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05 Jun 20:45

Idiot Box: Portraits of Kids with Eyes Glued to a TV

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In any given week, the average US child will watch more than a day’s worth of TV. This subject is the focus of a new photo series by photographer Donna Stevens called Idiot Box. It’s a set of portraits showing blank expressions on kids faces as they watch television in a dimly-lit room.

“TV is just one of the ever present Black Mirrors through which we negotiate our lives today,” the Australian photographer tells PetaPixel. “Idiot Box hopes to explore the darker side of our love for technology.”

“Should we exhibit more caution about the role of technology in our children’s lives? Is our techno-paranoia warranted? No matter what gadgetry we may possess and blame for our undoing, do our problems still just remain human?”

Regardless of what the answers are, it’s clear that these kids are completely lost in a different world while their portraits are being captured.

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You can find more of Stevens work over on her website.

(via Donna Stevens via Feature Shoot)


Image credits: Photographs by Donna Stevens and used with permission

02 Jun 15:36

Mirror Self Portraits from the Early Days of Photography

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Staring into a mirror and taking a self-portrait with a camera is nothing new. People have been trying to find ways to take their photographs since the 19th century. As humans, we take an interest in ourselves – a curiosity with a dash of self-obsession. A photograph can acknowledge our existence and allow us to view ourselves from the standpoint of others around us. Here are a collection of mirror self-portraits from years passed.

The Edwardian period, the first decade of the 20th century, gave birth to a self-portrait of a woman using her dresser mirror and a box camera. The photograph depicts the woman taking her portrait; on the side, is a shelf full of other photos. We can assume she was relatively interested in photography at the turn of the century.

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One of the first self-portraits of a teenager was believed to have occurred in 1914. Since then, the ‘selfie’ craze has caught on and doesn’t appear to be dying down anytime soon. The photograph of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna depicts her on a chair, taking her picture with the aid of a large mirror. The photograph was then sent to a friend of hers with the attached message: “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.”

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Nikolaevna shot another one with her sister the following year:

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In 1917, Australian flying ace, Thomas Baker, snapped a photograph when he was twenty years old. Baker is using a Kodak Eastman camera with the support of a vanity mirror. The desk laid out in the photo includes an empty wine bottle and a glass – we will let you decide if this is the first ‘party selfie’ or not.

Henri Evenepoel was a Belgian artist who lived during the late 19th century. Evenepoel focused on a style of art known as Fauvism. This small mirror self-portrait was taken in 1898, a year before he passed away.

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Swiss photographer Frédéric Boissonnas in 1900:

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Luxembourgian American photographer Edward Jean Steichen shot a mirror portrait of his own in 1917.

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Photographer Ilse Bing used a Leica camera for this self portrait in 1931.

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Vivian Maier was a street photographer in the 20th century. You may be familiar with Maier’s work due to an American documentary film that debuted in 2013 entitled “Finding Vivian Maier”. A good selection of her photographs are self-portraits she took on the street using the reflections of buildings. The depicted photo was taken in 1954 with a Rolleiflex TLR camera.

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Not every self-portrait was taken with a known individual as the subject. Here is a collection of other great early self-portraits, taken with a variety of different cameras.

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Despite today’s craze of self portraits – they are nothing new. People have been photographing themselves since the 1800s and will continue to do so into the predictable future. It is up to you to decide what truly makes a self portrait worthy of display. Now excuse me, I left my selfie stick in the other room.

31 May 18:46

These Photos of Mini Figures Capture the Frustrations of Office Life

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Ad agency brand strategist Derrick Lin has developed a creative way to vent about all the little annoyances of his office job. Using an iPhone, a desk lamp, and miniature figurines, he shoots miniature world photos that capture his real world frustrations.

It is impossible to get our coworkers’ attention when they wear headphones.

“It is impossible to get our coworkers’ attention when they wear headphones.”

It’s never smooth sailing when writing a creative brief.

“It’s never smooth sailing when writing a creative brief.”

Just when we start to like our coworkers, they leave.

“Just when we start to like our coworkers, they leave.”

It is impossible to get everyone to a meeting on time.

“It is impossible to get everyone to a meeting on time.”

Monday comes too soon when we worked the whole weekend.

“Monday comes too soon when we worked the whole weekend.”

