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01 Jan 16:26

Photographer Beth Moon Spent 14 Years Hunting for the World’s Most Ancient Trees

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Portraits of Time” is a series of photographs showing the oldest and most majestic trees on the face of the Earth. Photographer Beth Moon traveled to the far corners of the world over a period of 14 years in the process of shooting the shots, traveling to remote regions where the trees have largely remained undisturbed by mankind.

Many of the trees have “survived because they are out of reach of civilization,” Moon writes. They were found on mountainsides, private estates, and protected lands. Some of the trees only exist in a very specific area (e.g. baobab‘s on the island of Madagascar).

Moon’s project has taken her to locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. She selects her trees based on three criteria: age, size, and/or notable history. After identifying a tree that would be suitable for her series, she will travel out to the location to capture a portrait of it.

The images are intended to “celebrate the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries,” Moon states. “I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits.”

On her website, Moon writes that she uses platinum printing as a “noble process in the digital age”:

With platinum printing, noted for its beautiful luminosity and wide tonal scale, the absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3 dimensional appearance. Unrivaled by any other printing process, platinum, like gold, is a stable metal. A print can last for thousands of years. This process gives tones that range from cool blacks, neutral grays, to rich sepia browns.

Here are some of the photographs in the series (some of the trees are thousands of years old):

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Portraits of Time [Beth Moon via Colossal]


Image credits: Photographs by Beth Moon and used with permission

12 Oct 13:34

Dia das Crianças

by ricardo

feliz dia das crianças :)

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07 Nov 16:56

Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

by John Biggs
Bozkurt-Roach-HEADER-848x477 Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More
30 Dec 15:20

Photographer Shoots Family Portraits That Capture the Chaos of Being a Parent

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Family portraits are usually meant to be idealized representation of families, with nice clothes, pleasant smiles, and beautiful backdrops. The portraits in “Best Case Scenario” are different. In each of the images in the project, lifestyle photographer Danielle Guenther attempts to capture the reality of being a parent of young children. Things aren’t perfect and peaceful — life is often chaos.

Guenther regularly visits families to shoot portraits in their homes. The traditional type of family portrait. However, during one home visit to a family with small kids, the photo shoot “spiraled out of control” and descended into chaos. Guenther then decided that she would start a series of “real” portraits showing what parents actually go through on a day to day basis.

After sharing some of her “Best Case Scenario” photographs online, Guenther began receiving requests from families who wanted their own “chaotic portraits” taken, and the series has been an ongoing project ever since.

Guenther’s images capture sibling rivalries, shopping disasters, messy meals, the fear of waking a sleeping baby, being late out the door, and more. Here are the images in the series so far:

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You can follow along with the series through its webpage and through Facebook.

(H/T SLR Lounge)


Image credits: Photographs by Danielle Guenther and used with permission

29 Dec 18:57

Uncanny Moments on the Streets of China Photographed by Water Meter Reader Tao Liu

by Johnny Strategy

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The 32-year old Tao Liu knows the city of Hefei like his backyard. Since 2005 he’s traveled up, down and across the city in Eastern China on his motorbike reading water meters for a local utilities company. The job was tedious, exhausting and unrewarding, until he picked up a camera.

For the past 3 years Liu has used his spare time to capture intimate, witty and humorous street photos of Hefei. “I like taking photos because I can hang around on the streets and capture an image when something interested me but was neglected by others,” Liu told the Global Times. “I want to remind people of the touching moments in life.” He was interviewed after his photos went viral on China’s social network Weibo.

Liu has no formal training in photography but cites Daido Moriyama – often referred to as “the father of street photography” – as a primary influence. “I found him [to be] a very focused photographer,” says Liu in an interview with TIME. “I chose my camera based on what he uses.” Liu’s photos, intentionally or not, seem to poke fun at things like commercialization and urbanization. Liu clearly has a knack, not only for being in the right place at the right time, but for a keen eye that spots charming, serendipitous scenes amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can keep up with him and his work on Lofter. All photos courtesy the photographer. (via Time)

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29 Dec 13:00

Vacation is All in the Mind

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27 Dec 16:19

Tip: You Can Use Your Wallet as a Simple Tripod for Your Smartphone

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There are now a number of smartphone tripods out there that are designed to fit inside your wallet when not in use. Before you buy one, though, here’s a random little tip: if your wallet is thick and sturdy enough, you don’t even need a separate accessory — your wallet itself can do just fine.

The idea is stupidly simple — many of you may have already done this before — but the trick can be helpful when you need to snap a picture and can’t find anything stable to rest your phone on/against.

