"The face and limbs coming through the backdrop were something we discovered on the day by playing around on the set. The set designer, Andy Hillman, stood behind the backdrop to steady Marion on the rocky pathway of the rose garden where we shot, on the outskirts of Paris… as Andy braced her fall, I noticed how good the shape of his hands looked forcing through the rubber. Marion cottoned on to this quickly… et voila… the rubber man morphing through the rubber was created! It was genuinely a spontaneous development through playing around on the set.”
— Photographer Tim Walker on the making of an iconic shot: Marion Cotillard for W Magazine’s December 2012 issue.
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You are just in another place, and not in such a deep grief as I am.
There is no limit to what I want to say and I stop here.
Kumi Yamashita’s Constellation
This body of work consists of three simple materials that, when combined, produce the portraits: a wooden panel painted a solid white, thousands of small galvanized nails, and a single, unbroken, common sewing thread.
Photo by Joseph Pascual
Rainer Maria Rilke pioneered many things: existentialist themes in German-language poetry, psychoanalytic undertones in poetry (he studied under Freud), being a man with a feminine middle name, and hipstamatic sepia photos.
While Rilke is mainly known as an elegiac poet, his fashion choices and the photographic composition here deserve odes. The three-quarter profile pose highlights Rilke’s angular face, which plays well with the lines of the overcoat. The scraggly beard adds contrast to the simple linearity of the outfit. The widely spaced collar/lapels give a well composed look at the shirt and tie beneath. It gives a consistent appearance of intensity and deliberateness, in line with his craft.
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Alan Moore walks through Northampton town centre carrying a walking stick that’s been sculpted to resemble a dangerous snake, and a hairbrush. The 59-year-old writer moves with a slight trip in his step, thus the cane, and keeps the brush to hand because he hasn’t visited a barber since he was a teenager. For decades Moore has maintained his tremendous mane of hair, his wizard’s beard, through bursts of aggressive combing. “That way it tends to manage itself.”
Alan Moore, eccentric genius behind graphic-novel classics V for Vendetta and Watchmen, rejected big-movie riches. Now he has made a low-budget film in his beloved home town, Northampton
Moleskine by Sigur Ros
"You have an indelible memory! You can never forget a thing! Well, let me tell you, your recollection of every last detail has nothing to do with memory. It’s called holding a goddamn grudge."
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan