Art

Beautiful Photos of a Farmer and His Pigs

Pigs get a bad rap — they’re generally portrayed as, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, “a filthy animal.” It’s not really fair, though. They’re intelligent, sensitive creatures, and the more I read about them, the worse I feel about bacon. Their social side is on full display in these beautiful photos of a pig farmer by the name of Otchan, who looks after some 1,200 pigs at his farm in southern Japan. The images, which we found on Feature Shoot, are the work of photographer Toshiteru Yamaji, and appear in his self-published photo book, Pigs and Papa. They capture the bond between human and animal, and serve as a stark reminder that our food doesn’t have to be produced in hideous industrial farms. … Read More

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The Drawings of Ailing Children Brought to Life in Magical Photos Starring the Kids as Heroes in Their Own Adventures

Something magical happened when photographer Shawn Van Daele partnered with ailing children to bring their fantasies to life. The artist, who we learned about on Lost at E Minor, took their drawings and cast the kids as the heroes of their own adventures in a series of photographs. It’s all part of a wonderful project he calls Drawing Hope — the first 28 images of which will be part of a book that Van Daele is co-writing with his mother. All proceeds from the project are being donated to the various groups and foundations that support the children. It’s a storybook saga that tugs at the heartstrings. Grab a few tissues, and head past the break to meet Kirsten, Princess of Butterfly Garden; Jack, the Hero of Hope Street; and David, Keeper of the Stars. … Read More

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Lost Photos of Kansas City’s Underground Drag Scene During the 1960s

When we think of places where drag and ballroom culture has thrived, cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. spring to mind — but many don’t realize that there was a vibrant community in the Midwest during the ‘50s and ‘60s. In 2006, artist Robert Heishman uncovered a group of slides in a Kansas City salvage yard labeled, “Jack’s Slides: Chicago and Kansas City.” Heishman found a stash of images featuring beautiful drag queens, but the photographer remained a mystery. … Read More

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Freaky Foods: Photographer Lawrie Brown Offers a Dementedly Colorful Menu

There’s something very Seussian about photographer Lawrie Brown’s Colored Food Series (spotted via Feature Shoot). While there are no green eggs to be found, Brown’s photographs are as quirky and comical as they are, at times, slightly repulsive. (I do not like blue chicken, Sam-I-[Rhymes With Chicken].) While azure poultry and slime-green spaghetti might not be too appetizing, I’m betting that scoops of ice cream slathered with purple ganache would still be pretty tasty. … Read More

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Famous Album Covers in Reverse Reveal More Than Just Tushies

When album art succeeds, it becomes wholly embedded in our conception of the music it introduces. Whether you like it or not, Nirvana ensured that you wouldn’t be able to listen to Nevermind without envisioning a wet, cash-hungry baby. You’ll likely never listen to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy without thinking about a butterfaced illustration of Kanye fucking a more-butterfaced angel, and you certainly can’t listen to Raffi’s Bananaphone without thinking of a phone that’s a banana! Aware of the stubbornness of such images, a Flickr user who goes by Harvezt decided to provide another dimension to these otherwise invariable visual associations (spotted via Stereogum). Here, Harvezt flips the album art, showing these covers from behind and opening our imaginations to what might have lurked beyond these famous frames.  … Read More

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Self-Portraits Offer Creative Response to Street Harassment

It seems that awareness of street harassment has grown in recent months, particularly through the art world — as seen in the work of
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Hannah Price. In another example of provocative photography combating the pervasiveness of street harassment, Rachel Graves’ Menagerie depicts the English photographer made up as animals that correspond to the words lobbed her way by men in public spaces, such as “bird,” “fox,” and “bitch.”  … Read More

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Beautiful Portraits of Parisian Residents Reflect the Vibrant Personality of Their City

We Americans have a general perception of what a Parisian looks like — a stereotype perpetuated as recently as last weekend’s Saturday Night Live. But just as most of our major metropolitan areas are incredibly diverse and impossible to contain in a single cultural stereotype, Paris is a melting pot, full of individuals with various backgrounds and identities. Russian photographer Constantin Mashinskiy is currently documenting the city’s inhabitants on his blog, 365 Parisiens, on which he posts a picture of a different stranger every day. (Think of it as an artier Humans of New York.) In his stark, black-and-white photographs, Mashinskiy captures the essence of a vibrant city through the various, sometimes extreme personalities of its residents.  … Read More

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Primal Punk Portraits: Dan Witz’s ‘NY Hardcore’ Paintings

Anybody who has spent any amount of time in or around a circle of dancing hardcore kids understands how exhilarating, and often violent, it can be. The way they wave their arms, kick their feet, and do moves like picking up change, floor-punching, and windmills have long made hardcore shows exciting and dangerous, with the chance of a fist or foot hitting anybody within close proximity. They might not look elegant to most, but artist Dan Witz used hardcore pits as inspiration for his latest show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, NY Hardcore. … Read More

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Witty Vintage-Style Ads Starring Contemporary Music Icons

There’s just a week and a half left before the new Mad Men season rolls out, but in case the ’60s-style withdrawal is too much to bear, Ads Libitum has the graphic design beat covered. Run by David Redon, the Tumblr has been posting faux-aged ads starring pop culture figures from the last two decades since July 2013. Redon’s favorite subject is musicians, but the full site has a spot for Breaking Bad‘s Pollos Hermanos as well. Click through for thoroughly retro renditions of OutKast, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and more. … Read More

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