This video of an elderly man with Alzheimer’s buying his wife flowers on Mother’s Day will bring you to tears
We’re a hardened bunch in the Lost At E Minor office (ok, ok, granted, we do run the odd cute animal post every now and then), but even we were deeply moved when watching this video about Melvin, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and his heartfelt determination to buy a bunch of roses for his beautiful wife Doris, who has taken care of him for him for so many years.
This starling set of ‘photos’ by French photographer Alain Delorme were painstakingly composed from stills of plastic bags that he duplicated multiple times to achieve the result of mimicking a flock of birds gracefully souring through the sky. As he told Wired Magazine: ‘I have always found plastic bags across my path, no matter where I travelled in the world. This plastic bag could be anywhere – even hanging on a tree. I thought that it had to fly to land there.
We’re big fans of the work of Yumna Al-Arashi, an LA-based photographer who travels frequently to document thought-provoking images from around the world. Recently named a leading emerging photographer by Forbes Magazine, Al-Arashi typically shoots around the themes of fashion, sexuality, and politics.
We’re enthralled by the eclectic range of images on display on the #CanonShine platform, a project that celebrates photos with a very personal meaning behind them. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers and offers an enticing lure for the winning entry: the photographer who scoops the prize will have their image brought to life through a national advertising campaign; a two month display in the NSW State Library; and will made a documentary made about their journey. [There are only 17 days left to enter! Upload your photo to the #CanonShine platform now]
57 year old Japanese man learns to scuba dive to fulfill his promise to bring home his missing wife’s remains
57 year-old Japanese man Yasuo Takamatsu tragically lost his wife, Yuko, to the 2011 tsunami, one of 2,636 people that remain missing to this day. She was at her office when the 9.0 earthquake that generated the tsunami struck and sent Yasuo an email saying: ‘Are you OK? I want to go home’. It was the last time he heard from her.
Of course, it attracted its fair share of closed minded reactions (we’ll leave it to you to add in more strongly worded language), but we couldn’t help but be moved by the raw emotion displayed by brave NFL recruit Michael Sam upon hearing for the first time that he had been drafted by the St Louis Rams.
Leave it to England’s tabloid King (or should that be Queen?) to come up with the definitive guide to the, erm, Doinker sizes of men around the world. The Sun has come up with an info-graphic that puts most men to shame: yes, it’s a breakdown of how men in 28 countries measure up in terms of penis size. Touche.
North Arm is the project of Novocastrian, Rod Smith, a founding member of Aussie indie band Firekites who released the exceptional album, The Bowery, in 2008. Now performing under the North Arm name, Smith has stepped up the pop chops and revisited his childhood memories for his new single, Hollow Days, which Lost At E Minor is showing the video for exclusively for the first time above. [Read an exclusive interview with Rod Smith below]
Surfer Jon Pyzel learned the art of crafting surfboards when he first moved to Oahu’s North Shore in 1992. Working his way up to the position of full-time glasser, he shaped his first board by himself in 1995. And it was only up from there. These days Pyzel is recognised as one of the best shapers in the world, running the Pyzel Surfboards factory on Hawaii’s North Shore. [Find out more about other Modern Craftsman here]
We’re loving the breadth of photography on the #CanonShine platform, a project that celebrates images with a very personal meaning behind them. The competition, which is open to amateur and professional photographers alike, has showcased some truly beautiful images. And there’s a pretty sweet incentive for you to take part in it: the winning entrant will have their image brought to life through a national advertising campaign; a two month display in the NSW State Library; and will made a documentary made about their journey. [upload your photo to the #CanonShine platform here]
All you photographers out there, take note: there are still 24 days left for you to submit your imagery to the #CanonShine platform, a project that celebrates images with a very personal meaning behind them. We’ve been featuring some of our favourite entries over the past few weeks, spotlighting work that is both inspiring and memorable. [upload your photo to the #CanonShine platform here]
Our friends at Aussie company Cake Wines are at it again: putting a clever twist on something that most of us take for granted. First they re-invented the wine label as an art canvas. Now they’re embracing the live music scene in Australia with their epic Support the Support campaign, a rally cry for punters to get out to gigs early and give the support band/DJ some love. Some much needed LOVE.
A few weeks ago we told you about #theazeraproject, an initiative from our friends at NESCAFÉ to do away with the antiquated coffee plunger and upcycle it into something new and inspiring. Why? Because of the arrival of their new blend, NESCAFÉ AZERA, which combines premium instant coffee with finely ground roasted coffee beans and doesn’t need a coffee plunger. So three emerging Australian designers were each tasked with transforming 50 old plungers into something else entirely in just two short weeks.
Watch what happens when Irish performers are given an unexpected audience to showcase their talents to
Stage fright. We’ve had it at some point in our lives, usually when we’ve had to get up in front of an audience and wow them on the spot. But would that stage fright be worse or lessened if you didn’t have all day, week, or month to worry about it beforehand? That’s the interesting question our friends at Heineken set out to address when they tested the courage of a handful of amateur Irish performers by inviting them to what they THOUGHT was an intimate casting to showcase their unique talent. Ha! No way.
Earlier this week we showcased some beautiful images from some our favourite local photographers. It’s all part of a new collaborative project (#CanonShine) that celebrates images with a very personal meaning behind them. And you can be a part of it, too. Canon Shine invites amateur and professional photographers to submit a photo to the #CanonShine platform that really captures something important in their world.