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Singaporean smartphone snapper Bang Ong shows us how he does this in this short video tutorial:

You’ll need the smartphone to snap shots by itself, but timers are built into many camera apps these days. You can also use this trick with your compact camera if it’s small and thin enough.

(via Laughing Squid)

26 Dec 05:30

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26 Dec 03:30

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27 Dec 18:19

Photographer Michel Rajkovic Captures the Magic of Landscapes with Long Exposures

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Michel Rajkovic is a fine art photographer based in Asnieres, France. He travels the world and captures photos of time passing through landscapes by shooting long exposure photographs on medium format black and white film.

His images show locations in countries that include France, Scotland, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Each shot is a demonstration of Rajkovic’s careful framing and keen eye for beauty.

Here’s a selection of his photographs:

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You can find more of Rajkovic’s work through his online portfolio.

23 Dec 08:08

Christmas on the Moon

by Doug

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And here’s more festive cheer!

22 Dec 19:07

29 Bizarro Xmas Cartoons

by Piraro

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19 Dec 18:11

The Disorienting Beauty of Spiral Staircases in Old Abandoned Buildings

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Christian Richter is a fine art architecture photographer based in the small town of Jeßnitz, Germany. A fan of exploring old, abandoned buildings, Richter has often come across tall spiral staircases that look both beautiful and disorienting when viewed from the very top looking down. These staircases form a photo series of his that is aptly titled, “Abandoned Staircases.”

Richter tells us that he grew up in East Germany. After the reunification of Germany, many large buildings ended up being abandoned in Richter’s part of the country. He began exploring these structures for fun and then began to focus on them years later when he entered the world of photography.

“You must visit many, many buildings to find a great staircase,” Richter says. He now travels across Europe in search of them. Once he locates one, he sets up his Canon 5D mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens, and tripod, and then composes a photograph to focus on the patterns and textures “of impermanence.”

Many of the shots are 5 frame HDR photos that have been lightly processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s a selection of the photos so far:

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You can check out more of Richter’s work by visiting his website.


Image credit: Photographs by Christian Richter and used with permission

16 Dec 00:34

20 Gifs That Teach You Science Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Probably Can

Not to critique teachers or anything (after all, I am one). It’s just that these Gifs are astoundingly elegant.

1) This is a a Reuleaux Triangle

(There are curves of constant width besides circles and spheres. It’s a convex planar shape whose width is the same regardless of the orientation of the curve)

2) And these Curves of Constant Width can drill square holes

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3) This is why Pi is significant

(Animation shows the act of unrolling a circle’s circumference [or trying to], illustrating the ratio π)

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4) How to make Pascal’s Triangle

(These are used in algebra and probability, where it can be used to find Combinations. )

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5) This is a Miura Fold

(It’s a method of folding a flat surface into a smaller volume. It consists of tessellated parallelograms and is used in the solar panels of satellites)

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6) This is a Parabola

(If you kick a soccer ball (or shoot an arrow, fire a missile or throw a stone) it will arc up into the air and come down again…following the path of a parabola!)

7) This is a Radian

(The radian is the standard unit of angular measure, used in many areas of mathematics)

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8) This is a Matrix Transposition

(A matrix which is formed by turning all the rows of a given matrix into columns and vice-versa. The transpose of matrix A is written A)

9) This is a Sierpinski Triangle

(a kind of fractal,  a mathematically generated pattern that can be reproducible at any magnification or reduction)

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via WikiMedia

10) Here’s how you convert Cartesian (rectangular) to Polar Coordinates

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11) This is how Exterior Angles of Polygons work

(they add up to 360 degrees)

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12) This is a Hyperboloid made up of straight lines

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13) This is also a Hyperboloid of straight lines

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14) This is how White Blood Cells keep you safe

(in the video, a white blood cell chases and engulfs this bacteria–watch until the end!)

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15) This is Earth’s ice and vegetation cycle over a year

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via NASA

16) There is Flammable Matter in Smoke

(it’s not just nothingness, obviously)

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17) This is what it looks like when you set a Flammable Liquid on fire in a glass jar

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18) This is the Messiner Effect

(A superconductor levitates over a magnetic track)

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19) This is how Tension works in relation to falling objects

(watch a slinky fall to the Earth; this is how slinkies always fall)

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via YouTube

20) Not all Gasses have the same Density

(Sulphur hexaflouride is much denser than air)

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via Pbh2

21) BONUS! And remember, all those amazing astronomy images are much more than 2D images…

(the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in 3D)

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16 Nov 15:57

A Quirky Portrait Series that Features ‘Elderly Kids’

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Los Angeles-based photographer Zachary Scott of Sharpe & Associates was recently commissioned by New York Times Magazine to shoot a quirky series of portraits for a feature titled, “What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?” The piece was about the area of reverse aging research, so Scott’s task was to make a group of kids look like they had instantly aged 70 years or so.

