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

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.”

Modern Day Photographs from a 130 Year Old Camera

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.

Watch this Gentleman Enjoy the Five Stages of Inebriation

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!

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

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.

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

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.

155 Years Before the GIF: The First Looping Animations Created for the Phenakistoscope

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A little while ago we covered the technology that went into Japanese band SOUR’s music video animated on spinning CDs… but that’s just the most recent in a long line of spinning disk animations. Almost 155 years before CompuServe launched their first animated GIF in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau created the Phenakistoscope – commonly regarded as the first device to display a true animation.

Jennifer Greenburg Inserts Herself into Vintage Snapshots

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In her series Revisiting History, artist Jennifer Greenburg is replacing the individuals in vintage negatives she has found with the image of herself.I commandeer source material from someone else’s life thus taking over their memories to call my own,” she says. Her image is so seamlessly integrated with the original photograph that it is often impossible to decipher reality from fiction – which is exactly the point.

Colorized Vintage Photos Make the Past Look Like Today

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While black and white photography is an excellent tool for bringing out form and shade in images, it fails miserably at one aspect: reality. For the years before the 1960s – before color photography went solidly mainstream – we are left with imagery that often fails to look like it really happened. Thanks to modern digital colorization tools however, artists like Sanna Dullaway, Dana Keller and Jordan Lloyd are updating the past, adding back in the missing element of color and giving us a window into history that’s more real than ever before.

Time-Warping Rainbows in Vintage Moments: Hannah Dansie

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Why are we limited to five senses when perceiving the world? We know that there is more energy out there than humans can naturally detect. There are radical frequencies in sound, extremes in color, and visualization of heat. But, what about visual perception of emotion or the intensity of a moment?  What would the energy have looked like at Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? Or at your birthday party as you were blowing out the candles?  Painter Hannah Dansie explores these ideas in her surreal artwork which captures a mysterious energy that seems to transcend space and time. The simple but powerful images repeatedly present the same ‘sixth sense’ without explanation. The suspense of mystery keeps you flipping through image after image hopelessly searching for clues as to the origin of the colorful explosions. The geometric bursts appear to be a visual representation of accumulated energy that stems from every emotion that has ever been, or will ever be, connected to that single instant.

Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera

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Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember.