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New age Instagrammer Anthony Danielle shows us how people walk the talk and how a city is a mood-board for inspiration

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New age Instagrammer Anthony Danielle shows us how people walk the talk and how a city is a mood-board for inspiration

American photographer Anthony Danielle first dabbed a camera during his photography while in high school, before the world welcomed Instagram. As the app grew in popularity and usage, he  explored everyday fashion throughAnthony Danielle his lens. For Anthony, who was born and raised in Long Island, New York, every street is a runway from where he clicks styles, strides, cuts, hues, and seasonal shift of fashion. Since 2010, he has been displaying his shots through Instagram posts. His account has over time become a major rave. His pictures show his lateral and unconventional way of thinking, and his keen eye in beautifully capturing the persona and style of people on the streets.

What led you to express your ideas through photography?

I always enjoyed photography as a medium, but it wasn’t until Instagram that I began to practice taking pictures every day. It is something that comes naturally to me and something I enjoy doing.

The streets are so vast. Is that why you love capturing street culture?

I like to shoot street photography because it is never the same. Every day it is new and different – the people, the construction, the mood – varies day to day.

What sort of platform has Instagram proved for you?

Instagram has changed my life. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to broadcast my work to way more people than I could ever hope to know.

While clicking photographs, what catches your immediate attention?

I am drawn to style and attitude first and foremost. People who dress well tend to carry themselves with a confidence that helps them stand out from the crowd.

Is there something you always look forward to while you click a photograph?

I don’t look for anything in particular. I think that is what helps keep the photos feeling fresh, if you go into something without expectations you’re never disappointed.

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Any memorable surprises behind one of your photographs?

It happens quite a bit when people recognise their friends in one of my photographs and say “hey, check out this photo of you!” I get a kick out of that, it shows how small the world can be.

Your collection features a stunning array of colours. What is your favourite colour combination?

I have always been drawn to colour compared to black and white, which is usually a staple of street photography. The vibrancy of a colour photograph really helps bring the image to life. Now street fashion is gaining popularity in mainstream fashion.

What is your concept of being a true street show stopper? Was there any ensemble or look that captured your attention?

Anything that stands out always catches my attention, whether it be bold colour choices, unique patterns, or even someone’s shoes. There is something about what and how people wear their clothes that appeal to me.

In your photograph, there’s a play with a lot of lines (especially the zebra crossing)? Have you developed a signature style for yourself from these?

I don’t know if I have developed a signature style, the crosswalks are a part of the street and they tend to find themselves in the corners which lead to a visually appealing photograph. I wish I could say that they are intentional but nine out of 10 times, they are just part of the scene I happen to be coming across.

According to you, what brings the streets to life, and what do you love capturing about the bustle?

The people bring the streets to life for me. What they wear, their emotions and attitude, and how they carry themselves make each scene unique. I love that it is all fresh and new whenever it is being captured – the chances of seeing that same seen ever again are so rare that this is a moment in time that I am capturing this one time only.

Most of your photos are candid, what’s the fun part?

The fun part of candid photos is not knowing what the result is – it is like crafting a story to fit a narrative that may or may not true to that particular person. It also requires you to keep your focus in the present and definitely be ready for whatever lies ahead!

In your many journeys, which place has most impressed you with its street culture?

I am definitely spoiled being in New York City – the street culture central of the world in my opinion – but I went to Florence in Italy before Instagram was created and I found their street culture amazing. I am also a big fan of
Berlin in Germany with how modern their city is and the unique style they have over there.

One thing that makes you look forward to explore the streets?

Be ready to capture a moment, spot it coming your way and be ready to shoot it when the moment arrives.

Words by Atheena Wilson Photographs by Anthony Danielle

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An Ode To Raja Ravi Varma – These Memes Are Definitely Your Daily Woes

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By drawing a modern version of the paintings of renowned artist Raja Ravi Varma, this Instagram page depicts the everyday struggles of women through memes

Be it Damayanti and the royal swan or Shankunthala looking for Dushyanth, Raja Ravi Varma, the renowned artist with his magical brush had bestowed the epitome of beauty upon women. Even after ages, his remarkable paintings are greeted with the same awe-struck gaze from people. But little would you have imagined a modern version of his gorgeous women. The Instagram page Raja Ravi Varma Memes‘ is up with the hilarious memes of his historical paintings with a tinge of humour. These memes are absolutely the everyday struggles of the modern women.

