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100 Years Later: First World War Photos Superimposed on the Locations Today

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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With this year marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, it becomes more and more difficult to remember the world changing conflict. The last veteran of “The Great War,” Florence Green, passed away in 2012, leaving few people to share the stories of that bloody time or remind us of the world as it was… but we still have the pictures. Photographer Peter Macdiarmid revisited the locations of World War I-era images and recaptured the places as they appear today. These old photographs overlaid on their modern day counterparts reveal how much those locations have changed, or how much they’ve stayed the same. [Read more...]

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A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more...]

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Then and Now: Brothers Recreate Old Family Photos with Charmingly Awkward Results

Wednesday 01.22.2014 , Posted by
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Designer Joe Luxton and his brother have been recreating childhood family photographs as their adult selves. Like so many things, we’ve seen this concept a number of times before, but there’s really something about the attention to detail and awkward situations these two have remade that sets this collection apart. [Read more...]

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Back to the Future: Behind the Scenes Shots Just Before the Age of CGI

Tuesday 01.21.2014 , Posted by
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Watching today’s movies, you’re never quite sure if it’s real or if it’s computer generated. But that wasn’t the case a few years back, and these pictures from the three installments of Back to the Future really drive it home. Where would Marty McFly and Doc Brown be without a flying DeLorean, hoverboards and a souped up steam locomotive? Probably back in boring old 1985. [Read more...]

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Beauty: Classic Paintings Spring Into Motion in This Stunning Film About Life

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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What do we do when standing before the classic paintings of years past? For many of us, as we gaze at the beautiful flourishes of paint that make up icons like Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia or William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus, the aim is making them real in our minds eye. However fantastic the scene, can we believe that these images are real? This recent film called Beauty is helping us to realize that yearning, bringing the paintings of old into an entirely new light by putting them into stunning motion. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: RIP Peter O’Toole

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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Peter O’Toole, one of the great figures of stage and screen died in December at the age of 81. Most famous for his turn in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, as well as his strong performances in such classics as Beckett and The Lion in Winter, O’Toole has often been called one of the greatest actors of his generation. [Read more...]

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Michael Cho’s Superheroes are Super Retro

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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Two things that really flourished during the ‘50s: illustration and comic books. Toronto-based artist and illustrator Michael Cho has perfectly combine those two trends in deliciously retro fashion, creating handmade fan art the old fashioned way. Featuring your favorite heroes of yesteryear – from Superman and Thor, to Batman and Ironman – his work is exceedingly positive and makes you feel that all is right in the world… and if it isn’t, he’ll show us who to turn to. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: The Visual Playground of Charles and Ray Eames

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Charles and Ray Eames were more than just designers. One of the visual arts most famous and influential married couples, they redefined much of the world that now surrounds us. They also touched multiple disciplines, leaving their mark on architecture, furniture design, interior design, exhibition design, toy design, fine art, photography, and film. They saw themselves as educators and they were definitely innovators. [Read more...]

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Old Salt Mine in Romania Turned Into an Amusement Park

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Salina Turda is a modern day Cave of Wonders. Except instead of being filled with glitter and gold, the cave is home to a much saltier history. [Read more...]

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Santa Claus Invades 24 Classic Paintings

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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That jolly old elf Santa Claus is up to some art history shattering shenanigans this christmas. With some assistance from his little helper, photographer Ed Wheeler, Santa has found himself riding Napoleon’s horse across the alps, crossing the Delaware river, decorating one of Mondrian’s paintings with a wreath and even becoming God. [Read more...]

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