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Food Like You’ve Never Seen it Before: Sarah Illenberger Re-Imagines Fruits and Vegetables

Saturday 02.01.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not uncommon to be wandering through the food market and see a face staring back at you from the fruit bin. There in the bottom of a lemon is a perfectly formed smile, complete with dimples for eyes and a crease for the lips. Sarah Illenberger’s daily experience is a lot like that, only she’s been seeing rainbows, diamonds and disco balls in her food. [Read more...]

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Pencil vs. Camera Goes Huge: 3D Charcoal and Pencil Drawings by Ben Heine

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Belgian artist Ben Heine creates amazing 3D charcoal and pencil drawings. What looks like the backdrop to a regular photo shoot is really a large scale canvas Ben is using to create his next monumental art project. His drawings are so fascinating because they jump off the page at you! They mix drawing and photography, imagination and reality; and while many artists are confined to a small workspace, Ben looks like he gets a full-body workout creating his pieces. These works continue on Ben’s best known series, Pencil vs Camera, which he started in 2010. [Read more...]

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Modern Technology Captures Baby Animals in the Womb

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often we get to peer into the world inside the womb, and none of us remember what it was like, but producer Peter Chinn is helping us understand a little bit more about what goes on before birth. His images, produced for a National Geographic documentary called In the Womb: Extreme Animals used real-time 4-D ultrasound images and computer models to create an astoundingly lifelike vision of animal gestation that is beautiful and even a little unnerving. [Read more...]

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Architectural Pattern: Modern Structures Go Beautifully Abstract

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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Any time you walk through a big city, all it takes is a quick look up to send your mind spinning. Overhead, the walls of skyscrapers climb into the distant sky, showing off their sleek lines, walls of reflective glass and seemingly infinite patterns. Parisian photographer Alexandre Jacques captures this feeling in his series Architectural Pattern. Here he frames his shots to capture only the sides of the building, canting the lens to further confuse our perceptions of reality. His creations take objects that are praised and maligned, revealing a new vision of their beautiful facades. [Read more...]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more...]

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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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