Close and Personal

The stars weren't allowed to be transported to the shoot either. In fact, our stars were just doing ordinary things just like us!

How marvelous!

While we know this won't turn around the beauty standards in Hollywood , it allows us to view our stars for thei accomplishments and not their image which is refreshing. It's nice to see in reality that our beauty standards are a bit unrealistic and every time we try and embody the perfection of a celebrity - we truly are closer than imagined.

We are all only human after all!



Little Women Revisited: 'Growth Kasvu' Recreates Childhood Photos

In her latest project photographer Wilma Hurskainen addresses foundations of feminism within the juxtaposition of contemporary photographic art vs. the tradition of family photographs. “Growth – Kasvu” explores these ideas by recreating photographs of Hurskainen and her three sisters taken by her father in their youth and placing the original alongside the recreation, taken by Hurskainen.

Changes in the scenery or landscape over the past however-many years are an easy indicator of Hurskainen’s failure at replication, as is the obvious growth of the four sisters as they overpower situations they had once been so diminutive in. On closer inspection, however, one can see a deeper appropriation of the artist’s achievement and expectant failure within the poses and characters of the four sisters themselves.

Old Fashioned Photography At Your Fingertips

StrutType, a new iPhone app, gives both amateur and professional photographers the ability to turn their photos into turn-of-the-century works of art. iOS app developer Christine Summers of Ultimate Chemistry and media relations guru Neil Alumkal, and President of Stuntman PR, collaborated to bring this unique app to life. The app recreates dry-plate photography between 1875 and 1920. It features a range of 20 filters, black & white, gray tones, sepia, greens and cyans combined with period-specific canvases, textures, watermarking, vignettes, light-leak effects and frames. “The wood and brass Strut folding camera introduced the first portable, dry plate photography in our history. It was actually the flaws of the process that gave images of that era a character that’s been lost ever since,” explains Summers, President of Ultimate Chemistry. “The light leaks, the vignetting, the canvas, the frames, the random blurs and the tinting culminated to create a certain magic that’s almost unachievable now. This is the first time in a century where you can get that look without an extreme amount of antique shopping.”

Can’t Get It Out of My Head

As the work week winds up, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. Anticipating the weekend can make the hours go slower. We promise we won’t tell that you’re sneaking a peek at the internet to pass the time. In fact, we’ll introduce you to a great artist who also has a lot on her mind too.

French photographer Emmanuelle Brisson is known for doing unique portraits that capture a mood or state of mind. Because of this, her work is filled with some of the most wonderful variety we’ve ever seen. The people she captures are sometimes stark, cold, distant and wrapped up in a mood so well we can almost feel it being pulled out of ourselves. Other times her work is fun, humorous, and colorful. For her project, “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, the mood seems to travel between the two extremes. After all, what’s on her mind is quite literally on display.

The Underground New York Public Library

The subway system in New York is the great unifier. It’s the only place in the city where people from all walks of life, with entirely different destinations, and not one word to say to one another are in a pretty intimate space. It’s not just complaining about train delays that bring people together, however. According to photographer Ourit Ben-Haim, it’s the worlds we escape to in a good book on those trains that brings us together as well.

Ben-Haim loves reading and she loves seeing others read. There’s something magical about a person engrossed in a good book. The image was inspiring enough that in 2008 Ben-Haim snapped a photo of a person reading on the subway with her cell phone camera and it spawned a project that’s been going on for years and now has a huge following of people who check daily for more. The idea is simple, but it captures so much about Ben-Haim’s subjects, and about New York itself.

Surreal-ity: The Photography of Kylie Woon

There are plenty of photographers whose work can catch our eye in an instant. There’s nothing quite like the world viewed through another person’s lens. Even the most simple photo tells a story, reveals parts of the photograph bit by bit. Kylie Woon, a brilliant young photographer, tells more through her camera than words could say. Her work is an exploration of emotion through a surreal filter.

Woon’s photography is dream-like in the best of ways. They aren’t just pictures filtered through dreamy mid-day colors. Kylie Woon creates worlds of floating, flying disappearing and more. They’re a combination of motion and stillness. Some almost seem like frames of animation, placed closely together. More often than not in these surreal shots, she is the subject of her own scrutiny. She explores an emotional spectrum with each shot, from the whimsical to the grim. In a blog entry on Perspectives, she compares her journey to a lens being zoomed in and zoomed out:

You Are Not Banksy

Banksy is perhaps one of, if not the, most celebrated street artists of our time. Even for people who hate his work, one or two pieces stand out as favorites. Well, brace yourselves, readers, because things are about to get meta. Meet Nick Stern, a Los Angeles-based British photographer. His photography has taken him all around the world, to over 45 countries. Right now, however, he’s known for bringing the world Bansky’s created into fleshy, spongy life.

Nick Stern, along with a ton of great models, re-enact scenes created by Banksy. The results are something like performance art captured on camera. It’s no easy feat. Recreating Banksy in the real world makes for some clever maneuvering, playing with your scenery to skew reality, and a really strange search for props. The scenes are almost as charming as a Banksy original and there’s just something about actual people bringing life to them that has its own charm. A lot of passion goes into Stern’s work, and according to My Modern Met, he had this to say:

Mert & Marcus: Highlights From Fashion Photography's Aces

When you think fashion photography, you think Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The team is best known for their stunning magazine covers, ads, and spreads of famous leading ladies. They have photographed the likes of Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Penelope Cruz, just to name a few.

Being Together: Family Portraits Using Skype Projections

Family photos are are a disaster and major pain for all the years we have to put up with them. There’s a brief period between college and marriage for freedom from portrait obligation, but they come back full force once we start families. Worse, family portraits come back and we’re the ones that want them. If Awkward Family Photos isn’t enough evidence, have a quick look through some old family albums. The results aren’t pretty, but they’re a big excuse to come together as a family for one day. They’re evidence that your family exists, and despite how terrible some family pictures can be, they capture some pretty good times in life.

The Face of Face Hunter: Yvan Rodic

Today it's hard to imagine a world without street style fashion blogs. Interestingly, these popular websites are a phenomenon that has only emerged over the past 10 years. Now, sites like The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil, and Face Hunter, are household names in the world of fashion enthusiasts.