Monday, October 12, 2015

Facial Hairstyles at the 2015 World Moustache Championships

300 bearded men from 20 different countries showed up in Leogang, Austria over the past weekend for the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championship

Pentimento - Jacob Felländer

In his Pentimento series Swedish photographer Jacob Felländer uses ancient, rebuilt analogue cameras to multiexpose his negatives while simultaneously winding the film forward throughout the frame; allowing for time, space and perspective to drift. Paint and charcoal is applied for the first time in this body of work, highlighting the shapes and forms Felländer sees in the underlying exposures and bringing them to the surface; thus pentimento. He cites Turner, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Anselm Kiefer and Robert Frank as influences.

Photo credit: © Jacob Felländer, courtesy Hamiltons Gallery, London

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"Hogwarts" Built From The Pages Of Harry Potter

Peter Heacock, of the US-based marketing company Unpopular Now has created a video which sees Hogwarts built from the pages of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He came up with the idea after watching the Game of Thrones opening credits.

How Filmmakers Use Colour To Manipulate Our Emotions

Like music in an elevator or a doctor's waiting room, colour has the power to influence how we feel without our even noticing. Here's how film directors have exploited our connection to colour for decades:


Response To Syrian Refugee Crisis Now and Then

The refugee crisis as a result of the Syrian Civil War has been ongoing for four years. As wealthy countries dither and procrastinate about what to do about it the situation has grown worse. Refugees are hiking across the Balkans or paying to board leaky ships which sometimes sink before reaching Europe. Despite witnessing the suffering most countries are refusing to give more than symbolic help to Syrian refugees.

If we go back in history we can see a much different response to refugees in need. The American Committee for Relief in the Near East began in 1915 as the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief and was formed as a humanitarian response to the Armenian genocide and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. As World War I developed, the group began to offer food and shelter to displaced people in Syria, Persia (now Iran), and Greece.

Americans donated $117 million to the organization's Near East relief efforts between 1915 and 1930, in part because of a poster campaign. Here are some of the images that tugged at people's heartstrings:

W.B. King, artist. 1917.

Ethel Franklin Betts, artist. 1918 (?)

Douglas Volk, artist. 1918.
If you want to help today's refugees:
Charity Intelligence provides Canadian donors with information that helps them make informed and intelligent giving decisions.
Charity Watch rates US charities

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