You just have to watch this. I promise it will make you smile, it will brighten up your day.
Oh, and don’t forget to spread the love! The world needs it! :)
You just have to watch this. I promise it will make you smile, it will brighten up your day.
Oh, and don’t forget to spread the love! The world needs it! :)
Just back from another burst of inspiration and creativity at PechaKucha Night, edition #24 in Amsterdam.
But what is it, you might ask? It’s an informal and fun gathering, where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. From a newly finished building, a new piece of furniture, or an ad campaign, to a fashion line, a new event or any idea the world needs to know about!
A lot of people compare it to TED talks, but they are actually quite different. TED talks are more formal and top down, whereas PechaKucha is more informal and bottom up, both brilliant though in their own way!
Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, PechaKucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace, offering the audience the experience of a dazzling range of speakers and images in the course of one evening. No more boring lectures, painful seminars or tiring presentations!
PechaKucha Night was first devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening all round the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.
If you’ve never heard of PechaKucha Nights, I highly recommend you look them up. With them now happening in over 600 cities around the world, I’m pretty sure there is one taking place very close to where you live. And you can either attend to get a dose of inspiration or even present something you love and are passionate about!
Here is a dose of inspiration from a truly enlightened person.
Take some time to read these fundamentals, internalise them, make them yours and live by them. They can change a lot.
Image: by Francesca
Hold your breath for this series!
Alban Grosdidier, a 22 year-old French photographer and graphic designer, equates the feeling of living in a big city to being immersed in water. His series “Drowning” is a beautiful metaphor about the diversity of emotions people face with city life and the impact they have on their psyche.
Beginning as a ESAG project in photography, under the supervision of photographer and art director Tom Kan, it was first presented on the banks of the river Seine in January 2012. The second part of the series was showcased in July 2012 on a rainy day along the canal Saint Martin. “The disintegration of the prints by the rain was a “Russian dolls” effect, answering to the use of water inside the portraits, emphasizing the act of drowning and showing by example how big city life can tear someone down.”
Fear, frustration, serenity, calmness, they’re all here. Let yourself feel them all through this wonderful series.
Two weeks ago, I went to the Diane Arbus exhibition at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam. It did a major retrospective with 200 of Arbus’ bold and powerful photographs, including all of the artist’s iconic shots and many that have never been exhibited before in the Netherlands.
“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” – Diane Arbus
What to say about her artistic legacy? A woman fascinated by the unusual, a frontrunner, she broke the boundaries of traditional portraiture, taking photos of people from the extreme margins of American society in the 50’s and 60’s. “Outsiders”, like circus side-show performers, mentally disabled adults, midgets, transvestites, eccentrics and nudists, placing them in the mainstream. Photos that many times are hard to look at, yet hard to look away from. And although only rarely does Arbus physically appear in her own photographs, it feels like emotionally she’s in most of them.
It was a truly amazing exhibition… I feel very lucky to have seen the work of such a pivotal figure in contemporary photography…
“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus
Source of images: Google images
Today I joined the Amsterdam Photo Walk for the first time! We went to NDSM Werf, in the north of the city, and it was great fun, despite the snow, the sub-zero temperatures and the aching fingers!
I started off by snapping away with my Nikon D90, but ended up playing with the new toy I bought, the Holga iPhone lens. It’s a rotating disk equipped with 9 special effect lenses and it is addictive! I highly recommend it!
Here are some of the shots I took, which I posted on Instagram.
I personally think there is nothing more beautiful to photograph than the human face. Look at Marteline Nystad‘s portraits and you’ll understand why.
She is a very talented 22-year-old photography student from Oslo, Norway who is going in the direction of fashion/art direction.
She says: “I bought myself a Nikon D40 in 2008, and I was hooked”.
I am so happy I came across her photos and I hope to see more of her work. Simply mesmerizing!
I’ve just come back from watching the Life of Pi, and it was such a wonderful cinematic experience. Apart from the incredible images throughout the movie – that I don’t think I will ever forget- and the beautiful story, there were numerous moments where the words being said really touched my heart. Here are only a few:
“All of life is an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”
“It is important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
“Above all, it is important not to lose hope.”
Although I rarely read fiction, I’m going to buy the book tomorrow…
Look closely, because Momo, a ‘professional Border Collie’, is in each of these photos!
