Dutch artist and product designer Anne ten Donkelaar arranges and photographs flowers underwater, thus capturing a “silent image of a spirited dance.”
In this series, titled Underwater Ballet, the artist’s floral “ballerinas” dance and seemingly float around in still waters. They dreamily pose and sway, thoroughly hypnotizing us all. This stunning picture is just a glimpse of ten Donkelaar’s magical reality.
“Victor had never realized how used to the gulls’ cries he had become
until they weren’t there. The clicking of Mari’s bike gears and the roar
of the ocean surf were the only sounds as they crossed the usually-busy
bridge. It was strangely intimate with Yuuri like this; all the
barriers of the day, of propriety and public opinion and their own
worries had been removed. Now there was only this **chemistry.** An
attraction, a set of feelings barely touched on and young, a fledgling
thing testing its wings in the hopes of someday taking flight.
And there they were beneath an impossibly starry sky, two figures in the
moonlight stuck on a song. Victor had never realized until that moment
how truly alike they were—how improbable it was to chase a boy across
the world and in the process find someone who woke him up in the middle
of the night because he **needed** to dance on the ice.
A kindred spirit, a reflected soul. Two categorically impossible people
who had a love of foolhardy and inadvisable things, all for the love of
With midnight come and gone, 2 AM found Yuuri on the ice playing his
song from a portable cell phone speaker, the sound of a distant piano
filling the empty rink in a way that felt like a prophecy of something
greater. Victor liked to imagine he could already hear the power of this
music on the PA system, of five or ten or twenty thousand people
hearing it in a stadium, on their televisions as they witnessed Yuuri’s
It wasn’t a routine; there was no proper choreography, even.
But Yuuri danced with an emotion so incredible and poignant and
**joyous** that Victor couldn’t look away. It was far from perfect, and
less than half of it ISF sanctioned, but that didn’t matter. The rules
didn’t matter on a night like this, to people like Victor and Yuuri.
What mattered was the bliss in Yuuri’s face as the music washed over
him, the cut of his skates, the curl of his body. What mattered was
Yuuri skating it again and again, different each time and having not a
care in the world for it.
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Come tomorrow, a week from now,
a month from now, this song would become a routine and the freedom
would be gone. For now, though, as Victor leaned against the boards and
**watched,** it was something new to both of them.
that scene in httyd where toothless draws on the ground with a log and hiccup has to dance around the lines and there’s this really beautiful and spirited music playing and it ends with hiccup in front of toothless and he’s holding out his hand and looking away and toothless touches his snout to hiccup’s hand like. that scene always gets me and idk why but it’s honestly one of the most memorable and fucking beautiful moments in cinematic history.
Listening to chants and witchy music while studying schoolwork
Watering your plants while telling them or singing to them how beautiful they are
Placing crystals in your garden to help your plant babies be happy
Drinking mundane tea and making it magick
Recycling whatever you can to become part of your craft
Seeing the message the butterfly or animal gives when they pass you by
Writing sigils and symbols in your shower for a cleanse and all good things
Giving your loved ones protection charms
Taking care of all the stray animals in your neighborhood
Sending loving energy to your friends and anyone who needs it
Listening to the wind and feeling the earth under your feet
Gazing up at the stars
Picking up trash in the woods for the environment
Leaving pretzels or other snacks for the birds in the parking lot
Singing or dancing to uplift spirits
Seeing everyone and everything as connected
It’s important to know witchcraft is more than dancing in circles while chanting with a coven, it’s so much more than having your entire home covered in crystals, herbs and other things. Witchcraft is something that happens every moment, every day. Even when some don’t know they are doing it.
[Article] BTS Is Back! The K-Pop Kings Talk Their New Album and Ever-Evolving Style
Just ahead of the release, the members sat down for an exclusive interview with Vogue to break down their new look and evolving personal style. Despite a long day of filming and dance rehearsals, they were in good spirits, laughing and chattering happily. “Let’s go!” J-Hope said. Here, we do.
Q.Tell us about the new visual concept for this album. What kind of style did you pick to express it?
Suga: It’s about boys falling in love. There are four versions of love, and we shot four different photos to show them. Though each one is different, the same feeling of love comes through in every shot. There’s a sense of playfulness, of friends hanging out comfortably at home in their free time, and that kind of fluttering feeling. Visually, we cover a lot of ground.
