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12 Aug 18:14

The Force of Nature: A Series of Sculptures That Depict Mother Nature Hurtling Planet Earth in Circles

by Johnny Strategy

After witnessing the destruction brought on by hurricanes in Thailand, the Southern U.S. and around the world, Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn began creating a series of sculptures titled ‘Force of Nature’. Made from bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, the sculptures, full of life and energy, depict mother nature hurtling planet earth around in circles. The powerful and furious image is meant remind us of the power of nature and what Quinn describes as our “false sense of security” towards it.

“After having seen the ravaged coast of Thailand and the Hurricane that affected the Southern States I decided to create a sculpture dedicated to Mother Nature,” explains Quinn. At any moment in time, nature’s wrath could be awakened, bringing with it sudden destruction. The sculptures, which have been installed all around the world, remind us of this fact. And for Quinn they also harken back to something more ancient and primitive: “This would be reminiscent of the early statues made as peace offerings to the Gods in the hope of quenching their anger.” (via Bored Panda)

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09 Aug 23:00

This Cartoon Explains How Important It Is to Have Good Posture

by Patrick Allan

We’ve covered a lot of great ways to help you adjust your posture; from fixing your chicken neck, to undoing your computer hunch. This video explains why developing your posture is so important for the rest of your body.

This video from the TED-Ed YouTube channel explains why standing up straight is about more than how you look. Your posture affects every movement your body makes, and can make your muscles work harder to perform normal tasks, or become weakened over time. Pain and the inability to move certain ways are now all too common side effects of poor posture, and it can even start to affect your internal organs; so it should be taken seriously. Sitting at desks is the root cause for a lot of these problems, but there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself out.http://lifehacker.com/5755870/how-to...

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07 Aug 15:24

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08 Aug 17:45

BTS: Photographing Wildlife in the Land of the Maasai

Photographer Chris Schmid of Morges, Switzerland, recently traveled to Masai Mara, Kenya, to document how the Kenyans living there were helping to preserve their natural environment.

The 3-minute video above is a behind-the-scenes look at Schmid’s journey.

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“For photography I’ve used a lot the a99 coupled with the 500mm and the 70-200mm,” Schmid tells PetaPixel. “When I’m on site, I would prefer to stay far away from the animal and use a telephoto lens to have a natural feel to the images. If it wants to get closer, that’s great, but I would never force the contact.”

“My priority is also to place the animal in its environment; it’s very important for me to show the link between the animal and its habitat. If we want to protect a species it starts with protecting the environment around it.”

Here are some of the photos Schmid captured during the trip:

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Masai Mara, Kenya

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“Today we’re losing 5 lions a day, 5 elephants an hour, and 1 rhino every 7 hours to poaching and it’s becoming an epidemic,” Schmid says.

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The video above is actually the second episode of a new video series titled “Off the Beaten Track,” which Schmid launched to offer a look at his work and travels. Here’s the first one:

You can follow along through Schmid’s Vimeo page. You can also find more of the photographers work over on his personal website.


Image credits: Videos and photographs by Chris Schmid and used with permission

06 Aug 20:05

The Original, Real-Life Dystopian Cityscape of Kowloon Walled City, and the Artwork It Inspired

Kowloon Walled City was a crazy social experiment, except there were no scientists in charge; the test subjects were.

On the site of a dismantled Chinese fortress in Hong Kong, refugee squatters began building makeshift homes in the 1940s. What started out as 2,000 refugees in huts gradually grew into 50,000 people crammed into ramshackle, unregulated skyscrapers leaning on each other for support. (It's reported that no architects or engineers were involved in building the structures, which went up to 14 stories, but were somehow erected by the community that lived there.) And amazingly, it all formed a cohesive—and largely contiguous—structure, resembling a castle or fortress.

KWC had water and electricity siphoned from wells and the rest of the city, but was an unregulated mess of ad-hoc infrastructure largely unsupported by government. Police were afraid to venture inside (though unbelievably, postman were reportedly forced to deliver mail there!). It was filled with criminals, drug dealers and prostitutes, as well as honest families, schoolchildren and one-man manufacturing shops. The following illustration shows what a slice of it might look like:

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Tiny, cramped spaces did double duty, with units that were classrooms during the day transformed into strip clubs at night. There were restaurants and gambling dens, hair salons and convenience stores, unlicensed doctors and dentists. So close were the buildings that sunlight was hard to come by on street level; thus fluorescents were hung outdoors at ground level for illumination. Rooftops, meanwhile, became social spaces.

The government finally shut it down in the 1990s and razed it. But in the years during and since, Kowloon Walled City has captured the imaginations of everyone from architects to sci-fi authors to set designers to artists.

