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Delaney Allen’s Inner World of Enchanting Imageries

Delaney Allen’s visuals are a collection of mystical natural landscapes and enigmatic self-portraits. With the aim of depicting life’s odd moments, he renders dramatic scenes which involves himself posing in costumes or framing nature in a poetic narrative. The Texas born, Portland based artist lists Dutch still life, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism movements, among his many inspirations. His work is a mixture of still life images, mixing physical and digital manipulation to convey his personal vision on his travels. “I’m constantly traveling, seeking out isolation, confusion, and beauty”. Allen’s imagery is the consequence of his introspection. For the viewer, the experience is akin to accidentally stumbling upon his creative process. In his most recent collection of photographs and objects, ARTIFACT Allen blurs the line between reality and surrealism. He incorporates and then erases his portraits, making it less obvious for the viewer to understand the facts in his photographs. Rather, the viewer is invited to interpret the fiction and dive into the author’s imagination, contemplating the beauty and the oddity of the world. He uses …

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Ben Zank Captures Minimalist and Surreal Scenarios

Born and raised in NYC, now relocated to New Zealand, photographer Ben Zank came to the lenses by chance during his time studying journalism. His photographs are a reflection of his inner world with self-portraits and individuals in unrealistic situations. His inspiration mainly comes from the photographer Rodney Smith and painter René Magritte but also from browsing on Tumblr. His thought-provoking work is meant to capture a moment in time and leave the viewer to his own interpretation. Zank uses minimalistic backgrounds to create dramatic images. Most of the time, a person and a landscape suffice to produce an intriguing and disturbing photography. According to the artist, the image itself is the emotion and it should not be distracted by too many subjects and crazy environments. Lines from a tennis court, a river, a mountain or a slide; his requirements for a good shooting location is simply a feeling of comfort and balance. The renderings are surreal and poetic. It’s an amalgam of floating bodies frozen in time, an action paused in a bizarre set-up. The photographs …

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Red Lights District a photo editorial by Julien Bernard

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. — Vincent Van Gogh An editorial by photographer Julien Bernard, stylist Laetitia Gimenez, makeup Caroline Fenouil, hair Rimi Ura, models Imogen and Bee @ Marilyn Paris Turtleneck MM6 ARCHIVES, dress YVES SAINT LAURENT ARCHIVES (from CITIZEN GALLERY, 8 rue du roi doré, 75003 Paris)   Top NATTOFRANCO, coat WANDA NYLON, trousers OFF-WHITE   Pants ADER ERROR, top NATTOFRANCO, coat ADER ERROR, shoes AMÉLIE PICHARD Top MERCED RIVER, jacket NATTOFRANCO   Top WANDA NYLON, jacket ALICIA PRÉVOST   Hoodie ADER ERROR, dress AINUR TURISBEK, trousers ASHISH, shoes Jil Sanders archive (fROM CITIZEN GALLERY)   Necklace & dress NEITH NYER, shoes AMÉLIE PICHARD   Necklace HÉLÈNE ZUBELDIA, glasses HOUSE OF FLORA

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“Street Heroines”, a film by Alexandra Henry documenting female graffiti and street artists

There are still areas that remain male-dominated; situations in which women aren’t as widely represented as their male counterparts. When it comes to the fascinating world of graffiti and street art this is an issue that is all-too familiar to female artists. Alexandra Henry is an American photographer and producer who aims to bring the struggle of sexism in art to life through her first documentary: “Street Heroines“. Not only does she get to share her own story, but also those of 25 other female street-artists. The film is a documentary piece on the courage and creativity of female graffiti & street artists from around the world. Throughout her travels between São Paulo and NY, Henry became fascinated and influenced by Brazilian street-art and its culture. She is inspired to readjust her focus by getting to know other women; all with different back-stories, but all sharing the same similar interests and love towards street-art and graffiti. It was also through this filming that Henry became more involved in the political activism that existed among the South American female …

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Sies Marjan, A Je Ne Sais Quoi Attitude

Whether it’s a fact or a general stereotype, it’s a common belief that New Yorkers love to wear black clothing. So it could be seen as a pretty risky move when a new label presents its fall collection at NYFW, without sending any black clothes down the runway. Unless you’re Sander Lak, that is. Boasting an impressive resumé (Central Saint Martins graduate under the late Louise Wilson, work experiences at Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim, Balmain, and most notably the head of design at Dries Van Noten for five years), Lak’s new label, Sies Marjan, made a remarkable impression during its much-anticipated debut in February. Just to gauge how high expectations were for this brand new label, the attendees had some of fashion’s most influential people, including Anna Wintour, Natalie Massenet, Cathy Horyn, and buyers from Barneys. Set in an unfinished penthouse in Tribeca, the collection started off with looks more appropriate for spring than fall: a soft floral print translated into bias-cut dresses and loose separates, a belted long coat in a colorful abstract print, …

