Tilt shift photography is all the rage these days. Even though the lenses have been around since the early 60s. So what is tilt shift? Using the special lenses, perspective and depth of field in photos can be optically altered to produce images that are not what they seem. In the more modern incarnation of the technique both the tilt and the shift of the lenses are combined to create photos that look almost like miniature models… even though they are the real thing. [Read more...]
In 1928 Bryce Canyon was officially named a national park. The majestic local is filled with giant rock formations called Hoodoos, lending the landscape a beautifully eerie feel; in fact, the early European settlers named the rocks after the word voodoo and the native Americans believed that the formations would come to life as giants that threw rocks to ward off intruders. Although called a ‘canyon’ the place is actually an amphitheater and was created from an entirely different process than the normal river erosion [Read more...]
Over the past month, we have been at work here at Visual News putting together a list of incredible people, talents, events and more around the world. Over the coming months we will be producing a series of interviews, videos, articles and photo collections of the amazing things happening around the planet. Introducing Incredible Humans [Read more...]
What comes to mind when you think of a Chinese Canadian named Raymond Li living in St. John’s, Newfoundland? The likely answer is not hydro jet packs or walking on water. However, Li was the first person to develop jet levitation technology that is essentially a combination of a jet ski tethered to a jet pack using hi pressure water to keep a pilot above the water. He developed the Jetlev (abbreviated from the words Jet Levitation) concept in 2000 [Read more...]
Are you afraid of extreme heights? Are you comfortable with lounging in a beach chair on top of a skyscraper? Do you trust a giant swimming pool that is perched at over 600 feet above the ground? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself if you want to spend some of your R & R time at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. [Read more...]
Called, “Americas largest invention factory,” Davison’s Inventionland is quite possibly the most eccentric office building in the world. With treehouses, giant shoes, boat’s and more in place of cubicles, it all makes sense for a firm that boasts production of 2,000-2,400 new inventions each year. The 61,000 square foot home to this “wonderland specifically designed to spark imagination and foster creative thinking” is in Pittsburg, PA. It has a state of the art production studio, new product development factory, and is packed with talented designers and creatives. [Read more...]
Evo Morales has a reputation in the USA for his anti-USA sentiments. Abroad, in many cases he is seen more along the lines of a socialist revolutionary than a nature loving environmentalist. At home in Bolivia, he is a man of the people, growing up as a farmer in a working class family. His roots with the Aymara people in Bolivia win him points with local people, even though he may be seen as radical abroad. It is these roots that give him a tight bond with the natural world and as the 80th president of Bolivia, he has passed a law reminiscent of the belief system portrayed in the film Avatar. [Read more...]
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, tropical storms, glacial melting, record temperatures, floods, epic snowfalls, are all words we hear quite often lately. All of these natural disasters, storms and phenomena are abnormal compared to our recorded history of weather. After the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004, the devastation of these events became much more real to the world. The recent storm that hit the east coast is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar catastrophe. Then there is Japan, Chile and Haiti, the list goes on. [Read more...]
Some of the most interesting stories begin with a realization. Often these realizations take people on dramatic detours or alternate paths from their careers, life plans or dreams. Nick Brandt is an amazing extension of a realization turned into a new career, turned into a foundation. After moving to the United States in 1992, he managed a successful career in video production, working with artists like Jewel, Moby, and even Michael Jackson.
Have you ever thought of using plastic wrap and packing tape to make street art, and then using the pedestrians passing by as actors in your grand plan? This is what Mark Jenkins does regularly for his street installations. His shocking installations are cast wrapping an object in plastic wrap followed by clear packing tape. After 2006, Mark started to dress his self casts to create hyper realistic sculptures in his Embed series.