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Image by Greg Girard

Speaking of artists, photographer Greg Girard, who documented KWC in the 1980s, probably has the best photo essay on it (shot both inside and outside) right here. We also wanted to show you the fantastic KWC-inspired work done by a handful of illustrators:

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Image by Nivanh Chanthara
Image by Nivanh Chanthara
Image by Nivanh Chanthara
05 Aug 20:30

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06 Aug 12:03

15 Fun Games for the Bored Designer

Do you find it difficult to find an excuse to take a break from your designing duties? If so, these fiendishly addictive design games are for you. Each one is ideal to play during your coffee break, no matter how short it is. And if any one asks, you can tell them that these games help hone your design instincts and sharpen your skills. Seriously.

In this post are 15 addictive games that test your knowledge on things related to design: fonts and kerning, colors and hues, hex codes, site layouts and more. Race against the time and compare scores with your fellow designers, and most of all, have some fun.

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Think you know magenta from fuchsia or snow from ivory? Here’s a chance to test your eye for subtle shade differences as you race against the clock to identify the correct design color in this great game from Kolor.

Kern Type

Laying out text evenly on the page, or ‘kerning’ as it’s known in the typography business, is harder than it looks. However, as any self-respecting designer will tell you, it’s integral to creating slick content on the page.

Shape Type

There’s a fine art to shaping letters, especially when you want to create an aesthetically pleasing image on the screen. Test your skills with this fun, tablet-compatible game. IT’s harder than it looks.

Hex Invaders

Whoever said that hex codes were fairly useless in terms of everyday skills obviously never played this game! It’s based on the classic arcade game, but with a cunning design twist, of course. To destroy the invaders, you’ll need to match the supplied hex code that appears on the top of the screen.

The Bezier game

Ever struggled to draw things in your designs with the pen tool? With Bezier, you get a tutorial that shows you how to use the pen tool to draw several shapes. Just copy the steps to quickly master the pen tool. Replay the tutorial if you find yourself at a loss.

RGB challenge

Are you an RGB code master, or do you struggle to get your head around remembering them? If you think you’re a bit of a color expert, here’s the game to test your skills to the max. Make no mistakes, because any mistake sends you back to the beginning. See if you can beat your best score!

Brandseen

Brandseen gives you the chance to combine your knowledge of some of the world’s most famous brands with your color identification prowess. You’ll be shown 9 of the most iconic logos, and you’ll need to use your supreme design-jedi master skills to match the right color to the logo design.

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Now it’s time to get serious about testing your color knowledge. This simple, yet comprehensive test challenges your eye in finding the right shade. You’ll need to identify complementary colors, analogous hues, triadic, tetradic and saturation.Or just try to get the color in the middle circle right. Good luck!

Odd one out

Here’s a nice color recognition game with a twist. You’ll need to find the odd one out each time, but be warned, the game gets progressively trickier! It’s a great way to train your eyes to get used to subtle differences between hues, which is always useful when designing a site.

Color Run

If you think you’re good at picking up subtle color differences, then this game tests how effective you are at identifying the lighter color, against a ticking clock. You’ll need to have lightning reflexes and quick fingers to score well, and it’s a good game to compete with friends.

Pixel perfect

Pixactly is the game that assesses how well you really know your pixels. All you’ve got to do is draw a box that matches the width and height dimensions given, and see how close you get to the right answer. Sounds easy, right? There’s only one way to find out.

Online Color challenge

According to the statistics included on this site, 1 in 255 women and 1 in 12 men have some sort of color vision deficiency. No matter your gender, we suspect you’ll find this color sorting game quite challenging!

The Rather Difficult Font Game

As designers, we use fonts all the time. So why are the names so hard to remember? If you’re constantly finding that the name of the perfect font that is just at the tip of your tongue, here’s a game to help improve your knowledge and understand the subtle differences between font styles.

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It’s amazing how instantly recognizable some websites are, just from their layout. This fascinating quiz proves the point perfectly, though you’ll also be amazed at how many you recognize, but aren’t quite sure which site they are!

Shoot the serif

Select your level of design skill, then shoot only the serif fonts in order to get promoted. It’s an addictive shoot-em-down style game that helps you easily identify serif fonts. Just make sure you leave the sans serif standing!

We hope you enjoyed your break, had a lot of fun, and even learned something new! What’s your favorite game? Do you know any other great design quizzes, tricky experiments, or challenging apps? Do share your scores, achievements, and thoughts!

Editor’s note: This is written by Lana Lozovaya for Hongkiat.com Lana is the content strategist and social media manager at PSD2HTML®, the leading PSD to HTML and web development company.

