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I am really obsessed with Natalie Kucken‘s photography right now. She takes the most beautiful photos, and they look very Sofia Coppola-esque film to me. I like looking at all of them, but she updates her tumblr a lot and a I have a Tumblr so it’s easy to get updated that way (trust me, you’ll want to.) These are some of my favorite ones–personally, I like the photos she tags as “diary” because they’re personal. The thing I find so fascinating about her is that she just packed up from her home after graduating high school and moved to New York. She’d worked during all of high school so that’s where she got some of her money, but I find that inspiring. It’s really not the same thing as going to university. When you go there, you look back. You look back on winter break, during spring break, during the summer, you’re always seeing what was (even though you’re simultaneously seeing what will be.) Anyone who has the guts to just pack up and leave is pretty driven.

“My bedroom”

More diary photos.

Lissy elle

She always takes photos that are really faded, which I think help the whole Sofia Coppola vibe. It also adds an air of mystery (at least to me) even though they’re pictures of everyday life.

metin’s roof on 19th street

This is one of my absolute favorites (though I’m pretty obsessed with all of them.)

From “me-being-creepy-in-crowds diary photos”

view from my new bedroom window

I don’t want to repost all of her work, but you can definitely some more of her photos on her Tumblr,website,and on her blog.


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Passive Aggressive Signs

I like letters strung together and I have seen multiple images of them lately. This will be a vague post but I think they’re humorous and good for college dorms and inspiration.

Here, Here, Here.

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Mayne Man (shitty titles 2k12)

As I’ve mentioned multiple times, I’ve been delving more and more into photography over the last year or so (i.e. when I started using the internet regularly and not just for school work.) One of my latest favorites (among many others) has been Roger Mayne, a British photographer who took photos of London and other places around the world in the 60’s.

“Girls Chatting, Islington, 1963”

“Southam Street, North Kensington, London” (1957)

“Girls jiving, richmond jazz festival 1969”

“Children by a Doorway, Dublin, 1957”

The thing I like most about all of this photography is that it’s completely in the moment. A second later, half of these pictures would turn out completely different. They aren’t posed (or so a lot of them aren’t) and I think it’s a talent to be able to capture the moment–someone laughing or looking happy or sad or what have you.

Another thing I enjoy about his photographs is that there’s nothing embellished about them–obviously there was no Photoshop when these were taken, but a lot aren’t posed, and they’re not glamorous at all, yet they still have a quality that draws you in and makes you want to be there.

I used to hate myself for liking realistic subjects (yeah, let’s steer away from great photography and talk about me, because that’s how relevant I am) since everyone else seemed to love Harry Potter and fantastical books and films. I still enjoy those things (not Harry Potter specifically) but Lula and fashion photography, which are obviously very embellished or ostentatious types of art. Despite this, I still favor realism because I  think it’s harder to capture it in a photograph and especially realism that isn’t composed of something sad or depressing, which, as you’ll find looking through his photography, Roger Mayne is really quite good at.

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State of Mind, Empire


I’ve been exploring a lot of new photographers lately (I love photography so much,) because I read every single post of Tara Violet Niami’s Tumblr. I stumbled upon wonderful things on my journey (personal posts that made me bawl, lovely photos) and videos. One of the videos I saw was by Jacqueline Harriet Grossbard (or Jacqueline Harriet, as she’s called on Flickr, blog, and her Tumblr.) While her photography is really beautiful (this is one of my favorites,) her videos were the things that got me on a personal level. She’s really good at capturing moments, something that is completely underrated and needs to be recognized more:

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I am pretty damn sure that tears came to my eyes when I saw this. The song is amazing–I did a little research on the band and they will definitely get a “song of the month” spot at some point this year (it’s called Friend Crush by the band Friends, who are from Brooklyn. They just released their first album, Manifesto! Much to my unhappiness, Pitchfork gave it a 5.2 but I think that this song is a perfect 10.)

Despite that, I loved it because I guess it sort of embodied what I expect youth to be about–just hanging out with lots of new people and having a great time. I know our society loves youth, but they love a certain idea of it–being skinny and pretty and getting trashed but not too trashed, etc.) whereas I think this video expressing more of what it really means–exploring new places and new things and getting to know yourself and the people around you. It makes me excited. I’m pretty sure I’ll watch it everyday for the next 3 years.

The other one that struck a similar cord with me:

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I love the music of this one too, but my favorite thing was that I could relate to it. Because I often travel from Los Angeles (though she’s from Sacramento, but shh) to New York and vice versa, I feel sort of conflicted as to where I’m supposed to be (maybe I’ll be a wimpy cop-out and choose the midwest) and I think she captured the essence of both places really well (obviously it’s a very personal project, but it correlates with my life a lot.) On the east coast I always feel I am experiencing new places and new things and even new people, because I don’t know my family members there very well and I always learn a little more about them (despite the fact that my entire family lives there and only my immediate family resides in California) whereas L.A. is my comfort zone with familiar people and a slightly more laid-back lifestyle. The idea of going to school on the east coast is appealing but it simultaneously makes me want to vomit because guess where all the private school kids sick of California lyfe go? NYU and Columbia and Yale. I might just stick around here for a while.


