The art of glitches by Sara Cwynar

Sara Cwynar, is an artist from Canada. She uses images from encyclopedias, biology textbooks, featuring sexy pinups, children, politician-on-TV subject matters, but each gives off an air of american antiquity. Then search the glitch effect she wants by using a scanner; moving the image while that is being scanned, the results are distorted figures. “By mashing up these two technologies, I want to highlight the obsolescence of the old one and the future obsolescence of the new one”. She thinks that the most stylish pictures are the kitchest ones.

Sara Cwynar

Sara Cwynar

Sara Cwynar

The beauty of diversity

Michelle Marshall is a french photographer. During her career she decided to document the incidence of the MC1R gene mutation responsible for red hair and freckles, particularly amongst black/mixed raced individuals of all ages. The gene is recessive, which means both parents need to have it, in order for the child to receive it. Marshall wanted to show the stereotype of the redhead is not representative for all people who enjoy their red strands. Her work is really interesting.

Christian Richter shows the beauty in ruins

“When I was young, I fell in love with abandoned buildings. After I got a camera as a present, I started photographing the beauty there. I mostly photograph empty buildings with great staircases or interiors.”

“I simply adore old decaying architecture, their patterns and textures – they remind me that everything is impermanent. Abandoned architecture photography is my ongoing project and I often travel around Europe looking for abandoned buildings.”


Nancy Davidson’s sculptures challenge absurd body ideals

Nancy Davidson creates massive inflatable sculptures that resemble an unbridled body, ballooned and bulging. Combining pop culture kitsch with a feminist spirit and carnivalesque sense of humor, the artist specializes in a visceral language of bellies, bumps and lovely lady lumps, harnessing the bodily force of the human form in a minimalist range of colors and shapes.

Many of the sculptures begin with a weather balloon that the artist blows up with a nozzle. Then she goes to work, squeezing and binding and smushing the round orbs into various bodacious configurations.

For example, “Blue Moon” (below) resembles a belly and butt bursting from a corset trying desperately to restrain them, while another recalls fishnet stockings winding their way up impossibly long legs. Through abstraction, Davidson creates images so physical you may find yourself needing to swallow, as sometimes perusing erotic materials makes one forget to breathe.


Brunette Moffy, model revolutionizes cross-eyed fashion “Here Brunette Moffy, the cross-eyed model that distorts the aesthetic ‘fashion'”

runette Moffy, model revolutionizes cross-eyed fashion
“Despite being affected by a defect in the eyes, the girl has been hired by the agency that discovered the beauties of the likes of Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford”


Brunette Moffy, model revolutionizes cross-eyed fashion

The aesthetic perfection has had its day and the fashion world prepares an epochal revolution that ventures a massive turnaround and subverts the traditional physical defects in modern virtues.

This innovation is part of the agency Storm Models choice after throwing supermodel Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Behati Prinsloo, now betting everything on Brunette Moffy, a model affected by the so called ‘strabismus of Venus’ that does not allow her to align the eyes in the same direction.

The debut of the girl happened last summer on the cover of the magazine Pop, a trendy British magazine, and editor and a photographer became aware of its special charm, especially since already tired of working with the same faces’ regular ‘.


Brunette Moffy, model revolutionizes cross-eyed fashion

“Moffy had never been photographed for a magazine and it’s always exciting to work with someone when you know how you could go,” said the photographer Tyrone LeBon. “It has all the physical measurements of a professional model, what distinguishes it is its own eyes, beautiful, huge and greenish-gray, special because not line up,” he added.

LeBon and the editor Pop Max Pearmain have so appreciated the results of the shots, by putting Moffy on the cover of the magazine with her and sign an exclusive contract.



“Les Voyageurs”

The picture of the sculpture is so remarkable I think that it cannot be real. It must be a photograph, digitally altered by a master.


But it is real. The sculpture is just one of several in a display called “Les Voyageurs” by a man named Bruno Catalano. They are sculptures that show men and women travelers. Each has some sort of bag or suitcase with them. It is clear they are on a journey. But the thing that makes them stand out, that makes such an impression on me is that each of them have a significant piece missing from the center of their bodies. As though they are leaving a part of themselves behind or as though they are leaving to search for the part of their bodies that is incomplete.

