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Kate Moss In Playboy

Kate Moss Mert & MarcusThis is my favourite picture of Kate Moss from her Playboy debut, shot by Mert & Marcus. I love the way that the light doesn’t distort the shape of her body, but it shrouds her skin tone in this ethereal covering which adds a sort of subtlety to her nakedness. Her expression in this picture is also really innocent and youthful – the only thing that really gives the true nature of the shoot away is the ears.

You Love Me Because You’re Frightened

Christopher McKenney’s subtly disturbing photography is the stuff of nightmares…I love it.Christopher McKenney PhotographerChristopher McKenney PhotographyCreepy Horror GirlGas Mask VillainMasked CaptorIt’s also Halloween soon! Sexy outfits at the ready, yeah?

Grumpy Cat in TIME Magazine

Grumpy Cat Time MagazineTardar SauceGrumpy Cat TimeTardar Sauce, known to most as ‘Grumpy Cat’, is in TIME Magazine. She’s been photographed by Elizabeth Renstrom doing her thing – looking simultaneously pissed off and cute as a button.

Trip The Light Fantastic

Jessica Eaton Rainbow CubeJessica Eaton PhotographyJessica Eaton Colour WheelThese vibrant compositions aren’t abstract paintings or prints – they are photographs! The pictures were taken by Montreal-based photographer Jessica Eaton, who uses a method called ‘additive colour separation’ to create these effects. By photographing blocks using motion blur or stepped multiple exposures, Eaton causes the blocks to blend together. There is no digital trickery involved, either. Although Eaton says that digital photography and Photoshop helped her to conceive her work, she uses an analogue 4×5 large format camera.

Kim Pimmel Light StudiesKim Pimmel ExperimentalKim Pimmel Long ExposureWhile the solidity of Jessica Eaton’s pieces make them really intriguing, these light studies by Kim Pimmel possess a fluid movement that works well with the translucency of the neon lights. The San Franciscan UI designer and photographer creates mesmerising long exposure light photographs. To achieve these images, Pimmel uses common objects and simple technology; such as LEDs, phone screens and ping pong balls. More of his light studies are on Flickr, but you should definitely watch his ‘Light Drive‘ video – a stop motion sequence of his light study photographs.

Broadway By Light

Broadway by LightThis 1958 avant-garde film, ‘Broadway by Light’, was the first film made by acclaimed American photographer and filmmaker, William Klein. The short feature shows the dizzying lights and logos that dominate Times Square and illuminate one of New York’s most iconic locations. ‘Broadway by Light’ was declared by Orson Welles to be, “The first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary.”

Fade To Black

Photographer Christophe Jacrot took these amazingly eerie and atmospheric photographs of New York city during Hurricane Sandy, when much of the power was out.Pretty terrifying, right? Living in an entire city which is cloaked in darkness is bad enough, but these pictures were also taken on Halloween!

More of the images from the series ‘New York in Black‘ can be seen on Christophe Jacrot’s website.

The Essence of America

I’ve never been to America before, but the images below really evoke my favourite aspects of how I imagine America to be – that kind of gritty classic film aesthetic.Kurt Manley‘s atmospheric photography captures twilight street scenes which are reminiscent of the work of Tod Seelie, J Bennett Fitts and Gregory Crewdson.

Alan Wolfson creates tiny scenes that have mostly been inspired by places in New York City. While a lot of the setups are loosely based on places that Wolfson has seen, some – such as Kat’z Delicatessen – are true replicas of real life places.

A Coloured Past

We’re so used to seeing vintage photography in greyscale or sepia tones, that it’s sometimes quite surprising to see genuine photographs of the past that portray history in colour. Here are some of my favourites that I’ve found – most of which were taken before I was even conceived!

These images of circuses during the between the 1940s and 1950s were taken from Taschen’s  ‘The Circus Book: 1870-1950‘, which features the work of distinguished photographers such as Edward Kelty, Mathew Brady, Cornell Capa, Charles and Ray Eames, and even Stanley Kubrick.

Mindblowing shots of central London in 1961, by amateur (yes, really) photographer Charles W. Cushman. An alumnus of Indiana University, Cushman gave around 14,500 colour slides to his alma mater. The university has now archived these slides, and created a fully searchable database of his vintage colour photography.

These photographs show an amusement arcade from 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri. I guess they really loved their bunting, and the word ‘fun’, as both have been used liberally. All images are courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Although colour photography from the 1980s isn’t much of a big deal, I just had to include these amazing snaps of NYC by Steven Siegel. They have that same vintage feel to them, but their content is a bit more grittier than the cutesy amusement arcades and circuses of the previous decades.

“More Than Just A Centrefold”

I love these new Playboy print ads.  To me, they embody the perfect advert – the image content sums up the product, and uses a fine combination of beauty and wit. Bravo, Y&R Johannesburg and Jesse-Leigh Elford!

Sara Cwynar’s Accidental Archives

The concept behind these photographs by Canadian photographer Sara Cwynar is so simple, but amazingly effective. These studies in colour remind me of the work of one of my favourite artists, Tony Cragg, and I’m also drawn to them because of the way that they are grouped together in such an organised fashion. I’d love to do something similar with my own possessions – it would be interesting to see what colour dominates the things that I own.