Posts Tagged ‘life’

Can you uncover the hidden, yet frank messages that Pawel Kuczynski is sharing through these images?

lee jeffries

I luckily stumbled upon this amazing Lee Jeffries photo pictured above. I have always thought there was something supremely beautiful and classic about black and white photography. So, as a huge fan of this format I was instantly drawn to this image.

Lee Jeffries photographic journey began with a chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London. In 2008, the photographer was in London to run a marathon, and a day before the race he decided to wander the city to take pictures. This is when he aimed and focused his lens on a young, homeless woman.  His actions were not warmly welcomed by the girl and she began shouting at him. But instead of just taking off, Jeffries chose to apologize for his perceived intrusion. The 18 year old then proceeded to share her story with him. After this encounter Jeffries about the homeless completely changes.

Going forward he didn’t want to exploit these people or steal photographs of them. He also made sure he got to know his subjects prior to or while shooting them. Jeffries says, “I need to see some kind of emotion in my subjects. I specifically look at people’s eyes—when I see it, I recognize it and feel it—and I repeat the process over and over again.” He tried to keep the contact as informal as possible by rarely taking notes, and prefers to take pictures while he is talking with his subjects to capture the “real emotion” in them.

Self-taught and self-funded, Jeffries has used vacation time to travel to Skid Row in Los Angeles three times, as well as Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris and Rome, to continue his project. He uses his photography to draw attention to and raise funds for the homeless, posting the images to Flickr and entering the work into competitions. The proceeds from Jeffries’s Blurb book, which features homeless portraits, go to the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles and the photographer allows any charity to use his images free of charge.

Hang in there

I see this more and more as time passes. I can now look back at times of utter despair and hopelessness in my life and realize that those times directed me to where I was  meant to be at this moment. So when you are being knocked around, whether it be in your professional life, relationships or you just don’t feel like you are the person you want to be, Hang In There. Where you are today is not a direct reflection of where you could be tomorrow. Relocation of yourself may take weeks, months or years, so hang in there during the shaking and rearranging of your world.

This is awesome! I love seeing technology being used for something as wonderful and useful as this. The billboard shown in this video is real and is Located in Lima, Peru. It literally creates water out of thin air by using a filtration system to convert humidity into 100s of gallons of life sustaining water.

hopeI saw this last night and had to share it. This is such an empowering way to look at the trails and pain that we go through. Having this train of thought allows us to tap into one of the most powerful sources of strength that we have access to…HOPE. Hope in my opinion is one of the most important tools that we have to turn our dreams and aspirations into reality. Our dreams are the seed and hope is the water. I know what hope has allowed me to accomplish to this point, and I plan on fueling my tank with it’s bottomless reservoir till the end. So next time you feel the weight of your struggles pulling at you, stay hopeful that it will soon release you and send you flying towards greatness.

My previous art oriented posts were mainly centered around artists and their ability to make their art look realistic, also known as photo-realism. Alexa Meade,  however does the contrary. She seeks to make three-dimensional subjects look like two-dimensional oil paintings when viewed in a photograph.

In August 2008, the artist began to apply acrylic paint to the surfaces of people, objects, and walls in a broad brushstroke that mimics the appearance of brushwork in a painting. After 9 months of practice, she was able to unveil her “Reverse Trompe L’Oeil” collection in October, 2009. Her aim is to make her living models into flat pictures. The result is walking, talking optical illusions that confuse how the eye processes these objects in space.

The artist never attended art school nor has she ever taken advanced painting courses.

The following are some of her works, are you deceived? Alexa Meade paints on the surfaces of live human subjects, found objects, and architectural spaces in a way that optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane when photographed.

Alexa Meade art

 

happiness is success

 

happiness is success