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Benjamin Starr

About Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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Photographer Imagines Her Life with Many Different Partners

Monday 09.01.2014 , Posted by
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What would your life look like with someone different? Czech photographer Dita Pepe has been vividly imagining that scenario over and over in her series ‘Self Portraits with Men’. Here she poses with men from all walks of life, and with far different interests, merging herself seamlessly into their lives as if she’d always been there. Observed with no context, her images could easily be real families. [Read more...]

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Digital Paintings Using Google Maps as Reference

Monday 09.01.2014 , Posted by
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Christian Lonsdale has a different way of painting the world – he does it from his home, traveling the globe using Google Maps and digitally painting the fantastic places he finds. After locating a suitable place captured in panoramic form (it could be anywhere from Iceland to Tasmania), he selects a good perspective, sits down with Photoshop and a pen tablet, and paints what he sees. It’s a far cry from painting in situ, but it does demonstrate a creative way to get a custom view of the world, regardless of your location or frequent flyer status. [Read more...]

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Ark-like Whales Carry Worlds on Their Backs

Sunday 08.31.2014 , Posted by
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Tiny worlds grow from the back of gigantic whales in Beijing-based artist Ruilin Wang’s imaginative series Dreams-Ark. The large scale ceramic works play with our sense of scale while inspiring questions about their meaning and the nature of dreams. [Read more...]

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These Close-Up Bug Eyes Will Trip You Out

Friday 08.29.2014 , Posted by
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Get close to a bug… then get closer. Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw is capturing some of the most incredible macro shots we’ve seen, giving us an eye-to-compound-eye view of lots of insects and revealing the often beautiful details of their viewing apparatus. In some images the insects are covered in tiny water droplets, magnifying and mirroring the shape of their eyes, in others the iridescent eyes stare back at us with striking symmetry. [Read more...]

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Unreal! 75% of IKEA Product ‘Photographs’ are Actually Computer Generated

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Next time you look through an IKEA catalogue remember this: 75% of those photos aren’t even photos. That’s right, from the incredibly natural looking interior ‘photographs’ to the product images themselves, many are actually very well done CGI renderings. Perhaps this is why their images look so impossibly perfect. [Read more...]

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Ricardo Solis Shows How the Zebra Got Its Stripes (& Other Animals Too)

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Like a bizarre scene out of Gulliver’s Travels, Mexican artist Ricardo Solis illustrates animals being climbed over – and created – by Lilliputian figures. Gigantic zebras have their stripes airlifted onto their back by airship, flamingos have their color applied by paintball cannons, and pangolins have scales applied to number-assigned locations. In each image, the workers bring colorful reality to an incomplete chinese ink illustration. [Read more...]

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A Gigantic Carpet in Brussels Made From 750,000 Begonias

Wednesday 08.27.2014 , Posted by
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Every two years in August, the Grand Palace in Belgium gets a stunning carpet of flowers. This year the central square was covered in around 750,000 begonias creating a stunningly bright display inspired by the Turkish Kilim and designed to honor the approximately 220 thousand Turks who came to Brussels half a century ago. [Read more...]

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This Street Art is Obviously Trying to Escape the Wall: Anamorphic Paint from Odeith

Wednesday 08.27.2014 , Posted by
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Lots of street artists create 3D writing, but Portuguese street artist Odeith creates work which seems to literally jump from the walls. His form of anamorphic painting is often tucked into the corner of a room, playfully interacting with the 90 degree walls as if it were hung between them. To bolster the effect, he paints reflections and shadows onto the floor and wall. It’s highly convincing. [Read more...]

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Littering Says a Lot About You (a Smart Ad Campaign from Toronto)

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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Every city’s got it, but some are worse than others: Toronto Canada is trying to clean up their litter problem using this smart new campaign from LiveGreen Toronto. Rather than run of the mill “don’t litter” signs, this series calls out the people who throw down cans and wrappers, using the packaging itself to get the message across. With the tag line “Littering says a lot about you,” the branding on each well known piece of garbage spells out insults aimed at litterbugs. [Read more...]

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Light Up Paddleboards for Nighttime Adventures

Tuesday 08.26.2014 , Posted by
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File this under ‘Things You Must Do.’ Miami-based company NightSUP has been putting a bright new twist on stand up paddleboarding, making boards surrounded by a bright strip of LED lights. Originally designed to enhance safety on night paddles, the feature also gives you a fantastic view of the nighttime sea floor and its wildlife. [Read more...]

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