Posts Tagged ‘skulls’

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Dia de los Muertos

November 2, 2010

Much as I utterly love Halloween, I’ve always just been the teeniest bit more intrigued by the Dia de los Muertos, with all the sugar skulls and other trappings. There seems to be a spirit to the holiday that I’d love to experience properly. I love the idea of celebrating one’s ancestors in a fun, humourous way, rather than it being the vaguely morbid affair that the All Souls’ Day celebrations tend to be in other countries.

I also really enjoy the fact that all the scariness is taken out of skulls and skeletons,  and that they’re made into something fun and cartoon-y instead. I’m sure there could still be sinister doings afoot during a Dia de los Muertos celebration (in fact I fervently hope there have been, because that would be awesome) but at the same time the way the decorations are done enures that the atmosphere is festive rather than creepy.

Non-sequiteur point being, I’m a big fan of these photos by  John Rees.  I think the styling of the models is great, and the story of the shoot makes me oh so happy.

I love this one… it’s rather terrifying until you look at it closely and realise what she is. Such a contrast to the warmth of some of the other ones.

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

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Stuff of Nightmares

November 6, 2009

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So, this is apparently the week when I steal inspiration from my friends.  I got an email this morning pointing me towards Juxtapoz Magazine’s blog post about Takato Yamamoto’s amazing artwork, and ever since I’ve been obsessed, doing nothing but look through page after page of his paintings. This was rendered slightly sketchy, due to the fact that I was at work and a great deal of his pieces are inspired by Japanese rope bondage and S&M. I kept accidentally clicking on the bad ones just as my supervisor was walking by. Sigh.

Disregard of being thought the office perv aside, what attracts me so much to Yamamoto’s paintings is the dreamlike combination of elements to be found in them. As I said, a lot of them draw inspiration from S&M (not many of the ones I’ve put up here, as I didn’t have time to study those as much to see if I liked them.) The influence of that and other erotica is definitely felt, but I’m much more interested in the images from folklore and horror conventions. The drawing style also reads to me as quintessentially Japanese, the tight lines and small details simultaneously evoking things as wide-ranging as horror manga, tattoo art and Hokusai. I love the use of anatomy, the organic details, the mysterious looming presence of the moon. I also love the intensity and simplicity of his palette (which I just wrote as palate– though with drawings like these one might wonder if he can stomach things, or if he is plagued by the monsters he creates.)

I’ve put up a lot of pictures, but it was very hard to edit it down to even this. I strongly urge you to go look at his works elsewhere and see what other things he has to offer. Everything is basically along these lines, but the variations can be rather glorious.

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Horror take on Little Red Riding Hood. I love it, queasily. Look at the blood spatters on the post and her leg. I’m so curious, but I’m not even sure I want to know what happened there.

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He makes it weirdly beautiful, right?

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The blog post also features a pretty interesting interview with him, so I urge you to check it out.

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Evoluzione

October 16, 2009

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Apparently,  Ruven Afanador is becoming one of my favourite photographers. I’ve posted his work here before, but I was completely taken with his editorial for Elle Italia November 2008. It incorporates many of my favourite elements– creepy touches like bones and skulls, anatomical charts, black and white, amazing shoes and sculptural dresses. Maybe I’m just a Goth who missed her calling, but I think there’s something to be gained from giving in to one’s darker sensibilities every now and then.

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Grégoire Alexandre

August 11, 2009

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Fashion photography has always struck me as extremely challenging. With such rapid turnover in subject matter, it must be difficult to keep the images feeling new, and not a simple rehash of last season’s photos. I personally go through spates where I can’t bear to look at magazines because everything feels like the continuation of a few Neverending Photoshoots (much like the Story, but with fewer luckdragons and more skinny girls in $10,000 dresses jumping. Or sulking. Or contorting themselves.)

Grégoire Alexandre‘s work feels fresh to my apparently oh-so-jaded little soul. His use of props seems quite original. I adore the carefully staged fantasy of his shots, particularly the origami pieces. They end up being quite humourous, and have this wonderfully strange sense of being someone’s doodles come to life. They strike just the right kind of balance between between art and fashion photography.

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PS: sorry about the random spacing btw the pictures. They came with borders that I couldn’t take off, as my computer is having A Conniption.

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Divorce Rings

May 22, 2009

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In these days when divorce is so prevalent, it’s good that someone has thought of a way to make something beautiful of a depressing subject.

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Gisele Ganne takes inspiration from traditions of marriage, divorce and mourning to create beautiful, subversive jewelry. These knuckle-dusters pictured are from her “Divorce Jewelry” line, playing on such things as the Bride Globe, a traditional French present to the bride at her wedding. She also draws heavily upon traditional symbols related to these themes, such as roses, forget-me-nots, ivy, and more macabre things like skulls.

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Associations aside, these rings are just plain cool. You may have noticed that I have just the slightest bit of a penchant for big unusual statement-y jewelry, and these rings absolutely fit the bill. The macabre themes are a bonus, with my love of all things creepy. I came across them while looking for knuckle-dusters in general. Could I just get over my vague feeling of bad luck with the themes they’re representing, and had I 2000 pounds to drop on a ring, I would definitely pick one up.

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The three rings below are from her Mourning series, and definitely more affordable and suited for everyday use. I love the silver “diamond” supported by the two skulls. Beautiful!

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Should you find yourself less financially limited than me, her rings are available for purchase at Kabiri.