For me, the word “tourist” has always given a slightly negative impression: I immediately think of loud and obtrusive foreigners sporting knee-high socks and sandals with neon-coloured bum bags (I believe you call them fanny packs in the States) tightly wound around their waists, as they cart around expensive cameras they don’t know how to use and large maps they probably don’t know how to read. Not the most appealing of images, I admit.
Brushing aside these unpleasant associations, Tourist Magazine is a new and exciting online magazine based in the United Kingdom. With four issues under its publishing belt, the magazine showcases a heady mix of art, fashion, interviews, music and cultural features; all accompanied by intelligent writing and gorgeous imagery. In particular, there is a raw and unpretentious aesthetic to Tourist Magazine that I really appreciate. As someone who is not overly interested in reading about cosmetic procedures, tips on how to snag a man or the latest celebrity gossip – the standard fare for many magazines – it is refreshing to come across a magazine focused on collaborating with diverse creatives types in an inspiring and fresh way.
I’m not really sure what exactly this is about but what I’ve determined that it’s a collaboration from Helmo and Bonnefrite for Pronomade(s) and they’re amazing. I honestly have no idea who any of these people are but the results are fantastic. The images above totally remind me of something you’d see in a Hayao Miyazaki movie, a giant spirit that is there but not at the same time. Also think the photos were by François Serveau who did an amazing job of capturing these landscapes. You can check out more of these awesome image by clicking here.
Lately I’ve been having this hang up with prints. I understand it’s an easier way for artists, and by artists I mean illustrators and designers, to present their work. But at the same time it’s starting to feel like more crap. I’ve started comparing prints to screen printed t-shirts, which in my mind no one needs anymore of. That said, I can’t say that this ridiculous rule I’ve created for myself holds true to photographers, because, how else would they show their work other than a print?
So I thought I’d share this wonderful image created by Paul Octavious called The Beach which is the quintessential idea of what summer looks like (to me). The photo is available through Wallblank who are charging $30 for a 12″ x 12″ or $70 for a 20″ x 20″. I’m seriously smitten with this print so I’m thinking about diving into the 20″ end of the pool.
The work of Norwegian photographer Stine Pettersen displays a considered focus on the human form. The eye of her camera rests on nubile torsos, capturing the manner in which natural light inhabits the surface of her subjects’ skin. Further, she frames them in unrefined and isolated settings that require that the body is the centre of each composition.
In so doing, Pettersen zeros in on a certain vulnerability that some of her subjects openly display, while others attempt to keep it hidden within themselves. Like the best photographs, her images take on the characteristics of a film still and encourage the viewer to imagine stories and inner lives for her photographic subjects. There is the overt presence of visual beauty, but there is also the whisper of something else.
I meant to post about The Big Caption a while ago but I kinda forgot about it. For those who haven’t stumbled upon this yet they take a photo from the Chicago Tribune’s The Big Photo and add a clever or witty caption to it, quite simple. But I spotted the image above on Ffffound and started to laugh uncontrollably, so I had to post it. Meat Rainbow, how amazing it that?!
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