Sometimes life can be… awkward.

Awkward (styled as Awkward.) is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Lungerich for MTV. The show’s central character is Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Richards), a 16-year-old “invisible” girl in high school, wise beyond her years, with an irreverent, optimistic outlook on life, who just wants to fit in. Things go from bad to worse when she gets a mysterious “care-frontation” letter in which the writer says she could disappear and no one would notice. Her reaction leads to a misunderstanding of epic proportions causing everyone to believe that Jenna’s accident was a failed suicide attempt.awkward

Jenna is what everyone calls a ‘loser’, but in the end she succeed in becoming popular without changing herself: she will keep on wearing hoodie, jeans and sneakers, but she will even make fall in love with her the most handsome guys in the school. An authentic revenge for common girls.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awkward_(TV_series)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Arbus: the monster photographer //

Photography, in the work of Diane Arbus, means: emancipation, liberty and rebellion.

Emancipation from the opressive 50’s “american way of life”, in wich the only dream allowed to a good woman is a home with a green garden out of the city, a dog and a new son;to making herself at home , constricted in chaste dresses, metaphor of a severe society where a person couldn’t show himself in a free way,and were constricted to hide his “difference”behind a voile of hypocrisy…

Somebody asked Diane why she had dedicated herself seriously to photography only at the age of 38, she answered, with a  crystalline sarcasm:” because a woman spend most of her life looking for a husband,learning how to be a good housewife and mother, and how to solve these roles as well as she can…so, it isn’t left any time to do other things.

Diane is called: “The Monster photographer”, because she captured the real nature of human being,and show shamelessly the hide part of them.

http://www.maggiejeans.com/blog/diane-arbus-la-fotografa-dei-mostri/

By: Valentina Soldo

 

Defects Make us Special

Finally we are out of those heavy years in which, to be beautiful, we had to answer to strict aesthetic rules. The tendency that finds beauty through acceptance and the emphasis of own defects is growing, because what we consider flaws are, in any case, elements that distinguish us and make us unique. So we have to learn how to recognize our defects and, instead hiding them, trying to exploit them and turn them into points of attraction.

 

Britain’s Missing Top Model

Britain’s Missing Top Model was a British Reality TV modelling show aired on BBC Three. The première episode aired on 1 July 2008. The show courted controversy, with many speculating that the show made disability a spectator event.

The show followed eight young women with disabilities, who competed for a modelling contract (which included a photo shoot with Rankin and a cover photo in Marie Claire). Aired over a period of five weeks the women lived together and competed in a series of challenges and photo shoots. Each week at least one contestant was sent home.

The eventual winner was Kelly Knox.

Sourcehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britain’s_Missing_Top_Model

Anna Bodnar: Artistic Photography //

“Some time ago I wrote to Aldona. She asked about the sessions. Often write to me different girls who want to “get on a project,” but rarely agree, unless you delight me if interested. Aldona was really such beautiful.[…] It turned out that Aldona is very unique. Aldona was born with no arms and no legs. But in Aldona is the most amazing optimism. That it could infect half of humanity, such a pandemic optimism, it would be divine. […]
But back to Aldona, it came to me in a Sunday a few weeks ago with my mom. Her mom is incredibly strong woman, not in a physical sense, but certainly in that too, but in the mental or whatever it is called there. In the end she had to instill in Aldona this giant optimism. The Aldona session was a great pleasure for me as a photographer. Aldona is a great model and works with it perfectly.” (Translated from Polish)

“Aldona is 18 years old. She loves modelling and wants to be a professional one day. I wanted to show her deformity, but at the same time to portray her as a beautiful, optimistic and brave woman.” A.B.

Anna Bodnar is a philologist by education and graphic designer. She considers photography as a starting material on which operate and represent her own personal conception of surrounding reality. By using graphic programs, such as Photoshop, she is able to create what she calls “surrealist images”, whose main subject is human body.

