We probably all have an image of Paris in our heads; a romantic, cliched view of a city most English speakers idealize and fantasize about. As a recent first-time visitor to the city of lights (affectionately nicknamed la Ville Lumière), I am also guilty of having this idea. I dreamed it would be full of tiny quaint shoebox-sized apartments covered with ivy, or snow (depending on the season); the cityscape full of scooter sounds zipping through the alleys, or cats screeching as they scampered over falling garbage cans. I’m not sure if I can say whether that vision was realized while I was there, or entirely imagined, but I can relive a certain nostalgia when I see the photography of Alain Cornu.
Cornu captures a theatrical side to the romantic city, illuminated in the moonlight. Focusing on the endlessly interesting rooftops of Paris, his images are a treat to look at. Full of so many angles, hidden corners, inviting skylights and alcoves that we would normally overlook, the images are like a sweet homage to the power of potential in the city.
Having previously worked in the genres of landscape, Cornu is well versed at turning his subjects into fascinating objects. His past series include trees, rocks, misty fields, piles of twigs, windows, walls, doorways, streets, beach fronts, and walkways. And while all of these things could potentially be boring and un-inspirational, they turn into something absorbing and engaging in the hands of this observant photographer.
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Our massive 50% off sale on the B/D shop continues today and into the weekend so if you haven’t already bought a stack shirts and books for pennies on the dollar here’s your chance. We’re clearing off the shelves for new inventory and for our brand new website and shop that launches next week so pull out your card, get some product on the cheap, and support your favorite brand. Long live the cult of decay!
Alana Dee Haynes has taken the doodles that most of us do while we’re talking on the phone to new heights. Creating detailed repetitive patterns on top of photographs for a wide assortment of magazines, Haynes has transformed these striking photographs into psychedelic and psychological images that haunt and intrigue. It would be interesting to see how this work progresses in the future as setting up her own shoots and fully creating a new world for her images surely would be the next logical evolution . We’re excited to see where Alana Dee Haynes goes next!
Phil Hale, a London based illustrator, knows what to do. His illustrations are incredibly rich with disjointed movement, explosive energy, and raw masculinity that which all combines into an overwhelming visit to drama itself.