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Muse by KosCos

Muse by KosCos

Artists find inspiration in nature, traveling, and cities. But perhaps the greatest of inspirations is other people. Humans were not made to be in isolation. We crave intimacy and relationships. Although that also brings with it much frustration and pain; it is still worth it. […]

Intelligence by Mindful Release

Intelligence by Mindful Release

We often speak of intelligence in narrow terms. We think that only those who are mathematically or scientifically inclined are smart. Psychologists, on the other hand, have come up with nine different types of intelligence. One of those is spatial intelligence which applies to painters, […]

Exploration by Tamás Csevákli

Exploration by Tamás Csevákli

Exploration. That is what we promote.

Too often, we hibernate inside our homes and miss out on so many great opportunities to explore. Seek out the hidden and mysterious corners of your city. Walk through streets you’ve never been through. Talk to people who are not like you. It is then the ordinary will become extraordinary.

Tamás Csevákli is a photographer from Budapest, Hungary based in Vienna, Austria. You can find more of his work on Instagram.
BERLINSTYLE by Raws

BERLINSTYLE by Raws

Is graffiti art? You can walk through any city around the world and encounter it all the time. On buildings, trains, bridges, etc. The fact that we even have to ask this question demonstrates the controversy. Some hate it, others love it, but at the […]

The Art of Words by Novita Wijaya

The Art of Words by Novita Wijaya

From the beginning, The Heart and Mind has always stressed the diversity of art. Art is not just paintings in a gallery. It is not just to be admired from afar. Art is life in all of its complexities and intricacies. We want this community […]

Anthropomorphism by Jared Robinson

Anthropomorphism by Jared Robinson

In 1987 when I was 8 years old, I created my very first paintings named “Pooh Bear on a train track with some honey by a window”. Since then, my art has developed through self-education, some formal education, and life experience. I like to take an idea, whether a moment of connection or a situation felt, and create a time and space around it on the canvas. The inspiration caused by seeing something evolve from nothing, and the effects that it can create, has spurred me on to developing my art.

In moments of inspiration, my best work is developed amidst the pounding beats and rhythms of music, or a movie playing repeatedly in the background. On occasion I have found myself painting in isolation on a mountaintop, while other times I paint in the midst of many others. I enjoy experimenting and getting my ideas out in a way that words may not do justice.

When I experience the world, I know in those moments that I am only experiencing a snapshot of reality. Because of the experience of both that which I can and cannot see, and because of the enormous scope of our world, my faith both informs and interprets my experience. When I consider that scope, I become all too aware of my own smallness and frailty, awareness that drives me to my knees with a deep, inner awe for life. I often find it hard to stop life and think about it …my hope is that my art will help allow a space for this reflection.

I love music, but it’s hard to predict what song I will like. Because of this, I have pondered music, and what attracts me to a particular song. I have found that I like music for two reasons: One – I will enjoy a song for its overall jingle, and Two – for the words and meaning it conveys. It is a bonus when I find a song that gives me both of these. Similar to the attractiveness of music, I try to bring across both aesthetic presence and significance in my art.


Jared Robinson is based in Edmonton, CANADA. You can enjoy more of his art on Instagram or on his website jaredrobinson.ca

Somber Brilliance by Dominik Koppen

Somber Brilliance by Dominik Koppen

We walk out of our homes each day without much thought about our well-being (at least in the West). We get into our cars and expect that we will reach our destination safely. We cross the street without much thought about what could happen if […]

Poems of Introspection by Frances Ivy

Poems of Introspection by Frances Ivy

Painting by Zohreh Valiary Why do you cry over lost freedom when the only chains you’re caught in are the ones you locked yourself Frances Ivy Image by Victor Hernandez I will whisper to you words of honey I will make your soul blossom even […]

From Musician to Photographer and Beyond

From Musician to Photographer and Beyond

Art: whether in sound, word or visually has always attracted my attention. As a small boy, I loved to draw and paint. Growing up I always had music around me; in my parent´s car or more often on my walkman. As a teenager, I began to write (shaky, I have to admit) poems. At the age of 17, I started jamming with friends and a year later we formed a band. Sonic Front lasted for more than 10 years, more than 100 concerts, radio airplay, videos and 4 albums. With me as the lead singer and writer of all lyrics. The band came to a crashing halt though with the tragic passing of my best friend Christoph. My love for music and being creative did not stop me and a couple years later I formed a new band. Soon Is Now is the band I am a member of (I also write the lyrics and sing). If you would like, check us out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhhmzlN_2rA
 
What does this have to do with photography and my images being shown here? Not so much and yet very much. Being a child of the 80s and 90s I grew up with music always being accompanied by visual expressions in music videos. An art form in itself if you ask me. When writing lyrics I usually have images in my head. When I got my first DSLR a couple of years ago I started photographing my newborn son. But I also experimented with different kinds of photos, trying to portray moments and visions. Just this very year, though, with a new camera, I started to get into photography more seriously. I Studied different photographs and tried to understand what makes them appealing, what might work and might not work. I Watched countless hours of tutorials and went into the field trying to make great shots. Some of them are displayed here. 
 
Since I always shoot in raw, post-processing is an important part of my photography. I try to constantly evolve and am eagerly learning how to improve my skills. I try to make the final image represent the experienced moment as close as I can. And I use digital tools to underline my visions. 
 
And this is where it comes full circle for me: music, lyrics, and photography. It all captures moments through the eyes of an artist. I Try to give it emotion and sense. Sometimes clear and straight out. Other times more open. I leave it to your eyes and mind to wander around and spark your own thoughts and interpretations. 
 
Landscape and cityscape photography are the most fun for me right now. But I want to leave it open for myself: street photography has already been the subject of several shoots. People photography in the future? Why not? As for writing lyrics and writing songs: what sparks an emotion and gets me going, might end up in a picture. It might be a moment to frame.
 
Are you interested in getting in touch with me? Want to see more of my work?
You can find me on Instagram, 500px and Flickr.

Kai Hornung
Hannover, GERMANY
A World of Wonder by Niels Tichelaar

A World of Wonder by Niels Tichelaar

At the end of our lives, many of us will have one of two regrets: I wish I had spent more time with family and friends; 2. I wish I had done more traveling. Traveling is far more than about taking beautiful pictures in new […]

The Beauty of the Human Form by Ryan Morse

The Beauty of the Human Form by Ryan Morse

Artist Ryan Morse creates art not to inform the community, preach religion or change political views on the world. The artwork he creates serves one sole purpose, to display the beauty of the human form through his visual lens. His art conveys that there is […]

Forget the Politics, This City is Worth a Visit

Forget the Politics, This City is Worth a Visit

Although we’ve made huge progress through the development of technology and science, there is one area that sees little advancement. That is in the area of understanding and mutual respect. We continue to perpetuate fear and mistrust towards people who either look or think differently to us. We continue to divide into factions and heap blame and insults at the other side. We fail to ever acknowledge that goodness and beauty could be present in our opponents. Our greatest mistake is thinking that we are the greatest and that our way is the best way. But it doesn’t have to be this way…


Kristina Makeeva is a photographer and engineer-wiz from Moscow. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook. You can also visit her website for a look at some fascinating visuals. 


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