Photographer Documents Her Own Pregnancy in Striking Selfies

Buenos Aires-based photographer Sophie Starzenski shows just how much women’s bodies change during pregnancy with this stunning series called 40 Weeks and a Mirror. She’s combined two growing trends, “the selfie” (a a self-portrait taken with a camera or phone) and pregnancy progression portraits, to create a fantastic set of photos that are both artistic and vulnerable. Wearing just underwear, she drapes one arm over her bare breasts while the other is wrapped over her head, holding the camera. In all of the shots, we don’t get to see the photographer’s face, though at the end of the series, she’s holding her adorable 2-month-old son Simon who had been steadily growing in her belly.

What are your thoughts on this series? Should women’s bodies be celebrated, especially during times of pregnancy? Or, for your taste, is this all a bit too contrived? Currently, as a pregnant woman, I can’t help but admire her bravery. Although beautiful, I don’t think I could muster the courage to do something like this myself. Your thoughts?

4 weeks pregnant

15 weeks pregnant

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37 weeks pregnant

40 weeks pregnant

With 2-month-old son Simon

Sophie Starzenski’s website

January 22, 2017

Dynamic Sculptures Capture Powerful Combination of Emotion and Movement

The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.

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January 21, 2017

Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully illuminated by millions of brilliant celestial points.

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