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Bizarre Photos Mash-up the Natural World and Consumer Society

Jason DeMarte

Jason DeMarte

Quiet now, don’t disturb the herd of…cheese puffs? Photographer Jason DeMarte throws us for a loop with his series Nature Preserve, an exploratory mash-up of the natural world and the consumer environment of contemporary society. The series is made up of digital composites combining images of fabricated and artificial flora and fauna with commercially produced and processed products—hence the Cheetos, sugary donuts, and flowery bouquet action here. His representation of nature with bizarre, unnatural elements “speaks metaphorically and symbolically of our mental separation from what is ‘real’ and compares this with the consumer world we surround ourselves with as a consequence. Ultimately this work is an investigation into the manipulation of truth,” DeMarte says.

Surreal Portraits Explore the Dark Side

Brooke DiDonato

Brooke DiDonato

What would photography be if it didn’t have the power to unveil the mysteries of humanness through psychological exploration? New York-based photographer Brooke DiDonato is exploring the depths of unseen human emotion in her series, Drift—attempting to identify through stunning surreal compositions that make the human mind unravel. She spoke to us about the series, which will be presented in an exhibit at Brooklyn Fire Proof East opening this Thursday.

Sadistic, Oddly Arresting Images Explore Feminine Beauty and the Pursuit of Perfection

Jessica Ledwich

Jessica Ledwich

There’s no holding back in Melbourne-based photographer Jessica Ledwich‘s confronting series The Fanciful, Monstrous Feminine. With a critical eye, Ledwich explores contemporary beauty standards and practices, and the pursuit of perfection therein.

Photographer Calé Examines What It Means to be Lonely in a Crowd

Calé

Calé

City life is a paradox wherein, in the midst of millions of people, it’s quite easy to feel disconnected. Rio de Janeiro-based photographer Calé’s series Seekers is about the conundrum of being a functioning adult, going about the grind of daily life and career-building, while ignoring our inner, more existential lives.

Campfires on Steroids: Photos of Weapons-Grade Explosives Bursting into Flames

Alain Declercq

H-Bomb © Alain Declercq

Alain Declercq

Napalm 2 © Alain Declercq 

Paris-based artist Alain Declercq’s simple images of explosions are both visually arresting and politically significant. Blast is a series of pictures of various chemical compounds used for weaponry (TNT, C4, napalm, etc.), both currently and historically, photographed as they combust.

Photo du Jour: An Unhappily Ever After Snow White (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Dina Goldstein

Snowy, from Fallen Princesses, 2008.

Vancouver-based photographer and Squarespace user Dina Goldstein‘s series Fallen Princesses strips beloved fairy tales of their “happily ever after” motifs to reveal some hard to swallow alternate endings—”failed dreams, pollution and ocean degradation, war, obesity, the extinction of indigenous cultures, cancer and the fallacy of chasing eternal youth.” Here Goldstein unveils the life of Snowy in a Snow White-meets-Stepford wife version of the story—our main character bound by domesticity, complete with too many mouths to feed and a prince that is less than charming.

Check out more of Goldstein’s fallen princesses on her Squarespace site.

Nigerian Photographer Cleverly Inserts Himself Into ‘The Godfather’ Movie Stills

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© Uche Okpa-Iroha. Courtesy Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

Uche_Okpa-Iroha_Photography

© Uche Okpa-Iroha. Courtesy Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

For a project called The Plantation Boy, Lagos, Nigeria-based Uche Okpa-Iroha painstakingly placed himself as a “humorous intrusion” into 40 movie stills from the The Godfather.

Gourmet Mouse Traps

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Davide_Luciano_photography

Cheddar in the mouse trap? Please, this is New York! Photographer Davide Luciano teamed up with food stylist Claudia Ficca to create a series of gourmand mini-platters for the gourmet mouse—and for us, of course.

Photographer Geoffrey Ellis Channels the Debauched Spirit of 70s and 80s Vegas (NSFW)

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geoffrey_ellis_Photography

Valley of the Meadows is San Francisco-based photographer Geoffrey Ellis‘ depiction of the Las Vegas that existed in the 1970s and 80s, a time when he says “the city was in a depressing downward spiral and the criminal entities running the city were slowly losing their grip.”

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.