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September 5, 2016

Everywhere is Fashion

photo: George Stoyle/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016. Nature's pretty amazing, isn't it? From the British Wildlife Photography awards, this year’s overall winner and winner of the coast and marine category is George Stoyle with his image ‘Hitchhikers’ of a Lion’s mane jellyfish, photographed at St Kilda, off the Island of Hirta, Scotland.

I guess I wasn’t thinking of a lion’s mane.

One thing this award winning, and wildly gorgeous picture illustrates is how much the different categories of photography are flowing together. The caption (below) makes it clear this is nature photography but as soon as you saw it, did you also think of human hair in incredibly fanciful layers? Knowing how over-the-top both style and runway shows have gotten, and how obsessed western culture is with beauty and the female form, what makes the image that striking is how much it (like so much else) is also channeling the world of fashion.

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