“Dark Carnival”: Photographer Makes a Shots of Vintage Creepy Clowns In a Cornfield

According to Tara Mapes: “If you know me, you know Halloween is my favorite time of year. Scratch the pumpkin spice and sweater weather, I just love recreating vintage horror shots.

Last year I created papier-mache masks and did some cool horror stuff (you can check out by clicking here)! I also did a shoot at an old abandoned asylum (you can check out the post by clicking here). And don’t forget the Dark Carnival that came to town earlier this year (you can find the post here)!

This year I went with CLOWNS AND CORN.

This weekend I’ll be shooting at an actual Horror House down the street, so stay tuned for the return of the DARK CARNIVAL.

Enjoy, my fellow fright freaks, enjoy!”

More: Tara Mapes, Facebook h/t: boredpanda

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/dark-carnival-photographer-makes-a-shots-of-vintage-creepy-clowns-in-a-cornfield/

Amazing Illustrations by John Bauer in the Early 20th Century

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

Born 1882 in Jönköping, Swedish painter and illustrator traveled throughout Lappland, Germany and Italy early in his career, and these cultures deeply informed his work. He painted and illustrated in a romantic nationalistic style, in part influenced by the Italian Renaissance and Sami cultures.

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Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

Bauer’s work is concerned with landscape and mythology, but he also composed portraits. He is best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), an anthology of Swedish folklore and fairy tales.

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

Most of Bauer’s works are watercolors or prints in monochrome or muted colours; he also produced oil paintings and frescos. His illustrations and paintings broadened the understanding and appreciation of Swedish folklore, fairy tales and landscape.

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

When Bauer was 36, he drowned, together with his wife Ester and their son Bengt, in a shipwreck on Lake Vättern in southern Sweden in 1918.

A set of amazing illustrations is part of his work that John Bauer painted in the 1900s and 1910s.

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

The Seven Wishes, 1907

Giant, 1909

The Giant Who Slept for Ten Thousand Years, circa 1910s

The Old Troll of Big Mountain, circa 1910s

The Prince Without a Shadow, 1910

The Troll Ride, 1910

The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds, 1911

Bella’s Glorious Adventure, 1912

Here is a piece of magic herb for you. Something only I can find. The boy who was never afraid, 1912

Humpe climbed up on his lap, 1912

Little boy and Troll, 1912

She Kissed the Bear on the Nose, 1912

The Boy Who Was Never Afraid, 1912

The Magician’s Cape, 1912

A Forest Troll, 1913

Humpe in the Woods, 1913

Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass, 1913

Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass, 1913

Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass, 1913

The Changelings, 1913

The Changelings, 1913

The Changelings, 1913

The Magician’s Cape, 1914

The Queen’s Pearl Necklace, 1914

The Queen’s Pearl Necklace, 1914

The Ring, 1914

The Ring, 1914

When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing, 1914

When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing, 1914

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Trolls and princess, 1915

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/05/amazing-illustrations-by-john-bauer-in-the-early-20th-century/

“Waste Management Confidential”: The Superb Vintage Inspired Artworks of Paco Pomet

A selection of work by artist Paco Pomet from Granada, Spain. Highly iconoclastic, Pomet’s work descends from a tradition in Western art building from the irruption of photography where credibility becomes a starting point for distortion and crises of representation. In this way, Pomet often uses photography to establish a sense of realism that is later dismantled by the introduction of a discordant element to the scene.

“The monochrome effect operates as a restatement of the alleged documentary character of the images I use. However, as soon as we are drawn into the scene the twist mechanism overcomes. What we assume to be real it is not. When I introduce the elements of discordance I am somehow pointing to the linguistical crisis that defines the western culture. The appropriation of History and the distorting elements becomes a critical practice that addresses our time, stigmatized by the nihilism and the discredit. Among the most characteristic distorting elements within my work highlight hyperbole, personification, metaphor, distortion of scale, decontextualization, absurdity and grotesque,” he explains.

