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The Magic of Lighting

Stunned by this lustrous little video from director Nacho Guzman that rotates a single source of light on an actress’s face. It’s a teaser for electronic band Opale, inspired by Henri Georges Clouzot’s “L’Enfer”. The way the light/camera combo transforms her expressions almost makes it seem as if it’s a different person, illuminating the power that lighting has on our ways of seeing. Only about 2 minutes, well worth the peek.

Hat tip: Khoi Vinh

Do Tell: Joshua Idehen

Joshua Idehen, the Nigerian-born, London-bred frontman of Benin City and Hugh, is always on the hop. A R&B artist with a penchant for poetry, he juggles three music projects while spitting jazzy spoken word that extends beyond the borders of “The City”. And he still has time to play the PS3. How the hell does he find the inspiration to do it all?

I sat down with him for some good ole’ American burgers and shakes at Camden’s The Diner to find out.

What’s inspiring you right now?

Zoe Quinn of the GamerGate scandal. That’s the woman who was accused by her ex-boyfriend of cheating on who him to get good game reviews. They’ve been on her case since the game came out. The fact she’s able to keep a level-head – it’s been two months of relentless dudes all basically wanting her head on a plate – [it inspires me]. Because when you look at that, your problems feel inconsequential. Oh boohoo. I can’t write a song. Well…

What’s keeping you busy?

We’re winding down Poe Jazzy, so mostly music. I’ve got some other things, too, in terms of touring. Then there’s some other plans that I can’t talk about until I finalize. Oh, and I’ve got the LV tour.


Photo via Flickr user mattbooy.

Tell us two things you’re excited about right now.

1. This is the first time in my career that I’ve earned 100% of my income from art. Before then, I either had to go to the JobCentre or work at a bar, but it’s all art. So now I finally have time to make and finish all these albums. Get all of this stuff done.

2. The Benin City album, as we’re coming out with “One of These Days” on November 10th.

If you like the sound of Joshua’s work, check out his band Benin City on Soundcloud or his spoken word below.

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Boomf wants you to eat your #foodpics.

Ever see some #foodporn so #yum you just wish you could literally print it out and eat it? Well, #foodie, rejoice. Boomf now lets you take your #foodpics and turn them into edible grams. Sorry for all the #hashtags. I couldn’t resist.

The product is the sweet idea from the smart folks over at Mint Digital, along with James Middleton and Steve Finan. Basically, you connect your Instagram to the product then choose some photos to nom on. Superb treat as summer winds down and you hold that last BBQ in warm weather.

You can order your own digital confectionery via their website. Photo of my sample (#cats #friends) below.


Today’s breakfast

Chinese cabbage soup for breakfast? Yes please.

I spotted this foodie Instagram feed through a friend and have been obsessed with it ever since. It’s basically what happens when Japanese graphic design meets Western breakfast, a sweet serving of decorative dishes. While I’m taken with the variety Kei (the chef) serves up, I’m mostly impressed with how she arranges each and every breakfast. Just delightful.

Work up an appetite. Follow her on Instagram.

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Get your creative on.

Here’s your daily dose of inspiration thanks to the selby (i.e. Todd Selby), documenting fashion designer Audrey Louise Reynolds in and out of her house. It’s part of a new book (and his ongoing blog work) that takes a look at creatives in their environment and talks with them through their creative process. I’m particularly taken with Audrey’s curiosity in this vid, it’s refreshing to remember we can walk outside wide-eyed and eager each and every moment of the day.

Video below, Todd’s book available on Barnes and Nobles. Originally found this from the good folks at FastCo.

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