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The Village in Japan Where There are More Dolls than People

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives. [Read more...]

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Splashes of Rainbow Become Unique Pictures: The Vibrant Works of Aramis Fraino

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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In his signature rainbow style, Venezuelan artist and graphic designer Aramis Fraino creates vibrant digital pictures. Animals seem to pop off the page from a swirling sea of color. A huge fan of The Beatles, the non-animal pictures shown here are from Fraino’s series The Beatles Art Tribute. The series comes with perfect timing as Ringo Starr just celebrated his 74th birthday earlier this month (July 7, 2014). [Read more...]

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Faces Flow from Plumes of Ink in Water

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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With the use of pigmented ink and paint spilling into water, South African artist Chris Slabber has created a pleasant series of images. Slabber captures the detailed liquid plumes as they emerge with high speed photography. Afterwards, he digitally manipulates them to blend in faces and figures. [Read more...]

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Neil Degrasse Tyson and 48 Other Emojis We Wish We Had

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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Words don’t always do a conversation justice – especially when that convo is text based. You’re there texting your bestie and an overwhelming sense of glee sweeps over you. What to do? Say it with an emoji of course.

With the announcement of Unicode 7.0 and 250 new emojis in the works (what would we do without “Man in Business Suit Levitating”) Microsoft has imagined what the new update missed – adding 49 more emojis you seriously wish you had. [Read more...]

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The Ghost in the Machine: Famous Celebrities Made from Old Film and Tape

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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Erika Simmons is revealing the Ghost in the Machine – that’s the apt title for her unusually creative artwork which uses the relics of the 20th century – namely film reels, music and VHS cassettes – to create portraits of the person the tape may have featured. She unwinds the magnetic tape inside and, carefully cutting and twirling it, arranges it into incredibly perfect portraits. [Read more...]

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A Picture Shows How Wasps Develop… You Don’t Want to Look at it Before Bed.

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s not many things that strike fear into a grown man’s heart like the sight of a wasp. Those little buggers pack a sting and bite so painful it will change you for good. With that in mind, this picture is sure to haunt your dreams.

…then again, if you’re into science, this is fascinating! [Read more...]

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Original Concept Artwork for the Characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re one of the fans who contributed to the $73M opening weekend box office success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then you will love to see how it all started. The Aaron Sims Company which was responsible for the character design has released some of the concept artwork that they generated for the movie. Working closely with Weta digital on this sequel as well as the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they created all of the characters from scratch. [Read more...]

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A Selection From the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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Every year travelers around the world take stunning photographs documenting their journey, capturing many beautiful locations, both urban and natural. National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest is for anyone who wants to submit their favorite photos in four different categories: Spontaneous Moments, Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes and Sense of Place. This year, thousands of entries were submitted, and later this month finalists and winners will be announced. Here are 12 of our favorite images to get a taste of the incredible assortment of moments being captured. [Read more...]

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Photographs of People with Their Attachments

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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In our everyday lives, there are items that we buy and keep. Over time, these objects can accumulate and limit us from leaving a place because we have so much “stuff.” Cerise Doucède wanted to create a series of photos to show the relationship between people and their material attachments in their daily lives. The project is titled Les Attaches. [Read more...]

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What Would Kid’s Drawings Look Like in Real-Life?

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve got a young kid, your refrigerator is probably covered with drawings of bears, butterflies, cars and princesses. Let’s face it though: while the little rascals are filled with imagination, their creations aren’t exactly life-like. I mean, when was the last time you saw a whale with a kinked tail? Dutch muralist/painter duo Telmo Miel (Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann) have recreated a series of drawings by kid’s, retaining their youthfully drawn shape while applying an adult artist’s level of detail. The results are truly weird and sometimes creepy. [Read more...]

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