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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Art Is Right Up There With His Storytelling

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – J.R.R. Tolkien An album of Tolkien’s lesser known art was released on Reddit by user ethan_kahn. Featuring pencil sketches and colored illustrations, some of the images were actually the covers on vintage editions of Tolkien’s books. [Read more…]

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Hand Colored Photographs of Japan in the 1880s

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world we can access photos instantly from almost every part of the planet, but almost 130 years ago, photos weren’t nearly as commonplace. It’s no surprise then, that images that were seen from other locations around the world shaped global perceptions and even identity. One such example was the collection of Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari and his series on the fascinating nation of Japan. [Read more…]

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FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works! [Read more…]

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The Most Dapper Animals You’ve Ever Seen

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t have to be rich or even human to have good style. Just look at these classy animals in vintage gentleman’s wear. These classy pieces are the work of LA-based artist Alexander Houlton. He combines Photoshop with woodworking with the goal of “making people smile uncontrollably.” For this series “Animals in an Animal World” Houlton used Photoshop to replace human heads from vintage photos, which he found online in public domain libraries, with the heads of various animals. He then adhered each print onto wood, which he cut with a powered handheld jigsaw, and burned it with a torch to give it the vintage feel. He did an amazing job sizing the heads and matching them with the perfect outfit and pose. [Read more…]

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Book Art Meets Rock & Roll With These Awesome Prints

Friday 07.11.2014 , Posted by
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Full time parents and part-time artists, Dustin & Stephanie combine their passion for music and art with this unique series of prints. The duo lives just outside of Nashville with their 6 children. Using pages from an 1855 edition of “Plutarch’s Lives” (Parallel Lives), they print famous images of famous musicians and bands. The pages will vary, but each print is 5.5″ x 9″ and comes inside a clear plastic sleeve until you’ve found the perfect frame to put it on display. [Read more…]

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140 Year-Old Bottled Sand Art, Held Together With No Glue

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Just the mention of “sand bottle art” conjures up images of school projects with florescent dyed sand and invariably abstract designs… but these bottles by Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) are different. He is credited as the inventor of this rare art form and perhaps took it as far as is possible. He was known at “the portrait painter without a brush or paint.” [Read more…]

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Modern Day Photographs from a 130 Year Old Camera

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Jonathan Keys is on a mission to bring traditional methods of photography back to the spotlight. Instead of going around the streets with the latest DSLR, Keys takes his 130 year old wooden camera and his 1920s lens to find subjects. Roaming his home city of Newcastle, he captures a classical England in modern times. [Read more…]

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Watch this Gentleman Enjoy the Five Stages of Inebriation

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night! [Read more…]

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Can You Imagine Any Better Flourishes? Anton Burmistrov’s Inspired Typography

Monday 03.10.2014 , Posted by
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Graphic designer Anton Burmistrov urges us to use our imaginariums. The London-based artist caught our eye with his design for the glass door of the Imaginarium, a cozy creative space “where ideas are born, where artists could come and dream about impossible things.” Drawn from the conventions and styles of 19th century lettering, his panel is a typographic reverie come true – featuring bold, elegant contrasts and a series of flourishes that would make even the most self-respecting Victorian swoon. [Read more…]

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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more…]

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