Absurdly Beautiful: Photos of Chicken Beauty Pageants

Nope. You probably don’t think of chickens when you think of a beauty pageant… but perhaps these glamourous photos will change that. When Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh heard about poultry themed competitions featuring ornamental breeds raised only for their appearance and attitude, he hit the road to find out what the fuss was about and capture portraits of the feathered stars.

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Every Human has a Pantone Color, and Angelica Dass is Finding All of Them

Black and white? We know humanity is far more diverse than that. Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass’ ongoing series Humanae has the lofty goal of recording and cataloging all possible human skin tones. From her many samples so far, we see an incredible spectrum – one which places us far closer to one another than we’re often led to see.

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Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood? Jon Jacobsen Makes His Friends Look Even Cooler

The way we see the people in our circles may be very different from the way the rest of the world sees them, especially when you’re self-taught fine art photographer Jon Jacobsen. Based in Santiago, Chile, Jacobsen decided to create a remarkable series called People I Know, which features, as you might predict, his fellow artist friends, but not in a way that you would ever expect. For each portrait, he chooses the perfect props, clothing, and photo-manipulation techniques to portray the surreal things he sees when he looks at each friend.

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Portrait Photographer Captures Both Of Our “Good Sides”

We often hear that the camera never lies – but is it just as two-faced as the rest of us? New York-based and British-born photographer Alex John Beck seamlessly manipulates portraits to question prevailing ideals regarding beauty, perfection, and symmetry. 

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Famous Film Directors: Portraits From A-Z

Previously featured for her elegant Bond Girl series, Love and Let Die, we are pleased to share another fabulous project by the talented Russian visual artist Arina Orlova. This time she shows off her illustration skills and love of film with an A-Z portrait book of famous film directors.

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Real Life Portraits of Mermaids by Hana Vojakova

London based photographer Hana Vojakova has brought the mythological mermaid to real settings around the world. Her series is titled Milk & Sea and saw these aquatic women transported to locations from Portugal and England, to Iceland and Italy. Her models wore clothing on their top halves that was representative of the particular country they were from, and brought an added reality to her myth based work. She tells Co. Design:

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Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Romain Laurent can take any normal scene and make it absolutely bizarre. In his recent series of animated portraits, he uses the looping GIF to repeat impossibly strange scenarios from people slapping themselves in the face (with an extra set of arms) or stepping in a circle while keeping their torso still, to blowing endless piles of leaves out from under their shirt. Why are these so ridiculous, and ridiculously fun? Perhaps it’s because this series is just a fun break from his normal routine of commercial projects.

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Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise.

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Not Your Typical Homeless Portraits: Beautiful, Upbeat & Dignified

Nobody dreams of being homeless when they grow up, but difficult times, foreclosures, and a continually declining job market have left some people without a roof over their heads. Whatever the struggle, it’s important to remember that these people are people and they don’t deserve the stereotypes that are commonly associated with the homeless. Photographer and long-time homeless shelter volunteer, Rosie Holtom seeks to show the beautiful souls shining through the faces of people in unfortunate situations, fighting to make a better life for themselves against all odds. She captured some of the strong individuals at Shelter from the Storm, London’s ONLY free homeless shelter, giving them dignity and hope. The portraits are black and white and show each person’s strength and value, and they look just like anyone else, reminding us to be grateful for what we have and understand that nobody is immune to tragic circumstances. Before thinking of someone as homeless, think of them as a person.

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About Face: Giant Street Portraits By RONE

Street artist RONE’s newest work makes us do a double take. Painted on a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, the piece looks perfect from a distance, yet proves rough and dripping upon closer inspection. One example of the Melbourne-based artists’ extensive street portraits, the mural embodies RONE’s efforts to “locate the friction point between beauty and decay, the lavish and despoiled, creating an iconic form of urban art with a strongly emotional bent.”

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