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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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I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

 Goethe, 1749-1832

Kia has tapped into the nail art trend in order to create the world’s first stop-motion ad on fingernails. The ad promotes Kia’s “smALL” sized Picanto, proving that one really can pack big things into compact spaces. It took only 25 days to create this masterpiece, using 1,200 bottles of nail polish for a total of 900 fingernails.

Already, you are mine. Rest with your dream inside my dream.
Love, grief, labour, must sleep now.
Night revolves on invisible wheels
and joined to me you are pure as sleeping amber.

No one else will sleep with my dream, love.
You will go we will go joined by the waters of time.
No other one will travel the shadows with me,
only you, eternal nature, eternal sun, eternal moon.

Already your hands have opened their delicate fists
and let fall, without direction, their gentle signs,
you eyes enclosing themselves like two grey wings,

while I follow the waters you bring that take me onwards:
night, Earth, winds weave their fate, and already,
not only am I not without you, I alone am your dream.

-Pablo Neruda

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich (1818)

Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. The visualization and portrayal of landscape in an entirely new manner was Friedrich’s key innovation. He sought not just to explore the blissful enjoyment of a beautiful view, but rather to examine an instant of sublimity, a reunion with the spiritual self through the contemplation of nature. Friedrich created the notion of a landscape full of romantic feeling—die romantische Stimmungslandschaft.

See Rafael Pavon’s “Mind the Fog” animation below for a more modern approach to this concept:

 

Pavon plays with the feelings experienced by the wanderer in Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, transposing them onto a modern day London. Pavon’s animation combines a heady mix of layers of photography and 3D affects to achieve a landscape filled with whirling clouds and moving red buses.

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