In the desert just outside Niland, Californina, stands a vibrant heap of color that showcases the life work of one very passionate artist. From 1984 until his death in 2014, Leonard Knight lived in a truck with no electricity or running water to manifest the message that lived in his heart as a monument for all to see. With hope and optimism, he allows his masterpiece to speak for itself, revealing the powerful message that love is the most important part of life. Never revealing the backstory of what made him stay in Niland working on this piece for so long, humble Knight seems to believe that the message he shares is far more valuable than how he arrived at it. [Read more...]
Have you ever been irrationally afraid of a murderer hiding in your backseat as you get into your car at night? Has someone annoyingly suggested that you “think positive” at a time when that is obviously not what you’re going to do? These universal situations that we don’t often talk about, but that everyone knows, are the basis for Molly Bishop’s comical one-liner illustrations. Go ahead, find the ones that you’ve thought about… no one will know. [Read more...]
Who loves flashy cars and markers? Claeys Jelle is bringing these two friends together in magical ways. His renditions of lowered BMWs, speeding Porsches and classic V-dubs, are completely popping with color and a lot of splashes around the bodywork too. He’s even managed to include that Alfa Romeo Junior I’ve been lusting after. I like it.
Varun Thota’s Instagram (@vnthota) has been blowing up recently with his series of photos hash-tagged #mytoyplane. The Macau-based web designer and developer already had an accumulation of metropolitan based images, yet his new series of him holding a toy plane in real locations have taken his creativity to new levels. [Read more...]
French photographer François Beaurain is putting a new face on the capital city of Liberia. Here the citizens become the teeth on a turning gear, “a piece of the conveyor belt that animates the city.” All too familiar with the countries storied past, François’ gives the people a lively presence often missed by the westernized world and buried under news stories that highlight the grim and shocking. [Read more...]
Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all. [Read more...]
Just a few hours ago, Reddit user Statussliver put up an image with the following curious title: Took this picture of an empty barn window, Turned out looking like a picture on the wall.
Now the image sits on the front page of the Internet, the most popular picture of the moment.
Something about the perfectly lit dock floating above a clear lake, matched with the unobstructed lighting in the foreground of the barn’s shadowed walls truly gives off the effect of a picture on the wall…or as the top comment on IMGUR notes, “(it) Looks like a nature show on an HDTV.“
Famed naturalist, ornithologist, and painter John James Audubon is renowned for his beautifully detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats – but did you know that almost every bird he drew was dead and stuffed? Long before color photography, perhaps the only way for Audubon to get an accurate look at his beloved birds was in the form of taxidermy. Sad but true.
Now, artist Juan Fontanive is bringing the birds and butterflies in the guide books inspired by Audubon back to life. He’s built extraordinary motorized flip books that see the avian life flitting about the sky… all to a soothing rustle of turning pages and whirring gears. [Read more...]
The last time that you saw a plastic bag abandoned in a gutter, did you think of it as street art? Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen turns trash into treasure in her efforts to “make plastic bags look magical.” Illuminating the delicate creases of ordinary plastic bags, Vilde creates vibrant, abstract images that evoke mountainous terrains, cresting waves, and frigid caves. [Read more...]
Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks? [Read more...]