Scott and his team used props, prosthetic makeup, and digital trickery to create their “believable time warp effect.”

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Scott definitely has a knack for this type of work, but unfortunately for him, most people wish to look younger in portraits rather than older.

You can find more of his work over in his online portfolio.

(H/T Visual News)

21 Nov 15:34

Mesmerizing Cinemagraphs Capture The Monotony of ‘Routine’

by DL Cade

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How do you capture ‘routine’ on camera? That was the question that talented cinemagraph creator Julien Douvier (featured before here and here) was asking himself late last year. The answer, when it struck him, was simple: nothing is perhaps more routine than our early morning walk to work.

So he set about capturing that in the only way he knew how: photography with a touch of motion — or videography with a touch of stillness — in order words, cinemagraphs.

“One day, I realized that I was making the same trip every day for almost four years,” he writes on Behance. “Waking up at the same time, taking the same routes through the same streets, walking on the same sidewalks in front of the same buildings…”

That’s how the project was born.

“This is a work about repetition, present in many forms in these images, not only with people walking by in cadence but also with the buildings facades full of geometric, rhythmic and repetitive elements.” he continues.

“Because life is all about rhythm.”

To see more of Douvier’s work, be sure to check out our previous coverage of his beautiful cinemagraphs, and then head over to his website, Tumblr and/or Behance to dive deeper down the that rabbit hole.

(via Fubiz)


Image credits: Cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier

17 Nov 19:14

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I need to say this is one of the most uplifting things I’ve seen.

well that’s my existential crisis sorted out

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"Right now? I’m going with donuts"

11 Nov 17:00

Magnum Photographers Rescue Their Favorite Unpublished Photos for a Special Signed Print Sale

by DL Cade

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Attics were scoured, basements searched and hard drives dusted off for a very exciting print sale from the storied Magnum Photos agency. Dubbed the Square Print Sale [Note: Some images are NSFW], Magnum is giving you a chance to own signed prints of previously un-published and un-seen photographs by some of the best photographers to ever use a camera.

The sale is an exercise in rescuing images that often never made it to the cutting room floor. 37 Magnum photographers were asked to rescue a single, orphaned photograph from deep within their archives to offer as a signed 6×6-inch print for $100.

And you have the chance to see and purchase these prints from today through Friday, November 14th at 5pm Eastern.

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Photo by Richard Kalvar

But Magnum took this sale one step beyond just uncovering some lost photos and offering them for sale. Each of the participating photographers also gives some history behind the photo they offered, and the stories range from funny, to poignant, to just plain awesome.

One of our absolute favorites is this story, by photographer Richard Kalvar, about the image above:

At a car wash in the suburbs of Paris, I saw this poor woman locked in a car, just as the giant rollers were about to swallow the vehicle. She looked familiar; she was, in fact, my wife. I could never put this picture with my personal work, because there was a certain complicity between me and the subject. To maintain my credibility, my photos must be “found”, which wasn’t quite the case here, so the picture has remained lonely and neglected. But I like it anyway; would you care to give it a home?

On the picture’s sales page he also offers a photo of his wife that “passes the test” of authenticity that the photo above does not. That, too, is well worth checking out.

Below are 9 more images being offered for sale by iconic photographers — from David Alan Harvey to Thomas Hoepker:

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown

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Photo by Bieke Depoorter

Photo by Stuart Franklin

Photo by Stuart Franklin

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Photo by David Alan Harvey

Photo by Thomas Hoepker

Photo by Thomas Hoepker

Photo by Micha Bar-Am

Photo by Micha Bar-Am

Photo by Constantine Manos

Photo by Constantine Manos

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Photo by Jacob Aue Sobol

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Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins

To read the stories behind all of these images, see what else is up for sale, or pick up your own signed 6×6-inch Magnum print, head over to the Square Print Sale page by clicking here (Reminder: Some Images NSFW). You can also pick up a box set with all 37 signed prints for $2,850.

