Sunday, February 28

Playing with shadows and fashion, Sølve Sundsbø

Sølve Sundsbø is a big name in fashion photography, born in Norway now lives in London. He plays with drama, sensuality and contrast in his shots, worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Hermès and Dolce & Gabbana among others. Read my previous post about the Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetic campaign he shot with Scarlett Johansson and Gandy.

The editorial above reminds me of the Le Crazy Horse French burlesque show in Paris or Las Vegas, where all the performance is tastefully veiled by lights and shadows lecrazyhorseparis

Sølve Sundsbø also contributes with editorials for magazines i-D, Dazed and Confused, and Numéro. You may browse his full portfolio. Some insight about fashion, photography and his own take on it. Watch the video bellow. 

Sølve Sundsbø also shot the Chanel cosmetics campaign Fall09, the beautiful limited line of Chanel Noirs Obscures.

Saturday, February 27

Who is gonna save my soul now... When men cry

Such a rare sight and intimate moment that they hide jealously well... 'Crying Men' is a collection of photographic portraits of famous film actors by Sam Taylor-Wood, a British filmmaker, photographer and conceptual artist. The book portraits the still moment when Hollywood men cry.

The portraits include Tim Roth, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr., Robin Williams, Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Benicio Del Toro, Hayden Christiansen, Ryan Gosling, Gabriel Byrne, Laurence Fishburne, Woody Harrelson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Kris Kristofferson just to name a few.

"Some of the men cried before I even finished loading the camera, but others found it really difficult. People can decide for themselves which they think are the authentic tears and which they think are fake. It's about the idea of taking these big, masculine men and showing a different side."- Sam Taylor-Wood

Watch Gnarls Barkley, who is gonna save my soul video at

Wednesday, February 24

Beautiful Russian Doll, Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova was born in Gorky, Russia in 1982. The model, actress and philanthropist who now permanently resides in the United Kingdom lived a poor childhood and helped her family sell fruit at the fair to survive the harsh of the Soviet economy at the time.

At the age of 15, Vodianova enrolled in a modelling academy, was told she would need to learn English to succeed, and mastered the language in three months. By the age of 17, Vodianova had moved to Paris, signed with Viva Models and conquered the international runways.

She modeled in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, L'Oréal, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Pepe Jeans, Diane von Fürstenberg and Chanel. 

As an actress, Vodianova appears in Roman Coppola's 2001 film CQ. In September 2008, she appears in director Alexander Kott's 2009 film Probka. And in Spring 2009, she entered into a three-year agreement to be a brand ambassador for the French lingerie company Etam and will design a lingerie collection each season during the term of the agreement. The collections will be marketed under the brand Natalia pour Etam.

She married in 2001 to British Justin Portman and is now a mom of three, Lucas (8),  Neva (3) and Vicktor (2). As a philanthropis she is a founder and the president of the Naked Heart Foundation, an organisation that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia where is hardly any suitable playgrounds.

Walk around Moscow with Natalia and learn about the culture, the pace and Matryoshkas Russian dolls... 

Enjoy the Russian inspired Christmas 2009 window's displays of Chanel at LePrintemps in Paris. Browse more Christmas displays at and

Monday, February 22

Kelly Thompson doodling photos and illustrations

Kelly Thompson, another emerging young talent, mix of photographer and illustrator born in Wellington, New Zealand. She graduated with a Bachelor of Design at Massey University Wellington and majored in Photography. What is unique about her is the variety in illustration styles and the way she mix them together. Visit her website at

"I've always been a bit of a doodler, I used to do it when I was young for fun. Even though I did a Photographic degree I was always thinking to myself "should I have done illustration instead?", so I guess drawing came first." - Kelly Thompson

Saturday, February 20

POP-UP Books... Surprise!!!

The three-dimensional paper engineering of the movable books is commonly called pop-up, but is actually more acurate to call them covers pop-ups, transformations, tunnels, volvelles (rotating parts), tunnel or peepshow (see through), flaps, pull-tabs, pop-outs and pull-downs. Originally the early movable books were for adults, not children. It is believed that the first use of movable mechanics appeared in a manuscript for an astrological book in 1306. You may learn more about the history of pop-up books at and and watch the video bellow.

Learn the basics of pup-up with the ABC3D book and an interesting take on pop-up fashion by Visionaire Magazine.

Discover the limited edition of the Neiman Marcus Pop-up book at An original video of Lisa Hannigan for her song Lille at  and for Star Wars fans "A pop-up guide to the galaxy" by Matthew Reinhart bellow.

Watch a great promotion by Levis, The Levis Pop-up Closet case and other creative ideas bellow.

Thursday, February 18

Nurture your little ones with art, Bento Boxes

Bento Box 弁当 is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine (a simple lunch box). Traditionally, bento boxes were wrapped with a square piece of fabric called furoshiki that was knotted and used as a carrying bag; it also doubles as a placemat. Learn the art of wrapping furoshiki with the video bellow.

For the kids there is also the Japanese version of the Happy Meal. They are like little works of art, very detailed indeed and maybe too time consuming for a not stay at home mom... but could definitely order one to go. So let the kids finally play with the food!!

There is a great blog written by Sahn, a mom that started doing bentos for her kids not only as a cultural tradition but also as a healthy and fun alternative. Visit her blog at and flirck photo stream at

Read an special by the NY Times about the new wave of "bento-moms" at and an interesting slideshow of their bento creations at

There is no need to overdo to get your children to appreciate healthy food. I believe that colorful healthy choices served in a practical but fun manner is a great way to encourage kids to eat more natural food. There is a very good and affordable book about nutrition for kids, specially for moms that run out of ideas in what to put in those lunch boxes! It is called "Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children" by Ann Cooper. I wish I had one of these a couple of years ago...