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Category Archives: Photography
Dear FraekFredag Followers
It’s been fun! It’s been hot! It’s been edgy!
It hasn’t always been safe for work…
But it has truly been a lot of work for me.
Since I started this blog in May 2010 I’ve posted almost 7,000 posts.
2,370 of them in the FraekFredag category.
My loyal followers have noticed, how I’ve blogged less the past year and a half. A lot of you have noticed, how I almost never post any of the creative stuff anymore. And how even the Friday’s FraekFredag posts have decreased to only two Fridays per month.
Blogging takes time. I started out making the curation part easier for myself using great tools like feedly. But creating the posts is still time-consuming. And Thursday night easily ends up feeling more like a deadline for work, rather than something to look forward to. And it shouldn’t be that way. Especially when I do indeed love awesome, edgy and to the limit photography.
So I’ve decided to take a break and shut down FraekFredag. I’ll keep the blog, but the Friday posts will die. Maybe forever. Maybe for a while. Or maybe they will pop up in another form one day. Like a Twitter account for when I find something so eye-opening, that I can’t keep it to myself. Who knows…
I’ve enjoyed the five years of FraekFredag. The photos are so friggin’ awesome! Through out the years I’ve let FraekFredag develop into becoming hotter and more detailed. A good round of Friday posts to me was when aesthetics and edge were combined with healthy looking humans – and something in your face to shock you a little.
My blog has made so many people wonder about my own private sexuality. Because men, in particular, couldn’t believe, that a woman could find and curate such hot photos of women, if she wasn’t turned on by them herself. This point of view is so sad to me. I truly believe, that every person who know themselves well and who feel relaxed in their own sexuality, despite what it is, can look at other sexualities and see the hotness or sexiness in photos of them. Personally I am not sexually turned on by women… or gay men licking each other’s balls. And whipping someone until he is burning red doesn’t make my juices flow. But the photos sure as H*** are crazy ass awesome. Some of them are even important!
I’ve had people writing me from all over the Planet. Telling me how much they appreciate FraekFredag and my posts. Elderly women who let me know, that my FraekFredag posts make them feel alive. Straight men who let me know, that they love the fact that I’m a woman, because it provides them with an explanation, when their girlfriends get jealous of them for watching the women on my blog; “But honey, you must be some uptight kind of woman, because these photos have in fact been picked out by a woman”. And gay men have let me know, how the blog showed everyone, that having sex with someone of your own gender was just as normal, just as hot, and just as loving as having sex with someone of the opposite sex.
I’m grateful to all of you who’ve followed my Friday posts for the past five years. Thank you so very much! From now on, at least until further notice, you’ll have to find your own edgy erotics … There’s so much stuff out there. But you have to look long to find the good things. Most stuff out there is either boring, ugly, or gross. Trust me…
Please leave a comment here on this blog post, if FraekFredag has meant something to you. You are allowed to be anonymous, but why hide? None of the people featured in FraekFredag has been hiding themselves to you
Keep your fire burning.
You’ll live longer, I’m sure.
Big thanks to Clausi for sending me this.
All photos are shot by David Hauserman.
“Slavik is 55 years old. He is a homeless gypsy but not an ordinary one. His way of life is different from that of other homeless. He does not carry lots of bags, nor does he rummage in the trash cans,” writes photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn, who befriended Slavik.
Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson (1976) lives and works in Winnipeg. Her newer series, “Wonderlust,” is a little bit of a wonderland in its own way, a mixture of intimacy and surrealism mixed into photography.
“Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a ’60 Minutes’ episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014″, Danny Cooke says.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant melted down in 1986, creating a 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone that has been almost completely devoid of human interference for decades. Parts of this film is filmed by a drone.
Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.
Bryan Adams, yes, the musician, is also a talented photographer. He has shot this photo series, that really makes you think. It’s called “Wounded: The Legacy of War” and shows wounded UK armed forces personnel.
“I just thought I should try and be as honest with them as possible, because they were being honest with me”, Bryan Adams says.
