Finding Myself in the Stars

Finding Myself in the Stars
by Don Whitebread

California, USA – I spent the summers of my youth wherever my father’s work as a geologist took us, usually camped deep in a desert mountain range.  Watching the slow change of light and weather during the day, and the flow of stars across the night sky was my best entertainment. This background fueled my interest in photography, and has drawn me to remote locations throughout my life. I chose to photograph this series using only natural light, and rarely moonlight, to show that faint, diffuse starlight that few people really see any more.

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Finding Myself in the Stars
by Don Whitebread

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The Moon

The Moon Photo Contest Winners

themoon02aCongratulations Grand Jury Winner « Relaxed reviewing of the day » by Carlos_Santero
« This image stood out as a showcase of the beauty that can be created by our natural world. The colours in this shot are gentle on the eye, the simple yet powerful position of the cheetah with the fading light of day is just spectacular, and the subtle yet encompassing presence of the moon makes this image complete.  It is stunning. » – Rachel Stewart
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themoon02bCongratulations Amateur Winner « Moonlight Sonata » by nina050
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themoon02cCongratulations Honorary Mention « 4 deer & moon » by BLPhotography
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themoon02dCongratulations People’s Choice « Moonshine » by CraigBill
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themoon02e« swings aren’t fun anymore » by PoloD
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The Moon Photo Contest Winners
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Natural Wonders in Asia

Natural Wonders in Asia

natureasia02aGokyo Lakes Trek, Nepal
A hike to Gokyo Ri will take you over 17,000 feet above the Himalaya. Above lakes and clouds you’ll get a whole new perspective on its neighbor, Mount Everest.
Photograph by Kiwisoul, Getty Images
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natureasia02bZhangye Danxia Landform, China
The colorful striations of the Zhangye Danxia landform in Zhangye, China.
Photograph by Melinda Chan, Getty Images
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natureasia02cJigoku Valley, Japan
Colorful foliage surrounds Oyunuma Lake in Jigoku-Dani, Noboribetsu, Japan. The thermal hot springs are a popular stop for visitors in Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
Photograph by Sean Paveone, Getty Images
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natureasia02dHang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
There is plenty to discover in Hang Son Doong cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. The cave is one of the largest in the world and requires a licensed guide to explore.
Photograph by Cartsen Peter, National Geographic Creative
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from: 7 Stunning Natural Wonders in Asia

more at National Geographic

Vittoria Ceretti by Jamie Hawkesworth

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2017

vittoriaceretti02aThe wild and magical coastal landscapes of the Shetland Islands were the origin of this collection. Their natural beauty has inspired local artisans who have passed their skills down through generations of women for centuries. In particular, gossamer fine Shetland Lace, worn by crofters’ daughters and royalty alike, woven with indigenous flora and fauna–wild heather, clover, poppies and roses; sea birds and underwater creatures both real and mythical–is re-imagined.

vittoriaceretti02bThe colourful interiors of solitary, deserted houses, faded over time and glimpsed through windows, fishing huts, sea walls, shipwrecks, lost treasure, Celtic paisley and the stoles and shawls sported by Scottish nobility are also referenced. Hand-sewn, patched Taatit rugs, traditionally given as wedding gifts, form the backbone of the story. When families are joined in wedlock, two of these are sewn together to become one precious symbol of unity and love.

vittoriaceretti02cSoftly tiered, narrow Shetland inspired lace dresses with delicately frayed edges are woven with the Tree of Life, ocean waves, spider webs, peerie flowers and cockle shell designs and worn with intricately worked leather harnesses edged with rows of jingling bells. More dresses are panelled, both oversized and worn close to the body, constructed out of patches of richly-coloured Fairisle knit. This is deconstructed further, pieced and patched with hand crochet or enhanced with tiny metal rings.

vittoriaceretti02dFine leather jackets are pieced and embellished with shipwreck rose embroideries. Voluminous dresses in handkerchief weight cotton voile are printed with bright blue thistle buds or delicately trailing florals and gathered to the torso with fine leather harnesses. The floral designs behind the embroidered leather, chain stitched leather and beaded lace panels are inspired by Sarah’s collection of antique fabrics, pieced together to form cutaway leather frock coats and corsets or jeans.

vittoriaceretti02eThis process is a nod to the Shetland Islands’ spirit of community and kinship. Celtic checks, originally worn by resident clans come in the form of sharp tailoring with wild rose and thistle threadwork and black jet leaf embroideries lending a proud, graphic and masculine edge. True to the Savile Row tradition that lies at the heart of the house of Alexander McQueen, strong-shouldered jackets, kilts and kickback trousers are slashed and panelled with lace. Languid ankle-length dresses in skeletal tulle are embroidered with Scottish wild flowers. They are also engineered in a Celtic paisley and feature a fitted sleeve with a puffed shoulder. A tangle of fishnet knits and embroideries constructed from strings of jet is draped into a tunic top and corseted dress with unravelling fringing.

vittoriaceretti02fThe collection becomes increasingly elaborate, culminating in a sequence of romantic tulle dresses etched with sea creatures in black beaded embroidery. The final looks are a pair of shredded tulle dresses with cascading strings of jet beading, depicting a shipwreck scene of crashing waves in silver sequins, engulfed by the call of the sea.

vittoriaceretti02gJamie Hawkesworth shoots Vittoria Ceretti for Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign.
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Rihanna Takes Flight

The pop star channels Amelia Earhart in looks that are utilitarian, modern, and sexy.
Photographs by Mariano Vivanco

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more at Harper’s Bazaar

Women of Allah | Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian artist best known for her films exploring the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems within Islamic communities. She has said that she hopes the viewers of her work “take away with them not some heavy political statement, but something that really touches them on the most emotional level.”

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The International Lens Magazine Issue #29 – Femininity

lensmag02a« In this month’s issue we focus on this complicated subject of femininity, in all aspects and photography fields. We are very proud to feature important photographers such as Shirin Neshat and Lalla Essaydi who exhibit the hard position of women in extreme Muslim religion, and on the other side of atmosphere, you can find in this issue Most Influential Photographer such as Cindy Sherman and legendary F.C Gundlach and many more emerging photographers in different fields. Enjoy! »

lensmag02bWomen of Allah
by Shirin Neshat
and more at Lens Magazine

Call To Arms

Hana Jirickova in Porter Magazine #19 Spring 2017 by Camilla Akrans

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Call To Arms
Porter Magazine #19 Spring 2017

Photography: Camilla Akrans
Model: Hana Jirickova
Styling: Julia Von Boehm
Hair: Yannick D’Is
Make-Up: Wendy Rowe
Manicure: Carla Kay
Set Design: Brain Porter
Location: Los Angeles

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