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Spotlight: Elise Rose | Photographer

I LOVE finding new creatives and artists to be inspired by, and after reading an article about one of my favourite humans Travis Alabanza on ItsNiceThat, the accompanying photos caught my eye:

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Elise Rose is a British photographer who’s creative aesthetic is Punk expression. Elise uses her imagery to convey raw and authentic narratives, and originally started off with a project called POC Punx – a photography series focusing on the black experience of Punk.

Growing up, I was one of 3 people of colour involved in a scene that felt unquestionably white. In an effort to visually dismantle the idea that punk is essentially a white thing, I began to take photographs of friends and inspirational people of colour in punk and alternative music scenes. Within this series I wanted create straight-ups, intimate snapshots and images that capture the energy and power of their presence at shows. On many occasions, particularly with the straight up’s, I’ve used different compact and disposable cameras as I feel theres’s something really unpretentious and unfiltered about the snapshots they produce. I feel that it compliments the movement.

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I love how Elise’s portfolio sways from untamed edge to editorial art direction, but still maintains a strong aesthetic. What a talent!

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DUMB FUN | Tim Moore

Designer Tim Moore has explored the combination of collage art, AR/VR and photography in an app (launching soon) called “DUMB FUN”. The app allows users to add a plethora of virtual imagery to their surroundings and explore 16 different “worlds” all created with their own unusual and unique aesthetic:

DUMB FUN is described as an interactive art experience for iPhone that has the freedom to explore photography and collage in digital worlds. The worlds were created using Apple’s ARKit where users can “walk through” the 2D layers and textures:

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DUMB FUN originally started as a newsletter that delivered one new piece of artwork by PRVCTICE weekly: “The concept behind the project was to treat the newsletter as a zine at its most minimal form: publishing original work and nothing else, just the imagery.”
Tim Moore is the designer behind one of my favourite apps, VSCO, and I absolutely adore his wonderful visual identity that is prevalent throughout all his work. Moore’s work is actually very reminiscent of my Foundation final project, so I wish I had discovered his work all those years ago!

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OkCupid: DTF

Ad agency Wieden + Kennedy (New York) were commissioned by dating service OkCupid to create a new campaign. Online dating has created a whole new set of vocabulary for millenials, like “ghosting” (ignoring someone), “nudes” (sending unsolicited naked photos), “catfish” (creating fake profiles) and “DTF” (“down to f*ck”). Using these common problems that online daters experience, the concept focuses on trying to rid the stigma of “hookup sites” and the dehumanisation of modern dating.

OkCupid’s CMO Melissa Hobley said:

In the current political and social climate, we felt a responsibility and saw an opportunity to play a part in changing the conversation about dating culture and empowering each individual to reclaim the meaning of DTF and make it theirs.

With this as the aim of the campaign, W+K used the phrase “DTF” and turned it into “down to <insert activity or interest here>”, such as “DTFight over the president”, “DTFinish my novel” and “DTFoot the bill”:

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OkCupid’s change in approach towards online dating aims to achieve substance and depth through the app’s new features, as it recently rolled out OkCupid Discovery, which lets users search by passions and interests. Interestingly, one of these is adding a “Trump filter”, which directly correlates with this campaign’s brand voice, particularly with the political references in some of the ads (above).

The photography for the campaign was shot by artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, the creators of Toilet Paper magazine. Cattelan and Ferrari have a unique and recognisable aesthetic, always creating work that is brightly coloured and resembles old-school fashion advertisements. I absolutely love what they have created.
The playful nature of the art direction focuses on the fun and romantic sides of dating, rather than the historically misogynistic and disposable aspects that “DTF” dating apps (like Tinder and Grindr) have adopted. Each colourful ad is illustrated with an image against a flat, bright-hued background, making every image seem like a work of art.

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The ads will initially be rolled out in New York subways, and will eventually be displayed all over the USA. This is actually OkCupid’s first ever ad campaign which includes bus wraps, coffee sleeves, OOH posters and digital posts. The tagline “dating deserves better” is part of OkCupid’s efforts to market the service as one that can help you find a relationship, not just a hookup.

