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Photos From The Standard’s 2014 Calendar Bring to Life Oddball Comments From Guests

Thomas Mailaender JANUARY / Your staff are the nicest pooch-lovers in the whole world. Penny, my precious little wiener, is on a special diet and must be fed at specific times so she can take her pills. Your room service staff was sweet enough to prepare it each day, executed to the last detail and delivered right on time. Penny is extremely appreciative and is looking forward to her next stay.

We’re pretty sure everyone involved had a blast putting together The Standard Calendar 2014. Conceptualized by Dutch agency KesselsKramer and shot by French photographer Thomas Mailaender exclusively for The Standard, this year’s calendar is “an unexpected look at the follies of 2013,” inspired by a mix of entertaining and off-the-wall customer comments from guests from across the hotel’s properties in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Shot at The Standard, Downtown LA and The Standard, Hollywood, Mailaender brings these quirky comments to life with the help of the hotel staff, who reenacted them. Here’s to starting the new year off with a little cleverness and humor. Get yours here.

Haunting Photographs of a Family Vacation Spot Off the Coast of Maine

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“I see these photos as a part of the family album that at one point I’d like to put back into the album, so that 100 years from now someone can look at it and say, ‘Jeez, that guy was working through some issues.” This was Richmond-based photographer Paul Thulin’s response when I asked him about the role of his family in the hypnotic series Pine Tree Ballads. I’d have to agree that these mysterious photographs would raise some eyebrows amidst the normal snapshot and portrait fare of an album. They are photographs of a family that reveal nothing about the individuals—many of the images do not include people at all, but rather a foreboding abandoned homestead in the woods. And when people are shown, they haunt the frame, peering out from its edges like feral animals caught in the light.

Public Facebook Images Collected As Photographic Clichés

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The Public Profile Project is photographer and Feature Shoot Editorial Assistant Jenna Garrett‘s ongoing project exploring the subcultures, identities, and lifestyles that sustain themselves on the Internet. For the past year and a half Garrett has been appropriating images and video from Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube, putting together extensive, curated collections that speak to underlying themes of exploitation, mimicry, and feminism.

Photographer Uses Toys to Recreate War Scenes Based On the Drawings of Children in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Israel

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Krista Steinke’s Eerie Photos of Kids Inspired by Nursery Rhymes

Krista_Steinke_Photography“And when he was good, he was very, very good.”

Smashing apples on a porch, burying dolls in a sandbox, or running away from suburbia, the children in my photographs appear to be in the midst of some kind of mischief, trouble, or state of uncertainty. The literary reference, interpreted through dark humor and playful theatrics, sets up a point of departure for various levels of meaning and associations to emerge. As we peer through this window, are we the big bad wolf, the girl, the woodsman, or grandma? Or can it be that we carry all of these characters inside of us at the same time?
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Backyards, BB Guns, and Nursery Rhymes puts quite the spin on the classic childhood tale in images that teeter between surreal and sinister. Houston-based photographer Krista Steinke was inspired to explore the theme of childhood innocence after becoming a mother, focusing on the time in a child’s life when they transition into a perceptive being—that moment when they learn to process and negotiate the world around them. Through her recreated versions of nursery rhymes, Steinke further blurs the line between reality and fantasy by merging her photographs with vintage Super 8mm film stock, resulting in eerie new worlds of make-believe.

Striking Photos of Dancers in the Wilderness by Bertil Nilsson

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London-based fine art photographer Bertil Nilsson returns to his rural Swedish roots in the ongoing series Naturally. Frequently featuring circus performers and dancers in his work, Nilsson’s newest exploration is the juxtaposition of man and nature, freeing both to run rampant in his unhindered landscapes. Collaborating with his models, Nilsson captures a mixture of contortions and levitation both posed and organic. The nude figures are dressed in intense colors that punctuate each frame, creating another possible layer of interpretational poetry. Set loose in this Eden, the photographer himself gives way to the chaos, each image exploding in an evolution of release.

Bruce Peterson’s Still Life Photos Explore Universal Pet Peeves (Spotlight)

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It’s not hard for us to relate to this series of ‘annoying’ things by Boston-based photographer Bruce Peterson. We’ve all had our share of sub-par roommates in the past. You know the ones—the roommates who eat the last of the peanut butter and then have the nerve to put it back in the pantry. The roommates who can’t replace a toilet paper roll to save their life, or the ones who “borrow” your toothpaste everyday just to leave it a disgusting mess. The list goes on, naturally. For our many universal pet peeves, there’s finally a visual we can all appreciate, thanks to Peterson who shines the spotlight on them in a clever series simply titled Annoying.

Photographer Transforms Discarded Lighters Into Graphic Art

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Former Paris-based art director and copywriter Eddy De Azevedo moved to the rural seaside town Capbreton to enjoy the benefits of the wild Atlantic. While on long walks with his dog, De Azevedo could not help noticing all of the trash and discarded objects that washed upon shore. Soon he began collecting the many forsaken scraps and gathering them in his studio where he creates colorful, graphic images from the rubbish.

Gruesome Selfies Taken While Playing Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto has been crucified in the media for its capability to allow players to rampantly kill and maim civilians and authorities such as their fictional police force. Its latest edition creates a reality slippage with the inclusion of an in-game “selfie” function via a virtual smart phone, the app for which can be downloaded onto your real life phone. Photos taken by players are automatically shared with an online community via the game’s social platform and are a strange mashup of violence and humor. They form a documented snapshot journey of online death, formatted as self-portrait, creating a survey of virtual death tourism.—Georgie Roxby Smith

Australian artist Georgie Roxby Smith has always been fascinated by the concepts of digital identity and role playing. Her newest work exploring virtual worlds and online networks has culminated in a startling set of “photographs” in GTAV, Death Tourism Selfies. Smith turns the game’s new “selfie” feature on its head simply by positioning it in her framework of masculinity and culture of death so frequent in virtual gameplay. By appropriating a game rarely geared towards her own gender, Smith reveals a world that calls for contemplation and a look at our own contemporary psyche.

Photographer Uses Embroidery to ‘Pixelate’ Family Snapshots

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Los Angeles–based photographer Diane Meyer’s photographs seem to be ordinary snapshots of family members and scenic outings until you notice that a technical glitch has left parts of the photo grossly pixelated. However, it’s far from a technical glitch—it’s Meyer’s handiwork. Tired of seeing her work on screen only, in 2011 Meyer began to embroider directly onto the surface of her photographs in swatches of color that look like pixels, albeit big, fuzzy ones, giving her photographs an undeniable physical presence. Meyer’s cross-stitches seem to toggle from thread to pixel and back again, reminding us of the imperfect natures of memory, photographic representation, and the omnipresent LED screen.