BUTCH by Meg Allen is a beautiful series of photos that portrays the butch culture in the San Francisco area. As she describes it herself:
“BUTCH is an environmental portraiture project and exploration of the butch aesthetic, identity and presentation of female masculinity as it stands in 2013-14. It is a celebration of those who dwell outside of the stringent social binary that separates the sexes and a glimpse into the private and often unseen spaces of people who exude their authentic sense of self”.
Photography to me is a form of art and communication. I love it when I am inspired, surprised and amazed by portraits. And I love it even more when it opens my mind to something new. I was very touched and impressed by these women, who dare to be themselves and do not give in to what society expects a woman to look like. They are empowered and beautiful.
Please check out all these amazing images in full size, and many others at Meg Allen Studio.
Lena is awesome
Everyone knows (or should know) Lena Dunham and her fantastic work. She’s a talented writer, actress and director. In case you’ve missed it, please do yourself a favor and watch HBO’s Girls. Lena has often been the target of ignorant people and internet trolls. It’s awesome she’s on the cover of Vogue, a spot not often filled by extremely talented girls as Dunham. I’m sure Vogue is not changing their whole strategy but I’d like to see more Lenas out there.
Through the Lens of Leibovitz
The photographer behind these images is Annie Leibovitz, one of my favorite photographers, as I have mentioned before. The images are stunning and Lena can be seen through out New York, which makes the series even more appealing to me.
Want to see the rest of the Photos?
You can see the rest of series on my Pinterest or on Vogue.com
Jessica Chastain is, in my opinion, one of the most talented and beautiful actresses out there. Annie Leibovitz has been a long time admired photographer. The collaboration between the two has already led to some amazing images. Annie returns to her Disney Dream Portrait series casting the beautiful redhead as Merida from Brave and the result is amazing, as you can see. The image will be used in a new ad campaign named Where your destiny awaits.
♫ Anneke van Giersbergen & Danny Cavanagh – Teardrop ♫
In the beginning of 2008 two of my favorite musicians got together for a very special performance. One year later, Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Agua de Annique) and Danny Cavanagh (Anathema), got back on stage together for 2 other amazing gigs. Each of them played their own set list and at the end they performed together. I was there, both years, photographing and enjoying the music.
The day I arrived for my vacation in Rio, I received an unexpected e-mail. The mail was from Anneke telling me about the release of the album recorded live and that she would like to use my pictures. I was extremely happy; my first published photos would be for a CD of two artists I admire.
Well, various e-mails were written and a long time has passed but, yesterday, finally, I received my copy of In Parallel. From the six photos published, five are mine. The artwork turned out really nice and elegant.
you can have a better look at the photos I took.
I’ve always liked the work of american photographer Annie Leibovitz. When I was 16 my mom gave me a book with all the covers of Rolling Stone magazine. Most of them where done by Annie. Recently I watched a documentaty about her life: Annie Leibovitz: Live Throught a Lens. A very interesting documentary for anyone interested in photography. Unfortunately the movie, directed by her sister Barbara Leibovitz, is very short.
This famous picture of John & Yoko was taken by Annie 5 hours prior to Lennon’s assassination.
After working as Rolling Stone’s official photographer for many years, Annie left her job and went on working for a variety of magazines. She became famous for her celebrity portrayal and, especially, for her Vanity Fair covers which unite several actors. On Vanity Fair’s site you can check out a special of the covers she shot with several actors and actresses, like the picture below.
“Master Class”: Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Vanessa Redgrave, Chloë Sevigny, Sophia Loren, and Penélope Cruz.
And recently I discovered a very nice editorial she shot entitled “Killers Kill, Dead Men Die”.
The pictures of this noire movie can be seen here
and the making off can be seen here
And to end this post, here is a picture of the photographer: Annie Leibovitz.