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When Words Fail Him, this Artist Expresses Himself through Surreal Self-Portraiture

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At the age of 18, New York City native Ben Zank discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother’s attic and he’s been photographing ever since. That was four years ago, and the artist’s work continues to blossom as he prepares for a solo exhibition entitled We Are Dust in Times Square on 27 March 2014 (more details to come).

Ben’s surreal self-portraits aim to stretch the viewer’s imagination and express his feelings ‘when words fail‘. You can keep up with the ongoing When Words Fail series on his Website, Tumblr, Flickr and Facebook page.

If you want to learn more about the photographer, where he draws inspiration from, and what his process is like; you can find a revealing interview on Phlearn and a brief chat on TwentyBliss. If you’re interested in prints, they can be purchased directly from Ben’s website.


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The Meaning of Happiness


storm and merry go roundMy youngest daughter, Josephine, had a birthday this past Friday the 13th.

At seven, she is dreamy, funny, contemplative and just delighted with herself. Typical of her age cohort, she tore apart her wrapping paper with a fiendish glee, strutted around in her brand new mermaid tail (though she has her doubts that mermaids actually exist, she still holds out hope that she can become one, say, as a career or lifestyle choice), and spent half the day talking to herself in the mirror as she is apt to do.

It was during one of these mirror episodes that she turned to me suddenly and said, “Mom, was the day I was born just the happiest day of your life?”


It was not.

The day of her birth and the subsequent few years were by most standards pretty horrible, in fact. Not post-apocalyptic horrible, but bad enough so that…

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This Guy Bought a Space Suit & Made a Photo Series About an Everyday Astronaut


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Last November, photographer Tim Dodd found himself the lone bidder of a Russian high altitude space suit on an auction website called RRauction and he’s been scheming how to best use the suit ever since. On his website, Dodd explains that he’s recently been revisiting his childhood love for space and his obsession was growing “stronger and stronger”.

Dodd decided that the best use of the suit was to project his inner child, the one that still dreams about space. And that’s how, A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut, was born. It’s Dodd’s first photo series (he’s a seasoned wedding photographer) and judging from the standalone Facebook page, Everyday Astronaut will (hopefully) become an ongoing photo series.

To see the entire 17-picture series, check out Dodd’s official website. You can also like his Official and Everyday Astronaut pages on Facebook.

If you have time…

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Your Guitar Weeps Because it is Terrified: The Beatles’ Scariest Songs


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The Beatles get a lot of credit.  They are generally considered to be the greatest musical entity of the 20th Century.  This makes sense, because they were.  Much has been written by individuals more qualified than myself about how The Fab Four revolutionized not just an entire music industry, but an entire generation of youth.  This makes sense, because they did.

Within the hallowed realm of Rock and Roll, The Beatles were progenitors, spokespeople, influencers, or inventors of a wide swath of musical stylings, from straight-ahead 50’s-style rock n’ roll (“Twist and Shout”) to psychedelic (“I Am the Walrus”) to punk (the feedback opening to “I Feel Fine”, the entire post-1967 attitude of John Lennon) to heavy metal (“Helter Skelter”) to acoustic folk (“Norwegian Wood”) to protest rock (“Revolution”) to alt-freak free associative statement art (“Revoltuion 9”) to, of course, pop music (everything they ever wrote).  Their music was the stated foundation for acts as…

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