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Sources (in Polish): http://blog.annabodnar.eu/?tag=historia-aldony
http://blog.annabodnar.eu/

The Yaeba Smile

While most cultures have gained an attachment to perfection when it comes to teeth, in Japan, girls are finding snaggle teeth to be preferable. Yaeba actually means double tooth, it’s used to describe a dental oddity that occurs when two molars crowd the canines and create an effect of one of the teeth being pushed forward and another back. It occurs naturally because of a delay in baby teeth, or a mouth is abnormally small for the size of the teeth, creating crowding. We actually have seen snaggle tooth occur in American celebrities. Kirsten Dunst for example, loves her snaggle teeth and it is now seen to be part of her image. Part of the popularity is because of celebrities having kept their yaeba teeth; it also offers a youth like appearance. The most popular reason people give is that it makes girls seem approachable and less than perfect, so men prefer it and it is the actual driving force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sourcehttp://dentaldynamicsonline.com/yaeba-aka-snaggle-tooth-gains-popularity-in-japan

The Art of Imperfection

I had forgotten this concept we learned in AP Literature. John Steinbeck describes that accepting imperfection is an essential part of human life. Once we admit that we don't have to be perfect, it enables us to love ourselves and to "be good". It is only in striving for perfection that we set ourselves up to fail, and continue the circular process of self-loathing. I've been exploring the art of learning to let it all go...and it feels pretty good :)

“[…] John Steinbeck describes that accepting imperfection is an essential part of human life. Once we admit that we don’t have to be perfect, it enables us to love ourselves and to “be good”. It is only in striving for perfection that we set ourselves up to fail, and continue the circular process of self-loathing. […]”

Source:http://pinterest.com/pin/269230883943942647/

The Greatest Perfection is Imperfection

To Aristotle perfect meant complete, nothing to add or subtract. To Empedocles perfection depends on incompleteness since the latter possesses a potential for development and improvement. Here lies the paradox formulated by Italian Renaissance philosopher Giulio Cesare Vanini. The paradox of perfection is that imperfection is perfect. Gianni Cipriano travelled around Italy researching imperfect beauties in six different non-conventional beauty pageants and applied a color symbolism to each one:

Miss Cicciona (Chubby), pink;
Miss Trans, purple;
Miss Mediterranea, yellow;
Miss Plastic Surgery, fuchsia;
Miss Drag Queen, orange;
Miss Over, blue.

Six imperfect beauties (due to their weight, clothes, excess of silicone, or age) if compared to the typology of beauty imposed by mass media and the consumerist society we live in. In Italy, in particular, beauty has become a political tool during the Berlusconi era. Since the 80’s, his media empire has introduced a culture of luxury and sex to shape his electorate. Italy became in the mean time a country where half-naked beautiful women are plucked from TV studios and elevated into powerful positions. This culture has generated an unprecedented wave of castings and beauty pageants for girls and women of all ages all over Italy. In response to the aesthetic and political state of my country, Gianni Cipriano worked on Perfect, a series of 36 photographs focusing on how the beauty dictated by our politicized consumerist society is emulated by the masses, and on the link between imperfection and perfection.

Source: Perfect

Shinichi Maruyama: Nude

“I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion.
The figure in the image, which is formed into something similar to a sculpture, is created by combining 10,000 individual photographs of a dancer.
By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists.
With regard to these two viewpoints, a connection can be made to a human being’s perception of presence in life”.

Source: http://www.shinichimaruyama.com

 

Wrinkles of Pride

“Wrinkles? Don’t hide them. It took me a whole life to have them.” Anna Magnani 

Wrinkles are often seen by women as the fist enemy, the first expression of advancing age, the first alarm bell to fight against. So advertisings bombard us with advices and beauty secrets that could reduce them and  return to us a perfect skin. In total contrast whit this too common obsession, there is someone who recognizes the fair  value to the first wrinkle that grows. A wrinkle is a perfect mark  of the passage of time, the result of a fully lived life, the crack through which see a long history. In this view it becomes almost a pleasure to show, something to wear with pride.

