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In Alabama it’s Illegal to Carry an Ice Cream Cone in Your Back Pocket (and other Bizarre Laws Visualized)

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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There are some seriously weird laws on the books of many US states… but Olivia Locher is breaking them all. This New York-based photographer’s series I Fought The Law brings some of the best examples to life, begging the question: how the heck did these become laws? [Read more...]

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Paint the Town Red… and Blue, and Green. A Mexican Town Gets a Colorful Makeover

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The neighborhood of Colonia Las Americas in Querétaro, México is getting a colorful makeover. The first phase of the project began last November when neighbors and local volunteers started painting the community with the direction of urban art collective Boa Mistura. [Read more...]

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History’s Creative Thinkers in Humorous GIFs and Smart T-Shirts

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re anything like me, you’re completely obsessed with the creative figures in history. You might find yourself thumbing through Da Vinci sketches late into the night, pondering how he imagined so many world changing ideas before they could even be realized. You might lose yourself for hours down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia exploration initiated by Isaac Asimov’s affinity for small spaces. That’s why I think this series of animated GIFs will not fail to amuse… nor will the exquisite series of T-shirts that inspired them. [Read more...]

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New York Rooftops Hold Hidden Surprises

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most exciting features of New York City is hidden from most of our eyes… unless you can fly. Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is giving us a different perspective of the Big Apple, looking down on the rooftops of the city, and revealing a magical and exclusive world that floats far above the streets. [Read more...]

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The Softer Side of Infamous Leaders

Monday 04.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing more powerful than standing tall, reaching out your arms, and grabbing a teddy bear. I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere…

Beijing artist Chunlong Sun has taken the likenesses of 5 often-infamous world leaders and put stuffed animals in their world influencing hands. It’s an absolutely bizarre combo that strikes an unlikely balance between making each figure appear far more friendly and sinister at the very same time. What are these? Villains from a James Bond spoof? [Read more...]

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My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all. [Read more...]

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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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This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

Monday 04.14.2014 , Posted by
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Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou Fujimoto, Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design.   [Read more...]

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Around the World in 80 Diets: A Photographic Study of People and Their Daily Eating Habits

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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Photojournalist husband and wife duo Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusion have come up with yet another poignant theme for their latest book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. They spent 3 years visiting 30 countries, asking 80 people from all walks of life to share with them the visual answer to the simple question, “What do you typically eat in 1 day?” The portraits themselves are compelling and very telling of the way culture and occupation shape a person’s diet, and thus health. Along with each photograph is a list that details all of the items along with the total calorie count. [Read more...]

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See a Little Dog on a Big Bike Tour from the East Coast to the West Coast this May!

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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Next month a little dog named Petunia, and her human, will be leaving their hometown in New Jersey, by bicycle, and heading to Virginia to start cycling Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica route all the way to Astoria, Oregon! A journey of over 4,000 miles, the duo will be documenting their travels and turning them into a documentary. According to this adventurous dog’s human, “Petunia is seat belted into her dog pod via a chest harness that has a seatbelt low in the front, and another one on the back that prevents her from getting too far out when she’s enjoying the fresh air. She likes to ride and hasn’t tried to jump out. She has a special signal for when she needs a potty break (and she’s pretty regular so I can anticipate break times mostly).” It’s clear that this pup was born to ride! [Read more...]

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