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Monk With A Camera: Feel Good Documentary Tells The Story Of Nicholas Vreeland’s Path To Enlightenment

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Growing up as the good-looking, jet setting son of U.S. diplomats and grandson of legendary Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland began his adulthood as one of NYC’s most eligible bachelors. With a career in photography, he was the embodiment of the American Dream, but in 1985, after a trip to India, he changed the course of his life to become a Buddhist monk. Leaving all of the material possessions from his former life behind, there was one item that sneaked back into his life. His brother gifted him a camera when he moved to the monastery and though this passion is secondary to his monastic life, he sees his work as “personal poems.” [Read more…]

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Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More? Juxtaposed Daily Meals of the Rich & Poor

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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Artists Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin are obsessed with food: from recreating famous buildings with gingerbread to documenting prisoners’ last meals, their projects probe what we eat. Their latest series, “Power Hungry,” visualizes inequality by contrasting what a typical meal might look like for the powerful and the powerless. [Read more…]

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A Mother’s Body: Photoshop Free Portraits Honor The True Beauty Of Motherhood

Sunday 11.23.2014 , Posted by
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Like snowflakes, there are no two humans on this Earth exactly alike, yet all of our billboards would have us believing differently. While everyone is still probably overwhelmed by the courage that Kim Kardashian showed when she revealed her photoshopped body to the internet in attempts to “break it”, there are actually some mothers whose postpartum bodies aren’t so smooth and glistening. Photographer Jade Beall was one of them and she decided to post a picture of her un-retouched body, holding her infant son, on her Facebook page. The photo went viral and soon other women were asking Beall to photograph their bodies too. Hearing their stories inspired Beall to set out to show the world that being yourself is the most beautiful thing you can be. [Read more…]

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Inside the Warrior: Photographer Highlights the Masculine Side of Yoga

Wednesday 11.19.2014 , Posted by
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While yoga classes in the US generally tend to have a high female to male ratio, there are increasingly more men embracing the practice. While there are some men there for the view of the women in Lululemon spandex, there are also true yogis who embody the warrior nature of the practice. With warm, open hearts and defined, masculine exteriors, these men are a source of inspiration. Photographer Amy Goalen has artistically captured these warriors in various poses to highlight and celebrate their strength. 15 of her photos make up the Yoga Men 2015 Calendar which would be the perfect holiday gift for your favorite yogi. [Read more…]

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Touching Self-portraits Document the Psychological Journey of Grieving Death

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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After losing her fiancé in a helicopter crash in 2012, Sarah Treanor quit her job as a graphic designer to pursue a deeply emotional exploration of grief through photography. The creative endeavor is symbolic of her psychological experience in process and in imagery, and captures the essence of the dark, peaceful, and disorienting journey of mourning. The heart-wrenching feeling the images evoke is universally familiar and carefully dissects the most difficult aspect of the human experience – death. [Read more…]

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Dutch Artist Stretches the Skin in Unusual Ways (It’s Not Photoshop)

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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At first glance one would assume that these manipulations were done digitally, but they were not. In her latest photographic series, Dutch artist Juuke Schoorl explores the malleability of the human skin. Utilizing simple techniques to modify the shape and texture of her subject’s bodies, it’s interesting to see just how much the appearance of skin can change with the lightest of alterations. Her project, titled REK (“STRETCH” in Dutch), used materials as conventional as tape, nylon string and thin plastic rods to shape the subject before shooting. [Read more…]

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Icelandic Twin Girls in Beautiful & Haunting Photographs by Ariko Inaoka

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2009, identical twins Erna and Hrefna are visited by Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka at their home in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. Spending 3 or 4 weeks with them each summer, Inaoka’s beautiful and surreal images capture the growing girls and their wonderfully unique relationship with each other–which sometimes borders on the telepathic. [Read more…]

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Seeing Red: Richard Mosse’s Unbelievable Photographs Of The Congo

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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Seas of green become magenta through the lens of Irish documentary photographer Richard Mosse. The 2014 winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and 2013 Irish representative at the Venice Biennale, Mosse uses vintage infrared film to present a vivid look at the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Read more…]

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“Pinhole Selfies” Combine the Oldest Photo Techniques with Modern Culture

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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The “selfie” is probably the most common photo theme of today, and that’s likely because of how easy we can take pictures. Just a quick snap with your smartphone and it’s uploaded to any social network you want. Lithuania-born, Sweden-based photographer Ignas Kutavicius is imagining the world before all this ease, taking his vision of the selfie all the way back to the dawn of photography when cameras didn’t even have a lense. His “Pinhole Selfies” are an ingenious mix of modern culture and the oldest photo technology – the camera obscura or pinhole camera. [Read more…]

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Elderly Toddlers Demonstrate That You Are As Young As You Feel

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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There is nothing cuter than a sweet old lady or man, except babies. This photo series combines the best of both worlds for some cuteness overload. For a New York Times article called “What if Age Is Nothing but Mind-Set?” about several behavioral psychology studies on aging, photographer Zachary Scott dressed up toddlers as grandparents. We love seeing animals in human clothes, but babies in adult clothes may have raised the aw-factor. With makeup, prosthetics, and a fair amount of photo editing, Scott made charming predictions of what six little kids might look like in 60 years. [Read more…]

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