Graceful Ballerinas Fall Into Mystical Daydreams

Ballerina is a project by Toronto-based photographer Vanessa Paxton. According to the artist, the series is a “photographic exploration into the simultaneous freedom and solitude of the dancer.” Her goal was to create images that feature a rhythm of falling into sleep or waking up from a dream, the feelings of twilight consciousness where nothing exactly makes sense.

The bright white of the costumes set against the stark black background evokes a light and airy feel in which each dancer seems to be floating in a vast space of nothingness. The indefinite setting gives no context to the scenes, allowing viewers to create all kinds of narratives about the dancer and her story, while the light sprinkle of dust that reveals itself in the single spotlight lures us away from a solid reality into a whimsical daydream. Paxton’s Ballerinas are reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland journey, where a young girl navigates great adventures through a mysterious land.

Vanessa Paxton’s website
via [Ruines Humaines]

January 23, 2017

Makeup Artist Raises Mental Health Awareness With New #InsideOutChallenge

Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi is using her makeup skills to spread mental health awareness with her new #InsideOutChallenge. While makeup can be fun and glamorous, Gheidi shows us a different side by using products to transform her face into a mirror for what’s within. The project came about after the 27-year-old self-taught beauty blogger left her staff Christmas party early due to an anxiety attack.

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