August 10, 2012

A Magical Mystery Box

Maksim Kopeikin takes great, aesthetically pleasing photographs, using filters to push a sense of nostalgia and quietness inherent in each. Each photo has a sense of calculation related to the frame, relating shapes and lines to the square constraints of the photo uploaded.  Maksim’s streams evoke a sense of imagination around the everyday, as in “Information Portal" or "Burger Distortion Field”. He has been kind enough to answer a few questions over email. 

- Piictu

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Where do you live currently?

In my home country, Latvia, in our beautiful capital Riga.

Are you a photographer for a living? 

I don’t do photography for a living because there are a dozen other things I could do for a living; it’s just really hard to pick one. If you’ve ever tried doing multiple things for a living you’d know that the result will be sub-par. Why? Concentration and the desired level of detail takes time and a lot of brain power.

Only with full dedication to something one would be able to accomplish some kind of self-satisfactory level, which, at that specific point in time feels damn near perfection, yet, it isn’t. And even then, it’s for a very short period of time.

As far my iPhone photography/videography goes? I just love it and I have a taste for what I like, hence I don’t put out stuff I personally think has no value factor for others.


For the “Magical Mystery Box” stream, what inspired you to begin documenting the box? Do you take it with you places normally?

The box itself inspired to me start documenting it: I don’t go out without my Magical Mystery Box. The box had a very long history even before I started documenting it, but everything changed when someone sat on top of it and broke the lid. After that happened I hadn’t carried that box for two years.

Suddenly, I felt the need to fix it after my mother repeatedly wanted to get rid of it. After I fixed it, I knew that I have to go the extra mile and do something with it to make it feel complete.


So, I asked a friend of mine to do that abstract painting on top, which was replaced with a piece of plank (below, one can see the unpainted wood on the case).


She did. And it was beautiful. After that, the box fetish began. I started noticing that the box is just the perfect size. I can fit my notepad in there. Millimeter perfect. I can fit that and this and everything!

And after that, I’ve noticed how it just blends in with the surrounding landscape of objects, interiors, nature etc. And, just by chance, I’ve decided to wittingly put the box in a couple of pictures I was doing for some freelance clients at that time. Something like a stamp or maybe a easter-egg type of thing… And that’s where it all began.


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We will look for the Easter Egg Magical Picture Box photos coming our way soon.
Thank you, Maksim!



August 6, 2012

Legends of the Fall

Photos by @mekarka found on Piictu

August 2, 2012

Big Travels for Big Boy

After spending two years in Iraq, Antonio Ramirez is currently stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. Known as Tony_Ram on Piictu, his Big Boy project has gained a lot of momentum, and quite a few funny and attentive photos documenting the burger mascot’s travels. The stream demonstrates an inventive and diverse community surrounding Big Boy’s various destinations, and garners support and celebration from many other viewers. After flipping through the photos, it is clear Big Boy has a world of his own. 

-Piictu

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Antonio Ramirez: I got the idea for Big Boy after my last deployment to Iraq when I realized that I didn’t take any pictures of him in various locations that he had been in with me. I don’t get the chance to travel much on my own time, so packing up and going on a vacation to multiple places was out of the question. It was then that I decided that Big Boy would travel on his own through the US, and then maybe the world.

Big Boy was chosen because he has traveled with me through two deployments, traveling over 28,000 miles total, and he has returned safely each time. I figured it was time for him to go on vacation and visit others. The only problem was that I did not know whom or where I could send him.

So, I turned to the Piictu community and received positive feedback from many people. There is no other app out there that feels like you are part of a family and that is what gained my trust and confidence to let Big Boy travel within the Piictu family.

My goal for Big Boy is for him to travel the world to see as many major landmarks and buildings that Piictu users see in their daily life. But for right now I’m content with him traveling across the US and touching all 50 states.

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Thank you, Antonio! We hope you reach your goals! 

Watch Big Boy’s Journey on Piictu

July 25, 2012


Photo from @daria_levitskaya on Piictu

Photo from @daria_levitskaya on Piictu

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