or art is created.
LexicalPixies contacted Oudin through Facebook to get his take on the new profile page hacks on the social networking site after Mashable identified him as the man behind the craze.
The artist’s responses were thoroughly surprising as they stood apart from the views expressed by other Facebook users who were featured in the news for their creative uses of the new profile page, which incorporated five additional pictures besides the traditional profile picture.
In our previous post published on Dec 26, titled ‘Facebook Profile Hacks: Social Media Art is here…‘, we quoted two Facebook users – Luke Kingma and Prashish Rajbhandari – optimistic of the new trend on the site.
While Luke said that the new Facebook fad reflected an evolution from the way we used to photograph ourselves in the past, Prashish hoped that the creativity on sites such as Facebook would be appreciated.
What Luke said:
“We focus a lot less on how ‘good’ we look and a lot more on what we can do with our surroundings. I think” we’ve come a long way from the “camera and the bathroom mirror shots from the Myspace days. I hope this is the start of a string of much more creative ways to express oneself on social media! I really think it is, and I think this a great start.”
What Prashish said:
“As you can see many creative facebook pages have been appearing in the last few days. Even the creator of the ‘row of five photos’ in facebook would have been amazed of the creative flow of art or photography by facebook users. Its very early to say if social media is affecting photography or art but yes, we can see the imagination and creativity of people in such a small platform. I hope to see one day ‘Amazing collection of facebook profile pages’.”
Both Luke and Prashish were among hundreds of those who chose to “experiment” with the new profile page after seeing what others had done. And according to Mashable, the whole wave of experimentation began with Oudin. Interestingly, the artist was not as plausive about interweaving photography/art with social media trends.
“I don’t think it (social media) has a great impact on fine arts as we know them, it’s just a new media that artists will probably have to appropriate in order to produce a new kind of work. And as a matter of fact, they already do which is not my case,” said the artist, who experimented with the row of five photos “just out of boredom”.
The only change, he observed, that Facebook has had on the process of photography is the way we display it.
“I don’t think Facebook really changes the way we take pictures, or what we want to photograph, but it changes the way we show them, the way they are displayed for everyone, all the time, everywhere… But I don’t consider Facebook as the best place or platform to show photography.”
Oudin’s responses, we realised, balanced out that the views expressed on the first post. But the fact that the creativity displayed on the use of the row of five photos is remarkable can not be ruled out.
On one line, the new Facebook profile hacks could be seen on the lines of Cubism, where images or subjects were fragmented. Despite the fact that the cubist pieces of art were seen as chaotic, there was an underlying stability. Faces and people were not the only subjects, everyday objects also intrigued the 20th century avant-garde artists, who preceded the Surrealists. The subject matter is broken up, analyzed, and reassembled in an abstracted form.
Pablo Picasso, along with Georges Braque, is considered the pioneer of the movement. Picasso’s famous anti-war painting, bombing of Guernica is one among the master-pieces – considered peculiar symbol of peace.
Picasso said, “Art is the lie that tells the truth.”
Art has always been the reaction of and/or interpretation to the external world. The hacks represented unison in fragments, which, in turn, represented the world around us today. The need to reach out with something to say or just a humble need to express. If it is through a Facebook profile page, why not? It is increasingly becoming a bigger part of our lives, even dethroning our need to Google – as new statistics show.
This makes Oudin a true artist. Why? Just a little thought, figure it out with what has been argued above and what has been left to ponder with material below. Leaving you with two interesting takes on pessimism and art:
I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.
(Henry Brooks Adams)
pessimism, n. A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile.
(Ambrose Bierce’s satirical lexicon, The Devil’s Dictionary)
Facebook’s new profile page, unveiled in the first week of December, seems to have sparked off creativity and inspired several users into experimental photography and photo-manipulation.
“And since there’s often no better way to learn about a person than through photos, the profile now includes a row of recently tagged photos of you,” Josh Wiseman, a Facebook engineer, wrote on the official blog on December 5, explaining the new features on the revamped profile page.
