Five For Friday #125
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” – Paulo Coelho
Having made Palm Springs her second home for the last eight years, Nancy Baron found inspiration in a place that she is “easy to dismiss as a frivolous playground for whomever one imagines its visitors or residents to be.” What she discovered is a city that is fascinating and full of life even when no one was around. “The truth is, Palm Springs is a brilliant example of the American Dream,” Baron says, “springing from nothing out of the desert sand, continually reinventing itself with hope, determination, and the belief that everyone is entitled to The Good Life.” Her series (which is also an upcoming book) is on exhibit through November 1 at the dnj Gallery in Santa Monica. [via aCurator]
If you happen to be in the Atlanta area between November and June of next year, be sure to check out the Gordon Parks exhibit at The High Museum of Art. Some of the images in the collection, called Gordon Parks: Segregation Story have not been seen in over half a century. They were presumed lost until they were rediscovered in 2012. If you don’t know who Gordon Parks was you can read more about him in our Spotlight. [via The NY Times]
Gravity is the final photography project of University of East London student Tomas Januska. Curious about the momentary state of weightlessness experienced when we jump, Januska approached ballet dancers at the beginning of his series. He soon realized, however, that dancers were limited in their movements. He needed people who did not know the “rules of dance and consequently were able to ‘give themselves away’ in the studio.” The portraits seem to capture a complete sense of freedom and joy. [via Feature Shoot]
Perspective means everything and these images prove it. Anelia Loubser has flipped and cropped these portraits, playing with wrinkles in the forehead to mimic the bottom parts of a face. Loubser says, “Alienation is a collection of portraits that challenges the viewer by using creative tactics based on the concept, ‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.'” [via Bored Panda]
According to Markus Kontiainen, he was on assignment in different cities in Southeast Asia for 35 days last spring. While there, he took advantage of his time and shot a “visual diary” with his iPhone 5s using the slow motion feature creating this beautiful short film. The composition and color grading is absolutely stunning.