TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH: STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE

It’s like having an activist on the streets - but then again I think of most street artist with a message as such. It’s just that I’ve never seen one geared towards women in this way. 

Brooklyn based artist,Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is peddling social activism into the realm of public art, addressing gender based street harassment. The Stop Telling Women to Smile street art features black & white portraits of women from multiple cultures sport strong powerful eyes that look out at the viewer as if they were speaking the messages from the posters aloud. Fazalaizadeh says “the project attempts to take women’s voices and faces and put them in the street - creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe - outside in the street. ” There are real women behind these drawings who humanize Fazlalizadeh’s campaign - that so far, to my knowledge has just been seen in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. 

But she’s on the move. With the successful funding of her recent KickStarter and the support of Hollaback and StopStreetHarassment.org: Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Chicago stops are in the works.

If you can’t wait to see them in your neighborhood, you can look into participating in the campaign through the projects dedicated website.

*pic 1,3 (philly found) courtesy Ginger Rudolph. pic 2,4,5 (brooklyn found) via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh website.

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Milo Manara - Storia dell’Umanità (History of Mankind)

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Is Paris Getting a Bouncy Castle?

OK, so it’s not a bouncy castle per se – it’s more like a design for a trampoline bridge. That doesn’t stop it from being perhaps one the better ideas the French have come up with. I mean the most consistent perhaps clichéd travel advice you’ll get when visiting Paris is to walk pass all the bridges. 

And it’s completely true…you should. But now it’s gonna be like “Don’t forget to cross the trampoline bridge.” Or at least that’s what the architects at Atelier Zundel Cristea imagine for the future  - a series of three inflatable trampolines that would enable you to cross the Seine in what would no doubt bring hordes more tourists piling out of Charles de Gaulle just to experience.

Probably won’t happen, but dang those cool Persians…a freaking trampoline bridge?! Come on!!

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Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest

In the Arashiyama (嵐山) district of Kyoto, Japan, is the jaw-dropping Sagano Bamboo Grove. The forest was the setting of Japanese novelist and poet Lady Murasaki Shikibu’s acclaimed novel, "The Tale of Genji." There is a walking path that cuts through the bamboo grove and makes for a photogenic trek as light filters through the stalks. The bamboo in the grove is still used to manufacture cups, boxes, baskets and mats in the area.

To view more photos and videos of the bamboo forest, be sure to visit the 竹林の小径 (Kitasaga Bamboo Grove) location page.

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A Record For Fanzhi
A painting by Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi sold for US$23.3 million at a Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Saturday, setting a new record price for a work by an Asian contemporary artist.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famed 15th-century mural, "The Last Supper," Fanzhi’s large painting of the same name was sold after a 10-minute war between two telephone buyers. 
The work, which was sold by Swiss collectors Guy and Mariam Ullens, far surpassed the original estimate of around US$10 million.

A Record For Fanzhi

A painting by Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi sold for US$23.3 million at a Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Saturday, setting a new record price for a work by an Asian contemporary artist.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famed 15th-century mural, "The Last Supper," Fanzhi’s large painting of the same name was sold after a 10-minute war between two telephone buyers. 

The work, which was sold by Swiss collectors Guy and Mariam Ullens, far surpassed the original estimate of around US$10 million.

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Up, Up and Away at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Starting on October 5th, hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the globe descended upon New Mexico to kick off the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The gathering draws 750 balloons and up to 100,000 daily spectators, making it the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Explore more photos from this year’s balloon fiesta—from the unique “special shape” balloons to the evening balloon glows—by browsing the #balloonfiesta hashtag and visiting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta location page!

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Embracing Your #AwkwardYears 

To view more of Merilee’s photos and submit your own, check out the #awkwardyearsproject hashtag. You can also email submissions to her at awkwardyearsproject@yahoo.com.

October is Bullying Prevention Month. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing the story of one Instagrammer who came up with a creative approach to reflect on her own childhood experiences and help today’s kids feel better about themselves.

