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It’s Only a Paper Moon: Good Times, Vintage Portraits

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early half of the 20th century, it captivated the imagination of a world pre-Photoshop and gave many a memorable image of great times. [Read more...]

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Landfill Photography: Classic Chinese Landscape Style

Wednesday 02.27.2013 , Posted by

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Once filled with nothing but beautiful, natural, mountainous, tree-filled landscapes, the now over-populated China has some views that aren’t quite so serene: landfills. To contrast the idyllic past with the realistic present, Chinese artist Yao Lu photographed the landfills, covered in green netting, then digitally manipulated the photos to look like the familiar vintage landscapes in traditional paintings. He adds mist, trees, and buildings to the heaps of rubbish, making them appear beautiful and serene until you look closely enough to realize that they are not actually mountains. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #386 > Fun Photos From A Bygone Era

Saturday 02.23.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #376> Oddly Vintage: Photographs & Ads

Friday 02.08.2013 , Posted by

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The Eames Lounge Chair TV Debut in 1956

Thursday 02.07.2013 , Posted by

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It’s now considered a masterpiece of the modern design world – perhaps even one of its most recognizable items – but in 1956 the Herman Miller Lounge Chair was “quite a departure.” Here it is featured for the first time on national television, making its debut on NBC’s “Home” show with Arlene Francis. There to introduce the chair are none other than designers Charles and Ray Eames. [Read more...]

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Stereoviews from Old Japan Converted Into GIFS

Thursday 01.31.2013 , Posted by

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Do you remember staring at those Magic Eye pictures, hoping to see an image revealed once your eyes reached that perfect blur? Well that magical phenomenon of stereographs was created long before the 1990′s craze, dating back as far as the 1840′s. Double lensed stereoscopic cameras allowed people to capture 2 moments at once and stereoscopes made the prints come to life as they appeared to pop off the page in 3D. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #369> A Colorful Time: Vintage & Retro

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by



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Paper from the Past: Collage by Lars Henkel

Monday 01.14.2013 , Posted by

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Maybe it’s a stretch, but something about the linear and technological elements in Lars Henkel’s excellent collages reminds me of Marcel Duchamp’s famous The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. Perhaps it’s the fact that the technical elements in his work don’t quite make sense (many aren’t even connected to anything), or that there is a distinct lean towards early 20th century imagery and a beige color palette. The many levels of detail certainly lead us to believe that there is more going on than meets the eye. [Read more...]

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A Remixed Taxonomy of the Animal World

Wednesday 01.09.2013 , Posted by

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If combined groups of birds, mammals, insects and fish managed to converge on one point at high speed, the resulting collision might create something like the work of Penelope Kenny. After the fur, scales and feathers had settled, you’d be looking at perfectly formed remixes of the animal world: cockatoos with rabbit heads, hummingbirds with grasshopper bodies and one deer with a bouncy kangaroo torso. Perhaps the strangest part of all this: the animals would look surprisingly beautiful. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #347 > A Love For Vintage

Monday 12.31.2012 , Posted by

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