Body Notes

Photographer Sonja Lovdal explores the idea of becoming a professional retoucher in her series “Body Notes”. She states:

“As a retoucher you will receive many photos with drawn lines, arrows and circles meant to show flaws on the model that are to be corrected in Photoshop. Sentences like “fill in hair” and “smooth skin” are very common. 

While playing around with the idea of becoming a professional retoucher, some of the thoughts going through my mind were about the morals involved in making models skinnier, photoshopping their skin flawless etc. How far is a client allowed to go with their notes on the model?

While notes that tell you to take in the waistline are very acceptable for most people, notes on for example mental disorders or self-expression and style probably would be frowned upon. 

“Body Notes” is a criticism of society and our harsh standards for young people to live up to.”


Boxed Water Is Better

Boxed Water is better is a water company with a mission. They seek to inspire a better tomorrow by rethinking packaged water today. By providing their water in a box they are able to waste less through how it is shipped and packaged, greatly reducing their carbon footprint. The water is also put through a 5 step proprietary filtration process which means that Boxed Water is always crisp, clean and refreshing. It’s water you can feel good about.

On top of all that Boxed Water also donates 1% of its annual sales to support reforestation and water relief through their partnerships with The National Forest Foundation and

(found on

Do Good by Doing Nothing. There’s an app for that.

Do Nothing. Do Good. is an app created by &Barr that tracks the time you spend off of your phone and converts it into volunteer hours.

The app is as simple as it’s name implies. Simply press one button to start the timer and the timer will keep track of the time you spend not touching or moving your phone. The total time you spend away from the phone gets translated into volunteer hours  in which members of the agency will contribute to various causes in the future.

Here it is in their own words:

Time is a scarce resource. And these days we all spend way too much of it with our noses buried in a phone. Even when we’re with family, friends, driving our cars – that darn phone is in our hands and in our faces. So we’ve created an app that encourages you to take occasional breaks from your phone on a daily basis. And as a reward for the time you spend doing nothing on your phone, we’ll go out in the world and do good on your behalf. The more breaks you take, the more good we do. You &Barr, doing good for the community. And ourselves.

And if you’re not quite sure what to do with all that new found free time you will soon have they even give you a list of things you can do from twiddling your thumbs and shaking what your mama gave you to hanging out with friends and going on a bike ride.

This is definitely my kind of app and my kind of to do list as well. In fact I’m twiddling my thumbs right now and you sure as heck best believe I’ll be following that with shaking what my mama gave me.

Do Nothing. Do Good.

(found on TrendHunter)

Healing Tool




Artist Brian Kane displays art in place of advertisements on billboards in his installation ‘Healing Tool‘, named after the Photoshop tool used to patch over landscape photographs.  He says ‘The goal is to provide a moment of temporary relief and unexpected beauty during the daily grind of commuting’.

Love this.

Companion – Never Walk Home Alone

Companion is a personal safety app that let’s you reach out to family, friends, or your public safety department to have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night.

Outside of Chuck Norris himself walking you home, it’s your next best option.

Help Syria


There is a tragic photo on the internet of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi’s body that was taken when he was found on the shore after seeking refuge from Syria. Aylan passed away along side his mother Rehan and his brother Ghalib. All of this in front of the father who tried to save his family.

No matter what stance you take on the Syrian Refugee Crisis or on Europe’s response. We can all agree that Aylan, his mother, his brother and the thousands of refugees seeking a safe place shouldn’t be dying!

Aylan is just one. Aylan is just one too many.

Here is how we can help Syria’s children and families