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Dan Mountford: Double Exposure

Posted in photography with tags , on July 21, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out Dan Mountford’s double exposure photography.

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His juxtapositions in these photographs are surreal and beautifully designed.
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Chompoo Baritone: The Truth Behind Instagram

Posted in photography, satire, soapbox with tags , , on June 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I remember applauding teenage social media supermodel Essena O’neill for coming out about the staged (and often miserable) truth behind her “candid” shots. In a gesture few 19 years olds in our likes-obsessed society could muster, she quit social media so as not to define her worth by superficial standards.

Chompoo Baritone’s photo series about the truth behind Instagram is decidedly less poignant and depressing than the heavier themes evoked by O’Neill’s re-editing her own captions to reflect the truth of spray tans, boosted bosoms, stomach suck-ins and hours of strategic posing.

These photos are rather humorous to look at because they show how much better even the most mundane crap can appear on social media.

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This is a great example of why we can never compare our lives to others…but we can certainly enjoy the beauty of the mundane in these tiny snapshots.

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Franz Szony

Posted in photography with tags on May 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I can’t believe I hadn’t been aware of Franz Szony’s work until my dear friend Rachel pointed him out recently.

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Szony’s creations fall somewhere between photography and painting, in a fantastical realm that is both soft and undeniably edgy.
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His subjects possess a surreal, impossibly polished beauty (rather like a kind of ultra-modern Baroque), glowing and glistening in their alternate realities which defy the laws of time and space.
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Each image may have familiar elements, but takes on a kind of dreamlike, mythic, archetypal feeling. All are positively gorgeous.
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Enter the realm of imagination: Franz Szony

Antique Melodramatic Shakespearean Actor Portraits

Posted in antiques, humor, photography, theater with tags , , , on April 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Atlas Obscura Just posted a feature on “gloriously melodramatic” Shakespearean actor portraits dating back over a Century ago.

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Studio portraits were self-promotional tools which often depicted actors in a dramatic pose, against a backdrop of scenery. This may be my favorite I’ve seen (tied with the one above):
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While some of them are humorous, they do serve the purpose of demonstrating an actor is capable of the exaggerated expressions necessary to convey emotion from a stage (or grainy film).
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The male character portraits seem more entertainingly dramatic, but you can see some ladies over at Atlas Obscura too.

Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka: Sea Creature Glass Models

Posted in antiques, glass, photography, sea with tags , , , , on April 27, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka were a German father and son glass sculpting team who created stunning, detailed biological models in the 1800’s.

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As a child, Leopold was a apprenticed to a goldsmith and gem cutter. He then gained experience in the family business making glass ornaments and glass eyes, during which time he developed a technique which he termed “glass-spinning” (allowing highly precise works in glass).

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His son Rudolph assisted him in making 131 marine invertebrate models in a single year (circa 1880), and after a great deal of effort and prodding by proprietor George Lincoln Goodale, their work ended up in the Harvard Botanical museum.
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I wonder how many of these beauties are surviving today. These photos are taken from Guido Mofacio’s photography exhibit, on display at Hamilton’s Gallery until May 24th, 2016.
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Miles Aldridge

Posted in fashion, photography, retro, surreal with tags , , , on April 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This Technicolor photo set of Estelle Chan by photographer Miles Aldridge captivated me with its surreal vintage flare.

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Everything is so sublimely artificial and constructed; a glorious Stepford Wife presentation that one can hardly help editorializing at a glance.

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These color-saturated high fashion shots are undeniably cinematic. Alridge says “I want to set a sort of unsettling message. But my trick is to sugarcoat it in these bright colors.”
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Mission accomplished, sir!
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Desktop Goodies 4/10

Posted in absurd, anatomy, art, clothing, fashion, film, humor, japan, photography, retro, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with some sea inspired fashion…
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And a gorgeous octopus ice sculpture:
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A stunning still frame.
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I like the way this woman thinks. Pizza will never break your heart.
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A beautiful soul is made of rabbits.
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Oh thank you, Rachel, for this…and your other invaluable contributions to this post.
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I’m sure it’s happening somewhere…
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Traveling in style.
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I approve of this progression.
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Yep, it’s a wig made of countless earbuds on strings…for people who want to have listening parties and don’t care about personal space.
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Who remembers this?
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All of my outfits are based on various diaphonized specimens. Fashion at its finest.
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