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Archive for April, 2016

The fragrance of Spring.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Eden Park

It’s in the air, it’s underfoot — plenty of rain, sunshine and fragrant blooms.

Shot by: Kelly Adamson

Defining moments.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Our mobile devices have created a world where we are obsessed with cataloging moments instead of experiencing them.

Instead of clapping along to the music at a child’s dance recital, we’re holding up our phones in a dark room in hopes of capturing a poorly lit photo. At birthday parties we’re filming the happy birthday song instead of sincerely looking at our children and watching their smile. While reconnecting with nature on a hike or boat ride with friends, we’re snapping shots and posting them to Instagram in hopes of getting “likes” from people who aren’t even with us. Perhaps the most dramatic example is the wedding photo below, shared by Thomas Stewart Photography. As the photographer notes in the caption, the groom is struggling to see his bride because of the guests who are trying to snap photos. It not only ruined this special moment for the couple, it also prevented the photographer from capturing the moment.

When we experience our life through the tiny screens on our mobile devices, we’re missing true connections with other people, with nature or just being in the moment. It’s impossible to share a groom’s feelings of happiness combined with nervousness and love when he first sees his bride if you’re focused on your phone. And isn’t that why they invited you to the wedding, to share in the moment? You might see your child’s smile as they blew out their candles in a photo later, but when they looked up at you with excitement in that moment did they see your smile, or your phone in their face? We’re at the point where we can stop the madness by putting our devices down. We’re no longer living moments; we are documenting them as an outsider, detached from the experience and emotions.

The next time you reach for your phone for a photo, pause and ask yourself… do you want your life’s special moments to be defined by the number of “likes” it receives on Facebook, or by the love and human connection the moment has to offer?

wedding photo

Photo by: Thomas Stewart Photography

Pillows line the park.

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Music Hall

White puffy pillows of snow contrast the strong architectural lines of a stunning landmark.

Shot by: Kelly Adamson

Fighting with Fashion

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Many of the womenswear looks seen on runways during spring 2016 Fashion Week were quite different from the fitted, sexually appealing clothing that are typically expected. Instead, designers featured collections that were flowing and oversized with excessively long sleeves.

According to Fusion, “Historically, when the proportions of women’s clothing change, it’s a visual signal of women gaining power and liberation, or defying a traditional societal norm.” These new designs are more than just a fashion trend; they are a statement, a cultural shift, an expression of women’s rights.

As women fight for equality today, the objectification of their bodies continues to be a barrier. Common occurrences that prove this barrier still exists include catcalling, the content of red-carpet interview questions for actresses versus actors, and society’s common reactions to sexual abuse. Despite the efforts of many activists over the years, including celebrities like Lady Gaga, who gave a dramatic performance at the 2016 Academy Awards, society continues to support the ideology that victims of sexual abuse are often, “asking for it,” because of the way they dress or present themselves. As if the abuser can not be held accountable for their actions because, “what other choice do they have when a vulnerable person looks sexually appealing?”

Although some women see scandalous selfies as a form of empowerment and confidence, these new fashions are taking the opposite approach. These oversized styles present a new way for women to command attention without subjecting themselves to being objectified by wandering gazes. Instead of getting “dolled-up”, women are putting on their sophisticated armor and redefining the look of power. As Robin Givhan wrote of oversized clothing for The Washington Post, “There is overt power in these clothes. This is an election in which the look of power — commander-in-chief power — could be historically altered. A woman could be the face of ultimate clout. And so designers offer up a next generation of power dressing. It is not rooted in the old notions of trim suits and sheath dresses and sturdy heels. That look is obsolete, ineffective. The new cynosure is big. The clothes allow women to take up more space. They can fill a room with their physical presence.”

These new trends that will begin seeping into everyday women’s fashion are more than a shift from skinny jeans to oversized trousers. They represent a new movement in women’s rights, where women refuse to be objectified or defined by their gender. These clothes and the women wearing them demand respect, equality and power.

 

Let it snow.

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Main Street

Cincinnati provides a change of seasons, a change of scenery.  Snow. Rain. Mild Weather. Heat Waves.  And not necessarily in that order….

Shot by: Kelly Adamson