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Spotlight: Michał Kulesza

Graphic designer Michał Kulesza has a range of different work in his portfolio, but the Lego projects he has created certainly stand out. In 2015 Kulesza created a ‘Lego photo project’ by capturing every day objects featuring parts made with Lego, in part 1 ‘Daily Lego Project’. The project started in 2015 and lasted 135 days, capturing a new scenario every day.

I created different grotesque or even absurd daily situations. I took photos in minimal composition and every time I showed new ideas. In my work I just wanted to make people smile.

You can view all the images here, but here are a few of my favourites:

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Part 2 of the project, named ‘Legoman Daily’ features a narrative where Kulesza falls into a box of Lego whilst photographing Part 1 of the project, and subsequently turns into a Legoman himself!

The surprising effect of this crash was that my hands and head were transformed into parts of lego man figure. In this way I created an everyday photo journal after weird accident. How I have to struggle with life challenges and how looks my sad reality. Project was realised as previous, everyday I took just one photo for 106 days.
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I love these projects! Both the concept, the narrative and the output are fantastic, and it certainly made me smile.
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#CHRISTMASSOWHITE

Christmas So White is a project that aims to shine light on the lack of diversity in advertising, particularly in this case, BAME (black Asian minority ethnic) families in Christmas campaigns.

This campaign, inspired by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, aims to protest the underrepresentation of people of colour online with particular focus on Christmas, which is currently a white – wash.
In partnership with Selma Nicholls from Modelling Agency ‘Looks Like Me’ and with huge support from 8 agencies within the marketing community, Selma, Nadya, Nathalie and Wren set up a photoshoot to show different representations of the unseen British Christmas experience.

“I’m dreaming of a wh-multicultural Christmas!” This gorgeous campaign is sadly so reflective of race on our TV screens and in the magazines. The campaign has been financed by 8 large media and marketing groups including Google, MediaCom, Saatchi & Saatchi and Edelman. Devised by Nadya Powell, the website will aim to form a hub of Christmas imagery of families from diverse backgrounds celebrating the festive holiday through the use of the hashtag “#ChristmasSoWhite” on social media.

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There are no homosexuals in Iran | il n’y a pas d’homosexuels en iran

Iranian photographer Laurence Rasti travelled to the Denizli (Turkey) to meet gay refugees who are now seeking refuge, due to fear of death, violence and persecution. LGBT+ Iranians have no option but to either flee their country, hide their sexual identity or transition (which would probably still pose an issue in Iran).

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In 2011 Iranian former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a speech at Columbia University where he claimed that unlike America, there aren’t any gay people in Iran (lol). This comment was the catalyst for outrage, which Rasti focused her project on, but rather than focusing on the negatives, her photographs highlight the beauty and innocence of love, whilst still subtly concealing the identity of the subjects.

This context of uncertainty, where anonymity is the best protection, this series of photographs questions the fragile nature of identity and gender concepts. It tries to give back to these people a face that their country has temporarily stolen

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Laurence captured my attention as her previous projects also have connotations towards gender constructions within our heteronormative society. Whilst this particular project has a truly terrifying and heartbreaking background narrative, the photographs are so affectionate, sweet and almost comforting.

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Flickr: Santiago Gamero

Flickr: Santiago Gamero

I found this photographer whilst blogging, and really love his photography work. I’ve always had a huge interest in people, as a study, and whenever I’ve drawn or photographed something, it’s always been people-based. Fantastic work!

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Remembering who they were: The haunting photos of Alzheimer’s patients who see only their younger selves in the mirror

“Photographer Tom Hussey used sets of two people aged 50 years apart

A collection of haunting photos offering an eye-opening perspective through the eyes of the aged who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease shows their extraordinary lives like never before.

A long-retired firefighter catches sight of himself in a living room mirror but instead of seeing greyed hair and softer skin, the striking reflection of a strapping young man stares back.

The image may be nothing new to the older man, but the sight isn’t one his wife seen seated behind him appears to see as well.

