For the last few weeks I’ve been taking photos of myself right after rolling out of my bed in the morning or after a nap. It started out at first as more of a self appreciation project, where i could learn to be more comfortable in my skin and in front of the camera. I wasn’t sure what it would turn into, but this is the final product and I’m quite happy about it.
digital photo with color film photo overlay via photoshop
Permanent Sunset (Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Australia)
by Alejandro Propato
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“But around me the preference for light skin prevailed, to the beholders that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
"And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside,
that there is no shade in that beauty.”
- Lupita Nyong’o
Cliff House MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
This project is the first of a series of projects for a large 455 acre site on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. This pure box in the landscape is precariously perched off a bedrock cliff to heighten one’s experience of the landscape through a sense of vertigo and a sense of floating on the sea. This strategy features the building’s fifth elevation - its ‘belly’.