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Moving Without Mom: Father and Daughter Recreate Wedding Photos of Late Mother

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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Ben Nunery and his wife Ali were married in 2009, just after closing the deal on their new house. Since the house was still empty, they took the opportunity to have their beautiful wedding photographs taken inside their new home. It was were they would celebrate the beginning of their new family, and the challenge of loss.

Tragically, Ali was later diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and passed away at the age of 31 in 2011. This year, Ben with his young daughter Olivia moved out of the house, and in a touching tribute recreated the special photos from Ben and Ali’s wedding day – a fitting way to mark new beginnings and remember happy times. [Read more...]

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Amy Guidry Explores the Psychology of Life and Death

Tuesday 04.09.2013 , Posted by

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The recent collection of paintings from Louisiana based artist Amy Guidry brings the surreal so certainly into existence it seems to easily step off the canvas into reality. Her work is filled with animal and human figures, often taking center stage in what appears as a bleak and beautiful southwest american landscape. This highly ambitious imagery – from detailed rock formations, to skeletons and variously dissected creatures – would be arresting on its own, but it also explores concepts more profound: the rich layers of connection in the cycle of life. [Read more...]

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drone Attacks Interactive

Saturday 03.30.2013 , Posted by

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The US has been waging war in the middle east for over 10 years now, making the combination of conflicts in the region the second longest war in our history. This is due, in part, to something new to our war making stategy: drone attacks. These non-manned flying machines allow the government to wage war without the risk of losing American military, while at the same time lowering the financial cost to wage such a conflict due to fewer deployed soldiers. Their are hidden costs to these tactics however, as this shockingly affective interactive graphic from Pitch Interactive makes abundantly clear. [Read more...]

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Visualizing Major Causes of Death in the 20th Century

Tuesday 03.19.2013 , Posted by

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by the provocative philosopher John Gray as he discussed his new book – The Silence of Animals: On Progress and other Myths. During the engaging talk (which you can listen to here) he made a strong case for the idea that, while technology has progressed substantially over the last centuries, society and human behavior has not. Are we all just animals with mobile phones and machine guns? As we’ll see from this excellent graphic detailing the major causes of death in the 20th century, John Gray may be on to something. [Read more...]

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Balloon Man takes one Last Walk before dying

Wednesday 02.20.2013 , Posted by

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What is so special about an old man walking around with a balloon? While there may not be anything particularly unique about the photos that Viktor Gårdsäter took, the real beauty is found when one understands the meaning behind the images. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #226> Do Or Die: Gothic Art

Tuesday 07.03.2012 , Posted by



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Ethereal Dreams: Paintings by Justin Lovato

Tuesday 11.08.2011 , Posted by

Justin Lovato’s paintings reside within the primordial ooze of dreams, which see his subjects always shifting, always changing. A working artist from Sacramento he finds himself currently residing in Berkley, California. Of his latest show This Too Shall Pass he waxes poetic: “The temporary nature of all things seen, a certainty among an environment of discord and antagonistic uncertainty on the great blue dot, earth [Read more...]

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Water Down: Detailing the Global Water Crisis

Saturday 06.11.2011 , Posted by

Around the world unsanitary water leads to the deaths of more than 3.6 million people annually, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. According to the United Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide than war. While many in high income countries see no effect on their water supply or quality, many people in developing countries face arduous daily hikes to find even the most marginal water. This graphic, created in a collaboration between Good.is and Column Five, puts revealing numbers to this expanding crisis. [Read more...]

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The Dark Side of Water

Friday 03.18.2011 , Posted by

To bring awareness to World Water Day on March 22nd, Solidarités International is launching a campaign to shed light on the tragic state of drinking water in the world and the many lives it takes. A little known fact, due to pollution and unsanitary conditions, water kills more than 3.6 million people each year, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. This makes it the worlds leading cause of death.

Solidarités International and its agency BDDP Unlimited created the video below, using pure water to create images that are only revealed with the symbolic pollution of black ink. Make sure to stop by solidarites.org for much more information on this little known but very important issue.

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Mt. Everest: Inside the Death Zone

Thursday 12.09.2010 , Posted by

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF DEAD BODIES

There is an area, above 8,000 meters elevation, where your body will no longer replenish its oxygen store. No matter how much you breath, no matter how much you have prepared, with an oxygen concentration only 1/3 of that which is at sea level, you have at most 48 hours before you run out. Only 14 mountains in the world allow you to step past this elevation, called the death zone. Everest is one.

Because at this elevation each individual climber is struggling for their own existence, most climbers reach a realization that if anyone is injured, they will have no way to help. An even more sobering realization is that if you make any mistakes, no one else will have the strength to help you.

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