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Erin Emocling

Erin a marveller of non-sequitur writing, cinematic films, and analogue photography. She writes for fun, money, and thrill. She has a soft spot for cats, tattooed men, and tattooed men who likes cats. Follow her on Twitter at @basterda.

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Beautiful art by Manila-based Januz Miralles

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By Erin Emocling in New Art on Thursday 25 October 2012

Januz Miralles is an illustrator based in Manila. His works are an amalgam of eerie, erotic, and exquisite. Although his pieces are unnamed, and his techniques remain unknown to his audience, his style has a remarkable aura that haunts and lingers.

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New art by Amsterdam’s Danny van Ryswyk

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By Erin Emocling in New Art on Wednesday 19 September 2012

Seeing Danny van Ryswyk’s eerie art teleports me to a strange dimension. His style radiates melancholia, obscurity, and surrealism. However, this mixture of strangeness somehow transforms into a modernized Victorian era, a world wherein petticoats and Siamese twins aren’t strange at all. Van Ryswyk is inspired by anything that exists above and beyond nature. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

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Paco Gorospe: the Picasso of the Philippines

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By Erin Emocling in New Art on Wednesday 19 September 2012

Classics will always be classics. Today, even a decade after his death, the work of Paco Gorospe, also known as the Picasso of the Philippines, still resonates a form of ‘artistreet’. To celebrate his remarkable contribution to the Philippine art scene, 10 of his masterpieces will be revisited through a traveling exhibit, care of Transwing Kunst Gallery in Germany, between September and December.

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New art by Manila’s Zean Cabangis

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By Erin Emocling in New Art on Wednesday 19 September 2012

Zean Cabangis is an artist from Manila. In his most recent 5-fold art set, which was originally intended for a group show entitled Build, he used acrylic and emulsion transfer on canvas to create a sense of uncertainty through open-ended ‘visual narratives’. Stirred by dissected memories and observations of human daily grind, he aims to construct vague feelings that make one dwell on how something starts or ends. Cabangis usually exhibits his works at Artinformal and Silverlens Galleries.

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Girls/Boys on Film: a photography zine

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Wednesday 19 September 2012

If film is already dead, then how come these gorgeous girls and beautiful boys don’t look like flesh-eating zombies? It’s all thanks to Igor Termenon, the analogue hero of a zine called Girls on Film. Unlike other photography zines, Girls on Film is solely dedicated for portraits shot using film cameras. Meanwhile, Boys on Film features film portraits of the opposite sex.

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There’s a Lonely Road to Sunday Night by Ciudad

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By Erin Emocling in New Music on Friday 24 August 2012

Ciudad is comprised of Mikey Amistoso, Justin Sunico, and Mitch Singson. Because of their catchy and giddy lyrics and tunes, they are often referred to as a bubblegum rock group or a nerd pop band. Fresh from their latest album, Follow the Leader, here comes an endearing music video for their single, There’s a Lonely Road to […]

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Polaroid portrait photography by Manila’s An and En

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Thursday 23 August 2012

Terrific twins from Manila, Tracianne and Trasienne, also known as Your Evil Twin (An and En), are a tag team that’s made of gorgeous looks and gorgeous (film) photographs. Seeing their Polaroids sets me up into a twilight zone of melancholy, nostalgia, and all the lovely feelings in between. It’s like each photograph they take is an appreciation of memories that are bound to be immortalized and remembered – the analogue way.

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Analogue photography by Brittany Markert

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Wednesday 22 August 2012

I love the photography of Brittany Markert. I’ve scoured her stunning gallery of nude bodies endowed with alluring bone structures and haunting expressions amidst empty spaces. Some of her photographs remind me those of the late Francesca Woodman.

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Lomography by Brazilian Jorge Sato

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Wednesday 22 August 2012

If you’re a member of Lomography’s international community, you might have already seen these majestic, postcard-worthy images, shot using 35mm films. These were taken by Jorge Sato, a Lomographer based in São Paulo. He travels across the globe (from Iceland to London, to Tokyo, to Vienna, and beyond) to take photographs the analogue way. Sato’s work has been displayed and showcased in numerous exhibitions and publications.

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Beautifully Damned: a photo series by Martha Boxley

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Friday 3 August 2012

Martha Boxley’s editorial shoot called Beautifully Damned for Wonderland Magazine reminds me of the lovely Lisbon sisters of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Maize-haired girls with hollow, soulful stares, donned in angelic dresses, with their limbs romancing the soft meadow. It’s just dreamy!

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Illustrated Guide to Fashion’s Biggest Icons by Joana Avillez

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By Erin Emocling in New Art on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Joana Avillez made an Illustrated Guide to Fashion’s Biggest Icons –anatomically (and still) glamorously. From the dashing Daphne Guinness, to the marvelous Marc Jacobs, she dissected the icons’ most distinguishing style and their most striking personality traits. She also illustrated Iris Apfel, Susie Bubble, Bill Cunningham, Anna Dello Russo, Tom Ford, Rei Kawakubo, Diane Pernet, and Anna Piaggi.

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Beautiful portrait illustrations of girls by Soleil Ignacio

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By Erin Emocling in New Art on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Girls with undulating hair like a mermaid’s, porcelain skin like a mannequin’s, sensuously sullen eyes like a muse’s, and disquietedly alluring posture like a doll’s: these are a few of Soleil Ignacio’s fantasy when drawing portraits. Every girl would love to be illustrated by her.

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Erotic photography by Japan’s Nobuyoshi Araki

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Tuesday 17 July 2012

Nobuyoshi Araki is one of the coolest, most prolific shutter masters of today. But Nobuyoshi-san is not your typical shashinka, the Japanese term for photographer. His style is very sexy, ultra provocative, and super erotic. For over half a century of his exceptional photographic career, he has created more than 400 photography books, from self-published, Xeroxed photo albums to brand new prints from his latest book – all of which are highlighted in his ongoing exhibition, Ararchy. There, visitors are allowed to touch the books, smell the leaves, and see (firsthand) the unmatched style of Araki.

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Frankenweenie: a 1984 stop-motion animation by Tim Burton

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By Erin Emocling in Video on Thursday 12 July 2012

Not long after the recent cine-remake of the 1960s TV series, Dark Shadows, which starred the effervescent Johnny Depp, comes another grotesquely gorgeous stop-motion animation, Frankenweenie, directed by the bizarre Tim Burton. Frankenweenie was originally written by Burton in 1984 and is a parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. After 28 years, it will be shown in theaters in October. Before watching the full length, make sure you give its 30-minute version a view first. Check out young Sofia Coppola’s cameo in it, too.

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Believe in Film

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By Erin Emocling in New Photography on Monday 9 July 2012

It all started with a #hashtag on Twitter. Now #believeinfilm has its own website – a haven for Lomography lovers, Polaroid fans, and all sorts of analogue photography enthusiasts. It is ‘the ultimate film photography community’. They have a discussion board to talk about light leaks and multiple exposures, a world map where you can locate film photo labs, and a shop to find rare films. You know what’s extra cool about #believeinfilm? They reward their active users for uploading pictures, quality comments, and high-ranking tweets. Film-tastic!

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