I would like to recommend this thriller to you: "Plastic" by Frank Strausser.
Known for his critically acclaimed plays “The Powder Room” (starring Academy Award best actress nominee Sally Kirkland) and “Psycho Therapy,” Strausser is no novice to the world of entertainment. In PLASTIC, he employs his signature sharp dialogue and dark wit to tell the story of renowned plastic surgeon Harry Previn, summoned to restore the face of Fay Wray, a ravishingly beautiful nineteen-year-old pop star, who has suffered a disfiguring assault.
For Previn, beauty has become a life or death proposition, because his patients are literally dying to be beautiful. He soon realizes though that his job is not to restore Fay’s looks, but to surgically erase all trace of a violent crime, and that a desperate group of Hollywood image makers will stop at nothing to create the ultimate cover-up.
Bold, stylish, and poignant, PLASTIC explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty in a terrifyingly accurate portrayal of La La Land.
Thank you @getredpr and @frankhstrausser
for free copy of the book. 📙📘📗📖📕📔 Stay bookish.
Era l'estate del 2015 e del mio corso ero rimasta una delle poche che ancora non aveva deciso il proprio tema di laurea. La prof di fotografia creativa ci aveva assegnato questo libro e siccome il corso mi aveva davvero entusiasmato, lo comprai subito!
Ricordo che ero a leggerlo sulla terrazza della mia casa al lago e improvvisamente TAC! La mia testa si riempì di idee e la sensazione che provai è simile a quella di quando l'Italia vinse il mondiale! L'ispirazione aveva finalmente raggiunto anche me e da lì a un anno non mi avrebbe più abbandonata; mi accompagnó mano nella mano fino a concretizzare il tutto e vederlo realizzato attraverso i miei 7 pannelli 50x70. @augusto.pieroni inconsciamente sei stato tu a "darmi il la" per iniziare il mio percorso creativo e quindi #GRAZIE !
Don't forget to head over to the crowdfunder for a copy of the book, scroll down to rewards and click! Its £15 for a copy and any extra money left over affter postage (worldwide! 😮) And any extra donations I will use to donate to Addenbrookes PICU unit or their Childrens Hospital which they need. @actcharity@cuh_nhs
Hello midweek! We have just recieved a new donation of books at our inhouse library! Thank you for keeping our shelves full!
If you are keen to borrow any of these titles, feel free to pick them up over lunch, dinner or breakfast from 9am Sat & Sun or PH. ✌🏻 @thegardenslug
Yesterday I discovered that I’d written around 100 pages of notes that will someday soon be rearranged and put into chapters and become a book, and I think that’s pretty dang cool. Almost every morning I visualise myself holding my book (pink cover with gold writing) and tap into the feeling of disbelief that I have a physically printed and bound REAL LIFE book in my hands that’s full of words I’ve written.
I also regularly have doubt about this becoming a reality and thoughts like “There’s enough books in the world” and “you’re not articulate enough to write a book” pop up. But the thing is, no one writes like me, just as no one writes like you. It’s a skill as unique as your physical handwriting! So that’s one thing. Also, if people stopped doing things just because others were doing it, we’d never have newness in our world. Imagine it Beyoncé decided not to create music because we already had Michael Jackson in the world?
We all have unique talents and gifts that deserve to be shared with the world. When we ask ourselves “who are we to share our light?” I encourage you to reword it and say “who am I NOT to share my light?” The more you share, the more creativity spreads and the positive vibration of your energy and those around you lifts!
How are you holding back your talents / skills / light? What do you wish you had more confidence to do?
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¿No es increíble saber que una fotografía puede calentar cualquier espacio de tu casa u oficina? ¡El mejor sistema de calefacción! .
A simple cat photo/video honestly makes me want to scream "5 stars!" from the rooftops, but looking at this objectively and calmly, I'm happy to report that Les Chats de Paris is actually a pretty nice little collection. The black and white photos capture the whimsy of Parisian cats and the connection they have with the people really well. One of the photos reminded me of my uncles, these big burly bachelors who live together in the countryside and have an uncomparable love for their cat.
Maybe my future is to be a strange kimono-clad Parisian lady who feeds the neighborhood cats and holds afternoon tea parties for them? (I'll make a note of that.)
Ft. 🥐 #Croissants & #orangejuice
We were recently featured online @heromag. Emerging Photographers @rontimehin@greatarsenal & @juicylucyham shared a few words with the magazine on different aspects of London life that influence their work – from street life to skyline.
Click the link in our bio to read the online article .
L’ignoranza, del resto che è? Per meglio dire, dove finisce la conoscenza e comincia l’ignoranza, e chi può, chi ha diritto di tracciare questa frontiera? Il numero delle cognizioni essendo illimitato, anche l’uomo più inzeppato di cognizioni non perde il diritto al titolo di ignorante. (Alberto Savinio, Sorte dell’Europa)
A cauliflower mushroom cloud, genitals, Jesus and a sheep's head. It's a weird world that Ann Massal takes us to in her book "The Eye of the Cyclops". A manipulated and changed world - somehow strange, disturbing and fascinating.
This book is like a trip. I feel like Raoul Duke in "Fear and Loathing Las Vegas” - without control in a crazy world. The soundtrack: "I fink you freaky and I like you a lot" by “Die Andwoord”. Delusional images of violence and destruction, lust and fetish, faith and seduction, decay and life. A world like the Armageddon, where everything is put together again.
Ann Massal mixes own with found pictures. Alienates the world she photographs and alters the images she makes and finds. Splashed and painted, scratched and bleached, crumpled and cut. The results challenge some of the big issues of life and our time. In a society shaped by the normative forces of ubiquitous floods of advertising-like images through social media, Massal creates in contrast the image of an unleashed, animalistic human nature. Diverse and real, it develops a wonderful sense of humour and a stunning beauty that is always on the verge of disgust.
Knowing that Ann Massal worked in the beauty industry before she turned to photography explains her motivation for the subject. "The Eye of the Cyclops" can therefore be read as a deliberate antithesis to the image of man that this industry shapes. With this work, Ann Massal gives the stupid, conformist world of the Kardashians the finger. Like the smoking nun in her book.
Conclusion: a really intense book that finds an alternative approach of beauty in diversity. Well designed!
Ann Massal / The Eye of the Cyclpos
published by Kehrer Verlag, 2019
24 x 32 cm
Acercarse a las personas
Atreverse a derribar muros, prejuicios...
Y tocar con tu cuerpo el alma de la gente
Porque así, con los ojos cerrados, solo puedes ser tú
Tú, sin vergüenzas, tú sin maldades...
La vida sería más sincera
Y entenderíamos que en realidad
Somos todos mucho más iguales de lo que pensamos
In the late 1950s, Ansel selected eight photographs of Yosemite National Park to offer exclusively to park visitors as affordable souvenirs. He hoped that these images might inspire tourists to become activists by evoking the same awe and respect for nature that Yosemite had instilled in him. Over the following decades, Ansel added to this collection to create a stunning view of Yosemite in all its majesty.
“If you were to give me the pleasure of showing you Yosemite Valley for the first time, I know just how I would want to do it. I would take you by night from the San Joaquin Valley up through the forested mountains and out to the Valley's rim, so that when sunrise came you would be standing on Glacier Point. Up before dawn, you would lean against the railing, trying to see down into the shadows for the first sight of something whose descriptions you never quite believed.” — A. A.
To preorder “Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints,” featuring a special guest foreword by White House photographer @petesouza and an essay by @alanrossphotography, exclusive printer of AA’s ‘Special Edition’ series, click the link in our bio.