“She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful. And let’s not forget that that wasn’t just Annalise taking it off: It was Davis, too—Davis, who remains brave in a world where a New York Times critic can get away with calling her ‘less classically beautiful.’” x
In Alexa Meade’s portraits, she literally paints her subjects.
Instead of painting on canvas (you know, like most people do), Meade paints directly on her subjects and snaps a photo. The effect is what looks like a two-dimensional painting. To explain the optical illusion, she says, “The mask of paint mimics what is directly below it. In this way, I am able to take a three-dimensional scene and make it look like a two-dimensional painting.”
The Maldives are a nation composed of a pair of island chains in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the Indian subcontinent. On the beaches of these islands at night…a beautiful glow can be found, shown in these photos taken by a visitor to the islands.
This glow is produced by a type of plankton, most likely a dinoflagellate. These single-celled organisms are bioluminescent, producing a pale blue light via a chemical reaction when they are disturbed.
Almost any subtle disturbance can make the critters begin to glow, whether it is natural wave action or something as simple as a footprint.
Although the glow can be lovely, the most common bioluminescent species also produce chemicals that can be toxic to humans, so swimming in waters producing these blue lights in many cases may not be safe (check with the local authorities to be sure if you ever wonder).
It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.