"How the Media Failed Women in 2013," courtesy of Miss Representation. This is mind-boggling and you must watch it right now.
Model poses and the finished paintings of Gil Elvgren
This is awesome.
before there was photoshop there were illustrators.
Oh these are pretty
Edwardian bridal crown
collections that are raw as fuck ➝ alexander mcqueen fall 2010
Parisian photographer Janol Apin Creates Visual Puns of Paris Metro Stations in a Project Called “Métropolisson”
I never understand why people relish the thought of New Year’s Eve/Day as if the last digit of the year changing will upend the shit that has transpired in the last year and set it all right. That’s really not how it works; any change you want will be the direct result of you changing your lifestyle. And to hell with “resolutions”! As far as I’m concerned, creating any sort of resolution for myself is a 100% guarantee that it will not be something that is accomplished, especially if the goal I set is unattainable. To me it seems that is the case for most people anyhow. The most common ones tend to be ‘lose weight’, ‘save for a trip’, ‘pay off debt’, etc. Generalizations like that give you no limit and no set goal to work toward…. they set you up for failure, and how are you ever suppose to feel like you accomplished something in a year when the expectations you have set for yourself are completely unreasonable? It is a direct path to unhappiness. I know this from personal experience.
2012 was a terrible year for me, the worst in my 21 years. I dropped out of university early in the year and had thoughts of suicide, a couple months later my family became homeless and we had to separate to find places to live (I ended up living two hours away from them), during the summer I again became very depressed and when I returned home had to be hospitalised. There it was… rock bottom. And how had I gotten there? Because at the end of 2011 I had assigned myself resolutions. 1) Achieve immaculate grades in a journalism program I wasn’t passionate about in the least, 2) Become a better friend, 3) Lose weight. They may seem like such simple things, but they were my undoing. Why? Because I gave myself unattainable goals and when I failed to achieve them I labelled myself a failure. I tricked myself into thinking that I wouldn’t be able to remedy my failures, I would become unsuccessful, and people wouldn’t want to associate with someone so unworthy. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. But, of course there was always the prospect of next year!
But nobody around me had the patience for me to wait for either my own demise or a miracle of success. Thank god I had people who gave me a swift kick in the ass to get up and do something about my situation; not just let me wait around for next year and the notion that it would hail in a new era of growth for me. So really 2012 also had a silver lining at the end of it. I got a retail job selling books which I couldn’t be happier with. I have paid off half my debts with a solid payment plan for each month, I plan to use the paid off debts to go back to school next September (already in contact with my former university) and I have several trips planned at various times in 2014. So you see I upended all the shit that had transpired for most of 2012 and I just about have it all set back into something that is manageable and exciting.
My overall point is this: I didn’t wait for 2013 to be a magical, omnipotent number that would create miracles for me, I acted when I had to so that I could make a difference for myself. For all you who say “I can’t wait for this year to be over, I hope 2014 will be so much better…” You can’t just sit back and wait or hope or pray that a new set of 365 days will fix the past 365. If you care to see a change then you have to care to make that change.
My intention is not to preach or dictate. Neither is it to command people with depression or anxiety disorders to just cut it out with their mental illness and adjust to the world, I would only be making myself a hypocrite if I did that. I just wanted to share my story and hope that it could be accepted by someone and maybe even help someone to get out of the rut they are in.
Landscape as a Witness to War by Marc Wilson
Along European coastline, unintentional monuments to past conflicts still stand. Built to keep foreign forces out during WWII.