London-based photographer Roman Sakovich gives us a glimpse of the drastic visual differences that substance abuse can cause in his series titled Half. By splitting his subjects’ style choices and physical appearances straight down the middle of their portraits, the photographer presents a before and after composite image that shows us two timelines—one of the addict (on the right) and one of the non-user who still has the choice to change his or her fate.
While you might think that a great deal of Photoshop was used to produce each image, Sakovich says that most of the effects were created in-camera. The transformations were accomplished with skilled costuming and makeup design rather than post splicing and merging. The result is an eye-opening look at the damaging effects of drug abuse, especially meth addiction which is known to have a considerable amount of impact on one’s physical appearance. While the photographer admits it is a stereotypical and perhaps superficial look at substance abuse, it is, nonetheless, effective.
Via My modern Metropolis
In 2006 the photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero started to produce the serie about Gangs culture in small cities in Mexico as the result of the strong immigration During that time, he meet several mans with tattoos all over their bodies, head, face, and among them it was Jimmy, it was when he asked what do the tattoos mean , for what Jimmy responded " They are the scars of a warrior, of wars, of fights for that when someone sees me in the street they know that i’m ready to fight”
After that, the photographer decide to make a photo-set of portraits with a focus on the relationship between the tattoos and the people who have them.
More pictures from the photographer here
Recently installed in New York’s Nolita neighborhood the Free Little Library is a temporary outdoor shelving unit that functions as a free library. The clever design protects the books from the weather while allowing people to duck under a cover to see what’s available. The library was designed by Venezuelan design firm Stereotank as part of a collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and the Pen World Voices Festival who have selected 10 designers to build miniature free libraries in downtown Manhattan through September. Can’t wait to see the rest. (via designboom)