LEGO celebrates Harry Potter with the set of Diagon Alley

LEGO celebrates Harry Potter with the set of Diagon Alley

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Art

It’s September 1st and, as always for 23 years, on track 9 3/4 of King’s Cross the train is ready to leave for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
To celebrate the return to school, just today, LEGO launches a new spectacular set dedicated entirely to the world’s most famous magician and one of the iconic places in the saga, Diagon Alley

Impossible to forget the moment when Hagrid beat his umbrella on The Leaky Cauldron’s brick wall, opening a passage between the world of Muggles and the world of magicians, forever changing the lives of little Harry Potter and millions of children around the world. 

Thanks to LEGO from today you can build your own personal Diagon Alley, discover all the details of the stores and populate them with all the minifigures included in the set. 

The 5,544 pieces will be used to build a set just over one meter long that includes  Ollivanders Wand Shop, Scribbulus Writing Implements, Quality Quidditch Supplies, the Daily Prophet, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, Flourish & Blotts bookseller and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. The 14 minifigures, instead, are those of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Ginny, Molly Weasley, Ollivander, Gilderoy Lockhart, Lucius Malfoy, Hagrid, Florean Fortescue, the photographer of the Daily Prophet and the inevitable Fred and George Weasley. 

It was the latter, or rather their interpreters James and Oliver Phelps who announced the release of the Diagon Alley LEGO set with a video in which they reveal all the secrets of the individual buildings and stores, inviting fans to discover with their own eyes all the details of this little gem through an augmented reality experience that can be accessed through a QR code available on the LEGO website

With the LEGO set of Diagon Alley you are ready to leave for Hogwarts! 

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Nicolas Miller, a neo-noir photographer

Nicolas Miller, a neo-noir photographer

Collater.al Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

Imagine New York on a winter’s night: thick fog, heavy rain, neon lights reflecting off the wet asphalt, it’s cold, there’s hardly anyone around and it’s like living inside a movie. It’s spectacular, but it’s not just cinema.
Nicolas Miller, a French photographer based in New York, lives the city by night and transports everyone to the dreamy and threatening atmospheres of one of the most evocative metropolises in the world.

The ingredients of his photographs are few but essential: an urban landscape, darkness, threatening weather and half-deserted streets. Nothing else is needed to describe the dark life of the city.

With his photographs, Nicolas Miller succeeds in narrating the different dimensions of New York, analysing its spaces, looking through the illuminated glimpses of skyscrapers and reporting the mysterious stories of those who, like him, walk late at night in solitude.

His shots respect a uniform and coherent visual narrative, they are dramatic images with few bright colors, many contrasts and soft lighting. His dark environments seem to be inspired by the great neo-noir classics of cinema, each shot seeming to be captured from a film scene.

– Read also: The night photographs by Michael McCluskey

Nicolas Miller works in the mist, telling the dark side of New York and setting up mysterious and enigmatic stories.
See a selection of his shots here and follow him on Instagram.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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The extravagant portraits by Alexandra Savina

The extravagant portraits by Alexandra Savina

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

At only 22 years old Alexandra Savina has already developed a unique and personal style. The young photographer and creative from Moscow, in fact, has managed to represent with images her strong passion for people. 

Through her shots, very often portraits, Alexandra Savina tells what is hidden behind the faces, or the emotions, the different personalities, breaking down preconceptions and appearances. 

But how does she manage to do it? With the use of color, always full and intense, through unusual and unconventional poses and, last but not least, a touch of extravagance that in addition to never lacking is just that little something extra that will make you want to continue to browse her shots. 

“Photography is my voice, my language, my way of saying “the world is beautiful, people are beautiful, creativity rises within us and it’s essential.” 

This approach to the human figure and its essence has led her to collaborate with several companies including Nike, adidas and StreetBeat, but also to shoot public figures, playing with them and with the camera. 

– Read also: Intense portraits by photographer David Van Dartel

Below you can find a selection of her shots, but to find out more follow Alexandra Savina on Instagram

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Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Art, Photography

Born in 1994, Caroline Dare is a young American artist and photographer who now lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her passion for photography was born when she was still a child and by pure chance, she took some pictures of one of her sisters. 
From that moment on, her love for the lens has never abandoned her. 

Caroline Dare doesn’t set limits for herself: in addition to photographing herself and boys and girls in their intimacy, in stolen moments and on the move, she often shoots her surroundings, whether it’s the landscape seen from the window or a simple object. Anything can prove to be the ideal subject for the perfect shot. 

The style of her shots involves a digital imitation of film grain, which matches the colors and hues of the shots ranging from yellow to blue, to red. Caroline’s are spontaneous photographs that speak to us of freedom, of the body and mind, and of femininity. 

Discover below a selection of her shots and follow Caroline Dare on Instagram not to miss all her work. 

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The Climate Crisis Font, the font against climate change

The Climate Crisis Font, the font against climate change

Collater.al Contributors · 3 days ago · Art

The effects of climate change are slowly destroying our planet: glaciers are melting at record speed, ocean temperatures are rising uncontrollably, sea levels are rising inexorably and extreme weather events are continuing unabated. The only way to get this situation under control is to act quickly, but getting the institutions to speak out seems to be very difficult. So what can be done?
The advertising agency TBWA\Helsinki and Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s most famous newspaper, have recently launched a new and original project in the hope of attracting the attention of those in power. It is called The Climate Crisis Font and is, to all intents and purposes, a font against climate change.

The Climate Crisis Font was created to illustrate climate change and its effects on the planet in a simple and accessible way. It is not a font with a linear and defined shape, but it has a variable structure that can be modified and transformed at will. Its mutability is not accidental, but is based on data collected over the years by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the US information centre supporting worldwide polar and cryospheric research.

This font follows the transformation of the state of the glaciers over the years, from 1979 to 2020. In addition to showing a dangerous and out-of-control phenomenon, it predicts melting until 2050 and the imminent end of the northern ice cap.

The Climate Crisis Font can be downloaded for free on the official Helsingin Sanomat page, visit the site and watch the project video below.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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