Heidi Lender’s Superb ‘Once Upon’ Weekly Photo Project

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The theme of this former fashion editor and reporter’s weekly photo assignment, almost seems deceptively simple and tepid at first -  “Stand on a bench. Make sure it’s Monday. Wear something pretty.” But one glance at the photographs, and we are left stunned at the brilliance of it all. Diverse locations, colorful backdrops, interesting people, and not to mention her effortless and impeccable sense of style, all come together to create one terrific art project.

I abandoned the world of words and appearances and moved to India nine years ago to study yoga and dive into the inner universe. My past and paths now collide in this project – personal façade vs. private interior.

Wardrobes and surrounding spaces are representations and reflections of who we are or who we purport to be. We explore, experiment and express the different aspects that are the ingredients of our individual, whether we are aware of it or not. Be it wild or controlled, we inevitably illustrate a part of ourselves.

The self-portrait series “Once Upon” whimsically plays upon this illustration. With a platform on which to stand, I investigate the host of personalities within, the layers that make up the self, the characters we hide, show, accept and reject, and the role that fashion and design play in molding those characters. My closet is colorful, a menagerie of clothes and accessories amassed on my journeys; though a collection untouched, unworn. Here, it has place and purpose. Headless self-portraits, piled with textures, lend a sense of objectivity, obscurity and freedom from identification.

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Pulp – A Photo Art Book by Neil Krug

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Photographer Neil Krug’s upcoming photo art book,‘Pulp’ (NSFW), was the result of his collaboration with supermodel Joni Harbeck.

Shot on a Polaroid camera, the photographs recreate the grimy essence of the pulp films of the 60s and 70s. The book will have more than 200 such images.

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The Pinhole Gallery

The Pinhole Gallery is a site dedicated to collecting and displaying images taken with pinhole cameras. At its most basic, a pinhole camera is nothing more than a box with…

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Gallery Of Giant Bonsais

Australian photographer Garry Trinh's “Giant Bonsais” photo gallery has some great pictures of trees that have had their branches lopped off to let power lines to pass through. (Thanks, Jezebelle.)

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The Amazing Photography Of Bransilav Kropilak

Branislav Kropilak’s beautiful photographs of industrial installations, lobbies, airplane landings, factories, and parking lots, are awe-inspiring, yet eerily terrifying due to the absence of people in them. However, Bransilav’s intentions…

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NYPL Joins Flickr Commons

The Flickr Commons project was launched to share the photo collections of the world's leading cultural heritage institutions with the general public. Institutions, such as the The Library of Congress,…

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