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Enchanting Photo Shoot In The World’s Largest Salt Flat Requires No Photoshop Magic

Sunday 09.14.2014 , Posted by
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The largest salt flat in the world, measuring over 4,000 square miles across, is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The evaporated prehistoric lakes have left a sparkly snow-like layer behind and the entire area looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graaflan, with the help of performance artist Gastón Ugalde found the flats to be the perfect setting for an artistic photo shoot. They work every day objects into each scene to give the land an even more enchanting appearance. [Read more...]

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FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works! [Read more...]

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This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world. [Read more...]

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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more...]

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Intricate Quilled Paper Illustrations from Yulia Brodskaya

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Talented Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya continues to experiment with her illustrative quilling style. Since we covered her work previously, she has continued to explore portraits of the aged, using her curled paper to portray the deeply creased faces of the older generations (it’s a surprisingly good fit). Her latest work doesn’t stick to the page either – many elements climb out of the scene in sculptural 3D. [Read more...]

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Exquisite Illustrations Blend Biology and Technology

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Seattle-based artist and textile designer Olivia Knapp creates exquisite illustrations influenced by European line engravings from the 16th to 18th centuries. But, unlike the scientific drawings that inspired them, the work includes choice examples of modern technology amongst her surrealistically rendered biological features. [Read more...]

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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more...]

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Get Lost In The Never-Ending Details Of A Joshua Mays Mural

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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In the next couple of months, a few of Oakland’s buildings will be getting a beautiful face lift. Talented painter, artist, and muralist Joshua Mays will be working on a series of 4 murals which he calls BEACON and hopes to finish by October 1st, 2014. In his signature dreamlike style, with soft colors, rich details, and luscious layers ripe with feminine energy, Mays will transform old buildings into conversation pieces. From his drawings to his paintings and especially his murals, there is so much to see that even after 10 minutes of deep stares, you can still discover new things. Mays also has murals up in Philadelphia, Denver, Washington D.C., Portland, and Mexico City. [Read more...]

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California: A Time-Lapse Captures the Many Colors of the Golden State

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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It’s no secret that we are major fans of our home state, California, and this new time-lapse from Hal Bergman shows many of the reasons why. Bergman, a fellow native of the Golden State, spent 4 years shooting the Vimeo Staff Picked video, often spending 1-3 hours at each location (and sometimes up to 24) to create the final 67 clips that made this final cut. He visits both out of the way places like Joshua Tree and Death Valley, and familiar spots like San Francisco and Yosemite. Watch and enjoy. [Read more...]

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Flower Eyes Gaze Out of the Canvas

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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Take a peek at Italian artist Beniamino Leone’s fantastic series ‘Fioriture.’ Here, women’s faces peer out of his large canvas’ with floral eyes that lend them a truly surreal visage. I haven’t decided yet if these are beautiful or unnerving, but somewhere in between is perfect too. [Read more...]

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