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Pretty Petals & Charming Teacups

I love flowers and tea and teacups, so I’m sure it surprises no one when I talk about how much I like Floral Story series by artist Marina Malinovaya. Each image is created with a table, a tea set, and a lot of flowers. I’d also imagine a lot of patience. In addition, I suspect that the artist is some sort of wizard because I’ve seen her Instagram account and she appears to have a cat. I would never EVER be able to lay something like this on the table with out there being fluffy paws all up in everything.

 I need that teeny spoon. It’s really cute, plus it might be the source of her cat control magic.

You can check out more of her images as well as some beautiful behind the scenes shots on her Instagram page, and you can purchase some of her beautiful floral a resin jewelry and ornaments here.

Images from My Modern Met.


Dandelion

Artist Isabelle Chapuis teamed up with Duy Anh Nhan Duc to collaborate on a series of flower enhanced portraits. The first being”Dandelion” and the second called “Etamine”. The artists have some really beautiful philosophies and ideas that lead to the gorgeous images below, and you can read all about it in the original article and see more of portraits on Issabelle’s website, but I want to take a step back and tell you what my first thought was when I saw these images.

As soon as I opened the article, I had a flash back to a much younger me, hunting around my backyard for the ever present dandelion weeds. We weren’t really sod or landscaping people; we kept the grass mowed…most of the time, but that was it. I remembered the delight I felt when I would find a stalk with its downy head still intact, how I would close my eyes tight, puff out my cheeks, and blow the seeds into the air, allowing the breeze to carry my wishes to far away lands. I looked at these photos, and all I could think was “they’re covered in wishes“: some still holding their possibilities tight, and others spent and covering the subjects in a veil of hoping and dreaming.

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A little silly, right? But with all of the dandelions used for this project, you know someone had to have tucked a fervent little wish into at least one of the hundreds of seed pods.

All images from isabellechapuis.com


A Modern Mermaid Tale

We all know that relationships don’t always work out “happily ever after”. Evidently, this also holds true for mythical creatures, as you can see in this photo series by artist Anton Konashuk.

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Beautiful, but a little bit heart breaking. You’d think giving up the sea for someone would be enough to keep them from passing out drunk while you cook dinner, even if the chain smoking got to be a bit much. Wait…is he passed out or did he die from second hand smoke? Is this a commentary about the dangers of smoking?  Actually, the biggest problem I have with her is that she left the poor cat. “Take the goldfish and leave the adorable kitty”, said no one ever. Then again, my priorities might be a bit off.


Wanting to be Somewhere Else

I grew up in a very small town. My mother used to joke that I better behave myself because if I didn’t she would find out before I even came home. As nice as everyone was, there was this sameness that was indirectly but strongly encouraged. I knew pretty early on that I wasn’t meant to stay there. A lot of my high school years were spent studying and padding out my college applications with extracurriculars, but in my bits and pieces of down time, I devoured book after book, mentally cataloging all of the places I wanted to go. They weren’t the happiest years of my life, but I remember how powerful the “what if” felt, how ripe and full of possibilities the future was. When I saw these images by photographer Oleg Oprisco (facebook page) it reminded me so strongly of that time.


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I think one of the saddest things about getting older is the narrowing of possibility. Not that you can’t go out and conquer the world at 60, but that “you can be anything” is chipped away bit by bit as you make choices. College, career, mortgages, spouses, children; never necessarily bad choices, just ones that force you life into a more defined shape. Can you tell that my birthday is next week and I am thinking about the fact that 30 is right around the corner?

 

All images from here.

 


Magically Fantastical

Usually I like to come up with my own descriptions for the photography I feature on this blog, but this quote from Bored Panda perfectly describes these images.

Inspired by fairytales from around the world, Anita Anti, a Ukrainian photographer based in New York, takes beautiful portraits of women and animals in forests that seem to pulsate with magical energy and melancholy.

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One of the saddest things about growing up is realizing that the older you get, the more limitations life seems to throw at you. When I was little I wanted my grown-up life to be just like something out of the story books. Not the happily ever after part, but the aesthetic trappings that made them so much larger than life. Sadly, princess dresses don’t hold up so well when you are running errands, most offices frown on candy color hair, and no matter how much I talk to my cats they still refuse to help me get ready in the morning. But it’s still fun to daydream about those things from time to time, and seeing pictures like this takes me back to that time where there seemed to be nothing but possibilities.

 

All images from Bored Panda.