More: Paco Pomet, Instagram h/t: booooooom

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/05/waste-management-confidential-the-superb-vintage-inspired-artworks-of-paco-pomet/

Amazing Vintage Photographs of Linemen on Utility Poles at the Turn of 20th Century

Most people don’t think much about the wooden utility poles in their neighborhood. However, they rely on them each day—utility poles support overhead power lines, cable services, streetlights, and other public services in the area. As it happens, these important structures were created by mistake.

h/t: vintag.es

In 1843, the United States Congress gave Samuel Morse $30,000 for a demonstration project to prove he could send messages over a distance more quickly and efficiently than the means available at the time. Morse and his partners began laying underground telegraph wires between the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and a railroad station in Baltimore, a distance of forty miles.

Unfortunately, the wires were defective, and Morse and his partners were running out of time and money. One of Morse’s partners suggested that the quickest way to complete the project would be to string telegraph wires overhead on trees and wooden poles.

On May 24, 1844, thanks to telegraph wires hastily strung on hundreds of wooden utility poles, the phrase “What Hath God Wrought” was successfully telegraphed via Morse code from D.C. to Baltimore and back.

Although the first wooden utility poles were the result of a mistake, they caught on quickly; aside from the Plains, the United States is richly forested, and the raw material for wooden utility poles was readily available. Soon there were thousands of wooden utility poles carrying telegraph signals around the eastern and the western portions of the United States, although the eastern and western networks were not yet connected.

By the early 20th century, these poles were used for telephone and electrical lines in addition to telegraph lines. Today, from wireless voice communications to the internet, they carry much more.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/05/amazing-vintage-photographs-of-linemen-on-utility-poles-at-the-turn-of-20th-century/

“False Gods”: The Superb Retro Aesthetic Artworks of Fârzad Borousan

Fârzad Borousan, known as VΞRTIGO; a young and talented Iranian digital collage artist who creates multi-dimensional comic-book inspired surrealist pop-art with a vintage sci-fi aesthetic.

“As a child I also really loved reading the novels of Dr. Isaac Asimov, a prolific American science fiction writer. His work always engaged me because of his unique sci-fi stories and writing style, all his book covers were always illustrated by truly great artists like Micheal Whelan and Bruce Pennington,” he said.

More: Instagram, Foundation, Twitter

“I believe that every artwork should have a deep theme and point for the viewer, and at the same time it should convey a surreal world of escapism away from everyday life, so I intend to present the Science Fiction style in the form of Pop. I like to show parallel worlds in my artwork and I believe that the feeling you convey in a piece of art is more important than technique.”

“I really loved creating this series of dystopian and apocalyptic artworks because the concept behind them is directly aligned with my belief that there is a mysterious force who is directly involved in our lives, an undetectable presence or supernatural energy that is influencing us everyday without our knowledge. For this series I took inspiration from Glen Fabri’s artworks.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/05/false-gods-the-superb-retro-aesthetic-artworks-of-fa%cc%82rzad-borousan/

Jack London’s Extraordinary Photos of London’s East End in 1902

Men sleeping in Green Park.

In 1902 the American author Jack London visited his namesake city – at the time when it was still the largest in the world. In a book that became to be known as The People of the Abyss he described the time when he lived in the Whitechapel district sleeping in workhouses, so-called doss-houses and even on the streets.

It was said that about half a million people were living in these awful and terrible conditions in Britain’s capital city. London took the photographs that illustrated his extraordinary book (between 1900 and 1916 the American writer took more than 12 thousand photographs).

London was most disturbed by the number of “old men, young men, all manner of men, and boys to boot, and all manner of boys” who had no other choice other than to sleep on the streets. “Some were drowsing standing up; half a score of them were stretched out on the stone steps in most painful postures…the skin of their bodies showing red through the holes, and rents in their rags.”

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Spitalfields at the junction of Commercial Street and Brushfield Street. The building at the right is Spitalfields Market. To the left is a branch of the Pearce & Plenty cafe chain, with a sign for the General Gordon Temperance Hotel.

Men working in casual ward of workhouse picking oakum – teasing out of fibres from old ropes and was very hard on the fingers.

Inside the courtyard of Salvation Army barracks Sunday Morning.