Our defense is up on National Take Your Kid to Work Day.

“Our defense is up on National Take Your Kid to Work Day.”

Some coworkers always put their own convenience before ours.

“Some coworkers always put their own convenience before ours. “

With only hours to go, we just might have survived another April Fool’s Day…

“With only hours to go, we just might have survived another April Fool’s Day…”

We think permanent markers should be banned from meetings with white boards.

“We think permanent markers should be banned from meetings with white boards.”

A day trip to see a client is practically a night trip when you have to get up at 4am.

“A day trip to see a client is practically a night trip when you have to get up at 4am.”

It’s nice to know that our coworkers have our back.

“It’s nice to know that our coworkers have our back.”

Some conference calls give us gray hair.

“Some conference calls give us gray hair.”

When traveling for work, it’s me against all other travelers at the coveted charging station.

“When traveling for work, it’s me against all other travelers at the coveted charging station.”

Sometimes it seems all we do at work is kill trees.

“Sometimes it seems all we do at work is kill trees.”

The project was started back in March 2014, and is titled “1:87” — a name that reflects the 1:87 scale of the miniatures used.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing the size of the miniatures used.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing the size of the miniatures used.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing one of the photos being made.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing one of the photos being made.

“Sometimes work can be really hectic and frustrating and as grownups, we are expected to be cool about it and keep the whining to ourselves,” Lin writes at Bored Panda. “I work in advertising and my workday is often very chaotic and unpredictable.”

“While trying not to let the stress get the best of me, I decided to turn the mundane and often annoying little moments in my agency life into inspirations for something whimsical and magical.”

You can follow along with this project through its Tumblr and Instagram pages.

(via BoredPanda via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Photographs by Derrick Lin and used with permission

03 Jul 03:27

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01 Jul 18:05

Free Ride: A Crow Catches a Lift on the Back of a Bald Eagle

by Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Phoo Chan has seen more than his fair share of spectacular moments while photographing birds and other wildlife around his home in California, but perhaps nothing will ever top what he witnessed last spring while shooting near Kitsap, Washington: a crow riding atop a bald eagle. It only lasted for a few seconds, but Chan managed to capture the entire encounter on film. He shares about the image:

Crows are known for aggressively harassing other raptors that are much bigger in size when spotted in their territories and usually these ‘intruders’ simply retreat without much fuss. However, in this frame the crow did not seem to harass the bald eagle at such close proximity and neither did the bald eagle seem to mind the crow’s presence invading its personal space. What made it even more bizarre was that the crow even made a brief stop on the back of the eagle as if it was taking a free scenic ride and the eagle simply obliged.

You can see more of Chan’s bird photography on 500px and Flickr. (via Bored Panda, @pourmecoffee, Stellar)

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13 May 21:35

This is a Real Photo of Food Cut Into Perfect Cubes

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This is a real, non-manipulated photo of 98 different foods cut into perfectly little 2.5cm cubes. It was created by Netherlands-based design studio Lernert & Sander at the request of the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant for a special issue on food.

The designers transformed a wide variety of unprocessed foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, meats) into tiny cubes and arranged them into a neat grid formation for this eye-popping photo.

Here are a few crops that give you a closer look and better idea at what these cubes are like:

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You can find a high-resolution version of this photo here. You can also purchase this image as a limited edition 40x50cm signed print from the Lernert & Sander website for €500.

(via Lernert & Sander via Colossal)


Image credits: Photograph by Lernert & Sander and used with permission

28 Jun 23:05

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01 Jul 00:00

26 Breathtaking Pictures of Abandoned and Forgotten Places

by Rebecca OConnell

Photographer Matt Emmett doesn't pay attention to signs that say "do not enter." While traveling around Europe, the urban explorer looks for the eerie beauty found in the derelict and forgotten. Emmett has photographed everything from abandoned hotels to power stations; before entering a new location, he always reads up about the history first. He offers a detailed description of each picture he takes on his Flickr

"I enjoy being in such magnificent places alone or in a small group," Emmett told mental_floss. "The atmosphere that hangs over a derelict power station or steel plant, for me, puts them on a level with the Angkor Wat's or Machu Pichu's of this world." 

