Spilled Wine and Acid Create Spellbinding Scenes

While we’ve featured the dreamy photos of 22-year-old film photographer Alison Scarpulla’s before, we focused on her double exposures and were not yet aware of some of her incredibly unusual techniques. Foregoing Photoshop or other digital post processing, she instead smears water and dirt on her lenses. She also dips her negatives in acid and wine or blows smoke on them till she gets the light or dark effect she seeks to achieve.

I received a nice email from Alison’s aunt Corry this morning who informed me about these self-taught processes. She wrote, “Her photography encompasses an alternative reality. The photos of this world are almost always in Alison’s life, together with her closest friends. You could say that she simply waits for the universe to unfold before her. Her photography is like a painted interpretation of the unit of herself and her surroundings.

“Ali is my niece and I think your audience would appreciate her talent.”

Alison Scarpulla’s Flickr and Facebook

December 7, 2016

15 Must-Have Art Books for the Creative Mind

There’s nothing like flipping through the pages of a beautiful coffee table book to get inspired, and the holiday season is the perfect time to gift the creative person in your life with a book. Fresh from the printing press, this list highlights a wide range of interests—meaning you’re sure to find the perfect gift.

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December 7, 2016

Men in London Are Festively Decorating Their Beards With Twinkling Holiday Lights

Over the years, beards have become an unlikely source for amusing hair trends. We’ve seen guys decorating their whiskers with bouquets of spring flowers as well as silly, bizarre objects. But with the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time for men to show their spirit through facial hair. In London, guys can now sport beard lights that illuminate their face with an exquisite fairy glow.

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