An East End Slavey (a maidservant, especially a hard-worked one.)

Bank Holiday, Whitechapel.

A street in Wapping

“Gigantic dosshouse” Rowton House, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel

“A policeman shines a flashlight onto a young man sleeping on the sidewalk against a building. A sign displayed in a window to the left reads: “Truth The Weekly Newspaper.”

Homeless Women Spitalfields Garden (church yard of Christ Church)

Homeless men and women Spitifield Gardens (Christ Church churchyard).

Frying Pan Alley,(Situated close to Middlesex Street and Petticoat Lane market) Spitalfields

A group of men stand out on the stoop of a four-story brick building, while a few women and children walk by on the sidewalk. A sign over the entrance reads: “No. 1 Victoria Home for Working Men.” (original caption)

Whitechapel Infirmary -Wide view along the front of a long, four-story building with arched windows on the first floor. Two horse-drawn carriages are on the street in the distance. (original caption)

View in Stratford.

“Two relay system lodging, lodgers who have been on night work waiting till the beds of a doss house are vacated by men employed during the way.” – original caption

Under the arches of the bridges that span the Thames

Part of a room to let. A typical East End home where the people live, sleep, eat all in one room.

Mile End Road showing the People’s Palace

Casual ward of Whitechapel Workhouse above, beds rolled up on left and right

A shop where old clothes are sold – A group of children and a handful of adults, stand around a table that is covered with clothing. Jackets and coats are hung on an outside wall behind them, and shoes, hats, and other items sit on the ground around the table. (original caption)

View in Hoxton.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/jack-londons-extraordinary-photos-of-londons-east-end-in-1902/

This Anesthesiologist Recreates Historical Clothes

History can be something to learn from, something to study, or just plain boring to some people. However, for some, it’s a source of inspiration and a way to unleash their creativity and style.

Dr. Christine Na-Eun Millar is a “historical costumer, board-certified doctor, gamer, mother, wife. Not always in that order,” as she describes herself in her Instagram bio. Christine creates amazing clothes, and especially gowns from the 1700s. She looks at inspiration from those times and creates her unique looks. She is an anesthesiologist by profession and has a beautiful child with her husband. Her family often appears in her photos also wearing historical clothing.

More: Instagram, Youtube h/t: boredpanda

Christine shared with Bored Panda: “So, I work full time as a doctor (MD) in a hospital, so after everything I see and deal with at work, I need an outlet to sort of focus my creativity and my energy. I found that of all the mediums, sewing relaxed me the most. There is something about working with a needle and thread and patiently putting things together, slowly, that helped take away the stress of work.”

“In particular, my favorite images growing up were historical gowns, princess gowns, and just overall pretty dresses. So I started to try to recreate them. I love taking a museum piece, like the green redingote from the Rijks Museum, and trying to figure out in my head how they sewed it together and how the original artist embroidered it.”

“For me, while I love sewing, I don’t enjoy hand embroidery. So I started doing the embroidery by machine. I draw out or ‘digitize’ the embroidery on a computer, designating exactly where I want each stitch to be, and in what order. After that, I send it to Foto to do Perfil de Sewstine, my embroidery machine, and have it stitch it out. It’s a lot of fun to see something you’ve made on a computer stitched out in silk.”

“As for how I pick which gown—oh, I couldn’t tell you what it is. I always have a list of about 50 gowns in my head that I want to make. At some point, a whim or a thought comes to me that it’s time to make that dress. For instance, just last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and I knew that I needed to work on a chemise a la Reine, so that will probably be my next project.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/this-anesthesiologist-recreates-historical-clothes/

Satirical and Absurd Illustrations From JJ Grandville’s Un Autre Monde, 1844

‘Un Autre Monde: Transformations, Visions, Incarnations Et Autres Choses’ by JJ Grandville (1803-1847) was published by H. Fournier of Paris in 1844. The illustrations are, as the book’s sole reviewer at the Internet Archive puts it, “nutty, weird and wonderful – funny and strange.” The work is “very good!”. It is.

