Portraits of addicts in Rio de Janeiro’s ‘cracklands’ tell their stories




Welcome to “cracolandia,” or “crackland” — where all manner of people share a damaging addiction

Cracklands are open-air locations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where crack cocaine can be purchased and smoked in plain sight, day or night.

Studies estimate there are nearly 1 million crack users in Brazil, making it the world’s top consumer of crack. But government programs have failed to impact the country’s widespread drug use problem

Photographer Felipe Dana had drug users sit for portraits, and asked them to share their personal stories. A makeshift studio consisting of a white backdrop, a simple chair and two lights, assisted in creating this series of intriguing portraits Read more…

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Famous Artworks and Portraits Recreated With Buttons, Toys and Other Found Objects


Girl with a pearl earring by Jane Perkins

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, British artist Jane Perkins is quite the flatterer. Using toys, buttons, plastic cutlery and more, Perkins recreates famous portraits and artworks from the Jubilee Queen to Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Perkins enjoys her work so much that she sometimes creates multiple versions of the same artwork!

Perkins adds no color to any of the objects in her works, using them as they were found in second-hand shops, recycling centers and donations from friends. Viewed from a distance, Perkins recreations closely resemble the original paintings and portraits. Viewed up close, however, the works take on a personality of their own through the medley of objects that make them up.

Perkins enjoys making multiple versions of certain works. To her, it’s a way to learn new styles. She writes on her website:

Re-interpreting work by previous artists is nothing new. Centuries ago, artists learned their craft by re-working paintings by their predecessors. Picasso famously copied works by many artists, creating 44 studies of Velasquez’ Las Meninas alone, with his unique style. Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa has been re-worked many times by artists including Marcel Duchamp who gave her a beard.

Check out some of our favorite of Perkins’ work below, and visit her site for more!

Afghan Girl

Afghan Girl by Jane Perkins

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa by Jane Perkins

Jubilee Queen

Jubilee Queen by Jane Perkins

Marilyn Monroe

Gold Marilyn Monroe by Jane Perkins

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