Have you ever wondered where the richest people in the world get their money? Have you ever been curious about what country holds the most of these ultra-rich? If so, Bloomberg has recently published an excellent interactive graphic highlighting a slew of facts about the 100 richest people in the world. [Read more...]
In his exquisitely detailed exploration of world architecture British artist Mark Lascelles Thornton has created something to both admire and to stir up conversation about the state of society. Titled, not a little bit sarcastically, “The Happiness Machine”, his yet to be completed masterpiece is a collection of world skyscrapers from London, Chicago, New York, Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and more. [Read more...]
The beats put down by modern DJs fill our lives each day with rhythms which give our time more meaning… and often get our bodies shaking in the process. But, how do these fine people live themselves? Photographer Christopher Woodcock has journeyed far and wide to answer that question, looking inside the homes of DJs, both famous and lesser known, to see their music creation environment. [Read more...]
Black and white photographs always seem to be stuck in the past, giving us an often unrealistic perspective on how long ago events really were. Think about it, most of us know someone who was alive during the 1940s, many of them fully grown members of society. For them life during World War II was a vibrant one full of memorable experiences, both challenging and enjoyable. These images, taken by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI), make the war years look much more recent using one rare tool of the time: color film. [Read more...]
Many times when you live in a big city, instead of feeling more connected to the world and people around you, you feel further from it. Overwhelmed, the experience can be almost as if you were drowning, unable to breathe for all the people. This project by French photographer and graphic designer, Alban Grosdidier, is a response to that feeling, capturing portraits which visually demonstrate the state of submersion. His images show people, both peacefully beautiful and claustrophobically unnerving… all under shallow water, their faces distorted by the clear suface. [Read more...]
Not everyone’s daily commute includes a comfortable air conditioned environment, morning talk radio and an office at the end. Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures many of these people from overpasses near his home-base in Monterrey, just as the trucks that carry them pass under his talented lens. These workers head to construction sites, landscaping jobs and field work packed into the back of truck beds with the tools of their trade, while they catch a few last minutes of sleep before the long day of manual labor. It captures a world that many of us miss… even as they pass us on the freeway. [Read more...]
The Yadev family of India, their worldly possessions carefully organized upon the dirt in their front yard: a simple bed, pictures of deities, bags of food. The image is part of Material World: A Global Family Portrait, a project started in the 90′s by esteemed photojournalist Peter Menzel.
In each of 30 countries, Menzel used data from the World Bank and United Nations to find statistically average families: average in size, location, background, and occupation. He then coordinated with 16 leading photographers to create images that give us a social and geographical snapshot of peoples lives and the objects that fill them. Beautiful. [Read more...]
Res Sapiens is a project authored by Pieke Bergmans and the Dutch design group LUSTlab. The Res Sapiens project merges the digital world with the physical, connecting them seamlessly and treating both as equals. It not only asks questions of us, but of itself as well. Res Sapiens refers to thinking physical objects (e.g. products and architecture) that surpass their visual representation and display their meaning, role and status in society. [Read more...]
You know those Mac vs. Pc commercials Apple was fielding a few years back? They pitched a nerdy PC against a cool Mac in a battle of wits… and the Mac always seemed to win. Well, here is an accurate look at what a Mac or PC user really looks like… at least the typical user. Hunch.com, the excellent multi-source recommendation website, looked back on their “Teach Hunch About You” questions and compiled this collection of characteristics typical of each platforms users. Do the stereotypes hold true? Decide for yourself with this excellent graphic by Column 5 Media:
Mark Laita says that the gap between the rich and poor, the conservatives and liberals and even the good and the evil of America is growing. These images from his excellent book, “Created Equal,” show that regardless of how different we may be in this world, how ever much the test of time has molded us into whatever we have become, we are still individuals worth respect and dignity.
Laita photographed his subjects over an 8 year period, visiting 48 U.S. states.