A Sentimental Christmas Story: Boots

A Sentimental Christmas Story: Boots

Boots is the music video for The Killers’ new Christmas single, continuing their tradition of releasing a magical Christmas song every year since 2006.  Boots is a triumphant, heart-wrenching video directed by major filmmaker Jared Hess, with a solo performance by Brandon Flowers.  Proceeds from the song and the video will go to the Product Red Campaign, a charity that supports World Aids Day and raises awareness about AIDS in Africa.

Boots doesn’t go for the usual kind of general Christmas-time uplift: While Flowers details a quaint domestic setting, what we actually see are heartwarming scenes of a homeless man on the gritty streets of Las Vegas pulling himself up by the bootstraps through the magical art of street performance.  Watch the video for Boots below; then call someone you love and cry like the 12-year old child inside you wants to do.

The Killers’ Charitable Christmas Song: Boots

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Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography is a collection of photographs representing the unclothed human body, images that have exuded a great fascination ever since time began.  The series of photographs presented here were selected from the exhibition Nude Visions held earlier this year at Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), in Hamburg, Germany.  The exhibition invited visitors to embark on a journey through a collection of images of the human body that spanned 150 years.

Nude photography is always a process of negotiation between revealing and concealing, unveiling the ambivalence about what is visible and what is unseen, between shame and curiosity, of legitimation and provocativeness. How the naked body is treated is closely bound up with the specific social context in which it occurs, the ideas of morality and the aesthetic ideal of an era.  The subject of the nude or nudity is always influenced by both the historical artistic tradition and by the reactions to contemporary impulses, which in turn are interpreted by the photographer.  Images which were still regarded as being scandalous at the beginning of the 20th century, triggering moral misgivings and controversy about a subject perceived as being delicate, hardly bring a blush to the face of anyone living today.  It is not only the motifs which have evolved over the years, but also the reproducibility of the images, as well as the extent and manner in which media coverage of them has impacted the awareness and significance of nakedness in society.

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography, MKG, Germany

Slide Show: Nude Visions/ 150 Years of Nude Photography

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