“Tippi Degre had the kind of childhood that sounds more like an episode from the Mowgli than a real story: born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, the little girl spent her days playing with such animals as a five-ton elephant, a cheetah, lion cubs and many others.
“I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends,” she once said.
Her parents, Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, documented Tippi’s childhood in a book called Tippi of Africa.”
Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Spain February 2013
“Deserted, silent and draped in mist the cities and landscapes in Alex Fradkin shots seem like enchanted, long forgotten worlds in between. Illusive and yet tangible – the concept of place is a fundamental subject of many photographic works by Alex Fradkin, woven like a golden thread through his work and linkes most of his photographic projects together. ‘Places’, geographies and environments ranging from the sublime to the melancholic, are reminders of the temporality of all things and ways of being. They are reminders of theperishability of all things. Alex’s works investigates time, memory, history and perception as it relates to a landscapes implied narrative, sometimes in opposition to its historic past. It is this in-between realm, between fiction and fact, where anything is suddenly possible, that Alex is looking to inhabit. He moves in a realm that lies between fiction and truth, and suddenly everything seems possible.”
Taylor Marie Hill by Chris Craymer for Glamour UK July 2013.
★ Before I Die Project by Candy Chan (2011-Ongoing) ★
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. After I lost someone I loved very much, I thought about death a lot. This helped clarify my life, the people I want to be with, and the things I want to do, but I struggled to maintain perspective. I wondered if other people felt the same way. So with help from old and new friends, I painted the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space. It was an experiment and I didn’t know what to expect. By the next day, the wall was bursting with handwritten responses and it kept growing: Before I die I want to… sing for millions, hold her one more time, eat a salad with an alien, see my daughter graduate, abandon all insecurities, plant a tree, straddle the International Date Line, be completely myself… People’s responses made me laugh out loud and they made me tear up. They consoled me during my toughest times. I understood my neighbors in new and enlightening ways, and the wall reminded me that I’m not alone as I try to make sense of my life.
so mad they took it down!
Jonathan Becker, Villa Cetinale, Tuscany, Italy, May 2012
Croatian painter Lonac is currently at home where he recently completed this new mural somewhere on the streets of Zagreb, Croatia.