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The Beaches of Normandy in 1944 During D-Day and Now 70 Years Later

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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What a difference 70 years can make! 70 years ago today (June 6, 1944) World War II saw the beginning of the end as the beaches of Normandy were invaded by Allied soldiers for operation D-Day. Today the beaches are much more cheery with sunbathing tourists splashing in the water and playing in the sand. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren released this series of images contrasting the Normandy Beaches then and now. [Read more...]

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One More Chance to See the Boulders of Santa Barbara With a Fancy Yarn Makeover

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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The National Forest Service has invited the Yarnbomber AKA Steve Duneier and his team to decorate the boulders in the mountains of Santa Barbara one more time! The installation starts tomorrow, Friday June 6 at 7am and will disappear forever Sunday June 8 at 5pm. If you missed it the first time, now’s your chance to see the home-knitted coziness wrapped around massive hunks of nature. Duneier’s goal with yarn bombing is to get more people to notice nature. Where his bombings will take place and when are kept a secret until the very last minute and only lasts 9 days before it is taken down. [Read more...]

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A New Fashion Line Empowers Women Who Have Undergone a Single or Double Mastectomy

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Survivors of breast cancer may lose their hair or breasts along their battle, but that doesn’t mean they lose their femininity, beauty, or zest for life. The founders of a swimwear line just for women who have had a mastectomy asks, “Who says you need two?” Rather than making swimsuits with prosthetic breasts built in, they encourage women to rock their warrior bodies exactly as they are: absolutely gorgeous! [Read more...]

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Colorful Expressions of Motion and Emotion: Ballet Dancers Amidst Explosions of Color

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
1 Jana Cruder

So much emotion can be conveyed through the movement of the body. Ballet dancers have the ability to make us laugh and cry without saying a single word. While watching the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers in motion, photographer Jana Cruder was inspired to add color to the mix. The dancers added colored cornstarch to their graceful poses and with Cruder behind the lens magic was created. Although Cruder and the dancers might tell a different story of how challenging and messy it was to get these shots, the images turned out vibrant and elegant, looking almost like computer generated special effects. We have a small sample of the images here, but you can see the rest of this gorgeous photo set here. [Read more...]

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Real 3D Room Transformed Into 2D Painting: Playful New Work By Alexa Meade

Sunday 06.01.2014 , Posted by
1 Alexa Meade

We have loved sharing Alexa Meade’s stunning cardboard rooms, her collaboration with Sheila Vand featuring body paintings in a pool of milk, and her work with Mini Cooper. Now we bring you her latest painting. Meade transformed a brick room with wooden floors, chairs, and mirrors, along with some people into a 2d scene for playful scenes. Meade loves putting her paintbrushes on anything but canvas! [Read more...]

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World’s First Wingsuit BASE-Jumping Dog, Whisper

Sunday 06.01.2014 , Posted by
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Adventurous pets choose adventurous owners, which is why thrill seeking dog Whisper found her perfect best friend in Dean Potter. The record breaking wingsuit BASE-jumper, climber, master of the high line brings his beloved dog, Whisper along on his daring adventures. Whisper calmly enjoys being by her master’s side, even when she is flying through the air on his back, as you can see in the video below. [Read more...]

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A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
1 A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut by Tim Dodd

Many of us have had childhood dreams of becoming astronauts, creating space ships out of refrigerator boxes and imagining ourselves flying through space. Photographer Tim Dodd never let his childlike wonder disappear and still has fun playing astronaut. After placing the winning (and only) bid for a Russian high altitude space suit in an RRauction, Dodd began enlisting the help of fellow Redditors to help him come up with amazing ideas for an astronaut suit photo shoot. After months of putting his ideas into action, he has finally released his series, which he calls “A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut” on r/Space. Among the pictures are hidden “Easter Eggs” that will delight Space Geeks of all ages- see how many you can spot! [Read more...]

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An Augmented Reality Sand Interface

Tuesday 05.27.2014 , Posted by
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A group of second year masters students in the CSU East Bay multimedia graduate program have combined talents to create an interactive device that involves a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks. Jay Van Dyke, Devin Dominguez, Matt Roads, and James Saxon bring us the Sand Noise Device (SND)- a way of playing in the sand that adults will find just as enjoyable as children. Manipulating the sand alters the generative electronic music system for a tactile interactive experience that you have to see to believe. The SND was just on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. Check out the video below to see this innovation in action. [Read more...]

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Unbelievable Sculptures Made Out Of Colored Pencils

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
1 Federico Uribe

Some people use colored pencils for coloring, but Federico Uribe uses them to create amazing sculptures instead. Gathering which ever colors he will need for each piece, he puts the pencils together to transform them into something entirely different. A zebra, people hugging, geometric designs, animals, and Van Gogh-esque paintings come to life and it’s only upon close inspection that you realize they are comprised of pencils. The Columbian artist has been living in the United States since 1988 and currently lives and works in Miami. [Read more...]

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Mother’s Shoes: Three Generations of Women Wearing the Same Outfit

Friday 05.23.2014 , Posted by
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To tighten her family ties, Bavarian photographer Nina Röder set out to bring three generations of women- herself, her mother, and her grandmother- together for a fun game of dress up. But this game was more than just donning vintage attire, they invoked specific memories from her mother’s youth, in the house she grew up in, wearing her actual clothing. From an awful prom date who couldn’t dance and brought carnations, which is the flower associated with graves in Germany, to her first time putting on make-up, all 3 ladies got to re-live these personal moments etched in the mother’s memory. She calls the series Mutter Schuhe (Mother’s Shoes). [Read more...]

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