8-Bit Watercolors of Famous Paintings

Somewhere in an alternate universe, the 8-bit graphics from old Nintendo and Atari games are meeting up with classic painters… or maybe that universe is right here. Adam Lister creates incredible reinterpretations of famous paintings, painters, pop icons and art world events using watercolors sectioned into distinctly retro digital forms. It’s a fun and revealing way to view the classics.

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150 Year Old Portraits Show Victorians Looking Seriously Fashionable

Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera as a gift at the age of forty-eight. It was 1863 and she was the mother of six children, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing a new found love for photography. It was a passion that is still influencing photographers today.

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Watch this Gentleman Enjoy the Five Stages of Inebriation

Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night!

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Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Man Photoshops Himself Into His Girlfriend’s Childhood Memories As a 4 Year Anniversary Gift

All over China’s version of Twitter, Weibo, girls have been gushing over the romantic gesture that wedding photographer Wan did for his girlfriend on their 4 year anniversary. He Photoshopped himself into several of her childhood photographs as a goofy addition to her precious moments. Not only did he do a great job photoshopping, he also found clever ways to position himself in each picture as though he was really there. While some might find the pictures a little on the creepy side, it was meant to be an endearing and romantic gesture.

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The Back Side of Famous Album Covers

Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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