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Memories

Memories...

Have you ever tried to erase a memory?  But no matter how hard you try, it is still there?  But if you leave it there, it will start to fade with time.  Strange things, memories are.

 

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Egypt

Pyramids, monuments, Cleopatra, and Nile River are some of the things I think about when I think of Egypt. Egypt is one of the oldest civiliations in the world going back to 3100 BC. Full of visual beauty and history, Egypt is definitely a country that you can never forget.

Beauty has been a big part of the Egyptian culture by looking at historical evidence. You see many images of the Egyptian people with perfect hair, dark eyes and beautiful clothing. They were definitely credited for their beauty rituals. However, this was not only used to look beautiful, it was a way to protect themselves from the climate which consisted of harsh sun. They used many types of oils, scrubs, makeup and perfumes to protect themselves. Cleanliness was very important, having hair in unnecessary areas considered to be unclean and a sign of impurity.

Egyptians are known for using body scrubs which helps to fully clean the body of any access dirt, dried skin and oils. A scrub made out of honey, natron (you can also use baking soda) and Eygptian salt (bath salts or Dead Sea salt) are added together to create a paste. The paste is then rubbed into the body and now you should have nice exfoliated skin!

I’ve loved that almond eye that ancient Eyptians created, now it has evolved into many different makeup looks. I was wondering what they used before such products like MAC charcol eyeliner was created. They used Kohl which, is a mixture of soot and galena. Red ochre was what they used to tint their lips and cheeks, this was a naturally tinted clay. The more makup you had on meant that you were of higher status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willis and I feel like watching Cleopatra now. So tootles till next time!

Elma & Willis


Alberto Seveso

Randomly today I was surfing the net and ran into Alberta Seveso’s work, I don’t know if you guys have heard of him but I certainty have not. I was looking through his photos and thought this was so unique and interesting. The designs are very colorful and the best part of it is that you are getting two pieces of art in one photo. However, I don’t know how Jean Kilbourne would feel about this, it is objectifying the human body. I do very much like the concept of these photos. I dont know why I havent heard of him because work has been used in the Coolpix advertisements and has graced the cover of ESPN Magazine.

Born in Milan and now living in Rome, Alberta Seveso does not have any formal training nor does he have a degree, his love for creating these pieces of art developed on his own. The illustrator and graphic designer first began with Amiga 1200 and Delux Paint he was then introduced to Photoshop and has been using it ever since. On his website he keeps his biography short but definitely check it out. http://www.burdu976.com

Here take a look at some of his work. Enjoy!

Elma 🙂


Extend what?

Eyelash extensions have become the new trend, getting incredibly popular now. They originated in Japan in the 1990s by the 2000s celebrities were wearing them and salons were selling them. Now eyelash extensions are worn by many women from celebrities to the average everyday woman.

They are not fake eyelashes its hair extensions for your eyelashes. Basically, they individually apply each lash to your existing lash with surgical grade super glue. The eyelash extensions come in a variety of sizes, thickness and colors even blue! The glue is waterproof so you can wash your face, shower and even go swimming. The eyelashes normally last anywhere from 2- 12 weeks, this is based on your hair growth cycle. It is recommended to get your lashes retouched every 2-3 weeks to keep it looking full because it can start looking patchy. Only if they could last forever, sigh…..

Eyebrow extension is similar to eyelash extension because just like the eyelash extension the hair is applied to the existing hair. Unfortunately the eyebrow extension only lasts about 14 days and costs anywhere from $300-$400 so it’s up to you if you think it’s worth it.

Eyelash and Eyebrow extensions should be applied by a trained technician since the glue that is used has the same ingredient that doctors use to close wounds. So make sure you are careful and in the hands of someone skilled.

However, they do have eyelash and eyebrow extension kits. I wouldn’t trust myself with glue that strong. I would stick to a trained professional.


Part 2

Okay so few days ago we looked at famous fashion photographers in the decades 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Today we’re going to mention photographers from the decades of 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. We found these photographers interesting, people that are worth mentioning. So here we go.

Herb Ritts mostly concentrated on black and white photograpy, his career began in the 1970s but by the 1980s, his reputation grew. Ritts photography covered the pages of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone and he also worked with popular brands such as Calvin Klein, Versace, Chanel and many more. His photographs are exquisite and in my opinion I find them to be masculine with clean lines. Unfortunately he passed away in 2002 but his existing photographs will live on.

David La Chapelle is a surrealist photographer, he is known for his bizarre photos and not the typical fashion photography. He became popular in the 1990s and was shooting for the top editorial publications in the world. We enjoy his work, they are definitely very entertaining photos. He continues to work today but expanding to filming and producing with artists such as Nikki Minaj.

Raya was born in Israel and now is living in New York. When she lived in Paris for about 10 years she worked for many known publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Dansk, etc. She is known for creating stories in her photography and also capturing the true emotion of the shot. In 2000s she was known worldwide and is definitely still continuing her career in photography, she someone to watch out for.

1980s, 1990s and 2000s had some pretty amazing photographers and it was so incredibly hard to choose but I based this purely on mine and Willis’s own personal opinion. The thing with photography, fashion and makeup is that you can be artistically creative theres no right or wrong, its always changing and how can one person determine that photographers are better than the other. It’s all about peferences, I’m sure by tomorrow we’ll find another favorite fashion photographer. 🙂


Fashion Photographers Part 1

Fashion, makeup and photography is always changing, it is sometimes hard to keep up. Without fashion there would be no fashion photography without makeup the entire look would not be complete. All three elements create successful photoshoots and have created some of the most famous photographs. They allow you to be creative in three different ways but in the end it all comes together in harmony.

Throughout the decades there have been some of the most influential fashion photographers. I looked at three decades 1950, 1960 and 1970 and found three photographers that in my opinion were interesting.

Henry Clarke, was a famous fashion photographer in the 1950s and 1960s specializing in Haute Couture. He worked for Vogue Magazine creating the most elegant, mysterious, seductive and magical photographs.


 

 

 

 

 

 

David Bailey, a english photographer in the 1960s captured high fashion and celebrities covering the pages of Vogue and other advertisements. His photographers were unique and told a story. His ability to capture free expression is what made him so famous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helmut Newton, Berlin born fashion photographer was known for shooting at expensive hotels or on the streets of Europe in the 1970s. His photographs were often nude, some may say he was a woman hater and androgynous but he did create some chic photographers.

 

 

 

Three great photographers in 1950, 1960 and 1970. I believe these photographers definitely helped shaped fashion photography and opened the doors to not so conventional photographs.

Part 2 continued….


Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds… A concept that takes a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.

Okay I may be exaggerating a bit, but this principal has helped me in my photography greatly. I used to frame most, if not all in my subjects in the center. But after learning about this, I started to take “all” of my shots with the subject off center. While this improved the quality of my pictures, some pictures (like portraits shot in portrait orientation looked weird to me).  So over time, I learned to use this technique not all the time, but when it seemed appropriate.

This concept is probably one of the first things a photographer learns when trying to improve their compositions.  It is amazing how something so simple can improve a photograph or painting.

The idea is simple, “The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.” (From Brian F. Peterson (2003). Learning to see creatively.

So here is an example that I shot at the local Starbucks (this was before I took a sip so I was craving my Americano quite a bit at this point):

So the left picture has the coffee cup centered, while the right picture adheres to the rule of thirds.  Which one do you prefer?  Now I know photography (and art in general) is subjective, but I do personally like the right photograph.  Makes me wish I was sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a nice hot espresso drink.

Now go out and shoot!