Born and raised in the Philippines, New Jersey-based artist Gregory Halili is deeply influenced by the vegetation and wildlife he experienced as a child. His latest series of work involves a fusion of the human form with the natural world in these amazing bas-relief shell skulls. Halili carves and then paints with oil on raw, gold-lip and black-lip mother of pearl found in shells collected from the Philippines. The pieces will soon be exhibited at Silverlens Galleries in Manila and Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC, but for now you can see much more in this Facebook gallery. (via Junk Culture, Skullspiration)
No, the title of this post wasn’t written by some sort of broken record robot. It is in fact an accurate description of the GIF below, which was created from photographs taken with a Scanning Electron Microscope.
As the incredibly powerful microscope zooms in, it goes from showing an amphipod (a type of shell-less crustacean), to a diatom (a type of algae) that’s on the amphipod, to a microscopic bacterium that’s on the diatom that’s on the amphipod. It’s life, on life, on life:
The GIF was created by James Tyrwhitt-Drake back in 2012, when he captured the images at the University of Victoria’s Advanced Microscopy Facility and posted the final product to his Tumblog, Infinity Imagined.
Granted, it’s no GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video of a Roller Coaster… it’s better. That was just an experiment in Meta, this is a photographically and scientifically fascinating learning experience.
But just in case you absolutely need more of an Inception feel, we’ll leave you with the words of Redditor adamwong246, who described the GIF as follows, “There’s a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod on a frog on a bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea!”
Maybe you’re sick of the “cartoonist/photographer/artist inserts fun characters or images into the real world using forced perspective” thing, and admittedly there have been a lot, but the video above is an example that falls very near the top of the genre’s “best of” list.
Created by storyboard artist Marty Cooper (aka. Hombre McSteez), he uses what’s called Cel Animation — short for Celluloid animation, in which different transparent layers are placed above an opaque background layer so that parts of the animation can be repeated without redrawing everything — to insert cartoon characters of his own creation into the real world.
The characters then interact with their world in fun little stop motion animation sequences that Cooper shoots using his iPhone 5.
The video above is something of a highlight reel that he’s put together from his much more comprehensive portfolio of pictures and animated sequences. To see the rest or follow him as he creates more, check out his Tumblr, Instagram and/or YouTube channel.
image via talyer jewelry
image via flickr user m e sweeney
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image via Fordite.com
image via Fordite.com
Old car factories had a harmful impact on the environment, releasing toxic chemicals into the air, land and water. But it wasn’t all ugly. Oddly enough, one of the by-products of car production was Fordite, also known as Detroit agate. The colorful layered objects take their name from agate stones for their visual resemblance. But instead of forming from microscopically crystallized silica over millions of years, Fordite was formed from layers of paint over several tens of years. Back in the day, old automobile paint would drip onto the metal racks that transported cars through the paint shop and into the oven. The paint was hardened to a rock-like state thanks to high heats from the baking process. As the urban legend goes, plant workers would take pieces home in their lunch pails as a souvenir for their wife or kids.
Since then, car production has modernized and Fordite has been rendered a relic of the past. Artisans have been using the colorful material for jewelry but it’s not a stretch to imagine a future when these pieces sit behind glass in a museum. The colors can also be used to judge how old they are because car paint was subject to different trends. In the 1940s cars were mostly black or brown enamel while the 1960s ushered in an age of colorful lacquers. (via My Modern Met, Fordite.com)
Photographer Anastasia Pottinger‘s recent viral project began when she was offered up an interesting proposition for a photoshoot; one that was very different from what she normally photographs.
Usually, she shoots portraits of babies, young children and families. But this time, the Missouri native was offered the opportunity to photograph a 101-year old woman… nude.
Pottinger ended up saying yes to the offer, using the opportunity to capture a collection of powerful close-up images of the skin and body of a centenarian. It wasn’t until later, when she was reviewing the images on her computer, that she realized just how special of a subject she had come across.
Since that first shoot, she has managed to photograph a few more centenarians (who make up just under 2% of the population, according to Genealogy In Time) and turn a strange opportunity into a moving series aptly dubbed Centenarians. But even more fulfilling than the personal joy she’s taken from this series is the response she’s gotten from just about everybody who has seen it:
The response to the images has been remarkable. Viewers are visibly moved by what they are looking at. Whether it’s wondering, “is this what I’m going to look like?” or remembering a loved one — the response seems to be universally emotional on some level.
Below are a few more images from the series, which Pottinger kindly shared with us:
To see more of Pottinger’s work, be sure to head on over to her website by clicking here. And if you love this series or any of the other work she’s done, be sure to drop a buck or two in the little “tip jar” she has set up.
