afternoon photo break

“The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the old stairs, and took their places in the windows. I was set up on my fire escape across the streeet, directing the scene, with bullhorn in hand. Of course I was concerned for the Models’ safety, as some were daring enough to pose out on the crumbling sills.”

Ormond Gigli, 1960

via Retronaut

A tiny, beautiful thing.

My Modern Met:

Found primarily in Central America (Mexico through Panama), the glasswinged butterfly’s name in Spanish is Espejitos which translates as little mirrors. In certain lights, the translucent wing parts have a glossy, almost reflective quality to them that makes their Spanish name effectively accurate. Whether they’re seen as glass or mirrors, though, there’s something absolutely fascinating about the way these butterflies’ wings offer a surreal look at the environment around the insect. It’s like they’re tiny ornaments designed to draw the eye to the scenic appeal of nature.

Hungarian photographer Noell Oszvald’s work is gorgeous

This Is Colossal:

I was astounded to learn that 22-year-old Hungarian photographer Noell S. Oszvald who lives and works in Budapest picked up a camera only a year ago. The gifted artist has shared only two dozen or so images with the world via Flickr but they already show an accomplished grasp of composition, editing and digital manipulation.

My Modern Met:

Australian photographer Lisa Tomasetti has worked as a visual artist and film stills photographer for the past 23 years. Her eye for cinematic drama comes through in her dance photography, a collection of images in which she is able to capture the beautiful elegance of ballet dancers set against the more rough, gritty urban city streets of Paris, Tokyo, and New York.

“Babugeri, Bulgaria” by Charles Freger


Wilder Mann is a project Fréger has worked on for several years now; after picking up on a trend of “wild man” costumes used in traditional ceremonies and pageants, he traveled to eighteen European countries photographing the different iterations in each one. Wilder Mann shows men dressed in shaggy goat skins, prickly twigs, black hoods, fearsome face paint. They look like bears, or deer, or yaks, or aliens. They are the wild things, so within the frame of the photos is, literally, where the wild things are.