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Man Follows Girlfriend All Around the World

Thursday 02.28.2013 , Posted by

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What started as a photographer trying to capture as much as he could while traveling while his girlfriend pulled him along has now become an internet sensation. Russian producer Murad Osmann and his gorgeous girlfriend, Natalia Zakharova, have been traveling the world together for quite some time. Beginning in Barcelona in September of 2011, Osmann started labeling his Instagram photos pictures “Follow me” where he takes beautiful pictures of his girlfriend pulling his arm through exotic and familiar locations around the world. In the small breaks between his busy work schedule, the jet-setting lovebirds have travelled to Singapore, Bali, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, and China and continue to document their journeys on Instagram. [Read more...]

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Rán Flygenring’s Charming Life, Illustrated

Wednesday 02.20.2013 , Posted by

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Charming. It was the word that came to mind when we ran across the work of Icelandic/Norwegian illustrator Rán Flygenring and her improvisational, doodling style of drawing and watercolor. She captures her nomadic lifestyle on small pieces of paper, coloring a beautiful world of interesting people, tasty food and worldwide travel. [Read more...]

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Ice Hotel in Sweden Showcases its Design for this Year

Saturday 02.16.2013 , Posted by

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Artists from around the world have come to create the 23rd ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Organized by the ICEHOTEL art & design group, the only building material used is 1,000 tons of pure ice and 30,000 cubic meters of snow extrapolated from the frozen water of a river. In addition there was some support from thin metal frames that helped with some of the weight of the ice. While it is a place for guests to come, wine, dine and stay, it also serves as a large scale art exhibition. [Read more...]

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A Map of Beirut in Rubber

Tuesday 02.05.2013 , Posted by

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Beirut is a vibrant place with a storied past… one which has left the city covered in scars that are still being repaired. Lebanese artist Marwan Rechmaoui often works with themes of urban development and social history revolving around his home country – in this case a large, floor based map of the current city layout. Titled Beirut Caoutchouc, the coastal Mediterranean city is recreated with heavy pieces of rubber embossed with roads, byways and segmented into 60 individual pieces that demarcate neighborhoods. [Read more...]

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Would You Volunteer for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

Saturday 01.12.2013 , Posted by

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Would you volunteer for a one-way trip to Mars, never again to return to the Earth? That is the proposition the non-profit organization Mars One is putting forth for a group of 4 brave people with a distinct lack of nostalgia for old Mother Earth. Once on the red planet, they will establish a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive additional astronauts every two years. If the plan works, we will see Mars being colonized by as early as 2023… that’s 10 short years people! [Read more...]

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Photos from The Heart of Borneo

Saturday 12.29.2012 , Posted by

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Dean Bradshaw is an Australian photographer and digital artist current living in Southern California. A few years ago, he traveled to the Island of Borneo in Southeast Asia to capture the essence of the exotic area. His images are rich with story and wonder, and provide a sense of tranquility to all who view them. [Read more...]

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The Difference Between Holland and the Netherlands

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Next time you’re off to Holland to pick some tulips you’re going to be far, far more informed about the place… and far more correct in identifying what it is. As this excellent and quickly paced video from the epic CPG Grey points out, there is a massive misunderstanding about the tulip growing, windmill building, hagelslag eating, container ship moving, ocean conquering nation… most importantly that it’s called the Netherlands and “Holland” is actually just its two most populous provinces. [Read more...]

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Star Wars Travel Posters in the Style of the WPA

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Back in the late 30s and early 40s the US Government spent an unprecedented amount of money furthering the arts as an effort to boost the economy during the Great Depression. Out of the Federal Arts Project branch of the Works Progress Administration came some of the most beautiful posters ever created for our National and State Parks, screen printed in the art deco stylings of the day. Now, Steven Thomas is channeling that gloriously creative time, creating travel posters for the famed Star Wars galaxy. [Read more...]

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A Delightful, Hand-Drawn Map of New York City

Wednesday 12.26.2012 , Posted by

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Following 3-months of research and hard work, British illustrator Jenni Sparks has created a fantastic hand-drawn map featuring the lovely city of New York. The piece repeats the talents we saw in her earlier effort creating a map of London, with this version perhaps even surpassing that fine work. Bold lines trace her 3D renditions of the city’s famous architecture, from the Flat Iron building to the Empire State Building; and locations like Union Square to Central Park. [Read more...]

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Knee Shops Out of Basements in Bulgaria’s Capital

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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After 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, the people in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, wanted to move away from communism as fast as possible, so they opened up their own businesses. However, with rent prices so high, many convenience stores were operated out of basements through a tiny window storefront at ground level. The little stores became known klek (knee) shops because in order to pay the vendor and get your convenience items, a person had to kneel down. The unique display of colorful merchandise through the glass storefront are quickly dwindling in Sofia, but remain a tourist attraction as a memorial of capitalism. [Read more...]

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