Read more about the photographs here.
(All pictures courtesy of Bryan Adams)
Big thanks to Stacey for finding this.
“Impact” is this cool photo series by photographer Miranda Brandon.
” While volunteering for the Audubon’s BirdSafe program I collected many birds that met untimely deaths due to collisions with built structures. Displayed are some of the birds I found, fully intact with everything that they were, aside from a conscience and a pulse. The birds are photographed in ways representative of the moment of impact or the aftermath of impact”, Miranda Brandon says.
The title of Lilly McElroy’s photo series “I Throw Myself at Men” could not be more literal. The photos, taken by her partner in the project, capture her mid-air as she lunges at various men. She throws herself into the air with abandon and trusts that these strangers will catch her. It’s an act of immense bravery captured on film. No, she’s not saving lives or fighting demons, but McElroy is risking rejection and public humiliation in the name of art.
After her decades’ long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Using Facebook, she reached out to any and all people who “felt different” in regards to gender. She was responded by those who identified themselves as male, female, both, or neither. In the series’s original show, the artist played audiotapes of her sitters, allowing their own voices to inform each work.
Messy is a cool photo series by photographer Keith Allen Phillips. Even though it sure is messy, I feel myself get the munchies for marshmallows and chocolate.
If you look closely, you can tell, that the model unfortunately used to cut herself.
Brad Wilson shoots portraits of rare animals. And they are stunningly beautiful!
He catches the profound character of each animal with his lens, so you can’t help but feel connected to the animal just by looking at the photo.
Ms. Djeneba: ” I used to like my scars; they were beautiful. We used to brag about them. But, now, in the city, it is definitely out of fashion.”
Mr. Pousnouaga: “It was like an identity card in my family. Each tribe has their scars.”
Mr. Guemi: “I already wear my identity card on my face. This is the reason why people did it: to recognize one another. But now, this is over. We can no more be recognized.”
Ms. K. Benin: “People would go in groups to get their scarifications, and I went with my friends…”
Mr. Boudo: “It is not easy to hit on girls with that. Especially, the Ivorians. I think it is not very attractive.”
Mr. Salbre: “ I do not want this for my children. We are the last generation.”
Ms. Martine: “When I was 10 years, I asked for them. I wanted to be like my brothers and sisters, and to show that I am courageous. “
Mr. Lawal: “It is here in town that I am ‘nobody’. In the village, I am a noble; people bow down when they see my face! I am proud of that.”
Mr. Konabé: “Our parents did this not to get lost in life. When you went somewhere, you could not get lost.”
Mrs. Sinou: “I refuse to do it to my children. This will stay on my face only.”
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In the large Ivory Coast city of Abidjan it was once common to see Hââbré, the ancient custom of scarification. Today only the older people wear scarifications.
Photographer Joana Choumali created this series called “Haabre, The Last Generation 2013-2014″, but she had a hard time finding people to pose for her.
“Scarification is the practice of performing a superficial incision in the human skin. This practice is disappearing due to the pressure of religious and state authorities, urban practices and the introduction of clothing in tribes”, Joana Choumali says.
Choumali photographed the participants against a neutral backdrop in the attempt to remove any stigma or judgment from the images. She shoots two images of the same person – one from behind and one from the front or side, showing the scars. From the back the person looks like any other person. But from the front it clearly shows, how this person is marked and unmistakable.
“Opinions (sometimes conflicting) of our witnesses illustrate the complexity of African identity today in a contemporary Africa torn between its past and its future. This “last generation” of people bearing the imprint of the past on their faces, went from being the norm and having a high social value to being somewhat ‘excluded.’”
It’s intriguing to note that while Hââbré is becoming extinct in Africa, it is gaining popularity as “body modification” in other areas of the world.
OMG, these GIF’s are so cool.
Designer and art director Kevin Weir took old photographs from the online archives of the Library of Congress and animated them into… well, awesomeness.
Check out more of his stuff on The Flux Machine.