A couple of years ago I told you about Instagram. Then I told you all about Waterlogue. Now, I am about to tell you about something that will revolutionize your entire world... your being... your very existence! Ok, so I'm being a tad dramatic, but I must tell you about Artifact Uprising. Truth be told I hadn't heard of it either, at least not until an ad appeared on my Facebook stream and I decided to click on it.
Artifact Uprising is a very simple yet amazing concept created by Jenna Wolf, founder and CEO, who believes that life should be lived simply, beautifully and creatively. Using only 100% recycled papers, Artifact Uprising gives your photographs a chance to be seen. Choose from a selection of books, cards, prints, postcards, calendars and more to proudly display your images. Give them as gifts. Send them out as Christmas cards, invitations, thank you notes or keep them for your own memory. This is not your average print shop or photo website. It's so much more.
With my order I got a simple thank you note. The card stock was heavy and gave my own images, shot simply from my iPhone and shared only on Instagram a very creative and elegant look. These images, most of which were captured over the summer, are as simple as the shot of a bright blue sky at midday, a shot of some delicious salty French fries during a summer road trip, an early morning sunrise over the sound and the sun shining through an autumn tree. These images while so simple, look so beautiful and artistic on the cards.
Below, images of New York City on a warm summer evening and a picture of my grandmother's pool in the South of France that I took of a magazine image from my phone, give some dear memories an artistic voice and presence. They look even more beautiful on paper.
As I look at the image below I remember the night well.... as we walked out from a wonderful New York City restaurant, stomachs full and hearts giddy from a great meal. I was taken by the light in this church and the shadows it cast and the textures it created.
I've always loved the images my iPhone has captured of food. Perfectly capturing color and texture - You can practically taste the images. The prints were even more spectacular... They could potentially become recipe cards... or perhaps a gallery of images will be hung on the kitchen wall. Or perhaps turned into an invite to a dinner party. Or a self promotional tool for my own photography.
The simple capture of the bottom of a swimming pool on a hot summer day reveals that it's anything but simple as a sophisticated set of patterns reveal themselves spectacularly on the printed card.
A Martini, some blueberries, and another early morning sunrise. Memories of a summer day create a collage of memories.
A simple farm fence, a picture of my boys running away from me. An empty lifeguard chair when summer had come to an end. The images of a simple moment permanently etched.
We are all guilty of taking pictures and leaving them on our laptops and cameras and phones with nowhere to go. Where's the creativity in that? Why keep the images locked up never to be seen, shared, enjoyed? It's like having a really good bottle of champagne... only to look at the bother forever, and never to taste the beauty within!
With Christmas around the corner, your images could make an incredible gift for someone special. My next project? It will be a book of sorts, that's for certain... I'm not sure if it will be a book of random images, or a specific theme.
To get started download their app right onto your phone. Even if you think you don't have a creative bone in your body, there's something about the way these images appear in print, on this wonderfully recycled card stock, that may just have you thinking otherwise. In short, this is me imploring you to get your images off your devices and onto paper and into books where they can be truly enjoyed. (You can thank me later!)