(via NYTimes | Lens)


Image credits: Photographs credited individually, used courtesy of Magnum Photos

05 Nov 22:23

Colors of Afghanistan

by Blog Import

 

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If my heart trembles
for Kabul,
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…

It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbours’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda

Bamiyan 

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 Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with
their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
- William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

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In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody,
an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
- Khaled Hosseini

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Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
– Saeb-e-Tabrizik
Translation by Josephine Davis

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Bamiyan Province

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God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
- Unknown

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Afghanistan/Pakistan border

Maimana

 

Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Reale di Monza
Monza, Italy
October 30, 2014 – April 6, 2015

 

Finding the Sublime
CT Gallery
112, rue Saint-François
74120 Megève
France
December 16, 2014 – February 8, 2015

http://instagram.com/stevemccurryofficial

 



07 Nov 20:44

Photographer Documents the Fashionable Wardrobe of Slavik, A Homeless Man He Befriended

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Ukrainian photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn has spent the past two years capturing the intriguing outfits of Slavik, a local 55-year-old homeless man who changes his clothes at least once a day, using a wardrobe made up of items collected on the streets through assistance programs.

The two first met when Slavik approached Dyachyshyn for some change while he was working on a project in the city of Lviv, and it wasn’t long before Dyachyshyn took out his camera and began snapping images of Slavik in exchange for roughly a dollar per photo.

The time between images ranges from days to months, as it was somewhat of a guessing game as to where Slavik would be. But, over the course of two years, the two have developed a friendship, with Slavik often reaching out to Dyachyshyn in hopes of showing off his new outfit.

Below are a few of the outfits Slavik has modeled for Dyachyshyn:

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Unfortunately, Slavik’s story has an uncertain end: the last time Dyachyshyn saw him was in January of 2013. It’s not unlike Slavik to disappear for long periods of time though, so Dyachyshyn still holds out hope that he will stumble across Slavik again — beer in hand, cigarette in his mouth, and another eclectic outfit in tow.

(via Feature Shoot)


Image credits: Photographs by Yurko Dyachyshyn and used with permission

07 Nov 18:00

Clever Photos That Make It Look Like Painted Museum Portraits are Taking Selfies

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It was during a trip to the National Gallery of Denmark that Olivia Muus came up with a fun idea: she decided to use painted portraits as the centerpiece for a small collection of forced perspective ‘selfies.’

By simply holding her hand up in front of the portraits in the galleries and snapping a picture, Muus gives the classic paintings and their stoic subjects a much more… modern feel:

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The ongoing series has drawn quite the crowd across social media since Muus put it online, leading her to create Museum of Selfies, a Tumblr dedicated to sharing similar images captured by people across the world.

You can see many more images like this by heading over to the Museum of Selfies. Otherwise, give Muus a follow on Instagram to keep up with her humorous antics.

(via Lost at Minor)


Image credits: Photographs by Olivia Muus and used with permission

02 Nov 19:25

Photographer Captures Her Daughter’s Connection to the Sea in Graceful Underwater Portraits

by DL Cade

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Bahamas-based underwater photographer Elena Kalis and her daughter Sacha Kalis have a deep connection with the water. Elena has been an underwater photographer for many years, and Sacha, thanks in part to her mother’s encouragement and in part to her own natural affinity to the water, says she “learned to swim before she could walk.”

Together, they create dream-like, peaceful portraits that capture Sacha’s world beneath the waves and her connection to all the creatures that make the waters of the Bahamas their home.

For Elena, the underwater realm is alive in a way that the land above just can’t match. “The underwater world is dreamlike and lucid and just a different world overall,” she told RagMag in an interview. “I feel a fusion of respect, awe, sensuality, and mystery when shooting underwater and in the ocean in particular.”

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Her daughter Sacha mirrors this opinion when she describes her relationship with the “world below the waves.” She talks about, “an environment where light, movement, and weightlessness create an amazing, dreamlike quality to images.”

Mother and daughter, connected to the water as they are, make for a wonderful team. Photographer and model, the images they create together have us aching for the warm waters of the Bahamas and the solid feel of an underwater housing in our hands:

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To see more of Elena’s work, be sure to visit her website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. And if you’d like to follow Sacha specifically, she has her own website where you’ll find links to all her social accounts and blog as well.

(via My Modern Met)


Image credits: Photographs by Elena Kalis and used with permission

15 Jul 18:45

Eye Witness

by Blog Import

 

Where words are restrained,
 the eyes often talk a great deal.
 - Samuel Richardson

 

Italy

Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson

Yemen

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE

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Ethiopia

The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE

Afghanistan

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mali

Tibet

The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

- St. Jerome

United States

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having 
new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

Niger

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton

United States

Pakistan

India

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
 William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

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 India 

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.
- Audrey Hepburn

India

 Exhibitions

Alessandro Del Piero Gallery

Torino, Italy

May 16 - August 31, 2014

Festival La Gacilly

La Gacilly, France

May 31 - September 30, 2014

 

Théâtre de la Photography et de l’Image

Nice, France

June 27 - September 28, 2014


16 Oct 13:12

Spitting Contest

by tga

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28 Sep 05:41

My wife is a water-colorist. Here is a painting she made for our niece.

