Get Lost in Kyoto With Yasuhiro Ogawa


Tokyo-based photographer Yasuhiro Ogawa shows us the true magic of Kyoto.
For Ogawa, Kyoto is all about the colors that fill the city and as he said“It changes constantly.”

Eight hundred years ago the Japanese poet Kamo no Chomei penned the following poem:
The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world.

“The color of Kyoto tells us that everything is transient, almost like the current of the flowing river,” says Ogawa.



















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Sakimi chan (pt. 14) Horoscope Series


Sakimi chan is a digital artist based in Canada, she amazed us with her Gender Bender series in which portrays some of the most famous characters in Disney world(and not) in a gender bender version.
This is her new Horoscope Series.

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Airportraits by Mike Kelley


A native of Ipswich Massachusetts, photographer Mike Kelley has been named one of the 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2016/17 by Luerzer’s Archive and his images have been named Digital Camera World’s Best Images of 2014.

In his Airportraits series, Mike sets up camp outside of airports and meticulously photographs planes as they takeoff and land—shooting thousands of photos per location. He then uses Photoshop to isolate the planes and combines the images into the composite “portraits” you see here.














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Musical Bugstruments by Scandinavian DesignLab


Beautifully executed brand identity based on bugs merged with musical instruments, by Scandinavian DesignLab for Copenhagen based fashion store, ParisTexas.

“PARISTEXAS opened its doors in the spring of 2007 to an entirely new shopping experience in the heart of Copenhagen. PARISTEXAS is an exclusive fashion store focusing on specially selected designer products for men and women.

The store’s collection is unique, like a symphony composed of a number of international, trendsetting, underground brands exclusive to PARISTEXAS.


Identity and uniqueness come to the fore when the store’s symphony of collections is juxtaposed with the austere underground style and becomes a morphing of music instruments and earthly insects.

With this contrast-filled universe, the solution seeks not only to break with the traditional perception of beauty and fashion – it also challenges the classic approach to working with identity. The primary identity element is not only a logo, but also a symbolic universe with a life of its own.” Scandinavian DesignLab

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Above Chicago


Chicago-based photographer Nick Ulivieri specializes in architecture, food, and aerial photography. Ulivieri takes some of the best photos of Chicago year-round, aerial or otherwise.

“I like my verticals parallel, my skies wild, bold color, and shooting above Chicago.”

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“Reframe”- Powerful Installation About the Refugee Crisis


Controversial artist Ai Weiwei recently opened his first major exhibition in Italy, titled Libero (Free), at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi. Prior to the opening, the artist installed the work Reframe.

Reframe is Ai Weiwei’s major new installation involving two of Palazzo Strozzi’s façades: twenty-two large orange rescue dinghies grafted onto Palazzo Strozzi’s windows draw the public’s attention to the fate of refugees who place their lives in jeopardy every day by crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

The installation, a product of the artist’s personal involvement and commitment as an activist in the refugee humanitarian crisis, offers the city of Florence a major opportunity to use culture to focus attention on the migrant issue.

“I have a strong respect for everyone who is fighting for freedom, willing to sacrifice everything, take a risk, take their children for a better future,” Ai Weiwei explained as part of the motivation for these series of works on the refugee crisis. “Those people are the heroes of our time. I have full respect for them. My work is about showing my clear respect for those people and their fight for freedom. They have been called many very bad names, but they are our brothers.”

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NONE by Ash Thorp


NONE is a short film that explores the balance of light and darkness. It has a personal narrative which plays with the notion of finding yourself amidst the noise around you.

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COMPOSER – Ben Lukas Boysen


“NONE emerged as a collaboration with Chris Bjerre, when our schedules aligned with a small break from client work.  We decided we wanted make something special that would allow us to further explore and evolve our craft, but needed to stick to a strict deadline of three weeks before the quick pace of work began again.

What started out as a series of surreal images that lived solely in my mind, we quickly manifested into reality.  I wanted to stay true to the original, beautiful simplicity of my visual thoughts while also pushing to explore new techniques.

As the sequence progressed and we paired the rough cut with a track from the incredible musician, Ben Lukas Boysen, we immediately knew we had something special.  So we quickly transitioned into post production mode, and completed the short film within the defined time limit.  However, no true piece of art is ever finished… it’s just due.”


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Lepidoptera Obscura by Vladimir Stankovic

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“Illustrations depicting various moth and butterfly species from the ‘lepidoptera obscura’ order. These “hidden butterflies” dwell in the most inaccessible areas of tropical rain forests and some even have the ability to become invisible, which is the reason of their obscurity from the science books. The illustrations show the stages of their life cycle – from the egg, caterpillar and cocoon form, to the fully-grown specimen.”

Vladimir Stankovic is a graphic designer and illustrator from Serbia, currently based in Odense, Denmark.
In his work Vladimir try to combine his love and passion towards illustration and graphic design, with the use of both traditional and digital mediums.
His inspiration comes from science and nature on one hand, and fantasy, fairy tales and
all sorts of mysteries on the other.

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Striking Illustrations by Oleg Gert (part.2)


Oleg Gert is a highly skilled artist and illustrator from Moscow, Russian Federation. The great attention to detail and the wise use of colors are his signature.

