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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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Drowning, by Alban Grosdidier

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.

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Stunning portraits by Marteline Nystad

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!

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The Reconstructionists

I recently discovered a gem, called the Reconstructionists: the brainchild of illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova.

Every Monday in 2013, this site will be putting the spotlight on a remarkable woman, publishing an illustrated portrait of her, along with a hand-lettered quote that captures her spirit and a short micro-essay about her life and legacy.

The purpose of the Reconstructionists is to celebrate beloved artists, writers, and scientists, as well as notable unsung heroes that have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.

It borrows its title from Anaïs Nin, one of the 52 female icons, who wrote of “woman’s role in the reconstruction of the world” in a poetic 1944 diary entry – a sentiment that encapsulates the heart of what this undertaking is about: women who have reconstructed, in ways big and small, famous and infamous, timeless and timely, our understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.

On 6 January it launched with four portraits, those of writers Anaïs Nin and Gertrude Stein, artist Agnes Martin, and inventor/actor Hedy Lamarr, to give a taste of what will follow once a week for the rest of the year. Yesterday, it posted its second week entry, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Be sure to follow it throughout 2013! It’s such an inspiring way to start the week, don’t you think?

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Portraits of homeless people, by Lee Jeffries

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…

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My new photography blog: A Portrait Project

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!

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On assignment: Juju and Jordash

This weekend I got to do a shoot for electronica music duo Juju and Jordash and the German magazine, Groove. Here’s a sample of my work.

* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

On assignment: Vrouwenruimte De Kat

I’ve had the pleasure of doing some portraiture for the organization “Vrouwenruimte De Kat” in Amsterdam East, which helps women from diverse backgrounds build their self esteem and feel empowered. My pictures will be featured in their 30th anniversary book. Here are some of my favorites.

* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

‘Women Are Heroes’ photo project

“Women Are Heroes” is a massive, truly inspired, photo project by French guerilla street artist, JR, who traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Cambodia to seek out women struggling in their everyday lives and, in his words, “take their stories around the world.”

He convinced hungry, traumatized women in conflict zones to let him plaster their mural-size portraits into their own communities, on the sides of buildings, on trains, on bridges, thus bringing a haunting human presence to harsh environments of social conflict.

He photographed them and recorded their stories of rape, poverty, HIV, alienation, and loss. He asked them about their hopes and dreams, their regrets and desires. He shared these photos and stories in a video and a book.

A simple, yet so impactful idea that celebrates the worth of the individual, turning photographic portraits into a powerful medium for change and outdoor spaces into art galleries for people, who may never have set foot in one before.

JR won the 2011 TED Prize, where he voiced his audacious wish for art to “turn the world inside out”, inviting people to take part in his project Inside Out.

As the website mentions, this is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually…

What are you waiting for? ;)