The lyrics and the music themselves are about finding your fate. In this album, we cover a wide range of songs: There are high-energy ones, very hip-hop ones. It’s quite diverse. To match it, the style covers a range of colorful, sporty, leisure, and boyish clothes. They go well together: powerful music, colorful clothes.
J-Hope: It’s very colorful and sporty, overall. I think there’s a slightly retro feel, too. Among the seven members, I think we each kind of bring out our hidden boyishness through our clothes.
Suga: It’s totally different. When we did You Never Walk Alone, we wore a lot of casual clothes. This time, it’s a lot flashier. Super colorful, yet more high-end and comfortable at the same time. More of that comforting feeling.
J-Hope: Right, this time we wanted to show more of that boyish style.
Q. How would you describe BTS’s style in general, looking back across your work?
Rapmon: Just style.
Jimin: Truthfully, we have a very energetic style, I would say.
Q. A lot has been said about the kind of individuality you hope to express as a band. Is that something that comes into play with your style, letting each member’s own persona come through?
Jimin: Of course; it’s important. With each new album, we do a lot of fittings. And each time we do those fittings, we talk a lot and always share our thoughts as we go. We put a lot of effort into looking for clothes that express ourselves and the feelings we want to express with each album’s concept. We want to show that, [but] without losing our individuality either.
V: I don’t think we have one signature. With each concept, we change it up completely and the styles have been so diverse. For “Boy in Luv,” we wore school uniforms. For “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” it was a range of suits and white shirts. As artists, we have to change our style to match each concept. We’re always changing, ever changing.
Q. Do you have a favorite piece you wore for this comeback?
Suga: I loved all the oversize shirts.
Jungkook: Me too. There’s a loose, navy chiffon shirt I wore with slacks that was particularly light and comfortable. I liked that a lot.
J-Hope: I liked wearing those basketball jerseys, and those ultra-colorful sweaters, too.
Rapmon: There was a really big windbreaker that I liked because it was so big.
V: I liked everything, but the accessories most of all. Particularly all the rings and earrings, I liked those the most.
Jimin: For me, it was the bright red shirt from “DNA.”
Q. Who do you think has changed the most since you debuted?
Suga: V has changed a lot, and Jimin changed a lot.
Rapmon: Jungkook, too.
Q. In what way?
Jimin: We’ve all gotten old.
J-Hope: Our maknae line [the youngest members] has changed a lot. They are the youngest and looked it when we debuted, but now, they look more grown-up.
Jin: Like Jimin. Overall, his face changed from cute to sexy.
Q. What do you want most for this comeback?
Suga: To make the Billboard Hot 100 is my dream.
J-Hope: Let’s get it! Dream!
Rapmon: I would like all the members to be healthy.
Suga: It’s the most important thing, really.
Jimin: I would like to be 3 centimeters taller.
V: For real. I want to have wide shoulders like Jin.
Jimin: Me too [laughs]. For real.
Suga: If everyone could be happy, I would be happy.
Jungkook: For me, I’d like to travel a lot. Anywhere would be great. And if I could learn to speak English and Japanese well, that would be great, too.
J-Hope: I also would like the members to be healthy and happy. And everyone else, all our fans.
Q. Any last words for your American fans?
J-Hope: Of course, American Army.
Suga: No matter what, our American Army is so big, and we are so very thankful to them. From now on, we want to put on even cooler performances, be cooler, be better, so look forward to it. Please, always look forward to it.
V: Thank you! We love American Army so much!
Q. Tell us about your personal style. What are you into lately?
V: In my case, I like to pick one piece that pops against everything else. I like flashy shirts, or I’ll wear a simple shirt with a fancy necktie. I also like vintage pieces, more standout ones. I’ll go to certain boutiques and look for clothes without labels. You can find a lot of nice unbranded shirts, and I wear those a lot.
Jimin: To be honest, I don’t think much about style, or “oh, this is my style,” that sort of thing. I follow my mood, which is so different day to day. Generally, I like a wide range of styles, but lately, I’ve been reaching for comfortable, simple things. Simple slacks and shirts.
Jungkook: Are you familiar with the term paealmot [fashion-know-nothing]? I don’t know anything about fashion. So for me, I reach for anything comfortable. I wear a lot of athleisure and workout clothes—sweatpants and sweatshirts—as I like to stay active.
