Goodnight James.

Books, art, clothes and photographs that inspire me.

chiaroscuro

a :  the arrangement or treatment of light and dark parts in a pictorial work of art

b :  the interplay or contrast of dissimilar qualities (as of mood or character)

I love this word. I love the way it sounds. I love what it means, what it looks like and I love language and the way words highlight what matters to different cultures. 

Today

Today is a bookstore kind of day.

 You know the one. 

The spring rain chills and I long for the warmth of the small, crammed bookstore on the Upper West Side. Where all of the Columbia kids- smarter than us - go.

Today is that kind of day. To meander and pick through the words, the poems, the biographies of lives more interesting than ours are-yet. 

Today is a bookstore kind of day.

But today I am a gazillion miles away. 

Amassing the words that would fill my biography, if one were ever written. 

The tortured artist is not always the guy in the thin cardigan smoking a cigarette outside the studio.

—Mairéad Byrne, “The Important Looking Men”(via hush-syrup)

(via lifeinpoetry)

All day you watch a pear on the table.
This pear is all you have today.
You watch it ripen into bruises.
The fruit is here but you can’t have it.

If only you could catch that instant
when ripening becomes a bruise,
you could have known once and for all
how we stop loving.

Kapka Kassabova, “Still Life,” in The Green Leaf. (via literarymiscellany)

(via lifeinpoetry)

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archiemcphee:

Vancouver-based art student Fiona Tang creates large-scale trompe l’oeil drawings of animals that appear to burst forth from the paper upon which they were so expressively rendered. She uses a variety of materials to create these awesome optical illusions, including charcoal, acrylic paint, conté and chalk pastels.

We love the photos in which Tang poses with her pieces, emphasizing the effectiveness of her illusions. A large stag, with birds perched on his antlers, looks so solid that we’re still waiting to see steamy breath leave his nostrils. An enormous salt water crocodile raises its head from the rippling grey water in order to receive a gentle pat on the snout. A ferocious shark and powerful humpback whale emerge from opposite walls for an underwater face-off.

Follow Fiona Tang here on Tumblr to check out more of her eye-popping artwork.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

So in love with the deer!

wow

(via dmwalking)

The figures are shocking. More than 70 journalists killed in 2013 alone, already 14 more in 2014, with hundreds more assaulted, imprisoned or kidnapped…’if any other industry had such large numbers murdered, there would be an enormous campaign.’

- Aidan Sullivan, of Reportage by Getty Images and A Day Without News?, on Security and Safety Issues for Media Workers, via World Press Photo. Sullivan will speak about journalist safety at TEDx Atlanta tomorrow. (via reportagebygettyimages)

Photojournalism has always been an adventurous, dangerous career. It’s one I’ve always been drawn to- but have had reservations about due to fear. These statistics are in fact shocking and do not assuage the fear. Journalism- true, honest, and unbiased is so important. It’s crucial.