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They are works of art, sculptures that resonate with the modern-day soul. Sculptures that tell the story of the nomad, the pilgrim, the traveler, the refugee, the immigrant. They are incomplete and imperfect, yet that is what makes them so beautiful, so unique. They are beautifully imperfect. 

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There are many in our world who perceive themselves like these sculptures, as though they have missing pieces. There are those of us who feel we are not whole, that we are missing vital organs. The vital organs may be a place, a person, a community brought about by a death, a move, a crisis. And we see this as a problem, a flaw, something that needs to be remedied. But these sculptures tell a different story, taking something that we see as a deficit and turning it into an extraordinary and beautiful work of art. These travelers are beautifully imperfect.


Silvia Tosto



The photographer who normalizes women’s imperfect bodies

After a slew of instagram hate following her body positive imagery depicting women’s body hair went viral, it would have been easy for Seattle based photographer Ashley Armitage to take a step back from her bare-all approach to photography. But this online hate didn’t deter her from portraying a realistic, photoshop free depiction of the female form. Instead of bowing to the trolls, Armitage decided to push the boundaries of beauty standards further, shooting stretch marks, scars, spots and more.

Ashley Armitage bodies

Ashley Armitage bodies

Ashley Armitage

“I create images of the female body because historically these images have been controlled by men. We were always the painted and not the painters. I’m trying to take back what’s ours and explore what it means to have a body that has always been defined by a male hand”– Ashley Armitage


The strange beauty of pollution

The Gowanus Canal is a Brooklyn waterway that, during the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century and beyond, served as a receptacle of waste for the various companies that fueled the way.

Specifically, the canal served as a dumping ground for coal tar, a thick, black liquid containing benzene, naphthalene, phenols, aniline and a bunch of other hazardous chemical compounds. After it was no longer needed, the canal was left to fester, and the tar substance seeped underground, floated to the surface, and interspersed itself throughout the fetid body of water, yielding a virulent stench and strangely stunning visuals.

Today, the Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country, and was declared a Superfund site in 2010. In 2013, a dolphin even died in its toxic grip.

When photographer Steven Hirsch, a Brooklyn native, saw the channel for the first time in 2010, he was enthralled. During his initial visit, an eruption of oil started bubbling and erupting on the water’s surface with a bizarre cocktail of centuries-old pollutants. Hirsch pulled out his camera and braved the nauseating smell to capture the strange visual effect, like a metallic Impressionist artwork.

The images are at once haunting and oddly hypnotic, illuminating the disastrous results of unchecked contamination left out to rot, and the strange visual complexity that arises from such hazardous destruction. In the images, emerald green, metallic gold and electric aquamarine dance in abstract patterns that seem brewed from the imagination. It’s hard to believe these organic-looking shapes are the result of human waste and carelessness.


Play- Doh portraits by Jose Cardoso

Jose Cardoso’s work looks scary but surely it is really interesting.

“There’s a lot of theories about identity loss nowadays, about how social networks can help you fake your real identity, why do people use photoshop in order to hide imperfections but never use that tool to enhance deficiencies?”

This work could be refered also to how easy is to get plastic surgery to your face like it was made of Play-Doh.

These photos are open to a variety of interpretations.


Photosculptures by Brno del Zou

Brno del Zou is an artist and a photographer who uses an interesting fragment style which highlights all parts of a human face. In his “photosculptures” series, Brno Del Zou uses the fragmentation of the body in order to better understand it. The body and the faces are revisited and their volumes are highlighted in order to create installations of multiple scales. These “photosculptures” suggest a clear aesthetic preference which does not hide the chaotic side of our minds.

Physical Transformation

We can see actors transformed to fit completely into the character of a film in which they starred . Some of the transformations are truly amazing , it’s not just the makeup and hair , but also to actual physical changes, such as haircuts , losses or drastic weight gain . In short , being an actor is not a walk , and it’s not just money and fame , we must also make compromises and sometimes change things about their appearance they do not want to ever change . It must be said that some of these actors are really transformed beyond recognition , it will surprise you to find out who they really are few movie characters who may have seen.

Chiara Barbera

In Praise of Imperfect Bodies

Seattle photographer Ashley Armitage , already known for having photographed women hair or wool , has gone a step further in the celebration of normal female bodies by proposing an imperfect physical gallery. Sagging breasts , stretch marks , scars , pimples, cellulite , unwanted hair and fat rolls.