Image credits: Photos by Anastasia Pottinger and used with permission
Leratiomyces sp. / Found in Booyong Reserve, Booyong, NSW
Cyptotrama aspratum or Gold tuft
Mauve splitting waxcap
Marasmius sp. / Marasmius haematocephalus
To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he spends his time documenting the living world around him, often traveling to remote locations to seek out rare animals, plants, and even people. But it’s his work tracking down some of the world’s strangest and brilliantly diverse mushrooms and other fungi that has resulted in an audience of online followers who stalk his work on Flickr and SmugMug to see what he’s captured next.
Axford shares via email that most of the mushrooms seen here were photographed around his home and are sub-tropical fungi, but many were also taken in Victoria and Tasmania and are classified as temperate fungi. The temperate fungi are well-known and documented, but the tropical species are much less known and some may have never been photographed before. Mushrooms like the Hairy Mycena and the blue leratiomyces have most likely never been found on the Australian mainland before, and have certainly never been photographed in an artistic way as you’re seeing here.
Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship.When the spaceship arrives at the destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box. However, it never goes as planned. Johnny encounters strange and bizarre planets and always seems to cause trouble on his delivery route.
The cartoon, set in 2150, quickly escalates into a hilarious monster movie parody.
Called “The Five Stages of Inebriation,” this collection of photographs hilariously depicts, well, just that. From sober but wide-eyed all the way to passed out on the street, this dapper 19th-century gentleman shows off just what type of effects various amounts of alcohol will have on you.
Captured by Charles Percy Pickering back in the 1860s, these are considered to be staged photographs showing off the various stages of drunkenness for use in educational resources directed towards temperance groups.
Fun Fact: A rather unique aspect of these prints is that they are albumen print photographs.
Invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard in 1850, this technique made use of albumen (literally egg whites) to bind the photosensitive chemicals to the paper where they could then be exposed and developed. Considered the first commercially successful method of producing a print from a negative, this particular print style was prevalent from the time of its invention through the beginning of the 1900s.
(via Huffington Post)
Image credits: Photographs by Charles Percy Pickering courtesy of State Library of NSW
If you thought cat photos were something new, you’d not only be greatly mistaken, you’d be stepping all over the life’s work of one Mr. Harry Whittier Frees.
Born in 1879, this American photographer made his fortune taking photographs of cute kittens and puppies dressed up in human clothes and posed in human environments, which he then turned into postcards, calendars and even children’s books.
These predecessors to the well-known LOLcats memes are as adorable as they are funny, but it didn’t come easy. As explained in his book, Animal Land on the Air, these photographs, “represent an almost inconceivable amount of patience, care and kind attention, as well as a very large number of spoiled films.”
Later in the book, he goes on to say that, “these unusual photographs of real animals were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness on the part of the photographer at all times.”
As every photographer has experienced personally, Frees said that some subjects were more photogenic than others:
Rabbits are the easiest to photograph in costume, but incapable of taking many ”human“ parts. Puppies are tractable when rightly understood, but the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal.
The pig is the most difficult to deal with, but effective on occasion. The best period of young animal models is a short one, being when they are from six to ten weeks of age. An interesting fact is that a kitten’s attention is best held through the sense of sight, while that of a puppy is most influenced by sound, and equally readily distracted by it. The native reasoning powers of young animals are, moreover, quite as pronounced as those of the human species, and relatively far surer.
According to an article over on One More River, Frees’ animal photos were taken at as low of a shutter speed at 1/5th of a second, meaning that as many as two-thirds of his negatives turned out as useless blurs. And while he seems to be the owner of quite a few cute animals, it’s said that many of his subjects were borrowed from friends, neighbors, breeders and pet shops.
Although there doesn’t seem to be any conclusive evidence either way, quite a few resources available online say that at least some of his subjects had to be taxidermy pieces. This, of course, would greatly diminish the effort needed to capture such a photograph. So, for now, we suggest you enjoy his photography and take his words with at least a pinch of salt.
Many of Frees’ photographs are available over on the Library of Congress’ website, so if you’d like to see more, feel free to head on over there and dive through 32 pages of animal adorableness.
For our part, we’ll leave you with a selection of our favorites:
(via The Atlantic)
Image credits: Photographs by Harry Whittier Frees courtesy of Library of Congress
Oleg Oprisco is a photographer based in Ukraine whose magical, dreamlike photographs have been shared far and wide on the Internet. In an age where realistic photo manipulations are the secret sauce behind impossible images, Oprisco’s work stands out for one simple mind-blowing fact: they aren’t artificial digital manipulations.
You read that correctly. Rather than use clever Photoshopping, Oprisco carefully plans out surreal scenes and shoots them on film. The only Photoshopping that goes into the final images are color adjustments (sometimes a lot of them) and the removal of dust specks from the frame.
