Foggy Forests of Ancient Trees Pruned for Charcoal in Basque Country Photographed by Oskar Zapirainby

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Foggy Forests of Ancient Trees Pruned for Charcoal in Basque Country Photographed by Oskar Zapirain

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Oskar Zapirain‘s photographs capture eerie forests cast in thick fog, hazy light descending upon the foliage in the same green shade that blankets the floor in moss. Zapirain has been attracted to this landscape for years because of the homogenous light as well as the way it forces the viewer directly into a mystical atmosphere.

The forest Zapirain features is a beech forest in Oiartzun, Basque Country in Northern Spain. This particular forest is unique due to the history charcoal production within the region. Instead of clearcutting like we do today, the trees were instead pruned to preserve the trees and maintain the integrity of the forest across generations. The trees have since regrown with short trunks and dramatically long limbs that shoot outward like arms from almost every angle, adding a ghostly feel to each of Zapirain’s photos. You can explore more of his work on Flickr.

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Translucent Ants Photographed Eating Colored Liquids

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Translucent Ants Photographed Eating Colored Liquids

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Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India captured beautiful photos of these translucent ants eating a specially colored liquid sugar.

Artist Continues to Reimagine Celebrities Covered in #Tattoos

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Artist Continues to Reimagine Celebrities Covered in Tattoos

In his ongoing project called Shopped Tattoos, artist Cheyenne Randall reimagines celebrities and other public figures as if they’re covered from head-to-toe in ink. We first shared his handiwork last year, and since that time, he’s been busy adding more tattoos onto pop culture icons. Movie stars, musicians, and even public figures all sport his digital adornments, and Randall has a knack for making the photo manipulations look incredibly realistic.

The artist has thoughtfully added tattoos that are specific to his subject—Muhammad Ali, a famous boxer, has the competitive phrase “bragging rights” on his hand, and musician Johnny Cash’s knuckles spell out “June” (which refers to his beloved wife, June Carter Cash).

Though it’s hard to imagine many of Randall’s subjects as people who would ever get tattoos (e.g. Prince William and Princess Kate), there are those like Edward Norton and Brad Pitt whose public personas, coupled with Randall’s Photoshop skills, make it seem like a very likely possibility. (We could realistically see them with full sleeves!) It’s this amusing yet thought-provoking visualization that makes Shopped Tattoos a fantastic series to follow.

Cheyenne Randall: Website | Instagram | Tumblr

Meticulously Detailed Drawings Made with Graphite and Chalk

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Meticulously Detailed Drawings Made with Graphite and Chalk

Paul Cadden is a Scottish-born hyperrealist artist who creates painfully realistic artworks using only graphite and chalk.

I’ve posted some pretty realistic drawings in the past, like Rajacenna’s detailed celebrity portraits, Juan Francisco Casas’ photo-like ballpoint pen drawings, or Paul Lung’s pencil artworks, but the pieces you’re about to see are on a whole other level. Using simple materials like graphite and white chalk, Paul Cadden is able to replicate complex photos down to the tiniest details. Whether it’s the countless wrinkles on an old man’s face, the smoke from a lit cigarette or the water dripping from someone’s face, he makes it look unbelievably realistic.

“Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon a series of photographs, video stills etc, the art created from the photo is used to create a softer and much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living tangible object. These objects and scenes in my drawings create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo,” Cadden says about his incredible art.

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This Guy Arranged Wooden Discs On His Old, Dirty Floor. When He Finished? Amazing!

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This Guy Arranged Wooden Discs On His Old, Dirty Floor. When He Finished? Amazing!

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These days, home remodels are usually super fancy and sleek. You’ll see stainless steel, granite, and brand new everything. But this is one DIY idea that has me in love. I want this in my house!

This fella took some logs, cut them into discs, and laid them down on his floor. Talk about an Earthy makeover for your home! Check out what he did, it’s awesome:

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London From Above at Night

Après avoir voyagé à Las Vegas et New York dans le cadre de son projet « Air », le photographe Vincent Laforet a traversé l’Océan Atlantique pour aller capturer la ville de Londres, la nuit. Il a passé deux heures dans un hélicoptère, à 1900 mètres d’altitude, pour immortaliser les lumières de la ville.

 

Hanging Red #Stairs in London House

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Hanging Red Stairs in London House



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Hanging Red Stairs in London House


Hanging Red Stairs in London House

Michaelis Boyd Associates, Diapo and Webb Yates Engineers have imagined this incredible red staircase in a London house. Its shape give the impression that it’s reversed, suspended to the roof. It give also to this white and pure interior a surrealistic touch.

