In addition to playing keys and synths in the popular Psych music outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow, Maureen Boyle (aka the Seven Fields of Aphelion) makes multiple exposure photographs that happen to correspond perfectly to the sounds of BMSR and her Seven Fields solo project. Dreamy, faded, and slightly off-kilter, the pictures are full of fantasy and Nature. You can buy jet prints of these at her Etsy page. There’s always been a bit of mystery surrounding Black Moth (what with the pseudonyms and everything), and this project fall somewhere along the same lines. But that’s okay. With photos as gorgeous as these (the prints are affordable too), there’s not really much that needs to be said.
Yes, that really is a literally rainb0w-gradated longhair headband wearing naked dude making some kind of Buddhist meditational gang sign. Francis Upritchard wraps up all that is right and wrong of the neo-crystal optimism of the 60’s psychedelic counterculture and fuses it with her own blend of futurism.
Beautiful/Decay recently created a lookbook for our Spring/Summer 09 seasons. The concept behind the shoot juxtaposes evocative objects & optical affects with our apparel, to complement the shirts in abstract ways. Still life images of disco balls, prismatic rings, shag carpets and balloons contrast the light, color and texture of the shirt graphics. See our apparel line come to life in new and unexpected ways! Photography by Luke Stettner.
Turkish photographer Yonca Karakas used to want to be a genetic engineer due to her attraction to the idea of cloning. Somewhere along the line she became a photographer instead, but this fascination with mass produced identities is all too present within her work. Her work, which is polished and waxen, features symbols and people styled, and nearly de-stylized, to look mute and plasticine.
Karakas utilizes symmetry to her artistic advantage. She manipulates framing by organizing her props to dramatize the exploitation of whatever symbol: meat, or the cross, she is working with. Her characters are emotionless; colonized by the future, they are clean, well groomed, and the antithesis of squeamish. They wear meat, their religion is sugar coated. When thinking of her work, she recognizes that she is in the business of constructing dreams:
“I don’t like to define every frame I shoot or say ‘that is exactly what I tried to tell’. Once it’s all done that’s when I think why I shot it, I go back and say I might have been influenced by this or that movie. And by going back I can see my concerns and try to solve them. The Box is influenced by Ray Bradbruy’s novel Fahrenheit 451. It’s about a despotic future in an oppressive community where books are burnt by firefighters, televisions broadcasting brainwashing shows. I believe we are more or less facing the same situation now. We are burying ourselves in our tablets and phones, looking at ourselves and making others watch us too. It’s like we really like that, don’t we?”
Practically everyone can remember a time in his or her childhood when they got to eat a Cornetto ice cream cone, it starts out with an ice cream and topping swirl and ends in a tasty burst of chocolate. Cornetto took the same approach in creating their new series of short films called Cupidity. Each film is highly cinematic and like the Cornetto cones themselves, reveal something new in every act. The films take us around the globe in Istanbul, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles, showing off a beautifully filmed vignette showcasing each city.
The Cupidity series of short films Cornetto created are tales of love from a teenager’s perspective- a time when love is grandiose and mysterious, the stuff of fairy tales. The film featured here is called Kismet Diner and is set in a cozy, fifties style diner. The story revolves around Laura, the adorably shy waitress with a gift for singing. The story reveals itself in four acts, each act getting the viewer closer to the “choclately burst” at the end. The whimsical story and storybook setting calls to mind the charm of movies like Amelie.
Cupidity is an interesting project for an ice cream company to take on and certainly one that is blurring the lines between advertising and content. We solute Cornetto for pushing the boundaries of their ad campaigns and adding a creative bend to how they market their brand.
In the spirit of love, love, love craaazy love, here’s an interesting little trend of the heart I found via Buzzfeed. 30 years ago, in the center of a little town called Pecs in the south of Hungary, lovers clamped padlocks to a wrought-iron fence as a symbol of their commitment to one another. Since that time, needless to say the trend has caught on around the world. I find the whole thing rather interesting, it reminds me a little bit of the padlock Nancy gave Sid as a symbol of their junkie-tainted pirate love gone bad. How does one propose the proverbial love-lock? “Honey, I think it’s time we head down to the town center and clamp a lock on it, what do you say!” What’s bizarre to me is the image of clunky, over-locked bars and gates, weighed down by the sheer magnitude of their unwieldy weight, somehow doesn’t look so sweet. It actually kind of looks like something your psychotic ex-girlfriend would do right before she hacked into your Facebook account, found out you’re a cheater, and slashed your tires.