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02 Aug 13:04

Photographer Wim Van Dan Heever’s Images Capture Chases And Fights In The Animal Kingdom

by dmitry

These breath-taking photographs reveal the everyday lives of animals living in the wild. The incredible images were taken by wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, from Pretoria, South Africa, during trips to locations including Japan, Botswana and Svalbard. The 43-year-old has been photographing wildlife since he was a young boy and turned his passion for animals into a career and set up ODP Safaris in 2006.

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This cheetah closes in on a springbok in the set of stunning wildlife photographs by Wim van Den Heever. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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It’s difficult to tell whether this is a serious fight or just some fooling around by a pair of polar bears. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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A pack of elephants wander the plains with the backdrop of a truly enchanting red sky above. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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This group of dolphins decide to have some fun in the surf, and of course the stunning scene was captured by Wim. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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Eagles put on a somewhat aggressive show for the photographer, talons at the ready. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The lion is usually the hunter, but in this scene it’s the prey that seems to have the upper hand. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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This shot of a seal bull swinging an octopus around is something you won’t see everyday. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The grey of the rhino shimmers in the waters in a spectacular night shot. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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This old bull elephant dust baths on an open plain. It’s easy to see why photographer Wim has turned his passion for animals into a career. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The humpback whale thrusts its head out of the water in an enchanting photograph. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The incredible images were taken by wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, from Pretoria, South Africa, during trips to locations including Japan, Botswana and Svalbard. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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Wim has travelled across the globe to photograph wild animals – from lions and tigers, to elephants, dolphins and eagles and leopards, such as this. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The outline of the elephant shimmers in the water, only interrupted by the beautiful sunset. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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A baby elephant takes a tumble in the mud, but thankfully there are enough other elephants to help out. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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It’s thirsty work being a lion in the wild, with this group of five having a drink of water together. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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Zebras crossing! This animal looks as thought it’s spotted the camera and so gives Wim his best look. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The cheetah takes aim as it closes in on dinner of springbok on the plain. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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Wim captures an amazing image of a dolphin silhouetted against a rough sea. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The 43-year-old has been photographing wildlife since he was a young boy and turned his passion for animals into a career and set up ODP Safaris in 2006. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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Wim set up ODP Safaris which specialises in photographic travel to a hand-picked selection of international destinations. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

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The photographer describes his profession as being more of a lifestyle than a hobby, taking in some truly wondrous sights. (Wim van Den Heever / Mercury Press / The Daily Mail)

Via The Daily Mail

03 Aug 19:12

Father and Son Take the Same Picture Every Year for Nearly 3 Decades

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An anonymous father and son over in China are making headlines in that country and across the Internet after their special photos tradition came to light recently. Ever since the son was born in 1986, he and his father have posed for a picture together every year up through 2013. Together, the photos form a powerful series of images showing this special relationship over nearly three decades of life together.

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“One day your parents put you down and never picked you up again.”

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It appears that the tradition may have been broken in 2014, but this year the tradition changed into include a new member of the family line.

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Hopefully the family will be able to keep up their tradition into this third generation. We’ll try to update you on their progress in the year 2045.

(via Reddit via Bored Panda)

03 Aug 14:43

This Insane Motorcycle Surfing Shoot was 2.5 Years in the Making

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Surf photography doesn’t usually feature motorcycles, but this crazy shoot did. For its latest project titled “Pipe Dream,” DC Shoes partnered with Australian stunt bike rider Robbie Maddison for dirt bike surfing. The team spent 2.5 years working on making the idea a reality, creating a modified bike that has boasts special fins for hydroplaning, a waterproof engine, and custom rear tires.

It all came together as this: an amazing 4-minute video that has racked up over 3 million views in the first 24 hours after it was released:

Maddison took his modified dirt bike to the massive waves of Tahiti to give motorbike surfing a trial by fire. The resulting shots were spectacular:

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Finally, here’s a short behind-the-scenes trailer that offers a few glimpses into the creation and testing of the surf bike:

You can learn more about “Pipe Dream” over on its webpage at DC Shoes.

(via DC Shoes via Fstoppers)


Image credits: All photographs by DC Shoes

31 Jul 16:45

This is a Rooftopping Photographer From the 1920s

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Rooftopping photographers have gotten a lot of attention and notoriety in recent days for climbing to extremely high points in cities and shooting photos while often teetering on the edge. It turns out photographers were already pulling similar stunts nearly a century ago.

The picture above (by an unknown photographer) shows a photographer taking a picture of New York City streets while standing high above on the corner of a skyscraper. It was taken sometime in the mid-1920s.


Update: Here’s a 1905 photo of a photographer sitting high above Fifth Avenue:

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This photo, purportedly of photographer Charles C. Ebbets in 1932, is reminiscent of many of the rooftopping photos we see today.

