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NEW BLOG!
September 22, 2010

I’m kinda over wordpress (no offense, no offense).  Trying out Tumblr.

Check out my New Blog.  Less Maintenance = More Posts!


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Mind the Gap.
March 21, 2010

German street artist Edgar Müller has created some amazing ‘3D’ optical illusions using nothing but paint and pavement.  His work usually takes days at a time, but it is totally worth it in my opinion.  I think it speaks for itself.  Enjoy.

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. August 2008

Geldern, Germany. August 2008

Moose Jaw, Canada.

West India Quay, London. 2009

footnote:  check out the time-lapse video of Müller himself painting his masterpiece, The Crevasse.

Watch out Nicki!
March 18, 2010

Keys open Doors.  Four days ago, Baltimore rap-tress Keys released a cover/diss-track of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Itty Bitty Piggy’.  She does not hold back.  Not only can she rhyme, but she is smart.  Since Baltimore’s rising female MC, Rye Rye, got pregnant at 18 last year, I had lost hope for another female rapper from Baltimore.

Nicki Minaj is still my obsession right now and that is not changing, but I do love competition.  As long as this girl fight stays on wax, I can’t get enough.  I expect big things for this girl but I’m waiting for Nicki’s rebuttal.  Check Keys out above!

Simply Despicable
February 27, 2010

Kanye West just revamped his website to basically look like a fashion blog.  I have no idea what he is trying to do, but so far I do not like it.  While a lot of the images are cool and he highlights great fashion designers, but I still don’t understand how his music website is now a fashion blog.

My main issue with this blog is Kanye West’s “girlfriend,” Amber Rose mimicing my muse Grace Jones.  Grace Jones’s Island Life album cover is an iconic photograph by Jean-Paul Goude.  It can never be touched.

Many people are giving Amber props for this photo.  Perez Hilton gave her an “A for effort.”  But as a true Grace Jones fan, I do not approve.  I am willing to bet that Amber Rose has no idea about Grace Jones or this iconic photograph before Kanye dressed her up and took this picture.  Like I said in a previous post, Kanye has taken Amber as his muse to dress her up anyway he pleases.  This time he took it too far.  Kanye, this is not okay.  Amber is no Grace, and never will be.

Happy Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2010

I broke down…
January 23, 2010

…and got a Twitter.  I know.  I know.  I am jumping on the bandwagon, but I feel like it such an important way of communication now that I should at least be aware of how it works.

Robert Verdi (my internship boss) now has Twitter Parties where he invites editors and bloggers of the fashion community to come get bags of donated products only to tweet about each one to their hundreds of thousdands of followers.  The last party technically reached over one million people at once, only using Twitter.  Social networking is the future of marketing and promotion and I can longer pretend that Twitter is a waste of time.

Here is a funny video about Twitter and basically exactly how I felt before yesterday.  I am still seeing if I like it.  I am not making any promises, but if you want to follow me on Twitter name is @WiLCOPE4.  Check me out!

I’m BACK!
January 4, 2010

Sorry for my long absence.  This semester has not been a game.  And it was immediately followed by the madness of the holidays.  I am still trying to recover.  But the good news is, I am back to blogging.  I have missed it.  So here we go.

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Not even close to Normal.
September 22, 2009

Last night, Courtney took me to see Next to Normal on Broadway.  Here is my review:

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I feel like I say this a lot, but I was blown away.  And if that cliché is now understated, I was blown to bits.  It was by far the most emotional show I have seen on stage.  From the first song to the last, I was fighting back tears.

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I do not want to give a lot away, but there is a huge plot twist early in the first act that changes the entire dynamic of the show.  I thought it was just another dysfunctional family reminiscent of August: Osage County, but it was more. August: Osage County is my far the best play I have ever seen.  Its writing and plot twists are in my thoughts to this day, and now I feel like Next to Normal will be right there with it.  It is hard not to compare the two but they both shine in different ways.  The clearest way I can break it down is August is deep and Next to Normal is emotional.

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Alice Ripley plays Diana, the mother of the family who seems to cause most of the stress.  She won the Tony this past year for ‘Best Leading Actress in Musical.’  In an earlier entry, I picked my favorites for this years Tony’s but I was unaware of how powerful Ripley was in this role.  There was no contest in that category.  And in retrospect, Next to Normal was an extremely close second to Billy Elliott for the top prize of Best Musical, in my opinion.

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Not only was the story great, but the overall production was quite impressive.  The set was simple and modern and left just enough to the imagination.  The music was great as well as the writing.  I am a little hesitant to upload the soundtrack to my iPod because it was that heavy.  Even with two under-studies, the acting was brilliant and completely convincing.  I lost myself in that show.

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If you are looking for a Broadway show to see, I would highly recommend Next to Normal.  It is anything but normal.  It is haunting and I hope I get to see it again.  And hurry!  Alice Ripley might leave the show any day now.

United States of Toni.
September 20, 2009

Tonight, Toni Collette won the Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Comedic Role and boy, did she earn it.  Her show United States of Tara on Showtime is phenomenal and despite the great cast, she truly carries the show.

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Toni Collette plays Tara, a mom who has multiple personality disorder.  We follow her life in modern suburbia as she struggles to main any shred of normalcy while her family copes with her other personalities or ‘alters.’

