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The Dreamlike Self-Portraits of Dancer Ingrid Endel

Thursday 05.09.2013 , Posted by

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Creative people have an innate need for an outlet to express themselves; for Ingrid Endel that channel was found through dance. However after multiple knee injuries, her dance career was brought to a halt after training for twelve years. It is then that she turned to photography to express her emotions and has found a way to utilize her polished dance poses to create stunning, conceptual self-portraits. Though her injuries may prevent her from starring in Swan Lake, she has found a way, just as elegant, to showcase her grace, strength, emotion, and creativity through her pictures. Her struggles to find joy again after her dreams of dancing were shattered are expressed beautifully in this ethereal photo series, which takes place in nature. [Read more...]

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Tribute to Frida Kahlo: A Photography Project

Wednesday 05.08.2013 , Posted by

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One of the most recognized artists of all time, Frida Kahlo has made herself an icon with her self-portraits. She accomplished a great deal in her life of only 47 years, befriending Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, leaving her mark in the art world, and acting as a passionate activist. To honor her life, Bulgarian photographer Kiril Stanoev, who is often commissioned by Vogue, was inspired to take on a personal project. Make up artist Diana Stoyanova and hair stylist Stanislav Ivanov transformed model Donna Bangiozova into a striking image of Frida Kahlo and Kiril Stanoev took this series of photographs that capture the essence of Frida. [Read more...]

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Brightly Embroidered Newspaper Pictures

Tuesday 05.07.2013 , Posted by

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As more and more reading is done digitally and the printed newspaper gets closer to becoming obsolete, one artist attempts to immortalize it. Lauren DiCioccio mummifies the Front Page by covering it with cotton muslin and using a needle and brightly colored thread to re-produce the photo beneath. The text fades beneath the muslin sheath and the pictures remain to capture a moment in history in a physical way that can’t be felt digitally. She views newspapers with nostalgia as they were once a daily ritual enjoyed by most of the adult population, so with embroidery she preserves that tactile sensation without the smudged fingerprints. [Read more...]

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Historical Figures Get a Modern Makeover

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

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To celebrate its new series, The Secret Life Of …, the UK’s history TV channel Yesterday commissioned artists to work with historians to provide a modern characterization of some of the most famous figures in history, as if they were alive today. The remixed paintings provide an educational account of what each figure was like which is stretched to assume how they would dress and carry themselves today. Modern day Queen Elizabeth I sports a Hilary Clinton hairstyle with a stylish, designer suit and keeps her notoriously hideous teeth concealed with a straight face, though it’s likely she would have veneers in today’s times. William Shakespeare would surely be a hipster and he is shown with piercings and hair plugs to keep up with the actors of today. [Read more...]

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The Wildlife Whisperer: A Young Girl’s Life in Africa

Saturday 05.04.2013 , Posted by

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IF you’ve ever read or seen The Jungle Book and fantasized what it might be like to have all those animal friends like Mowgli, then you will love this collection from a real life version of the story in Africa. As the daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, Tippi Degré grew up fearless of animals, as she was surrounded by many. Born in Namibia, her parents were in the Kalahari for 7 years filming and photographing meerkats and also beautifully documented Tippi’s childhood. As a young girl, she is recorded saying, “I don’t have friends here because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.” [Read more...]

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We Love Friday! Tea Time

Friday 05.03.2013 , Posted by

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Although it has only existed in the West for a relatively recent 400 years, the Eastern world has been drinking tea for over 4500 years! According to an ancient legend, Chinese Emperor, Shan Nong, discovered it in 2737 B.C. He preferred to drink boiling hot water and one day some leaves randomly fell in while he was walking through his garden, giving off a strong, pleasant aroma, making the first cup of tea. Through the method of seeping in boiling water to make tea, the Eastern world discovered medicinal benefits of many different plants. It wasn’t until the 17th century that Dutch and Portuguese sailors introduced tea to the West through trade with China and it quickly became a status symbol for the wealthy. A century later it was enjoyed by people of all walks of life as imports expanded and prices went down. [Read more...]

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1950′s Disney Live Models Combined with Cartoon

Wednesday 05.01.2013 , Posted by

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Long before computer animation, in the old, magical, early days of Disney, animators used a rotoscope to draw over live-action film. Frame by frame, the artists would trace over the actors and actresses that enacted each scene. Retronaut dug up some of these old images from Disney movies and it’s amazing to see the actresses that played our beloved princesses like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Disney was ahead of the trend, slimming down the waists of the models for the animated version, like the magazines now do regularly with Photoshop. [Read more...]

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Movies in Color: Film Stills Broken Down by Color

Monday 04.29.2013 , Posted by

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If you love data, pantone, and cinematography, then you will love this color analysis by Roxy Radulescu. The LA-based graphic designer originally from Illinois was inspired to look into cinematographic color choice when she was watching Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes. She selected a still and used a color generator in Photoshop to get the basic swatch ranges, then she composed the general color palette of the most prominent colors in the still. She has continued to use this process on some of the most popular films in cinema history, choosing a theme each week. This past week she took requests, but before that she had Scorsese, Hitchcock, Kubrick, and Tarantino week. With so many amazing films out there, Radulescu will not be running out of content anytime soon to keep this Tumblr going strong! [Read more...]

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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week

Saturday 04.27.2013 , Posted by

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Well known for his eye-opening book Material World: A Global Family Portrait where he asked an average family in 30 locations to empty out their homes to show their possessions, Peter Menzel came up with another brilliant book idea. Teaming up with his wife Faith D’Aluisio, the duo got to spend time with 30 families around the world and analyze their weekly groceries for Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week. In the book they describe the weekly food purchases and costs, showing photographs of the family at home, at the market, in their community, and these portraits of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Strike a Pose with Yoga

Friday 04.26.2013 , Posted by

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Om! Whether you’re looking for a fountain of youth, more flexibility, strength, or a balanced mind, yoga can help. It’s no wonder that yoga studios are popping up all over the US. In the past four years, the number of Americans practicing yoga has gone up by nearly 30%, with 8.7% of adults involved in a yoga practice. (HuffPost) Whether you prefer sweating it out in a 105 degree room for Bikram yoga, energizing yourself with other yogis in a class, popping in a video for home practice, or creating your own routine, give it a shot. I can’t remember where I heard this quote, but I love it, “Saying you’re not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath.” Most people who do yoga have gotten to be as flexible as they are because they do yoga. We searched Instagram for this collection of strong, proud yogis to inspire everyone to give yoga a try. [Read more...]

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