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Hannah Altman and her Glitter Bomb Photography

Hannah Altman is challenging the prescribed ‘cuteness’ of females today with her provocative glitter covered photography series ‘And Everything Nice’.

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Hannah uses bold coloured glitter to illustrate body fluid taboos – in the place of blood or tears, prettying-up gritty images to challenge the pressure on the ladies to always be cute.

Hannah explains And Everything Nice as “an unflinching analysis of the standard for female beauty. The ongoing series consists of women in states of affliction; the body fluid of the models have been replaced with glitter to visualize the concept of girls invariably needing to seem attractive regardless of the actual situation.”

We first saw her images via i-D magazine, where there’s a short interview that you can read here.

Hannah’s website is here, with more of her beautiful photography projects.

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Kensington Leverne and the things that make him Swoon

Kensington is a photographer living in London, working in various areas of photography including fashion, portraiture and landscapes, whilst putting out the odd zine too. We often run into him at London Fashion Week or London Collections: Men, and thought we’d ask him to tell us about what makes him Swoon…

Crystal Palace Park

I live in South London and I love a good run. Crystal Palace Park is the perfect place for jogging and the strange dinosaur sculptures make it much more interesting than other London parks! Crystal Palace Park

Photo-book: Bernhard Fuchs – Woodlands

This is one of my favorite photo books. Even though it’s shot in Austria the images remind me a lot of the woodlands around Oxfordshire where I grew up.

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Blenheim Park and Wychwood Forest

I’m not sure if you can have two places in one. They’re pretty close in terms of geography so I hope it’s allowed… They’re two places that I have spent a great deal of time exploring and differ greatly depending on the season. They’re never over populated and depending on which path you take through the woods you might not meet a single other person for hours.  Ideal if you need some space to think.

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Old Town Clothing, Norfolk

I guess I should add some fashion stuff in here somewhere. At the moment I’m a little obsessed with Old Town. They’re based up in Holt, Norfolk, are run by a lovely lady called Miss Willey and create fantastic, heavy-weight-no-nonsense clothing. They’re no secret anymore but you can’t beat the quality if old work clothing is your thing.

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Ducker & Son, Oxford

Bob makes amazing quality shoes. He created the shoes for the movie Atonement and will make you a pair of Brogues from any material you could ever imagine (within reason!) He once invited me into his Victorian workshop – it was like walking on to a movie set.  The back room contains the lasts of hundreds of famous celebrities, academics and politicians.

Ducker and Son
See Kensington’s photography on his website here www.kensingtonleverne.com

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Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen

The Photographers Gallery is often full of the sort of contemporary photography that sparks young creative minds to go and snap away, to challenge and subvert their fields, exhibits such as the recent Viviane Sassen. But the current display of Edward Steichens photography from his years at Conde Nast is something altogether different, something special and beautiful, and inspiring in a different way.

In a chance meeting with Conde Nast editor in 1923, Steichen was offered the prestigious title of chief photographer at Vanity Fair. You know, just offered, on the spot – such was his reputation, as one of the most important fashion, fine art and portrait photographers of his age, a reputation he went on to cement in his years at Conde Nast – Vanity Fair and Vogue. It’s these images the exhibit concerns itself with, and shows just some of the wealth of images Steichen contributed in the magazines.

The man was a genius with a camera, he appears to paint with light and commands flawless composition. These pictures do no justice for the work, I implore you to go and visit!

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Emily Blincoe and Things organised Neatly

Whilst wasting hours of my life curating boards no one else will ever see on Pinterest, I came across the photography work of Emily Blincoe. Her images are incredibly pleasing to the eye, featuring perfect composure, and often things organised neatly, which I LOVE. We fell in love with the Things organized neatly tumblr a while ago, but Emily’s images, collections and arrangements are even better. There’s something very surreal and pop about her images, and something incredibly satisfying about seeing an array of colour coordinated sweets, in neat rows. All images Emily Blincoe as sourced from Flickr and her website. See her tumblr for a visual feast here.

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