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Meditative Photos of Hermits and Their Woodland Homes

Christopher McCandless, Henry David Thoreau, Ted Kaczynski, Noah John Rondeau—our image of society’s hermits and woodland wanderers is a strange one. Naive idealist, poet, serial murderer, and eccentric. Documentary photographer Danila Tkachenko sought to understand the radical lifestyle better and ventured deep into the woods. “While exploring their experience, it is important for me to understand if one is able to break free from social dependence and get away from the public to the subjective—and thus, to make a step towards oneself,” he writes. Tkachenko’s Escape series, first spotted on Fubiz, documents the life and surroundings of people who remain alone in the wilderness for decades, far from civilization. … Read More

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The Invisibles: Touching Vintage Portraits of LGBT Couples

We tend to assume that in less enlightened times, same-sex couples would have had to live in America the same way they still do in many countries around the world today — hiding their love in the metaphorical closet, pretending to be straight for fear of persecution and/or prosecution. These images, though, tell a different story — they’re part of a project called The Invisibles by French artist and filmmaker Sébastian Lifshitz, and they’re all found photos from flea markets, stoop sales, etc. They’re touching and beautiful, and also brave — as Alyssa Coppelman of Feature Shoot, where we spied these images, points out, just getting these photos developed was a risky enterprise. There are more details of Lifshitz’s project, including its accompanying book and documentary film, at his website. … Read More

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Clever Photoshops of Contemporary Magazine Covers Into Classic Artworks

Filipino artist Eisen Bernard knows Tilda Swinton belongs in a work of art — which is why he Photoshopped her into one, along with dozens of other celebrities featured on magazine covers, for his Tumblr Mag + Art. The concept is simple and the execution flawless: highly stylized magazine portraits are blended seamlessly into masterworks from the likes of John Singer Sargent, Jacques-Louis David, and Rene Magritte. Click through to see for yourself that Achilles has never looked better than with James Franco’s face. All images courtesy of Eisen Bernard. … Read More

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Gloriously Subversive Comic Book Beefcake: Brett White’s Superhero Parodies

When Marvel Comics decided to have an erotic artist, Milo Manera, illustrate a variant cover for Spider-Woman #1, the results were… well, they were what you would expect from an “erotic artist,” and distinctly striking in their porn-like feeling. As a result, the cover caused a lot of outcry and protest online, especially considering that the world of comics has a tendency to treat female characters like sex-symbol appendages and that’s it. (Google “Power Girl boob window” if you want more to be depressed about.) However, Brett White responded with his own funny mock-ups of super-sexualized male superheroes, taken from the “Marvel Swimsuit” Issues from 1991 – 1995 and the result makes the point with pictures that say 1,000 words. (We spotted these via Comic Book Resources — you can also check out White’s Tumblr.) Take an erotic trip to hunk city, and collect all ten hot-guy comic book covers. Wolverine is totally going in my locker. … Read More

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The Return of D’Angelo: Older, Less Naked, but Still a Once-In-a-Lifetime Talent

There were rumors he wasn’t going to show up. It took an hour for him to take the stage on Sunday night, as the crowd in Commodore Barry Park swelled and the air was thick with smoke. Heck, even when he was playing, starting off with an endless jam, girls in the audience were like, “Is that him?” Seeing Michael Eugene Archer, better known as the soul singer and reclusive genius D’Angelo, is a very different proposition in 2014 to what it was in his early 2000s heyday. … Read More

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A Gritty Photo Tribute to 1970s and 1980s New York City

Former mayor Rudy Giuliani tried to scrub New York City clean in the 1990s, but nostalgia for notoriously gritty New York in the ‘70s and ‘80s remains at an all-time high. An exhibition at Lot 180 remembers a city that was, with a collection of photos, vinyl cover art, posters, and more. Cultural icons like Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, and Jean-Michel Basquiat (and his graffiti tag SAMO) populate the collection. This isn’t the “Disneyfied” New York City of today. Street photography from artists such as Robert Herman and Fernando Natalici depict the city’s graffiti-filled trains, the XXX theaters of Times Square, and other relics of a bygone era. The exhibition, which you can preview in our photo gallery, runs through September 1. … Read More

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Intimate, Nude Self-Portraits of an Artist Every Year for 40 Years

Wearing nothing but a pair of Vanity Fair Lollipop underwear, shoes, and socks, photographer Lucy Hilmer snaps a self-portrait of herself every year on her birthday (April 22). The ritual started on her 29th birthday and has continued over the past 40 years. The intimate photos, which we first spotted on Stylist, chronicle the changing of her body through age and pregnancy. Her husband, daughter, and friends accompany her in several of the pictures, mostly clothed next to the spirited photographer. Her book upcoming book Birthday & Other Suits (and a companion film) was created to “reveal how a woman who came of age before women’s lib used her camera to peel off society’s ‘pretty girl’ label and define herself from the inside out.” Hilmer, who plans to continue her series Birthday Suits for the remainder of her life, told Lens Culture: “Armed with my camera and tripod, I found a way to define myself on my own terms in the most open, vulnerable way I could.” … Read More

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These Photos of Teenagers Moshing Will Make You Feel Young (and Punk) Again

The teenage years may be the most self-conscious stage of most people’s lives, but as any high school punk rocker knows, the prying eyes of teachers and parents and popular kids can’t touch you in the mosh pit. Emily Stein’s Saturday Mosh series captures this feeling completely, in sweaty, closeup photos of teens — and even, from the looks of it, tweens — dancing like no one’s watching. Click through to vicariously relive your misspent… Read More

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Say Goodbye to Summer With Bethany Marie Olson’s Hazy Photos of Youth in the Wilderness

Who knows when the bulk of these photos by Bethany Marie Olson were taken, but there’s something about their hazy, fading light that feels like August to the core. The Seattle-based photographer (first spotted on BOOOOOOOM!) has an eye for the moment when the day is fading and night begins its descent, and her portraits of lost youth in the wilderness evoke mystery and beauty. Click through for some selections from Olson’s portfolio, all of which highlight her particular talent for finding the perfect slant of light. … Read More

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Photos of the Magnificent Ritual Costumes Worn by Bolivia’s Traditional Healers

Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona photographed the spiritual healers, medicine men, and witch doctors of the Altiplano region of Bolivia during their travels through South America. The surreal and colorful photos, first spotted on Scene 360, reveal a culture steeped in tradition, evident in the elaborate ritual costumes worn by the healers — mythical beings brought to life. Glimpses of modern technology take on an ominous tone, encroaching upon the ancient practices. … Read More

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