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Funky Porcini

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beauty / images / LONG / nature / observations / photography / video

Photographer Steve Axford spends a lot of time photographing mushrooms in New South West, Australia. Not your run-of-the-mill garden variety, but the funky, psychedelic ones with crazy colors and shapes. Many of them are very rare and may have never been seen before.“My photography has been my avenue into this world as it slows me down and allows me to look at things more closely. I try to combine the beauty I see with some […]

Free to Be… You and Me

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beauty / Classics / humanity / inspiration / life

Back in the seventies, even with the looming nuclear threat of the Cold War, the world seemed a more positive place than it is today. It was also a time when girls wore all colors of the rainbow as opposed to the ubiquitous Disney princess pink. In 1972 actress and social activist Marlo Thomas (with the help of many celebrities) put out the record Free to Be… You and Me, a collection of songs (and […]

Stellar

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art / beauty / LONG / photography

Artist / photographer Ignacio Torres produced his series “Stellar” by taking four photos from different angles with a synched flash while throwing reflective confetti and some dust into the mix. “In addition, space and time are heightened by the use of three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.” Torres: This project began from the theory that humans […]

Hong Kong Yesterday

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beauty / city / images / LONG / photography / vintage

Actor, photographer and director Ho Fan (1931 – 2016) was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong with his family in 1948. Hong Kong, under British rule at the time, was a chaotic city with a large population that was growing swiftly due to refugees fleeing the Chinese civil war and the Japanese invasion. In many of his photographs taken during the 1950s the strong diagonals and shadows create a dreamlike stillness far removed […]

Madame X

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In 1883 American portrait painter John Singer Sargent painted socialite Virginie Gautreau who was known for her beauty. A year later at the Paris Salon, the work caused a scandal because of Gautreau’s provocative dress and her suggestive pose. Originally one of the straps fell off her shoulder, but due to the public’s reaction Sargent repainted the strap. The painting can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Song for today: […]