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JJ Grandville, nee Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (13 September 1803 – 17 March 1847), generally known by the pseudonym of Jean-Jacques, was a French caricaturist and illustrator. His surreal drawings seem to hover in the twilight between sleep and waking. Animals and plants walk, talk and dance. Celestial objects take human forms. In one scene playing cards fight one another. A smiling giant juggles the planets of the known solar system.

Written by Taxile Delord, the editor of the journal Le Charivari to which Grandville had contributed numerous drawings, Un Autre Monde features a trio of Supreme Beings travelling through a version of the human world. The absurdities of life are there to see and enjoy.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/satirical-and-absurd-illustrations-from-jj-grandvilles-un-autre-monde-1844/

The Qajar Series, Inspired by The Studio Portraiture First Introduced to Iran in The Late 19th Century

These photographs are from a series of thirty-three portraits by Shadi Ghadirian, a contemporary artist who was inspired by the studio portraiture first introduced to Iran in the late nineteenth century under the Qajar dynasty (1794–1925).

In order to re-create the earlier setting, Ghadirian employs painted backdrops and dresses her models in vintage clothes to emulate the fashion of the day: headscarves and short skirts worn over baggy trousers, as well as thick, black eyebrows. She adds modern elements to these traditional scenes, such as a Pepsi can, a boom box, a bicycle and an avant-garde Tehran newspaper.

She has said of her work, “My pictures became a mirror reflecting how I felt: we are stuck between tradition and modernity.”

More: LACMA h/t: messynessychic

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/the-qajar-series-inspired-by-the-studio-portraiture-first-introduced-to-iran-in-the-late-19th-century/

Stunning Black and White Photographs Captured the Spirit of Early 20th Century Athletics

My nanny Dudu, 40, on rue Cortambert in Paris, 1904.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Jacques Henri Lartigue was fascinated by the ascent of sport in the early 20th century as a fashionable pastime for the middle classes, and was himself a keen sportsman. Lartigue’s entirely unposed photographs, presented album-style in this gorgeous, luxurious and delightful volume, capture both the joyous exuberance of amateur sports––racing, skiing, tennis, gymnastics, hang gliding––and the particular character of its popularity in the first half of the 20th century.

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Oléo, Rouzat, August 1908.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Lartigue is an absolute master at conveying the dynamism of the human body at play––the peculiar shapes it can contort into, and the gestures that can express anything from easy nonchalance to fierce focus. These photographs also serve as a historical catalogue of the paraphernalia and smart casual clothing associated with each sport.

The ZYX24 takes off while Piroux, Zissou, Georges, Louis, Dédé and Robert make there attempt as well in Rouzat, September 1910.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) was a French photographer and painter, most famous for his photographs of the leisure activities of France’s middle and upper classes. An avid photographer from the age of seven, Lartigue gained fame for his photo albums, which provide a comprehensive chronicle of the twentieth century in France and abroad, and for his official portraits.

Robert, the lightest, is chosen to test-fly the “Pic no. 3” in Rouzat, September 1910.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

My cousin Dédé in Rouzat, 1911.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Zissou leans against the wind from Amerigo’s propeller in Buc, Nov. 9, 1911.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Grand Prix de L’Automobile Club de France, 1912.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

The great racer Nazzaro signals to Wagner to accelerate, Grand Prix de l’A.C.F., June 26, 1912.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

My cousin Simone Roussel in Marly Forest, 1913.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

My cousin Simone and Golo in Marly Forest, March 1913.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Charly, Rico and Sim in Rouzat, September 1913.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Training of Suzanne Lenglen, Nice, November 1915.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Malvina in Chamonix, January 1918.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Bibi and Lolo in Paris, 1921.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Cannes, May 1927.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Cannes, May 1927.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Dawn in Hyères, September 1929.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Coco at l’Altana, the Weisswellers’ estate in Antibes, March 1936.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

Deauville, June 1938.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

World ski-jumping championships in Juan-les-Pins, September 1938.

Jacques Henri Lartigue/Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/stunning-black-and-white-photographs-captured-the-spirit-of-early-20th-century-athletics/