Source(in Italian):http://www.pourfemme.it/articolo/la-rivincita-delle-rughe/4027/

Women’s imperfection

“The beauty is that square inch of skin that we see when we wake up next to our love.”     Inspired by this sentence of James Ballard, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, a british photographer, has collected an intimate gallery of imperfect women in ten years.  For the first time we have an inquiry about the beauty of imperfection female, close-up details and habitual gestures: stains, nose, gums, dark circles, minds and hair. With the project “ Muse” Bain Hogg took the details of ordinary women in his life: friends, family, coworkers. Portraits without pretense, manipulation or photoshop. The rediscovery of imperfection is an invitation to travel. In Italy, the beautiful girls today are beautiful all the same. The newspapers list the new and stupid surgery: create dimples in the cheeks, harmonizing the length of the toes, transplant the iris.  The photos of “Muse” portray defects but also the quirks, habits, habits of daily women, as those of which it is worth falling in love. “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack everywhere, that’s how the light comes.” Leonard Cohen

Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Translated from: Bellezza IMperfetta « Fotografia e Stampe su tela

 

 

 

Fight Homologation Choosing Handmade!

In the era of uniformity and massification, where beauty standard ideas and choices of the products tend to suppress totally the originality and uniqueness of each object, choose a handcrafted product represents a real revolution. In this way the uniqueness of a product, and even every its construction defect, becomes the detail that makes “yours, only yours” a product. The imperfection of a handmade product becomes in this way the guarantees of a nice and authentic object, an effective solution for challenging conventional ideas of beauty and rebuilding your own ideas of beauty. Uniqueness becomes Beauty.

Source (in Italian):http://www.worky.biz/15623/neet-e-mestieri-a-rischio-di-estinzione.html

Imperfect Beauty in Botero

In art, it is very hard to see a imperfect body. For this reason, “imperfect beauty” in Botero is very revolutionary. With his “fat bodies”, he challenges traditional canons of beauty in art, but also “beauty standards” artificially formulated by mass media. Even though these bodies are not perfect and thin, these women are sexy and beautiful anyway.

 

 

Ben Long: Moving Landscapes

Ben Long’s blurred digital prints not only wrong-foot passing motorists but also explores the idea of images losing their potency through ubiquitous representation.
“These artworks could be taken simply as a subversion of representational art because they appear to disrupt the traditional values of painting and present abstraction as high octane thrill-seeking,” Ben says.
Blurred billboards by Ben Long, via It’s Nice That, submitted by Joe C.
Source: http://www.itsnicethat.com

YouGlitch, deliberate video failures

“YouGlitch is a website created by Martial Geoffre-Rouland and Benjamin Gaulon, based on Corrupt, their web-based Glitch Art Software. Corrupt, built back in 2004 with Proce55ing, enables the corruption of image files through repetitive replacements that can lead to numerous corrupted versions. The process is simple and clear: after users download and install the software, they can use it with webcam videos or ones they have stored on their hard disk. A 10-second video and an animated GIF is saved locally and also automatically uploaded to the new website. YouGlitch is a user-generated collection of glitch creativity. It is based on re-using, recycling, creatively destroying and sharing. It is a collective glitch art project but on its own terms and in accordance with our social media reality. At first sight, YouGlitch doesn’t seem to present accidents or failures as part of a flow or circulation of images. It looks more like a tool for helping users demystify glitch art, opening it up to popularization. It appears as a user-generated aesthetization of interruption that proves (as Rosa Menkman wrote in her Glitch Studies Manifesto) that what is now a glitch is destined to become a fashion. But to my eyes, YouGlitch succeeds on deeper levels: it connects to the present while referring to the past. It correlates the digital with the analogue era by correlating YouTube channels with the TV. It raises questions regarding potentially deliberate failures in the stream of videos and the exercise of control. Could it be that YouGlitch allows for collective play with corruption while at the same time suggesting a form of sabotage? If glitch art can also constitute a form of subversion, couldn’t this project possibly also be about the formation of an anti-apparatus that is unreadable, profane, glitched, out of control?”

Source: http://www.neural.it
See also this: http://beautifullyimperfects.net/2012/02/20/youglitch/