30 Of The Most Awkward Figure Skating Faces From The 2018 Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympic Games are upon us again, meaning we all get to feel terrible about how unathletic we are. There’s nothing quite like watching powerful athletes at work to make you feel utterly worthless.
But before you go feeling like a piece of human trash, just remember: even top scoring Olympians have their less than stellar moments, too.
Don’t believe us? Just take a look at this hilarious series. Its a master collection of all the twisted faces figure skaters make while slaying their routine.
That’s right, even the most graceful of athletes can look incredibly awkward.
So before you throw in the towel on your dreams of a fit physique, scroll through these 30 snapshots for a little consolation.
This Viral Hobby Lobby Photoshoot Is Proof You Can Take Amazing Photos Anywhere
Hobby Lobby is making headlines and it’s for reasons you probably wouldn’t expect from the kitschy craft shop.
Cincinnati-based photographer Adam Delane did an entire photo shoot in the store and the internet went wild. These glamour shots are proof that a talented photographer can make any location work!
But seriously, if we didn’t see his behind-the-scenes shots, we wouldn’t believe these dreamy photos came from inside one of these fluorescent mega-stores.
But hey! It worked and somehow no one really seemed to care that Delane was using the store as his photoshoot setting.
“The employees didn’t mind,” Delane says.
After he finished with the photos, he released them via Facebook and they went viral. Within the first 12 hours, the shoot was shared 225K times!
“That night when I told Aissatou Thiam, Līque Angel, Love Sonja, and Sahara Jazz that these pictures would go viral, I had NO idea it would be THIS viral,” Delane says. “This is so humbling and it’s like my work and outside the box creativity is FINALLY being noticed.”
Brilliant Drone Shots Of Bogotá’s Most Famous Architecture
Aerial Facades is an incredible fly-over tour of Bogotá’s urban cityscape.
Shot by Colombian photographer and director Camilo Monzón Navas, the drone shots capture the the geometric shapes and urban character of the city’s most iconic architecture. The project began when Navas was simple exploring his city from his apartment terrace. Soon, he realized the potential of these aerial views and decided to take it to the next level.
I realized that the tiles from nearby buildings showed me an unedited
side of Bogotá that should be revealed and shown to everyone.
He soon bought a drone and began capturing these incredible views from above.
“I realized that the tiles from nearby buildings showed me an unedited side of Bogotá that should be revealed and shown to everyone,” he says of that first moment the inspiration hit.
Follow his Instagram for more aerial adventures above Bogotá.
You’ll Fall In Love With The Lonely, Cinematic Scenes Of Neon Moscow
"Moscow is the center of Russia: a city of unlimited possibilities, huge contrasts, endless traffic jams and of course loneliness," narrates Russian photographer Michael V.
And he’s right. There’s truly nothing more isolating than feeling lonesome among the hustle and bustle of a big city.
This cinematic series captures just that feeling.
"The more people around, the more difficult it is to find really close and sincere people," he says. And even after you make friends, Michael points out that you’ll still find yourself alone. The friends are afraid to get too close.
The fear of being deceived or betrayed outshines any other feelings.
"The fear of being deceived or betrayed outshines any other feelings," he says. "Seeking for personal space becomes a top priority."
But for a creative type, there’s something sweet about this loneliness. We wallow in it, bathe in it, and gather inspiration from it, in the end emerging with a richer understanding of the world and ourselves.
This series is the manifestation of all those thoughts and feelings, distilled as a neon night wander through the streets of Moscow.
This Drag Artist Channels An Alien Glamour That You Won’t Forget
“I always felt detached, as if it was just an ugly vessel carrying me around,” says Salvia, a Welsh girl who creates striking, alien-like looks that even surrealist masters would gawk at.
But she’s not sporting this look for attention. According to the artist, her outer appearance is the natural result of loving her body.
Traditional beauty never made sense to Salvia. And as a child growing up in the Welsh wilderness, she never felt beautiful.
Rather than accept this as normal, she began changing her look to reflect the inner-self she knew was inside. This was around 2009 when Alexander McQueen released a runway line called "Horn of Plenty" featuring pale, ethereal models who lacked eyebrows and sported dramatic lip makeup.
The ritual of decorating and celebrating myself has allowed me to
develop a better relationship with myself and my body.
"When I was 14 I shaved off my eyebrows and I consider this to be an important moment for me because it was the first step in finding how I wanted to look and was my first rejection of traditional beauty," she says. "A few weeks later, I started drawing dots on my face and painting my eyelashes white."
