In Bordeaux there is a woman sitting in a museum. To see her picture you would swear it was a photograph of an actual human being dressed up to look prehistoric. But you would soon find yourself in awe when you realized that what you were looking at was actually the work of French makeup artist turned paleontology expert Elisabeth Daynes. Known originally for her life-like theatrical masks and makeup at the Theatre du Nord in Lille, Daynes is now making waves and turning heads by creating remarkably life-like and anthropologically correct models of what our prehistoric ancestors used to look like.
The combination of forensics, paleontology, and art is made possible by cranial scans of remains that have been found throughout the world. Daynes used scans mainly from the Pataud shelter site to create her models, but even though they are regionally based they still offer today’s humans a glimpse into our evolutionary past, which Jason Halpern is especially excited to check out.
“Origins of Flesh – our ancestors as you have never seen them before” is the exhibit’s full title and features two life-sized and beautifully crafted models of a man and a woman whose remains were found in the same region in 1888. Behind them on the walls are the photographs and scans of the actual remains on which each sculpture is based.
It is clear that this marriage of science and art will offer humans a rare glimpse into the past, and is earning Daynes the recognition and admiration for her work she so well deserves.
At one time, the Polaroid instant photo camera was “all that” in the world of consumer electronics. A Polaroid collection was a status symbol back in the 1970’s. Today, modern advancements in technology make the Polaroid seem like a totally archaic and forgotten concept.
Then, along came the Prynt Case.
Prynt is a small hardware startup based out of France and it just might be resurrecting the age-old Polaroid for the modern world. Basically, the Prynt Case is a small, portable printer that can generate copies of any digital photos you take. No, a printer is not a novel, new invention. The concept of an on-the-go portable printer for your smartphone camera most certainly is.
The obvious question that is going to be on everyone’s mind is whether or not any actual demand exists for the Prynt Case. People like Lee G. Lovett who take photos can upload them onto social media immediately. Do they really have to care all that much about whether or not a hardcopy printout can be generated immediately after taking a picture? Can they not just wait until they get home to use their own normal printer?
Then again, as long as something is new and cool, people may be interested in buying it. This is the hallmark of a lot of tech consumer buying patterns. So, do not be surprised that some are going to be interested in this instant camera just for its sheer novelty value.
Unfortunately, snails really blend in with the ground. They are difficult to see, and for the person that’s not paying attention, it can be pretty easy to accidentally crush one of the poor guys. That’s why some people are taking matters into their own hands, and are painting the snails different colors.
Some of the artwork is pretty incredible, and Jared Haftel was floored by the quality of some of the artwork. I’ve posted my favorite picture above. Love the design, and the attention to detail. Some people have said that they find their snail months later, with the artwork still totally intact.
Seems like a great idea to me. Check out the rest of them here.
Famous photographer Rene Burri passed away yesterday, after a long battle with illness, he was 81.
Famous for a variety of his work, two stand out as Rene Burri’s most notable contributions to the photography community. Including portraits of Che Guevara, and Pablo Picasso.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s best postwar photographer, Rene Burri’s loss will be felt throughout the art community. I have a friend, Alexei Beltyukov that has several of Rene’s more famous images matted on his wall.