Written on the Wall


Everybody says that walls speak. But the moment when this phrase gets more meaningful is when art invades structure. That’s what happens in the Ok Go new video. Directed by Aaron Duffy, Damian Kulash, Jr. & Bob Partington. Get ready for some magistral art direction and enjoy!

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From Fashion to Dogs

“When you start talking to people about their animals, their whole bodies smile.”

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If Fashion makes you passionate, but dogs are the love of your life, you might want to see Suzanne Donaldson‘s new website.

She was the executive photo director at Glamour Magazine, then she realized she could merge her love for fashion and dogs. Today Sizzle.com was released. So, if you want to take a look at the pets of famous fashion editors photographers and artists, this is the place to go. Enjoy! Continue reading

Dancing Shadows

Wednesdays are those kind of days that mean nothing. They get on the middle  of the week, so they don’t feel like the heavy start of the routine. But they don’t come with the joy of the weekend, like thursday or friday. We might call it a day of shadows, but even these days can have a bright side if we fill them with a bit of music and dance.

So, in order to make our day happier, let’s watch Josephine Baker making art out of shadows. An inspiring muse is what we need to make the middle of the week better.

And if the shadows don’t get you in the mood, I bet you’ll smile after the Banana Dance!

Bites of Famous Literature

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Heidi, By Joanna Spyri

I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue! Books by the dozen, the score and the billion. I carried so many home I was hunchbacked for years. Philosophy, art history, politics, social science, the poem, the essay, the grandiose play, you name ’em, I ate ’em.

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 

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Fashion Scans

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Once again, V Magazine shows that there is always a new point of view to think about , if we are looking at fashion. Watch this amazing editorial with pictures by Pamela Reed and Mathew Rader, and get to see what happens when you scan Pre-fall collections.

Click here to see the whole editorial in Gifs!

The rhythm of Soccer

Ostentation Funk – The Movie (English subtitles) from Funk Ostentação on Vimeo.

So, with just a week ahead to start the biggest tournament of the world, when it comes to soccer, all of our eyes are staring at Brazil. The country with the biggest income per capita in Latin America. But also, a country with huge problems due to social differences.

If there’s one thing us, latin americans, share is that when there is a reason to worry, we turn it into a reason to celebrate. Brazilians celebrate through their rhythm, and well, Funk seems like the best way to do it. But there is a different meaning of Funk in this country. Here it is not about a groovy bass and some James Brown soul. It is about samba, mixed with Miami bass and rap music. When the rest of Latin America started dancing reggaeton, Brazilians developed this gender that may seem pretty similar to the reggaeton’s aesthetic, but that has such a different meaning and musical richness to consider.

Funk was born in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro -better known as favelas-, and when it started, their lyrics were all about sex, drugs and protest. But when it came to Sao Paulo, a city where fashion and style rule above other important topics of society, it went more commercial. It started talking about cars, jewelry, liqueur and it certainly started to mention a lot of brands. It turned out to be the perfect way to promote consumption and social mobility.  Funk is now a big business and artists like M.I.A. or Diplo are using its tone into their music.

Of course soccer is an important new topic to sing about in the Funk world. My eyes are also in Brazil and it may be time to dance to MC Guime’s rhythm.

El marco de una torre

Una vez cubrí una historia con él. Era sobre gitanos del Ska. No conversamos mucho, yo hice mi entrevista, él aportó con algunas preguntas y tomó sus fotos. Cuando los teloneros tocaban, salí del backstage para registrar un poco el ambiente. Él se quedó y me comentó que me perdí unos buenos momentos. No volvimos a hablar más y las próximas cosas que supe de él no trataban de gitanos, sino de una torre polémica para Caracas.

Alejandro Cegarra entró en uno de los lugares que más he querido conocer, para resaltar muchos rostros. Para hablar de barandas improvisadas y de apartamentos cuyos límites se marcan por una sábana. Este foto periodista, que trabaja para la Agencia AP, llegó a esa torre que tiene por nombre el del héroe bíblico que se enfrenta al gigante villano. Yo creo que trabajos como el suyo también son una especie de David, que enfrenta su ojo a la monstruosa industria de medios, que viene a ser Goliat.

Según Julio Cortázar: “Una de las mejores formas de combatir la nada es la fotografía”. El lente de Alejandro Cegarra ha permitido rescatar muchos momentos de la nada. Nos enseñó las caras que viven entre los muros de la Torre de Daviddejó registro de muchos conflictos, en las protestas que han reinado en Venezuela durante los últimos cuatro meses,  retrató a desalojados y llegó hasta la temida cárcel de El Rodeo II.  Aún así, si revisan sus redes, verán que cuando tiene tiempo, hace uno que otro retrato lleno de música.

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One Muse: Eva Chen

I love fabrics, shapes, combinations… but the things I love the most are stories. I want to know how’s the romantic life of Karl Lagerfeld (besides Choupette) I want to know what was the song that made Anna Wintour dance like crazy when she was in her teens. -We all know Bob Marley made her dance, but there’s gotta be more material here-.

But there is this one thing that makes me want to divorce fashion: I can not stand presumption. I do not get how does a Chanel bag makes a person better than the other, and I also don’t understand why some people assume that having that bag gives them super powers. That’s why I applaud when I find an editor that’s not trying to say that if you don’t have the shirt of the season, you committed the biggest crime against fashion.

I applauded  when one friend introduced me to Eva Chen, Editor at Condé Nast. Chen admits that can wear one piece of clothing until it rips apart from her body, and that  is a reason to celebrate. A person who is humble enough to admit that there is no perfect equation for a good number of a magazine.Someone who just wants to innovate in every edition and who stands away from that posture of the  God that decides what’s right or wrong, makes me want to dance to Bob Marley’s rhythm. Do you share the feeling?

“I Bend so I don’t Break”

“Natarajasana: In Sanskrit, “nata” means dance, “raja” means king, and “asana” means pose. Nataraja is one of the names of the Hindu God Shiva.

… Shiva is said to dance while he creates the universe and also dance during his destruction of the universe at the end of each cosmic era.  The purpose of the dance is to release all of our souls from the snare of illusion.”

If you bend, you don’t break, but you also look great. Well, that is what happens with this yoga photographic series, done by German photographer Björn Ewers. Lena Fishman got the essence of  Yoga and performed it at amazing, yet minimalistic retro stages.  May your eyes dance to the rhythm of Natarajasana!

* If you want to know the whole story about Natarajasana, click here.

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One line: the head, the eye and the heart

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So, Henry Cartier Bresson, one of the pioneers of photojournalism, said that: “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

Oh well… the thing with photojournalism is that you are getting to see one situation through a man’s frame. Yes it is illusion made from a magician who captures instants with a camera. Before getting to know the facts, we always want the human touch. The moving story behind the curtains. And who was more human, and interested in our race than Henry Cartier Bresson? He did fashion shoots, he went to war, he covered politics, revolution and war.

He is now getting immortalized, one more time, by the guys of  Thames & Hudsonwho compiled 415 of his photos in one book called Henry Cartier Bresson Here and Now. If you are into photojournalism this is a must to get to know the head, the eye and the heart of one of the beautiful minds who created  Magnum Photos.

PS. I found these tips for street photography fans, inspired in our hero’s work. It makes you want to grab the camera and hit the streets. Enjoy!


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