Painted Frescoes by Commecy.

Patrick-Commecy-550x694Not all forms of wall graffiti are acceptable – most are viewed as vandalism. But in the case of French street artist Patrick Commecy, homeowners actually invite him to paint on their walls.
Along with his team of muralists, he transforms boring, dull patches of wall into vibrant scenes, full of life. In fact unless you have a ‘before’ picture, you might not even realize it’s a painting.
Patrick and his team travel across France, painting hyper-realistic windows and balconies on bare walls that resemble the rest of the building. They dress up these painted windows with plants, birds and sometimes even rocks and waterfalls.
It all looks so real that it’s confusing for a moment – it’s hard to tell the difference between a real tree and the painted one.
The phenomenal artist works his magic in several ways, transforming plain walls into vibrant cafes, bakeries, playgrounds, schoolhouses and more. In some of his works, he also incorporates paintings of popular figures and influential people who belong to the town that he’s painting in.
You have to look closely at his murals to spot some of these people standing in a balcony or peeking through a window.
For instance, on the side of the first Guides Office, within view of Mont Blanc, he painted a mural depicting 20 pioneers of mountaineering.
In the city of Montpellier, he used the ‘trompe l’oeil’ technique on a building, featuring six famous figures and residents from the city, including chemist Antoine Jerome Balard who discovered bromine.
The murals are fun, educational and surprisingly easy to maintain. People of all ages are entertained by Patrick’s art, which is now becoming a major tourist attraction as well.
Residents of the various towns that he’s painted in, admit that his work has improved the quality of their lives, by highlighting their identity and history.
All over France, Patrick is being regarded as a hero – giving ‘facelifts’ to otherwise obscure towns and improving their brand image.
via The Incredibly Realistic Painted Frescoes of Patrick Commecy | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities.

A Young Brigitte Bardot in Monochrome.

Brigitte Bardot as a Ballerina (2)

At twelve years old, Brigitte Bardot entered the ballet school. That’s when she found something to be passionate about.
Two hours of classes at the bench was very tiring, but she dreamed of become a ballerina.
Brigitte Bardot as a Ballerina (4)Soon she left school and began taking lessons from a Russian dancer Boris Knyazev, but eventually drop out.
Being tall limited her career as a ballet dancer. Brigitte Bardot as a Ballerina (6)
Quite early in her life, she was noticed by a professional photographer and was offered modelling contracts.
By 1950, she was featured on most Elle magazine covers and attained the image of a cover-girl.
Brigitte Bardot as a Ballerina (10)See more Images via vintage everyday: Beautiful Black and White Photos of Brigitte Bardot as a Ballerina.

The Abandoned Grandeur of Crumbling Palaces

Thomas Jorion, “Pappagallo, Italie” (2018), Pigment print, American box frame in raw oak, image courtesy of Esther Woerdehoff Galerie.
Many photographers seek to capture beautiful ephemeral moments with their camera lens,.
French photographer Thomas Jorion is drawn to a more eternal timeline.
Using an analog 4×5 camera, Jorion focuses on abandoned places: spaces and structures lost to the nature and time.
In his photographs, once majestic buildings that are now largely forgotten are given the same careful composition and attention that more currently-engaged spaces might receive.
His solo exhibition explores the abandoned villas and palaces of Italy.
You can see more of Jorion’s work on Instagram.”Cedri, Italie” (2017),.
Source: The Abandoned Grandeur of Crumbling Palaces Showcased in Large Format Photographs by Thomas Jorion | Colossal

The Eiffel Tower Goes Dark.

CREDIT: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images
The Eiffel Tower went dark in mourning for the victims of a terrorist attack that killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris.
A crowd held hands to form a circle at the Place de la République, one of the city’s major squares, and people left pens to symbolize solidarity with the magazine’s staff.
Parisians gathered in the rain by the Notre Dame cathedral to mourn, and the French flag flew at half-staff over the Grand Palais exhibition hall.
via Photo: As France Mourns Terror Victims, a Parisian Icon Goes Dark – Photo Journal – WSJ.

Musée Miniature et Cinéma.

by danielrthorne
Robocop, tiny urban alleys, and gremlins are all just a part of the fascinating prop and miniature set collection held at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma.
Founded by miniature setting artist Dan Ohlmann, the museum holds over a thousand pieces of down-scaled locations such as a school room and a fully-furnished dining room which are so detailed that they could pass for their full-size inspirations.
The site also includes such tiny tchotchkes as carved matchsticks, chiseled egg shells, and micro-origami.
In addition to all of the tiny pieces of sculpture the museum’s other focus is on special effects and creatures from the movies.
In this section of the museum visitors can see props and costumes from such films as I, Robot, Stuart Little, and Hellboy.
Even with all of the micro amazements, the excitement the Musée Miniature et Cinéma is immense.
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via Musée Miniature et Cinéma | Atlas Obscura.