31 December 2011

Sailor beware

Gil Elvgren (1914-1980) is generally considered to be the greatest pin-up artist ever. Enjoy these stunning oil paintings, where the light is always beautiful.

Since Elvgren is a super-prolific artist, my idea was to present his work through a theme, among hundreds of paintings. For instance, Working class pin-ups. Pin-ups in the fields. Blushing pin-ups. Pin-ups with a dog. Black stocking pin-ups. No! Way too many girls wearing black stockings in the Elvgren universe! I finally cracked for the nautical theme, guess why..!


Sailor beware (1963)

A sharp lookout - Stem to stem (1961)

Cruise girl

(Don't know the title)

Hard to handle (1957)

Bow spirit (1960)

Sailor beware - See worthy (1963)

Anchors a wow (1958)

Ankles aweigh

Sitting pretty (1953)

Splendid view - Out to sea (1960)

(Before and after)



elvgrenpinup.com
wikipedia.org/Gil_Elvgren
Nice paintings here.
Many Before and Afters here. No need to read Russian language to understand.

"An Elvgren model was never portrayed as a femme fatale. She is, rather, the girl next door whose charms are revealed in that fleeting instant when she's been caught unaware in what might be an embarrassing situation." (Read more.)

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Well, I got no idea about the song I should propose to go with this blog post… Well (one more time), I am soooo pleased to live with a musician: I asked her to help me to find the perfect song. I should write the perfect songs.

April March - Chick Habit  

Eleni Mandell - Girls

23 December 2011

Stone angel

One of the most powerful and unforgettable song of the pop music universe certainly is Love Will Tear Us Apart (12" vinyl, 1980) by Joy Division. The accomplished song also brought its unique aesthetic through one of the most unequivocal album cover: anybody who has ever seen the abandoned stone angel (photographed by Bernard Pierre Wolff) will never forget.

The masterpiece angel is a permanent resident at Staglieno Cemetery, Italia. Onorato Toso sculpted it in 1910 for the Ribaudo tomb.



Cathy van Hoang is the owner of an Etsy shop named studiocvh (Low Light : Atmospheric : Ugly Beautiful : Photography). She went to the Italian cemetery in 2001 and took pictures of the iconic icon (!) using an old-school Pentax K1000.


Love Will Tear Us Apart # 3




Love Will Tear Us Apart # 1




Love Will Tear Us Apart # 2


studiocvh web site
studiocvh facebook page



Cathy van Hoang's other Etsy shop, PetitBeast: botanical jellyfish air plant terrariums



Other Staglieno Cemetery photos





Other Stone Angels photos








Beautiful original version of Love Will Tear Us Apart on youtube


Beautiful BBC version of Love Will Tear Us Apart on youtube; what a nice speedy rendition!



The Appiani family tomb sculpture, by Demetrio Paernio (1851-1912), features on the cover of Joy Division's album Closer, also photographed by Bernard Pierre Wolff.

13 December 2011

Space Soviet Brutalism

"Soviet Brutalist architecture is beautiful and strange, much of it like some odd abandoned spaceship, long-forgotten Hollywood Sci-Fi set from the 60s, or perhaps the fevered product of a very rigorously-minded architect on a great deal of hallucinogenic drugs." (source: cameraclubny.org)

90 buildings
Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed
"A photographic record of 90 weird and wonderful buildings from the last decades of the USSR. Photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination." (source: www.taschen.com)

















Explicite concrete
"Concrete was the ideal working material for Soviet central planners: it made possible the construction of huge buildings on a truly heroic scale. Surprisingly, it also facilitated some remarkably beautiful structures." (source: www.weburbanist.com/brutalism)

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Russian electro-rock poetry
Delfin (also written Dolphin) is my favorite Russian pop rap hip-hop electro-poetic rock band. Aaahhh! vertigo. This song is very moving, like a dark anthem:

Dolphin - Имя (то самое видео где Дельфин не сдержал слёз)


Dolphin music myspace
Dolphin music info

09 December 2011

Girl in animal mask

Girl, creepy animal mask, vintage clothes, plastic toy film camera, imperfection, artist. The unusual work of Pamela Klaffke.

"I am a Canadian photographer who shoots exclusively with analogue cameras, most often my Holga CFN. My photographs often feature grain and blur; i like vivid colour, creepy masks and dolls, and the beauty and warmth, unpredictability and imperfection of working with film. I don't digitally alter my images (with the exception of some occasional cropping) and my photography has a decidedly vintage bent. I shoot people, places and all kinds of unusual things." - Pamela Klaffke

What is a Holga camera?
"The Holga is a medium format 120 film toy camera, made in China, known for its low-fidelity aesthetic. The Holga's low-cost construction and simple meniscus lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light leaks, and other distortions. The camera's limitations have brought it a cult following among some photographers." (Holga on wikipedia.)



























more masks
Pamela Klaffke's shop
pamelaklaffke.com