In his ongoing series of portraits titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life. Artist statement:
Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.
While the costumes are incredible, terrifying, and laughable, it’s the strange juxtaposition of ordinary home life and the unknown identities of each individual that create such great images. See much more here. All images courtesy Klaus Pichler.
Brinicles — The Ocean’s “Ice Fingers of Death”
Reaching down like frozen fingers from the water’s surface, where the so-called “brinicle” meets the sea bed, a web of ice forms that instantly freezes and kills everything it touches, including sea urchins and starfish.
The formation of brinicles, also known as ice stalactites, is dangerous to marine life. Sea ice is frozen fresh water because the salt in ocean water does not freeze with it. As the water freezes, high concentrations of salt are excluded. This brine – super saturated salt – gets pushed out of the ice through channels. Some of it gets pushed up and out, leaving a slightly salty layer on top of the sea ice, but much of it gets pushed down, back into the water.
As this extremely cold brine leaves the sea ice, it sinks in a descending plume and freezes the relatively fresh seawater it comes in contact with. This forms a fragile tube of ice around the descending plume into what is called a “brinicle” – an icicle of brine. These look like icicles hanging from the underside of the ice. If the brinicles keep growing and extending down to the ocean floor, they form a web of ice that freezes everything. Hence the nickname “ice fingers of death”. An amazing video which captures the formation of a brinicle was first filmed in 2011 for the BBC series Frozen Planet.
Oil sketch for The Triumph of Light over Darkness, 1897, Franz Matsch. Private Collection, Los Angeles
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Amazing 19th Century Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy holds an important place in the pantheon of world literature. The divine comedy is an epic poem written between 1308 until his death in 1322. It is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian literature and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem’s imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is divided into three parts: Inferno (hell), Purgatorio (purgatory), and Paradiso (heaven). The poem features Dante, and his guide, Virgil, who accompanies him on his journey. What Dante witnesses is both shocking and enlightening.
Counltess artists have been inspired by Dante’s visionary work, but the best known artist to illustrate the unearthly tale was Gustave Doré whose gorgeous folio was published in 1861. Jean-Édouard Dargent was a rival of Dore’s and also published a book of illustrations in 1870 for Dante’s masterpiece. These are Dargent’s hauntingly beautiful illustrations.
Bayard and de Neuville