His owner, Andrew Knapp, a Canadian graphic designer and photographer, realised Momo’s talent for camouflage when he consistently turned a game of fetch into hide and seek.
The result is a lovely series of landscapes, with this adorable dog hiding somewhere in the frame.
Be sure to follow Momo’s adventures on Instagram and look out for the book, which will be coming out soon!
On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are only a few of this great man’s quotes, which I find incredibly inspiring. Words to live by…
Photo: By Marvin Koner
If you’re planning on visiting Bruges in Belgium in the near future, I highly recommend you stay at B Guest Bed & Breakfast. We just spent the weekend there with my mom and it was simply magnificent. From the location, to the decor, to the hospitality, to the breakfast… everything about it was perfect. The place is owned by Caroline and Gert, a lovely couple that has thought through every single detail and do their outmost to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The room we stayed in at the top of the house (Onze Lieve Vrouwe) has amazing views of Bruges and is stunningly beautiful; so much so, that I could actually live there! Caroline has exquisite taste and it is reflected in the way she has decorated the entire house. I will definitely be going back!
Address: Orajneboomstraat 4, 8000, Brugge
Telephone: +32 473 27 79 76
Photos: from the B Guest website
If today was it, would you die knowing you did your best?
If tomorrow never came, would you be proud of the last thing you said to each person you love?
If “someday” was only “now”, would you do everything you’ve always put off?
If you knew you had a choice about what kind of life you could be living, would you choose different?
If you knew failure is impossible, what would you do?
If it were true that everyone you meet is you in another body, how would you treat them?
If love was the true currency of the universe and the more you gave away the more you received, how would you spend it?
If fear were the biggest illusion and the greatest lie of all time, how would you choose to live your life?
If the universe always supported a life lived towards achieving dreams, how big would you dream?
It’s been snowing and freezing cold the past couple of days in Amsterdam. Today’s weather reminded me of last year, when the canals froze, turning the city into an incredible winter wonderland!
I had spent an entire weekend walking around the city, taking photographs, trying to soak in all the beauty and enjoy the calm that comes from the sound of snow. I just realised I never posted those photos here (apart from some Instagram shots I took with my iPhone), so here are some of my favourites!
You can also view the entire set here. I hope you enjoy them!
Oh, and fingers crossed, we’ll get to ice-skate on the canals again this year!
* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Be prepared to get moonstruck…
Russian photographer Leonid Tishkov‘s ongoing and evolving project is a visual poem that tells the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her the rest of his life.
Traveling around the world with his own private moon, Leonid doesn’t see this as a series, but as the performance of a lifetime.
“The world is beautiful around us, you just illuminate it with the light of poetry. And for me, the light of the moon is the perfect poetry.”
Sweet dreams… and enjoy the ride to the moon and back.
Watch this video for even more photos…
For his Broken Flowers series, photographer Jon Shireman soaked fresh flowers in liquid nitrogen for 30 minutes before smashing them into hundreds of little glass-like pieces. Displayed against a white background, the blooms look like floral fireworks!
The result is beautiful and quite unique.
Jon described the project as ‘Great fun’ and says ‘I like to turn the idea of traditional flower still lifes on its head sometimes’.
May they rest in pieces… :)
Following a tradition that has included Jessica Alba, Selma Hayek, Eva Mendes and Milla Jovovich, Campari’s red, hot calendar girl for 2013 is Penélope Cruz.
Fashion photographer Kristian Schuller created a stunning series, centering the theme around superstition with Penélope Cruz walking under ladders and on cracks, opening umbrellas in a room, and looking into broken mirrors.
The 9,999 copies of the limited edition calendar are distributed internationally to the lucky few that receive it.
Enjoy an intensely beautiful, red visual voyage.
