Saturday, May 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography AND Hair--Luke Nugent and Lisa Farrall

After seeing "Black Panther," I was smitten with the absolutely gorgeous costume designs and the glorious women warriors of Wakanda. So I was thrilled when I found English photographer Luke Nugent...he photographs the amazing, jaw-dropping work of Award Winning Hair Session Stylist Lisa Farrall who shares the same powerful approach to African style and image as the women--and men--of Wakanda. Just feast your eyes on the gorgeous women and their GORGEOUS hair below!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Rise & Win Brewing Co. BBQ and General Store

Located in Japan in Tokushima Prefecture, about two and a half hours outside of the Osaka area, the Rise & Win Brewing Co. BBQ and General Store is a charming site visually as well as intellectually, as recycled materials feature prominently in the design of the structure. Of course the main feature is the double height wall of mismatched windows!

While it is indeed a brewing company (newly appointed brewing director Ryan Jones is American and they boast that he "he studied craft beer making in the real American...immersing himself in making beer until he was stoic"...clearly something got lost in that translation), the general store section, created from discarded wood, offcuts, recycled bricks, and old bottles for a chandelier, is dedicated to an eco-friendly way of selling and purchasing as well. Their website states:

"Old winning department store has been reborn as a general store.
As a proposal for excessive packaging and shopping that does not emit garbage coming from an inappropriate amount, we are doing selling by weight.
Please bring your favorite containers, pack nuts, dried fruits, seasoning such as pasta and rice, as much as you want.
Of course we also sell craft beer. Enjoying shopping leads to zero · waste."

Thursday, May 17, 2018

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2018

Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public, and the media to the deaths, violence, and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.

And as the title suggests, this is a world-wide issue now more than ever. With the frightening tone the world has taken (including our own government which has promoted, enshrined, and legislated homphobia and transphobia), we need desperately to enlighten the world, and literally save lives. Even if you are not in Africa or Russia or Bangladesh or any of the many other countries that persecute or execute gay or trans men and women, even if you are in an intelligent, progressive area, we still need awareness. It is an overused cliché, but the world is changed one person at a time. Be one of those people. You can participate simply by believing that all people have human and civil rights in this existence. Stand for it. Insist on it. Tell others. Tell everyone you can. I have been so encouraged and inspired by the young Parkland shooting survivors and the idea that protest and calls to action are not dead, and that they can make a difference.

This is how a movement is built, and how the world changes: one person at a time.

The Pride Shield by Fondation Émergence

For today's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Fondation Émergence created The Pride Shield. Watch the video...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Scott Naismith

Scottish painter Scott Naismith paints the clouds and shifting light of his home country in a rather spectacular way. His use of color and the way he renders light-filled clouds as fluffy but the earthly things below in blocky, quick strokes with a palette knife is just beautiful.

Top to bottom: Allegro; Arietta Sky; Cumulus Light 1; Cumulus Light 2; Fife Fields; Legato Shore; Optimism 3; Rum Light Study; Silver Lining; Wind 2

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Terri Loewenthal

The photography of Northern California artist Terri Loewnethal reminds me of the classic 70s film "Zabriskie Point" by Antonioni (previously here)--the different views of California landscapes superimposed on top of one another, all drenched in acid Kool-Aid colors. Indeed, she has titled this series "Psychscapes." "I was referring to these images as psychedelic even before I made them," she says. "To have a psychedelic experience is to free your mind from its normal constraints. When I had the idea for these images, I was able to shift the colors of the natural world in my mind."

Top to bottom: Psychscape 09 (Buck Creek, CA); Psychscape 18 (Banner Ridge, CA); Psychscape 26 (Rock Garden, CA); Psychscape 41 (Lundy Canyon, CA); Psychscape 48 (Lookout Mountain, CA); Psychscape 61 (Yosemite); Psychscape78 (Obsidina Dome, CA)

Monday, May 14, 2018

BEAUTY: Man--Tony Thornburg

Hawaiian-born Japanese/Swedish model Tony Thornburg is usually the face of Etro (previously here) but photographer Sølve Sundsbø just shot him for a beautiful editorial feature in the new Luncheon Magazine. I love how he or the clothing seems to be always blown about by wind, his hair random and wild...

Tony Thornburg is represented by Elite Paris.