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Desktop Goodies 4/17

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, food, humor, kitsch, oddities, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this edition of desktop goodies!

Would you buy Kellog’s corn flakes after seeing a child in the ad who looks like he’s be propped and posed postmortem?

Antique “eye massager,” for when your eyes need a little therapeutic squishin’!
Eye Massager.

AXOLOTL in a portrait! (See some axolotl info here, and an artistic interpretation here)

Don’t mind him…he’s really into that “sitting in a wall” thing.

The most complete system ever? Really?

I’m going to give you a great life tip here, folks. So listen up: be sure to set the iron to medium heat so as not to burn your crocodile.

The world’s most wistful butter substitute:

You can conveniently sell your sister by placing a check mark in the appropriate box.

Don’t say it, Dana…don’t say this piece of kitsch is…”corny.” D’OH!

Olga Valeska

Posted in photography with tags on April 16, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m falling in love with Olga Valeska’s photography…


The rich warm colors of autumn…the beautiful composition…I want to step into these scenes and bask in the warm, hazy glow and vibrant reds.



She has done amazing work with this model, who seems to be quite the muse! I must say, it is a perfect model choice for these photographs.

Olgae Valeska

The Dayalets

Posted in absurd, food, photography, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , on April 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Brace yourself for The Dayalets; an instructional (and I use that word loosely) “suiatable for framing” series of food beasts designed to hang in doctors’ offices.


The idea was the educate the masses about vitamin deficiencies and nutritional imbalances. Wasn’t there a pamphlet they could hand out?



While tempting to generate my own sarcastic commentary for each of these, I think it’s only fair to direct you to the source, where the curator has taken a good deal of time to display and write commentary for the entire series (featuring gems such gems as “This looks like some self-proclaimed sex expert circa 1951.”)


I actually went through the whole series and was repeatedly stunned by these creations. Who wants one on the food table at my next party?

I wasn’t joking when I said “suitable for framing.”


See the whole collection here.

Hugh Kretschmer

Posted in photography, surreal with tags , on March 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Grab a look at Hugh Kretchmer’s photography…


Some of these pieces are highly editorial, but all deliver a nice measure of surrealism and/or trompe l’oeil effects.



Hugh Kretchmer

Rose-Lynn Fisher: The Topography of Tears

Posted in art, photography, science with tags , , on March 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Topography of Tears is a fascinating visual study of tear crystalization under a standard light microscope, exploring the terrains of numerous emotions and forms of lacrimal activity. I want to paste some of the artist’s statement here, to give you her own lens on the work.


The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series ls like an ephemeral atlas.


Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur.


Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

The Topography of Tears

Vita di Mare

Posted in photography, sea with tags , on March 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Vanessa is the QUEEN of pinterest! Our taste is remarkably similar (thus many boards would fit seamlessly here), but for today I’ll stick with Vita di Mare where she has collected stunning photographs of sea life.




Have a look at Vita di Mare!

Technicolor Russian Caves

Posted in nature, photography with tags , on February 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Nature will always be THE original artist.

Abandoned Salt Mine

These photos were taken deep underground within the miles of abandoned mines beneath Yekaterinburg, Russia. Layers of carnallite — a mineral used in fertilizers — band the tunnel walls, producing these technicolor masterpieces.

Abandoned Salt Mine


Shortly after seeing this article, I came across another article with a series of 10 gorgeous colorful locations. Definitely check them out.

Through the Lens: Snow in NYC

Posted in nature, photography with tags , on January 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m out West, but my hometown is full of snow right now. Winter weather can be quite bothersome in the practical sense…but it is undoubtedly breathtaking.

No one shows the beautiful essence of winter like the gifted Vivienne Gucwa.


Her eye for capturing the perfect moment in time brings out the luscious, ethereal nature of the bustling urban landscape. She has the vision of an artist and the soul of a poet (often there are lovely musings written with her work).

New York City - Winter - Snow Falls on 5th Avenue

Dazzling icy eye-food…

New York City Winter - Snow - Night in Madison Square Park


More Snow Here

Lucia Giacani: Under My Skin

Posted in anatomy, fashion, photography with tags , , on January 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m a bit torn about fashion photography. I love the artistry involved in some shoots, but hate to support the rampant pressure to develop eating disorders in the industry.

Lucia Giacani has a series I can’t help but love. Matching makeup to anatomical models? Yes please!


I really want to do a shoot like this with the anatomical torso model my best friend gave me years ago.


Do you have a favorite fashion photographer?

Lucia Giacani

Ransom and Mitchell: Across from Familiar

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on January 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was remiss in posting about this show at Roque La Rue when it actually happened, because I was dealing with hospital things.


I’ve spent many years pouring over art and photography sites, collecting literally thousands of links. Ransom and Mitchell are by far my favorite photography team ever and that is saying hell of a lot!


They don’t just photograph, they create entire worlds. Each image is a surreal, vivid tableau that you can get lost in. I have half a mind to carry their portfolio with me and accost random strangers on the street with it just to spread the beauty!


From the exhibit description:

San Francisco based art power duo Ransom & Mitchell create compelling, dark pop-baroque imagery using a distinctive blend of photography, digital elements, and most surprisingly, large scale and elaborate hand built sets, costumes, and props. For this exhibition, “Across From Familiar “, we specially selected a series of works that all share a similar ornately beautiful yet macabre aesthetic.


I’ll tell you a secret. Sometimes when my health is particularly bad, I think of appearing in one of their photos when I recover…and I’m re-inspired!



Roque La Rue
Ransom and Mitchell

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.


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