The so called Gilded Age in American history, was one of enormous industrial, urban and agricultural growth… one which saw a previously sleepy nation step forth as a major player on the world stage. The name for the era, coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their book The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873), made reference to the process of coating cheap metal in a thin layer of gold… effectively making something cheap look more desirable. The term was a humorous jab at an era where many people complained of wildly ostentatious displays of wealth, crass manners, political corruption, and often shoddy ethics. But, for all its shortcomings it was an extremely exciting time, and artist Eric Rosner knows it. [Read more...]
No, this is not a tour company that is taking women to one of the most inhospitable countries in regards to women’s rights. And, no, this is not yet another adrenaline junkie adventurer going to a very dangerous country in search of a few kicks. This is Shannon Galpin, the founder of Mountain 2 Mountain, an organization started in 2006 based on a simple and noble principle:
All women deserve the same rights and opportunities as her own daughter.
Shannon chose Afghanistan because of its terrible track record in women’s rights. Most would say that her choice of countries is either a lost cause or too dangerous to approach, but Shannon’s track record has proven to the contrary. In 2009, she was the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. In total she has traveled there 12 times; each time coming home not only happy and healthy, but also knowing that she is making a difference in a region that rarely gets any press beyond death tolls and security reports. [Read more...]
Often, photographers capture beauty of landscapes, of faces, of artistic expression, but more often than not, the stories behind the photos are not told. Randy Lin and Dimitry Levdanski are setting out to go beyond the two dimensions of photography. Their project titled “Silk Rail Road” is setting out to capture the incredible beauty and landscapes of the rail road that runs from Astana, Kazakhstan to Bejing, China that runs along the old Silk Road. Covering 2,500 miles, this journey will go well beyond the natural beauty of this incredible region.
See their Kickstarter here.
It might only be the 14th highest observatory in the world, but the Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is possibly the most beautiful and unique. Located at Jungfraujoch on a treacherous peak at 11715 feet (3,571 meters), the classic structure is reached via the worlds highest railway, followed by a tunnel and then an elevator… it’s very remote, but still accessible year round thanks to the hard work of past adventurers. [Read more...]
For anyone who has seen the city of Paris, the image above is clearly from one of its streets. But, just what is it that distinguishes the unique Parisian style from other large cities around Europe? If you take a look at the image of a London street, below, the differences start to become more obvious… but even still, it would be easy to miss the subtler details of the two unique design languages. Enter the intriguing project What Makes Paris Look Like Paris. [Read more...]
Before you write this project off as another example of the multitude of huge Lego projects around the web, consider the unique way this wildly vertical map of Japan was made. In celebration of the block-based building systems 50th year, the company’s Japanese subsidiary sponsored a nation wide building project which saw the participation of over 5000 kids in 6 different regions to create the piece. [Read more...]
Tim Tadder creates highly stylized action shots of sports, exploration and adventure… but these examples delve into something a little different but equally action packed: underwater portraiture. In his series Fish Heads, he captures his wet subjects just as their faces have broken the surface tension of a pool of water, giving them expressions ranging from the serene to the spastic. As their heads plunge below the surface bubbles stretch around their faces, creating strange patterns in the surface reflection above. Adding to their unique style, the photos have the unique shortened depth of field and muted colors associated with underwater photography. [Read more...]
The Occupy movement put down roots all over the world at its peak, especially in the USA where finding a city center without encampments was unlikely last year. The Occupy movement has definitely lost some steam, or even disappeared all together in many places. In Denver, Colorado, a law has been passed making it illegal to camp on city sidewalks. Meanwhile in Germany, a different version of Occupy blew up in protest of Stuttgart21, the new train station and urban development project starting in Stuttgart, Germany. [Read more...]
Mobile kitchens are hot right now… and this might be one of the tastiest, and hottest renditions yet. Native New Yorker, Jon Darsky, has created a delicious, savory and filling pizzeria on wheels… a Freighliner M2 truck to be exact. The large diesel carries a transatlantic shipping container on its back, modified with glass windows to display its gorgeous designer interior, including a massive 5,000-lb Stefano Ferrara wood-fired brick oven. [Read more...]
For all you sandwich loving photographers out there, this is going to be a really tasty treat. Kelly Pratt, a self described sandwich lover who views a well made one as an art form, has recently started Stately Sandwiches – a project where she’s making handfuls of bread encased goodness for each of the 50 states. Using regional recipes sourced from locals to each area, she’s documenting her culinary adventure by laying out each sandwich’s ingredients neatly on a cutting board and photographing them from the same vertical angle. Later – after consuming her artful creation – she adds useful typographical elements and a map of the state where the recipe came from. Tasty. [Read more...]