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Remember When We Had Flying Cars?

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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It seems that we have been dreaming of flying cars for decades. From Back to the Future to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, our popular imagination keeps revisiting the fantasy of automobiles joyously soaring in flight, completely liberated from roads and traffic. While his series is a trick of photography rather than a reality, Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammar gives us another glimpse of what it might look like if cars could fly.  [Read more...]

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“Make Me Beautiful.” That’s What Esther Honig Said When She Sent Her Picture Around the World

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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“Make me beautiful.” That’s the simple instructions Esther Honig sent with her un-altered portrait to Photoshop enthusiasts around the world. What the Kansas City-based freelance journalist received back is an insightful and sometimes startling observation on beauty standards across various cultures… as well as a hilarious look at what can qualify as “Photoshop skills.” [Read more...]

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The Pugs of Westeros: A Fancy Photo Shoot and Video Has 3 Pugs Re-enacting Game of Thrones

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and/or a fan of adorable dogs, then you are going to love this series by Sue and Phillip Lauer. The couple has transformed their 3 precious pugs into the characters of the hit HBO series for a photo shoot and video of the opening sequence. The pups, Roxy, Blue and Bono, have been playing dress-up since they were puppies and take a lot of pride in these photo shoots, as you can see below. Sue Lauer is a professional photographer and designer and designed all of the costumes and sets for these little superstars. [Read more...]

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Impossible Bird Formations Take Flight

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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Shaun Kardinal has been creating digital collages using found images from friends’ Facebook and Instagram feeds… specifically nabbing the birds that frequent their skies. His series Flying Formation is a collection of improbable (or impossible?) formations of birds in curving spirals, perfectly straight lines and sky filling flocks. His unconventional exhibition took the form of posting the images on Instagram over the course of two hours during Seattle’s First Thursday Art Walk. [Read more...]

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City of Shadows: Ghostly Figures Wander Post-Soviet St. Petersburg

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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In the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse, people wandered the northern city of St. Petersburg like shadows of their former selves. It was the beginning of 1992, the middle of winter, and photographer Alexey Titarenko was walking the streets of his native city during a short, dark day. The strange quiet of the once joyful and dynamic place struck him, as did the empty shelves in stores and the desperation on the faces of a population caught up in the midst of political upheaval. He pulled out his camera. [Read more...]

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Flipping Awesome: Jeep’s New Campaign is Just as Cool Upside Down

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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Remember that old lady/ young lady optical illusion back in the day? Well Leo Burnett has created a modern day version featuring adorable animals. With a 180 degree turn, an endearing deer becomes a handsome seal, an Asian elephant becomes a graceful duck, and a majestic giraffe transforms into a playful penguin. The campaign is for Jeep with a tagline “See whatever you want to see.” We’ve done the flipping for you below for each set, so you don’t have to do any acrobatics or computer flipping. If this doesn’t make you want to buy a Jeep, I don’t know what will! [Read more...]

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Florescent Geometric Illusions Skewering People in Brooklyn

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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The last time we featured the work of artist Aakash Nihalani, he was using florescent tape to create impossible geometric illusions all over the urban landscape. Now he’s using that same tape to skewer the hip people of Brooklyn with angular geometric forms. Window-like holes provide easy passage through the chest and stomach of each of his subjects… and honestly, getting stabbed never looked so good. [Read more...]

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Get Lost in Endlessly Repeating GIFs Based on Mesmerizing Math

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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There’s mesmerizing art hidden in math and physics, and Dublin-based physics student David Whyte is revealing it for us. His Tumblr site Bees & Bombs is chock full of creations that will delight you with their cleverly looping geometry in motion. [Read more...]

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Banksy’s Iconic Work Remixed with LEGO

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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More than any other street artist, the work of the mysterious Banksy has infiltrated our culture, spinning off tributes, from animated GIFs of his wall-based work to real-life reenactments of his characters. Photographer Jeff Friesen’s tribute to the artist is small on scale, but big on creativity. He’s been using his daughter June’s extensive LEGO collection to remake and remix a large number of Banksy’s work in miniature – and it’s fantastic stuff. [Read more...]

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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion. [Read more...]

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