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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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Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian. [Read more...]

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A Creative Collaboration Between an Artist and Honeybees

Sunday 08.03.2014 , Posted by
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Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck is fascinated by the delicate relationship between nature and humans. In a series titled Honeybee Alterations, Dyck took porcelain figurines and with the use of apiary feeder boards and hive blankets, collaborated with the local bee population in creating art. [Read more...]

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Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided. [Read more...]

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Bizarre Yugoslavian Monuments From a Bygone Era

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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There was a period in the 1960s and 70s when large sculptures were created all over the Republic of Yugoslavia to commemorate the battles of WWII. Now, with the fall of the U.S.S.R and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the monuments have lost some significance and seem from another planet. [Read more...]

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Street Art On The Railroad Tracks of Portugal

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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Throughout the history of street art, train cars and the tunnels they pass through have served as a canvas for street artists to make their mark. In Portugal, artist Artur Bordalo has used a slightly different canvas to put his work on: the tracks themselves. Is this now what we call Rail Art? It could be. [Read more...]

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Poignant Photos of Twins Over 50

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a proverb in China that says the fifties are the years one comes to understand their fate. This proverb inspired Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo to pursue a project he titled “Identical Twins.” It involved photographing pairs of twins as if they are looking at each other and document their differences. The results are poignant and carry a solemnity appropriate of contemplating one’s existence. [Read more...]

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Silhouettes Play on the Streets of Padua

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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The streets of Padua Italy are filled with playful silhouettes by local street artist Kenny Random. Kenny, whose real name is Andrea Coppo has been practicing the art form since the eighties, and over the years his style has ranged from anthropomorphic figures, stenciled silhouettes and a myriad of cartoon characters which interact with each other. [Read more...]

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An Enchanting Body Art by Moran Newman

Monday 07.21.2014 , Posted by
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In the world of body painting a dynamic artist is emerging, turning the skin of a human body into magical realms of color and form. Based in Ein Vered, Israel, her name is Moran Newman and is widely considered one the best body painters in the country. She recently participated in the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria and is currently on a painting tour in Europe. [Read more...]

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The Village in Japan Where There are More Dolls than People

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives. [Read more...]

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