When a friend asked Merilee Allred (@merileeloo) to see her old, awkward photos, she didn’t suspect it would kickstart an entire photo series and a blog. “I had a hard time wanting to show any of them to her because I was embarrassed of those pictures and my past,” Merilee says. “But then it sparked this idea to hold up my younger picture in portraits as a before-and-after. I realized I wanted to start a project that highlights our awkward years. Since I was teased and bullied, I thought it would be a good idea to raise awareness with it, and, maybe, hopefully help kids currently going through struggles, to let them know that life does get better.”

Enter the #awkwardyearsproject series on Instagram. “When I first started, I asked my friends and family to participate,” she explains. The project started on Instagram, but has since expanded to other platforms. “I only post the portraits I take on Instagram, but on my blog, Facebook and Twitter, I feature my portraits alongside guest submissions.”

Want to learn more about what you can do to combat bullying? Check out the following anti-bullying organizations on Instagram:

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FASHION: Ariel Fashion Photography by Joseph Ford

It’s a project that on paper seems like it wouldn’t work: how to create a juxtaposition between breathtaking aerial landscape photography and the fine details of fashion. Leave it to Joseph Ford to make it happen. 

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Spotlight: Tokyo

As the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo offers many places for Instagrammers to explore. From the crowds at the world-famous Shibuya Crossing to the city’s spectacular skyscrapers, there’s no shortage of scenes to capture and share in Japan’s capital. If you time your visit right, you can even catch a sumo tournament at Ryōgoku Kokugikan or cherry blossoms in bloom.

Tokyo is also home to a thriving Instagram community with frequent InstaMeets and photo walks. Here are just a few Instagrammers sharing their city with the world:

  • Tomoyasu Koyanagi, serene photos from in and around the city — @10_ya
  • @mamotoraman, colorful photos and bicycle tricks — @mamotoraman
  • Kohji Matsubayashi, a father capturing moments with his young daughter — @kohji405mi16
  • Azuma Suguru, minimalist photos that play with light and shadows — @airnude
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Exploring Matsushima, Japan’s 260 Pine-Covered Islands

Off the mainland coast of Miyagi Prefecture sits one of Japan’s three most scenic sights: a group of 260 small pine-covered islands called Matsushima (松島).

Deriving their name from the Japanese translation of “pine island”—matsu (松) for “pine” and shima (島) for “island”—the destination is a draw for locals, tourists and seagulls alike. The islands are best viewed from one of four vantage points, and cruises offer the best option for getting an up-close look.

To see more photos and videos from Japan’s pine islands, visit the Matsushima (日本三景 松島) location page and browse the #matsushima hashtag.

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“Dream Sequence,” by Madame Peripetie 

Created jointly with stylist Stella Gosteva and make-up artist Marina Keri, Madame Peripettie’s (Sylwana Zybura) “Dream Sequence,” photography series seeks to ‘illuminate the dreamy phantasmagorias to which we disappear to in the night, creating characters that ‘radiate a sense of ever-lasting awe and reverence.’”

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NOT PHOTOSHOPPED: Artist Li Wei

Li Wei is a contemporary artist from Beijing known for his astounding gravity defying situation pictures. His work is a mixture of unique performance art and photography that document illusions.

The kicker? He doesn’t use any photo-manipulation software to create these pieces, only erases wires (but it’s all captured in one frame).

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ART: Abstract Photographs by Akihiko Miyoshi

Although photographs are mostly about surface, we rarely think of them in that way, preferring to see “through” the image to its ostensible subject. But Akihiko Miyoshi is an artist very much concerned with this planar aspect of the photographic image, creating scenarios where it can be revealed as illusive and often, discontinuous.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdoortodoor

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to capture creative photos of a commonplace object: doors. Some tips to get you started: Focus on a single door with a unique size, shape, color or style. Or look for patterns and repetitions in buildings that may have multiple. Finally, make sure to spend some time getting lost exploring where you live. Every town or city has an interesting door somewhere, so try to find the ones that are exceptional.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPdoortodoor hashtag to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any image taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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21st Century Vermeer
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by famed Dutch artist Vermeer in the age of Instagram and selfies. 

21st Century Vermeer

The Girl with the Pearl Earring by famed Dutch artist Vermeer in the age of Instagram and selfies. 

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