Fascinating Photo Series Document the Objects People Touch Over the Course of One Day

What's the first thing we touch when we wake up? How do our favourite things reveal our hopes and fears? Can objects tell the story of our lives? Driven by this idea, artist Paula Zuccotti travelled around the world to find people from an incredible array of ages, cultures, professions and background to document every object they touched in 24 hours. She then gathered and organize those objects together and photographed them in a single shot. The project titled, "Every Thing We Touch" is the story of everyday people told through the objects they own, consume, need, choose, treasure and can't let go.

Artist Tim Hobbelman Creates Brilliant Animal Sculptures from Broken Electronics

Animaux is a growing collection of animals created by artist Tim Hobbelman out of old discarded electronic devices such as hair dryers, kids toys, headphones and electric shavers. Working from home and sourcing his materials from junk stores, Tim painstakingly re-assembles the various parts into beautiful sculptures. Each piece takes more than 50 hours to create with Tim's greatest challenge being finding the right-shaped materials to bring his sculptures to life. 

Yorick: A Unique Life-Size Skull Carved From a Crystallized Gibeon Meteorite

A rare and singular combination of natural history and modern art, Lee Downey's “Yorick.” is a life-size skull carved from a large Gibeon meteorite that crashed in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia a thousand years ago. An artist who is known for selecting exotic materials with which to work, Downey acid-etched the carving to uncover the Gibeon meteorite's singular, lattice-like pattern. "A symbol of death, of eternity, of immortality, of demise and rebirth." he explains, "Of any material I could think of to fashion an accurate human skull out of, this Gibeon meteorite best embodies the 'mystery' most acutely." The astonishing piece will be auctioned by Bonhams on November 24th 2015 and has already been estimated at around $400,000.

Photographer Stages Detailed Botanical Dioramas Against Common Urban Backdrops

Daniel Shipp's "Botanical Inquiry" is a series of photographic dioramas constructed in the studio using a technique inspired by Viewmaster 3D slides and Disney animation technology from the 1950’s. The unremarkable plants are staged against the backdrop of common urban environments which become storytelling elements on their own and invites the viewer to imagine their own narratives. Shipp says, "By manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with an analogue “machine” that I have constructed, I have produced these studio based images “in camera” rather using Photoshop compositing. They rely exclusively on the singular perspective of the camera to render their mechanics invisible."

Porta Estel·lar: An Immersive Light and Sound Installation Inside a Disused Aircraft

A collaboration between artist Eduardo Cajal and audiovisual research studio Playmodes, "Porta Estel·lar" (the catalan for Star Gate), is an immersive light and sound installation inside a disused aircraft that was transformed and adapted by Cajal to hold this kind of art performances inside it. Through the creation of visual and sound sequences that suggest the idea of interstellar travel, the audience flies to outer space in an intense six-minute trip, from departure and takeoff to the sighting of comets, planets, galaxies and alien worlds, until finally returning safe to earth.

Artist Creates Imaginary Landscapes by Mixing Vintage Photos He Finds at Flea Markets

Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist J.Frede creates these unique landscapes by aligning vintage photographs purchased at flea markets in such a way that the scene continues from photo to photo spanning wide geographic locations. The series titled "The Fiction Landscapes" is a continuation of the artist's interest in memories, both secure and lost within objects. J.Frede explains, "Choosing photographs that create a perfect line from one to the next while allowing the colors and contrasts to not play a part in my decision results often times dramatic changes visually in both exposure and color tones but allows the passage of time to be often times instantly recognizable from the 1970s to the 1980s to the present."

Artist Pauline Bastard Turns Found Objects and Debris into Stunning Sculptural Cameras

French artist Pauline Bastard, has created a great series of sculptural cameras constructed from found objects which she has compiled over the last few years during travels in Bratislava, Sao Paulo, Bruxelles, New York, Los Angeles and London. Made with an assortment of broken and worn debris, these objects represent the fragmented memories of places visited. She says, "I have progressively integrated my constant moving around in my work. I always create works when I travel, I have like rituals in every city I go through, I pick up things and then produce an object."

Jetty van Wezel Creates Origami Newspaper Shirts Focused on Major Topics in World News

Dutch multidisciplinary designer Jetty van Wezel uses simple origami folding techniques to create beautiful shirts from newspaper pages printed with iconic images from news headlines around the world.  Van Wezel's "Newshirt" art project is a statement against the disposable, throwaway culture of today's media landscape. "A hasty thing like flipping through the pages of a newspaper is transformed into an urgent moment of concentration." she explains, "The viewer is challenged to see the beauty of common things and and to reinterpret everyday images."

Covered: Double Portraits of Tattoo Lovers Reveal the Art Hidden Underneath Clothes

For his latest photo project, British photographer Alan Powdrill (previously) shot a provocative series of double portraits featuring the secret lives of tattoo lovers. The fascinating project called "Covered", reveals the art hidden underneath the clothes of tattoo enthusiasts who have made incredible financial and physical sacrifices to have the intricate designs penned across their bodies. Powdrill explains, "For some of us, our skin isn’t simply the largest organ of our bodies but “an ever-changing canvas” that can be transformed and molded with ink." Covered opens on November 11th at Downstairs at MOTHER, 10 Redchurch Street in East London.

Gil Batle Carves Scenes from Twenty Years of Prison Life onto Ostrich Eggs

After spending 20 years in and out of five different California prisons for fraud and forgery, self-taught artist Gil Batle started carving impressive illustrations of his experiences onto ostrich egg shells. Batle’s drawing ability which evolved behind bars into sophisticated and clandestine tattooing skills is now used to create the beautiful eggs which depict the violent men he knew, the terrifying events he witnessed, and the bonds formed under the worst conditions. Gil Batle’s “Hatched in Prison” will be on view at the Ricco/Maresca gallery in New York from November 5th, 2015 to January 9th, 2016.