You can see more of his work on his website, Twitter, or Facebook page

A rooftop view of an abandoned asylum in Northern Italy. A lot of the medical equipment and machines can still be found inside. 

A ruined chapel at a private residence in Italy.

The inside of a cooling tower in Belgium. 

A crane in an old factory. 

A radome in Belgium.

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The overgrown window of a UK manor house. 

A decaying library in a manor house in England. 

Faded fresco paintings cling to the walls of the entrance hall at a large abandoned Villa complex.

This strange structure was created by an artist to house himself and his sheep. It's located on private land in the Cotswolds, England. 

Rusting radar dishes along the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast in England. 

The banister of an abandoned Italian villa. It was converted into a psychiatric hospital in the 1800s. 

Light shining through the Oculus Tower in Italy. The factory was used to process sugarbeets in sugars and oils. 

Wooden cabinets that were used to hold patient information at a psychiatric hospital in Northern Italy.

An old television sits by the window in Bull Manor in England. 

A ruined colonnade encased in foliage. This photo is one of the photographer's favorites. 

A home abandoned after a fire during World War II. 

A statue of Neptune stands guard over a secret underwater dome in the UK. 

A Victorian reservoir located under the streets of London, England. "The echo in here had fantastic delay to it, my whoop coming back to me around four seconds after it left my mouth," Emmett said. 

A surgery room at an abandoned psychiatric hospital. "The hospital was famous in the 1930s for being one of the pioneering sites for the research and early practice of frontal lobe lobotomy," Emmett writes.

A long hallway of a military hospital used to take care of U.S. soldiers during the Gulf War. "Places like this remind me that [nature] always prevails and nothing we create can ever stand up to her and the passage of time," Emmett said. 

Another view of the Oculus Tower in Italy. 

A tunnel in underground London. 

Photographer and son in the Box Quarry in the UK. 

A jet engine test area at Pyestock NGTE, a Royal Aircraft Establishment facility in Fleek, UK, that has since been demolished.

Inside an empty castle in Italy. 

29 Jun 13:00

Loloi Rugs: The Beautiful Art of Rug Making

by Jaime Derringer

The following post is brought to you by Loloi Rugs. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

Loloi Rugs: The Beautiful Art of Rug Making

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There’s an art to designing, but sometimes we forget that there’s also an incredible art in the making of handmade products, too.

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Founded by Amir Loloi, Dallas-based Loloi Rugs has a talented design team that is constantly cooking up new patterns, color combinations and styles suitable for just about any interior space. What I’ve always found fascinating about rugs was the amount of time, skill and dedication that each one takes to create. Loloi’s collection is made by hand in India by a skilled group of artisans using traditional techniques. Rug making is meticulous work that can take anywhere from a few weeks to up to a year to make a given rug, and we wanted to take a closer look at the process. On their last manufacturing visit to India, Loloi’s team documented the steps it takes to make their beautiful rugs, giving us an exclusive sneak peek into how they’re made.

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Not only do these images show the long hours and hard work that’s put into each love, it shows the artistry, and the talent of the people who make them. Coming from generations of rug-makers, the artisans put a lot more than just their time and energy into these textiles—each rug feels like a labor of love.

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The first step in making a beautiful, quality handmade rug is selecting the proper materials. Hand-spun yarns make up the majority of the Loloi rugs, selected based on criteria like the wool’s (or other fiber’s) lustrous sheen, softness, and tensile strength.

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After the fibers have been selected, a “dye master”, who is trained in coloring, dyes the yarns for the particular rug. There’s an art and science to creating and mastering a “coloring recipe” that requires much training and expertise. The color has to be consistent every time. Due to challenging environmental considerations like temperature and sunlight, the master chef takes into account all of the ingredients to perfect his color masterpiece.

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After being dyed, the yarns are then hung out to dry in the sun.

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Weaving is the most meticulous and time-consuming part of the rug-making process. Skilled artisans use nothing but their hands and a few basic instruments to weave, and the bigger sizes can sometimes take multiple weavers working side-by-side over a year to create. In fact, most weavers complete only about 1 to 4 square inches a day, depending on the complexity of the rug.

