Abandoned Soviet Buildings by Rebecca Litchfield


London based photographer Rebecca Litchfield created a collection named “Soviet Ghosts” where she immortalizes abandoned buildings after the USSR fall. Her pictures take the beholder in Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Latvia. In these photographies the time is like suspended.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/abandoned-soviet-buildings-by-rebecca-litchfield/

‘Curves’ – An Art Photography Book About Beauty of Women of All Shapes and Sizes by Victoria Janashvili


Victoria Janashvili is a photographer from New York, has been photographing famous models for years, is going to publish a book in which models vary in appearance, some of them are tall or short, in different races, thin and fat. She also says she has always tried to show the beauty of women with normal bodies and physics than to show thin models which are on the covers of magazines.

In pre-purchase page of her book ‘Curves’, she has written: “While the average size of American women is 14, but the society is still continuing its stereotype on women’s body size.”

She is aware that society craves to see models that reflect their own figures in the media rather than a dangerously thin interpretation. Victoria’s goal is to project confidence to women who may have low self esteem in relation to their silhouette. The catalogue of models will hopefully become a source of inspiration for female individuals who feel insecure about their appearance. The shots currently available in magazines will not suffice as many try to compare themselves to a Photoshopped version of the current ‘in’ model. Therefore, Victoria has used her expert photography skills to create an influential calibre of images that will start to change the perception of beauty within both the modelling world and society in general.

Victoria explains further: “My personal projects have always been aimed to portray a healthy and more relatable model.”

She nods to the changes already made within the industry and the representation of beautiful women yet she hopes the launch of her new book will have a further impact. The plus-size models who agreed to appear nude in the art book are Denise Bidot and Marina Bulitkina. Bidot has featured in campaigns for Nordstorm, Levi’s and Old Navy and Bulitkina modelled for fashion store Century 21. Their experience within the industry will ensure that the shots appear professional and empowering to women. The women seductively pose nude wearing either a white sheet or covered in white body paint. Their confidence and natural look will ooze from the page and change the way women see themselves. Below are a couple of reviews that women have written after viewing her book.

“Seeing women feel as beautiful as they do in your photographs inspires me more than you could imagine.”

“I never had the nerve to do it while I was young because I was always self conscious about my body, even when I was beautiful and skinny. But looking at your photographs and how gorgeous the models look I feel better about my body.”

Ms Janashvili states that the average American woman is size 14 yet the media representation sets stereotypes that society strive to adhere to. Therefore, fashion photographer Victoria is intent on breaking that unrealistic stereotype by spending her time taking pictures of various shapes and sizes and supporting body image awareness campaigns. Her support has helped the campaigns go viral and encouraged a lot of discussions on the topic. The book is a new approach to breaking existing moulds and allowing for women to feel confident in their own skin. She is confident herself that her photography book will succeed – are you?

Victoria explains: “Even though the average American woman is a size 14, our society continues to set stereotypes as standards when it relates to the real body image of women. This is why I spent years of my time taking pictures of different types of models and took part in numerous body image awareness campaigns and went viral, and caused lots of discussions. Through my book, I would like to continue to spread the mission and break social stereotypes, so we can take a stand on women feeling confident within their own skin.”

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/curves-an-art-photography-book-about-beauty-of-women-of-all-shapes-and-sizes-by-victoria-janashvili/

Erotic Photos by Bettina Rheims Simulate the Female Orgasm (NSFW)


For ‘Just Like a Woman’, Paris-based photographer Bettina Rheims takes an intimate and titillating look at the female body, positioning herself directly above a set of nude models as they dramatize the moment of orgasm.

Having photographed many nudes throughout her prolific career, Rheims was inspired to take on the role of the lover, observing the height of female pleasure from an elevated vantage point. The women, she explains, were unable to see her as she worked, their views obscured by a dark curtain.

As the women luxuriated on a mock bed, made of a bed-sheet covering the studio floor, she herself reclined face-down above them, talking dirty from behind the curtain to get her models in an erotic state of mind. The physicality of the orgasm, she says, was achieved not only through the models’ expressions but also through makeup designed to resemble flushed cheeks and broken sweats, and imprints of bras and panties were made along the naked flesh.

Here, Rheims simulates the erotic without being explicit, choosing only to reveal just enough flesh to suggest an ardent sexual encounter. The instant she captures isn’t necessarily one of penetration but of release, when inhibitions are abandoned entirely to corporeal sensation. Ultimately, she hopes to capture that elusive space between delirium and ecstacy, a moment wherein “the body is compressed and finally freed.”