He was commenting specifically on an interesting aspect of the redesign was a row of five recently tagged photos of the user nestled horizontally after the profile picture.
It was incorporated immediately under the basic information, another new feature, described as “a quick overview of basic information such as where you’re from, where you went to school, and where you work—the kinds of conversation starters you share with people you’ve just met or exchange with old friends as you get reacquainted.”
Several other aspects were also introduced such as featured friends to allow users to chose or feature selected friends or family members, as well as the feature enabling users to showcase their interests, hobbies, even projects worked on.
However, it is the addition of the five berths for photographs that seems to have impressed and inspired many to unleash creativity.
‘Creative Uses of New Facebook Profile’
The ‘Creative Uses of the New Facebook Profile’ were brought together by a tech blog called Mashable on Dec 14. Exactly ten days later on Dec 24, the site published second edition to the report ‘More Creative Uses of the New Facebook Profile’ from their readership, who either shared their own profiles or ones they have highlighted as particularly impressive.
These double-ten doses of creativity struck us very interesting as they reflected a distinct sense of photography and precise photo-manipulation.
Mashable identified French artist Alexandre Oudin as the creator of the craze, and reported that these designs were emerging in number.
“People have been playing around with their profile pics since Facebook first launched, but the new redesign allows for some inspired fun including clever animations, typography and photography magic.”
Even though the craze started in one artist’s head, the each of the picked profiles stood on its own. From Oudrin’s depiction of his face in six pictures on his profile page, the experiments took it to newer spaces. A moment between a father and a daughter, the suspension in air with a basket ball reaching out to the ring, playful depiction of rescue from a shark, decorating the Christmas tree – each of the selection was intriguing in its own way.
We spoke to the people behind the social media art….
“We focus a lot less on how ‘good’ we look and a lot more on what we can do with our surroundings. I think” we’ve come a long way from the “camera and the bathroom mirror shots from the Myspace days.
I hope this is the start of a string of much more creative ways to express oneself on social media! I really think it is, and I think this a great start,” said Luke Kingma, whose basic information reads “Worked at Camp Iroquois Springs (Videographer, Cabin Specialist); Studied Business Administration & Film at University of Pittsburgh; Born on October 22, 1987.”
Luke’s experiment with what has come to be known as “new Facebook profile pic hacks” was him decorating a luminescent Christmas Tree. His profile picture was him with his arm (until his wrist) stretched out. What followed it in the five photo spaces was his arm from wrist on putting an adornment on a whimsical Christmas Tree.
“Since it was so close to Christmas, I just immediately thought of a Christmas tree as being something distinguishable that would be perfect for the row of 5 photos. I wanted to do something really different than the ones I had already seen (didn’t want to just do my face) so I chose a Christmas theme,” he told LexicalPixies.
But this was not his original planned. Revealing what he originally conceptualized, he said, Originally, I wanted the 5 photos to be presents under a tree, then a picture of me reaching for one of them, but when I started photographing my tree, I realized this would be a lot cooler.”
Taking what was inspired by the new profile page layout, Prashish Rajbhandari “wowed” with an entire album hack.
“I don’t really think facebook is changing the way we photograph ourselves or things till now. I reckon only 3 to 5 percent of the facebook users would actually consider to photograph themselves particularly for their facebook page. The rest would just take a photo from their album stock and use it,” he said when asked if Facebook is changing the way we photograph ourselves or things.
We asked both of them about what effects they thought social media was having on photography and arts. Prashish, who is a founder of and admin of a student-created blog aimed at providing information flow with high quality posts, Fortystones, said that these platforms provided grounds to display and appreciate creativity and imagination.
“As you can see many creative facebook pages have been appearing in the last few days. Even the creator of the ‘row of five photos’ in facebook would have been amazed of the creative flow of art or photography by facebook users. Its very early to say if social media is affecting photography or art but yes, we can see the imagination and creativity of people in such a small platform.”
