Poetic Moments: A Celebration of Young Masculine Beauty

Poetic Moments: A Celebration of Young Masculine Beauty

Photography by: Toyin Ibidapo, London

The fleeting beauty of youth is captured in this mesmerizing collection of raw, honest portraits of androgynous boys that documents the authenticity of youth, from London-based photographer Toyin Ibidapo. A tribute to the charged emotions of adolescence, Ibidapo’s first solo show There’s No Such Thing as Perfect, But There’s Perfection in the Things We Love, is currently on exhibition at the Doors Showcase Gallery in London.

Ibidapo is a fashion photographer who has collaborated with the late Alexander McQueen, super-stylist Nicola Formichetti and designer Kim Jones, as well as contributing to Dazed & Confused, Arena Homme Plus and SHOWstudio. The exhibition evolved from Ibidapo’s book Cult of Boys, which she describes as a “record of amazing moments and various chapters in my life as a photographer as well as the faces in this book. They represent themselves and they also represent me because it was my vision and they came into my world, some for years, others just once. But sometimes once is all you need, one photograph to remember a poetic moment forever. Seen through the eyes of the female gaze.”

Radiohead’s Morning Bell: Videography by Toyin Ibidapo

Fashion Film for Kim Jones Collection: Directed by Toyin Ibidapo

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Jellyfish Lake Palau: Swimming Through Millions of Jellyfish

Jellyfish Lake Palau: Swimming Through Millions of Jellyfish

Jellyfish Lake Palau is a beautiful, dreamy short film/music video artfully filmed by photographer/videographer Sarosh Jacob, with music by Radiohead. Now, you’ve probably heard of swimming with sharks before, but swimming with jellyfish? Swimming in water that’s filled with millions of jellyfish may be most people’s worst nightmare. But for visitors to the island of Eil Malik in the Republic of Palau, it’s the main attraction.

Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded. With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, the jellyfish evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability, since they no longer had to protect themselves. They are pretty much harmless to humans, but it’s not possible to scuba dive in this lake because the nutrient rich layer at around 50 feet and below contains hydrogen sulphide that is highly toxic to humans. If a scuba diver was to swim in that layer, the toxins would enter the body through the skin and that exposure could be fatal. However, snorkeling is perfectly safe and Palau is the only place in the world where you can have the surreal experience of swimming through millions of jellyfish.

Jellyfish Lake Palau: Swimming Through Millions of Jellyfish

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The Infamous Mark Zuckerberg Nervous Breakdown

The Infamous Mark Zuckerberg Nervous Breakdown

You’ve all seen that spooky Social Network trailer with the choral cover of Radiohead’s Creep.  It works on the real-life Mark Zuckerberg, too.  Here’s the infamous video of his nervous breakdown at the D8 Conference set to the same music.  Zuckerberg broke out in a profuse sweat last month at the conference when he was pointedly asked about Facebook’s privacy lapses.  By the end of the clip, he’s so flustered that he removes his hoodie which perpetually encases him like armor.  Inside was a creepy symbol, which one interviewer initially thought looked similar to an Illuminati-like emblem.

The Infamous Mark Zuckerberg Nervous Breakdown

And for comparison, here’s the original trailer for The Social Network:

The Social Network Trailer with Choral Cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”

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Popcorn Superhet Receiver: An Orchestral Work by Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood: Popcorn Superhet Receiver

Jonny Greenwood: Popcorn Superhet Receiver

There may be no more rare product in today’s Hollywood film-making than a distinctive and original film score. Most soundtracks rely so heavily on a few computer-processed musical devices, fabricated swells of strings and cymbals, that when a composer adopts a more personal language the effect is revelatory: an entire dimension of the film experience is liberated from cliché.

So it is in Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie There Will Be Blood, which has an unearthly, beautiful score by the young English composer Jonny Greenwood. The early scenes show, in painstaking detail, a maverick oilman assembling a network of wells at the turn of the last century. Moviegoers who find themselves falling into a claustrophobic trance during these sequences may be inclined to credit the director, who has forged some indelible images. With that being said, the music does fifty per cent of the work; the opening sequences are almost entirely wordless, framed by music that is both dense and dissonant.

The music, at once terrifying, enrapturing, alien and intimate, comes from a Greenwood piece called Popcorn Superhet Receiver, and although it wasn’t composed for the film, it supplies a precise metaphor for the central character. The coalescence of a wide range of notes into a monomaniacal unison may tell us most of what we need to know about the crushed soul of the future tycoon Daniel Plainview. It’s hard to think of a recent Hollywood production in which music plays such an active role. Unfortunately, Greenwood’s work was judged ineligible for an Academy Award nomination, because the soundtrack contained too much pre-existing music.

There Will Be Blood: Prospector’s Quartet, Jonny Greenwood

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