Juha Arvid Helminen’s Invisible Empire

I know at least a dozen people who fetishize war paraphernalia, military outfits, religious fanaticism and the parallels to S&M. With the neat order, rigid structure, extreme power, and eventually the delight of pain, it is not difficult to see why.

These lustrous photos by Finland’s own Juha Arvid Helminen, exhibit a Nazi-esque “Invisible Empire”. Like the invisible man these soldiers are faceless, giving a menacing presence. Placed in an all dark back drop with as little light as possible, the effect is un-romanticized, empty, gritty, and provokes a kind of loneliness only felt amongst the unidentified.

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Robyn Germanese

Year Born: 1981
Location: Toronto // How many hours a day are you on the web? 4-8
Last cool project you worked on: Art of Fashion 2012 (Toronto, for Nuit Blanche)
Coolest person you know personally: My mother (she works sometimes 9 jobs at a time, makes Broadway divas look like shrinking violets, and has the best vocabulary.
Best place to eat in your neighborhood: Yukaii (Japanese fusion- they have been closed for a long time due to fire from fire bombings that are frequent in my neighborhood)
Top 3 Places: Oaxaca, Tofino, my bed
Next destination: Italy, Scotland, Australia
Generation favorite: for fashion, art and music it changes all the time, but if I had to choose one it would be 1940s.

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