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Photographer Constructs A Fantasy World For Us Through Candy-Colored Photos

Photographer Constructs A Fantasy World For Us Through Candy-Colored Photos

Photographer Matt Crump has created a pop-art movement called “candy-colored minimalism” and his Instagram page has become extremely popular gaining over 60,000 followers. Crump is an award-winning art director and a self-taught minimalist. In addition to having his art featured by Instagram, Buzzfeed, and Mashable, he has also been commissioned by such brands as Target, Whole Foods, Samsung, and Coca-Cola.

His photographs are well known for his use of negative space, offbeat subjects, surreal images, and of course, beautiful candy-colored photos that are reminiscent of an eternal summer. Have a look at some of the photos found on his Instagram page.

    Through his photos, Crump asks the viewer to see the world differently.

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      Everyone becomes vibrant.

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        Have some graffiti candy hearts!

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          There is a light that never goes out.

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            It’s always summer here.

              The negative space contrasts with the candy-colored signs.

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                A new take on the Statue of Liberty

                  An invitation to return…

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                    Every day is a carnival.

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                      Serving up a glass of surrealism.

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                        It’s easy to get lost in the image.

                          Everything looks different from up here.

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                            Blue skies and sunny days.

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                              Even the buildings are magical.

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                                These palm trees seem luminescent.

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                                  Grab a dream-like burger.

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                                    Roller coaster of love.

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                                      His framing and angles are incredible.

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                                        Fly away with me.

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                                          Nostalgic evenings.

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                                            Don’t let go!

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                                              It’s a small world.

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                                                Have a whimsical birthday.

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                                                  Another candy brick in the wall.

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                                                    Take a walk down dream street.

                                                    Crump has inspired over 40,000 people from all over the globe to create their own candy-colored photos using the hashtag #candyminimal.
                                                    Are you interested in learning how to create photos with vibrant candy-colored photos like these? Have a look at this tutorial. And make sure you use the hashtag #candyminimal to join in the fun on instagram and pay tribute to the photographer who started it all.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Matt Crump via mattcrump.com

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                                                    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                                                    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                                                    Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

                                                    Can I Be Creative?

                                                    The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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                                                    How Creativity Works

                                                    Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

                                                    What Really Is Creativity?

                                                    Creativity Needs an Intention

                                                    Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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                                                    Creativity Is a Skill

                                                    At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

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