Amazing Rare Photographs of The Romanovs’ Final Ball In Color, St Petersburg, Russia 1903

The last emperor of Russia Nicolas II dressed in the golden brocade of 17th-century Russian tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, standng with Empress Alexandra Fedorovna. All the jewellery was chosen by court jeweller Carl Faberge.

These portrait photographs of Russia’s ruling Romanovs were taken in 1903 at the Winter Palace in majestic. St. Petersburg. Knowing what was to follow, the venue was apposite.

Czar Nicholas II and his 390 guests partied for 2 days. Day one (February 11) saw dancing, music and food. With the guests loosened up and rested, day 2 (Feb 15th) featured a masked ball. There was a surfeit of sexual excess, debauchery and entitlement for a family whose absolutist rule was hailed by the country’s grateful serfs – they dubbed the Czar ‘Little Father’ – and supported by a complicit church which declared Romanov blood sacred.

In 1918, Bolshevik officials executed the ex-Emperor and his family.

These color images were created by Olga Shirnina, whose colorized photographs of Russian history and Soviet female snipers in WW2 bring the past to life.

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Princess Olga Orlova in Masquerade Costume for the Ball

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, 1903

Alexandra Feodorovna, Costume Ball 1903

Zinaida Yusupova

La Comtesse Karlow, nee Vonlarsky (Femme de boyard du XVII siecle)

La Comtesse Fersen, nee Princesse Dolgorouky (Femme de boyard du XVII siecle)

La Comtesse Orlow-Davydow, nee Zographo (Femme de boyard du XVII siecle)

Cornette Kolioubakine

Mademoiselle Dorothee Bibikow, 1903

La Comtesse Keller, née Princesse Schakhovskoy (Femme de boyard)

Mademoiselle Alexandrine Taneiew

La Princesse Elisabeth Obolensky, Demoiselle d’honneur de Sa Ma

La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, née Comtesse Capnist (Femme de boyard du XVII siècle)

La Princesse Youssoupow

Anna Taneeva (Vyrubova) with sister

S.A.S. la Princesse Galitzine, née Comtesse Moussine-Pou


S.A.S. le Prince Dmitri Galitzine, Chef de la Venerie Imperial

Madame Bezobrazow, nee Comtesse Stenbock-Fermor (Femme de boyard)

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/amazing-rare-photographs-of-the-romanovs-final-ball-in-color-st-petersburg-russia-1903/

Woman Continues To Hilariously Recreate Celebrity Instagram Photos, And The Result Is Better Than The Original

Actor. Comedian. Writer. There are many ways that you could describe the multi-talented Australian phenomenon that is Celeste Barber. But we think that ‘bloody hilarious’ fits the bill just right.

A force of nature on social media, the “Australian Queen of Comedy” boasts over 7.6 million followers on Instagram and 3 million followers on Facebook. Not just because of her talents as an actress but mainly because of her hilarious parodies of other celebrities. Check out some of Celeste’s newest parody pics below and give the ones that got you to grin a big ol’ upvote. Share your thoughts about her photos in the comments and let us know if you’ve ever thought about following in the comedian’s footsteps.

Are you a fan of Celeste’s funny photos? Did this list make you chuckle? You’ll find more posts about Celeste’s hilarious sense of humor by following the links right here and here.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/woman-continues-to-hilariously-recreate-celebrity-instagram-photos-and-the-result-is-better-than-the-original/

Before the Photoshop Era, Here Are What Manipulated Photos Looked Like in the Early 20th Century

“Pumpkins grown in Iowa soil are profitable”

Photo manipulation dates back to some of the earliest photographs captured on glass and tin plates during the 19th century. The practice began not long after the creation of the first photograph (1825) by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce who developed heliography and made the first photographic print from a photoengraved printing plate.

More: Flickr h/t: vintag.es

When we go after something in Colorado, we got it”

Traditional photographic prints can be altered using various methods and techniques that involve manipulation directly to the print, such as retouching with ink, paint, airbrushing, or scratching Polaroids during developing (Polaroid art).