Ideas are regularly jotted down into a notebook. Once he decides to turn one of the ideas into an actual shoot, preparing for the shot takes two or three days. Hours upon hours are spent coming up with concepts, creating the costumes and realistic props (e.g. oversized matchsticks, fake butterflies, a stack of fake books), scouting out locations (sometimes pretty dangerous ones), and figuring out hair and makeup.
Each scene starts with a color palette, which guides Oprisco’s choices for each of the elements included in the shot. Outfits and props are either created by hand, or purchased from flea markets and other second-hand sources. Instead of having a team of assistants, Oprisco generally tries to create every element of his shots himself.
The photographs themselves are captured using Kiev 6C (which you can buy used for about $50) and Kiev 88 medium format cameras and a variety of lenses (e.g. 90mm/2.8, 180/2.8, 300/4.0). 12 shots are captured onto each roll of film, and Oprisco is not able to review the photos he captured until he gets the film processed.
Many of Oprisco’s photos are so amazing that you’ll have a hard time believing they weren’t the product of digital trickery.
Can you figure out what went into each of the shots above? Leave a comment with your answers!
You can find more of Oprisco’s work by visiting his website.
Image credits: Photographs by Oleg Oprisco and used with permission
Trina Merry is a bodypainting artist based in San Francisco. There’s a good chance you’ve seen her work before, as a number of her projects have enjoyed widespread viral success on the Web.
Her “Human Motorcycle Project” is a series of photographs showing motorcycles created entirely out of painted human bodies.
The images were created to promote the International Motorcycle Roadshow tour, and featured three bikes: a sport bike, a dirt bike, and a cruiser:
By carefully painting and positioning the models, and from shooting the scene from just the right angle, Merry was able to create something fresh with the already-popular medium of bodypainting photography.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the motorcycles were created:
Here’s a behind-the-scenes vid for that series, which appeared in ESPN’s 2013 “Bodies Issue”:
Merry sometimes captures the final photographs herself, and sometimes works with photographers to turn the visions into reality. In each case, she works closely with the camera to ensure that her painting matches the perspectives of the photographs.
“I love the double-take people do as they look at my work,” she writes.
Other photographs in her portfolio include a tree on a human canvas, a tribute to Jackson Pollock, and a skull tribute to Salvador Dali:
This is her most recent creation, showing a worshipper in a temple that’s being reflected on water:
It was actually created with the help of seventeen carefully-painted models:
You can find more of Merry’s work over in her online portfolio.
Image credits: Photographs used with the permission of Trina Merry
How are you supposed to sell your soul?! Everyone makes it look so easy in cartoons, movies, and ancient religious tomes, but in my experience it’s nearly impossible. Here I am with a perfectly decent soul and it’s been a real problem finding a buyer. Apparently the usual way is to say aloud, “I’d sell my soul for a fighter jet!” but that’s not doing it. When you type “soul” into Amazon or eBay you just get a bunch of vinyl records, which is cool and all but I don’t have the musical talent or recording studio access to put my soul onto a 12-track album. Does Satan have a phone number or at least an email address? If he does I bet he uses AOL.
My guess is that the ol’ Dark Lord isn’t buying anymore. He was probably speculating that the price of souls was going to skyrocket when humankind drove itself into extinction from inventing fire and drinking too much mead, but now that we’ve invented BIGGER fires and BETTER mead we’re still going 7 billion strong. Better luck next time, Mr. Devil, I guess that’s why you’re president of the shittier afterlife!
In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.
Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.
The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (it appears E-Corpus might have crashed for the moment). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via Erik Kwakkel)
A quick glance at Nicolas Jolly's most recent work and it could be easy to simply write it off as swirling, Van Gogh inspired works of art. By now we all know that there's always much more hidden in the details when it comes to fine art (conceptually or aesthetically) and that spending an extra second investigating is usually worth it—which is exactly the case here. Jolly, a French artist who knows how to make some serious magic happen with India ink—takes thousands of his own fingerprints and creates tenacious works of art. Talk about a signature style.
The lines are connected and extended to form finished pieces that languorously pulls the eye through loops created by a natural fingerprint. By switching up the width and length of his fingerprints, Jolly is able to portray different shadows, shapes and light into his work.(more...)
Sabe o que a ressonância magnética é capaz de fazer com um vegetal?
Ressonância magnética é uma técnica que permite determinar propriedades de uma substância através do correlacionamento da energia absorvida contra a frequência. Ela usa as transições entre níveis de energia rotacionais dos núcleos componentes das espécies (átomos ou íons) contidas na amostra. Isso dá-se necessariamente sob a influência de um campo magnético e sob a concomitante irradiação de ondas de rádio na faixa de frequências acima citada. – wiki
Andy Ellison é um tecnólogo da Universidade de medicina e engenharia biomédica de Boston. E quando não está salvando vidas, ele cria obras de arte com ressonância, no projeto Inside Inside. Olha que demais.
