Courbet vs. Orlan
The Origin of the World (1866)
The Origin of War (1989)
Whenever the emails pile up or the traffic grinds to a crawl, many of us fantasize about leaving it all behind and unplugging from the grid. The people in Antoine Bruy’s ongoing photo series Scrublands have actually followed through, disconnecting from the trappings of modern life even when it means jumping into a new lifestyle they know nothing about.
“I wanted to meet them and see how they managed to learn something which they were not used to,” says Bruy, who lives in France. “Most of the people are not from farming families or anything.”
Bruy has been photographing around Europe for the project since 2012, visiting some 15 encampments in his home country as well as in Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales. He’s focused on those who survive as sustenance farmers, by raising livestock, or hunting. Now he’s holding a crowdfunding campaignbecause he’d like to extend the project to the United States, the country whose history he says inspired many of his subjects.
Pablo Picasso - Still Life with Skull on an Armchair (1946) - Studies & finished painting
NASA engineers use origami as inspiration when they fold up solar panels for their trip to space. Shown here: the Miura fold. Once a piece of paper (or solar array) is all folded up, it can be completely unfolded in one smooth motion. You can read more about origami in space here, and learn how to do the Miura fold in this video:
Image: Astronaut Scott Parazynski repairs a damaged ISS solar panel (NASA)
It’s been more than a month that I have been residing in Chicago and I am feeling more and more home in a city that is smaller than it seems. While I haven’t explored every nook and cranny, it’s been great to feel like I have a two finger grip on the city. Working in the south side is exhausting and rewarding at the same time. Kudos to the teachers who do it every day! I have been surrounded by amazing people and I can’t wait to meet more. Life. Life is heading in a great direction and the best thing about it is I am not even sure which direction it is. I’m just here for the moment and today, the moment is good.