Blaze Turns Historic Nebraska Opera House Into Icy Winter Wonder

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

The arctic freeze sweeping the Eastern U.S. transformed a burnt-out Nebraska building into a winterland wonder.

The Waterman Opera House of Plattsmouth, Neb. — home to more than 40 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places — was gutted after it caught fire Friday, the Omaha World Heraldreports. Firefighters sprayed the structure with water, but thanks to the extreme cold plaguing large swaths of the nation, the water froze as soon it made contact with the concrete building, creating something of a marvel.

As sunlight streamed through the doomed structure’s windows, photographers managed to snap a few beautiful, slightly haunting images, like the one above.

Here, a nearby mailbox and bench are also seen frozen over:

Winter Weather Nebraska

Nati Harnik / AP

The now-gutted Waterman Opera House dates back to 1882. Over the years, it has housed a grocery store, the local newspaper, a chiropractic center and other local businesses.

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Urs Lüthi. Self Portraits.

Originally posted on 2HeadS:

Urs Lüthi.

and that’s it.

Urs was born in Switzerland, 1947, and

here you have some of his self-portraits.

some taken in 1971. some others not.

some were taken in 1974.

Heart Tearing Apart, by Urs Luthi

Heart Tearing Apart, by Urs Luthi

Heart, by Urs Luthi

Heart, by Urs Luthi

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

by Urs Lüthi.

more articles on portraits and self-portraits that you should read:

Jorge Molder
Portraits of Writers (NSFW);  
Oneness
The Awakening of the Self;
The Self, the Mirror, our Shadow and its Fear;
The Hard Softness (NSFW)Conversations Around the Table

A self-incarnation of the superego;  
A Bad Morning;
Bringing the Taboo to Beauty;
The Portrait I. a brief history of. 
The Portrait II: or how to face it.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall.

January, 2014 by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
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Art Kane | A Photographer You Should Know

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Photograph copyright Art Kane.

Art Kane was a fashion and music photographer who shot from the 1950s through the early 1990s.  He created many popular photographs  of popular musicians during that time.  After serving in the Army, he returned to a successful publishing career.  He served as the art director for Seventeen magazine (landing the job at age 26).

Under the influence of professional colleagues like Roy Kuhlman, Dan Wynn and Carl Fischer… he began to explore photography.  He started to really embrace photography in 1956 and began to submit his work for publication. It was the summer of 1958 that his career really took off as he took on a special project for Esquire magazine on the history of Jazz.

His work is often praised as it combined his love of photographs with his visual design as an art director.  His style is often considered photo illustration as they combine elements of documentary and journalistic…

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