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Song of the Day: I Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick (& Aretha Franklin)


I Say a Little Prayer” is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, originally peaking at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in December 1967. On the R&B Singles chart it peaked at number eight. Intended by lyricist Hal David to convey a woman’s concern for her man who’s serving in the Vietnam War, “I Say a Little Prayer” was recorded by Dionne Warwick in a 9 April 1966 session.


The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair, now
And wondering what dress to wear, now
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever, and ever we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, together, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only be heartbreak for me

I run for the bus, dear
While riding I think of us, dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break-time
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever, and ever we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, together, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

I say a little prayer for you
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever, and ever we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, together, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

My darling, believe me
For me there is no one, but you
Please love me, too
I’m in love with you
Answer my prayer
Say you love me, too
Why don’t you answer my prayer?
You know, every day I say a little prayer
I said, I say, I say a little prayer


The female vocals are a crucial component to this song. They were performed by a group called The Sweet Inspirations, which were comprised at the time of Cissy Houston, Estelle Brown, Myrna Smith and Sylvia Shemwell (Houston is Warwick’s aunt, and Whitney Houston’s mother). Their contribution gave the song a powerful Gospel sound and made the chorus pop.

The Sweet Inspirations were in on this song at the same time as Warwick – they practiced it with her during rehearsals at Burt Bacharach’s house. It was a very relaxed atmosphere where they were able to hone the song before entering the studio.

In a 1997 interview with Switch, Hal David explained that he would take a long, careful look at the work before fitting his words to Bacharach’s melodies. He added that sometimes the placement of the title was not so obvious with Bacharach’s music. For instance, the chorus section in ‘I Say a Little Prayer,’ that’s ordinarily where the title would fall, but it seemed to me that the title should come in the less obvious place in the middle of the verse after ‘The moment I wake up, before I put on my make-up.'” (This interview is available at Rock’s Backpages.)

“I Say a Little Prayer” also returned to the Pop & R&B Top Ten in the fall of 1968 via a recording by Aretha Franklin taken from her 1968 Aretha Now album. Franklin and background vocalists the Sweet Inspirations were singing the song for fun while rehearsing the songs intended for the album when the viability of Franklin actually recording “I Say a Little Prayer” became apparent, significantly re-invented from the format of the Dionne Warwick original via the prominence of Clayton Ivey’s piano work and the choral vocals of the Sweet Inspirations. Similar to the history of Warwick’s double-sided hit, the Aretha Franklin version was intended the B-side of the July 1968 single release “The House that Jack Built” but began to accrue its own airplay that August. Even with “The House That Jack Built” ranking as high as No. 6 (#2 R&B) in September 1968. That October “I Say a Little Prayer” reached number ten and number three on the R&B singles chart. The same month the single was certified Gold by the RIAA. “Prayer” became Franklin’s ninth and last consecutive Hot 100 top 10 hit on the Atlantic label (not counting every flip side), with each of the nine curiously peaking at a different position. Franklin’s “Prayer” has a special significance in her UK career, as with its September 1968 No. 4 peak it became Franklin’s biggest UK hit; subsequently Franklin has surpassed that track’s UK peak only with her No. 1 collaboration with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”. In February 1987, UK music weekly New Musical Express published its critics’ top 150 singles of all time, with Franklin’s “I Say a Little Prayer” ranked at No. 1, followed by Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone” and Warwick’s “Walk On By”. (Franklin’s “I Say a Little Prayer” did not appear in the magazine’s in-house critics’ top 100 singles poll conducted in November 2002.)

Dionne Warwick

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Born Marie Dionne Warrick
December 12, 1940 (age 75)
East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Dionne Warwicke
Alma mater University of Hartford Hartt School
  • Singer
  • Actress
Years active 1962–present
Musical career
  • Gospel
  • R&B
  • Soul
  • pop
Instruments Vocals
  • Scepter
  • Warner Bros.
  • Arista
  • Concord
  • Rhino
Associated acts
  • Burt Bacharach
  • The Spinners
  • The Supremes
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Glen Campbell
  • Sacha Distel
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Whitney Houston
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • June Pointer
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Elton John
  • Nirvana
  • Dieter Bohlen
  • Gladys Knight
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Chuck Jackson
  • Barry Manilow
  • Bee Gees
  • Luther Vandross
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Kashif
  • Howard Hewett
  • Johnny Mathis
  • BeBe Winans
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Ne-Yo
  • Rumer
  • Damon Elliott

Aretha Franklin

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Born Aretha Louise Franklin
March 25, 1942 (age 74)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Residence Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.
  • Singer
  • Musician
Years active 1956–present
Home town Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Awards Aretha Franklin awards
Musical career
  • Gospel
  • R&B
  • jazz
  • soul
  • pop
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • J.V.B.
  • Columbia
  • Atlantic
  • Arista
  • RCA
Associated acts
  • Sweet Inspirations
  • Erma Franklin
  • Carolyn Franklin
  • Cissy Houston
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Eurythmics
  • The Caravans
  • James Brown
  • George Benson
  • The Soul Stirrers
  • Luther Vandross
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Whitney Houston
  • George Michael
  • Michael McDonald
  • Lauryn Hill

Photo by Melania Brescia

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