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Interesting Ladies 15

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A little while ago I went to see the play Grey Gardens by Abattoir Fermé, a Belgium theatre company at De Toneelschuur in Haarlem. The stage was completely trashed with rubbish, the two actors – in drag – talking simultaneously and constantly contradicting each other; it was complete chaos. Somehow it all seemed familiar and after about fifteen minutes I suddenly recognized the narrative and the two eccentric characters and realized it was a stage […]

I am His Keeper

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I have been keeping track of my little brother from the moment we got separated. It is strange, for nine months we were exactly the same age, but the moment our roads forked and I decided to go along with our mother, he became the newborn baby, while my age turned indefinite and timeless, stretching across centuries and continents. I never had my first birthday, yet I am as old as mankind, the pyramids and […]

Strong is the New Pretty

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“I wanted to show the beauty, uniqueness and strength of my girls and their friends as they truly are: messy hair, dirty faces, angry, joyous — whatever it was, I wanted to capture it.” Photographer Kate T. Parker has been photographing her daughters and their girlfriends in a series called Strong is the New Pretty.  Wanting to send out the message that girls can be whatever they want to be, she has been documenting them being […]

I Wanna Be Like You

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The past couple of days I’ve been seriously enjoying the swinging magic of King Louie. In search of something real to watch with my two year old I stumbled across this classic clip from the film Jungle Book and was instantly transported back to days when Disney really did create magic. My daughter now asks to see the “ou-ou-monkey-music” every morning and I simply cannot stop grinning when Baloo the Bear gets infected with the […]

The Beauty of Sadness

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In Victorian times (childhood) mortality rates were very high and after the invention of the daguerreotype memorial portraiture – postmortem photography – became a common way of remembering the dead. Grieving families would commission these sad portraits of their recently deceased loved ones. Some of these photos can be very disturbing to the modern eye, but others are incredibly moving.   PS. There is some debate whether the photos of the woman with her eyes […]

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They say everyone who looks into their family history will find a secret sooner or later. So when Zooey started looking through the old family albums in the chest she found in her grandmother’s attic she intuitively felt she would find something. Some clue that an ancestor had carefully hidden away decades ago, hoping that skeleton would be taken to the grave with its last witness, forever silenced as if it had never happened. Zooey […]

Autochrome Beauty

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More than a hundred years ago photographer Mervyn O’Gorman took pictures of his daughter Christina using the autochrome process which enabled him to capture her in vibrant colors. When I think of the past, I think of it being in black and white, even if I rationally know this to be untrue. These stunning photos prove me wrong. ᔥseamlessphoto * If you’re in the neighbourhood, you can see these images with your own eyes at […]

Lightning at the End of the Tunnel

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It rained all morning, as it had done the entire night and yesterday too. Ada looked out the window and saw the dark grey clouds form an impenetrable wall, at its heart a deep purple almost electric. The cloud formations seemed to broadcast a simple message: Sally’s birthday party will be a disaster. An awesome fluorescent line of light tore the sky, followed by an enormous thunder clap. It felt like an exclamation mark emphasizing […]