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Shawn Saleme

About Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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Interview with Burning Man Artist Kirsten Berg

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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Kirsten Berg (featured previously) is one of the most well known yogis in the Ashtanga world, with people flying all over the globe to attend her classes in Thailand, Bali and the States, yet for 3 months of the year, she commits her time and energy to gifting amazing art installations at Burning Man. This year, her installation called (In)Visible was supported by the Burning Man organization and had a prominent location next to the Temple of Grace. The sculpture was a 20ft high column of faceted cubes that contained iridescent windows to reflect a variety of colors throughout the day and night.

We had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten Berg regarding her inspiration, lifestyle and future plans for her art. [Read more...]

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Norman Rockwell’s “Connoisseur” Admires the GIF Masterpieces of Today

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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For the GIF connoisseur, there isn’t a huge selection at your local gallery or museum. But one art space has emerged digitally, bringing those with a taste for looping images that same sense of admiring a masterpiece… in the company of one particular fellow. He originally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur in 1951. It showed him observing what looked like a Jackson Pollock piece. [Read more...]

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Exclusive Interview with Israeli Photographer Sharon Avraham

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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Sharon Avraham is one of the most dynamic emerging photographers in Israel today. A co-founder of Midburn, the Burning Man regional event in Israel, his love for art and community have run deep for some time. Based in beautiful Ein Vered, a little north of Tel Aviv, he runs an artistic intentional community called “David Ranch.” The ranch supports artists from around the world who come to grow their craft surrounded by gardens and horses. This year it served as the building space for many of the large art installations at Burning Man Israel (Midburn).

Sharon recently released a photographic series titled “Color in Motion” and we had the privilege to interview him about his passion for the craft, and where he finds inspiration. [Read more...]

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Hand Colored Photographs of Japan in the 1880s

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world we can access photos instantly from almost every part of the planet, but almost 130 years ago, photos weren’t nearly as commonplace. It’s no surprise then, that images that were seen from other locations around the world shaped global perceptions and even identity. One such example was the collection of Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari and his series on the fascinating nation of Japan. [Read more...]

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Liter of Light: Bringing Sustainable Light to Developing Communities

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2011, we covered the organization Liter of Light and their mission to bring sustainable light to the Philippines by using plastic bottles. Now, three years later, it is amazing to see what has been accomplished and where the organization is going next.

While originally launched with a grant from the MyShelter foundation, the main proponent behind the movement has been social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. His approach is simple: instead of importing solar products to bring light, he develops the lights locally so that repairs and replacements become simple. [Read more...]

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A Growing Trend in China: Real Fruit Shaped Like Buddhas and Cubes

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new craze in China folks and it’s invading markets and homes everywhere. It’s called “fruit mould” and involves shaping real fruit into mini Buddhas, hearts and squares. While the fruit is still young, the growers encase it into a custom plastic mould and let the fruit continue to grow. Then after a little time, the fruit is ready to come out of its shell to the world. [Read more...]

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Umbrellas for Miles: Aerial Views of a Colorful Italian Beach Town

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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German photographer Bernhard Lang went on a pleasant holiday to the seaside resort town of Adria, Italy – a place that is absolutely covered with umbrellas. Located between the coastlines of Ravenna and Rimini on the Adriatic coast, each hotel has its own umbrella design, creating a sea of color that extends for miles. This inspired a photographic project for Lang, who decided that on his next trip he would arrange a plane and shoot the scene from the air. That happened last month, and the photos are fantastic. It almost seems like a beachside Candy Land of sorts. [Read more...]

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Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike. [Read more...]

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Stunningly Intricate Illustrations Of Animals And People Made Of Hundreds Of Wires

Wednesday 08.13.2014 , Posted by
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Charis Tsevis has done it again with a wonderful ‘wired’ series to symbolize the relationship between the network and the human body and spirit. Fascinated by the wired world we all live in, Tsevis created large scale illustrations of people, animals and brains, and if you look closely, they’re composed entirely of individual wires. [Read more...]

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Serene Desolation: Hyper-Realistic Paintings of Small Town America

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes the most simple of scenes can make the most poignant of paintings. Artistic interpretations of small town America have documented the journey of the country through the years, recording societal changes in the familiar landscape as it transitioned into the modern era. Artist Rod Penner continues this tradition by painting small towns in the great state of Texas. It’s part photojournalism, part photorealism. [Read more...]

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