Take what you need: nature, receivability, alone time, togetherness, imperfection, exercise, rest, God, thankfulness, forgiveness, inner peace, silence, trust, contentness, sustainable vision, reflection, prayer + meditation, compassion, quality, patience, non-doing, presence, self-love, non-judging, non-comparing, intimacy, inaccessibility, letting go, holistic thinking, respecting boundaries, wholeheartedness, freedom, openness, courage to fail, spiritual awareness, unselfish motives, authenticity, good energy, intuitive confidence, emotional expression, change coping, body grounding, courage to be me, unconditional love, effortlessness, listening to my body, cravings liberation, courage to ask for help, passion, courage to be honest, self esteem, non harming consumption, happiness from within, commercial free space, non toxic food, respect for others’ truth, psychosomatic awareness, life enjoyment, embracement, clean air, the loving choice, letting be, ups & downs, shamelessness, no worries, accept of powerlessness, speaking for oneself, creative expression, environmental sensitivity, chi, soul-searching, non-expecting, well-being…
The FLOWmarket, offers you empty sealed cans that materialise your immaterial needs. The cost? Just 17.79$ per tin can. It believes that flow is when its good for you, for others and for nature, and this is mirrored in the FLOWmodel™, a design model that reflects a three dimensional view on creating sustainable growth:
Balanced physical, mental and spiritual growth.
Balanced interpersonel, cultural, economic, social and technological growth.
Balanced environmental growth.
Is it design, art, business or activism? I would say all of the above. This incredible concept, created by Danish designer Mads Hagstrøm, has the goal to create a consumer market based on values, inspiring consumers to think, live and consume more holistically.
“A change process begins with an awareness that something needs to change.”
The FLOWmarket has been opening temporary stores around the world since 2005 (Zurich, New York, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Copenhagen). Currently, there are no stores open, but you can buy your new generation luxury online.
Mads Hagstrøm, has received a number of design awards and has been selected as one of Denmark’s most promising business talents. Here is a text he wrote, called Imagine.
Imagine that all change begins with ourselves. Imagine that our mindset shapes our world. Imagine that we need a sustainable mindset to create a sustainable world. Imagine sustainability as an expression of balance or imbalance in humans, in society and in nature. Imagine that all our garbage were harmless or even nourishing to nature. Imagine that we solved our problems rather than repress and remove their symptoms. Imagine why we drink bottle water. Imagine that you can´t solve your problems before you´ve faced the underlying reasons. Imagine flow as a sustainable condition where balance and growth joins. Imagine disease as a symptom of imbalace. Imagine that your consumption choices affects how we treat nature.Imagine that we marked pesticide food instead of organic food. Imagine power of thought as one of the most powerful things we have. Imagine a link between the way we pollute our own body and the way we pollute nature. Imagine that human growth includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions. Imagine eating with an intention of giving your body nutrition and energy. Imagine that conflicts are often just about wishing to be heard and understood by the other side. Imagine holistic thinking as seeing things as a whole. Imagine the level of obesity if people only ate when they were hungry. Imagine of good design meant good for you, good for others and good for nature.Imagine if we could build houses like trees that could clean the air and produce energy and oxygen. Imagine that your thoughts of yesterday and of tomorrow are what keeps you from being present. Imagine nature as our mentor. Imagine that you will receive everything you give. Imagine peace begins with inner calmness.Imagine the equality you could generate if you stopped feeling superior or inferior to other people. Imagine that we can make a demand for growth that includes financial, social, cultural, nature and human dimensions. Imagine your intuition always tells you where to go next. Imagine the benefits in resources, energy and pollution if we preferred tap water over bottled water. Imagine a link between the chemicals, pesticides and additives in your food and the imbalances in your body. Imagine if political decisions were based on what would be beneficial for humans and for nature. Imagine that you can absorb more nutrition when you focus your attention on your food while eating. Imagine the amount of mental stress you could avoid if you stopped trying to cover up or compensate for low self esteem and dealt with it instead. Imagine alcoholism and compulsive behaviour with eating, shopping, sex, gambling, fitness, working or internet as the same mechanism. Imagine that you can create more diversity by loving the way that other people are different from you. Imagine that a no to others, can be a yes to yourself. Imagine if prisons were designed to help and rebuild people rather than punishing and breaking them down. Imagine the feeling of shame as your gateway to low self esteem. Imagine that we as consumers can create a demand for energy created by renewable energy sources like sun, wind, earth or water. Imagine that the way to deal with emotional pain is to accept and accommodate it.Imagine that it is cheaper to buy organic farmed products when you look at the big picture. Imagine you can only change your outside world by changing your inside world. Imagine that you can avoid stress by meditating a few minutes a day. Imagine meditation being as simple as paying attention to your own breathing. Imagine that you can prevent and cure disease with the composition of the food you eat.Imagine that the key to your happiness is following your intuition instead of other people´s opinions and advice. Imagine that your world will change when you change your thoughts. Imagine that giving people your advice without being asked for it is like invading them. Imagine if our electronic