Cinema-Inspired Beauty and Elegance

Editorial photographer Cihan Alpgiray captures the beauty and elegance of models in various locations. The photographer, who is based in Turkey, finds inspiration from the art of cinema. Alpgiray uses fashion, design, lighting, and location to bring to life his images, creating a story within the frame. Though his subjects stand motionless, there is the presence of action and thought that speaks through the photos.

The natural and architectural backdrops add to the reality of each storyline. In one instance, there is a beautiful woman enveloped by Mother Nature’s daisies and in another a young woman sits on a cobble stoned sidewalk, stretching out her legs. In addition to the variety of settings, Alpgiray’s portfolio boasts a wide range in color representation, from neutral tones to vivid colors, that translate well in editorial photography. Alpgiray’s beautiful work has been covered in magazines including Vogue and Elle Turkey.

Cihan Alpgiray’s website and Flickr

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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