So what did manipulated photos look like in the early 20th century? Just check out these fascinating photos from Rick Soloway to see.

“Zeppelin flying over Cosmopolitan Studios, N.Y. 1927” is noted on back

A New Farm Hand

An Early Bi-Plane in Flight

Bobby Leach and his barrel

County Fair Corn Contest

Garden City, Iowa

Hauling Pineapples, Honolulu

Lobsters and Lady

Man Eating Bass

May the Best Man Win

Rocky Mountain Rack Jabbit

The Train Hold-Up

Two Wise Old Birds

West Texas Jackrabbit

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/before-the-photoshop-era-here-are-what-manipulated-photos-looked-like-in-the-early-20th-century/

Photographer’s Stunning Shots of Gorgeous Mountain Temple Look Straight out Of an Anime

Impressive photographer Iori Takano focuses her camera lens on the striking seasonal scenery and vibrant natural color found across Japan, with a particular focus on shots that show off the sky. Her latest set of photos is garnering praise definitely fits that theme, but is garnering attention for just how much it looks like it was lifted out of a gorgeously created anime.

More: Twitter, Instagram h/t: grapee

For these breathtaking photos, Takano traveled to Wakayama prefecture’s Koyasan, a mountain known for its temples dedicated to Shingon Buddhism. Pictured in them is the head temple of Kongobuji, and Takano’s timing of the photos makes the already gorgeous sight of the temple in falling snow seem out of this world.

































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/photographers-stunning-shots-of-gorgeous-mountain-temple-look-straight-out-of-an-anime/

The America We Lost: Fascinating Found Photos Show How Life of the U.S Looked Like in the 1960s

Florida gulf, 1962

The 1960s were a decade of revolution and change in politics, music and society around the world. It started in the United States and the United Kingdom, and spread to continental Europe and other parts of the globe.

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Chula Vista gift shop, Branson, Missouri, 1962

The 1960s were an era of protest. In the civil rights movement blacks and whites protested against the unfair treatment of races. Towards the end of the decade more and more Americans protested against the war in Vietnam. Many people in the United States thought that Americans had no reason to fight in war that was so far away from home.

House and car, DeLand, Florida, 1962

Female activists demanded more rights for women, whose role in society began to change. The birth control pill and other contraceptives were introduced, making it possible for women to plan their careers and have babies when they wanted them.

Loc-Wood boat dock, Bagnell Dam, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, 1962

After World War II people all over the world started working hard and respecting the values they were brought up with. Especially in Europe, it was an era of recovery and rebuilding. In the 1960s many young people started doubting such values. They protested against society and everything that was mainstream. They had hair long and wore unusual and strange clothes.

These fascinating photos were found by Dean Avants that shows how life of the United States looked like in the 1960s.

Times Square, NYC, 1963

Boy with “JUST MARRIED” car, Virginia, 1964

Two girls hurrying to a 1957 Ford Fairline convertible, 1964

Two ladies outside a camping trailer, circa 1964

42nd street, NYC, 1966

Chicago skyline from Civic Center, Illinois, 1966

Demonstration in Greenwich Village, NYC, 1966

Dinosaur Land, Vernal, Utah, 1966

Dodge City, Kansas, 1966

Entrance to America the Beautiful in Circarama, Disneyland, 1966

Greenwich Village, NYC, 1966

Johnson Wax Headquarters, Racine, Wisconsin, 1966

Lady reading pamphlet on street, Boston, Massachusetts, 1966

Laurent House, Illinois, 1966

Radio City Music Hall, NYC, 1966

Reno, Nevada, 1966

Reno, Nevada, 1966

Students on field trip, somewhere in Oklahoma, 1966

Times Square, NYC, 1966

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1966

“It’s a Small World” ride, Disneyland, 1967

Girls on the beach, California, 1967

Tombstone, Arizona, 1967

White Sands, New Mexico, 1967

1968 Ford Mustang in driveway at NW 47th and Villa, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1968

Cycle race, Daytona Speedway, Florida, 1968

Girl at Alabaster Caverns, Oklahoma, 1968

Golf game in the mountains, 1968

Small group of friends at Alabaster Caverns, Oklahoma, 1968

Photo shoot, Maryland, 1969

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/the-america-we-lost-fascinating-found-photos-show-how-life-of-the-u-s-looked-like-in-the-1960s/

Best NASA Pictures of 2020

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station thrilled us with incredible pictures of our planet seen from space. To end the year 2020 on a positive note, the NASA has indeed published this selection of pictures taken by the hosts of the Station.

