I get the “what are you question” all the time, and while there are certainly better ways to frame the question, it still makes me happy that people are curious and interested. This is a really cool photo essay and article in National Geographic on The Changing Face of America. After the Cheerio commercial controversy seeing all of these fascinating and beautiful faces makes me happy.
[Thanks to my friend Nancy for sharing]
Can you imagine being a teenager today? I’d probably die. I mean just thinking of the dynamics that social media brings to the hierarchy of teenage measures of acceptance makes me cringe. And basing my disgust at the current set of “role models” and idolized celebrities (ahem, the empire of shallowness that is the Kardashians) I often wonder where I’d fall along the line of today’s teenage standards. Yeah, I’d probably die.
Thinking of all this led me to these images, from a seemingly simpler time, and the dawn of the concept of teenager. From a LIFE feature in December of 1944, shot by photographer Nina Leen, these images focus on the carefree (despite wartime) world of the typical all-American teenage girl. Not to say that it was without drama (and then there’s the whole conformity thing), but still, there’s something very captivating about this life passed.
A great read check out the original feature and full gallery at LIFE online.
Kyle McBurnie, California
Harbor seal in a kelp forest at Cortes bank, near San Diego, CA.
These are the winners of the University of Miami’s annual Underwater Photography Contest. The overall winner was Kyle McBurnie’s seal image above. The rest are also great, with some animal camouflage mixed in too. Things like this just make me so happy.
View the full gallery here.
Frederica Bambi, Italy
A porcelain crab on an anemone at Pescador Island, Cebu, Philippines.
Laura Rock, Florida
Goliath grouper during the annual spawning event in Jupiter, FL.
Douglas Good, Pennsylvania
An emperor shrimp on two nudibranches at Dinah’s Beach, Papua New Guinea.
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to brag about my friend Nancy. She is one of the kindest people I know, and I often wish I could be see her IRL and not just through Facebook. Beyond her overall awesomeness, she is also a very gifted photographer; which by the way, is her hobby outside of having a real job and a long commute. I have a deep love affair with all things from a macro lens so her images are always fascinating. She lives in the most lovely little town of La Conner, famous for their annual tulip festival, so her portfolio reflects the beautiful and rustic countryside and lush greenery and blossoms.
If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, head up to Mt. Vernon and visit her show. Her photos will be featured along with a local jewelry designer. The perfect stop for a meaningful Valentine’s day giftie and a fun little getaway.
Baubles and Blossoms
Saturday, February 9th
2112 Riverside Drive, Mt. Vernon WA
This is an amazing series by photographer Claire Felicie. In an attempt to capture how life-changing experiences affect the way we look she photographed Dutch Marines before, during, and after a year of service in Afghanistan. It’s easy to be desensitized to headline chatter and imagery about war, but for me at least, this series captures everything.
Read more about it here.
[via my fave newsletter NextDraft]
Seeing all of the soulless condos and apartments popping up all over Seattle has me yearning for history, culture, and charm. THIS picture of a street in Valletta, Malta is exactly what I’m craving. Even if I’m just drooling over this as I sip my morning cup of tea, I’ll take it as the perfect daydreaming escape…and add it to my travel to-do list.
[Photo by John S Y Lee on flickr. So lovely.]
A lovely tunnel of trees lining a train track in Kleven, Ukraine (called the Tunnel of Love). I love how even the tracks are lined with a mossy carpet. I wonder how long it is.
[via LikeCool, Photo by Oleg Gordienko.]