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Monday
Nov192012

Kickstarter: Anne Loves Harun Mehmedinovic Bloodhoney* Seance - A Book of Photos and Stories

I’m a great fan of Harun Mehmedinovic’s photography and hope that Anne of Carversville and Sensuality News friends will consider backing Harun’s Kickstarter project Bloodhoney* Seance - A Book of Photos and Stories.

I first saw Harun’s ‘Visions of a Dying Soldier’ (below) on Vogue Italia’s Photo Vogue and reached out to him. Arriving on his website ‘Bloodhoney’ I felt an immediate affinity for him, based not only on the quality of his work but the relevance of Angelina Jolie as a role model for us Smart Sensuality women and her film ‘Bloodhoney’.

The concept of Harun Mehmedinovic’s project is one I embrace totally. As adults we put limitations in our way, only to find in a spontaneous moment that we have wasted so much of our vitality saying “I can’t” or “I don’t have time.”

I learned this lesson profoundly when I first went parasailing. Swinging from my perch alone in the sky, I had a good talk with myself in the company of the One about the limitations I put on myself — even though I was then considered to be a great adventuress. My perspective tethered to a rope with my adopted family far below in the boat was very different from the comfort and security of flying around the world for business in a private jet. Having only gone up into the sky on a double dare and the taunting of children saying “I told you she wouldn’t go”, I found myself yelling into the wind “Pay more money. I don’t want to come down.”

This is the experience Harun captures in his experiential photographs. This book promises to be pure joy and a gorgeous Limited Edition gift for the holidays — even though it won’t arrive until April 2013. Harun explains the development of his project in his own words below. ~ Anne

Please support Harun Mehmedinovic on Kickstarter.

PS: I see that we are getting very good page views on this article and 4 new contributors in the hour since we released this article. Thank you. Thank you, dear AOC readers. I knew you wouldn’t let me down. If you don’t know Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing deal. If Harun raises $14,750 in pledges, he loses everything. Whatever the amount of available funds you might have to support this super-talented photographer/artist, please contribute to his campaign. I don’t put my name and reputation out there lightly. This is the first campaign I’ve gotten behind to the end, and I will be very selective about them in the future. But I do thank you for this immediate response that I see in both page views and contributions to Harun’s Kickstarter page. xoxo ~ Anne 

ORIGINS OF THE BLOODHONEY* PROJECT

I began taking photographs as a hobby ten years ago, during my studies at UCLA. Twice a year I would drive from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. and back, along Route 40, photographing landscapes. It was a way to disconnect from the daily grind, have a rare moment of solitude, and re-charge for the following six months. This process would later influence my approach to the Bloodhoney* project.

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Monday
Nov192012

Lara Stone & Laetitia Casta | Daniele Duella & Iango Henzi | i-D The Wise-Up Issue #322

I-D’s staggeringly beautiful preview of mother to be Lara Stone and mother of three Laetitia Casta couldn’t arrive at a better moment. Themed ‘The Wise Up Issue’, the title is spot on with the reality that women are taking stock of our lives, our rights and the fundamentalist forces moving against us in America and around the world.

While we pad this gorgeous tribute to womanhood with precious quotes that are indeed ‘thoughtful’ about the issues facing American women, enjoy this Monday morning magnificence lensed by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi. If hair stylist and creative director Luigi Murenu is behind the concept, I know that we’re about to enjoy a tribute to Smart Sensuality women. Charlotte Stockdale is the fashion director for this shoot, with makeup by Stephane Marais.~ Anne

Track the development of this issue at i-Donline.

 

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Saturday
Nov172012

Film | NYC Dark on Vimeo by Jared Levy

NYC Dark from Already Alive on Vimeo.

 

Seeing lower Manhattan without power was a surreal experience. This is traditionally a city that never sleeps. One in which the lights are always on. One that is always bustling with people. When the lights went out it was wholly different. This piece is meant to capture and relay the feeling of what it was like to walk around the darkened streets of lower Manhattan.

See all of Jared’s photos here: jaredlevy.me/gallery/hurricane-sandy-lower-manhattan/

Timelapse / Music: Michael Marantz michaelmarantz.com
Stills / Voice: Jared Levy jaredlevy.me
Creative Direction: Jason Oppliger jasonoppliger.com

Produced by Already Alive alreadyalive.com

Original Music by Michael Marantz: soundcloud.com/michaelmarantz/nyc-dark

Special Thanks:
Alexandra Setoodeh
Rachel Tierney
Anne Sage