24h.

Paolo Fusco – Fiori 24h
Artist’s statement: “Hardly anything is open 24h in Rome: a few bars, a few stores, self service gas stations and flower kiosks, a lot of flower kiosks. You can find them everywhere in the city and they never close. They never close. Their presence has always fascinated me, they seem like sentinels in the quiet roman night, small lighthouses populated by half-asleep immigrant workers. The photos were taken while wondering through the city in search of these islands of light and flowers.”

aerie.

In unexpected news, aerie, the lingerie line from American Eagle, has launched a campaign full of unaltered photos. No airbrushing, no unnecessary editing, nothing. 

The purpose of ‘aerie Real’ is to communicate there is no need to retouch beauty, and to give young women of all shapes and sizes the chance to discover amazing styles that work best for them. We want to help empower young women to be confident in themselves and their bodies. -Jennifer Foyle, Chief Merchandising Officer

They also announced that they plan to incorporate different body types onto their website. I think this is an awesome step in the right direction (yes, I would have loved to see models who aren’t thin, fit, conventionally beautiful, and from a wider range of ethnicities, but Ill take what I can get). The cynic in me can’t help but think that in six weeks or six months, this isn’t going to be the case anymore, but I hope they keep their word.

Merge.

Gus Petro did this cool project called ‘Empty, Dense, Merge’ in which he traveled all over the US and captured a feeling of complete emptiness, a feeling of complete density. and then merged the two together. These photos are from ‘Merge.’ He took New York City and placed it inside the Grand Canyon: two opposites merged into one. 

Famous Footwear.

This series is by Italian artist Federico Mauro. I think they’re so fun! From his website: “Throughout popular culture, we have come to associate specific looks and styles with certain people. One example of such ‘trademarks’ is shoes.” See more photos from the series here.