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Pet Rats Photographed with Miniature Teddy Bears

Thursday 01.23.2014 , Posted by
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For anyone who’s ever owned a pet rat, they’ll know these furry little guys are seriously smart and have loads of personality… but these endearing photographs take that to a whole new level. For the last few years, Jessica Florence and Ellen van Deelen, two independent photographers, have been celebrating the fun relationship they have with the tiny rodents by taking photographs of them hugging miniature teddy bears. Yes, rats hugging teddy bears. It’s as cute as it sounds. [Read more...]

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Then and Now: Brothers Recreate Old Family Photos with Charmingly Awkward Results

Wednesday 01.22.2014 , Posted by
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Designer Joe Luxton and his brother have been recreating childhood family photographs as their adult selves. Like so many things, we’ve seen this concept a number of times before, but there’s really something about the attention to detail and awkward situations these two have remade that sets this collection apart. [Read more...]

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Women Under Wraps: Eerie Photos On Domestic Life

Sunday 01.19.2014 , Posted by
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At first glance, the brilliant florals, silks, and taffetas that photographer Patty Carroll captures in her project “Anonymous Women” exude an attractive aura of domestic luxury. However, upon closer inspection, the idea of “home sweet home” quickly becomes all too saccharine. As the garish textiles are revealed to hide trapped female figures beneath them, the series peers into the cult of domesticity with a startling double vision. [Read more...]

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Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Thursday 01.16.2014 , Posted by
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Romain Laurent can take any normal scene and make it absolutely bizarre. In his recent series of animated portraits, he uses the looping GIF to repeat impossibly strange scenarios from people slapping themselves in the face (with an extra set of arms) or stepping in a circle while keeping their torso still, to blowing endless piles of leaves out from under their shirt. Why are these so ridiculous, and ridiculously fun? Perhaps it’s because this series is just a fun break from his normal routine of commercial projects. [Read more...]

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LEGO on Hoth: Vesa Lehtimäki Re-Imagines Downtime Star Wars’ Ice Planet

Thursday 01.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you saw the original Star Wars movies as a kid, it’s hard not to be nostalgic about the trilogies’ characters – even if it’s for the bumbling Storm Troopers on the ice planet Hoth. Finnish illustrator and designer Vesa Lehtimäki was 10 years old when he saw the first installment in 1977, and he’s no stranger to the seductive pull of these now classic films. Over the past few years he’s been fulfilling childhood dreams in a playful yet professional manner – creating imaginative scenes from Hoth using his son’s LEGO sets. [Read more...]

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Chino Otsuka Travels Back to Her Childhood Through Superimposing Herself

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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At the age of 10, Chino Otsuka left her home country of Japan to move to the United Kingdom for school. When she arrived she was faced with the challenges that come with relocating to a foreign country. Adapting to new languages, cultures and environments while still navigating childhood were part of Otsukas journey now. It was this time in her life that inspired her to create a photo series she titled Imagine Finding Me. [Read more...]

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Who Flipped the People, But Not Their Clothes? Bizarre Photographs of Parisians Walking on Their Hands

Saturday 01.11.2014 , Posted by
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French photographer and art director Patrice Letarnec takes to the streets of Paris, flipping the bodies of each subject, but bizarrely, not the clothes. Here in a mind-bending fashion, legs become arms and hands become feet – and the head is altogether missing. Each impressive handstand takes place in a city devoid of other people, creating a surreal scene that makes one wonder how the rest of the populous appears. [Read more...]

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Courageous People Write Their Insecurities on Their Bodies

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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In our ever more social world, it’s not always easy to be honest about your true self. Standards of perfection are increasingly prevalent – communicated to us on Facebook, Instagram and the web as a whole. “Be the best that you can” they seem to say, but along with that message comes “don’t share your shortcomings.” Steve Rosenfield’s What I Be Project attacks these societal issues face-on, challenging his subjects to put their insecurities out in the open for all to see. It’s an incredibly courageous thing to do. [Read more...]

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Stoplight Spotlight: Photos of Traffic Lights Through Fog

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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German artist Lucas Zimmerman stops traffic in his recent series of photographs. Portraying ordinary stoplights illuminating a foggy street near Weimar, Zimmerman catches an urban light show of bright, diffused colors and reveals the striking visual potential found in low-visibility conditions. [Read more...]

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Aerial Photographs or Abstract Paintings? Andre Ermolaev Captures Stunning Icelandic Rivers from Above

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
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It’s hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the photographic era there was a heated debate about whether photographs should be considered ‘fine art’. Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev’s work would have settled that argument conclusively. His images capture the volcanic rivers of Iceland from far above, revealing nature created washes of color that could easily be found on an abstract painters canvas. [Read more...]

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