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Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian. [Read more...]

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Around the World in 80 Diets: A Photographic Study of People and Their Daily Eating Habits

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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Photojournalist husband and wife duo Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusion have come up with yet another poignant theme for their latest book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. They spent 3 years visiting 30 countries, asking 80 people from all walks of life to share with them the visual answer to the simple question, “What do you typically eat in 1 day?” The portraits themselves are compelling and very telling of the way culture and occupation shape a person’s diet, and thus health. Along with each photograph is a list that details all of the items along with the total calorie count. [Read more...]

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

Saturday 03.15.2014 , Posted by
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One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch. [Read more...]

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Skateboard Travel Photography by Jonathan Mehring

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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Once skateboarder Jonanthan Mehring was bit by the travel bug, he challenged himself to find “the gnarliest, most culturally different places” to skate. His passion for skateboarding and travel combined with his amazing camera skills have allowed him to make a career out of his talents. He has been to over 30 countries with his friends, scouting the most unique locations to skate, often garnering quite an audience. Mehring’s photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, Skateboarder, Thrasher, Monster Children, Slap and Kingpin and shown in galleries all over the world. Below is his fascinating interview with Andrew Norton for The Photographer Series, which “tells the stories behind some of skateboardings most epic images and the dudes who made them.” [Read more...]

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World Famous Landmarks Made to Look Miniature

Wednesday 05.08.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to this world, there are people who see it as vast and locations as distant, and there are some who see it as miniscule. In relation to the solar system and galaxies beyond, our planet is indeed tiny in comparison… and the humans that inhabit it are even smaller. New York based photographer Richard Silver decided that he wanted to capture that reality of being small through his photography. Packing his bags and camera gear, he ventured all over the world to create “miniature shots” from some of the most famous man made structures in the world. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #432 > The Funny, The Beautiful, & The Odd

Saturday 05.04.2013 , Posted by

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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week

Saturday 04.27.2013 , Posted by

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Well known for his eye-opening book Material World: A Global Family Portrait where he asked an average family in 30 locations to empty out their homes to show their possessions, Peter Menzel came up with another brilliant book idea. Teaming up with his wife Faith D’Aluisio, the duo got to spend time with 30 families around the world and analyze their weekly groceries for Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week. In the book they describe the weekly food purchases and costs, showing photographs of the family at home, at the market, in their community, and these portraits of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. [Read more...]

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Toy Stories: Children’s Favorite Toys Around the World

Wednesday 03.13.2013 , Posted by

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If there’s one unifying thing about children around the world it’s this: they love to play. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s latest project “Toy Stories,” captures this aspect of our young people’s lives through their prized possessions, artfully arranged around them in the places where they live. It’s an intimate and revealing look at the worlds diverse cultures as experienced by kids. [Read more...]

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Europe in Letters: Locational Typography

Saturday 01.26.2013 , Posted by

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As a freelance user interface designer, a contributor to Getty images and an ambassador of the Behance network, artist Gokhun Guneyhan has got his hands full. Hailing from the city of Istanbul in Turkey, Guneyhan has traveled around most of Europe while acquiring images of his journeys. After sifting through many of his photos from previous trips, he selected a few to use for his typography series. [Read more...]

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Swedes Love Their Milk… and China is Allergic

Thursday 11.15.2012 , Posted by

This just in: swedes love their milk… big time. This map made a splash on Reddit recently when it was pointed out that there is some serious love for the white beverage in the northern european country, as well as its neighbor Finland, the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland. Ranking low on this map: China. [Read more...]

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