Featuring everything from lions making their way through the gates to Giraffes precariously — and rather dangerously — sticking their heads out of moving subway cars, the composites are aesthetically appealing, pretty darn realistic looking and humorous all at the same time.
Below is a collection of some of our favorites:
The series imagines a magical world that toes the line “between photo realism and dreams,” taking the rather mundane world of public transportation and “approaching [it] with amusement.” As the duo puts it, “It is surely not your typical day on the Paris Metro.”
(via The Atlantic Cities)
Photographer Alix Martinez has been shooting a very creative ongoing series of underwater portraits with the help of some brave and equally creative children. Blurring the line between fine art and conceptual, the images show children performing daily activities in the unknown abyss… alright, alright… it’s just a pool… but I prefer unknown abyss.
From a young boy riding a tricycle with the help of his sister to two schoolgirls twirling away, oblivious to the world, the aesthetics of shooting underwater provide an extremely unique look to otherwise mundane activities. When asked by My Modern Net why she enjoys underwater photography, Martinez had the following to say:
I have always loved photographs that display ripples and reflections. There’s something magical and beautiful when water is photographed. Since I am a children’s photographer, I am always trying to come up with ideas to photograph them in a unique way.
Coming up with new ideas, especially those involving underwater photography, are rarely easy though… not to mention dangerous. “The first time I almost drowned because I saw a shot I did not want to miss, but it is so rewarding when you look at your images,” explains Martinez. “When I started, I could only hold my breath for 25 seconds and now I feel like a marine going under for 2 minutes.”
Aptly titled “Water,” scroll down to see a collection of images from the series:
You can visit Martinez’s website here to see more of her work and keep up with any more images she adds to “Water.”
Image credits: Images by Alix Martinez and used with permission.
With his wife, Anthony of the blog Daddy’s Little Prop performed “The Magic Show,” a fun photo series that shows the couple dressed like a magician and his assistant. As the series progresses, you find out that the “magician” has magically made the “assistant” pregnant. Of course, the big adorable reveal is shown in the final image in the series, their baby girl. Ta-da! Here’s a look at some outtakes from “The Magic Show.”
A team of researchers from the University of Virginia just made scientific history: They figured out how to turn stem cells into full blown fish embryos. In other words, scientists can now control embryonic development, a key to being able to grow organs and even entire organism from stem cells.
Following up with the puppy-love from yesterday, today we have a collection of photographs from Michigan-based photographer Rebecca Leimbach, documenting the growth of her children; one two-legged, one four-legged.
Capturing the relationship between her daughter Harper and the family’s English Bulldog Lola, Leimbach has told an incredible story of time and progress through a beautiful photo series called Harp + Lola that began the day Harper was born. Leimbach recently spoke to My Modern Metropolis about the series:
They have a funny bond. Harper loves Lola immensely, except when Lola eats her toys, which happens quite often. Lola is very protective of Harper, she is always in Harper’s business. Whatever Harper is doing, Lola must investigate to make sure it’s kosher.
I hope that people see what wonderfully amazing animals dogs are, and how their connection with people shape our lives. Like Harper, for example, she’s never bored with Lola around…When Harper looks back at her childhood through these images, she will remember ‘my first best friend’ Lola. I hope people take away from the images that sometimes without us even realizing it, dogs fill an empty space in our hearts.
Here’s a selection of images from the series, shared with permission of course:
The resulting photos are a combination of hilarious and adorable, capturing the personalities of both of the Leimbachs’ children. Hopefully, both Harper and Lola have many years of bonding left, and many more photo sessions with mom.
To follow along as Harper and Lola have more adventures, or if you’d simply like to see more of Leimbach’s photography, head over to her website or visit her Facebook page by following the corresponding links.
(via Laughing Squid)
Image credits: Photographs by Rebecca Leimbach and used with permission
It’s been a while since we’ve shared a stop-motion film, but ‘A Girl Named Elastika’ by French filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet was a no-brainer. At once simple (equipment wise) and incredibly complex (how long did it take to move all those thumbtacks!?) the video is impressive from start to finish.
And fortunately for Blanchet, we’re not the only ones that think this. The video only made it to Vimeo a couple of days ago, but over the last year he has been collecting animation awards left and right for something that was created almost entirely on a bulletin board!
Unfortunately there’s no behind the scenes video or list of gear used or really any other information about the project other than this tongue-in-cheek Vimeo description:
She’s young, dreamy and fearless, she drives cars way too fast, she’s also a yamakasi. She likes adventure, fireworks and unrelenting seas. From the day I conceived her, I’ve been a worried father. And a proud one too.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a good joke, but we’re also hoping to get some more technical info about how this all came together.