Our technologically-obsessed society often finds it hard to grasp the reasons behind asceticism: for what reason should one forsake all of one’s earthly possessions and live excluded from society? This stunning set of portraits by Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L puts us face to face with religious ascetics who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.
Asian photographer Qozop addresses the role of clothing in our society through a clever and playful juxtaposition of two generations. Participating youths and elders (parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren) are photographed in their attire and then asked to swap clothing and pose again. The series of diptych shots easily reveals a shift from ethnic and traditional dress to the more contemporary fashion style which has been a craze lately in Asian cultures.
During our commute, most of us will resort to listening to music, reading, or staring at the window and pondering the meaning of life. Artist and blogger October Jones (real name Joe Butcher) , however, has come up with a creative and somewhat more unusual way to spend his time – he draws new heads for his fellow commuters.
A group of bio-medical engineers from Aaldo University researched 700 volunteers from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan, who were exposed to a range of emotional videos, pictures and stories to trigger specific emotions. They were asked to map parts of their computer-generated silhouettes where they felt any increased/decreased activity. This is how the Body Atlas of human emotions look like.
While restoring one of the exploration huts in Antarctica, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered a box that turned out to be a remarkable treasure. It contained 22 never-before-seen cellulose nitrate negatives documenting the life of Antarctic explorers a 100 years back. Preserved in a block of ice, these negatives surprisingly lived up to our days to shine a light on the Antarctic heroic era and the landscape itself.
Cancer Patients’ Priceless Reactions To Extreme Makeovers Allow Them to Forget Their Illness For A SecondBy Justina • Dec 11th, 2013 • Category: Funny, Latest Posts, Photography
The 20 courageous cancer patients who sat down to have makeover portraits had no idea what they were in for. In truth, the aim of the “If Only For a Second” project that they were participating in was to give them outrageous and quirky makeovers, capture their surprised reactions, and offer them a chance to forget about their difficult conditions, even if only for a second.
By injecting 21st century gadgets into famous historical artworks, the “Art x Smart” project by Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu takes us to a utopian reality where ancient and modern times meet. Apart from being absurdly funny, these works also draw attention to our relationship with new technologies and their influence on modern society.
Meet Lil Bub, a truly magical space cat. Found in a tool shed in rural Indiana and born with lots of genetic anomalies, this kitten is healthy nonetheless, managing to garner attention as possibly the cutest kitty on the internet. Lil Bub has over 200,000 Instagram and Facebook followers, millions of Youtube viewers, her own web TV show with guest celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, a book, and an award-winning documentary. And if that’s not enough, she also advocates for homeless and special needs pets all over the universe.
These 40 photographs all tell stories about the historical figures or events that they represent. Once taken simply to document their present, they now help us witness the past. From historical landmarks and famous people to the basic daily routines of the past, these pictures portray the past in a way that we can empathize with and understand more intimately.
Art history has never been so easy! A redditor DontTacoBoutIt posted this series of famous paintings and gave short but hilariously accurate explanations on how to recognize their authors. Commenters on Reddit and Imgur also started sharing their own ideas for artist identification. Check out the following examples, and don’t hesitate to add your own!
Sydney-based artist Alex Seton creates these super-realistic sculptures of our everyday clothes – from cozy hooded sweatshirts to soft-looking t-shirts and sports costumes – from solid marble. It’s really incredible how the artist can take a piece of cold, solid material and turn it into warm- and comfy-looking fabric with subtle folds and creases.
Sand is probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about beach. However, this is not the case with the Panjin Red Beach in China, which is, actually, red, and not covered in sand at all. Such phenomena is caused by a type of sea weed Sueda. It starts growing during April and May, then stays green during the summer, but starts turning vividly red in autumn.