The Astounding Range Of Creative Talent Known As Rankin.

Photographer Rankin

John Rankin Waddell, who is better known by the sole name of Rankin, is a very busy and talented man. Having photographed everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop, Rankin is often seen as a celebrity photographer, but his talents and repertoire go way beyond portraiture. Read more

30 Inspiring Action Photos Of The U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team, Worthy Of A Gold Medal.

You’d have to have been in hiding not to know by now that United States’ Fab Five (or the hipper moniker of The Fierce Five) took the Gold for the first time since 1996 in the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final yesterday in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

U.S. gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra (Aly) Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber’s performances were nothing short of awe-inspiring, but the same can be said of the following photos courtesy of the Associated Press, AFP/Getty, The Washington Post and Reuters.

I have culled 30 of the most breathtaking moments of yesterday’s performances on the balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor ex. Here are my favorite shots from these talented sports photographers, that in my opinion, score a perfect 10.

Special recognition should go to the AP photographer Julie Jacobson who took the majority of these photos.

Uneven Bars (also called Uneven Parallel Bars and Asymmetric Bars):










Balance Beam:









Floor Exercise:





Vault:

and of course…. Anticipation:

Jubilation:

and the taste of Victory:

Credits: AP Photographers Julie Jacobson, Jae C. Hong and Gregory Bull AFP/Getty photographers Roland Martinez, Thomas Coex and Ben Stansall, Toni L. Sandys for The Washington Post, Reuters,

220 Pound Dress Made of 50,000 Gummy Bears Is A Tribute To Alexander McQueen.

Dress Made of 50,000 Gummy Bears

For TWELV Magazine‘s debut issue, Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakumi created a dress made of 50,000 gummy bears; paying homage to the late Alexander McQueen. Read more

A Look At Carmageddon – 20 Awesome Photos.

Carmageddon - photos from the LA Freeway Closure

The Los Angeles Times has done a great job of keeping us Los Angelenos up to date on the dreaded “Carmageddon” (also referred to at Carpocalypse and Autopalypse) with photos and updates by many of their staff members. Read more

Dreaming Of The Dark Side: A Sexy Star Wars Photo Editorial For Star Wars Day!

Dreaming of the dark side

As odd as it may seem to some, there are people who find Star Wars very arousing. Sure the light sabers are phallic and there’s a lot of heavy breathing, but canoodling with a Stormtrooper? “Dreaming of the Dark Side” is a photographic editorial of a young girl – dressed as a Twi’lek– lustfully dreaming about Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, too. Read more

A Model Ages Six Decades With The Magic Of Make Up, Lighting and Photography.

10 to 60 hero
above: model Eniko Mihalik made up and lit to appear both 10 years old and 60 years old

This beauty editorial is not new. It’s actually from Paris Vogue, November 2008, but it’s so interesting, I wanted to share it with you. Read more

Her Men, Her Movies, Her Diamonds, Her Portraits. The Legacy Of Elizabeth Taylor. 32 Stunning Photos.

the legacy of elizabeth taylor
Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

She loved men. And diamonds. And we loved her. This morning’s death of legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor is being felt around the world. The world’s most glamorous actress of all time passed away at age 79 of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles early this morning, prompting bloggers and newspeople to begin publishing the many incredible images of the violet-eyed beauty and details of her illustrious career. Read more

Double Dutch: The Photography and Videos Of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Double Dutch: The Photography of Inez and Vinoodh
above: Inez and Vindooh in a self-portrait for Lanvin, 2010

Double Dutch: The Photography of Inez and Vinoodh. Fashion photographers, artists and directors, husband and wife Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin met at The Art Academy in Amsterdam in the mid 1980s. Working formally together since the early 1990s, they have now been together personally and professionally for almost two decades. Read more