“Make me beautiful.” That’s the simple instructions Esther Honig sent with her un-altered portrait to Photoshop enthusiasts around the world. What the Kansas City-based freelance journalist received back is an insightful and sometimes startling observation on beauty standards across various cultures… as well as a hilarious look at what can qualify as “Photoshop skills.” [Read more...]
There’s been a ton of buzz in past years about how symmetrical facial features are the most attractive. This usually comes along with some reference to Denzel Washington and his perfect face. But, is any of that really true? [Read more...]
This lively and engaging work from Morgan Davidson’s series Season Girls takes a fashionable trip through the year lead by lovely women rendered in what you could call hyper-realistic detail – but with an extraordinary touch of hues. From starfish to maple leaves, symbols of the seasons fill the curls of each woman’s hair. [Read more...]
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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