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After the rug is woven, it is cleansed multiple times using mild soap and water. While still wet, it’s hand-sheared, and then the loose ends and imperfections are clipped to achieve a near perfect surface. The rug then rests for a bit, and when it’s dry, it is ready to make its way to a showroom—or your home!

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Browse Loloi’s collection of handmade rugs online or visit them year-round at the World Trade Center (Dallas) and the AmericasMart Building (Atlanta). Rugs can be purchased on Wayfair and Rugs Direct, as well as retailers around the nation.










06 May 20:07

Photos of the Colossal Duga-3 Radar System Built by the Soviet Union

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Duga-3 is a radar system set up by the Soviet Union in the 1970s as part of the nation’s anti-ballistic missile early warning system. Although official operations were ended in 1989, the gigantic antenna of the original Duga-3 still dominates the countryside near Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Photographer Peter Franc recently traveled to Ukraine to see and photograph the radio transmitter.

The towers are incredible feats of engineering: the big ones measure 479 feet tall and spans a length of 2,460 feet (nearly half a mile).

“Access to it has only been granted as of a few months ago,” Franc tells PetaPixel. “They’re tearing it down later this year, because all the metal is quite valuable to the ailing economy.”

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Most of the photographs he shot were closeup studies of the massive structure, its intricate details, and its dazzling patterns. “Unfortunately with the whole area being quite radioactive, it’s was difficult to backpedal and get further afar,” he says.

His goal with the shoot was to create a coherent set of photos that plays on the abstract nature of the array before they’re gone forever.

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The set has also been published in a gallery on Franc’s website.


Image credits: Photographs by Peter Franc and used with permission

05 May 19:54

Photos of Giant Science Facilities That Look Straight Out of Science Fiction

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Scientists around the world create massive and elaborate facilities for carrying out groundbreaking research. Photographer Enrico Sacchetti is a guy who specializes in capturing them on camera. He’s a “science, technology, and industrial” photographer based out of Rome and London, and his images have appeared in many of the world’s top science and technology magazines.

Sacchetti just returned from Puerto Rico, where he photographed the William Gordon Radio Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory. At a whopping 1,000 feet from one side to the other, it’s the world’s largest single dish, radio telescope. You may recognize it from movies such as GoldenEye and Contact.

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“I mainly photograph large scale scientific projects in the field of particle physics, nuclear fusion and astronomy,” Sacchetti tells PetaPixel. “I’m also a specialized offshore photographer for various petroleum companies.”

Many of the images in Sacchetti’s portfolio look like still frames taken from science fiction movies. Here’s a selection:

Atlas Detector: A particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons.

Atlas Detector: A particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons.

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) is a 10.4-metre diameter submillimeter-wavelength telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) is a 10.4-metre diameter submillimeter-wavelength telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Opera Detector: Opera is designed to test the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations. The experiment exploits a high-intensity and high-energy beam of muon neutrinos produced at the CERN SPS in Geneva, Switzerland and shot towards the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central  Italy, 730 km away in 3 milliseconds.

Opera Detector: Opera is designed to test the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations. The experiment exploits a high-intensity and high-energy beam of muon neutrinos produced at the CERN SPS in Geneva, Switzerland and shot towards the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy, 730 km away in 3 milliseconds.

CMS Detector: Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment is one of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors built on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. The CMS detector is capable of studying many aspects of proton collisions.

CMS Detector: Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment is one of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors built on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. The CMS detector is capable of studying many aspects of proton collisions.

NoVA Near Detector: NoVA is a particle physics experiment designed to detect neutrinos. It consist of two detectors, the Near Detector at Fermilab, near Chicago and the other, the Far Detector, in northern Minnesota. Neutrinos shot from Fermilab will pass through 810 km of Earth to reach the far detector.

NoVA Near Detector: NoVA is a particle physics experiment designed to detect neutrinos. It consist of two detectors, the Near Detector at Fermilab, near Chicago and the other, the Far Detector, in northern Minnesota. Neutrinos shot from Fermilab will pass through 810 km of Earth to reach the far detector.

Subaru Telescope: The 8.2 meter Japanese optical telescope, located near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It has one of the largest monolithic primary mirrors in the world.

Subaru Telescope: The 8.2 meter Japanese optical telescope, located near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It has one of the largest monolithic primary mirrors in the world.

