Monthly Archives: February 2013

From today’s “A Portrait Project”

It’s pretty difficult to maintain a 365 photo project when you work from 9-6, especially since the days aren’t so long yet and I like to take my photos outdoors, in the natural light.

Today, as I was rushing out of the office during my lunch break in hope of finding someone for ‘A Portrait Project’, I bumped into my colleague Elien, who happily agreed to be photographed. I took several shots of her and below is an edited compilation of the result, which I really like. I hope you do too! :)

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The Midway media project

I saw this video yesterday and it honestly broke my heart…

“The MIDWAY media project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.”

Day by day, we are slowly killing our planet…

Lets start consuming more consciously and reconsider our use of plastic. For the sake of all of us and the generations ahead.

Don’t let this be our legacy.

More information about the upcoming documentary.

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen wins 56th World Press Photo

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Photographer Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter has won the 56th World Press Photo for a very powerful image of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City.

Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

View the entire collection of winning images from the 56th World Press Photo Contest here.

The winners were selected from over 100,000 images that were submitted by a total of 5,666 professional photographers from 124 countries in a number of categories: general and spot news, sports action and features, nature, people in the news, contemporary issues, daily life, portraits, arts and entertainment.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the photos live when they are exhibited at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, from 26 April 2013 – 23 June 2013. I’ve been going every year since 2009 and the photos have always amazed, inspired, surprised and shocked me.

The exhibition travels all over the world and is visited by two million people every year. I can’t recommend it enough. To see when there will be a World Press event in your city, check here.

I love me

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On Valentine’s Day, which is marketed and widely accepted as the day of love, no matter what your romantic situation, take a moment to think about another kind of love, one we tend to avoid or overlook, yet is so essential, if not the key, to our happiness: Self-love.

Do you know, embrace, and accept yourself, with all our faults and imperfections?

Louise Hay says: “I have found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to love yourself. When people start to love themselves more each day, it’s amazing how their lives get better. They feel better. They get the jobs they want. They have the money they need. Their relationships either improve, or the negative ones dissolve and new ones begin. Loving yourself is a wonderful adventure; it’s like learning to fly. Imagine if we all had the power to fly at will? How exciting it would be! Let’s begin to love ourselves now.”

I really couldn’t agree more. Self-love is at the very core of happiness, self-empowerment, well-being and our ability to create and enjoy the kind of life we want.

Here are Louise’s 12 Commandments to help you learn how to love yourself:

Stop All Criticism.

Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

Forgive Yourself.

Let the past go. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had. Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.

Don’t Scare Yourself.

Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

Be Gentle and Kind and Patient.

Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

Be Kind to Your Mind.

Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

Praise Yourself.

Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

Support Yourself.

Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

Be Loving to Your Negatives.

Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

Take Care of Your Body.

Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

Do Mirror Work.

Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror. Forgive them, too. At least once a day, say, “I love you, I really love you!”

Love Yourself . . . Do It Now.

Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship. Begin now—and do the best you can.

Have Fun.

Remember the things that gave you joy as a child. Incorporate them into your life now. Find a way to have fun with everything you do. Let yourself express the joy of living. Smile. Laugh. Rejoice, and the Universe rejoices with you!

What if money was no object?


Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. -Alan Watts

What do you desire?

Trotter, the fashionable French bulldog

Introducing Trotter, an adorable French bulldog with great style and a wardrobe anyone would be jealous of!

He stars in a fashion production created by his owner, Sonya Ya “professional food pornographer” from San Francisco.

I’m sure you’ll agree, this one-year old fashionista looks great in any outfit!

Enjoy his super cute portfolio!

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Blow job by photographer Tadao Cern

Have you ever wondered what your face would look like if a powerful leaf blower was aimed at you? Well, Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern made it happen, resulting in some hilariously distorted facial expressions! You can see the complete series here.

Be sure to also watch the video with some scenes from the making of!

Best blow job ever? ;)

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Beautiful self-portraits by Olga Valeska

Stunning. Simply stunning. I really cannot get enough of these photos. They are all so beautiful, so colourful, so imaginative.

The photographer and subject in all of them is Olga Valeska, a 21 year-old literature student from France that discovered photography just over a year ago (a year!) and is completely self-taught. She does her own make-up, scenery, and costumes and uses a self-timer to take the portraits of herself. A one-woman studio!

What she loves about photography is that it allows her to combine the things she is passionate about, like painting, sculpting, drawing, and making costumes.

Sit back and take in all this beauty. Enter Olga’s mysterious, surreal, wondrous world…

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Amsterdam mix, by Kostas Giannikoulis

My cousin, Kostas, is a DJ and he put together this collection of house mixes inspired by his recent trip to Amsterdam! Even though I don’t usually listen to this kind of music, I think this is pretty cool!

Turn up the volume and get ready for a great Saturay night, no matter what you do!

Friday awesomeness!

Just brilliant! The window washers at a children’s hospital in the US got dressed as superheroes to cheer up the little patients inside!

Because it doesn’t take much to be a real hero and make someone happy…

Be someone’s superhero today! :)

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