Armitage opposed to perfect photos of beautiful models and retouched , its images of real women , with normal bodies and not be affected by editing programs.
” We have always been the subject of paintings and painters never , ” said Armitage .


Historically , the image of the female body has been subjected to standards of beauty imposed by men.


Photo series by Sheila Pree morphs real women with Barbie

We’ve seen what a Barbie doll would look like if modeled after the average 19-year-old woman. But when you juxtapose a doll’s facial features with a real woman’s, the results are startling.

That’s what photographer Sheila Pree Bright did in her 2003 series “Plastic Bodies,” which is currently part of the traveling art show “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.” Pree Bright’s work focuses mostly on women of color, exploring their complex relationships to white beauty standards by combining images of real women’s bodies and faces with those of dolls.

“American concepts of the “perfect female body” are clearly exemplified through commercialism, portraying “image as everything” and introducing trends that many spend hundreds of dollars to imitate. It is more common than ever that women are enlarging breasts with silicone, making short hair longer with synthetic hair weaves, covering natural nails with acrylic fill-ins, or perhaps replacing natural eyes with contacts.

Even on magazine covers, graphic artists are airbrushing and manipulating photographs in software programs, making the image of a small waist and clear skin flawless. As a result, the female body becomes a replica of a doll, and the essence of natural beauty in popular American culture is replaced by fantasy.”


Awesome Split Personality Portraits Through Clever Styling

For a recent assignment, Sydney-based photographer Toby Dixon created these two awesome split personality portraits not with fancy Photoshop but with the help of two talented friends. Monique Moynihan, who was in charge of styling and Budi, who handled make-up, transformed a man and a woman each into two distinct halves.

Similar to a mullet, “business in the front, party in the back,” these side by side characters couldn’t be more different. While the studious, bow-tie and pearls-wearing side seems more than a little serious, the tattoo-sporting, red lipstick-wearing party side is all about letting loose.

Dixon proudly states about this project, “No cutting, no comping, no Photoshop trickery.”


Hundertwasser’s imperfect buildings

The use of tile, strong, primary colors and biomorphic forms is what represents artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who’s work is reflected not only in architecture, but applied in theory as well.


Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) was an Austrian painter, architect, and sculptor best known for his architecture. He initially gained acclaim for his paintings, but later became more renowned for his unique architectural styling.

In the 1950s, Hundertwasser began designing architectural projects.

His main focus was integrating natural aspects of the surrounding landscape into his one of a kind works, with the accent put not on the design itself but on the sensation created by it and the way it would reflect into the eyes of the viewer.



The experiences offered by his creations transcend the linear, regular lines that modern architecture have established ( he considered a straight line the devil’s tool).


The irregular forms of his works were considered to be more appropriate and better connected to the imperfect human nature.

His hunger for a better understanding of the human being led him to architecture focused on human, environmental friendly buildings, rejecting straight lines and functionalism that led to human misery, monotony and excessive rationality.

He considered that the man should stop trying to contain nature and that he, as part of the natural world, should coexist in harmony with the surroundings.


All of his architectural projects included uneven floors, woods on the roof, vegetation.

The Beauty of Freckles

Got freckles? Photography project seeks to celebrate hottest beauty trend.

Brock Elbank has 90 images already showing the beauty of the skin marks which some feel are a curse – but he wants more subjects.

FrecklesBeautiful skin: The images not only show the beauty of freckles but also make them look exotic

Anyone who grew up with freckles may have mixed feelings about them, but one photographer’s launched a positive project to celebrate them.

Brock Elbank has put together a set of beautifully shot portraits which not only show the beauty of freckles but also make them look exotic.

Those who cursed the light brown marks on their skin as children or spent time with a scrubbing brush trying to get rid of them may be flattered to see that each and every freckled face looks stunning.

“What I find interesting about individual characters that I have been fortunate enough to photograph is that many have struggled with their freckles since their infancy and either hated them, or grown to live with them or even like them in adulthood,” Elbank told Buzzfeed.

