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Ruined Polaroids - William Miller

I came across this project by veteran photographer and photojournalist William Miller. The story behind “Ruined Polaroids” is so unique – I immediately fell in love with the concept and resulting images. Let’s leave the explaining to Miller himself:

“These pictures are taken with a camera that is, by most definitions, broken: an old Polaroid SX-70 camera rescued from a yard sale. I’ve always loved this camera. It is an ingeniously conceived, complicated bundle of gears and switches with hundreds of moving parts packed in tight like a chrome and leather pistol…

With its first use I realized the camera wasn’t functioning properly. It sometimes spills out two pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling the images in unpredictable ways. Over time I’ve figured out how to control and accentuate aspects of the camera’s flaws but the images themselves are always a surprise…

This project is an unintended exploration into the three-dimensional physical character of an antiquated photographic medium that touches on subjects from the artistic value of chance, to questions of what constitutes a photograph. I say unintended because what I’m focusing on here is a technological anomaly. The failure of a process.

Miller’s attention to these processes has made all of his recent ventures into fine art photography highly refreshing.

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dizorubu:

malformalady:

With their fur dyed bright colours and cut into shapes to look like different animals and insects, this is the latest trend for pets in Russia. A salon is offering the unusual styling to four-legged friends - and even claims the animals enjoy having it done. In this intriguing footage, Daria Gotz, the owner of a salon in Yekaterinburg, shows off a cat that’s been styled to to look like a dragon - and a dog that resembles a bumblebee.

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dizorubu:

malformalady:

With their fur dyed bright colours and cut into shapes to look like different animals and insects, this is the latest trend for pets in Russia. A salon is offering the unusual styling to four-legged friends - and even claims the animals enjoy having it done. In this intriguing footage, Daria Gotz, the owner of a salon in Yekaterinburg, shows off a cat that’s been styled to to look like a dragon - and a dog that resembles a bumblebee.

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david lachapelle: earth laughs in flowers
‘springtime’ by david lachapelle, 2011
courtesy of the artist and fred torres collaborations, new york

american photographer david lachapelle has created ‘earth laughs in flowers’, a series consisting of the ten large-scale still life photographs. fred torres collaborations will exhibit the entire series for the first time in the united states. lachapelle’s installation explores the fragility of society and ideas of vice and vanity through composing his images in a manner typical to that of baroque still life painting. deviating from the inclusion of solely fruit, flowers and sculls, the artist evokes a contemporary sensibility through his use of items such as pre-packaged foods, mobile phones, medicine, balloons, and barbie dolls. rather than being constructed in an especially balanced composition, lachapelle’s massive painterly-like photographs are intentionally chaotic, engaging the viewer as he/she attempt to reconcile the overwhelming canvas.