And here’s more festive cheer!
And here’s more festive cheer!
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:
You can check out more of Richter’s work by visiting his website.
Image credit: Photographs by Christian Richter and used with permission
Not to critique teachers or anything (after all, I am one). It’s just that these Gifs are astoundingly elegant.
(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)
(Animation shows the act of unrolling a circle’s circumference [or trying to], illustrating the ratio π)
(These are used in algebra and probability, where it can be used to find Combinations. )
(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)
(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!)
(The radian is the standard unit of angular measure, used in many areas of mathematics)
(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 AT )
(a kind of fractal, a mathematically generated pattern that can be reproducible at any magnification or reduction)
(they add up to 360 degrees)
(in the video, a white blood cell chases and engulfs this bacteria–watch until the end!)
(it’s not just nothingness, obviously)
(A superconductor levitates over a magnetic track)
(watch a slinky fall to the Earth; this is how slinkies always fall)
(Sulphur hexaflouride is much denser than air)
21) BONUS! And remember, all those amazing astronomy images are much more than 2D images…
(the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in 3D)
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.”
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)
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.
Image credits: Cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier
Life and Donuts by Pablo Stanley
I need to say this is one of the most uplifting things I’ve seen.
well that’s my existential crisis sorted out
seriously though its nice to have that kind of comfort written out like that
"What connects us to life?"
"Right now? I’m going with donuts"
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.
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:
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown
Photo by Bieke Depoorter
Photo by Stuart Franklin
Photo by David Alan Harvey
Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Photo by Micha Bar-Am
Photo by Constantine Manos
Photo by Jacob Aue Sobol
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
If my heart trembles
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
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
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
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.
Translation by Josephine Davis
God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Reale di Monza
October 30, 2014 – April 6, 2015
Finding the Sublime
112, rue Saint-François
December 16, 2014 – February 8, 2015
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:
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
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:
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
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.”
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:
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
Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE
The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
- St. Jerome
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton
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
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.
- Audrey Hepburn
May 16 - August 31, 2014
La Gacilly, France
May 31 - September 30, 2014
June 27 - September 28, 2014
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:
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.
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.
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 Letters—found 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.
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.
Photo by James Ransom.
Since 2001, artist and illustrator David Zinn has stalked the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, creating temporary illustrations with chalk and charcoal. Zinn improvises each piece on the spot and makes use of found objects, street fixtures, and stairsteps to create trompe l’oeil illusions. These are some of our favorite pieces from the last few months, but you can see plenty more on Facebook and in his 2013 book Lost & Unfounded: Street Art by David Zinn. All photos courtesy the artist. (via Street Art Utopia)
Earth can be absolutely beautiful as seen from the ground. But, as wonderful as it is from our point of view, certain scenes just can’t be appreciated unless seen from a bird’s eye view.
Each day a new image is posted to the website and shared on both Instagram and Facebook. Alongside each image is a number of interesting facts and the exact location of each image, in case you’re looking to find it yourself.
Below are some of our favorites from the collection thus far.
(via Washington Post)
Image credits: Photograph via Digital Globe
A 76-year-old man named Gunther Holtorf is back home in Germany now after an epic road trip. How epic was it? It could very well be the world’s longest: the journey took 26 years, included 177 different countries around the world, and spanned nearly 550,000 miles.
All along the way, Holtorf carried two Leica cameras — a Leicaflex SL and a Leica M6 — to document the things he saw in the places he visited. The video above, featuring photographer David Lemke, offers a glimpse into Holtorf’s journey and photos.
Tokyo-based artist Satoshi Araki is a man whose eye for the detail is immediately evident when you look at his dioramas… if you can even tell they’re dioramas, that is.
For each miniature, Araki painstakingly plans out the layout of his trashed and scattered street scenes and photographs in such a way that, often, you’d be hard-pressed to identify them as dioramas at all..
The 45-year-old artist makes a living by crafting many of the items seen in the scenes he photographs, but in his free time, he enjoys putting his skills to use creating photographs of urban decay and war-torn streets.
Araki uses a variety of materials to create the lifelike scenes — from styrofoam to die-cast cars — sculpting and painting them to perfection. When he needs ideas, he says a simple Google image search gets the job done, providing him with enough visual inspiration to bring the pieces of plastic and styrofoam to life.
From miniature newspapers to Coke cans with Arabic branding, the meticulous nature of his work is truly impressive. Here are a set of images of his dioramas, as well as some behind the scenes images for scale:
(via Laughing Squid)
Image credits: Photographs by Satoshi Araki and used with permission