The photographs and collages by Peter Beard: An adventurer in Africa and Studio 54

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One day, Peter Beard decided to go to Africa and bought a ranch in Kenya near the plantation that had belonged to Karen Blixen, author and main character of Out of Africa (also known as Isak Dinesen). He produced one of the best series of photographs of the continent, to which he returned several times during his life. Beard marked a style with his camera and experimented with the technique of collage, decorating pictures with quotes from Karen Blixen, Joseph Conrad, with images of the Kikuyu, with drops of blood, ink, and leaves. The photographer lived in peace on his ranch, and when he returned to New York, he was a star at the Studio 54 parties. On his diaries there are portraits of leopards, giraffes and African lions, mixed with snapshots of Mick Jagger, model Iman and Jackie Kennedy. Friend of Andy Warhol and Dali acquaintance, the life of Peter Beard was the talk of the seventies for his playboy reputation. An adventurer in every way.

“The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.”
Joseph Conrad

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Peter with his daughter Zara – Photography by Alexandre Bailhach

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Change your perception – The Overview Effect

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Bourtange, Vlagtwedde, Netherlands

Daily Overview features a satellite photo everyday that shows us a view of our planet that we can’t appreciate from our perspective. The project is inspired by The Overview Effect, which they nicely explain: “This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That’s the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire (…) Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment”.

The beauty of the images is overwhelming. They look surreal and spectacular at the same time. From the green fields to the urbanized spaces and the top of the buildings, including the intricate highways. A really inspiring project.

PD: Don’t you think they could make great fabric patterns?

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Agricultural Development, Loxahatchee, Florida, USA

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Border of São Domingos and São Desidério, Brazil

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Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany

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Atlanta, USA

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Tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands

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Palmanova, Italy

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Bronby Garden City, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Almeria, Spain

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Huelva, Spain

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Agricultural development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Residential development, Killeen, Texas, USA

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Collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Amundsen Sea, Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica

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Venice, Italy

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Froster Soak City, Toronto, Canada

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Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery, Madrid, Spain

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New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Yuba County, California

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Brock Reservoir, Gordons Well, California, USA

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Green Valley Pecan Company, Sahuarita, Arizona, USA

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Puente de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain

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Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Lebrija 1 Solar Power Plant, Lebrija, Sevilla, Spain

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Residential development, Naples, Florida, USA

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Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia, Australia

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