We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening. [Read more...]
Viewed from above, the Land Art project Desert Breath looks too perfect to be real. The two spiraling arms of positive and negative conical forms create a surreal scene upon the Egyptian desert floor, echoing the forms of nature found in plants, water and the very shape of our galaxy. Coming down to earth, the view only becomes slightly more believable. The features are gigantic: the outside cones towering taller than a human, and the shimmering center pool spanning almost 100 feet. [Read more...]
What we’ve been seeing lately is that some people will go to great lengths, risking jail time and their lives to get the perfect picture. Last week we introduced you to Vitaly Skywalker who hangs by one arm off of skyscrapers, before that was the self-portraits of Ahn Juhn dangerously close to the edge of tall buildings, and now a team of Russian tourists have broken the law, climbing the Great Pyramids to bring us this collection of images. To get these risky shots, the photographers waited hours after closing time to escape the guards, knowing that getting caught could be punishable by up to three years in prison. [Read more...]
With protesters in Egypt still filling the streets, fighting in many Libyan cities and much of northern Africa in some state of upheaval, Visual News artist Robbie Douglas was inspired to create a pencil drawing, titled Breaking Chains, that illuminates the situation and it’s vast scale. [Read more...]
If you still think the Internet is free, un-policed and safe from being turned off, think again. With the recent shut down of Egypt’s Internet amidst the countries mass riots, the sobering idea that our Internet world is more fragile than expected becomes more apparent each day. In the case of Egypt, the Internet was almost entirely shut down in only a matter of hours as this analysis by Ars Technica explains. These 4 informative infographics from yuxiyou.net put the current state of freedom on the net in perspective:
The recent protests, and subsequent restriction of Internet access by the Egyptian government have led to much speculation as to whether the US Government might one day exercise a similar option, which is actually not very difficult to do with a relatively small number of Internet Service Providers needed to comply with such a government order. In this Visual News Original, artist Robbie Douglas joins us again with his trusty 4b and 6b pencils, along with tortillions, colored pencils and acrylic paint, on 70 lb. drawing paper. Go here (visualnews.com/2011/02/07/mouth-zipped-shut/) to see his previous piece, Mouth Zipped Shut, an editorial piece about Julian Assange of Wikileaks. [Read more...]
There’s a revolution happening across the Middle East. Sure, it began with Tunisia, but the wide-ranging socioeconomic and political issues that are often characteristic of authoritarian governance — corruption, unemployment, poverty, lack of a free press, and exorbitant food and fuel prices — are not unique to its soil.
Click the graphic below (a Visual News original) for a full sized look:
On January 25, 2011, Egyptians began the first of a series of rallies to protest low minimum wage, high unemployment, and lack of freedom of the press under President Hosni Mubarak. The February 1 rally marked the largest day of protest so far.
An original infographic by Visual News [Read more...]