Iain Thomas, “The Light That Shines When Things End”

I’ve seen this quote here and there and it’s just stuck with me. Every time I read it I choke up. It was written by Iain Thomas and it’s part of a collection of quotes and stories called “I Wrote This For You” (which is now on my Amazon wishlist).

“I hope that in the future they invent a small golden light that follows you everywhere and when something is about to end, it shines brightly so you know it’s about to end.

And if you’re never going to see someone again, it’ll shine brightly and both of you can be polite and say, “It was nice to have you in my life while I did, good luck with everything that happens after now.”

And maybe if you’re never going to eat at the same restaurant again, it’ll shine and you can order everything off the menu you’ve never tried. Maybe, if someone’s about to buy your car, the light will shine and you can take it for one last spin. Maybe, if you’re with a group of friends who’ll never be together again, all your lights will shine at the same time and you’ll know, and then you can hold each other and whisper, “This was so good. Oh my God, this was so good.”

Eric Fortune

Apparently my art theme lately is hauntingly beautiful and dreamlike paintings. Eric Fortune — based out of Columbus, Ohio (further proof that awesome people come from that state) — definitely fits the bill for this. Each of his paintings has almost an entire story, an entire world, within them.

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Kris Lewis

Kris Lewis, a Los Angeles-based artist (though he was born in Ocean County, NJ), is someone I’ve been following for a couple years now. He does these amazing portraits that are realistic but have this undeniable sense of surrealism to them, like you’re looking at the people through some kind of warped lens.

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Matteo Montanari

Based in Paris but originally from Italy, Matteo Montanari is someone whose work I have recently discovered. The one thing I can say about him is that his photographs have attitude — they have more soul and depth than some other fashion and commercial work I’ve seen. He has a way of capturing these emotions and expressions that make you feel like you’re learning something about the model.

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