Ryan Lake’s seamless blend of traditional and digital techniques create loose narratives of characters caught in a world of their own. My favorite works are his ongoing series series of images dealing with boredom in the suburbs which is a theme I can relate to. Being bored in the burbs was one of the main reasons I started Beautiful/Decay! If you like Ryan’s work make sure to pick up a copy of the Beautiful/Decay: Underdogs book which features Ryan’s work.
Lernert & Sander embrace the urge for cosmetic overkill in Natural Beauty where they apply 365 layers (1 years worth) of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one. Makeup artist Ferry van der Nat and his assistant Vanessa Chan helped to execute the vision, slathering a host of Ellis Faas products on Belgian beauty Hannelore Knuts, who was recently named the new face of Swiss fashion house Akris. Lernert & Sander began collaborating in 2006; since then they’ve done everything from melt a chocolate bunny with a hairdryer to repurpose household appliances as sex toys in the name of video art.