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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more...]

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Intricate Quilled Paper Illustrations from Yulia Brodskaya

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Talented Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya continues to experiment with her illustrative quilling style. Since we covered her work previously, she has continued to explore portraits of the aged, using her curled paper to portray the deeply creased faces of the older generations (it’s a surprisingly good fit). Her latest work doesn’t stick to the page either – many elements climb out of the scene in sculptural 3D. [Read more...]

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Exquisite Illustrations Blend Biology and Technology

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Seattle-based artist and textile designer Olivia Knapp creates exquisite illustrations influenced by European line engravings from the 16th to 18th centuries. But, unlike the scientific drawings that inspired them, the work includes choice examples of modern technology amongst her surrealistically rendered biological features. [Read more...]

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Flower Eyes Gaze Out of the Canvas

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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Take a peek at Italian artist Beniamino Leone’s fantastic series ‘Fioriture.’ Here, women’s faces peer out of his large canvas’ with floral eyes that lend them a truly surreal visage. I haven’t decided yet if these are beautiful or unnerving, but somewhere in between is perfect too. [Read more...]

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OsGemeos Transform Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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Renowned Brazilian street artist twins, OsGemeos have lent their signature ‘Giants’ to a series of six huge silos for the Vancouver Biennale. Located on Granville Island, the 70-foot tall towers perfectly match the duo’s work, even including small legs at the bottom. [Read more...]

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That’s Amore! Famous Pop-Culture Couples Illustrated by Ale Giorgini

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Whether it’s an upside down Spiderman kiss planted on Mary Jane Watson, or a warm nuzzle from Snoopy for Charlie Brown, it’s not hard to be nostalgic about pop-culture icons – but Italian illustrator Ale Giorgini makes it even easier. His brand of Jetson’s-esq line-work give any character or scene a delightfully retro flavor, and his new series ‘That’s Amore!’ is a tasty example. [Read more...]

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Stories Told in Martin Tomsky’s Fantastically Detailed Wooden Laser-Cuts

Wednesday 09.03.2014 , Posted by
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How cool are these? London illustrator Martin Tomsky creates laser-cut wooden plaques that are breathtakingly detailed… and in a world saturated by questionable laser-cut art, that’s a breath of fresh air.

Tomsky’s work is ‘epic’ in the original sense of the word – with a number of his pieces telling full stories as you explore the intricacies of their long forms. Just… wow. [Read more...]

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Human Faces Look Alien When They’re Upside Down

Wednesday 09.03.2014 , Posted by
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Even normal human faces look alien when you flip them upside down. That’s the tactic South African photographer Anelia Loubser used when creating her latest series Alienation. Inverted eyes, scrunched up noses and wrinkled foreheads become unidentifiable creatures and force us to observe the human form anew. [Read more...]

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Artist Illustrates the Crazy Creatures He Sees in the Clouds

Wednesday 09.03.2014 , Posted by
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Like many of us who look up at the sky, Spanish creative/copywriter Martín Feijoó has been seeing things in the clouds. Finding interesting formations, he’s photographed them and returned to his home in Madrid to bring them to life – at least in pen & ink form. [Read more...]

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Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Photos of Smoke Over 3 Months to Capture 20 Images

Tuesday 09.02.2014 , Posted by
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Just like a snowflake, every plume of smoke is unique. Photographer Thomas Herbrich spent the last 3 months capturing the overlooked beauty of smoke, capturing 100,000 individual photographs as the delicate plumes drifted upwards. His images reveal the lucky instant when his subject danced into delightful forms that resemble paper curls, bouquets of flowers and even the human body. After all that work, he selected 20 final images to represent the exceptional series, which he calls Smoke. [Read more...]

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