 
Former lives: A retired fire fighter, who's actual photo is seen tucked in the mirror's top left corner, gazes into his reflection that shows a strapping young fire fighter staring straight back

Former lives: A retired fire fighter, who’s actual photo is seen tucked in the mirror’s top left corner, gazes into his reflection that shows a strapping young fire fighter staring straight back

 
Youth's elixir: Another man, seen stirring a cup of coffee, catches sight of himself in his days working in a lab, stirring the contents in a beaker

Youth’s elixir: Another man, seen stirring a cup of coffee, catches sight of himself in his days working in a lab, stirring the contents in a beaker

 
How we were: An elderly woman clutches a comb for her white hair while the dark-haired reflection of a young school teacher, a notebook and red apple in her arms, reflects back in her mirror

How we were: An elderly woman clutches a comb for her white hair while the dark-haired reflection of a young school teacher, a notebook and red apple in her arms, reflects back in her mirror

 

These are the photos taken by Dallas, Texas photographer Tom Hussey using sets of real people aged 40 to 50 years apart. 

‘We cast two people for each part — an older “Patient” and then another actor to look like the patient 40 years earlier in their lifetime,’ Mr Hussey told the American Society of Media Photographers.

 

Yet the underlying message is much more painful as a reflection of a mentally debilitating disease five million men and women in the United States currently suffer from.

The photographs ran as an ad for an Alzheimer’s pharmaceutical patch – seen on many of the model’s arms – aiming to help those suffering from dementia, a disease that gradually strips its victims of its more recent memories.

 
Disease: The ads were taken for an Alzheimer¿s drug, a disease that gradually strips its victims of their newer memories, for some eventually leaving them with only those of their youth

Disease: The ads were taken for an Alzheimer¿s drug, a disease that gradually strips its victims of their newer memories, for some eventually leaving them with only those of their youth

 
Familiar faces: Approximately five million Americans suffer from the disease, that leaves many of its victims only remembering their past lives

Familiar faces: Approximately five million Americans suffer from the disease, that leaves many of its victims only remembering their past lives

 
Models: The collection was taken with the help of several sets of models that resembled one another despite being 40 to 50 years apart in age

Models: The collection was taken with the help of several sets of models that resembled one another despite being 40 to 50 years apart in age

For some people, they eventually only remember the memories of their youth.

Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. The progressive nature of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, means that the symptoms will gradually get worse.

At the moment the Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there are 800,000 people in the UK with dementia.

It was a WWII vet who inspired Mr Hussey’s collection that later won him a gold Addy and ran in the 2010 Communication Arts Photography Annual.

‘He commented that he didn’t understand how he could be 80-years-old as he felt he was still a young man. He just didn’t feel it was possible he could be 80-years-old,’ Mr Hussey told the ASMP of the war veteran.

He later built a bathroom set and photographed the man gazing at himself in the mirror, as a 25-year-old version of himself smiled back.

 
Surprises: The collection's idea came to Dallas photographer Tom Hussey after a conversation with an 80-year-old WWII veteran who expressed disbelief in his old age

Inspiration: The collection’s idea came to Dallas photographer Tom Hussey after a conversation with an 80-year-old WWII veteran who expressed disbelief in his old age

 
Reflections: The profession the men and women were seen as being, a seamstress pictured, were chosen by their casting and location aspects of the ads

Reflections: The profession the men and women were seen as being, a seamstress pictured, were chosen by their casting and location aspects of the ads

 

 
Rediscovered: A man uncovers his old welding mask and after turning to look in a nearby mirror sees himself with the mask strapped to his head as a younger man

Rediscovered: A man uncovers his old welding mask and after turning to look in a nearby mirror sees himself with the mask strapped to his head as a younger man

‘We worked through the casting and location aspects of the ads helping to determine what profession the patient had been in their youth so we could portray that in the reflected image,’ he said of the photos’ creation. ‘This profession drove what room setting and propping needed to be created to complete the image.’

In result, a seamstress sees herself seated before a sewing machine. In another photo a welder holds his old mask while turning to see himself in his much younger years, the mask clipped securely around his head.

In some of the staged photos actual pictures of the models are seen tucked into the setting, showing them how they used to look, Mr Hussey said.

‘The images are all about history — remembering yourself in historical context. I think the history and memory aspects are very important to me and my interest in this helped make the campaign a success,’ Mr Hussey said.”


