Bringing Memories to Life with Nostalgic Toys

These photographs by Paris-based photographer Julien Mauve combine nostalgia with everyday adult living. After discovering an old box of toys in his grandparents' attic, Mauve was inspired to bring his old memories to life through modern day, adult interactions with the items. He says, "Going further than their power to generate nostalgia, toys offer those who animate them a marvelous power to reinvent the world."

Through these gorgeous Back to Childhood scenes, Mauve sparks a certain nostalgic memory for all of his viewers. As adults, it becomes customary to pack away your toys and live in the 'grown-up' world. But inside every one of us is that kid who, every once in a while, just wants to run around and play. He says about the toys, "Each of them reminded me of a particular moment of my childhood and I felt emotionally connected to them." Just because we've grown up doesn't mean we don't still like to sometimes play Twister or color with crayons!

I think my favorite image is the Where's Waldo photograph. It's such a subtle reference and took me a moment to figure out, but once I realized I was looking for that red and white striped tee shirt in the crowd, I was pleasantly surprised!

Julien Mauve's website

January 17, 2017

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home. As a former industrial site, Tour & Taxis was once a symbol of the golden age of Industrialization, and its approximately 100 acres (40 hectares)

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January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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