What do we do when standing before the classic paintings of years past? For many of us, as we gaze at the beautiful flourishes of paint that make up icons like Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia or William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus, the aim is making them real in our minds eye. However fantastic the scene, can we believe that these images are real? This recent film called Beauty is helping us to realize that yearning, bringing the paintings of old into an entirely new light by putting them into stunning motion. [Read more...]
Taking driftwood he finds on the beach near his home in the Philippines, British artist James Doran Webb creates lifelike animal sculptures that seem to leap into motion. Each is the result of a careful study based on the animal’s behavior, environment and motion – and the natural beauty in each piece makes this evident. [Read more...]
For the past year and a half, Andrew Walker has been shooting stunning motion controlled footage of some of the most serene, beautiful places in the Western U.S.A. From Montana to Arizona, he used over 15,000 captured stills to create this majestic video, which he calls Journey Part 1. Using motion control equipment from Dynamic Perception and Kessler Crane, he traveled high and low (12,000 feet high and 225 feet below sea level to be exact) to capture these breathtaking views. You will see clouds rolling over mountain tops, sweeping through cities, and hovering over valleys. Walker captured some of the most gorgeous views of our galaxy and shooting stars dancing through the sky. Words can not do justice for the beauty you are about to witness in the video below- after the jump. Enjoy! [Read more...]
It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.
Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more...]
In South Korea it is no longer considered risky or extravagant to go “under the knife” and “beautify” yourself as a woman. Instead, as photographer Ji Yeo points out, “plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture”, and an often necessary step in the process of self improvement. In her latest photo series, Beauty Recovery Room, she captures women resting in their hotel room directly after their intensive procedures and waiting for the healing to begin. Although these images and the idea of going through such a process is perhaps shocking, all of these women had endured multiple procedures and planned for further augmentations in the future. [Read more...]
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“What would have happened if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past?” So asks Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano in her Venus project, which re-imagines classic artistic depictions of Venus with a modern and extreme Photoshop makeover. What begin as mostly Rubenesque beauties are transformed into busty, slim-waisted figures more closely matching the ideals we are bombarded with today. [Read more...]
Celebrating the female form in pencil and vibrant splashes of watercolor, Barcelona based artist Conrad Roset’s intimate artworks express bold sensuality and beauty. He has recently released a video of his process creating the piece displayed above, showing his deft skill at freehand drawing and his spontanious yet perfectly chosen application of color. [Read more...]
Scott Schuman leads a visual life. He runs the immensely popular fashion commentary blog, The Sartorialist, out of his home in New York City. This inspiring and beautifully filmed documentary reveals the process and inspiration behind The Sartorialist, following Schuman on the streets of NYC capturing his daily fashion muses. [Read more...]