There’s something quite haunting and sad about the fact that most of the people are smiling in the mirror, or from the reflection. However, a few concerns have been raised that Alzheimers doesn’t just affect the elderly. Regardless, I think it’s a great project, and probably the best I’ve seen for an Alzheimers campaign.

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Squalid sofa where Hitler and Eva Braun sat as they killed themselves revealed in photos released for the first time

Black and white images taken by the first Western photographer to enter the squalid bunker where Hitler and his wife Eva Braun killed themselves have been compiled in a LIFE.com gallery for the first time. 

Many of the photos did not make the final cut for the special edition published immediately after the war in 1945, but have been flagged up now after a trawl through the magazine’s archives. 

Photographer William Vandivert was the first Western snapper to be granted access into the bunker carved beneath the pompous Reich Chancellery which was reduced to brickdust by Allied bombs and Russian artillery shells.  

Traces of the dictator: War correspondents examining the arm of sofa stained with blood which might have been Eva Braun's, while one of them uses a candle to search the floor for evidence of suicide in Adolf Hitler's underground shelter

Traces of the dictator: War correspondents examining the arm of sofa stained with blood while one of them uses a candle to search the floor for evidence of suicide in Adolf Hitler’s underground shelter

 
HQ: Adolf Hitler's command center conference room partially burned out by SS troops and stripped of evidence by invading Russians, in bunker under the Reichschancellery after Hitler's suicide

HQ: Adolf Hitler’s command center conference room partially burned out by SS troops and stripped of evidence by invading Russians, in bunker under the Reichschancellery after Hitler’s suicide

 

 
Office: Burned and scattered papers on desk inside Adolf Hitler's command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were said to have committed suicide

Office: Burned and scattered papers on desk inside Adolf Hitler’s command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were said to have committed suicide

 
Secret lovers: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun kept their affair hidden for many years. but new images collated by Life magazine shed fresh light on their final moments

Secret lovers: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun kept their affair hidden for many years. but new images collated by Life magazine shed fresh light on their final moments

 

 

Hitler’s Reich, which once stretched from Calais to the shores of the Volga in Russia, and from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, was reduced to a few spartan rooms in a stinking cement submarine where he and his wife killed themselves on April 30 1945.

‘These pix were made in the dark with only a candle for illumination … our small party of four beat all rest of mob who came down about forty minutes after we got there,’ said Vandivert whose evocative photographs have lost none of their power to shock and awe.

One of the pictures shows war correspondents examining the sofa upon which the couple ended their days, and the spreading dark stain of the monster’s blood upon the fabric after he shot himself in the mouth with his service pistol. 

Left over: A mould-covered Nazi SS officers cap with a Death Skull insignia on the bunker's floor

Remnants: A mould-covered SS officer’s cap, with the infamous death’s-head skull emblem barely visible – this photo was not originally published in LIFE
 
 
 
On guard: Russian soldier standing amid rubble in Adolf Hitler's command bunker

Discovery: A Russian soldier standing amid the rubble. They fought their way to the heart of Nazism, in a crusade of revenge for the 27 million deaths Hitler’s forces caused in their homeland

 

Abandoned furniture and debris: Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler¿s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin

Abandoned furniture and debris: Photographer William Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler’s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin

Another is a relic of war, a rare 16th century painting looted from Italy to adorn a wall of the bunker’s study where self-appointed ‘artist’ Hitler issued his final commands to non-existent armies in the dying days of his rule.

On the floor of one room a badly scarred S.S. officer’s cap with it’s grinning death’s head skull is caught in Vandivert’s lens while yet another previously unpublished picture shows LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where the bodies of Hitler and his wife – he married her hours before their suicide pact – were doused with petrol and set ablaze.

