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National Geographic 2009 People Winner

December 7, 2009 Art, Photography, World 1 Comment

This is my favorite from this year’s National Geographic International Photography Contest.

Photo taken and captioned by Cesare Naldi

 Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands. Rajan is one of the few elephants in Havelock that can swim, so when he is not dragging timber in the forest he is used as a tourist attraction. The relationship between the mahout and his elephant usually lasts for their entire lives, creating an extremely strong tie between the animal and the human being.

Links:
Cesare Naldi
National Geographic International Photography Contest

JR – Women Are Heroes (Brazil)

December 5, 2009 Art, Contemporary, Photography 1 Comment

Picked up another beautiful picture for my wall.

In August of 2008, as part of his Women project, JR went to Morro da Providêcia, one of the most dangerous favelas (shantytown) in Rio de Janeiro, and posted huge photos of faces and eyes of 20 women all over on the outside of 40 houses.

This series of works pay tribute to “those who play an essential role in society, but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape or political and religious fanaticism.”

Recently, JR exhibited a selection of his Women Are Heroes work around Île Saint-Louis, in Paris, France. I told EM about it, since she’s there now for school. I’ll have to ask if she got the chance to visit. 

Link: Women Are Heroes

JR – The Holy Tryptich

i just picked up a print of one of JR’s seminal works to hang on my wall, The Holy Tryptich. It’s smart, it gels with my outlook on life, and it puts a smile on my face – i adore this kind of art.

The message is clear: Regardless of religious and political affiliation, we are all the same. 

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Miles Aldridge – Home Works

November 21, 2009 Art, Photography No Comments

From Vogue Italia, 2008.

Link: Miles Aldridge

Gross National Happiness

Try this on for size….

Since 1972, the Himalayan nation of Bhutan adopted an economic policy that stressed wellbeing and the quality of its citizens’ lives, termed Gross National Happiness (GNH), over material growth, or Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 

The idea of General National Happiness rests on four pillars: economic self-reliance, a pristine environment, the preservation and promotion of Bhutan’s culture, and good governance in the form of a democracy.

Sounds pretty cool. I could get behind that.

Random Fact: The current King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, is the same age as me.

Links:
Ann Muller (where the photo in this post came from)
Gross National Happiness: Centre of Bhutan Studies
The Kingdon of Bhutan

Gabo – Liaison V

September 12, 2009 Art, Photography No Comments

This is No. 5 from the Liaison Erotiques Series, 2006/2007.

In this serie Liaisons Erotiques, shot for a calender for Lambertz, we encounter a Gabo combining style, fashion, self-confident women, eroticism, and sensuality. Remarkable are the interiors in which she places her models; it has absolutely nothing in common with the “typical German” coolness associated with German style. On the contrary, the scenery incorporates elements of an ornamental delight that appeared a few years ago in the scene of art photography as well. Gabo’s talent is to create scenes of intimacy. They inspire us to fantasize about what might have happened in the moments before the photograph was taken, and what might happen a moment later. Which “plot” came to life? How will the story continue? Gabo’s view is female and her view of passion, sensuality, and erotic self representation never turns into embarrassment, but rather everything seems to be staged by the women themselves and therefore natural and self – evident.

Link: Gabo

Whale Sharks at Georgia Aquarium

September 2, 2009 Art, Photography No Comments

One day, I will need to visit.

Picture taken by David Hiepler and Fritz Brunier.

Links:
Georgia Aquarium
Hiepler and Brunier

The Sartorialist: Bespoke Edition

August 29, 2009 Art, Fashion, Photography, Style 1 Comment

Just picked this up off of Amazon. As an unabashed people-watcher, I had to.

Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people that he met on the streets of New York who he felt looked great.

His now-famous and much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, is his showcase for the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people across the globe. This book is a beautiful anthology of Scott’s favorite images, accompanied by his insightful commentary. It includes photographs of well-known fashion figures alongside people encountered on the street whose personal style and taste demand a closer look.

From the streets of New York to the parks of Florence, from Stockholm to Paris, from London to Moscow and Milan, these are the men and women who have inspired Scott and the many diverse and fashionable readers of his blog.

After fifteen years in the fashion business, Scott Schuman felt a growing disconnect between what he saw on the runways and in magazines, and what real people were wearing. The Sartorialist was his attempt to redress the balance. Since its beginning, the blog has become hugely admired and influential in the fashion industry and beyond. Thesartorialist.com is consistently named one of the top blogs in the world. A self-taught photographer, Schuman shoots for publications including French Vogue, American GQ, Fantastic Man and Elle, and a growing list of advertising clients. Scott has also shown his work at the New York photo gallery The Danziger Projects and appeared in the GAP Style Icon campaign in the fall of 2008. He has been named the number one fashion photography trend by American Photo magazine, as well as one of Time magazine’s top 100 design influencers.

Wolfgang Joop: Black Men’s Fashion – Back from New York

On the cover of Lumas’ latest magazine:

Based on these artists and the many other experiences in his eventful and always independent life as a designer, actor, and author, Wolfgang Joop has developed a type of fashion drawing completely his own, in which “pose and personal demeanor become one.”

For him, art and fashion are most impressive when the objects have the spark of an old master, whom
he studied extensively, and possess “an aura of unintentionalness; or the intention to be completely
self-satisfied.”

The French call this l’art pour l’art. Wolfgang Joop’s sketches are art for art’s sake.

“My sketches should look as though they emerged effortlessly. They explain my sense of time, my concept of beauty, with the most minimalist and yet self-assuredly effective means.”

FUCK THE WORLD

May 13, 2009 Photography No Comments

Bodhi Oser recently released FUCK THE WORLD, his second book of photographs, featuring one of the most colorful words in the dictionary. For those not in the know, Bodhi goes around and alters signs with these stickers, transforming the original message and providing passerby’s with something to giggle at.  … Continue Reading

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