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Bring Back That Carefree Feeling: Cancer Patients React to Getting Outrageous Makeovers

Thursday 12.12.2013 , Posted by
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“You know what I miss most?” asks Katy A., who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. “Being carefree.” She’s one of the many people who are experiencing the day-to-day life altering affects of this pernicious disease… not least of which is the way it can suck the joy out of a vibrant life. Inspired by her words, the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France invited 20 cancer patients to get a makeover and, as the project is titled, If Only For a Second bring them a bit of carefree bliss.

Little did they know what they were getting into. [Read more...]

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What Would History Look Like as Told Through Instagram?

Monday 11.25.2013 , Posted by

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“If something isn’t on the internet, it didn’t happen.” At least that’s what a lot of people seem to think in our modern age, when every birthday party, natural disaster or new creative pursuit has to show up on Facebook or Instagram. But what if the major historical events of the past happened today with our current social media obsession? What if DaVinci had posted instagram teasers showing his nearly completed Mona Lisa? What if someone posted a photo of the Trojan horse before its secret contents were revealed? That’s what MTV designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen set out to do on their hilarious new blog, Histagrams. [Read more...]

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These Adorably Unhappy Dogs are Getting a Bath. Wet Dog Photographs from Sophie Gamand

Monday 11.25.2013 , Posted by

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Being a dog is tough: just when you think you’ve gotten to the perfect level of smelliness, some human comes along and gives you a bath! Ok, we’re not sure if that’s really what dogs think, but it’s certainly the kind of look these dogs are giving the camera in the latest series, Wet Dog, from photographer Sophie Gamand. Some of these little pooches look like they’re about to bite your hand off, others look absolutely forlorn, and some have simply resigned themselves to waiting until this whole wet mess is over. [Read more...]

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Uncanny Animated GIFs Go In Circles

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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rrrrrrrroll puts photos in heavy rotation. A project based out of Japan, rrrrrrrroll creates animated GIFs featuring an anonymous individual in unassuming, everyday environments. Each still image, however, is animated by one element moving in a trippy endless cycle – ranging from a forkful of spaghetti suspended over a spinning plate, to a woman frantically swinging herself around a lamppost. [Read more...]

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Totally Rad: Photographing Malls Across America (in 1989)

Monday 11.18.2013 , Posted by

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In 1989 Michael Galinsky set out driving across the country from Long Island, to North Dakota, and Washington State beyond. His mission? Documenting the malls of America as he went. His series is a time capsule from a transitioning country, where downtown districts continued to lose popularity and the “big box” malls became social and consumer hubs. Here teens roam with matching mullets, the elderly enjoy cigarettes inside, and ‘stonewash’ jeans had elastic at the bottom. [Read more...]

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Grey Power: Grandparents Photographed Just Like Their Grandkids Drew Them

Friday 11.15.2013 , Posted by

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In our modern society, the elderly are often perceived as having lost their independence, and though they built much of what we see now, they are even seen as having little to contribute. There is a part of our population who never think that: grandchildren. Yoni Lefevre is out to set the record straight, showing the elderly as kids see them – people full of life, ready to juggle many things at once and ready to share copious amounts of love. She recruited four children, ages 10-11, and asked them to draw their grandparents as they imagined them. She then teamed up with photographer Nick Bookelaar, who captured the real-life grandparents dressed just like their grandkids vision. The series is called Grey Power. [Read more...]

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Fun App ‘Seene’ Covertly Primes You For The 3D Revolution

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

The current race to develop 3D technology is a little like the race to invent color television after an era of black and white. Our media is on the brink of coming full-circle, back into the third dimension after being trapped in a flat virtual world since 3D movies went out in the 60s. New 3D tech is being announced daily in the form of printers, scanners, TVs, glasses… what’s next? With every revolutionary innovation comes a beautifully pointless product (like Snapchat to temporary content). These trends can be ‘stupid’ on the surface but they can also function to assimilate foreign ideas into mainstream culture, paving the way for world changing tools. One such tool in the 3D tech world is a pointlessly-revolutionary app called Seene. [Read more...]

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Jennifer Greenburg Inserts Herself into Vintage Snapshots

Thursday 11.07.2013 , Posted by

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In her series Revisiting History, artist Jennifer Greenburg is replacing the individuals in vintage negatives she has found with the image of herself.I commandeer source material from someone else’s life thus taking over their memories to call my own,” she says. Her image is so seamlessly integrated with the original photograph that it is often impossible to decipher reality from fiction – which is exactly the point. [Read more...]

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Colorized Vintage Photos Make the Past Look Like Today

Thursday 11.07.2013 , Posted by

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While black and white photography is an excellent tool for bringing out form and shade in images, it fails miserably at one aspect: reality. For the years before the 1960s – before color photography went solidly mainstream – we are left with imagery that often fails to look like it really happened. Thanks to modern digital colorization tools however, artists like Sanna Dullaway, Dana Keller and Jordan Lloyd are updating the past, adding back in the missing element of color and giving us a window into history that’s more real than ever before. [Read more...]

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A Ballet Performed by Birds: Starling Murmurations Created by Photographer Alain Delorme

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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Just by their natural habits, some animals make art. From the famous webs of spiders, to the amazing arrangements of the sand bubbler crab, many animals leave us with beautiful patterns in the wake of their everyday life. If spiders and crabs leave us sculptural works of art, then the starling is a performance artist. These small european birds flock together, forming moving clouds of flapping wings that shimmer with life in motion. These flocks are called a murmuration. [Read more...]

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