Magic Mike XXL and Caring Enough to Listen

This is a movie aimed at women, that much is obvious. What makes it so however, isn’t the ripped men taking their shirts off, but the way it treats women’s desires and self worth. One dollar bills are raining down from the sky but nobody picks them up. It’s not about that, it’s about making women feel good about themselves. It’s would be a stretch of the truth to say that this is what a strippers job is really like and the movie clearly ignores more problematic parts of the industry, but by focusing in on this positive aspect of the job, it taps into something joyous and wonderful and unique. Continue reading Magic Mike XXL and Caring Enough to Listen

From Surrealism to Photomanipulation to Erik Johansson

Ideas aren’t static. They come from our perception of the world and are influenced by the ideas of the past. We stand on the shoulders of giants which is the only thing possible when the ceiling keeps getting higher and the lights keep going out. We’re in the middle of a technological renaissance and ideas are flying around quicker than ever. In the case of Erik Johansson, he has gone from surrealism to photomanipulation and combined the two. He calls it impossible photography. Continue reading From Surrealism to Photomanipulation to Erik Johansson