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Ooh wow, look at my ~creepy~ title–I’m sure you’re all significantly spooked and totally not wondering what sort of mediocre indie band I’m paraphrasing or life story I’m referring to. You’ll find that in the following pictures, my title will be completely justified.

Amber Ortolano  is a fifteen-year-old photographer living in New York (state.) She makes beautiful pictures using all sorts of materials and is really, really talented (at least in my humble opinion.) People like Katieeleanor, who I consider to be relatively “Flickr Famous” like her work too, such as this video, which will give you a taste as to why I chose this cliche title:

Video via her flickr. All photos via her blog. She has a flickr, vimeo, and shuttermade as well as a facebook fan page and a shop.

As someone who dislikes fantasy books in general, art like this makes me really enthusiastic about the concept of fantasy and things that are mysterious and undefinable. I love photography that isn’t about fantasy too, people taking pictures of their friends and family members and real things going on, but an escape is nice and if someone can create art out of it, it’s really something (at least to me.) The way she incorporates herself into the image and how she can obscure herself or put herself right in front of the camera is extremely intriguing. I highly recommend watching all of her videos because they’re all beautiful and looking at all of her pictures for the same reason.

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Cut and Paste

How-To: Make a Collage With 10 Simple Tips

You’re sitting at home, and A) you don’t have to go to work, B) you don’t have school, C) your friends don’t want to speak to you or D) you’re relatively sick, in which hopefully the first two don’t apply, and unless your friends are really nice, the third doesn’t. Collages are a decent way to fill out time—after all, paper cutting and gluing are things are good distractions from your life (unless you like make collages for a living, in which case I am unbelievably jealous.) If collages don’t seem that great at the moment, Facebook stalking is always a healthy and normal option.

Part 1: Preliminary Steps and Prior Knowledge (no, this is not a seventh grade science lab.)

1. Collages can be spontaneous (you can make up things as you go along and just go with what you think works best), but if you’re planning your collage out and want a certain look or message, make sure you have all the paper and magazine cutouts you need. If you start cutting out and gluing only to find that the picture of Karlie Kloss in Vogue Nippon is nowhere to be found and it’s one of the main parts of your collage, you will be unhappy and have to replace with something less suitable. It’s better to find out what you don’t have before you start (unless you’re going with the flow) to avoid future irritation.

2. Even if you aren’t planning out your collage, make sure you have enough glue and scissors. They’re both necessary parts of collage making and if you don’t have them, you will get angry or sad or start having a mental breakdown, depending on how much collage making means to you.

3. If you don’t want to waste your magazine paper, then going online and printing out pictures from editorials or whatever you need is always a viable option. If money is an issue, using the existing magazines you might already have is probably the best way. I tend to use magazines because their paper is of a higher quality than printing paper but if you’ve seen an image and want it, the internet is always there.

4. Collages can be mood boards, where you have a certain aesthetic, idea, or inspiration (teenage witches, purple, food, anything really) or a message with words. Mood boards don’t tend to have words quite as much because they’re very image based. Still, it really doesn’t matter whether you adhere to the definition of a mood board or a collage if you know what you’re doing.

Part 2: Making the Collage

5. Make sure to clear the area of any drinks or food…if you really give a crap about the collage (or end up giving one) Starbucks latte stains will probably not be the best part of it (unless food stains are intentional).

6. If there’s anything you don’t like about the collage or that suddenly doesn’t make sense to the aesthetic you were trying to convey, don’t be afraid to cut something else out to put over it or even start over if time allows you to. It can be interesting to see what works and what doesn’t.

7. Sometimes music can be much inspiration in regards to collage making. In can help you become more excited and as a result, more interested in the art you’re created. If complete silence is more inspirational, then just ignore everything I said before this.

Part 3: The After Math

                8. Dry your collage in a safe space where it can’t get eaten or messed up, because if it does, you will probably become angry and pissed off. If your room mates or family members are the types who just love screwing with any sort of happiness you may have developed, keep it in a place where you know they won’t be able to find it.

9. If you really want to have your collage ready to show to others or just to hang up somewhere, using a hair dryer to dry the glue works well.

10. You can use that collage as inspiration to make a series of collages based on the aesthetic of the prior one. If the collage you just did was inspired by purple, do another one inspired by another secondary color. Collages can also be used as part of shrines to people (hopefully to celebrities and not your friends.)

All images via my tumblr, except the last which is a collage that inspired Girl Gang on Rookie by Tavi. First one=author unknown, the second is Tess, Olivia Bee, Flower and another unknown

I wish I could have put some of my own up here! I’ve sent a couple to Alicia, but I don’t have any of my own to put up. I just like the idea of collages and mood boards in general. They’re so fun to make and you can always be really creative!

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