Category: Photography

ArtBack to the Future: Old Photos Brought Back to Life

Who doesn’t love to open up their old photo album and remember the good times or just wonder what was going on with their hair? Well, photographer Irina Werning decided to take that feeling of nostalgia (or awkwardness) one step further. Why not recapture these moments today? The results are uncanny and totally cool! 
To relive more awkward moments in the past, check out Irina Werning’s website!
(Photos courtesy of IrinaWerning.com)

FashionNorman Parkinson: Vintage Fashion Photography

“I like to make people look as good as they’d like to look, and with luck, a shade better.”-Norman Parkinson
Stunning. Breathtaking. Beautiful. All of these words and more can describe Norman Parkinson’s work.
 
Norman Parkinson was a British fashion photographer whose career spanned seven decades! Often called the godfather of fashion photography, Parkinson spun the industry on its head, taking models out of the stuffy studios into the real world where he captured their natural beauty. He loved to photograph his subjects in fun or feisty set ups and introduced storytelling to his photos. His photos were filled with a sense of adventure and made you want to be the women in his photos.
Parkinson is most famous for his work for Vogue between 1945 and 1960, where he snapped photos of Hollywood royalty like Elizabeth Taylor and supermodels of the day. So let’s take a look a look at just a smidgen (there was so many amazing photos to choose from!) of his work!
 
 
Can’t get enough of Norman Parkinson? Then check out more of his work here and here! Okay, the last link is in Russian, but it has lots of his photos for your viewing pleasure!

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Marla Verdugo

 
 
This week I wanted to spotlight a very talented young artist, Marla Verdugo! Marla, a stylist/makeup artist/hair stylist/photographer extraordinaire is basically a one-woman show! Creating beautiful images is like second nature to her. There is so much mood and emotion behind her photos, and I couldn’t wait to share her work with you!
 
Recently, Marla photographed an event we attended in Los Angeles, and I was able to catch up with her to give you guys some background, fun FAQs, and even some tips on styling and photography! Take a look below for some of her beautiful work and an exclusive interview.
 
I love the pose and editing in this photo!
 
 
The heavy metal jewelry plays perfect off of her blunt bangs and dark eyes.
 
 
Interview with Marla Verdugo
Intro to yourself: 
I’m a California girl who can’t sit still. I’ve lived up and down the coast. Currently I live in Hollywood but miss the San Francisco life. Been doing makeup and pinup-vintage inspired photography for a few years. But I like to try things that intrigue me…like styling and fashion photography. You can also find me doing other things like; obsessing over Lindsay Lohan, thrifting, finding odd treasures on the street, stalking my friends, driving getaway cars, blogging, watching The Simpsons and making messes in the kitchen…and cracking jokes that only crickets respond to. ;)
 
How did you get into fashion photography?:
I first started with vintage/pinup-inspired photography…(my main love)…but after years of doing makeup on several fashion shoots, I decided to to test out my skills in shooting fashion. So I’ve been dabbling in it ever since–I love it! And I learn things everyday.
 
Tips for the photographer just starting out:
Seize the day. Go for your dream! Don’t let anyone discourage you. Take a class at a community college. Ask friends to model for you.Find what genre appeals to you, research different photographers…but develop your own style. ;)
 
Favorite beauty products:
Lipbalm: love Kiehl’s and Cherry Chapstick
Primers!!! They do wonders for your makeup.
Sunscreen: everyone should use it.
Kevin Murphy and Sunsilk: they’re on totally different ends of the spectrum, but I find they are both carry amazing hair products.
 
What are your “go-to’s” when styling?:
Honestly…I am very random. 
1. I love textures…in dresses, pants…
2. But generally, I would have to say vintage. No matter if I’m styling for a different era or present day looks—I love to thrown in vintage. It keeps the world going and it keeps me going. Makes me happy.
 
Why is fashion important to you?:
Fashion is another way to express yourself, fashion is beautiful. We all have different styles…and we may not like them all and some may not like our style, but what it comes down to…is what makes us feel good. Fashion is like we are…changing, evolving, reinventing, and also going back to our roots.
 
 
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Make sure to keep up with Marla on her blog and her own personal website! Happy New Years! xoxo

FashionMore or Less: Stunning Sculptural Knitwear

 
If you’re into chunky knitwear, then this blog is for you.
 
 
 
Crafted by Amsterdam-based textile designer Nanna van Blaaderen, “the sculptural handknitted collection ‘More or Less’ is inspired by organic forms, animal life and nature. Using thick woolen yarns in off-white colors, [she] experimented in combining knitting techniques with braiding techniques. This resulted in various expressive garments of voluminous structures and forms.”
 
Pretty sweet, huh? Plus, she’s really into nature, animals, and sustainability, so she gets extra brownie points.
 
 
 
 
 
Ahh . . . I just want to cuddle up with one of these creations and sip hot toddies by the fire! 
 
Check out more of Nanna’s amazing work on her website!
 
 
(Pics and quote courtesy of Trendland and nannavanblaaderen.com.)

ArtRemarkable Remakes from the Booooooom Photo Project

 
 
Some artists have a gift for bringing their subjects to life on canvas. Now, some people over at Booooooom have given us the gift of the “Remake” project, which challenged art lovers all over the world to actually bring works of art to life. LOVE this.
 
The challenge: take a classic work of art, (Booooooom master Jeff says: “I’m not looking for remakes of contemporary artwork, album covers, or fashion photography”), and “remake” it in a photograph (Jeff also stresses: “This is a PHOTO project! I’m looking for photos only. This means no paintings, drawings, collages. The idea is to put all your creative energy into re-creating and re-staging the image. All the work here happens before you take the photo, rather than afterward. Please refrain from adding special effects and other things to your image on your computer.”).
 
And, voila! My faith in humanity is restored.
 

 
Inspired by a contest in the UK hosted by Adobe, Jeff created a challenge of his own, open to submissions from all over this wonderfully creative planet. Users uploaded their submissions to Booooooom’s Facebook page, and then Jeff posted the majority of them on the site. One lucky winner will walk away with the entire Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection ($899). I’m just glad I don’t have to pick the winner. I was, however, more than happy to select a whole bunch of my personal favorites.
 

 
Some contestants chose to recreate some pretty darn close copies of the original artwork (above), while others took the subject and reimagined it in modern, original, or even silly ways (below). Not to be biased, but my favorites definitely have a creative twist to them.
 

 
I love the way that Wanda Martin reinterpreted Vermeer’s “Girl reading a letter by an open window” as a woman holding a telephone by an open window (below). Love the simple, modern touch.
 

 
Similarly, the way Or Eitan recreated Edward Hopper’s “Automata” in a McDonald’s (above) makes a powerful, yet subtle statement.
 
However, if I had to choose, I think these two might be my favorites:
 
Georges Braque’s “Woman with a guitar” recreated by Niklas Enhag:
 

 
And Emily Kiel’s remake of “Ohhh…Alright…” by Roy Lichtenstein:
 

 
So much cooler than planking….
 
If you want to see more, and there is a lot more to see, go ahead and check out the rest of the submissions (new ones are popping up all the time), and watch for the winner! Just be ready to spend A LOT of time scrolling through…

(Images courtesy of Booooooom!)