Via Feature Shoot

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/erotic-photos-by-bettina-rheims-simulate-the-female-orgasm-nsfw/

Intimate Photos Take Us Into the Bedrooms of People With Disabilities (NSFW)


For Je t’aime moi aussi, photographer Olivier Fermariello enters the bedrooms of individuals with disabilities, cutting through taboo and rarely discussed topics to reveal the complex sexual identities of his subjects.In a world that subscribes to a relatively homogeneous definition of beauty, physical differences at times become a source of discomfort. Here, Fermariello combats the prejudice surrounding disabled individuals, who are too often unjustly and inaccurately relegated to a realm of non-sexuality.

Fermariello explains that his choice to create the work in Italy was a response to the closed-mindedness he perceived there surrounding issues of sex and disability. After discovering Internet forums devoted to the topic, he put out an advertisement for his project and received numerous responses. With each of his subjects, he took days, weeks, and even months to form trusting relationships that fostered open communication about personal experiences with intimacy and discrimination.

In his staged narrative portraits, Fermariello gives voice to private urges and sensual fantasies that are so often kept veiled from public understanding. Bathed in a gentle golden light, his subjects engage alternately in private moments of tenderness and in the more routine scenes of daily life.

Under his gaze, the human body is neither ignored nor fetishized, existing on a nuanced continuum of individual desire. As his images move dreamily between the surreal sphere of erotic reverie and the scope of the everyday, the nude body becomes a means of defiance, a courageous assertion of the amorous self in a culture that denies it.

Via Feature Shoot

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/intimate-photos-take-us-into-the-bedrooms-of-people-with-disabilities-nsfw/

Porn without Sex: Hilarious Images from the Opening Scenes of Adult Movies


Pornography films are notorious for their predictable opening scenes, composed of a few awkward and cheesy moments that establish a backstory for a naughty encounter. Setting the stage for on-screen sex, these absurd performances go largely forgotten, but what would they look like pulled from their salacious context?

Issue #008 of Useful Photography magazine, published by KesselsKramer Publishing, is devoted entirely to found photographs depicting the introductory minutes of adult films and magazines. Ejected from the situations for which they were originally intended, these images operate as a strange archive of erotic fantasy and pretense.

Collected in a single volume, the fictitious scenes appear painfully stilted, composed of a series of contrived gestures and blundering pauses. The individual men and women become caricatures of their sex, preposterous manifestations of collective desires.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/porn-without-sex-hilarious-images-from-the-opening-scenes-of-adult-movies/

Soapbox Racers by Alan Powdrill


Pitstop. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

“This summer I photographed the daredevil ‘Soapbox Racers‘ and their homemade gravity powered machines, all taking part at a London Redbull event. In a nutshell they’re thrown down a very steep hill doing their best to navigate a course and stay in one piece at the same time. They reach some serious speeds matched by some serious spills, creating a go-cart graveyard at the bottom of the hill.”, says photographer Alan Powdrill.

Royals. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

“Some very creative imagination went into the machines and team outfits and getting them to pose was no bother with them eager to show off their labour of love creations. One of my favourites are the Pit Stop crew, based on that classic kids programme Wacky Races, who’s star Penelope Pitstop drove a ‘Compact Pussycat’ car. They made the long trip from Aberdeen to London to compete, showing some serious dedication, and Pussycat power.”

Police Mob. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

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Space. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

Dragon. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

Plane. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

Laurel and Hardy. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

Star Wars. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

Trains. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

Supermarket. Photo © by Alan Powdrill

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/soapbox-racers-by-alan-powdrill/

Photography by Cansu Ozkaraca


Cansu Ozkaraca is a London based fashion and portrait photographer who specializes in portraiture, fashion, and model portfolios photography.

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SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/photography-by-cansu-ozkaraca/

This Artist Creates Eye-Popping “Roomscapes” with a Camera Obscura


Notice something strange about the wall mural in the above photograph? It’s upside down! That’s because it was created using a “camera obscura” — the favored technique of Cuban born artist Abelardo Morell, who has been experimenting with this approach since 1991.

Latin for “dark room,” conceptually, a camera obscura is the precursor to the pinhole camera, but the effect dates back at least to Aristotle. (The earliest mention is found in the writings of Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti, circa 5th century BC, who called it a “collecting place” or “locked treasure room.”)

All you need to create your own camera obscura is a small hole in a shade or a wall, so that light can pass from a sunlit garden, for instance, into a darkened room, projecting an inverted image on the wall opposite the pinhole.

That inversion is due to a quirk of basic optics. Light scatters off each point of an object and travels outward in all directions. The pinhole acts as a lens, letting in a narrow beam from each point in a scene.

Those beams pass through the hole in a straight line and then intersect. The result is that the light from the bottom of the scene outside hits the top of the opposite wall, and vice versa. Hence the inverted image.

