The obsession we got for hands is growing: we look at our fathers’ hands, our friends’ ones, the hands of the hot bartender of the corner bistro… We check all of them, except the ones of magicians, which are a bit creepy. Before the existence of La Monda, we would look for the eye colour, the perfect smile or the best backside, but now we’re happy with nice photogenic hands. That’s why we bring you John Spannos. He is THE master in portraying hands; he combines them with colour and a sense of humour, sometimes even a bit of fashion… and voilà! This is, once more, love at first handshake.
August in Malaga, old ladies dressed up in pearls and bling, squeezed into sequin dresses that sparkle more than a disco ball, shrimps and cocktails scattered around the pool while Julio Iglesias sings “Pobre Diablo”. Summing it up, that would be the imagery that could describe British Chloe Newman‘s “Black Tropicana” photography series, who presents us a world of decadence, darkness and everything sickly. Pictures focused on textures and reflections that make us think that hell is not deep down, but somewhere near the Spanish coast casino-resorts.
Newman has a wide portfolio filled with images that attract and repel at the same time. A bizarre look where neons, viscous intentions and bright colours are everywhere, an artistic imagery that would astound David Lynch himself. With this work we leave all the sweet Christmas holidays behind, we put the mistletoe down, we stop singing those good vibe Christmas carols and we continue being what we were: the Grinch.
Washing your hands it’s a thing you do automatically. But do you also do it systematically? There are about 1500 bacteria per square centimeter. Does your automatic hand-washing technique clean all dimples and edges of your hands?
Dave Hakkens wanted to make the world a better and cleaner place and he succeeded. He came up with some brilliant hand washing design for us to never miss a dirty spot. Breaksoap is the perfect OCD wet dream. You break a block of soap. You rub your hands with it. You let it solve completely. And you are finished. Completely washed. That’s easy isn’t it? You think you got it? Let’s do that again; take the breaksoap. Break it. Touch it. Rub it. Turn it. Solve it. Clean it. Auto-matic. When you start to feel the rhythm it becomes pretty pleasant. Break it. Touch it. Rub it. Actually, you are unstoppable. Actually, you’re a washing MACHINE. Clean it. Auto-Matic.