Rita at the shooting gallery

Amsterdam-based publisher Erik Kessels has produced 12 books of weird, often surreal, domestic photos, never intended for publication. Here are some of funniest, most enigmatic and inexplicably heartwarming pictures from his collection

Read more about the pictures here

Kessel Kramer Publishing. From In Almost Every Picture Vol 7. 1951 Tilburg.
Rita in the shooting gallery.
Kessel Kramer Publishing. From In Almost Every Picture Vol 7. 1938 Tilburg.
Rita in the shooting gallery.
Kessel Kramer Publishing. From In Almost Every Picture Vol 7. 1997 Tilburg.
Rita in the shooting gallery.
Kessel Kramer Publishing. From In Almost Every Picture Vol 7. 2006 Tilburg 25 July_with fanclub.

 

Selfies and The Craze of Self-Photography

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A few weeks ago, General Colin L. Powell created an overnight Internet sensation by posting an image of himself, taken in the 1950s.  The image, capturing the young and dapper Powell in black-and-white, was a direct response to the “selfie” taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars.  General Powell boldly proclaimed that he “was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks,” and told Ellen to “eat her heart out.”

Colin Powell 60 years ago. Courtesy General Colin L. Powell. Colin Powell 60 years ago. Courtesy General Colin L. Powell.

Besides General Powell’s Facebook post, Ellen’s selfie drew the attention of President Obama.  The President, appearing on Ellen’s talk show, seemed a bit sore that the star-filled Oscar photo drew more Twitter retweets than his selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, taken at the funeral of Nelson Mandela…

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All the Money You Made Will Never Buy Back Your Soul

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Jim Nooney

Sep 26, 2010
All The Money You Made Will Never Buy Back Your Soul“Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.”-Bob Dylan/”Masters Of War”Smithsonian Museum Of American History
Washington, D.C.

Girl grows up among wild animals

  • Tippi was photographed growing up alongside wild animals in Africa.  Both of the girl’s parents are nature photographers, which explains   everything.

    Prior to Tippi being born, her French parents relocated their family to NamibiaAfrica. This is where the little girl was able to make friends with some of the world’s most feared and admired animals like lions, tigers and cheetahs. She also hung out with elephants and zebras.

    Instead of having their daughter grow up around peer pressure, drama and toxic preschool friends, her parents’ chose a completely different route. The best part is that they captured the photos and chose to share their daughter’s childhood with the world. How selfless! Check them out below.

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    H/T: NegPoz, Photos courtesy of Tippi: My Book Of Africa

 

Exhibition: Mika Ninagawa

Exhibition: Mika Ninagawa

Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg, Denmark
Jan. 18 – May 4, 2014

Mika Ninagawa’s richly colored photos and movies often focus on magnifying details in extreme close-ups that provide an almost abstract image of reality. The particularly eye-catching aesthetics are kitsch in its exaggeration, but also poetic in its gentle and evocative images.

In a unique style, artist mixes a surreal universe with attractive visuals from the popular culture. For example by reference to older, Japanese geisha traditions and neoclassical films like “Kill Bill”. Both play with staging of sex, violence, weapons and beauty. In this manner, the works represent a special style that is particularly popular among Japan’s youth, but also within a wide international audience.

Mika Ninagawa (b. 1972) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. She exhibited at Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; Mori Tower and Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, amongst many other places.

[from the press release by Viborg Kunsthal]

IMAGE: Mika Ninagawa, “on air” (Chiaki Kuriyama), 2004
©Mika Ninagawa, courtesy Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne

Past, Present, Future

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Jacquie Robinson Photography

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Unknown
Photos taken by: Camille Sylvester — with Sarah Herbert and 2 others at Collonges Sous Saleve.

Am I really bipolar, or is it the result of the 1970’s?

 

will they turn you on lsd

While talking to my friend yesterday, we came across the recreational drug usage and its effect on our psychological state.   Can LSD cause a person to become bipolar?  Was I born this way or did I bring it on myself?    I still don’t know for sure, but here are a few things I found out.  

Dan Haupt, M.D. says this:                                                                                         It is very common for people who have used  drugs to wonder if the drugs may have caused their symptoms.

Street drugs can cause many symptoms that can be found in mental illnesses, such as hallucinations, feelings of unreality, paranoia, and both extremely high and low moods. Because of this, it can be difficult or impossible to accurately diagnose (or treat) mental illness in someone who is also using street drugs.

However, there is very little evidence to suggest that using street drugs can cause bipolar disorder in someone who would have otherwise never developed it. For example, a large percentage of Americans use or have used street drugs, and only a relatively small percentage develop bipolar disorder after such use. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for there to be an apparent association between use of street drugs and development of bipolar disorder. In this situation, most likely one of the following 3 things is happening:

  1. Pure coincidence, no causal relationship
  2. The use of street drugs was a form of self-medication in response to already developing symptoms of bipolar disorder
  3. The drugs may have caused someone who was “destined” to develop bipolar disorder to develop the illness a little sooner.

Therefore, I counsel patients not to blame their past street drug use for the development of their bipolar disorder. However, I do use their diagnosis of bipolar disorder as an opportunity to address any ongoing street drug use. In these situations, I try to impress upon patients the understanding that while some people can use street drugs and alcohol with no obvious ill effects, people with bipolar disorder are at much greater risk for suffering adverse effects from these substances.

In general, current ideas about how mental illnesses like bipolar disorder develop recognize that there are people who have a greater genetic likelihood than others to develop mental illnesses.

Well THAT sure makes me feel better?                                                                 I don’t think it’s a real disease  anyway….   Pfffffftt!

 

 

A Story of Trust (new book by Shreve Stockton)

Saved from certain death
Charlie the coyote owes his life to a whim. A worker with Wyoming Wildlife Services was tasked with killing coyotes that had attacked sheep, but he had an odd compulsion to save one of the pups. Though he didn’t fully understand why he did it, he handed the 10-day-old coyote pup to Shreve Stockton to raise. Stockton, a writer and photographer, took Charlie in — and how could she not, after looking at this tiny face?What happened next is a story of trust, an unbreakable loving bond formed with the “enemy,” and the beginning of a daily story told in photos to fans across the Internet.
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Raised by loving hands
“Now, on my second day with the coyote, soft light filled the cabin in the early afternoon. I nestled him between two pillows and dug around under my bureau for my camera,” Stockton writes in her book, “The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Trust and Survival in the Wilds of Wyoming.”

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Soon to be a star
“Charlie and Eli were deep into their brotherhood,” Stockton writes of Charlie bonding to his tomcat friend. “On every walk, they stopped under a busy weed and crouched together, eating the tender grass that grew beneath it.” It’s not very common that people allow coyotes anywhere near their cats, but this pup had only love for the orange tabby.

(Text: Jaymi Heimbuch)

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Burying herself in research and dedication to the survival of the coyote pup, Stockton readied herself for unknown challenges.

Meanwhile, Charlie made friends with Eli the tomcat.

Shreve Stockton on Amazon

  

We are living in a hologram.

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