Luke, who essentially works with film, video and photography, thought that social media was bringing art and photography into the mainstream.
“Social media is allowing us to show off our creativity to a much broader audience than before (when we typically are constrained to photo sharing sites or niche audiences on niche websites and venues). It is also allowing us to view ourselves in new ways, and allowing us to show others how creative we really are, not just how creative we say we are in our ‘bios’ or whatever. The more advanced social media gets, the closer we get to really seeing who other people are online. Used in the right ways, I think that can be a very good thing.”
When we came across these profiles we were struck by the amount of creativity and imagination that is out there. Internet as we know it has been stretching its temptations into almost all aspects of our lives. So art followed. Internet art was first born from the need to escape dominance of the gallery and museum system, delivering aesthetic experiences. It gave artists, big and small, a little space to experiment. With the social media also delivering the same joy, the adventure has just began for those with their heads brimming with ideas.
The Facebook profile experimenters, we believe, have created a new sensibility into aesthetics.
And so Prashish, here is what we have to say about your remark – “I hope to see one day ‘Amazing collection of facebook profile pages'” : “The day is here and the time is now”.
All those who missed the only lunar eclipse of the year, which also happened to be the first since 1638 to coincide with the winter solstice, fret not! Not only are the spectacular pictures of the eclipse taken by professional photographers for various media organisations now available, the users of the microblogging site Twitter also took the opportunity to capture the celestial event and share it with the world.
Hundreds of Twitpic users posted photos of the lunar eclipse as seen from their respective locations spanning across the globe.
One among the brilliant photographs was that of a Twitter user called isardasorensen. Inga Sarda-Sorensen, who describes herself as “New York City enthusiast, passionate photog, consummate optimist, equality advocate, plus lots more!”, captured the “beautiful red-hued lunar eclipse” from her Manhattan terrace.
As the lunar eclipse went on for three-and-half hours, another user iambetocuevas posted a picture of the eclipse in progress, describing it “Sigue el eclipse lunar / the lunar eclipse continues”.
Igordphoto also posted a photo of the eclipse in progress, showing the darkness eating into the round moon.
Not owning a high-end camera did not seem to stop those enthusiastic to share their view of the eclipse. TridentTweet posted a picture of the moon in a “perfectly clear sky” taken from “only from Blackberry”.
Another user Blishy posted a picture of the moon, with the comment “The Full Moon looks AMAZING tonight! Not a bad pic from a cell phone, eh?”
Marcello_Moraes posted a Twitpic of the moon hidden by clouds to share with the world that he will “have to see the #LunarEclipse NASA on UStream for the sky outside is cloudy and I can not see!”
All the photos posted can be tracked with the hashtag – #lunar eclipse.
Besides this, a twitpic post by NASAJPL with an infographic on the Lunar Eclipse phases saw comments from users “reporting” on the progress of the eclipse from their homelands.
Over the past few days, lunar eclipse has been among the trending topics on Twitter.
A popular tech blog, Mashable wrote, “You know that old cliche about how we’re all under the same sky? Well, during last night’s lunar eclipse, old sayings became truth as people nearly all across the world shared pictures of the phenomenon via Twitter.”
“As the months speed by, more and more historical events are being documented via Twitter (Twitter) and social networks — from The New York City Marathon to earthquakes to meteors,” added the report that put together some of the best Twitpics of the lunar eclipse.
Twitter has changed the way reporting and media functions. The microblogging site allows everyone with internet access to turn into a reporter. This not only allows for a diverse range of inputs on a particular occurrence or event, but is also faster than the traditional media, albeit the credibility factor takes a hit due to the lack of editorial processes.
Nevertheless, we love Twitter for the providing the grounds for such a seamless global communication at people-level.
If you are not satisfied with the Twitpics, check out some of the awe-inspiring images on National Geographic.
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