devices emitted radiation that was beneficial and healthy instead of damaging to us. Imagine how easily a walk in the forest or by the sea can make you feel balanced and grounded. Imagine that your bed sheets and clothes did not transmit chemicals to your skin from pesticides, dyeing and colouring. Imagine how hardtalking, impatient, punishing and intolerant we can be to ourselves. Imagine that as a complete person you are a more competent person. Imagine life as a journey with ups and downs that offers you unique experiences. Imagine that we used plant photosynthesis as the design model for our energy production. Imagine that there are at least two sides to everything.Imagine organic and biodynamic farming as something that makes environmental, human and economical sense. Imagine that alternative therapy and conventional therapy go perfectly well hand in hand. Imagine that our schools and universities encouraged us to strive for being the best for the world – not in the world. Imagine that we will stabilize the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere in our generation. Imagine that we are all a small part of a bigger whole. Imagine that buying biodynamic food is like saying no to toxic food for you and your family no to unfair trade, no to animal abuse and no to exhausted and barren farmland for future generations. Imagine that you can´t change other people, you can only change your own perception of them. Imagine the amount of energy we could save if we constructed houses with natural air conditioning.Imagine that growth takes place in the pauses. Imagine how easy it is to spend most of our spare time watching television. Imagine that you could make the world more loving by being more loving to yourself and others. Imagine that small things can make a big difference. Imagine that your consumption choices affect how we treat people. Imagine that you are sometimes trying too hard. Imagine that our news empowered us. Imagine that you can make the world more tolerant by being more tolerant to yourself and others. Imagine that you can reduce over-consumption by buying quality instead of quantity. Imagine disease as your body´s way of communicating a need for purification of for shifting into a lower gear.Imagine that your world will change when you change your beliefs. Imagine that self-hate can trigger imbalances in your body. Imagine fair trade as common sense. Imagine how many people that comfort eat to soothe their anger, stress, loneliness or sadness.Imagine making a consumer demand for solar powered airplanes. Imagine how many mobile phones you have had in the last five years. Imagine if the things we designed became more and more beautiful the more we used it. Imagine how cleaning with chemicals affects our health. Imagine dealing with your mental and emotional stress rather than soothing and repressing it with food, sugar, alcohol, shopping, tv, medication or coffee. Imagine if good management meant good for the employees, good for the company, good for the global society and good for nature. Imagine that sustainability and profitability go perfectly well hand in hand. Imagine that the food you eat affects both your physical and your mental condition. Imagine men and women as equals. Imagine that you can make the world safer by being more caring to others. Imagine that you could appreciate the voids and see them as a valve. Imagine how the latest new is immediately replaced by a new. Imagine the way your skin self-repairs after a cut as an example of the way our body and mind, under the right circumstances can self-repair in multiple ways. Imagine that we are born with a natural condition of balance. Imagine light and sound as frequencies that can have a demaging, neutral or benefical effect on you. Imagine violence as an expression of incapacity and despair. Imagine how often you are in contact with nature. Imagine money simply as a form of energy. Imagine if city air became as clean as sea and country air. Imagine your body as an engine that will break down under the wrong conditions. Imagine the power of taking the necessary time to turn your attention inwards and make your decisions based on that. Imagine how liberating it is to be able to be bored with someone. Imagine that having your limits exceeded by yourself or others will have consequences. Imagine that you can take what you need from this and leave the rest. Imagine that your world will change when you change your actions.Imagine how soothing, and how frustrating, silence can be depending on your mental condition. Imagine how much you give to another person by just being present and listening to them. Imagine the amount of energy you can save by dealing with your problems instead of bichting about them. Imagine that we only use a fragment of our mental capacity. Imagine that skincolour and sexual orientation were indifferent.Imagine that when your body pains it is your body trying to communicate and guide your mind. Imagine the high likelihood that you will become a resident at a nursing home when you grow old. Imagine if restaurants made food from a nutrition perspective. Imagine that the key to becoming a complete person is balancing the time you give to yourself, your partner, your family, your work and your friends. Imagine that we could make a demand for bicycle infrastructure as high priority in our cities. Imagine that this poster will become unnecessary. Imagine how lying drains your energy.Imagine that your world will change when you change your consumption. Imagine a link between your physical, mental and spiritual selves. Imagine the energy and resources you can help save by saying no to houshold distributed advertising matters. Imagine if your company had a vision of contributing to making the world a better place. Imagine turning of your television, computer and mobile and doing something with someone you love. Imagine allowing yourself to fail and never be perfect. Imagine that you can allways choose to be driven by confidence rather than fear. Imagine how important a good night´s sleep is for your physical and mental state. Imagine that your thoughts create your words, your words create your beliefs, your beliefs create your choices, your choices create your actions and your actions create your world.
