Posts tagged with "Book"

Remarkable photos show ‘natural beauty’ of the elderly in the great outdoors

June 22, 2020

Since 2011, Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth have photographed retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, and opera singers in natural habitats around the world for an ongoing project and book series called Eyes As Big as Plates, the BBC reports.

Some of these pictures look like anthropological portraits from antique issues of National Geographic: statuesque figures in remote landscapes, wearing costumes of seashells or palm leaves. Others, the news outlet notes, “have the feel of delirious outdoor fashion shoots, where the stylist has gone wild with natural props such as moss and rubicund fronds of rhubarb (fleece jacket and sensible shoes are model’s own).

In one image, photographed in northern England on a soggy spring day, it takes you a while to see the person at all: She is camouflaged as a clump of bracken on the side of a moor.

And they all not only show the wonder of natural life—but inspire us to wonder about their origins. Why is that older-looking man lying in a rock

Above, Eyes as Big As Plates/# Bengt II/orway 2011. (Photo source: Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen)

pool in Greenland, swaddled in chunks of ice like he’s just emerged from the frozen deep? Or what about the close-up of an elderly woman in a woven headdress set against a wintry-looking sky?

It is part of the project’s concept that you can supply as many answers as you feel you need, Ikonen explains to the BBC during a video call. (Originally Finnish, these days she lives on the Rockaway Peninsula, just outside New York; Hjorth, who is Norwegian, joins the call from her own home outside Oslo).

“In the beginning we were trying to illustrate certain phenomena – folklore, stories, figures from myth,” she recalls. “More recently, we dropped that.”

Hjorth is nodding: “We just try to work with whatever the people we interview bring, wherever they are.” Perhaps some mysteries are better left unsolved.

The title ‘Eyes as Big as Plates’ is undeniably a tribute to Norwegian folklore. It references a story about a large-eyed dog (or possibly a troll) who lives beneath a bridge; the kind of curious, slightly spooky gaze the artists aim to emulate.

The project began as Ikonen’s idea: she’d long been intrigued by Nordic mythology, and nine years ago hit upon the idea of creating a new body of work paying tribute to it. Searching for a collaborator, she came across Hjorth’s photographs – specifically portraits Hjorth had done of Norwegian grandmothers.

Ikonen got in touch, and the two began to plan a new series focusing on older people, reimagining them as powerful figures from lore and legend.

Their photography collection has become a touring exhibition that has travelled to museums in many countries, not just in Scandinavia but far beyond—Bogota, Leeds, New York,  and Rome— and then, in 2017, a book (which is now sold out).

Research contact: @BBCNews

What reading at bedtime reveals about your personality

October 9, 2018

If you hit the books right after you hit the sheets—but before you go to sleep—what does that say about your personality?

According the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—a free, online personality assessment program designed to help you better understand what makes you tick, how you relate to others, and how you can benefit from this knowledge in everyday life—if you read at bedtime, you just might be an introvert.

Specifically, Dr. Kim Chronister, a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and media commentator based in California, told Elite Daily by email this month, “The most typical personality type that reads before bedtime is an INFJ personality type.

INFJ,” Chronister explains, stands for “intuitive, feeling, and judging.” Basically, she says, INFJs — and people who like to read before going to bed — tend to be more introverted, and therefore more energized by alone time, and they often make decisions in an organized way, based on their own personal feelings and values, rather than as spontaneous or unplanned choices.

Nick Hobson, a behavioral scientist, lecturer at the University of Toronto, and co-founder of, told Elite Daily that being a voracious reader, in general, might indicate that you’re an open-minded person. “In particular, there is one main character trait from personality science called ‘openness to experience,'” he tells Elite Daily in an email. “People high in this trait tend to enjoy different forms of art and literature, especially fiction. Just as the [term ‘openness to experience’] suggests, these people crave and are open to new situations. And they derive a certain ‘joie de vivre’ from experiencing the novel and the different, including stories and literature.”

As for reading at bedtime, specifically? “To me it indicates a personality that is more conscientious and emotionally stable,” Hobson says. “These people ritualize their reading as a way to bring about some predictability in their life. Orderliness is a natural anxiety-reliever. And feeling calm is a great thing before the head hits the pillow.”

If you’re drawn to reading a lot of fiction, in particular, before you go to sleep, Heidi McBain, a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional counselor, told the news outlet, this could mean you’re looking for a healthy escape from your everyday routine, which can also serve as a great form of self-care.

As long as your fictional escapes aren’t so enthralling that they’re causing you to furiously turn the pages for hours and miss out on a good night’s sleep, McBain says it’s a great nighttime ritual to adopt.

Research contact: @totalhellness