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Her ‘alters’ include T, a 16-year-old slut who holds nothing back; Buck, a raunchy, red-neck truck driver; Alice, the perfect housewife who seems to be stuck in the 1950’s and now Gimmy, an out of control animatistic creature who we are still trying to figure out.  Any ‘alter’ can appear at any time and Tara is completely lost in her own body.

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The show itself is amazing and I am a huge fan.  I hope that this Emmy win will give the show a little more popularity so it will stay on air for longer.  I also hope they keep up the impeccable writing.  Everyone from the sassy young aunt to the sarcastic ‘old-souled’ gay son are written so well, I care as much about them as I do Tara.

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If you haven’t already starting watching United States of Tara, you should.  It is one of my favorite shows.  Toni’s performance in the season finale where she switched from ‘alter’ to ‘alter’ with out costumes changes in a single scene and still remained convincing blew my mind.  I actually said “give her an emmy” while watching it.  United States of Tara will be returning to Showtime on January 18th.  And congratulations to Toni Collette.  Truly an Emmy well deserved.

A Thousands Words
September 19, 2009

So in a search to find new inspiration for my senior portfolio, I googled Photos That Changed The World. I was blown away by some of the images I saw. Many if not all of them are insanely famous and have been poster photos for many causes around the world. But some of them were new to me and I cannot stop think about them. I just wanted to post a few of my favorites on here and hopefully you can get something out them too.

WARNING: Some of these photos are extremely graphic. You may not want to continue reading if you have a weak stomach.

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Burning MOnk
Burning Monk
Malcolm Browne – 1963

As a protest to the Diệm slow and unreliable reforms in Vietnam, the Buddhist monks have resorted to immolation, such as this Mahayana Buddhist monk, Thỉch Quảng Đức. Đức burned himself alive across the outskirts of Saigon, mainly because of the harshness done by the South Vietnam government to his fellow Buddhist monks.
Đức was re-cremated after he burned himself; his heart meanwhile remained in one piece, and because of this he was regarded as a Bodhisattva by the other Buddhist monks and followers. His act of self-immolation increased the pressure on the Diệm administration to implement their reform laws in South Vietnam.

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5 Year Old Mother – 1939

One of the photographs meanwhile that changed medical history is that of Lina Medina, the youngest mother who gave birth at the age of five. Born in Peru in 1933, Lina was brought to the local hospital by her parents because of an increasingly enlarged belly, which they first thought of a tumor. After a series of tests however, the doctors confirmed that she was seven months pregnant. A month later Lina gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Gerardo, after her doctor.
Lina Medina is the first known case of precocious pregnancy, and based on studies it was shown that she had an advanced menarche development resulting to menstruation at the age of 8 months, prominent breasts upon turning four, and bone maturation at age 5.
Her son Gerardo was first raised knowing that Lina was his sister, but eventually he found out that she was his mother at the age of 10. In 1972, Lina married and gave birth to her second son, 33 years after Gerardo was born. Gerardo soon died seven years later at the age of 40, due to a bone marrow disease. Lina, who is now aged 74, continues to live with her husband in Chicago, Chico, in Lima, Peru.

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Child Draws Home
David Seymour – 1948

The effects of the World Wart II have not only resulted to the death of millions, but also a long-standing disturbance on the lives of those who survived, particularly children. They were the ones who greatly suffered from the pain and trauma brought by the war. They not only witnessed killings of their families and friends; they also lost their future. They may have survived the war, but the pain will forever be there.

Among those who suffered this effect is Teresa, a young Polish girl who lost her family during the war. While in staying in a concentration camp, she drew an unrecognizable image on the blackboard, which was somewhat chaotic. When ask what her drawing was, she pertained to it as her “home”.

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Dalí Atomicus
Philippe Halsman, 1948

Philippe Halsman is quite possibly the only photographer to have made a career out of taking portraits of people jumping. But he claimed the act of leaping revealed his subjects’ true selves, and looking at his most famous jump, “Dalí Atomicus,” it’s pretty hard to disagree.

The photograph is Halsman’s homage both to the new atomic age (prompted by physicist’ then-recent announcement that all matter hangs in a constant state of suspension) and to Dalí’s surrealist masterpiece “Leda Atomica” (seen on the right, behind the cats, and unfinished at the time). It took six hours, 28 jumps, and a roomful of assistants throwing angry cats and buckets of water into the air to get the perfect exposure.

But before settling on the “Atomicus” we know today, Halsman rejected a number of other concepts for the shot. One was the idea of throwing milk instead of water, but that was abandoned for fear that viewers, fresh from the privations of World War II, would condemn it as a waste of milk. Another involved exploding a cat in order to capture it “in suspension,” though that arguably would have been a waste of cats.

Halsman’s methods were as unique as they were effective. His celebrity “jump” portraits appeared on at least seven Life magazine covers and helped usher in a new – and radically more adventurous – era of portrait photography.

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TEHRAN, Iran—Veiled women learn how to shoot in the outskirts of the city, 1986.
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MEXICO—Mexicans are arrested while trying to cross the U.S. border, 1979.
© Alex Webb / Magnum Photos
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The Falling Man
September 11, 2001. Photographer unknown.
footnote:  All information can be found on ptctw.com or neatorama.com