The study of the supernatural has long been a controversial field, and William Hope’s Victorian spirit photography is no exception to that rule. Recovered from a dusty second hand bookshop in the English countryside, Hope and his set of ‘spirit’ photos come with their very own backstory of intrigue and infamy.
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Over 800 of these moai statues are sprinkled along the Polynesian island. The area was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and rightly so. These ancient heads are the most creative use of volcanic ash we’ve ever seen.
Incredible Photos From World War One, Now In Color
In honor of Veterans Day, the arts writers at Time have compiled an eye-opening series on World War One as seen through the trenches. The catch? It’s in color. When looking at the historical, the mind naturally thinks in black and white–especially way back at the beginnings of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it was precisely at this time that the French Lumiere brothers introduced the autochrome technique to the world of photography, as seen in these photos. Sealing natural color into permanent glass negatives via emulsion layers, autochrome drastically altered photography’s future. Though it seems a bit unnatural to examine participants in the Great War in such a saturated light, autochrome adds dimension and life to subjects whose formerly black and white faces inspired little curiosity within history textbooks.
The Reality Of “Happily Ever After”
For those of you who blame the deceiving phrase “happily ever after” for your unrealistic–and somewhat masochistic–approach to relationships, you’ll delight in photographer Dina Goldstein’s project, Fallen Princesses. Featuring a wrung-out and wrinkled Snow White chasing after a horde of saggy-diapered tots to a machine gun-clad Jasmine fending off foreign interventions, bombs and drones, Goldstein brings a bit of disenchanting realism to the enchanted lives of Disney princesses. Says Goldstein, “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues”. For more on Goldstein’s dystopian depiction of what awaits a princess after the fairytale ends, head over to Demilked.
Photo-editing software has never been easier or more affordable; just check out Instagram for confirming evidence of that. In light of this, various artists have begun to change the way we view the rich tapestry of our history; specifically, the way we look at iconic photographs. Rendering these historical icons in a new light, we must ask ourselves if the alterations are poignant and reveal an added dimension to the photos’ subjects, or if they’re potentially blasphemous in their intentional undermining of the photos’ organic–and highly recognized–form.
Does the historical importance of the photo lie in the subject captured, or in the preservation of the way in which he or she was captured and subsequently viewed since its existence? This recent trend has sparked many debates; but either way, these dynamic new views introduce formerly listless two-dimensional pieces of yesteryear to a whole new audience.
Now, realize that you are an infinitesimal fraction of half a speck within this image and quit worrying.