Freckles (1)Photographic study: Brock Elbank has put together the set of beautifully shot portraits

Freckles (2)Skin deep: Many have struggled with their freckles since their infancy

The London-based photographer says he was inspired to start the project by the son of a friend, but he’s not done yet. Although 90 portraits have been collected so far, he plans to take a total 150 portraits before exhibiting his work in 2017.

Freckles (3)Auburn hair: The London-based photographer says he was inspired to start the project by the son of a friend

Freckles (4)Snap happy: Brock says people either hated their freckles, or have grown to live with them or even like them in adulthood


Clarice Armiento

Atmospheric Reentry by Maiko Takeda


Hundreds of colourful bristles emanate from headdresses in Maiko Takeda’s millinery collection, presented at the Royal College of Art fashion show earlier this week.The adornments consist of transparent plastic spikes tinted with colour gradients at the bases and tips, which are held in place between sections of acrylic joined
by small silver rings.
“While hats are commonly made with substantial and durable materials such as fabric, felt, plastic, leather so on, instead I wanted to create ethereal experiences for the wearer through the pieces,” Takeda told Dezeen.

“Through the experiment process, I developed the technique to create a visual effect of intangible aura by layering printed clear film, sandwiched with acrylic discs and linked together with silver jump rings.”One head piece comprises two domes covered in orange and red spines that sit either side of the face with in thin gap in between, and another mask with orange and purple spines wraps around the head like a sea cucumber.Peacock-tail-coloured quills fan out like ruffled feathers around a visor that masks from forehead to mouth. Another design covers the head, shoulders and bust but leaves the face exposed, while a different garment reaches from one wrist to another along two sleeves that join across the chest and back.

dezeen_Atmospheric-Reentry-by-Maiko-Takeda_9“When I saw the Philipp Glass and Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach last year, it became my main inspiration and its futuristic mood of the space age heavily influenced the aesthetic of my collection,” said Takeda. Her collection was part of the Royal College of Art‘s annual fashion show, which took place on several occasions this week.Last month we wrote about headsets that allow the wearer to adjust their sight and hearing, which were also developed by a group of Royal College of Art students.


Photography is by Bryan Huynh.

The beauty of Decay


                                                          ” ALBERTO BURRI”


   Matter, especially when he tells of his “suffering” is extremely expressive. And this is also    the goal of Alberto Burri when, in the fifties, began to paste on canvas pieces of jute, burned plastic films or strange mixtures capable of fracturing as parched clods.


The beauty of imperfection is carried by Burri to the nth degree when he realizes the Great Cretto, a work of land art that incorporates the ruins of Gibellina, a city destroyed by the earthquake of Belice, Sicily, in 1968.


   The desolate expanse of concrete is excavated, as in fractured paintings, from the       grooves that trace the route of the original streets. As a large tombstone has the remains of a town wiped off the map by the violence of nature. So there’s a beauty in everything, there’s a story in every object.


Strange and Beautifully Buildings of the World

1. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)


Construction of the building started in in January 2003 and in December 2003 it was finished. House architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer (famous Polish artist and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings.

The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)


The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)


The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio might just be a strangest office building in the world. The 180,000-square-foot building, a replica of the company’s famous market basket, cost $30 million and took two years to complete. Many experts tried to persuade Dave Longaberger to alter his plans, but he wanted an exact replica of the real thing.

Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)


This project, located in the heart of Kansas City, represents one of the pioneer projects behind the revitalization of downtown.

The people of Kansas City were asked to help pick highly influential books that represent Kansas City. Those titles were included as ‘bookbindings’ in the innovative design of the parking garage exterior, to inspire people to utilize the downtown Central Library.

Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)


The original idea of these cubic houses came about in the 1970s. Piet Blom has developed a couple of these cubic houses that were built in Helmond.

The city of Rotterdam asked him to design housing on top of a pedestrian bridge and he decided to use the cubic houses idea. The concept behind these houses is that he tries to create a forest by each cube representing an abstract tree; therefore the whole village becomes a forest.

Hang Nga Guesthouse a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)


The house is owned by the daughter of the ex-president of Vietnam, who studied architecture in Moscow.

It does not comply with any convention about house building, has unexpected twists and turns, roofs and rooms. It looks like a fairy tale castle, it has enormous “animals” like a giraffe and a spider, no window is rectangular or round, and it can be visited like a museum.

Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)


Ripley’s Building (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)