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Angelica Ström’s Portraits Of Being Alone

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One thing I really like about the internet is the ability to stumble upon years-old gems. Angelica Ström is a Sweden-based photographer, or at least she was in 2011 when these images were originally posted. Captured anonymously from behind there’s a strong sense of angst youth and experimentation with light, setting and posture.

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Photographs Of Super Heroes As Saints

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Perhaps the digital artwork of Antonio Strafella isn’t so profane as it may at first seem.  His series Spiritual Hero at once compares and juxtaposes saints and superheroes, the holy and the vulgar.  Comic books are often thought of as the exclusive domain of young people, rarely taken serious.  However, in a strange way the superheroes don’t seem exceptionally out of place in Strafella’s work.  Indeed, many of the grand story lines of the characters featured by Strafella have clear Biblical references.  He goes on to say:

“These icons have various aspects in common: saints do miracles and superheroes have superpowers, both are venerated, opening the conflict between faith and zealotry.”

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Taxi Driver Candidly Snaps Passengers Riding In His Back Seat

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Mike Harvey was a taxi driver in Swansea who began ferrying passengers around on the night shift to fund his trips overseas. Since beginning the job in 2010 he shared his car with so many strangers, each one with a story as varied as the distance they were traveling, he decided he would document them with his DSL camera. Harvey would take a snapshot of his customers at their final destination in return for waiving their payment for their trip. He said out of around 130 journeys, only 9 people refused their photograph being taken.

During this type of job, Harvey would have many different types of adventures and experiences. He would find out a lot about his passengers in a very short time, and would discover things they wouldn’t divulge to their friends.  He found himself in a very sticky situation one time:

I was driving out of Swansea at about 3AM, and this girl who was full-term pregnant – you know, ready to go – was sat at the side of the road, barefoot, flagging me down. So she got in and… it’s a bit of an impromptu counseling service sometimes, driving a taxi. I said that maybe getting hammered when you’re pregnant isn’t such a good idea, but, you know, we had a nice chat. Then, when I dropped her off, she legged it. I’d usually chase after someone, but she was fully pregnant, you know? She was the one that got away, but I let her get away. (Source)

Harvey has without a doubt managed to capture all walks of life in Swansea, and his images portray all types of people essentially existing in the same way – whether it is getting a ride to or back from a hard day’s work, or on their way to celebrate or commiserate something. Harvey’s photographs are on exhibit now at Monkey Cafe in Swansea. (Via Cultured Vultures)

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Cups, Magazines And Tutus Are Swirling Around In Thomas Jackson’s Dreamlike Photographs

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There is no real connections between the center pieces of Thomas Jackson’s pictures and the landscapes in the background. We are seeing tutus, magazines, cups and streamers floating candidly in a scenery of virgin mountains, forests and beaches. The artist is offering a dreamlike visual of what can be perceived as the last moments on earth of these peculiar items.

Each image, part of the emergent behavior series, is an experimental coalition of items placed where they don’t seem to belong. This juxtaposition creates at first a feeling of well being; we foremost notice the swirl and the nature. After a deeper glance at what is really going on there’s a hesitation: are these everyday things really the focus of this beauty? The emphasis is made on industrial versus natural; reality versus imagination. Thomas Jackson’s purpose is to come up with a fresh interpretation of our daily routines. Calling for a distress, if we are brave enough to face it, of what is really going on in our ecosystem.

There has been quite a few inquisition about how the pictures where taken. They were in fact photoshopped and kept as realistic as their originals. Thomas Jackson confesses that he photographed the whole thing and then only removed the prop using photoshop: On the spectrum between “retouched image” and “real time image”, I’ve strived to make it closer to the latter”.
When a picture can create such a flow of different kind of emotions, there’s no need to question the retouching. What the artist has created is a hazy fantasy that we wish could appear in real life.

Thomas Jackson’s work will be shown at the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston as part of a group exhibition, until August 14th 2015.
Photos courtesy of Thomas Jackson

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Know Hope

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Israeli artist known as Know Hope recently shared his latest works, projects, shows and travels.

Know Hope is known for his street art, in which he depicts characters through several story lines. An overarching theme within his work is the need for momentary connection in daily reality. Or, in other words, the everyday human struggle.

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Painted Satellite Dishes In Rural Central America Become Billboard Spaces For Local Housewives

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There’s a change happening in a small, rural community in Costa Rica. Latin American satellite company Claro has joined forces with local artists to help housewives advertise and grow their own businesses. In a place where few luxury items can be afforded, every household is certain to have a TV – and also an accompanying satellite dish. So, with the help of creative agency ‘Ogilvy & Mather Costa Rica’, Claro have come up with idea of how to better utilize those dishes for the local residents.

Painted with as many different logos and themes as you can think of, the bright, folksy designs are grabbing all the right kinds of attention. Now, instead of having to rely on word of mouth, or neighbors stopping by occasionally, the women can advertise their goods and services much easier – and to more people. The charming designs advertise making tortillas, ice cream, piñatas, selling flowers, strawberries, eggs, or offering sewing alterations, or haircuts. Now, not only are the women attracting more customers, they are also empowered to think bigger, and to perhaps change their own financial destiny. (Via Lost At E Minor)

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A Tribute to the King of Pop

Alright I’m doing it…We at Beautiful/Decay are sorry to see you go, Michael Jackson. And you will never know of the times I, personally, used to watch your music videos in VHS form on repeat while making PB&J sandwich towers while talking to myself, but you will live on forever in our hearts! And also in the form of a gold sculpture by Jeff Koons. This further proves my agreeing with the apocalypse taking place in 2012: Michael Jackson would definitely not stick around for that. The King of Pop also exists forever around in the form of wax figures that our lovely intern Greg posted about earlier (foreshadowing today’s events??). But you will no longer be able to purchase his memorabilia that was set to be auctioned off in April.

Despite my joking tone, I am truly sad- a certain part of me has died along with him : (.

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Marco Reichert’s Jelly Paintings

Interesting new paintings by Marco Reichert from his Jelly Series. See them in person in Berlin at Janinebeangallery from March 25th-April 23rd.

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