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Update: As photographer Bob Cooley points out in the comments below, multiple sources on the Internet suggest that all three of these photos show photographer Charles C. Ebbets, who was known for these types of stunts.

31 Jul 14:42

Photographer Captures Shots of Hawks Exchanging Food in Midair

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Photographer Phoo Chan was shooting in Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, California, recently when he spotted hawks doing food exchanges in midair. The photo above is a 5-shot composite showing a male Northern Harrier passing a small bird it caught to one of its three offspring.

Here’s a crop of the image (you can see a higher-res shot here):

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Chan also captured this photo of a male Northern Harrier dropping a freshly caught squirrel to one of its mates:

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The photo was shot using a Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon 600mm on a 2x teleconverter. The effective focal length was 1920mm, which “too much of a reach when the subjects are too close,” Chan says.

He writes that male Northern Harriers can have as many as five mates at once, and since the males are the main bread- meat-winners in the “families,” they’re constantly busy trying to provide for their mates and offspring.

By the way, Chan is the same photographer that snapped that photo of a crow riding a bald eagle earlier this month.

(via Phoo Chan via 500px ISO)


Image credits: Photographs by Phoo Chan and used with permission

29 Jul 23:12

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28 Jul 09:00

Eat the world par Rubén Chase Via Flickr : In spanish,...



Eat the world par Rubén Chase
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In spanish, there’s a saying: “You eat more with your eyes than with your mouth”. That happen when you do a lot of food for lunch, becouse you’re really hungry, and then you can’t finish it. It happens to me all the time T_T (Crap, I wish that it stops raining, so I can shoot outside!) Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr _______________________ En castellano, hay un dicho: “Comes más con los ojos que con la boca”. Eso pasa cuando preparas un montón de comida al mediodía, ya tienes mucha hambre… y después eres incapaz de terminarla. Eso me pasa todo el tiempo T_T (Espero que algún día de estos deje de llover, para poder tomar algunas fotos fuera) Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

27 Jul 21:53

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26 Jul 02:33

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27 Jul 20:25

Welsh Man Is Illustrating Every One of Over 100,000 Items In His Late Grandfather’s Garage

by Lori Dorn

The Shed Project

John Lee Phillips, an artist living in Narberth (Arberth), Wales, has set out to illustrate every object in his late grandfather’s toolshed. Phillips has estimated that the shed holds over 100,000 tools and this wonderful project will take him approximately 4 or 5 years.

I am currently cataloguing the entire contents of my late grandfather’s tool shed. I estimate the project to take around 5 years and will involve me illustrating in excess of 100,000 items.

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26 Jul 17:44

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26 Jul 01:37

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21 Jul 10:57

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22 Jul 17:28

Broken Liquid: New Bodies of Water Sculpted from Layered Glass by Ben Young

by Christopher Jobson

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Glass artist Ben Young (previously here and here) just shared a glimpse of his latest sculptural works made from layers of cut laminate window panes. The bodies of water depicted in Young’s work are usually cut into cross-sections akin to textbook illustrations, creating translucent geometric islands that can appear both monolithic or chamsic.

“I hope viewers might imagine the work as something ‘living’ that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being,” Young says. “I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.” The self-taught artist, furniture maker, and surfer has explored the properties of cut glass for over a decade at his Sydney studio. Here’s a bit more about his processes via Kirra Galleries:

Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass made for windows, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool. The complexity comes from the planning phase, where he says “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut.” He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques: “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.” The texture and colour of the glass varies in every piece according to its thickness and arrangement.

Young opens a new exhibition of work along with artist Peter Nilsson titled Float at Kirra Galleries this evening in Melbourne.

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22 Jul 18:58

AP to Upload More Than 550,000 Historical Videos to YouTube

The Associated Press today announced that it will be uploading more than 550,000 historical video clips to YouTube, giving the public access to more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage of notable events.

This project is being done in partnership with British Movietone, one of the world’s largest archives of historical newsreel footage. The goal is to create a sort of “view-on-demand visual encyclopedia.”

“Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date,” the AP writes.

The giant archive will feature videos spanning from 1895 to the present day. Here are some notable historical clips uploaded by AP Archive so far:

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

The Titanic Before Its Last Voyage in 1912

The Hindenburg Disaster in 1937

An England vs. Germany Soccer Match in 1938

The Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

V-E Day in London in 1945

Marylin Monroe in London in 1956

Elvis Presley Performing in 1956

The World Cup Final in 1966

Martin Luther King’s Assasination in 1968

You can find more of these historical clips and follow along with new ones as they’re uploaded by checking out the AP Archive and British Movietone accounts on YouTube.

(via AP via Engadget)

20 Jul 14:40

virginiaisforhaters: Wow its almost like most of human history...

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Wow it’s almost like most of human history has been about controlling women… or something…