Five For Friday #127

“We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” – Jack Gilbert

Asako Shimizu

Located 12,000 feet above sea level and covering more than 4,000 square miles, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and also serves as the backdrop for Asako Shimizu’s incredible fine art landscapes. Every photograph in the series On Her Skin was shot on film using a Hasselblad 500cm and no digital retouching. The images are other-worldly with their deep and vibrant blues and reflections that make them look as if people are walking in the sky. [via Behold]

Alejandro Cegarra

The Tower of David is a huge skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela; it is 640-feet tall and has two towers with 45 floors. Although construction began in 1990, there was an economic crisis that hit in 1994 and building was quickly halted after being 60% complete. Thirteen years later, 1300 people began to invade the space illegally, making it one of the largest squats in the world. Alejandro Cegarra took his camera to the Tower to investigate and document the lives of the people living there. [via PDN]

Sean Scheidt

Sean Scheidt’s photography series Burlesque shows the power that makeup, clothing, and just attitude can have when transforming a person in a photograph. Exploring pre- and post-costumed burlesque dancers, Scheidt’s images beg the question, “Which one is the real person?” [via Flavorwire]

Hugh Mangum

During the early part of the 20th century Hugh Mangum was an itinerant photographer who traveled states like North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia during the era of “Jim Crow” laws. Mangum, however was one of the only photographers not paying attention to established racial lines. He shot portraits of men and women, black and white, rich and poor. What mattered to him was creating an environment where people could be comfortable and relax. A lot of his portraits are playful and fun which was extremely rare for the time. There was recently an exhibit of his work at the Museum of Durham History in North Carolina and his negatives are now stored in the Duke University archives. [via BBC]

Paul Smith, now passed away, created hundreds of works of art using just a typewriter. This would be an amazing fact just on in its own, but Smith was also born with severe cerebral palsy and used just one finger to create these beautiful pieces. He was born in 1921 and lived to be 85, far longer than the doctors thought when he was first born. His art and his perseverance continues to be an inspiration.  [via The San Francisco Globe]

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