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After some delay, I’d like to post new weekend photos. I’ve already written about my interest in self-portraits.

Since Albrecht Dürer began a series of painted self-portraits in 1493 that provided insight into the changing nature of his character and beliefs over a lifetime, artists have expressed numerous inner concerns through self-portraits. Self-portraits allow artists to show awareness of their own appearance and traits, producing evidence of the intricacies of their lives. … Self-portraits can be projections of the self that represent you as you are, or they can present hidden aspects of the self, sometimes revealing a secret self. (from Light and lens: photography in the digital age by Robert Hirsch, MAKING PORTRAITS: WHO AM I AND WHO ARE YOU?)

So I cannot pass over the self-portraits by Czekoladowe-Ciastko (“Chocolate Cake” in Polish is the nickname chosen by Kamila from Poland), especially taking into account their popularity on deviantART.

Oj tam oj tam by Czekoladowe-Ciastko on deviantART

Oj tam oj tam by Czekoladowe-Ciastko on deviantART

Like Light To The Flies by Czekoladowe-Ciastko on deviantART

Like Light To The Flies by Czekoladowe-Ciastko on deviantART

Link
Czekoladowe-Ciastko on deviantART

Clayre McKinnen is from Cambridge, United Kingdom. She calls herself a mixed media artist and full-time freelance graphic designer, who is also enjoys modeling. The following photos may be seen in her gallery on deviantART.

Manet Inspired by ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART

Manet Inspired by ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART. Photo/copyright: Ken Pegg 2008

Classically Inspired II by ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART

Classically Inspired II by ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART. Photo/copyright: Titus Powell 2007

Leaning Nude by ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART

Leaning Nude by ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART. Photo/copyright: Nic Marchant 2007

If art is a play productive of beauty, it must then be a serious play. (The meaning of art, its nature, rôle, and value (1913) by Paul Gaultier)

Links
1. ClayreMcKinnen on deviantART
2. carly-claire on deviantART
3. ModelMayhem.com – Clayre McKinnen – Model – Cambridge
4. MySpace – Clayre McKinnen [model account] – 26 – Female – UK
5. Clayre McKinnen-model | Facebook

Go to page with links to all weekend columns for the year 2010.

I’m not the first who discovers the photos by Tristetriste. At least, Google finds a dozen of blogs and image collections of all kinds featuring some of them. And I cannot add any information about the photographer/model to that provided in her profile on deviantart, nor confirm that the information is correct. But I cannot deny myself the pleasure of posting a few of this artistic and aesthetic photos to this week’s column.

Here are two photos by Tristetriste (Zuna Potočná). She is from Slovakia and calls herself an Experimental Photographer.

An untidy room by Tristetriste on deviantART

An untidy room by Tristetriste on deviantART

He was there by Tristetriste on deviantART

He was there by Tristetriste on deviantART

Links
1. Tristetriste on deviantART
2. An untidy room by Tristetriste on deviantART
3. He was there by Tristetriste on deviantART

I’ve discovered (not a big discovery though) that so often photographs when turning into something called “desktop wallpapers” lose all connections with their authors. Of course, such great sources of beautiful and artistic desktop wallpapers as InterfaceLIFT, for instance, fully respect photographers and their rights. But there are some exceptions.

Recently, I’ve found nice and poetic images of unknown photographer. I saw his pictures on different sites (for example, link1, link2, link3, link4 – sometimes with inappropriate comments of the visitors), but couldn’t find any information about the photographer and about the source from which the images were taken. Fortunately, some EXIF information with the line “Artist: Funstyle Chu” survived in one of the photos and after some googling I ended at Funstyle’s photostream on Flickr.

Funstyle is from Taipei, Taiwan. The images below are from his White Waltz & black fruit obsession – a set on Flickr (translated automatically by Google Translator 🙂 – I don’t speak Chinese). The model’s name is Mikako (if I understand correctly).

果子 by Funstyle on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

果子 by Funstyle on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

果子 by Funstyle on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

果子 by Funstyle on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The photostream (445 visitors daily on average) contains dozens of well-made photographs.

Links:
Flickr: Funstyle
Flickr: Funstyle’s photostream
2009.08.23 White Waltz & black fruit obsession – a set on Flickr