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11 Art Installations that still need funding for Burning Man (Updated Aug 1)

Saturday 07.27.2013 , Posted by

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Every year thousands of enlightened human beings travel from all over the planet to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to participate in the Burning Man gathering. There is anything and everything there including many large scale art installations that take years to build sometimes. At this year’s gathering, there will be over 400 such art installations set up all over the desert area. While the Burning Man organization is very supportive of the arts on the “playa,” it is only partially funding about 1/7th of all the installations this year. [Read more...]

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Grave Connects Two Lovers and Their Differing Beliefs

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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In the kitsch little town of Roermond in the Netherlands lays the grave of two lovers still holding onto their love in spirit, 130 years later. Traditionally, people in this southern part of Holland would be buried in their family plots corresponding to the religion they followed. These two lovers, Colonel J.W.C. van Gorcum and Jonkvrouwe J.C.P.H. van Aefferden, were both Christians, yet one was catholic and one was protestant. After being married for forty two years, the Colonel died in 1880 and was buried in the protestant plot of the town. A wall separated the catholic and protestant burial grounds. [Read more...]

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12 Amazing Treehouses Around the Planet

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Did you ever have the childhood fantasy of building a great treehouse towering high above? If you did, and actually brought the fantasy into reality, your building may have been limited to just a few pieces of lumber and the house itself only lasted a few seasons. While it was good fun, it never became anything extremely elaborate. Today, for some creative people, their childhood fantasies never left and they have continued to design and build some very impressive homes in the trees. [Read more...]

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Soldier creates Civil war-era Tintypes in Afghanistan

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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This year California Air National Guardsman Ed Drew got called to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan to serve a three month tour of duty. A couple months before, his second son was born and Drew thought about his own mortality.
If he was killed in duty, what could he leave for his son to remember him by? There was a chance this could happen considering Drew was an aerial gunner, manning a 50-caliber machine gun aboard an HH60-Pave Hawk search and rescue chopper. Drew decided to bring a large format Speed Graphic camera to shoot portraits of his fellow airman with the goal of capturing their humanity. And if he unexpectedly got killed, his son could see his work and know who he served with and how they knew him. [Read more...]

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Hippie Van Goes on Worldwide Adventure for a Cause

Wednesday 07.24.2013 , Posted by

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that life is a current, and it’s up to you to fight against it or go with the flow.” These are some of the words of the Hippie Van Man also known to some as Aaron Neilson-Belman. Born and raised in Toronto, Aaron decided to start HippieVanMan.com and take his 1979 Volkswagen T2 Transporter on an adventure down to South America. The mission of Hippie Van Man is “Sharing the experience, inspiring people to fulfill their dreams, and to live in the now.” It’s also about the “Spirit of adventure, and spreading smiles and good vibes 1km at a time.[Read more...]

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Never Too Young: Fuji, the 3 Year Old Photographer

Tuesday 07.23.2013 , Posted by

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In the West African country of Nigeria is a three year old boy by the name of Fuji Remet. His current hobby isn’t playing with toys, scribbling on walls or eating Play-Doh but rather shooting photos with a Sony SLR. He’s an aspiring photographer… and his first exhibition of his work just happened last month. His proud father, who himself is an artist and graphic designer, sent in his son’s work to CNN and they picked up the story of the young artist. [Read more...]

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Incredible: Bodies Camouflaged with Paint

Monday 07.22.2013 , Posted by

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Johannes Stötter is an Italian artist specializing in bodypainting. His first experiments with the style began in 2000, even though he had gained an interest five years prior. As he continued to hone his craft, he discovered there was a body painting competition bringing bodypainters together from all over the world. He promptly entered the competition and to his surprise finished in 5th place. After his placing in the competition, Stötter was inspired: “That was the beginning of a new bodypainting era for me. From that moment I was fixed on winning the world title.” In 2012, his dream became a reality and he became the “World’s greatest bodypainter.” [Read more...]

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Complete Strangers Pose Together for Portraits

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by

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In America, one of the early warnings children receive from their parents is the saying “don’t talk to strangers.” It is for good reason and serves to protect them from the potential child predator. Yet, somehow this propaganda which gets etched in these young minds can evolve to a mental state where fully grown adults are always hesitant to trust anyone they don’t personally know. The reality though, is that most people on this planet are in fact friendly and nice, and share similarities with everyone; similarities such as loving family, working for a better life and being loved. Photographer Richard Renaldi created a photographic project in 2007 called “Touching Strangers.” In this series, Renaldi sought to create unpredictable variables into traditional photography, and to create spontaneous relationships between complete strangers. [Read more...]

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Captivating: The UK’s Homeless in Black & White

Tuesday 07.09.2013 , Posted by

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Lee Jeffries is a 41 year old accountant from Manchester. Throughout most of his life, he never did anything remotely arts related, but a camera and a conversation changed all of that one day. While he was walking around London he noticed a young girl that seemed homeless. As she lay in her sleeping bag curled up, he inconspicuously took a shot of her and began to walk away. It was then that something inside him was moved and he decided to go back to the sleeping girl and talk to her. After their conversation, Jeffries’ perception of the homeless had shifted significantly and he was inspired to engage in their lives. [Read more...]

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Long Exposure Vietnam War Photos Released

Monday 07.01.2013 , Posted by

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There are many photos of the Vietnam War, but a veteran who took photos one fateful evening decided to keep them secret. He has now released them 40 years later. They are a set of night-time photos that documented a short battle between a US army camp and one lone Viet Cong sniper. For a few days, the sniper had been firing down on the camp at night from a nearby hill. After the US soldiers were frazzled enough, they decided the next time he shot at the camp, they would open up full force on him. This was when James Speed Hensinger got out his camera and positioned himself for the fireworks that were about to take place. [Read more...]

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