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Ally And A Thousand Summer Nights, style editorial

“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.” —words by André Breton Photography by David Joseph Perez, model Ally @ Photogenics, LA,  styling Ebony Nicole Campbell   Suit Les Animaux Pants Stella McCartney, vest JIHNOY Pants and top  Les Animaux, socks and shoes Nike  Dress Les Animaux, shoes Nike  Top COS, bottom Les Animaux, shoes Nike Dress JIHNOY, pants Stefani Couture, shoes Marc Jacobs Pants and top Les Animaux, shoes COS Top Versace, bottom COS, shoes Nike  Dress Les Animaux, Shoes Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress Maria Dora, shoes Nike, socks Nike

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Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

The famous quote “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see” was first said by a 22-year old Muhammad Ali at a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire. Since he spoke it, this sentence has been used to described his style on the ring. The boxer, who left us last Friday, will long be regarded as the greatest of all times. A men’s style editorial by photographer Patrick Kolts, Stylist Alejandro Lopez, Model Braeden Wright, Grooming Alexis Fores. Suit Ben Sherman, polo shirt Woolrich John Rich & Bros., shoes Florsheim, ring and bracelet George Frost, bracelet Skagen Blue suit David hart, shirt CWST, bracelet Skagen, ring George Frost Leather jacket BLK DNM, tank CWST, pants BLK DNM, Ring/ bracelet George Frost Olive suit David Hart, tank Matière, necklace- George Frost Green suit Ben Sherman, shirt Lucio Castro, bracelet George Frost , jeans Topman Jacket Stampd, shirt Ben Sherman, pants BLK DNM, shoes stylist’s own

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Impossible Shapes by photographer Josh Caudwell

“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” as quoted by Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898-1972). As the go-to illustrator for mathematicians and scientists during the past century, they sought to illustrate their books with the artist’s profusely detailed drawings of insects, landscapes, plants and visual studies exploring the ideas of impossibility. In the images below, still life photographer Josh Caudwell parallels the artist’s path with his own paradoxical visual artistry. The series pairs captivating shapes with water rippling tranquilly and plays with forms and illusion to create impossible shapes. —Set designer  Zena May Hendrick, Thanks to Frank Agency.    

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The Nausea, a photo editorial by Greg Adamski and Hideyuki Hayashi

“I jump up: it would be much better if I could only stop thinking. Thoughts are the dullest things. Duller than flesh. They stretch out and there’s no end to them and they leave a funny taste in the mouth. Then there are words, inside the thoughts, unfinished words, a sketchy sentence which constantly returns: ‘I have to fi. . . I ex. . . Dead . . . M. de Roll is dead . . . I am not … I ex. . .’ It goes, it goes . . . and there’s no end to it…” from La Nausée by Jean-Paul Sartre. Photography by Greg Adamski, art direction and styling Hideyuki Hayashi, hair and makeup Britta @ MMG,  model Irina @ Bareface Dress and crown Saint Laurent, ring and lip piercing Maria Black Jewelry   T-shirt Saint Laurent, lip piercing Maria Black Jewelry Dress DKNY, lip piercing Maria Black Jewelry Jacket Saint Laurent  

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A vessel lost at sea, Brian Eno – “The Ship” (Warp Records)

Brian Eno‘s The Ship is like a libretti for Snowpiercer, or J. G. Ballard/Ben Wheatley’s High Rise – imagining society as a vessel lost at sea, forever drifting through endless, featureless landscapes. Trying to conceptualize or visualize society is a tricky business, especially in these uncertain mercurial times. Society changes in a nanosecond, never resting, always refreshing. With so many pieces and moving parts, it can seem like an impossibility to comment on even one tiny aspect of the world we’re living in, let alone the entire monolithic machine. Brian Eno likely needs no introduction for fans of atmospheric, imaginative electronic music, as the modern progenitor of Ambient music, via his ambient series in the ’70s. Eno’s always been concerned with removing the human from the scene, in an effort to truly free music from egotism and repetition, to create something truly futuristic. Eno’s ambient works are particularly adept at evoking landscapes/settings, like the austere, minimalism of an airport in Ambient 1: Music For Airports or a vast, menacing alien planet, on Apollo: Atmospheres And …