You can buy this text as a black & white, 70×100 poster, on 300g sustainable “Arctic” paper and waterbased print.
When I first saw these portraits, I was blown away. Each face a story. So powerful, so impressive, so full of emotion…
They are the work of Lee Jeffries, a UK-based photographer, who started off his photography career by shooting sporting events. But a chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London not only changed his perception about homeless people, but also his artistic approach forever. He now travels around Europe and the US to find homeless people for his portraits, the main focus of his work, and makes an effort to get to know them a bit personally before taking their photos.
Jeffries uses his photography to draw attention to and raise funds for the homeless, posting the images to Flickr, selling his photos and Blurb book and entering his work into competitions, where he has won many, well-deserved, awards.
A true inspiration…
Follow Lee on Twitter
A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart was a map created by D. W. Kellogg circa 1833-1842, subtitled “Exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travellers therein.” Though it mostly depicts Woman as a sentimental, selfish, and superficial being driven by vanity, it places Love at the center of her heart, with Good Sense, Patience, and Prudence at its tip — or bottom, depending on the interpretation.
Want this map for yourself or a gift? You can buy it here.
This stunning photo series, called Crinoline Flowers, was made as a visual representation of Sophia Banks‘ feelings about being transgender. When she made these photos, then known as Daryl Banks, she was nowhere near ready to come out and tell the public about her being a trans woman, but she courageously did so recently.
Her inspiration for the photos came while wandering around some vintage clothing stores in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The original series was photographed when she was taking a studio lighting class at Ryerson University. The photos were later re-shot for the Eckhart Gallery in higher resolution.
Wow. Just wow. Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison‘s long exposure photography is simply magical. I honestly can’t get enough of his colourful swirls in the night sky, nor can I decide which Startrail is my favourite. I love them all! Incredibly enough, this inspired photographer bought his first ever camera only two years ago, with the intention of taking photos to sell things on eBay! It wasn’t long till he discovered he had a magnificent, unique talent!
Harrison spends many hours in very cold conditions to get the perfect shot of a naturally luminous and active starry night. He documents the natural fireworks in the night sky, aided by the earth’s rotation and time, that are invisible to the naked eye.
In this creative photo series, Wes Naman manipulates the faces of his models in a funny, yet disturbing way! As he describes it on his own blog: “It’s pretty self explanatory… Full of deep meaning and metaphor, both negative and positive… a social commentary that defies all common sense.”
See the complete series here!
This is old, but gold. And what better time to remind ourselves than the beginning of a new year. It doesn’t get much stronger than this…
I think I’m suffering from reverse culture shock. Transitioning into the traveller’s life was really easy, but coming back to my “normal” life is proving more difficult than I thought… I miss the simplicity, colours and beauty of Asia. I’m already planning my next big adventure! :)
Back from my Asian adventure to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia! I documented each day by blogging at least one portrait of a person I met along the way for a 365 photography project I started on the occasion of this trip, called A Portrait Project.
This project is a way for me to share my encounters with people during my everyday life & travels, and a motivation to take at least one portrait every day, for one year.
Check it out!
Turn the numbers 2013 backwards and it spells Eros! What do you know, 13′, which is actually my lucky number, will be the year of love! And sure, every year is a year of love, but this one has got it written all over it! It’s a sign!
Believe, and it will happen! ;)
Happy New Year everybody!!!