As a photographer I’m deeply interested in the experience subjects have during portrait shoots. When I guide subjects through the process of making their photo, I seek to create a calm, comfortable environment where they can be at ease in front of the camera. Despite my best efforts, subjects often feel a sense of vulnerability during the process. No matter the scenario, this power imbalance seems like an almost inescapable part of the experience.
—The photographer/subject paradigm is one of inequality. Nude Portraits is about leveling the playing field in an unorthodox way. Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease, where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability.
—This vulnerability is achieved by making portraits without clothing. These are nude portraits in the sense that I, the photographer, am nude, while the subject is not.
Cricketing dynasties seem to imply that talent is genetic. Yet the evidence from other sports queers the pitch
In running feelnumb.com, I look through thousands of photos of musicians, bands, guitars, etc, daily. As I was going through photos of the solo years of George Harrison, I kept seeing photos of him wearing a “FRANCE” shirt pop-up.
Most of these photos look like they were taken in the 70′s. If anyone knows the exact years, leave us a comment.
Long-Haired Mustached George with the “FRANCE” shirt…
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
(Photo: Peter Hapak/New York Magazine)
Only about 5 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 are run by women; double the sample size, and the proportion is the same. Compensation levels for female CEOs appear to lag as well, though it’s hard to tell because there are so few of them. On a recent list of America’s 200 highest-paid CEOs, only 11 were women, and their median pay was $1.6 million less than their male peers.
It is impossible for me to begin to write anything about the events of 9-11 without first bowing my head and taking a moment of silence in remembrance of all those who died and the grief which still lives on in the soul of our nation. Since I will be writing here about the genuinely heroic acts it took to save the economy on that day, I should mention that 74% of all civilian casualties were from the financial community. This represented not only wonderful people (I elect to think the best of them all) but of significant expertise in some of the most esoteric areas of our monetary system. In particular the staggering loss of six hundred fifty-eight employees by the largest securities interdealer broker, Cantor Fitzgerald, sent shockwaves through the industry that were and are still being felt.
The Bay Area circa 1919. “Girls fishing next to Studebaker ‘Big Six’ touring car.” 6.5 x 8.5 glass negative, purchased and scanned by Shorpy, originally from the Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia…. via.
Today’s picture is from 1939, and it shows a service station in Butte, Montana. Interesting that gas was eighteen cents a gallon. I can remember in the 1960’s gas being in the 20 something cents a gallon. It was a pretty big shock in the 70’s when gas actually hit a dollar a gallon. I can remember that the gas pumps and the signs had not been configured properly for gas to ever reach that level…. via.
Captain Nieves Fernandez shows to an American soldier how she used her long knife to silently kill Japanese soldiers during occupation, 1944.
Frank Wendt, [Barnum and Baily's Circus Snake Charmer, Miss Maxine], 1913 (2011.47.72)
via Fans in a Flashbulb.
Clouds of dust and incense veil the Dalai Lama’s flight to safety. When China’s troops entered Tibet in 1950, the Living Buddha fled to the Sikkim border. Here in a sedan chair, he rides between rows of stones designed to ward off demons.
via the passenger engine › Lost Lhasa.
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
SPARTA, N.J. — When Gail Morris came home late one night after taking her daughter to college, she saw her teenage son, Alex, asleep on the sofa in the family room. Nothing seemed amiss. An unfinished glass of apple juice sat on the table. She tucked him in under a blanket and went to bed.
—The next morning, he would not wake up. He was stiff and was hardly breathing. Over the next several hours, Ms. Morris was shocked to learn that her son had overdosed on heroin. She was told he would not survive.
Ana Fels, in the NY Times:
Lithium is a naturally occurring element, not a molecule like most medications, and it is present in the United States, depending on the geographic area, at concentrations that can range widely, from undetectable to around .170 milligrams per liter. This amount is less than a thousandth of the minimum daily dose given for bipolar disorders and for depression that doesn’t respond to antidepressants. Although it seems strange that the microscopic amounts of lithium found in groundwater could have any substantial medical impact, the more scientists look for such effects, the more they seem to discover. Evidence is slowly accumulating that relatively tiny doses of lithium can have beneficial effects. They appear to decrease suicide rates significantly and may even promote brain health and improve mood.
In the jungles of Hawaii’s Big Island, wild cattle are the biggest — and most dangerous — game. But what are they even doing there?
“If they spot you first, they’ll definitely come for you,” says Orion Enocencio, manager and hunting guide at Ahiu Hawaii, an adventure company on the Big Island in Hawaii. Some of the most dangerous hunting in the entire United States is to be found on a single island in the most isolated island chain in the world. It’s not grizzly bears or mountain lions or even bison: it’s the wild Hawaiian cow.
