Harmonic Images of Life and Consciousness

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Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado is definitely tapping into something. His visionary paintings capture the harmony of the universe with mosaic like geometric shapes and vibrant colors. His unique style of oil painting on canvas invites the viewer to enter a new dimension. Based in Torreon, Mexico, Calzado studied Graphic Design in ISCYTAC- La Salle and furthered his studies at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He has worked in the arts throughout his career in all areas, especially theater where he acted, did scene design and costuming.

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Visual Bits #409 > Freedom To Paint: Murals & Graffiti

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A Peek Into the Control Room of Space Shuttles

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Although many of us have fantasized about becoming an astronaut when we “grow up”, making rocket ships out of cardboard refrigerator boxes, very few people actually went through with it. But lucky for us common folk, photographer Ben Cooper gives us all a chance to relive our space fantasies. Cooper brings us an insider look at the Flight Decks of the Endeavour, Discovery, and Atlantis space shuttles. The fact that there are people who actually know how to operate all of these switches is pretty phenomenal. With this set, I see many photoshop opportunities for all of the digital artists out there. Larger versions of each picture are available for viewing or for sale on launchphotography.com. A poster size print would be the perfect addition to that refrigerator box space shuttle your nephew is building.

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Rooms of Objects Explode Around Their Owners

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What if all the inanimate objects that surround you one day took flight? France based photographer Cerise Doucede had that idea and has now brought it to life with style. Her series, titled Égarements and Quotidien, sees her subjects looking like they are a bit lost and disconnected from their physical environments. The trick behind these images isn’t Photoshop, she individually suspends objects on string and captures the image as it appears in real life.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drone Attacks Interactive

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The US has been waging war in the middle east for over 10 years now, making the combination of conflicts in the region the second longest war in our history. This is due, in part, to something new to our war making stategy: drone attacks. These non-manned flying machines allow the government to wage war without the risk of losing American military, while at the same time lowering the financial cost to wage such a conflict due to fewer deployed soldiers. Their are hidden costs to these tactics however, as this shockingly affective interactive graphic from Pitch Interactive makes abundantly clear.

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Russians Risk Jail Time Climbing Pyramids for Pics

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What we’ve been seeing lately is that some people will go to great lengths, risking jail time and their lives to get the perfect picture. Last week we introduced you to Vitaly Skywalker who hangs by one arm off of skyscrapers, before that was the self-portraits of Ahn Juhn dangerously close to the edge of tall buildings, and now a team of Russian tourists have broken the law, climbing the Great Pyramids to bring us this collection of images. To get these risky shots, the photographers waited hours after closing time to escape the guards, knowing that getting caught could be punishable by up to three years in prison.

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We Love Friday!- Swan Love

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With the belief that swans mate for life, they are a symbol of love and fidelity. So much so that in love studies, scientists dub those cute couples who have been married for decades and still seem crazy about one another “swans” to support their claims that true love does exist. I have always been fascinated with swans ever since reading The Ugly Duckling as a child, which I misinterpreted thinking that a swan was still in the duck species, but only the lucky ducks become swans.

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A Sketchbook of Paris from Illustrator Jason Brooks

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There really isn’t any other city in the world like Paris. Full of beautiful architecture, wonderful cuisine and endless discovery, the city continues to enchant the many who come to partake in its aura. Award winning fashion illustrator Jason Brooks has just published a book entitled ‘Paris Sketchbook’ that captures the character of this special city and is full of elegant and glamorous illustrations.

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On Location: Intimate New Work from James Rieck

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James Rieck has made a name for himself over the past years by drawing us in to explore his hyper-real portraits – images that at once seem like snapshots of real people and simultaneously make us questions our presumptions with their too perfect colors and tones. It’s like those moments after a convincing dream when you have to think: “did that really happen?” Now Rieck has released new works based on a recent uprooting from his long-time residence and studio in Baltimore, Maryland and his subsequent move to expansive and seemingly infinite Los Angeles, California. As he puts it, his new paintings are themed around “self-imposed dislocation.”

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Vintage Predictions of Life on Other Planets

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In 1939, we knew much less about our solar system, so much less that these illustrations by Frank R. Paul may have really made people wonder about what strange life may be living on other planets. His drawings were some of the first images seen by science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Forrest J Ackerman, making him one of the greatest influences on the early pieces in the genre. Using what little knowledge scientists had about the compositions of each planet, Frank R. Paul drew his predictions of what humans might find should they try to inhabit the other planets.

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