The owner of these witty memes is Soumya, who created them as part of her portfolio for an art course. Begun last December, this page is grabbing attention from all the meme lovers on Instagram. Her memes don’t limit to daily woes but also takes a sarcastic glance into the contemporary quandaries. Here are some of her funniest memes for you to tickle your funny bones.

That tireless moment of posing even after your husband clicked your 100 photographs

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That moment when you have to act ‘fine’ even when the stress is killing you into bits

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The ‘high’est moment of solace

Happy Holidays everyone! 😋🍷🎄 #rajaravivarmamemes

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Monday Morning: Come on baby

Me: No. 🙁

The Monday Morning Blues

#rajaravivarmamemes #mondayblues #mondaysadness #mondaymoods #mondaysgoaway

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The IDGAF look

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The Hungry mode-on moment

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When even the spell-check betrays you

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And the last one on immigrants

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Memes have undoubtedly conquered everyone’s heart, mainly because of its witty approach towards everything in life. They not only fill us with waves of laughter but makes us take a moment to think about the matter intensely.

Talking about why Soumya choose Raja Ravi Varma for the creation of memes she said to The Better India, “There’s always room for more humour in the world. I have always been very fond of memes and was confident that people in India (and the world) would appreciate art served with a side of humour. What I came up with for the portfolio made me laugh, so I decided to share it on my personal social media handles. I was highly encouraged by those who saw my posts to create an account for the same. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings are known for their realistic and original presentation. By blending the European techniques with Indian sensibilities in his painting, his artworks have travelled beyond borders. Through these memes, Soumya proves that ‘Art is Freedom’, and she uses this freedom to express herself the best.

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Vipin Dhanurdharan’s Petrichor – A Reflection On The City’s Water Bodies

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On World Water Day, Vipin Dhanurdharan’s Petrichor creates awareness about water contamination and talks about the importance to save the depleting water resources

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Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered with the elixir of life, which serves as a crucial lifeline to almost all the living species on the planet. March 22nd of every year is observed as World Water Day to highlight the importance of groundwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. While it is observed and celebrated across the world with a variety of events, this year’s statistical reports regarding the water level sources in India are nerve-racking.

As per UNESCO’s report, the nation will face an intensified water crisis by 2050. Many parts of central India are engaged in the withdrawal of 40 percent of their renewable surface water resources. With more than half of the country’s water bodies being heavily polluted, surface water along with groundwater resources have been heavily contaminated with metallic residue and improper disposal of human waste. As a country which is mainly dependent on rivers and groundwater for drinking and other domestic purposes, this will be an alarming wake-up call for the citizens of the nation.

While the world celebrates in various ways by spreading awareness about the importance of water conservation, Kochi Biennale Foundation put up a pop-up gallery showcasing artist Vipin Dhanurdharan’s Petrichor at LuLu Mall, Ernakulam. Vipin is a young artist who hails originally from Kollam, he has been living in Kochi since 2012. He had his first major breakthrough during the 2012-2013 edition of Biennale, where he presented his water installation. Petrichor is a video archive that tells the story behind this installation, beautiful memories about the canals recounted by the people of the area and the current status of the water bodies in and around the areas of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.

As the inhabitants of the area recounted the tales about these canals, they recollected how clean and clear the canal used to be and some said that they were even able to see fish that lay in the bottom of the canal. Vipin, as a part of his art project, documented the water from various water bodies of the areas to create an awareness about how polluted and contaminated the water bodies are. Reportedly, he happened to even find faecal matter in the water that he collected.

Vipin, through this, wishes to communicate the importance of preserving water bodies and steps to eradicate it. While there isn’t an immediate solution to the issues related to the contamination of the water bodies, Vipin believes that documenting issues like this is necessary to create awareness and ultimately reach a solution.

Petrichor by Vipin Dhanurdharan will be showcased at LuLu Mall, Ernakulam from March 22, 2018, to April 8, 2018.

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French Designer Sylvie Facon Creates ‘Wearable Storybook’ dresses

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French fashion designer Sylvie Facon has created Homage to Arras, a historic town in France through a series of dresses made from spines of old books.), an exquisite evening gown that pays tribute to the historic town

This must be a “first” in a fashion where incredible skills meet usual materials and steampunk designs. Sylvie along with costume designer Morgane E. Grosdemange has created a series of dresses that looks straight out of a fantasy fiction world. On close examination, it is revealed that the real world town of Arras is depicted on these dresses, not just its architectural marvels but also minor features like plants and pavement.

 

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