"I never felt beautiful as a kid, but I loved dressing up. Dressing up has helped me learn to love my body, the ritual of decorating and celebrating myself has allowed me to develop a better relationship with myself and my body."
For Salvia, social media plays a pretty serious role in her art. She loves to these surreal self-portraits on Instagram.
"I am interested in how far I can push the editing of my pictures and have it still be considered a look, the majority of people wouldn’t consider a floating flesh orb to be a look, but I do," she says.
"Night Rambler": Moody Film Noir Photos Of Tokyo After Dark
Takehiko Nakafuji began his educational career studying literature, but in a moment of clarity, dropped out.
It wasn’t long before he turned to photography and went back to school in Tokyo for photography. And he’s been shooting ever since.
These masterful shots of his city look like scenes taken straight from a film noir movie. The moody streets move with umbrellas and mysterious, dark figures. Reflections reveal flashing lights and lonely nights.
He calls this series "Street Rambler". This is his diary of night walks, a collection of street scene as only an insomniac photographer could only see it.
In addition to his work from Japan, Nakafuji has captured moody scenes in Eastern Europe, Russia, New York, and Paris. All are darkly romantic and addictively moody.
She Photographed Herself In 100 Different Bathtubs In This Surreal Series (NSFW)
Loreal Prystaj has a series where she photographs herself in bathtubs, all styled differently with an eclectic collection of objects organized around her.
It’s a wild series with slightly risqué overtones– these nude self-portraits, after all.
But here’s the surprising thing: the series didn’t start as a body-centric project. Oddly enough, Body in Bathworks actually began when Prystaj dreamed up a way to express her inner child.
For this fine artist, capturing her inner child meant taking a self-portrait in a bathtub full of colorful balls.
In 2011, while living in New York City, I was exploring different ways
of capturing my ‘inner child.’
“In 2011, while living in New York City, I was exploring different ways of capturing my ‘inner child.’ My first attempt to do so was a scene created in a bathroom," she recalls.
"I filled the tiny room to the brim with fun balls, set my camera and timer up, submerged myself into the tub, and photographed myself closing my eyes and blissfully smiling.”
That shot was just the first and more began to follow, each one becoming more and more surreal. The series transformed into a dairy, documenting changes in time, space, and her own body. Bathtubs became her creative outlet and the woman in the bath became a fictional character who could morph into anything.
"Later down the line, the question became, how should I interact with my environment?" Prystaj says. "During this phase, my characters came to life, interacting with his or her environment that existed only in the bathtub.
Presently I ask myself, what character should I be? With this question, I actually interact with the viewer by making eye contact with the camera.”
These Ugly Duckling Transformations Are The Most Inspiring Thing You’ll See All Day
There’s nothing more satisfying than a good before-and-after series, especially when the people undergoing the transformation turn out this much better looking.
Behold, this Ugly Duckling series from Reddit is the ultimate feel-good rabbit hole. Once you start browsing, you just won’t be able to stop!
If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to reach your better self, this series is a great place to start. The tone here is extremely positive and we can’t help but feel happy seeing how far these fromer ugly ducklings have come.
Want to share your own ugly duckling transformation? The rules are simple:
"Post pictures of your pre- and post-pubescent lives! Embrace that awkward feeling looking at your past self! You’ve come a long way!"
Haunting Photos That Will Fill Your Dreams For Days
It’s safe to say that at first glance, the powerful images of British photographer Haris Nukem hit you squarely between the eyes. His evocative portraits could easily be taken from a vampiric horror movie. An intoxicating blend of Fight Club meets Underworld as it were.
His portraits often feature blood soaked women in various states of anguish and fear – which has often proved controversial with certain members of the public. Look closer and you’ll find several of his subjects seemingly possessed by malevolent supernatural forces.
One factor that cannot be overlooked is Nukem unquestionable ability to draw out an emotional response from you the view. His work might make you feel uneasy, fascinated or confused but it will undoubtedly affect you in some way.
Is that not the very definition of art itself?
It’s all part of the plan as he explains:
To me success is doing what you want. My goal has always been to make stuff that help people feel things. These next step is communicating; deep down we really are all the same.
Here’s a few of our personal favourites from his brilliant (and extensive) body of work. You can experience more from the series through his official site right here. right here or follow him via Instagram @harisnukem
In the meantime, share your thoughts on how these portraits make you feel by leaving a comment below.