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A Gigantic Carpet in Brussels Made From 750,000 Begonias

Wednesday 08.27.2014 , Posted by
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Every two years in August, the Grand Palace in Belgium gets a stunning carpet of flowers. This year the central square was covered in around 750,000 begonias creating a stunningly bright display inspired by the Turkish Kilim and designed to honor the approximately 220 thousand Turks who came to Brussels half a century ago. [Read more...]

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Michael Wolf Photographs the Rooftops of Paris

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Forget your normal, street-level view of Paris. Photographer Michael Wolf is heading to the roof, capturing the top of the ‘city of lights’ in a way most people never see. In a place so photographed that it has become a massive cliché (sold in gift shops the world over) it’s refreshing to see a lofty new perspective on the beautiful place. [Read more...]

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Every Sunday this Stylist Gives Haircuts to the Homeless

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Even though Sunday is his one day off, New York City hair stylist Mark Bustos still cuts hair. He not charging money though – he’s here to do something good for the world. Walking the streets he looks for less fortunate people who would appreciate a new haircut, simply saying, “I want to do something nice for you today.” [Read more...]

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Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy. [Read more...]

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Which New York City Cyclist Would You Be?

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve been to New York City – or any metropolitan area for that matter – you’ve probably spotted a few of these cyclists. Artist Kurt McRobert drew up this fantastic taxonomy of NYC bicyclists for a Time Out New York feature; and from the chain smoking “hipster,” to the “weekend warriors”, his images have nailed every single stereotype. Be careful though: you might find yourself fitting comfortably into one of these descriptions. [Read more...]

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Video Reveals Surprising Life Stories From the Homeless

Wednesday 07.23.2014 , Posted by
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It’s easy to think that homeless people are far different than ourselves – but just a short conversation can quickly reveal how easy it is to lose your footing in society. Forget about drug problems and being mentally disabled, a lot of homeless are just like us. [Read more...]

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Do Cats Look Like Their Owners? Cats Faces Merged Onto Their Human Friends

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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Every time we see a wrinkly dog walk down the street next to it’s wrinkly owner, we’re reminded that dogs can look a lot like their human friends. But what about the cats? Sebastian Magnani is following up his series Underdogs with a feline themed face merging called Undercats. It’s fascinating, freaky and pretty hilarious. [Read more...]

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Cleverly Juxtaposed Images Give a View Into The Future

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [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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