When Science Fiction becomes Reality


From augmented reality video games to Apple’s Siri digital assistant, technology continues to zip along at lightening speed. Many of the most wild science fiction stories later become real life.  Jules Verne came up with the idea of a fax machine, Arthur C. Clarke conceived the idea for satellites, and Edward Bellamy dreamed up the telephone before its time.  Back in 2002, Phillip K. Dick’s short story was produced into the Hollywood movie Minority Report. In the film, a computer is featured that allows the user to interact with the screen in 3D, grabbing images and items virtually and moving them around the screen. Now that wild piece of sci-fi is quickly on its way to reality.

Mesmerizing Ferrofluid Dances to Music

Like a music video for the scientifically minded, the short film below explores the unusual world of ferrofluid, a liquid which acts a lot like a gelatinous magnet. The second installment in an ongoing series of experiments, the film was made by Singapore based photographer/videographer Afiq Omar, who edited it with a distinctly dark and rhythmic style that’s as intriguing as it is creepy. Omar’s goal was to create something using ‘analog’ effects, so what you see here uses few modifications after shooting, showing the utter weirdness of his subject material and his talent as a videographer.

The Peacefulness of Levitation


Natsumi Hayashi is a Japanese photographer who takes levitating self-portrait shots in very interesting situations — surrounded by other people on trains, in the middle of streets, and wherever a little bit of levitation is lacking. The beautiful young photographer has a great sense of humor claiming, “Since I’m yowayowa, it’s really heavy to carry SLR cameras around.” Yowayowa is the Japanese term for “weak” or “feeble” but in reality, it’s probably a good thing to be small and lightweight. In some cases Hayashi has to jump hundreds of times to get the right shot, transforming a simple image of her jumping into the unique levitation photos for which she has gained notoriety.

Magic Photography from the Woods to the Sea

Standing unsupported on the damp, leaf covered forest floor, a picture frame reveals the woods through its empty form… and something more. Through the frame, the torso of a mans body wearily crawls, arms outstretched and searching, as if from another world. Such is the mysterious photography of Kevin Corrado. His peaceful, yet slightly unsettling works are beautiful in their simplicity and in the way that they each tell an intriguing but incomplete story. With these stunning images there’s always more than meets the eye.

Quirky Characters with a Lot of Charm

When it comes to inventive character design, from robot-like people with antlers to squiggly squidboys, Harry Nesbitt has serious game. His figures pop off the page with loads of endearing, quirky personality, all while creating solid identities for his clients. As far as his craft is concerned, one word comes to mind: polished. His crisp, line heavy illustration style is perfect for web based media, garnering him a lot of praise and some seriously cool clients in recent years.

The World Gets Swirly: Tracking Wind Data in Real-Time

It’s hard to imaging a visualization more beautiful than this new animated map of wind speeds across the continental U.S. Individual lines delicately weave their way across the land in Vincent van Gogh like fashion, tracing near real-time wind forecasts around the nation and giving us a mesmerizing view of everything from breezes to gales.

Stopping Traffic: The Busiest NYC Subway Stops?

New York City, where half the population doesn’t own a car, is synonymous with Mass Transit. The MTA pegs subway and bus ridership at approximately seven million a day; and each year puts out a ridership report for subway and bus stations.

Headshots: Happy Toys In Real Life

Ok, I’m predicting a new meme… or at least someone out there should kick it off: Photoshopping kids toys onto your own head. These perfectly executed photographs take the heads from favorite movies like Toy Story, Star Wars and Bambi (ok, and a random cat because it’s the internet) and places them perfectly on the head of a human. Instead of looking like simply a mask or a sticker, the matched hues, lighting and orientation give them an all together lifelike appearance… almost enough to believe these characters are real. So, what’s next? He-man? Care Bears? Wall E? Consider it your daily photoshop challenge.

Don’t Worry, Ghee Happy: Hindu Stories in Pixar Form

Hinduism is a fascinating religion that is full of rich stories, many of which have been depicted visually for hundreds of years throughout India.
A large number of the Hindu population display pictures of these deities in their homes, such as Ganesh, Vishnu, Shiva and Hanuman . Sanjay Patel grew up in a home like this. A lead animator at Pixar Animation studios, he decided to take these well known images and display them in a very different form using the most modern and best tools available. The result? Several successful book publications, good press, and opportunities to display his art in respected art museums.

Layered Portraits From the Fourth Dimension

It’s not often that we see collages which take us through four dimensions with a quick glance, leaving us not with just depth, but also with the passage of time. These complex and beautiful portraits from Brazilian artist Lucas Simões, explore the often forgotten aspect of time, taking multiple images of the same person and layering them into both organic and geometric sunken relief.