Source, credits, details and more at: fubiz.net

SkinBook” Replaces Paper with Fake Skin for Tattooers to Practice On

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SkinBook” Replaces Paper with Fake Skin for Tattooers to Practice On

When a tattoo artist is learning to ink, they don’t have a lot of choices for surfaces to practice on. Many start by tattooing on fruit or raw meat, but it can’t compare to real skin. Kind friends and willing participants are often their blank canvases. As a result, there are always some unhappy clients with unfortunate tattoos that are hard to get rid of. Tattoo Art Magazine recently produced a small book that’ll be sure to delight beginning artists. It’s called The SkinBook, and the pages are filled with practice synthetic skin.This limited-edition publication features different pictures of body parts for artists to learn on, all while using their own equipment. Areas like the chest, hands, and arms are all included, and it affords the novice tattooer the valuable opportunity to improve…

Photoshop Battle Hilariously Reimagines a Round Cat into Fantastic Situations

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Photoshop Battle Hilariously Reimagines a Round Cat into Fantastic Situations

It’s no secret that the Internet loves cats, and this fluffy white feline marvelously appears perfectly round. And what makes this viral picture even funnier? When Reddit works its magic in a hilarious Photoshop Battle (PsBattle). If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, it’s described as “a place to have fun with everyone’s favorite graphic software.” Users take an original image and reinterpret it in imaginative, funny ways. Here, they superimposed the cat into different fantastic scenarios.People took advantage of the feline’s easily-Photoshoppable shape and imagined it as a variety of objects. We see that it has taken on the role of a dandelion, cheerleaders’ pompoms, and even a basketball in the hands of the famous LeBron James. And with Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball, the PsBattle highlights a strange-yet-entertaining collision of different popular culture phenomena.

Be sure to check out another Photoshop Battle that we enjoyed featuring an old lady, a squirrel, and a puppet!

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Joel Daniel Phillips’ Provoking Life-Size Portraits

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 Joel Daniel Phillips’ Provoking Life-Size Portraits

by CaroPosted on April 24, 2015

San Francisco based artist Joel Daniel Phillips examines the characters living in his neighborhood in larger than life-sized drawings. His subjects include street vendors and the homeless, each with a unique personality that Phillips captures in hyper-realistic detail. His ongoing series explores themes like how these individuals use objects to retain a sense of home, and promotes social justice. Graphite and charcoal are the only media used in Phillips’ works, recognized by Conté à Paris which just recently named him brand ambassador. With these he creates striking contrasts that single out the subject on white background, allowing the viewer to focus on the individual and consider their emotions. These are people who generally go unnoticed by the public, living in the shadows. In Phillip’s drawings, they are brought to the center stage and become the hero of their own story.

Sukhi Barber-#metal sculpture

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Bronze sculptures by UK artist Sukhi Barber who spent twelve years in Kathmandu, Nepal studying Buddhist philosophy and lost-wax bronze casting. Via her website:

Sukhi’s sculptures are intended to bridge the cultures of East and West. Embodying the peace and compositional balance of ancient devotional art, they represent complex philosophical ideas with a simplicity and clarity that renders them accessible to the Western viewer. Exploring themes of hidden potentials, and the transcendence of our limiting view of a solid reality, her work often represents the negative space as being as important as the material itself, implying the dance of form and spirit, a constant state of transformation.

As I was putting together this entry, staring out a window at a calm bay off the coast of Alaska, a small fawn walked past the window and stopped to look at us through the glass. My mind promptly exploded.

Student’s Faucet Design Saves Water By Swirling It Into Beautiful Patterns

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Student’s Faucet Design Saves Water By Swirling It Into Beautiful Patterns

Simin Qiu, a design student in London’s Royal College of Art, has come up with a luxurious-looking Swirl Faucet that will save water by turning it into a beautiful, elegant, swirling spiral.
Qiu’s design works by sending the water through a double turbine, which spirals as water moves through it, creating an elaborate and beautiful lattice of water streams. The turbine also limits the flow of water by 15%, meaning that you waste less when using it! 3 different nozzles let users choose which water-saving design they’d rather use.
The design, which also won an iF Design concept award in 2014, is operated with a touch button on top, which helps it retain its sleek and elegant look.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

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Picture of the Day: Rolling Through the Streets

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Street artist Cosimo ‘Cheone‘ Caiffa just completed this awesome mural in Milan, Italy that extends beyond the wall onto the sidewalk and street below. You can see more from Cheone at his website and Facebook page.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is run by two UK institutions: the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Michael Nichols claimed first prize this year with his photo of the Vumbi lion pride in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Nichols’ image shows five females resting with their cubs, after he’d been following them for nearly six months.

The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is now open for entries.

Amazing Walled City Looks Like Something Out of A Sci-Fi Movie. I Can’t Believe People Live Here!

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Amazing Walled City Looks Like Something Out of A Sci-Fi Movie. I Can’t Believe People Live Here!

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No, this isn’t some fancy trailer for the latest Michael Bay movie. Photographer Greg Girard has captured one of the most amazing cities this world has ever known.

Originally a Chinese fort, this “walled city” known as Kowloon has turned into something truly amazing. It looks like some sort of dystopian future city!

Taturday 68: Spectacular Superhero Tattoos

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Taturday 68: Spectacular Superhero Tattoos

Superheroes believe in three things: truth, justice, and getting a tattoo of themselves. Here are some seriously intense superhero tattoos. Did you know that every time someone gets a tattoo of Aquaman, Namor sheds a single tear?

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