Ruined Polaroids

Shake it, shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it like a Polaroid Picture, shake it, shake it…

But what if you shake it and the Polaroid picture is not turning the way you want it to be? Then you probably made art just like photojournalist William Miller. William Miller is a veteran photojournalist and native New Yorker. Born in 1969 he studied photgraphy at Bard College with Larry Fink and Stephen Shore. His art photography has been in several big magazines like Saveur, Harpers, the New York Post and list goes on and on and on.

With his project called Ruined Polaroids William took Polaroid pictures with a broken camera. And the results are more than stunning.

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Here is what William says about his series of “ruined” Polaroids:

“These pictures are taken with a camera that is, by most definitions, broken: an old Polaroid SX-70 camera.  With its first use I realized the camera wasn’t functioning properly. It sometimes spills out 2 pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling them in unpredictable ways. The image as it is exposed within the camera becomes pulled and stressed by these violent mechanisms, often to abstraction. Each one is determined by the idiosyncrasies of the film and the camera.

This project, Ruined Polaroids, is an unintended exploration into the 3-dimensional physical character of an antiquated photographic medium that touches on subjects such as the nature of chance, destruction and what constitutes a photograph.”

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Pictures via William Miller

The Artist

I noticed every time I really like a topic I decided to write about, the blog post always ends up being shitty. And when I just write shit it just seems to be become a good blog post. Like wt actual f is wrong with me? So I want to apologize in advance, because I feel like this one not going to be the best post ever. But it is one I really like to talk about.

The artist Christopher Mudgetand his work. Seeing his black and white paintings made me think: Is that Picasso? No, seriously, is this Picasso? Like this is so Picasso without being Picasso. I was confused for a couple of seconds until I realized that Christopher pays homage with putting his own artsy handwriting into strictly black and white paintings.
Mr. Mudgget explains his work:  “Constraining my work to monochromatic renderings allows me to portray my subjects with a universality that transcends the limits, as it were, of both color and shape. Not allowing color to determine form, nor form to define essence, I bring an existentialist quality to my work that many artists only achieve through abstraction.”

And he continues:
“I play with my subjects, but respect their humanity. Perfection is an abstraction; imperfect existence is an art. I bend, but do not distort, I bruise, but do not break. Through careful choice of subject, color and technique, I am able to paint an exciting and insightful portrait of universal humanity that is race-less but not faceless.”

I am super bad at describing art, but I know what I like and I like these paintings. So good work, Mr. Mudgett!

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Chic

I can’t believe how relaxed and laid back this Christmas break can make you feel. And I can’t believe how 4 hours of work can destroy all of that: I’m tired, hungry and it’s cold. My eyes hurt so much, I can barley write this post. The only thing that keeps them open is the beauty of Gilad Sasporta‘s shoot called African Chic, a tribute to the beauty of Africa.
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tumblr_mxy728bhuw1qbi4mro3_500Gilad Sasporta is a freelance fashion photographer based in Paris. After obtaining his degree in art an photography at Wizo Academy in 2005 he worked for leading fashion magazines and commmercial projects in Israel, China, Portuguese Africa and Paris. Gilad Sasporta stands out for his photography through a cinematic atmosphere, natural environment, the search for the moment but also of the person. The richness of his art can be summarized in a current and modern world, based on the human-being and away from fireworks.

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tumblr_my7w0j0PYw1qmbbpno5_500But what is it about this shoot that fascinates me?
It’s the fact that it’s showing pure and raw life. It’s not selling a dream, but it’s putting the brand into a daily life situation. I mean honestly how many of you have a super expensive T-Shirt on, let’s say a Givenchy one, and are still going to McDonald’s? How many of you have a Chanel bag, but still are going to Disney Land or whatever? I could ask hundred of “How many of you…” questions? Do you know what I am trying to say?
This is my definition of the New Jeunesse Doree: you are high-fashion, your attitude is high-fashion, but you can still have a simple life/ come from a simple life/ do simple life things…
There are no borders! If you still want a high fashion brand piece, then just go get it. Work for it. Your situation does not define who you are, you define who you are!
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tumblr_mxy728bhuw1qbi4mro1_500Pictures via Olivier Baille

