“Swan Lake” (2014), all images © Natalie Lennard
Photographer Natalie Lennard, who works as Miss Aniela, creates lavish scenes centered around elegantly dressed models. While each image might seem, at first glance, like a straightforward luxury fashion shoot, further inspection reveals surreal details.
A canary yellow tulle gown morphs into birds, and ocean water splashes out of a painting frame.Miss Aniela’s fantastical scenes are created using a combination of on-site shoots with practical effects, along with extensive post-production.
The photographer explains that all images are shot on location with the model posed and lit in-frame. “Sometimes I do not know whether the image will be largely ‘raw’ and not require overt surrealism added,” Aniela shares, “until I go through the process to feel what is right for each piece.”The U.K.-based artist has been working as a fine art photographer for 13 years, getting her start with self-portraits as a university student.
In some works, she incorporates direct references to paintings from the art historical canon. Aniela has been working in her current style since 2011, and shares with Colossal that she has noticed a rising interest in her work from art collectors, as the lines between fine art and fashion are increasingly blurred.
“What He Bequeathed” (2016)
Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (5 May, 1864 – 27 January, 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne‘s fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within.
She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. Bly was also a writer, inventor, and industrialist.
The Washington Post reports that Bly is getting her own statue at Roosevelt Island in New York, where a 23-year-old Bly spent ten days undercover as a patient in the asylum on the island uncovering the mistreatment patients received there.
She truly gave it her all as a reporter: to get into the asylum she practised looking insane in the mirror, trying out different “far-away expressions” because she believed they had a crazy air, and embedding herself into the world she was reporting in ushered in a new kind of undercover journalism.
After quitting and then coming back to journalism, Bly died of pneumonia in 1922.
The organization the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp is currently sponsoring a competition for an artist to create the monument, who will have a budget of $500,000.
The statue will be unveiled in spring 2020.
New York City has recently turned its attention to raising monuments in tribute to marginalized figures who made history as a corrective to a city filled with statues in honour of men (as of 2017 there were 150 of the men, just 5 of women.)
Born 1904 in Manor Park, East Ham, British-American actress Greer Garson was popular during the Second World War, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America’s top-ten box office draws from 1942 to 1946.
Unlike most young actresses beginning their careers in Hollywood, Garson was already in her mid-thirties when she made her first film.
Her elegant and intelligent demeanor struck a cord with the movie going public and her popularity soared at MGM.
A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the 1940s, Garson possessed a beautiful speaking voice and her refined acting style earned her seven Academy Award nominations, including a record-tying five consecutive nominations for acting and all in the Best Actress category (1941–1945), winning the award for Mrs. Miniver (1942).
Garson had her final role for television was in a 1982 episode of The Love Boat.
She received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, her late husband’s alma mater, in 1991.
In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II recognised Garson’s achievements by investing her as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
In her final years, Garson occupied a penthouse suite at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
She died there from heart failure in 1996 at the age of 91.
Jean Harlow, the “Blonde bombshell” (1911-1937) is often used to describe an exciting, dynamic, sexy woman with blonde hair, particularly blonde celebrity sex symbols.
The expression seems to have come from, or at least was popularized by, a movie and originally referred to a specific blonde bombshell.
In 1933, the platinum blonde Jean Harlow was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood.
That year, Harlow starred in a movie called Bombshell (at the time “bombshell” in American slang was already being used to refer to incredibly attractive, flamboyant women, with the first documented case of this in 1860).
One of the advertising lines for the film was “Lovely, luscious, exotic Jean Harlow as the Blonde Bombshell of filmdom.”
When the film was released in England, they even renamed it “Blonde Bombshell” as it was thought in England that the original title sounded like a war film, which the movie is decidedly not. (It’s actually about an actress who gets fed up with being a sex symbol and just wants to lead a normal life).
While it seems probable that this wasn’t the first time someone out there uttered the words “blonde bombshell” (those two words fitting together so nicely), this does appear to be the first documented instance of it with, of course, the first actress to be labeled such being the lovely Jean Harlow, who incidentally died at the tender age of 26.
via Today I Learned.