“Maiden Voyage” by Photographer Samantha Cabrera Friend

Samantha Cabrera Friend is a visual artist from Chicago, Illinois. Using photography, writing, public research and journalism, she explores local histories, traditions, and sociopolitical issues affecting female-based communities on a global scale. She is also the founder and curator of Quinceañera Archives—a visual repository fostering online dialogues and community-driven research around the historical importance of cultural lived experience. “Maiden Voyage” explores the tradition of the quinceañera through the lens of quinceañera cruises—a modern, booming North American industry. Shining a light on a minimally understood facet of Mexican culture, the series…

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A New One-Take BBC Ad Brilliantly Interprets the Feelings of Music Through Clever Choreography

 Dance Music #advertising #audio #video October 7, 2020 Grace Ebert  It’s well-documented that music moves us, and an advertisement for BBC Sounds takes that research literally. A project of Rogue Films, the one-minute clip opens on a woman riding a city bus before swooping into a responsively choreographed dance enhanced by visual effects. Each subject, including an unassuming dog, sways and spins to the diverse array of sounds pumping through their headphones or the speakers in a coffee shop. Two women twist in double-helix, a figure floats calmly…

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Iridescent Glass Worms, Fruiting Slime Molds, and a Glowing Eel Larvae Top Close-Up Photography Contest

 Photography #birds #fungi #insects #nature October 7, 2020 Grace Ebert Image © Andrei Savitsky, cupoty.com. Winner: Micro. “Glass worms can vary in length from about half an inch to two inches. On the right side of this image you can see the large tracheal bubbles that serve as hydrostatic organs (or swim bladders). These bubbles allow the larva to keep its horizontal position in the water column, while also helping to regulate the depth of its immersion. The bubbles are covered with dark pigment cells that can resize –…

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Using Shattered Ceramics, Artist Bouke de Vries Revitalizes Found Porcelain in New Sculptures

 Art #ceramics #porcelain #sculpture October 7, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Bouke de Vries, shared with permission Bouke de Vries (previously) refers to some of his porcelain sculptures as “three-dimensional still lifes.” The artist, who was born in the Netherlands and now lives in London, creates sprawling assemblages that resemble a classic bowl of fruit or table setting frequently found in Dutch art. “I compose these pieces as, after the painter has finished with them, the ceramics get broken and decayed, and I breathe new life into them.…

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