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Saint Ortho* © Eileen Clynes

Boston-based Eileen Clynes is a proudly recovering Catholic; she is also an exceptional person: a talented artist, a veteran of US armed forces, and a powerful head-turning presence. She thrilled me to bits with her modern-day saints when we met last April at the Photolucida portfolio reviews. 

Of this series she says: "Exceptional Holiness is inspired by growing up Catholic and having a fascination with religious art. The work is a modern take on traditional Catholic Saint cards, drawing inspiration from tchotchke-style religious art such as hologram last suppers and light-up Virgin Marys."

"I approach this work using a similar style where saints and holiness were portrayed, but also adding elements of political and social issues to explore what modern holiness might look like."

Read more about the modern day saints on the Exceptional Holiness website and over on Clynes' blog. You can pick yourself up a number of votive candles in the gift shop! But where is hologram Jesus??


*O Blessed Saint Ortho! With the grace
of God you are a powerful advocate for women
and the Patron Saint of restoration for a
woman's choice. To you I turn today as I enter
my menstrual cycle with heartfelt confidence.
O Blessed Saint Ortho! Please enlighten those
with political and religious agendas who wish to
control my right to take birth control.
Amen

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From Primordial Landscapes, images by Feodor Pitcairn, published by powerHouse Books

"Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed elegantly explores the diverse and raw beauty of Iceland's extraordinary landscapes through striking images by photographer and naturalist Feodor Pitcairn and the inspired words of geophysicist, author, and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson."

We don't need the official press release to help us fall in love with these spectacular images and this cracking-looking book. Otherwise, Feodor Pitcairn's production company specializes in underwater work, and indeed "Mr. Pitcairn took delivery of the first Sony hi-def handy camera delivered to the U.S. in March of 1988, and has been shooting in HD ever since." 

These were shot on a Hasselblad. Jolly fabulous they are too. The book is out July 7, 2015, from powerHouse Books.

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From Primordial Landscapes, all images by Feodor Pitcairn, published by powerHouse Books



The photography world lost a Great last month, with the departure of the lovely Harold Feinstein. Feinstein's wife, Judith Thompson, had wisely spent several years recording him speaking about his life and work - just a short clip of which is seen here. "This clip, edited from a 15 minute reverie on life and photography came from a taped conversation on June 17th, just three days before he passed. Here he speaks about the gift of life and the continuous adventure of unwrapping this gift...even after departing from the body. Harold's appreciation for life and beauty will live on through his images and teachings for generations to come."

"When your mouth drops open, click the shutter." - Harold Feinstein

Check out a previous blog post, celebrating Feinstein's retrospective book.

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Los Angeles-based Mallory Morrison's beautiful underwater dancers are photographed so delightfully. Mallory was a dancer herself for many years. 

She shoots fashion in this style as well as making fine art prints. Let yourself float away! 

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All images © Mallory Morrison

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A Photograph of the Milky Way Eaten by Bacteria Found in Unpasteurized Milk © Marcus DeSieno

Marcus DeSieno makes spectacular imagery that is somewhat disturbing. From his microscopic parasites that I joyously selected for exhibition offline for Center for Photography at Woodstock's annual Photography Now! exhibition, and which he printed disturbingly large, to his perverse self-portraits; and now these glorious photographs of various bacteria eating film. Be simultaneously engrossed and grossed out by marvelous young Marcus. 


You can see images from "Parasites" on the Photoville Fence in Brooklyn, NY, this summer.

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All work and no play... © Davide LucianoStyling by Claudia Ficca

The dynamic duo of creative food styling and photography, Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca, have done it again.* 

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If these references are lost on you, decipher them here.

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All images © Davide LucianoStyling by Claudia Ficca

*They always do it. Don't take my word for it, go and enjoy yourself

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Charlton Heston, 1956, by Yousuf Karsh

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Charlton Heston's son, Fraser, played the young Moses in the Ten Commandments.

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Yousuf Karsh with Charlton Heston and Cecil B. DeMille, on set, by Malak Karsh.

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Bonus later colour photo of Mr. Heston


Lights, camels, action! 

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Mangosuthu Buthelezi, 1963 by Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh photographed on the set of the 1964-released movie "Zulu." Future political leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi played Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande, his great grandfather. Buthelezi is a South African politician and Zulu tribal leader who founded the Inkatha Freedom Party in 1975 and was Chief Minister of the KwaZulu bantustan until 1994.

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Mr Karsh enjoying a ceremony. 

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Members of Zulu Kingdom watching a movie for the first time.

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Michael Caine, 1963 by Yousuf Karsh.

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© Kirill Kovalenko

Kirill Kovalenko made these images on the beach in Crimea over the last year - a complicated time for the Republic. Kirill talks about how "...there is the feeling of a lack of time, as if all those people to come and do what they do solely by inertia or habit. Has already clearly left a past,  unknown future, but this all goes on, as if there were no first and second, neither before nor after. What really want these people from life? for the sake of what they live?" 

Exploring how people relax during times of such conflict, Kirill has a mischievous eye.

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All images © Kirill Kovalenko

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American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld photographed in 1990, by Yousuf Karsh

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© Yousuf Karsh

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