Alain Delorme’s Mumurations Series: Flocks of Birds Mimiced with Plastic Bags!

The first thing you think when you see the pictures of Alain Delorme’s Murmurations series might be “Isn’t our nature beautiful. Oh, these flocks of birds look pretty.” But wait! What you actually see only looks like flocks of starlings (who typically are forming swarms on their hunt for a good place to settle for the night in Europe during the winter month). In reality those pictures show swarms of plastic bags! Yes, plastic bags! Photographer Alain Delorme created those digitally constructed compositions by arranging trash bags in bird flock-resembling shapes and juxtaposed them against vibrant, colorful horizons. What a great reminder for everyone of us to treat our pretty world in a way that allows it to stay as beautiful as it is!

I wish you a beautiful and surprising weekend!

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Some Crazy Pics To Finish This Week: Wes Naman’s Scotch Tape Series

Bye bye work days, hello weekend! I am really looking forward to some SLEEP. – Yes, again a week is over without nearly any sleeping hours for me. I am trapped in an endless circle of tiredness… Maybe that’s an explanation why I am feeling a bit crazy lately. Or why I like those freakish funny photos by Wes Naman. In his Scotch Tape Series he creates the craziest grimaces just by sticking some scotch tape onto faces. A simple idea with a crazy big effect. Mmmh, maybe I will try it out myself now…

I wish you all a wonderful weekend! – Sleep well and relax!

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Vivian Maier?!

My so-called Luck admittedly had a little to suffer under the immense load of work I had to deal with during the past four days. Luckily, there’s a bit more time for today’s post to compensate for it. And what a gem this one is! Do you know the name Vivian Maier?! No? Don’t worry, nor did I until this week. But we all should remember it, because the art AND the story behind the name Vivian Maier is astonishing and amazing!

Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in New York and Chicago. In her leisure time she photographed the people on the streets. It was her secret hobby and she was extremely private with it. Neither her closest friends nor the families she lived with or the kids she raised knew anything about it. Until… in 2007 26-year-old John Maloof placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer in an auction house. This box contained street photography of extremely high quality and was the final discovery of Vivian Maier’s talent. I saw these pics and was FASCINATED! They immededly remembered me on my two favorite street photographers ever – Robert Doisneau and Brassaï – and the way they were depicting the people of Paris. But none of them had such a great story to provide with their photography as Vivian Maier has!

I wish you a weekend full of amazing new discoveries!

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1003May 5, 1955, New York, NY

2371Undated, Chicago, IL

2403Emmett Kelly as the clown figure “Weary Willie”, Undated

3383Untitled, Undated

55-549Self Portrait, 1955

I long to watch this movie soon:

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Into The Wild with Photographer Cath Schneider

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I will start my own trip into the wild today 😉 …Or to be honest: This weekend I will live in a tent because of the festival and next weekend I will camp on Spiekeroog… Thus, enough wilderness for my taste. And I thought the animal and insect photos of Paris-based photographer Cath Schneider somehow fit perfectly with these plans. Yeah, I admit it – there will be no monkeys at all… but maybe a hedgehog (and isn’t the upper pic alone a good reason to post about Cath Schneider’s work?!).

Okay, I’m offline the next 72 hours and wish you all a perfect (rain-less), wild weekend!

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Sky Monsters by Camille Seaman

I just have to say one thing at the end of this strange week – I wish I would have taken these fantastic pics of monstrous clouds myself! …And there would have been so many opportunities to do that during these past rainy, stormy days. Luckily, photographer Camille Seaman was clever enough to press the shutter when she saw these sky monsters!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy wekend All photos taken from The Atlantic via A Cup of Jo.

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Blow Job by Tadao Cern

All pics from the website of Tadao Cern.

It’s Friday and we all deserve a good laugh after this whole long work week! Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern really knows how to turn even the prettiest face into a big joke: In his project Blow Job (ahem, actually that’s really the name…) he shows all kind of people enduring gale-force winds directly to the face. Hilarious! And you HAVE TO watch the film. Incredible!

I wish you all a wonderful amusing weekend!

Found via Colossal. Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links!

Real-Life Projects Pt.3: Love Ever After by Lauren Fleishman

After my grandfather’s death, I found a series of love letters that he had written to my grandmother in a book next to his bed. They had been married for more than 50 years. This project is intended as a photographic series of “love letters.” The dominant portraiture of my series consists of New York couples who have been together for more than 50 years. This work includes photographs, voice recordings and text.

Lauren Fleishman

Oh dear, I LOVE this project. Love Ever After by Lauren Fleishman is a real-life project based on a simple idea. It’s about love, it tells big stories, it is wonderful photography of people who are authentic. Gorgeous! I have nothing more to say. Besides… have fun digging into the worlds of the here presented couples (Click onto the pics to enlarge them or go directly to Lauren Fleishman’s website)!

Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links. All pics taken from Lauren Fleishman’s website.

Real-Life Projects Pt. 2: JeongMee Yoon – The Pink and Blue Project

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Gender Determinism1,2 is a topic that was not only very present in the media during the last couple of months but also a big field for discussions in my circle of friends. Moreover, I recently read two interesting posts1,2 about the question of how much toys are actually good for a child (Less than most parents would think!). Thus, you may imagine that the photographs of South Korean artist JeongMee Yoon literally made me gasp! For her Pink and Blue Project, she went into children’s playrooms and made pictures of boys’ blue and girls’ pink toys. Voilá, again a real-life project! – And one that is shocking and fascinating at the same time!

New York Times article about the project.

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Seyoon, 2007

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Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links. Post idea via A Cup of Jo.