Cheered on by his friends, Isaias Ghere, a young Eritrean, climbs to the top of a diving tower in Ramshyttan, central Sweden, and musters a last few push-ups. The lake beneath him is still, and so is the wind. Behind the tower, up the hill, is the refugee housing facility he now calls home.
—To Ghere, this former hotel provides temporary shelter after an arduous journey to seek asylum. But to the facility’s owner, Tom Persson, it’s pumping out cash. Swedish authorities pay him up to $6,400 a day—or $194,000 per month—to put up 126 recently-arrived asylum seekers. And Persson’s not the only one profiting from this unexpected boom.
Filmaker Louie Schwatzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. Â At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.
Are you having a good day? Are you feeling rested, and happy, and ready to conquer the week ahead with your signature mixture of aggression and aplomb? Are you on top of your game, and thus on top of the world?
–Then you might want to get off the Internet. Because the Internet does not agree with your sparkly sense of optimism. The Internet—with all due no offences and sorry, buts—does not think you are on top of your game. Your capacity to work? To love? To live your life? You may not have asked for the Internet’s opinion on these matters, but it will tell you anyway: It thinks you are Doing It Wrong.
–Well, not the Internet (if, when it comes to precision, we are Doing It Right). The people who are employed to write things for the Internet. “You’re doing it wrong” has become a common headline cliche, a sassier, snarkier version of “8 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask” and “You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next.” Here, according to the Internet/journalism/your fellow humans, is an incomplete list of all the things you—yes, you—have recently been doing wrong:
Strombolicchio (or tiny Stromboli) is a sea stack of volcanic origin located about 2 km to the northeast of the island of Stromboli in the Tyrrhenian Sea, near Italy. Made of hard basalt rock resistant to erosion, the island rises 50 meters above the ocean and covers an area of approximately 300 square meters. Strombolicchio is a volcanic plug and part of the same geological platform as the island of Stromboli. It’s believed to have been created by the original volcano from which the island of Stromboli was built up. Eruptions at this site ceased approximately 200,000 years ago, and the volcanic activity moved about 3 km to the southwest.
At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes his fingernail into the wax: T-O-M.
“We can’t sell that now,” the manager protests.
To which Burford replies, in his soft Piedmont drawl: “That’s my point.”
A woman goes to her gynecologist with what she believes is a mysterious problem.
“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.
A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life, most floating markets operating today mainly serve as tourist attractions, and are chiefly found in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The sellers often gather at 3:00 and come back at 11:00.
—The following are stunning analogue photos of daily life in floating markets in Asia.
It happened in the dark. It always did. Around three years ago, I started having dreams about a strange woman. You could say we had a physical connection. Any time this woman and I were in the same place, things instantly got hot and heavy, without words, or so much as a glance, exchanged. But these weren’t just ordinary dreams: these dreams seeped into reality. I soon realized this strange woman was actually my girlfriend, lying next to me in bed.
Woman, Willem de Kooning, 1949
Spinosaurus, a meat-eating dinosaur bigger than Tyrannosaurus rex, was built for water and preferred swimming to walking, a new study says. WSJ’s Gautam Naik reports. Photo: National Geographic/NOVA
A rich horde of fossils from the Sahara has revealed that the largest known predator to ever walk the earth was also a superb swimmer, overturning the common view that dinosaurs were terrestrial beasts.
In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, an international research team described how it had uncovered the partial skeleton of a semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus, in Morocco. They estimate that the creature—not yet fully grown—measured 50 feet, at least nine feet longer than the largest documented Tyrannosaurus rex.
metaphor: the wolfs inspected the chicken roost and said wolves had nothing to do with what took place
Last year, the National Security Agency (NSA) reviewed all of Edward Snowden’s available emails in addition to interviewing NSA employees and contractors in order to determine if he had ever raised concerns internally about the agency’s vast surveillance programs.
—According to court documents the government filed in federal court September 12, NSA officials were unable to find any evidence Snowden ever had.
The parents of Amy Winehouse with her statue at Stables Market in Camden. Photograph: Laura Lean/PA
A lifesize statue of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London on what would have been the singer’s 31st birthday.
Fans and relatives attended the unveiling in Camden, north London, where Winehouse lived before her death in July 2011 after a public struggle with addiction.—The 175cm bronze statue in Stables Market portrays Winehouse in high heels and with her trademark beehive hairdo. It was sculpted by the London-based artist Scott Eaton after he was introduced to Winehouse’s father, Mitch.
9/11 wedding photo
A Massachusetts woman has reportedly found the owner of a wedding photo that was in the rubble of the World Trade Center on 9/11, after 13 years of searching.
—Each year since the attacks, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has posted to her social-media accounts a scanned image of six people at a wedding, hoping that someone would come forward to claim it, according to Mashable.
—On Friday, she claimed that she had heard from one of the people in the picture, and all were alive and well.