 

Source: Empty jerrycans of gasoline reportedly used by SS Troops to burn bodies of Adolph Hitler & Eva Braun after their suicides in his command bunker

Source: Empty jerrycans of gasoline reportedly used by SS Troops to burn bodies of Adolph Hitler & Eva Braun after their suicides in his command bunker

Examination: LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through the dirt & debris in the shallow shell hole where the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were thought to have been burned after their suicides, in the garden of the Reichstag

Examination: LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through the dirt & debris in the shallow shell hole where the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were thought to have been burned after their suicides, in the garden of the Reichstag. This photo was not originally published in LIFE  

 
 
Burned wreckage inside Adolf Hitler's command bunker
Unident hand touching destroyed hinge of door to Adolf Hitler's command bunker, burned off by advancing Russian combat engineers.
 Burnt out: Wreckage, left,  inside Adolf Hitler’s command bunker and right,  hand touching destroyed hinge of door to Adolf Hitler’s command bunker, burned off by advancing Russian combat engineers. These photos were not originally published in LIFE magazine 

 

 
 
After the Fall: In the garden of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

After the Fall: In the garden of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

 
Symbolic: A crushed globe and a bust of Hitler amid rubble outside the ruined Reich Chancellery

Symbolic: A crushed globe and a bust of Hitler amid rubble outside the ruined Reich Chancellery. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

 

 

Other never-before-seen images are those of the ventilation tower of the bunker, pockmarked with shrapnel from bombs and shells, a desk used by Hitler strewn with papers and the entrance to the troglodyte warren.

A particularly poignant shot are the empty jerry cans of petrol used for the Fuehrer’s funeral pyre, lying abandoned in the rubble of the Chancellery garden.

Russian soldiers who fought their way street by street and building by building to the heart of Nazism, in a crusade of revenge for the 27 million deaths Hitler’s forces caused in their homeland, are seen in a photo taken on the same day moving a huge bronze swastika that once loomed over the entry to Hitler’s Chancellery on to a pile of rubble.

 

Defiant: At the Reichstag, evidence of a practice common throughout the centuries: soldiers scrawling graffiti to honor fallen comrades, insult the vanquished or simply announce, I was here. I survived'

Defiant: At the Reichstag, evidence of a practice common throughout the centuries: soldiers scrawling graffiti to honor fallen comrades, insult the vanquished or simply announce, I was here. I survived.’ This photo was not originally published in LIFE 

 

Heavy work: Russian soldiers and a civilian struggle to move a large bronze Nazi Party eagle that once loomed over a doorway of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

Heavy work: Russian soldiers and a civilian struggle to move a large bronze Nazi Party eagle that once loomed over a doorway of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

It's pver: A U.S. soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast where the Third Reich often held political rallies

It’s over: A U.S. soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast where the Third Reich often held political rallies. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

 
Bitter: A man on bicycle and young boy going past smashed vehicles and abandoned artillery which fill Oberwallstrasse street, where some of the most bitter fighting for control of Berlin took place

Bitter: A man on bicycle and young boy going past smashed vehicles and abandoned artillery which fill Oberwallstrasse street, where some of the most bitter fighting for control of Berlin took place

Other hitherto unpublished photos include a shot of an American serviceman giving the Hitler salute in the bombed out Sportspalast stadium in Berlin, from where in 1943 propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels made his infamous ‘total war’ speech, and inside the Reichstag, where Russian soldiers carved their names and graffiti on the walls of the parliament building.

A crushed globe of the sort Hitler used to gaze at and dream of world conquest, together with a bust of him made of bronze, are also reproduced for the first time.

 

At the time Vandivert, who died in 1992, reported for LIFE; ‘Almost every famous building in Berlin is a shambles. In the centre of town GIs could walk for blocks and see no living thing, hear nothing but the stillness of death, smell nothing but the stench of death.’

 
Death pact:Adolf Hitler with mistress Eva Braun - the pair died together in the bunker

Death pact: Adolf Hitler with mistress Eva Braun – the pair died together in the bunker

 

Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler’s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin, and a handful of his pictures of the bunker and the ruined city were published in LIFE magazine in July 1945.

On the LIFE website today WEDS it states; ‘A few of those images are republished here; most of the pictures in this gallery, however, never appeared in LIFE. Taken together, they illuminate the surreal, disturbing universe Vandivert encountered in the bunker itself, and in the streets of the vanquished city beyond the bunker’s walls.’ 

Fascinating… but very eery! 

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