Cosmic Paintings From The Beautiful Mind of Lisete Alcade

In dreams, meditations, or vision quests, some people can see beyond the reality where most people dwell, but very few can reproduce those visions in a way that can be shared with others. Lisete Alcade is one of the exceptions. Painting with brushes, as well as her fingertips and the palms of her hands, she creates beautiful, detailed works with powerful themes.

Growing up in Mexico, with spiritual parents involved in alternative medicine practices, she was always encouraged to follow her heart. After a soul searching trip, when she was 19, Lisete realized that painting was her true passion in life. She has been focused on using her art to bring inspiration and awareness throughout the world ever since. Now 33, she lives in Brooklyn, New York where she has painted beautiful murals on buildings and contributed many works to the urban art scene.

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Living Moments: A Fast Paced View of the Streets of New York

With the help of 50 Lumia smart phones, filmmaker extraordinaire Paul Trillo documented the people of New York at a tempo consistent with the pace of the city. Nokia supplied the 50 devices but Trillo’s vision and skills made this project come to life. He rigged the cameras along an arc and this was the first time a bullet-time rig was made 100% mobile. He also used a custom app, developed specifically for this project, to have the ability to control the camera settings from a tablet device. After shooting they had about 30,000 photographs which were then sequenced together in sets of 50 to give the spiraling illusion. This unique perspective captures the diversity everywhere you turn in the Big Apple.

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Call to Action: A Massive Sculpture With A Message for Mankind Carved Entirely Out of Driftwood

1 DRIFTWOOD call to action

As humans, we hold the whole world in our hands. Never before has any species had as much of an impact on the environment as we do- whether we continue to destruct the Earth or make a change and protect it for future generations remains to be seen. To bring awareness to this issue, 59 year old sculptor Paul Baliker created this massive 13ft x 13ft driftwood sculpture. Using chainsaws, rotary grinders, and sanders, he spent 6 months carving the beautiful wildlife creatures into cedar driftwood that he gathered along the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Vast Expanse: Visualizing Collective Consciousness

1 Altamash Urooj

Being human is such a strange thing. We are given this opportunity as a conscious being to experience the universe, yet our perceptions of our self can divide us and make us forget that we all came from the universe. Carl Sagan explains, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Though we may look different, dress differently, and have different beliefs, we are all conscious beings made up of the same exact stuff. Altamash Urooj has captured this idea beautifully in a photo series he calls The Vast Expanse. The Pakistani/Venezuelan photographer visualized the collective conscious by wrapping models in cloth shrouds. In this way, you can not tell whether they are a man or a woman or what race they belong to- they are all just human. A visual communication graduate from the American University in Dubai with a concentration in photography, Altamash’s work often features themes of the “ongoing struggle that every creative soul encounters on his journey to becoming an artist…His passion is to discuss, explore, depict and project his cathartic struggle to be delivered from the dark womb of creativity into the light of artistic expression.”

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Humanity in the Raw: Captivating Photographs

In Cosmos, the wise Carl Sagan said, “Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. […] If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth.

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