Photography

Adorable and Ridiculous Portraits of Pooches from New York City’s Dog Beauty Pageant

America: land of the free, home of the… dog pageant. We love our dogs just as much as we love dressing them in sparkly tutus and tiaras—some of us, anyway. Artist Sophie Gamand, whose photographs of wet dogs mid-bath previously captured our hearts, returns to the Flavorwire gallery with a series about doggie pageants (first spotted on Neatorama). Gamand was at the recent New York City Dog Pageant where pampered pooches hit the stage in their glittering gowns and outrageous costumes. “In a city like New York where having a child is so expensive, where people don’t want to give up their freedom or lifestyle, where they feel isolated and have a hard time meeting their soul mate, the dog seems to be the perfect answer,” Gamand writes about the “doggie moms” in her pictures. Most of the pups appear to be having a good time. Their personalities really shine through. But a few can’t disguise their humiliation. Gamand explains that these moms also regularly attend animal-related charity events with their stylish hounds dressed to the nines. That means the embarrassing miniature cheerleader outfit that poor Yum-Yum is forced to wear isn’t for naught. … Read More

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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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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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Exclusive Photo Gallery: Outside Lands 2014

The seventh annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took over Golden Gate Park last weekend, blessing San Francisco with three days of heavenly sounds, sights, and tastes. Although your New York-based Flavorwire staff was stuck on the East Coast, photographer Scott Witt was on hand to capture the magic for us — and for you. Click through to see Haim shred, Arctic Monkeys vamp, and Death Cab for Cutie brood, then visit Witt’s website to see more of his wonderful work. … Read More

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Striking, Strange Portraits of California Trailer Park Residents

Photographer David Waldorf once captured a rare portrait of David Lynch in his private sanctuary, the “think room.” There’s certainly something Lynchian about his photos of trailer park residents in Sonoma, California. One surreal snapshot reveals a grim bride in a gown worthy of the 1980s. She holds hands with her bare-chested husband, both lit by the flames of a roaring barbecue. It is American Gothic at its strangest — and it could easily be a photo taken at Twin Peaks’ Fat Trout Trailer Park. Waldorf aims to “to capture the truth in people’s eyes,” and these eyes don’t… Read More

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Spam Emails Brought to Life in Dramatic Photos Starring Imaginary Senders

Somehow, with all our technological progress, we have yet to invent a foolproof barrier against spam emails. Even filters cannot contain fictional pleas for obnoxious sums of money, the staged deaths of rich relatives you never knew, and fake marriage proposals. Artist Cristina De Middel has imagined what those scenarios might look like in her photo series Poly-Spam, which we first spotted on Lost at E Minor. Using real spam emails as her inspiration, the photographer captures the trials of imaginary senders like Sandrine Nzi, whose father died under mysterious circumstances, and David Kodjo at the Banque Atlantique Dapaong, who wants to transfer $18,230,000 to your bank account. The fictional portraits capture the absurd drama of each correspondence, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. … Read More

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