XXBC

Deconstructing.
Reconstructing.
This not Bob the Builder material, this is major fashion boner alert!
Me describing their F/W 13 collection as jiggy urban shit, a mixture between elegance and street,  XXBC  is giving me all I ever wanted: a grey sweatsuit featuring horizontal cotton floral panels. In my opinion the designers Alex Lee and William Thompson  created a classic urban- and streetwear fashion piece.

tumblr_msw8b1ggM91ruf419o6_1280Like you don’t understand: you can wear these pieces all day, every day! You can sleep in them (because it’s probably that comfortable, but that would be a shame!). You can get your coffee at Starbucks having a chill-out zone moment. You can wear it at work (if you combine it right, even as business outfit). And you can go to a club, be the coolest kid around town and have the illest outfit on! Like honestly: If you wear this collection you will not only be comfortable all the time, but you will look better than 90% of the other people walking around.

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The lookbook itself just reminds me of myself during my vacations in Croatia. We live in a little village, but it has the same urban flair. However…I just want you guys to adopt me so I have access to fresh looking clothes all the time!

Pictures via XXBC
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hotography: James Parker – Model: Eric Lusha – Hair/Make-up: Michela Waribie – Creative Direction: Alex Lee, Will Thompson, Rhamier Auguste

Dysfunction

My birthday is coming up really soon and so is Christmas. And my birthday wishlist is getting bigger and bigger… Actually no, I don’t even have a birthday wishlist, because I am not that type of guy that is putting shit in front of somebody’s face saying: “Get me this or…” I get my own money. I buy my own shit.
Only one question remains: Working hard or hardly working?
The only wishlist I have is a fashion wishlist though, which is getting bigger on a daily basis. Blogging isn’t making things easier, and neither is the menswear label Chelsea Bravo!

The designer Chelsea was born in Brooklyn/New York and moved to London with her parents at two years old. Upon graduating she went on to intern with menswear designers and NewGen winners Christopher Shannon (I love his fashion!) and Martine Rose before starting her menswear label Chelsea Bravo.

_MG_9371The inspiration behind this collection was a desire to create a body of work that would be a progression of the collections before and to capture something that was quite minimal, sophisticated and futuristic but not in an obvious way. And this is exactly what I was falling for when I discovered her S/S14 collection called Dysfunction.
_MG_9288_MG_9504 The collection is entitled Dysfunction, which resonated with her own emotions and feelings at the time, as well as expressing the fusion of cut, shape and silhouettes used within the collection. Light references to Central African dress is seen in the silhouette, layering, fabrics and the colour palette. Mainly natural fabrics were used such as linens and cottons in hues of beige, creams, greys and whites. The introduction of metallic coated cotton and reflective techno accents bring in a modernity and freshness to the collection.
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If you feel like shopping the beautiful fashion pieces click here!
And make sure you follow this amazing designer on Facebook!

Pictures via Chelsea Bravo

True Believer

I am stuck in a time and place of work or doing stuff for school. I just realized that I am doing the same old shit every freaking day. When I talk to my friends via Whatsapp and they are asking me what I’m doing it’s either working or writing on my bachelor thesis (which is still not done. fml.)
So I am thankful for the 30 minutes I take every evening to write a blog post. A little thing to turn my brain off, escape and dive into another world. And tonight I’m letting Devon Halfnight Leflufy into my mind. This shit sounds like I am crazy… but anyway.
Devon Halfnight Leflufy is the illest shit around town. Their street couture meets haute fashion and vice versa True Believer collection is mind blowing. Inspired by LA it’s giving us the 90’s flair but still being 2013 or even being 2014! The cashmere and leather materials mixed with soft colors and the very manly silhouettes are making me see why it’s so LA. The beach-like and urban vibe that is coming from the collection makes it the perfect luxury streetwear: it’s dreamy due to Devon H Leflufy’s input, but at the same time egdy, because of the imagery of Canadian artist Brian Kokoska. The perfect match:

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This fresh breeze  gave me life again. Shop the collection right here chez Opening Ceremony!

Pictures via Devon Halfnight LeFlufy