Jin: I like to dress warmly, comfortably as I go around. Naturally I like easy fashion. My style is clean, polished, and gentle looking. Or you could say I prefer to wear big sweatshirts and hoodies.
J-Hope: I’m into streetwear, and more colorful looks. These days, bags have become more of a thing for me—these mini cross bags are so great.
Suga: These days I’m wearing a lot of Jordans, those sneakers. I’ve been wearing a lot of slippers, too, and comfortable clothes in general. I really like that kind of oversize fit.
Rap Monster: These days, I’m most into staying comfortable. I do have a lot of interest in Japanese brands, so I’ve been looking at cool Japanese hyungs [older brothers] and carefully studying their style. Brands like WTAPS, Visvim, I like a lot.
What is one item you can’t live without?
V: I like old-school, vintage-style glasses a lot. As for accessories, I really like them all.
Jimin: I like accessories a lot. Hats, caps, beanies, I like all of them. I also look for special standout earrings, rings, necklaces … I like to layer them on heavily.
Jungkook: I don’t like accessories all that much, except for hats. I like bucket hats and beanies a lot, and I sometimes wear rings or bracelets. I’m the kind of person that if I put it on once, I’ll leave it on forever.
Jin: I like silver accessories. I think they suit me well.
J-Hope: I like hats a lot—bucket hats, sun caps, beanies, and fitted caps. And like I said before, I like bags a lot. I like shoes that stand out, too. Lately, I’ve been wearing a lot of running shoes, the kind that look good with very wide pants.
Suga: I also love accessories, especially bracelets and rings. King rings, the really big ones. I’ll wear a lot of them at once.
Rap Monster: I like hats. As for a favorite … I like all of them, though? Really. I wear hats all the time.
How much interest do you have in fashion?
Jin: “How do I mix and match these things together … ” I tend to stand in front of the closet worrying like that.
Who is your style icon right now?
V: I don’t have a big role model at the moment, but later on, I would like to channel [actor] Ryoo Seung-bum [who is known for his unique style].
Jimin: I don’t have one exactly, but I like to look on the Internet for cool, well-dressed people and get inspired that way.
Jungkook: I am my own role model. I want to follow myself.
Jin: [Actor] Kang Dong Won. The clothes he wears, it’s the fit and style I like.
J-Hope: I like A$AP Rocky. How to put it … he dresses on-trend, but he also dresses for himself. He’s made his own style. It’s hip, but has a clean, polished kind of feel. That whole A$AP Mob style, I like.
Suga: Like Jungkook, I don’t really have one. I just look for what I like and what I feel comfortable wearing.
Rap Monster: Cool hyungs I look up to, even people I pass on the street in Seoul. People dress so well here, it’s easy to get inspired.
• so many flowers in their hair, you’d think they’d grown them themselves!
• has impressive collection of flowy clothing and hemp jewelry
• will always look you in the eye while conversing
• best date for them is a trip to the succulent garden
• even if not dancing physically, their spirit is always swaying
Description via asianinfo.org: “Salp'uri means literally to wash away evil spirits. Usually a mudang(shaman) presided over the process. Shamanism is a long-held tradition which emerged around the Three Kingdoms era. Salp'uri was the climax of shaman rituals. Its representative by-product is the unique salp'uri rhythmic cycle that has been adapted in other performing arts. Salp'uri is prevalent in the Honam region, the southwestern part of Korea, in the form of ssitkimgut, the soul cleansing shaman rite. This is regarded as the archetype of the present Salp'urich'um which uses a white silk scarf as a key prop.
The salp'urich'um dance has been polished over the centuries to add artistic value, and so it is hard today to trace it back to a mere exorcism rite. It was performed in shaman rites accompanied by the rhythms of shinawi (featuring an extensively improvised ensemble with wind and percussion instruments) to attract the interest of spectators. As it was refined into an artistic artform, salp'uri’s name changed to ipch'um, chukhungch'um, or sugonch'um.
Although it derived from shaman rites, salp'uri does not carry out any religious function. The dancer, attuning herself to the sorrowful shinawi music, portrays sadness and anxiety in her every step. During this process, the dancer’s movement reveals striking energy and movement as she performs in a trance- like state.
The salp'uri’s rhythmic normal font cycle starts out with slow-paced shinawi rhythms and gradually builds up speed which conveys the dancer’s excitement.” asianinfo.org