Nadya Kwandibens + Red Works Photography

Photo by Nadya Kwandibens

Photo by Nadya Kwandibens

Dorthea Lange, Anne Leibovitz, Anders Petersen — I’m no professional, but for whatever reason I’m drawn to portraiture. A work colleague just turned me onto a talented Ojibwe photographer, Nadya Kwandibens. Her photo company Red Works Photography features a portfolio of colour and black and white (mostly) portraits. Her series, Concrete Indians, is as lonely and empowering as it is inspiring.

Kwandibens’ vision statement:

We, as Indigenous people, are often portrayed in history books as Nations once great; in museums as Nations frozen stoic; in the media as Nations forever troubled. These images can be despairing; however, my goal seeks to steer the positive course. If our history is a shadow, let this moment serve as light. We are musicians, lawyers, doctors, mothers and sons. We are activists, scholars, dreamers, fathers and daughters. Let us claim ourselves now and see that we are, and will always be great, thriving, balanced civilizations capable of carrying ourselves into that bright new day.

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Star Wars Wars

Here’s something I thought: yeah, someone will probably do this at some point. Well, it’s here and I must say, it’s (gulp) outta this world?!

Maruc Rosentrater, senior animator for badass/douchbag agent Archer, cuts together all six Star Wars films into one rainbow galactic shivaree. It’s damn-near unwatchable, yet, I can’t turn away.

Via Reddit

Elder Research

Image courtesy of Acid Sweat Lodge

Image courtesy of Acid Sweat Lodge

Acid Sweat Lodge is an artistic organization based out of Vancouver. One of their exploits includes a gritty blog of bikers, tattoos, women, booze, drugs and well, general debauchery.

I’ve always been drawn to one category: Elders. (Mostly) old men in nature, with their motorcycles and mamas. I can’t help but stare into their eyes and wonder how they stay happy back in such a rugged time. Obsolescence seems a stones-throw away.

Respect yer elders dammit!