Category Archives: Glamour

Luca Pioltelli: Picture of the Day

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Photo: Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018

 

Photography & Text by Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018

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DOLCE & GABBANA

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Early morning rise to photography Dolce & Gabbana’s new Spring 2018’s windows of the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City.  A truly Italian visual feast.

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About The Photographer: 

Born and raised in Milan , Italy, where, in the mythical eighties, he decided to give his body and soul to one of his favorite hobbies : ….. soccer.
Unfortunately , legs and talent, not as powerful as his unbridled passion, force him to look into other directions: …Luca pretty soon lands on another love , photography.

He moves to New York in 1991 where he starts working with some of the great names in the business : Fabrizio Ferri, Steven Klein and Paolo Roversi.
He considers himself a very lucky man:
Luca lives in a city he loves, he loves his wife ( two kids ) who live with him in Brooklyn, New York. He makes a living out of a job he loves …

His hobbies: movies, interior design, history books, art , museum visits… while sometimes , inevitably , he still puts on his soccer shoes…

He has been published in several International Magazines such as : AD Germany, German Vogue , l’Uomo Vogue , Casa Vogue, Italian Marie Claire,
The New York Times while collaborating with prestigious
Architectural Firms and gifted Designers.

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Photo: Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018.

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To access additional articles by Luca, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/luca-pioltelli-picture-of-the-day/

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You can follow his work on his instagram account : @lucapioltelli
or check his website herehttp://lucapioltelli.com

 

Also posted in Affiliates, Architecture, Art, Blog, Documentary, Environment, Fashion, Friends of TWS, Men, Models, News, Photography, Popular Culture, Travel

Blink Optical: The Place to Shop for Eyewear

 

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Marc Jacobs Eyewear

 

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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PHILADELPHIA-

The best place in Philly to shop for eyewear is Blink Optical, located at 415 South Street.  I say this without hesitation mainly because of the incredible inventory they carry, upwards of 3000 frames to examine on a wall of eyewear that is almost overwhelming to take in at first glance.  On a recent visit in search of a new pair of sunglasses  I was greeted by a very polite salesperson who asked if there was a specific lens that I was looking for.  My answer was no but if I can’t find anything in this place – with all these choices – something is wrong with me. I proceeded to take the next 15 to 20 minutes carefully studying each frame by working my way up and down the aisle, from one end of the store to the other. It was a process where I really had to concentrate by looking at each individual frame, making sure not to miss the one in three thousand that I liked the best.

By the time I painstakingly got to the very end of the display I noticed a frame that reminded me of a designer I was presently wearing.  I pointed to the frame that seemed to stand alone in the crowd reminiscent of the contours of the glasses that I  currently use for reading. Out of the 3000 frames I selected Marc Jacobs eyewear. Now I have a complimentary pair of MJ, one for reading and the other for cruising.

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Portrait of Tony Ward wearing Marc Jacobs eyewear. Photo: Dwight Ward, Copyright 2018.

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About The Author: Tony Ward is a fine art photographer, author, blogger, publisher and Adjunct Professor of Photography at the University of Pennsylvania. To access additional articles by Tony Ward,  click herehttp://tonyward.com/2018/03/22/diary-portrait-of-a-jersey-girl/

 

Also posted in Accessories, Blog, Documentary, Fashion, Gifts, Still Life

I Wear: Tony Ward Erotica

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I Wear Tony Ward Erotica

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To browse the Store or make a purchase, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/store/t-shirts/

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About The Model: Summer Thompkins is from Philadelphia, a 21 year old model, writer, feminist, and new contributor to Tony Ward Studio. To see additional pictures of Summer, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/summer-thompkins-men-are-a-joke/

 

 

Also posted in Accessories, Art, Blog, Documentary, Erotica, Fashion, Gifts, Models, Photography, Popular Culture, Portraiture, Student Life, UPenn, UPenn Photography, UPenn: Photography Students, Women

Lilibeth Montero: What’s in My Bag?

 

Photography and Text by Lilibeth Montero, Copyright 2018

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What’s in My Bag?

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This year has been filled of advances for women. One of the biggest movement’s #metoo have given women the ability to speak out against the systemic oppression that occurs in the workplace, and society. I am so proud of the accomplishments of brave women this year, yet there is still so much to change. Looking in my bag I find it to be completely unfair that I have to carry objects like a rape whistle and a pepper spray in order to feel safe. Sadly, I noticed that it has become almost instinct, to grab my pepper spray every morning.

Looking forward, I know that my struggles are not comparable to the struggles women before me faced. I am so grateful of the strives women have made. A lot has changed this year, and I am so proud because I know future women like my younger sister will not have to endure the hardships of oppression that for so long has attempted to silence women.  Additionally, my intention with this piece was to honor all the great strides women took this year.

For my image, I was inspired by a trend on social media called “what’s in my bag”, it involves women showing the contents of their bag on camera. The images I captured take a twisted turn on “stereotypical” objects associated with women. In order to criticize traditional women’s role. I used three bags, a wallet, handbag and a makeup pouch. I wanted to pair these objects with something like pepper spray, or newspaper headings of the “#metoo” movement to depict that there is a great deal that needs to be done to help women.  I wanted the images to reflect someone literally dumping their belongings on their night stand. I also placed a newspaper heading called “feminist” because I think there has been some flaws in understanding the term. I captured the pictures using natural light in my room. I put the ISO up to 600 and increased the shutter speed to increase the amount of light available. In Photoshop I fixed some lighting issues by increasing the brightness and red tones within the image.

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About The Author: Lilibeth Montero is a freshman enrolled in the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021. To access additional articles by Lilibeth Montero, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/lilibeth-montero-looking-at-photographs/

 

Also posted in Blog, Fashion, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Life, UPenn, UPenn Photography, UPenn: Photography Students, Women

Emily Cheng: Objects of Desire

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Photography and Text by Emily Cheng, Copyright 2018

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OBJECTS OF DESIRE

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Last year, I discovered the Minimalism movement after watching a documentary on Netflix. Ridden with anxiety over school and recruiting among other things, I embraced Minimalism as a way to banish the physical and mental clutter in my life. This entailed taking a good, hard look at all of my belongings, including my beloved collection of over 50 pairs of shoes.

Minimalism teaches that you should love people, not things. But for so many of us, breaking up with the objects in our life is no easy task. When we’re exposed to over 5,000 advertisements a day, we’re conditioned to lust after material goods, to see the continuous attainment of things as success. We are constantly compelled to buy more and more clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup, with the false notion that every next purchase will change our lives for the better.

Millennials are slowly dispelling the myth that material wealth is the path to happiness. As the generation struggling with crippling student debt, a difficult job market and lack of access to home ownership, we have a different definition of success than our predecessors, one that is not defined by having more stuff. Certainly, there is a tension between these beliefs and the obsession with buying that advertising imbues in us. This photo series, “Objects of Desire,” explores the complex relationship that we have with our belongings. It aims to depict the lust we feel towards these status symbols, how we place them on a pedestal as the solution to a better self, a better life.

I am by no means finished with my minimalism journey – even with my decluttering efforts, my closets are still plentiful and my shoe racks filled. However, I believe that unpacking the feelings we have towards our belongings, these objects of desire, is a good start.

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About The Author: Wing Hei Emily Cheng is a Senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Ms. Cheng, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/emily-cheng-looking-photographs-john-szarkowski/

 

Also posted in Accessories, Erotica, Fashion, Models, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Life, UPenn, UPenn Photography, UPenn: Photography Students, Women