Visual Fuel: 5 Websites Worth the Click [Creative Inspiration]

As a creative you likely already have your ‘go-to’ sources for visual inspiration. There’s certainly no shortage of them; from 500px.com to the Atlantic’s In Focus blog, the internet is a massive library of outstanding eye candy. And, like any good library, there are always hidden gems down less-frequented aisles. Here are 5 sources that are a bit off the beaten path – but worth the trip.

This Isn’t Happiness (NSFW)

This Isn't Happiness

A self-described “art scrapbook”, thisisnthappiness.com is a delicious blend of art, photography and design, some of it NSFW (not-safe-for-work), all of it  visually arresting. TIH acts as curator and cool hunter, presenting words and images in an exceedingly simple Tumblr site. You won’t find sweeping landscapes or perfectly lit portraits here; think of TIH more as raw fuel for your creative process.

Feature Shoot

Feature Shoot

Feature Shoot

A site that many art buyers and directors have in their bookmarks, Feature Shoot is run by photo editor and curator Alison Zavos. The site focuses on commercial and fine-art photography, and is practically guaranteed to lead you to a photographer whose work you’ll end up following for a while. What’s particularly cool about Feature Shoot is that they feature both established photographers, as well as up-and-comers, which leads to a really cool amount of diversity in the showcase.

A Photo Editor

The Daily Edit from A Photo Editor

The Daily Edit from A Photo Editor

Rob Haggart is a former Director of Photography for Mens Journal and Outside magazine, and aphotoeditor.com is his brainchild. [I had him on this episode of chasejarvisLIVE a little while back] As curators go, Rob has uncanny eye for finding and posting some amazing work. His reviews of photo books and interviews with photographers are the real meat of the site, however, and they’re worth taking the time to devour slowly. Those of you looking to make it as commercial photographers should also pay close attention to his articles on pricing and negotiating – those are worth paying attention to this site alone.

Dazed Digital

Dazed Digital

Dazed Digital

The web-based offspring of  the 20-year-old UK-based Dazed and Confused magazine, dazeddigital.com sits comfortably on the intersection of arts, music, fashion and photography. Visually rich and chock-full of content, if the images and videos don’t inspire you, the words just might do the trick. From interviews with fashion icons to artists to photographers, there’s enough content here to keep you digging for a while. If you want more, the print magazine is now available in iPad format, where $2.99 will buy you a monthly subscription and access to back issues going back to #1, in 1992.

20×200

20x200

20x200

Jen Bekman started 20×200 with the stated goal of “making collecting a more broadly accepted thing.” Her company’s formula was relatively simple: “(limited editions × low prices) + the internet = art for everyone”. What that has resulted in is a cornucopia of visual delight – and a fantastic living for artists who make it onto the site. There’s no doubt that these folks are making a living – a number of pieces in the “New York” category, for example, are listed as “Sold Out.” From an inspiration standpoint, the site is a fantastic tool, allowing you to browse categories and use filters to narrow down your selection. Want to get on the site to sell your own work? Sign up for more info on their page.

Every one of us needs our own source of visual fuel, and this is by no means a definitive list of everything out there that you might not be looking at. What are your favorite sources that we might not have heard of? Sound off in the comments, let us know!

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14 Responses to Visual Fuel: 5 Websites Worth the Click [Creative Inspiration]

  1. Jamie January 15, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Great list! Thanks for sharing!

    Whilst I don’t have any unknown suggestions, I do enjoy Behance for fueling the creative outlets. It is great for discovering those new photographers, artists, retouchers to follow.

    J

  2. Richard Anthony Evans January 15, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Hey man, diff subject, but just wanted to say you’re a real inspiration to me, man! Thanks for doing you!

  3. Lucy January 15, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    While I was in photo school there was this other student whose work was always a little different then the rest of us. He kept to himself and never really cared about appeasing our photo instructors. I secretly admitted his artistic vision and direction and was pleased to find out recently that he had launched a site of his ongoing work. His site is:
    http://www.LeeFisherStudio.com

  4. Lucy January 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    *admired*…sorry my auto fill!

  5. Karina January 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing these! All are awesome inspiration resources!
    I recently discovered that “The Fashion Spot” Forum can be quite inspiring for me, especially everything under “Vintage Magazines”. :)

  6. faisal January 16, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    awesome work by most of these sites.

  7. Matthew G. Monroe January 16, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Though I’m usually not a big fan of “top five” or “top ten” sorts of posts (e.g.: “the Top Ten Pieces of Camera Equipment You MUST Own Right Now”), I have to admit that this article was pretty darn close to perfect, and worth it simply for highlighting the This Isn’t Happiness site. Honestly, I was completely sucked in by “Happiness,” and kept saying to myself: “Well, this photo would look good on my wall… And this poster would look good on my wall…”

    Thanks so much for spotlighting such great creativity.

  8. Tanner January 16, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Great list Chase. I’d also highly recommend booooooom.com, ffffound.com, and butdoesitfloat.com

  9. cecile January 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Thanks for the article:)
    I also like
    conscientious : http://www.jmcolberg.com/weblog/
    and burnmagazine http://www.burnmagazine.org/

  10. Alan Horsager January 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Could use some street photography websites but a great list nonetheless.

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  12. Netdost interesting fun posts April 18, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    amazing list,,, image based bookmarking sites are great for inspiration

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    how can i change my billing info (or am i being stupid, here?)

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