PLEASE SUE ME shot by LAURENCE PHILOMENE OLIVIER
“These are some pictures I took of a friend of mine (who happens to be a model) in his bedroom while we were having a pool party at his house with a few friends. He is a trained ballerina and one of the loveliest people I have ever had the chance to meet.
To the modelling agent who urged me not to publish these because “casting directors and clients are really not into boys being shot as girls at the moment” and because this is “not the direction we want to go in for this model”, all I have to say is 1) I own full copyright to these images and no contracts were drawn up so you have no authority on my decision to publish these, 2) why would you want to hide things about this boy that specifically make him unique and wonderful? That seems very counter productive 3) I have come to the conclusion that I cannot change your mind regarding how wrong it is to want your models to only pose as straight cis guys so whatever, I hope that at the very least you can appreciate these images for what they are visually. I also hope that you can see that there is nothing weak about showing a softer, feminine side. ”
WATERCOLOR ART by JUURI
““My work, consisting of flora and pattern-wrapped Japanese figures, is the combined output of several facets of my being. These might include my Japanese-American mixed cultural background, love of fashion, graphic design, irrepressible wanderlust, and constant struggle between idealism and reality. Though my beautiful-yet-sad faces are wrapped in plants or traditional Japanese patterns (representing a sense of security), these is still something a little bit foreboding in their direct stares. I want viewers to be both mesmerized by my luscious images and left with many questions to answer through the symbolism in the paintings. What you see here is the truest representation of those inexpressible emotions and stories that lie deep in my psyche.”
MYSTERIOUS TINY ROOMS by MARC GIAI-MINIET
"French artist Marc Giai-Miniet (Born in 1946 in Trappes) makes some of the most incredibly detailed (and disturbing!) dollhouses that we’ve ever seen. Marc started creating these disturbing shadowbox dioramas rather late in his career, recurring themes include libraries, furnaces, laboratories, submarines and intestine-like tubing in lonely, decaying spaces.”
HYPERREALISTIC 3D paint art by KENG LYE
FAMOUS MOVIE SCENES around NY by CHRISTOPHER MOLONEY
“FILMography by New York City journalist Christopher Moloney is an ongoing project in which he finds the particular location that popular movie scenes were filmed at and then holds a printed still from the movie scene in front of its corresponding real world location. Head on over to Moloney’s Tumblr to see more from the FILMography project.
SWAPPING SKINS shot by me
So this is the first work of mine that I’ve posted on this blog and probably the last too. Basically I shot this under 20 minutes with my iPhone in school today and it really didn’t come out as I had planned but I’m pretty content with the result anyways. The photos of Pedro (in the lovely pink dress) are heavily edited whereas I’ve only altered contrast, shading and coloration in the photos of Vanessa. I blurred and smoothened the surface of Pedro’s skin to make him resemble the alien-like models of today’s fashion magazines, which was also my original source of inspiration. If these photos look weird to you it’s because those magazine along with gender roles that goes way back wants them to. I told Pedro to look submissive, seductive and well, stupid. Vanessa was told to look angry, carefree and indifferent, as 99 % of all men in magazines does. She is also edited with harsh lines, black and white and heavy contrast to enhance her features (not diminish them as in Pedro’s case.) I believe there is a reason women and men are portrayed the way they are in media and magazines and that it’s something that affects society as a whole in a very negative way. When men aren’t allowed to show emotions, for example, or women are supposed to either not have any (Stepford wives and what not) or be completely overwhelmed by them to the point where she can’t make her own decisions - it becomes dangerous. I could have easily turned Pedro into portraying a transvestite or drag-artist but that was not the point. The point is to show men in positions that women are usually put in, and vice versa. I can reveal that none of my two friends were comfortable being put in the other persons shoes, Pedro less so than Vanessa.
Here are the before and after-shots of how I edited these photos. In really crappy quality but you get the idea.
WILDFOX lookbook 2013 themed CLUELESS shot by MARK HUNTER
SWORN VIRGINS photography by JILL PETERS
"Sworn Virgin" is the term given to a biological female in the Balkans who is chosen, usually at an early age, to take on the social identity of a man for life. As a tradition dating back hundreds of years, this was necessary in societies that lived within tribal clans, followed the Kanun, an archaic code of law, and maintained an oppressive rule over the female gender.The Kanun states that women are considered to be the property of their husbands. The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men. Young girls were commonly forced into arranged marriages, often with much older men in distant villages.
As an alternative, becoming a Sworn Virgin, or ‘burnesha” elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population. In order to manifest the transition such a woman cut her hair, donned male clothing and sometimes even changed her name. Male gestures and swaggers were practiced until they became second nature. Most importantly of all, she took a vow of celibacy to remain chaste for life. She became a “he”. This practice continues today but as modernization inches toward the small villages nestled in the Alps , this archaic tradition is increasingly seen as obsolete. Only a few aging Sworn Virgins remain. The number of new cases are scant and tend to be considered less authentic by younger generations.
As a photographer with an interest in subjects that innately speak to the diversity of the human experience I was fascinated with this story. I wanted to capture their portraits before they were gone forever. I travelled to the mountain villages of northern Albania and what I found was a small collection of extraordinary people. I learned that the Burnesha are well respected within their communities. They possess an indescribable amount of strength and pride, and value their family honor above all else. Their absolute transition is wholly accepted, posited and taken without question by the people among whom they live. But most surprising, is they have very few regrets for the great deal they have sacrificed.
HAND MADE FOLD-OUT ART by ALLISON ANN WOODWARD
BUG MEMORIALS by CARMICHAEL COLLECTIVE