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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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Fingerboarding: Still Going Strong in Indonesia!

Friday 06.28.2013 , Posted by

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Fingerboarding is the art of using a miniature skateboard replica and maneuvering it with your fingers to perform tricks on mini ramps, rails and pipes. While fingerboarding has been around since the 1970s, it’s only became popular at certain periods. In the country of Indonesia, however, once fingerboarding was introduced it never lost its appeal. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of fingerboarders with competitions happening every week. [Read more...]

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Freckles: Benoit Paille Captures the Human Face

Wednesday 06.26.2013 , Posted by

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Benoit Paille studied medical biology for three years before he found his calling in the fine arts. Based in Montreal, Paille taught himself the art of photography and found a particular passion for capturing the raw emotions of his subjects. Throughout his photographic journey he’s experimented with many variations of light and color, and the resulting images show his careful attention to these details. [Read more...]

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Patterns in the Urban World: Photography by Jared Lim

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

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Over the course of human history the expansion of the urban metropolis has continued to grow. The country of Singapore, which is almost entirely a city in itself, is a good example of the extent this trend has reached, and that’s why it’s a good place to find a photographer who understands the beauty in such metropolises. His name is Jared Lim and he has had the privilege of travelling to cities all over the world capturing intriguing urban structures and the intricate forms they reveal to his lens. [Read more...]

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14,000 Square Foot warehouse becomes “FreeSpace” in San Francisco

Saturday 06.22.2013 , Posted by

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San Francisco has always been a city that has attracted the hearts of pioneers and the dreamers. From the Gold Rush to the tech booms, brilliant minds have floated to the “city by the bay.” In recent years though, it has become so popular with people that many of the older art districts that existed have become gentrified, apartments are hard to come by and it was recently named the most expensive city in the United States to live in, surpassing New York City.

Yet, with all the developments and excitements revolving around the city, there are still a good many creative spirits and innovation is sipped everyday on the streets. Mike Zuckerman, who is the director of sustainability for the Zen Compound, was able to secure a $1 month long lease on a 14,000 square foot warehouse in the middle of the city. The purpose of the lease is to have a month long experiment in civic hacking and bring anyone in the community of San Francisco together to participate in what is called “Freespace.” [Read more...]

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A Bizarre Communal Bike Ride For a Good Cause

Saturday 06.22.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re into biking but feel like you need something new, you may want to try this alternative ride that is making its way around the world. It’s called the Aeolian Ride, and it takes biking in a whole new and wacky direction. It consists of wearing a nylon suit that inflates as the rider gains speed on their bike, creating shapes as it puffs up into three types of figures: a bunny, a bubble or a drop. Yeah, that should break your biking boredom. [Read more...]

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A “SMART” Car Tunnel that Diverts Flood Waters

Thursday 06.20.2013 , Posted by

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How does a major metropolitan city and its transportation systems deal with monsoon weather each year? You build a tunnel that can take the floodwater when it comes and then drain it out. The city of Kuala Lumpur did such an engineering feat and called it SMART Tunnel (Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel). Instead of losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to the flash floods that halt parts of the city, the SMART tunnel allows for citizens to get where they need to in the event of such weather. [Read more...]

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Vintage Magazines Made into Surreal Collages

Thursday 06.20.2013 , Posted by

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Sammy Slabbinckhad a love for vintage magazines since he was a little boy… mainly with classic publications from his parents generation of the 50s to the 70s. He began collecting everything from TIME, to National Geographic and LIFE Magazine – and at one point, he decided to create his own form of surreal pop art collages with his extensive collection. [Read more...]

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