Photography

You Don’t Have to Embrace Lumbersexuality to Love the 12 Beards of Christmas

“Lumbersexual” is the worst kind of buzzword — not only is it pegged to a dubious trend, but it’s an egregious perversion of language. (Like “metrosexual” before it, the word describes an aesthetic, not a sexual orientation.) And yet, there’s still delight to be taken in the spectacular beards of its so-called adherents, particularly during this coziest time of the year. For a new photo series aimed at both spreading seasonal cheer and (according to her Bored Panda post about project) raising awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer, Stephanie Jarstad decorated some truly impressive facial hair to resemble Christmas trees, reindeer, and even stockings hung by the chimney with care. If you’re taken with these portraits (spotted via Design Taxi), you might consider buying them in poster or holiday-card form for the beardo in your life. … Read More

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Take a Look at Catherine Opie’s ‘Portlandia’ Season 5 Promotional Art

Portlandia, more than perhaps any other show, provides a complex (albeit sketch-comedically exaggerated) blueprint of a community — a warm… Read More

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Photos That Explore Young Womanhood Unencumbered By Feminine Stereotypes

Swedish artist Arvida Byström was a precocious child. At only 12 years old, she started her painting and photography career, and at 22 she’s a Tumblr star and owns her own gallery (Gal in East London). Her work is a rainbow of glitter, “girly” things, and ‘90s ephemera — which she subverts to explore taboo subjects, sexuality, gender, and identity. Byström recently collaborated with photographer Valerie Phillips on the book Hi You Are Beautiful How Are You (first spotted on iGNANT), which focuses on presenting young womanhood untouched by Photoshop and preconceived notions of femininity. … Read More

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Beautiful Photos of American Landscapes (and a Very Handsome Dog)

There are times when I have many serious and considered things to say about art, and there are other times when I’m happy to go “OMG dog!” So it’s exciting to find (via Booooooom) a project that allows me to do both at once. It’s called “John and Wolf,” the “Wolf” in question being John Stortz’s adorable dog, and it documents their journeys around the US. The result is some really gorgeous landscape photography — Stortz clearly has an aptitude for composition and framing — as well as some lovely portraits of a beautiful animal. What more could you ask? … Read More

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The Year’s Most Beautiful and Interesting Art Books

We could argue about the future of reading until the end of time, but there’s at least one type of book that you will always need to hold in your hands: the art book. This collection of ten gorgeous books covers subjects as diverse as tattoos, clothes, space, dogs, glamour, and fishermen. Any of them would make a wonderful holiday… Read More

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Eerie Photos That Explore the Relationship Between Women and Their Hair

We’ve seen a lot of hair art in the artosphere, including embroidered portraits made with real human hair. But the combination of photography, installation, and sculpture in Rebecca Drolen’s surreal works recently caught our eye (first spotted on Photojojo). “I am interested in exploring the fickle relationship most have with their body hair,” the artist writes on her website. “Once hair has become disconnected from our bodies, we treat it with disgust, yet it has an archival, lasting presence that outlives the body and defies death and decay. I am interested in the line between the beautiful and the grotesque in our connection with hair.” Drolen incorporates her hair pieces in real-life situations, playing off of feminine beauty ideals and themes of identity. Her hair artworks have taken over domestic spaces, reborn as curtains and water spilling out of a bathtub, making them all the more uncanny. … Read More

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Backseat Confessions: A Taxi Driver’s Photos of His Most Eccentric Passengers

Taxi drivers are the confessors of our time. They meet us at our most harried, ready to embark on some of life’s great journeys: job interviews, the birth of a child, a flight around the world. The friendliest cabbies are happy to strike up a conversation — and people often feel a certain freedom to share things they might not even tell their loved ones. … Read More

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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers: 2014

What did we learn from the controversial magazine covers this year? It was an complicated and tumultuous year politically, although this year that didn’t leave us with boundary-pushing, banned-in-Boston covers like Rolling Stone‘s notorious Boston bomber selfie. We had a lot of conversations about famous women on magazine covers and what it all meant. The themes that keep cropping up, repeatedly, is that controversy comes when issues of class, race, and size are in the picture. Here are some of the covers we couldn’t stop talking about this year. … Read More

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Striking Black-and-White Portraits of Sheep and Goats

When it comes to portraits of animals, photographers usually know better than to try to get a cat to sit still for the camera. Most felines don’t have the patience, or paycheck, of Grumpy Cat. Dogs are a favorite subject for shutterbugs — from pups underwater and adorable pit bulls showing off the beauty of their breed, to dog beauty pageants and wet dogs mid-bath. But what about the rest of the animal kingdom?

Washington-based photographer Kevin Horan, who we learned about on Inspiration Now, has devoted attention to the goats and sheep on and around Whidbey Island — home to several farms, beautiful parks, and a nature reserve. Goats get a bad rep due to their association with Satanism. And those horns and horizontal pupils can be a little unnerving. But Horan reveals the humorous and majestic side of the goat and sheep. They’re all goofy grins, adorable beards, dramatic poses, and gorgeous manes. … Read More

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