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A Drone Captures the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Chernobyl

Tuesday 12.02.2014 , Posted by
Postcards from Pripyat

It’s been nearly 30 years since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, but much of the area remains the same as the day it was abandoned. Danny Cooke traveled to the site earlier this year while on assignment with CBS News for an episode of β€˜60 Minutes.’ Armed with a dosimeter geiger counter, his SLR and a GoPro mounted on a drone, he explored the surrounding area including the abandoned town of Pripyat, and filmed its unreachable locations like never before. His film is called “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl”. [Read more…]

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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so. [Read more…]

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Mysterious Forces Pull Buildings Apart

Tuesday 05.14.2013 , Posted by

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One word that comes to mind when first observing a Ben Grasso painting: dynamic. Just about every piece of his large scale work is in motion – either being blown outward by an explosion, being blown away by a hurricane-force wind, or in many examples, moved by a mysterious energy beyond explanation. Much of his work features classic wooden buildings from the American plains – their timber frame details, long strips of siding and even surrounding foliage moving quickly in divergent directions. It’s a chaotic sight, but one filled with a surprising amount of beauty. [Read more…]

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Haunting Graffiti in the Heart of Abandoned Chernobyl

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

Art will spread to all corners of the earth and beyond, proven here by these captivating, touching and even haunting images of graffiti around the abandoned area of Chernobyl Ukraine. The artists who created these works are as mysterious as the area itself, leaving behind stencils of small children as ghostly reminders of the vibrant life that once existed here. The images are the works of photographer Jan Smith, who has explored the nooks and crannies of the abandoned city, discovering other artists works tucked into its hidden corners. [Read more…]

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