The Bizarre World Of The Russian Artist Who Creates Otherworldly And Thought-Provoking Photos

Instagram icon Ellen Sheidlin is Nabokov’s most twisted fantasy made true. Indeed, the writer of Lolita could not even have pictured a creature such as this internet phenomenon who is hypnotizing more than 4.7 million followers.

Ellen Sheidlin, aka Sheidlina, is a 25-year-old artist who is known for her bizarre and otherworldly photo edits.

In the past, the artist has worked with musicians like Little Big and Tommy Cash, helping to produce music videos and posing for promo art. Sheidlina’s works never cease to surprise her fans – one day she might turn herself into a baroque painting, and then pose as a leather armchair the next – you just never know what to expect from her.

Check out some Sheidlina’s crazy photo edits in the gallery below!

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Rather than following social media trends, Sheidlin creates her own surreal and vivid world thanks to which she has become an internet phenomenon at such a young age. She experiments with different photography and editing techniques combined with imaginative outfits and makeup looks to create otherworldly images that are odd, but aesthetically appealing at the same time. She is brave enough to be different from millions of people on Instagram and that eccentricity is one of the key factors of her success.

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Sheidlin’s feed is a colorful playground at first glance, but when you take a second look, you can actually notice that her work is often conceptual and multi-layered. With the surreal images, she uses her influence to express her opinion on socially important topics such as mental health, social media critique, millennial culture, and gender roles or to raise awareness about global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the devastating Siberian wildfires of 2019.

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The Instagram star told KALTBLUT magazine in 2017 that she discovered the internet in her teenage years, but had never imagined it would turn out to be her creative outlet and source of income.

“I discovered the internet when I was only thirteen, while in my friend’s house. Back then, I didn’t even think it would change my life so much. So when I was a lonely teenager with a lot of insecurities, I created an account on a Russian social network Vkontakte, where I could fulfill my potential in drawing and photography. So my insecurities disappeared and I found more than a million friends! I’m thankful to my life, that I was born in this age of the internet—it’s the best invention of mankind.”

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She has a unique and off-the-wall universe, cunningly provocative and edgy. Her fetishism for aliens, for example, is quite unsettling. When teaming with her friend Plaaastic, another Instagram celebrity in Vietnam, her portraits can get a little bit more trashy and gothic.

But if you pass the body obsession and its objectification for desire, consumerism and art, you could reach deeper levels in the work of the Russian artist. Her conceptual pictures can hide surrealistic poetry and oneirism, as well as bittersweet comments on social networks and the race to popularity. Playful, the young lady enjoys escaping reality and playing with absurd beauty. But she can also hint to darker subjects such as the precarious situation of LGBTQ+ people in Russia and Chechnya, or global and contemporary existential angst. Entering the world of Ellen Sheidlin is an endless exploration of millennial culture. And it is a good documentation for the main question of contemporary art: is our society still meaningful?

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She’s inspired by “ideas, pure ideas or metaphors” and always tries to visualize everything that she hears or reads. Her artsy mind doesn’t only reflect in her creative photography projects—Sheidlin also is a talented painter with a very unique style. She’s worked with major world-class brands such as Nike, BMW, PayPal, and L’Oréal.

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Sheidlin is a model in most of her photos, which is a clever way to partake in her ideas and create a brand for herself.

“I realized that the main interest for my fans to follow me was my face. My selfies collected the greatest number of likes and comments and then I decided that the best way to preserve and multiply interest in me is to add myself to my idea. Today, normal selfies are the most unvalued photos, the public always waits for something unusual, they are absolutely not satisfied with just a photo. Everything sooner or later goes out of fashion: style, colors, even memes, but an idea will never become mainstream, it is eternal.”

Sheidlin hopes that her work can provide strength and inspiration to her followers by allowing them to “stop being afraid of being different and improve their mood.”

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20 Incredible Images of the Olympics’ Athletes That Show What the Human Body Is Capable of

Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been the topic of the internet recently. Even though there was a delay due to Covid, a lot of athletes were in excellent shape to bring golden medals to their countries. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games launched on Friday 23 July with the opening ceremony, although the sporting action actually kicked off a couple of days earlier. It all comes to an end on Sunday 8 August, with the Olympics officially lasting a total of 17 days.

I can’t even imagine the joy one experiences when they have that gold medal around their neck. All the hard work, the sacrifice pay off in the best way possible. And this is not just a personal win, you’re representing a whole country that has its eyes on you in that moment of competition.

What we see on the TV are just the results of a long preparation. If the athlete wins we are proud, if they lose, we are quick to judge. However, today we want to give you the real image of what happens behind the scenes. There are a lot of things these athletes go through in order to achieve that shape and get qualified for the Olympics. Therefore, today we are bringing some of that footage that often goes unseen. Scroll down below to check it out. And let us know what you think of this year’s Olympic games.

1. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz became the first Olympic gold medalist for the Philippines

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2. 8 F**king times in Olympics. Take a bow

3. This was Canadian Mark McMorris 11 months ago. Today he is an Olympic Bronze medalist. Amazing.

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4. Feet from Dutch Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van der Weijden after swimming 163 km/101 mi in 55 hours to raise money for cancer research

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5. After sixteen stages in Tour de France I think my legs look little tired

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6. In 2009 J.R. Celski sliced through his entire left quadriceps with his right skate blade at the U.S. Olympic trials

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My first major sports injury happened at the 2010 U.S. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials. It was the competition I had to do well at in order to secure a spot on my first Olympic team. The fall happened in one of the last races of the competition, the 500 meters, known for absolute top speed. I fell in the corner and put the front six inches of my blade straight into my quad. I bounced off the pads with the blade still in my leg, looked down, and had to pull it out myself because of the awkward position that I was in.

I completely severed the VMO “teardrop muscle” and luckily barely missed the femoral artery which might’ve been the end. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever gone through, especially because in the moments after, I started realizing that I might not be able to achieve the goal I set out for in the first place. If not for the people around me including my family, friends, and medical staff, I wouldn’t have been able to get back on my feet, especially in time to go to the Olympics and win two medals.

7. The Difference Between Gold and Silver in the 15km mass start Biathlon

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8. I Was Born With A Condition: Pectus Excavatum. Which I Know Sounds Like A Harry Potter Spell. My Deformity Began Appearing Around Age 10

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My name is Cody Miller. I am not a typical Olympic swimmer. Like most sports the taller you are the better… Most swimmers are incredibly tall, well above 6ft… I’m 5’11 and only weigh 170lbs. More often than not, I’m the smallest person in the pool.

My condition puts stress on my respiratory system. Tests have shown that my sunken sternum and odd placement of other bones have caused a reduced lung capacity… To what extent is unknown. Doctors have said my maximum breathing capacity is likely reduced by 12-20%. Also… I’m diagnosed as asthmatic… Which I learned, from studies run on me in college, has nothing to do with my pectus condition. I live with difficult circumstances as a swimmer. Despite my disadvantages, I’ve dedicated my life to swimming… And I’ve never given up. Like a lot of you, I have struggled with body image problems throughout my life. I struggled with my appearance from a young age. I was a kid who was afraid to take off his shirt in gym class… people thought I was weird. At swim meets, I walked around the pool deck awkwardly while people stared and pointed at me.

I was weird and abnormal… However, I’ve realized this: No one is 100% satisfied with the way they look. Everyone has something about themselves they dislike. And that’s OK! Professional athletes, models… everyone has their own insecurities! I’ve embraced the fact that I have a giant hole in my chest! It’s OK! Monday night. June 27th, 2016 in Omaha Nebraska. USA Swimming Olympic Trials took place at the CenturyLink Center live on NBC, in front of a crowd of 17,500 people, I swam in lane 5 of the Finals of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Only 2 athletes per event qualify for the Olympic Games. 2 swimmers to represent the U.S.A in the 100-meter breaststroke… I’d been dreaming about this moment my entire life. One wrong move and it’s over… The pressure of a lifelong dream… Years and years of training. Thousands and thousands of hours of preparation for a race that lasts 59 seconds… 2 lengths of the pool… 1 start… 1 turn… 1 finish… 1 moment… 1 opportunity… I did it… The feeling is still indescribable… I qualified for the Rio Olympics. My new Olympic teammate and I hug. Seeing the Olympic rings next to my name… I try not to cry… I did… like a baby…

9. Never forget that Australia’s first ever winter olympics gold was won because the guy was coming dead last and everyone in front of him fell over.

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10. Team USA Basketball Player Deandre Jordan (6’11”) and Gymnast Ragan Smith (4’6″)

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11. An x-ray of a gymnast performing an exercise

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12. Leg muscles of the first perfect 10 in olympic history, at age 14. Nadia Comaneci

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13. Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

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14. The hands of Olympic swimming champion van der Weijden after a 163km swim

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15. Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai’s right arm gave, ripping apart ligaments and muscle under the weight

He pushed himself to lift 148 kilograms (326.3 pounds) during the men’s 77kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

16. Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite And Level 10 Training Camp At Karolyis Olympic Training Site

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17. USA Men’s Volleyball Player David Lee 6’8″ and USA Gymnast Simone Biles 4’8″

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18. Anyone want to hold my hand

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19. Verified on the eve of US nationals

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20. When you spend every day on a bike vs. When you retire and ride casually

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