24 Oct 21:11

Capas de discos clássicos que cantam

by Alexandre Matias

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Assim é o clipe de “Mayokero”, do vocalista Roy Kafri, que coloca vários clássicos da história do rock para cantar uma música tocada apenas no vocal. O clipe acontece de trás pra frente, foi dirigido pelo mesmo Vania Heymann que fez aquela versão interativa para “Like a Rolling Stone” do Dylan no ano passado e é uma crítica à forma como a digitalização da música acabou matando o romantismo de outrora. Assista até o fim:

23 Oct 17:04

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young

by Christopher Jobson

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

New Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young sculpture ocean glass

Sculptor Ben Young (previously) just unveiled a collection of new glass sculptures prior to the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago next month. Young works with laminated clear float glass atop cast concrete bases to create cross-section views of ocean waves that look somewhat like patterns in topographical charts. The self-taught artist is currently based in Sydney but was raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand, where the local landscape and surroundings greatly inspired his art. You can learn more about his sculptures over on Kirra Galleries, and follow him on Facebook.

17 Oct 18:28

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb

by Christopher Jobson

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

Furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb (previously) just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his exploration of architectural shapes using an improvised form of woodworking frequently described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” Without regard to the design or stability a true architect might utilize, he instead works with more abstract shapes cut from repurposed and exotic woods which in turn become component pieces for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables. McNabb shares via email:

I compare hyperrealistic painting to fine woodworking. Both are slow, tedious, detail oriented process that require great care and consideration through every stage of making. In contrast, I compare my style of rapid bandsaw mark making to the fast paced nature of spray can art. It’s my attempt at “urban woodworking”.

Metros will be on view through October 28, 2014 and you can see more of McNabb’s recent work right here.

17 Oct 21:30

Scientists Discover the Ideal Dance Moves for Men

by Patrick Allan

Before heading out for a night on the town, guys might want to make sure they have their dance moves down. A recent study showed women rated these particular dance moves higher than others.

The study—conducted by Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and published in Biology Lettersfound that women rated male dancers higher when they performed large, variable movements of their head, neck, and torso. Male dancers were also considered "good" dancers if they displayed fast bending and twisting of the right knee. Study lead Nick Neave, from the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University, used motion-capture technology to record different males dancing in different ways. To avoid bias, when the females were asked to identify which dancers showed strong dancing ability, they only saw the plain grey avatars you can see in the above video from Business Insider's YouTube channel. Neave explains:

In humans, dance is a set of intentional, rhythmic, culturally influenced, non-verbal body movements that are considered to be an important aspect of sexuality and courtship attraction... Dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of male mate quality in terms of physical strength, prenatal androgenization and symmetry, and thus affect women's perceptions of men's attractiveness.

Case in point: Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing." Of course, there's absolutely no guarantee that a guy swinging his head around and twisting his right knee will make him more attractive, but the rhythmic use of these types of moves could help a guy with two left feet seem much more skilled. So guys, if you plan on cutting up a rug this weekend, consider adding a few of these moves into your repertoire.

Male dance moves that catch a woman's eye | The Journal Biology Letters via Useful Science

16 Oct 22:00

Remove Plastic Food Container Odors by Storing Them with Salt

by Patrick Allan

Remove Plastic Food Container Odors by Storing Them with Salt

If you tend to make pungent meals—or just forgot about one in the fridge—you probably have to deal with smelly containers. Adding a pinch of salt to your container after washing it can help keep the leftover odors at bay.

It's pretty disheartening—not to mention unappetizing—when you grab a plastic food container to store your meal and it just plain stinks. You washed it with soap and water, maybe ran it through the dishwasher, and it still smells nasty. Leah Bhabha at cooking blog Food52 suggests adding a pinch of salt to your clean containers before putting them away. The salt will absorb some of the odor and it also acts as an antimicrobial, killing off any odor-causing germs. When you're ready to use it, just rinse out the salt, and your container should be stink free. If you happen to have some newspaper around, the carbon in the paper can help you keep odors to minimum as well.

How to Get Smells and Stains Out of Tupperware | Food52

Photo by James Ransom.