Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. An unimportant life. A life without privilege…That’s what defines an age. That’s what defines a species.

— Twelfth Doctor, Doctor Who

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Stefan Draschan‘s photography project “People Matching Artworks” shows that life really does imitate art. The self-taught photographer used to find it irritating that people were getting in the way of his shots at museums in Paris, Munich, and Vienna. He slowly began to notice a pattern in his photographs of people complementing and even mirroring the works of art, whether through their position, clothing, or hairstyle. Even though the shots look staged, the viewers are completely unaware that their picture is being taken. Draschan says, “It feels beautiful, as it is some unseen eternal string subconsciously connecting through the centuries.”

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Amber Lewis, of Amber Interiors, is one of my favorite interior designers. Everything she touches is perfection — clean lines, a little vintage boho, and a lot of style.

 

This is one of my favorite ads of all time. It debuted on September 28, 1997, restoring Apple’s image after a slew of mediocre ads following the 1985 Lemmings flop. The copywriting paired with the art direction is just pure genius.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

How many times have you been inspired by an advertisement? Not many brands can pull this off. This is the ad that got me interested in the career of advertising. And don’t we all want to change things? Don’t we all want to leave this earth feeling as though we made a difference? We all can make changes. It’s up to us to dream the big dreams.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageFrom top: Alexander Wang x Giorgio De Chirico, Balenciaga x Salvador Dali, Chanel Haute Couture x Peter Blake, Fendi x Paul Vezelay, Jil Sander x Pablo Picasso, Stella McCartney x Damien Hirst, Steven Meisel x Olafur Eliasson. 

Christos Mouchas via Ubicouture

ImageHeart of the Andes, Frederic Edwin Church 

“The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. . . . To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that is there.” — Albert Einstein

ImageThe Oxbow, Thomas Cole

The point about art is it’s all in its interpretation. Art is something that you encounter, and you know it’s in a different kind of space from the rest of your life but is directly connected to it. … It’s a great privilege to be near art because when you’re near art, you can be another kind of person, and it allows you to think differently about things that you have never done.

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Andre Wee

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“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.” –Claude Monet

This is a color study I completed to better understand how many different colors exist in an object. For instance, a tree is not just different shades of brown. A tree can be green, gray, blue, purple, magenta, and yes, brown. You have to dismiss your preconceptions about the way things are. In order to truly see, you have to squint. Things need to get blurry before they become clear.

 

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