L.V.D. Detector: The Large Volume Detector (LVD) is a particle physics experiment mainly dedicated to the detection of neutrino bursts from stellar collapses. Situated at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.

L.V.D. Detector: The Large Volume Detector (LVD) is a particle physics experiment mainly dedicated to the detection of neutrino bursts from stellar collapses. Situated at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.

DarkSide Detector: Experiment designed for the direct detection of dark-matter particles. Located at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.

DarkSide Detector: Experiment designed for the direct detection of dark-matter particles. Located at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.

Telescope II of the W. M. Keck Observatory at an elevation of 4,145 meters near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Telescope II of the W. M. Keck Observatory at an elevation of 4,145 meters near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

James Clerk Maxwell Submillimeter Telescope JCMT: A 15-meter submillimeter-wavelength telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

James Clerk Maxwell Submillimeter Telescope JCMT: A 15-meter submillimeter-wavelength telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Tunnel: Is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometers (17 mi) in circumference, as deep as 175 meters (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Tunnel: Is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometers (17 mi) in circumference, as deep as 175 meters (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

Giant Magellan Telescope’s (GMT) third mirror being polished at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona. GMT will become one of the worlds largest optical telescope planned for completion in 2020 and will be located in northern Chile.

Giant Magellan Telescope’s (GMT) third mirror being polished at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona. GMT will become one of the worlds largest optical telescope planned for completion in 2020 and will be located in northern Chile.

You can find more of Sacchetti’s work over on his website.


Image credits: Photographs by Enrico Sacchetti and used with permission

02 May 17:41

This is How Much Diamond is Extracted from Massive Diamond Mines

by Michael Zhang

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In the world of diamond mining, huge open pits are dug into the Earth in order to find and extract a relatively small amount of usable diamonds. For his new set of images in his ongoing For What It’s Worth project, photographer Dillon Marsh created a series of photos showing this dramatic comparison.

For each pair of images, the first shows a huge pit created in the ground by diamond miners, and the second is a zoomed-in view that includes a CGI rendering of how much diamond has been extracted in the history of that mine.

The Kimberley Mine Was Mined Between 1871 and 1914

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The Koffiefontein Mine Was Mined Between 1870 and 2014

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The Jagersfontein Mine Was Created Between 1871 and 1969

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The intention of this project “is to create a kind of visualization of the merits and shortfalls of mining in South Africa, an industry that has shaped the history and economy of the country so radically,” Marsh says.

Last year we shared a similar series the photographer did on copper mines.


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25 Jun 06:32

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23 Jun 14:46

‘Family Portrait’, Photos of Movie & Comic Book Characters Dressed Up & Posing Together for Classic Flemish Paintings

by Justin Page

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Family Portrait is a new photo series created by French photographer Sacha Goldberger of pop culture and comic book characters both dressed up and posing together as families for classic Flemish paintings from the early 16th century. It is a fantastic follow-up to his 2014 Super Flemish series. The full collection of photos are available to view on Goldberger’s website and Facebook page.

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15 Jun 13:59

Impressive Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

by Christopher Jobson

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To truly appreciate the delicacy of Susanna Bauer‘s leaf sculptures, think of crunching a dead leaf in your hand, how it disentigrates into dust with the slightest effort. To work with dry and fragile leaves as a medium for crochet seems nearly impossible, but Baur somehow manages it with ease, turning leaves into cubes, tunnels, and geometric patterns with techniques that might be more appropriate for durability of leatherwork. She shares about her process:

There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.

Bauer has a new exhibition of work at Lemon Street Gallery in Cornwall, England through June 27th, and you explore a bit more on Facebook

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10 Jun 14:06

Historical Photos and Artworks Set in Motion by Nicolas Monterrat

by Christopher Jobson

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One of my new favorite Tumblrs to follow is Un gif dans ta gueule… (roughly ‘A gif in the mouth…’) run by French photographer and animator Nicolas Monterrat who brings his surreal sense of humor to historical photos, paintings, and other borrowed imagery by creating bizarre and humorous animations. Collected here is just a sampling, do yourself and dive into his archive, you won’t regret it. (via Lustik)

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03 Jun 15:18

Bird Portraits Painted On Secondhand Books Featuring Their Native Brazilian Habitats Carved from the Pages

by Kate Sierzputowski

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Guy Laramée‘s (previously) new series Onde Elles Moran (Where They Live) captures the mystique of the native birds of the Brazilian region Serra do Corvo Branco (Range of the White Raven) through both portrait and carved landscape. The series contains nine sculptures sourced from secondhand bookstores within the country—tomes of the Classicos Jackson which is a series of literature classics published in the ‘50s in Brazil. The rich linen covers inspired the palettes of many of the portraits, the original colors working their way into Laramée’s artistic remodeling.