“I made my first picture using camera obscura techniques in my darkened living room in 1991. In setting up a room to make this kind of photograph, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film. In the beginning, exposures took from five to ten hours.”, explains Abelardo Morell

Morell’s interest in this ancient technique began in 1988, when he was teaching photography in Boston. On a whim one sunny day, he covered all the windows in the classroom with black plastic so that it was pitch dark inside, punched a small hole in the plastic, and then savored his students’ enthralled reaction as upside-down moving images of the street scene outside appeared on the back wall.

“When I saw how these savvie, techie students were charmed and disarmed by the image on the wall, I knew this was something very potent,” Morell told National Geographic back in 2011.

Via Laughing Squid, National Geographic, Gizmodo

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/this-artist-creates-eye-popping-roomscapes-with-a-camera-obscura/

Photo of the Day: An Aerial View of Bahamas from Space


The small island cays and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them in the Bahamas is pictured in this NASA handout photo taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on July 19, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/NASA)

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/photo-of-the-day-an-aerial-view-of-bahamas-from-space/

September 21-22: These Days in Photos from the Past


Two female holidaymakers relax on an unidentified beach of England, September 21, 1940, as a soldier, eyes straight ahead, stands guard at a barrier built as a defense against possible invasion by Germany. (Photo by AP Photo)

Unidentified American soldiers watch flames and smoke shoot skyward from wrecked vessels and port installations at Palermo, Sicily on September 21, 1943. This was the result of an attack by Axis dive-bombers upon the port soon after the Americans moved in. (Photo by AP Photo)

Residents of Kompong Cham, the Cambodian provincial capital near Phnom Penh, arrive on the Eastern Bank of the Mekong River as they flee fighting September 21, 1973. Soldiers in background were being transported simultaneously to defend the hamlet of Tonle Bet against attacks by Khmer Rouge insurgents. (Photo by Chor Yuthy/AP Photo)

A picketers throws himself to the ground in a puddle in Boston as police try to keep others from preventing delivery trucks from leaving the Boston Globe plant with Sunday papers, September 21, 1974. A policeman was injured when one of the trucks tried to run the line. (Photo by Peter Bregg/AP Photo)

The coneheads are given a run for the money by these three Ram fans, wearing watermelons on their heads, at the Rams-Minnesota Vikings game at Anaheim Stadium, September 21, 1987. Whether their appearance was meant as hex or boost, the Rams lost, 21-16. (Photo by Reed Saxo/AP Photon)

Barbara Walters of ABC-TV watches over Palestinian guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat as he autographs a keffiyeh, an Arab headdress, after she interviewed him in Beirut, September 21 1987. (Photo by Harry Koundakjian/AP Photo)

Pfc. Elbon Nicholas of Cadillac, Mich., uses a toy monkey to entertain a few of the more youthful of the 1,500 internees of the German internment camp at Vittel, in the Vosges mountains of France on September 21, 1944. The internees, citizens of the United States, England, and other Allied Nations, were released after the arrival of French troops from Gen. Patton’s Third Army on September 13. (Photo by AP Photo)

One of the floats taking part in the 18th Cotton Festival parade in Aleppo, Syria on September 22, 1973. (Photo by AP Photo/Azad)

A turtle born with two heads and an extra set of legs between them is held by an employee of a Jenkintown, Pa., pet store on September 22, 1986. The owner of the store said while it was the strangest thing he’d ever seen he had no idea how long it would live. (Photo by Rusty Kennedy/AP Photo)

A sailboat lies in the street of Charleston on September 22, 1989 after it was washed ashore by Hurricane Hugo. (Photo by Lou Krasky/AP Photo)

A U.S. soldier tries to calm an overzealous crowd at the port in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, September 22, 1994 as a Haitian police car passes by. The port has been secured by the U.S. military since moving into Haiti on Monday. The United States muscled toward total military control of Haiti on Thursday, breaking up the army’s heavy weapons, guarding pro-democracy activists and giving U.S. troops more leeway to use force. (Photo by Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

The mighty man-made falls of the Colorado River with the six outlets wide open in a night display. Since the start of generation of power here the dam has been a night-time Mecca for tourists in Los Angeles, September 22, 1936. (Photo by AP Photo)

Crawling through protective smoke, U.S. troops press a Ranger-type attack upon their objective after crossing a moat, these simulated battle conditions were part of maneuvers at a U.S. eastern seaboard training center on September 22, 1942. (Photo by AP Photo)

A Malay Seaman uses a blinker light to challenger approaching vessels around the minefields off the coast of Singapore, September 22, 1941. (Photo by AP Photo)

Mick Jagger, center, lead singer of The Rolling Stones pop music group, dons a straw hat as he and guitarist Mick Taylor and drummer Charlie Watts, right in bow tie, during a press conference at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France on September 22, 1970. (Photo by AP Photo)

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/september-21-22-these-days-in-photos-from-the-past/