How do you keep your center solid as you continue to evolve? When Brain Pickings turned 7, Maria Popova stopped to consider that question. Her labor of love had grown from a weekly email she sent to seven friends to a treasure trove of curiosities, creativity, and inspiration beloved by millions. What did she learn in that time? In 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living, Maria shares her reflections on living a life that fulfills your heart, mind, and spirit.
Adapted from Maria Popova's October 2013 essay: http://bit.ly/1xFw9io. From the original essay: “I share these here not because they apply to every life and offer some sort of blueprint to existence, but in the hope that they might benefit your own journey in some small way.”
A series of conceptual fine art prints, exploring the connection between the aesthetic beauty that visually lies in the delicate luxurious opulence of avian plumage and the sexual femininity of the female form.
These composite images, where feather meets beauty and fashion, are constructed using the art of photographic capture, photographing models and birdlife in separate instances and in separate locations.
Then digitally manipulating the imagery in postproduction, to create a new single piece of artwork, a combination of both bird and beauty, each perfectly complementing the other.
It has always interested me, the way that the fashion industry has long associated a feminine quality to both fur and feathers, especially when more often than not; it is the plumage from the male of the species that is chosen to be worn.
Here with the help of modern digital postproduction techniques, I have been able to explore this connection further and unlike 19th century aristocracy who chose to wear whole stuffed birds as hats at the height of the "plume boom" era, I’ve been able to produce this artwork without any birdlife being manhandled or harmed in the process.
All of the garments, as well as hair styles featured have been created solely using manipulated imagery taken of various birdlife and at no point during the process of this project did any of the models see, wear or come into contact with any of the feathers or birdlife featured in this series of prints.
Lee Howell ABIPP
Award-Winning Commercial photographer and creative retoucher Lee Howell is based in Edinburgh UK, specialising in advertising, fashion and contemporary editorial portraiture.
Lee was recently awarded BIPP Scottish Photographer of the year 2014
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Eros et Psyche
Recorded live January 6th 2008 at the Salle Paderewski Lausanne, Switzerland
Words: Adrian Rachieru, Edith Naegelli-Hoesli
Music: Lee Maddeford
Direction: Florence Grivat
Images: Vogue Hommes