Although Laramée had originally planned to photograph the vast canyons of the region during his 4-month visit, the diversity, songs, and liveliness of the native birds kept persuading him to eclipse the beautiful scenes with their portraits. The series is dedicated to these birds and their habitat, each book containing a portrait of one on the cover against a faded background and an environmental carving into the pages of the book on the opposite side. The size ratio of the bird to corresponding landscape highlights the creatures’ importance, acknowledging their role as the true owners and rulers of the region.

“Being in the company of these lively beings were one thing, painting them was another story,” explained Laramée while discussing his process. “They became like ghosts on a theater backdrop, posing in front of wallpaper, looking at a vanishing scenery.”

Laramée hopes that this series exudes the stark differences between Man and bird, recognizing that we do not live within the same world. Man’s world has been transformed into an object from which we now feel alienated he explains—we live within our heads and books, not the canyons or earth. “Maybe where they live is where we should live,” says Laramée. “In the solitude of virgin landscapes, we might rediscover our intimate relationships to the world.”

Laramée is represented by JHB Gallery in New York City.

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21 May 21:20

‘Ô les mains’, An Unsettling Photo Series of Models Posed With Hands Fused to Their Bodies in Unexpected Places

by Rebecca Escamilla

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Ô les mains is a photo series by multimedia artist Babak Hosseiny and photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte (previously) featuring models posed with hands fused to their bodies in unexpected places. In the project statement, the opening line from On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein is listed as the inspiration: “If you do know that here is one hand, we’ll grant you all the rest.”

The original idea for this project was conceived around a decade ago after reading this philosophical statement by Wittgenstein. From this point onwards Babak Hosseiny imagined a series of drawings of situations where hands are no longer only hands, but become the physical embodiments of the obstacles, wishes or fears of the individual.

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16 Jun 19:16

Kinetic Hair Dryer Installations by Antoine Terrieux

by Christopher Jobson

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As part of an exhibition last December at the Maison Des Jonglages (House of Juggling) in La Courneuve, France, magician and juggler Antoine Terrieux created this series of kinetic artworks using different arrangements of hair dryers. The dryers were positioned in such a way as to create an updraft for a paper airplane to fly around, a spinning vortex of water vapor, and other unexpected configurations. Terrieux also incorporates hair dryers into his performances. (via La boite verte)

28 May 14:55

Yannick Fournié’s “Incognito” at Bertrand Delacroix...















Yannick Fournié’s “Incognito” at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.

Opening tonight - Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York City, New York is artist Yannick Fournié’s solo show of brand new paintings, “Incognito.”  The French artist paints men and women wearing Mexican luchadore masks to describe ideas about how humans present themselves in modern society.  The show will be open until June 27th, 2015.

28 May 21:41

Javier De Riba Spray Paints the Floors of Derelict Buildings With Geometric, Tile-Like Patterns

by Kate Sierzputowski

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Javier de Riba spray paints abandoned buildings, but not in the way you might imagine. Instead of working on the interior or exterior walls of the buildings he finds, de Riba spray paints the floors, mapping out bright geometric patterns both large and small. The patterns de Riba creates look exactly like tiled floors, making it seem like an element of the building’s past has been elegantly restored.

Like a screen printer, de Riba works layer by layer, first painting the entirety of the space he plans to cover, then working one colored stencil at a time to build up the tile-like effect. The end result is a trick to the eyes both with materials and placement, one never expecting that spray paint formed the intricate patterns on the dusty floors.

The artist and creative designer was born in Barcelona and has worked as an art director in various agencies and studios. His current job is at Reskate Arts & Crafts Collective, a company that develops graphics and communication projects with a focus on sustainability and humane treatment. (via Junk Culture)

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