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A Family That Time Forgot: Traditional Kentucky Living

Thursday 05.03.2012 , Posted by

Life in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky has changed a lot in the past 100 years. What was once a vibrant culture, filled with traditional ways of living, methods of supporting yourself and a reliance on community, is quickly disappearing, if not gone all together. In the early 1980′s, photographer Shelby Lee Adams stumbled upon a forested ‘holler’ called Beehive, the home of the Napier family. Their way of living stunned him. Chickens ran through the yard, hound dogs came running, small cobbled together homes had ceder smoke wafting out of their chimneys… with just one small line for electricity, it was truly like stepping back in time. [Read more...]

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Got Old Phonebooks? Make Art Out Of Them!

Monday 04.30.2012 , Posted by

Texas based photographer Cara Barer uses old phone books, computer manuals, maps, and comic books to create hypnotic sculptures, which she then photographs. Her inspiration came when she saw a rain-soaked Yellow Pages lying on the ground. She photographed its intricately bent pages and soon began the search for more books, and more methods to change their appearance. She realized she owned many books that were no longer of use to her or to anyone else. She soaked the manual for Windows 95 in the bathtub for a few hours, then gave it a new shape and purpose. Half Price Books became a regular haunt, and once an abandoned house gave her a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and a storied history of neglect. [Read more...]

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Child’s Caves: Re-Imagining The Fantasies of Childhood

Thursday 04.26.2012 , Posted by

What was it like building forts in your house as a kid? Did you create space ships, fairytale castles, jungle forts or tipis? Did you use sheets, cardboard boxes, umbrellas and broomsticks? I remember sharing a room with my brother, twin beds on each wall and creating some pretty plush forts between using old comforters, loads of pillows from the house (sorry Mom) and anything possible to make their ceilings stand tall. Sometimes they’d be castles, sometimes we thought we were building roller coasters… one thing was for sure though: when the lights went out and we were supposed to be sleeping, we’d crawl back inside and imagine fantastic adventures late into the night. [Read more...]

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Everyday Scenes Become a Bizarre Reality

Thursday 04.12.2012 , Posted by

Step inside the imaginative mind of photographer and storyteller Ryan Schude. Each of the images in his collection creatively tells a story which takes you into an ominously surreal reality – or just a state of confusion. He takes any average situation in life, then begins twisting it, creating havoc by throwing in random props, situating models in unique poses, and using elaborate sets with tailored lighting. It carries an awkward humor that intrigues you and demands a close look… if only to try and understand what is really going on. The closer you examine his shots, the more you see the amount of thought and imagination that went into each photo-shoot. [Read more...]

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Off the Grid: People Who Have Left Technology Behind

Wednesday 04.11.2012 , Posted by

It’s strange to write this on the internet, the forefront of all things technological and modern… but some people are deciding to leave it all behind. For various reasons — from seeing the effects of modern society on the natural world, to the way people are increasingly connected to electronic devices, or the way the rat race of consumerism envelops the fabric of our communities — a number of people are choosing to live a more ‘down to earth’ existence, getting them in touch with the land in older, now forgotten ways. [Read more...]

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The Mother That Juggles It All

Tuesday 04.10.2012 , Posted by



Although it may not be Mother’s Day for another month, that isn’t going to stop us from appreciating all the strong women that take on as many responsibilities as their arms can carry. They could be cooking and cleaning at the same time as organizing a weekly planner on the fridge, drinking coffee, feeding a baby (this sounds dangerous), all while typing with one foot and collecting laundry with the other – okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the picture. [Read more...]

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The Morning After: German Clubs After Everyone Leaves

Tuesday 04.03.2012 , Posted by

A couple of German students from Hamburg decided to start a photography project. They wanted to take photos of well known German nightclubs after everyone had spent a heavy night of dancing, drinking and partying. Taking the shots in the early morning after everyone had left, they aptly named the art project The Morning After. [Read more...]

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Layered Portraits From the Fourth Dimension

Wednesday 03.28.2012 , Posted by

It’s not often that we see collages which take us through four dimensions with a quick glance, leaving us not with just depth, but also with the passage of time. These complex and beautiful portraits from Brazilian artist Lucas Simões, explore the often forgotten aspect of time, taking multiple images of the same person and layering them into both organic and geometric sunken relief. [Read more...]

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All I Own: Peoples Possessions Up Against the Wall

Monday 03.19.2012 , Posted by

What would everything you own look like against one wall? Photographer Sannah Kvist gave her subjects a simple but fun assignment: take all your worldly possessions and build a sculpture in any way you want. In the case of some, that sculpture might look like a mountain, but in the case of these young people from Sweden, they just have a small pile. All of her subjects where born in the 80′s, which is part of the charm of the portraits and an explanation of why they own so few things. [Read more...]

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17 Year Old Surreal Photographer: Maria Sardari

Friday 03.16.2012 , Posted by

With models fading into the hallways, lights coming from their eyes… floating, sleeping, dreaming, wanting… these photographs are surreal and captivating like a dream you don’t want to wake from. They are the creations of photographer Maria Sardani, who is only 17 years old. [Read more...]

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