French artist Anastassia Elias uses toilet paper rolls to create art. She choose paper to match the color of the roll to give it a seamless look and creates the most intricate silhouettes with just a pair of scissors, tweezers, and glue. The time, detail, and thought that goes into each magical piece is wtf outstanding.
I’ve just returned from Wild & Scenic, a 3 day environmental film festival and the largest of its kind. One of my favorite films was Waste Land, the winner of Best of Festival. Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. If you have a chance to watch it, please do. It will move and inspire you!
My all time favorite still from the late Irving Penn.
When French photographer Sacha Goldberger realized his 91 year old Hungarian grandmother Frederika was lonely and might be suffering from depression, he proposed an unusual course of therapy: a superhero photoshoot. Needless to say, I think this is WTF fantastic.
I absolutely love the raw beauty of these richly colored images of age-old New York City storefronts from James and Karla Murray‘s book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. (I used to live right around the corner from this bicycle shop on E 17th!) Sadly, at least a third of the stores in the book have closed since its publication, making the photographs evoke even more feelings of nostalgia in New Yorkers, visitors and ex-pats alike.
Designer Stuart Haygarth created this strikingly magical staircase at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, in collaboration with framing company John Jones. Stuart used 31 types of frames in various colors, sizes, and styles; and in total, the frames’ profiles reached over 650 yards in length and featured hundreds of individual pieces, cut, mitred, joined, sanded, and colored in special finishes.