Beyond the beauty of these contemplative images, the space agency also had another goal: that of raising awareness of the urgency of taking action to protect the Earth and its fragile environments. Fires, pollution, rising waters, floods…so many phenomena that these images reveal and document with precision and that should challenge us. As Thomas Pesquet said after his experience in orbit, looking down on the Earth can make us aware of its fragility and the sometimes disastrous action of man on nature.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/best-nasa-pictures-of-2020/

Japan 2077: Photographer Aishy Has Captured Tokyo in a Striking Cyberpunk Mood at Night

Aishy is a French art director and photographer with a passion for Japanese urban spaces. From December 2019 to January 2020, he spent many nights on Tokyo’s streets to capture the fascinating atmosphere caused by neon lights as well as the hustle and bustle on and off the streets. The images of the series convey a striking cyberpunk mood.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/japan-2077-photographer-aishy-has-captured-tokyo-in-a-striking-cyberpunk-mood-at-night/

HIBERNATION IV: Gorgeous And Intriguing Photography by Øystein Sture Aspelund

Øystein Sture Aspelund (previously), the Norwegian photographer is digging deeper into the mysterious world of subconsciousness and the sometimes barely visible border between truth and fiction. This personal project is based on the experiences of a man and his relationship to the environment as a tool of investigation. HIBERNATION is catching certain moments when our daily reality and our subconscious world collide.

More: Øystein Sture Aspelund, Behance

“The ongoing HIBERNATION series is a personal project using man and his relationship to the landscape as a tool to investigate subconscious, and the gray boundary between truth and fiction. Based upon real places and events, this series aims to capture special moments where our daily reality and subconscious world meet. It challenges our cultural references to the dark, and can be understood as a stream of “frozen” moments, where the narrative between each image is as important as the image itself,” he wrote.




























SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/hibernation-iv-gorgeous-and-intriguing-photography-by-oystein-sture-aspelund/

GCDS 2021 Calendar Viva L’Italia by Nadia Lee Cohen

Nadia Lee Cohen’s photographs and films, heavily inspired by Americana and Britain in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, are veritable visions of saturated, surreal dreamscapes. Drawing upon the duality of the female form, fine art photographer and filmmaker Lee Cohen locks our optics upon the twisted paradise that lurks within her mind.

She explores the paradoxical standoff between strength and fragility within womankind. Lee believes in living within her work, and has gained notoriety through her quirky colourful online presence on social media; in which she plays dress up and curates interesting imagery of her day to day inspirations. At just 22 years old Lee’s work initially gained recognition as a successful entry for the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. In 2014 Procter & Gamble sponsored Lee to travel to America to shoot. This turned out to be the birth of her most successful personal series yet ‘100 Naked Women’, which she continues to develop between Los Angeles and London.

This year, all the calendar’s proceeds will be donated to MERMAIDS, a British charity that supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/gcds-2021-calendar-viva-litalia-by-nadia-lee-cohen/

“The Devil’s Advocate”: Keanu Reeves Photoshoot by Lance Staedler for Premiere Magazine, 1997

Lance Staedler has worked in the US and Europe. His images have appeared in numerous publications and advertising campaigns. His approach conveys a distinctive vision by capturing something genuine and timeless. The year the movie Devil’s Advocate was released, he photographed Keanu Reeves for Premiere magazine.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/the-devils-advocate-keanu-reeves-photoshoot-by-lance-staedler-for-premiere-magazine-1997/