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25 Incredibly Colorized Historical Photographs

A brilliant artistic trend of photo-manipulation has broken to changes our perception of history dramatically. Colorizing historic photographs from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s changes their appearance from something historic and different, into a scene from today. The colorful image of Albert Einstein sitting beside the water gives us an entire new perspective on the genius. He goes from a brilliant historic relic, into a living brilliance of our era. The colorized photograph of Audrey Hepburn transforms our thoughts of beauty. Historic events move forward decades, or even a full century, by the addition of color carefully planned and… Read more »

Aerial Tilt-Shifts of New York City by Tim Sklyarov

This incredible set of tilt-shift aerial images of New York City, snapped by the city’s-based graphic designer and photographer Tim Sklyarov , gives us a real sense of just how many tall buildings are housed on the mighty Manhattan island, and the size of footprint Central Park occupies on it. Head over to his personal website to see the entire gallery. If you’re interested in a 24×36 canvas print of the image above, head over to Tim’s online store at 500px. You can also follow the graphic designer’s work on Flickr. SEE AlSO: New York City Skyline Welcomes the Highest Building in the Western Hemisphere [Images copyright Tim Sklyarov]

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The Best of Vivid Sydney 2013 in Pictures

Vivid Sydney, Australia’s annual light festival that turns Sydney into a flame of brightness (featured here last year), is taking place this year from May 24 through June 10, the city of Sydney lights up in a festival dedicated to light, music and ideas. Coloring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. Here are some colorful highlights from the spectacular event, that… Read more »

Dubai Comes to Life Through A Mindblowing Timelapse

  Dubai is one of the world’s most fast-growing futuristic cities. In less than 20 years, Dubai has become visually striking, an architect’s wonderland, where dreams on paper were given a chance to shine in reality. This timelapse video takes us on a stunning trip through its streets, waterways and skyscrapers. Created by Belarusian photographer and travel enthusiast Dima dimid Vazhnik, the clip deservedly become a hit online in less than one week of posting, with more than 100,000 views. Check it out for yourself, then let us know what you think in the comments. SEE ALSO: Dubai’s Fog makes a Skyscraper City in the Clouds… Read more »

The World’s 25 Most Colorful Cities

Who wouldn’t want to live in one of the world’s most colorful cities? The color of a city and the creativity of its people can easily turn a dull town into a place with vibrant beauty. If you ever wonder what makes a city beautiful, the answer can lie within its architecture, landscape, or people – But can also be something simpler, like color. A colorful city is a happy city. Just imagine your own city only more cheerful and colorful. Here are just a few you can put on your wish list: 1. Amorgos Island, Greece SEE ALSO: Mediterranean House in Tinos Island, Greece… Read more »

Rare Color Footage Shows What London Looked Like 90 Years Ago

Claude Friese-Greene, one of the earliest British pioneers of film, filmed a series of short clips around London documenting major attractions of the city nearly 90 years ago, specifically in 1927, using a primitive color process developed by his father William Friese-Greene. Looking at this footage almost a century later, it gives an ultimate feeling of precious value, knowing that it was one of the very first colored motion pictures ever made. The father, William Friese-Greene was a British portrait photographer and a well known inventor. His experiments in the field of motion pictures led him to be known as one of the fathers… Read more »

4 Sisters Photographed Every Year For 36 Years

For 36 years, since 1975, the Brown sisters (Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie) have been taking an annual photo together, standing in the same order, dressing almost similarly, and maintaining the black and white effect. It all commenced when Nicolas Nixon, a world-renowned photography professor at the Massachusetts College of Art originally photographed his wife and her 3 sisters, who at the time ranged in age from 15 to 25. They were so impressed with the result, they decided to make it a yearly event, the annual family photo. 36 years later, the sisters and Nicolas had all kept their promise, resulting in… Read more »

The Psychology of Color

Color has tremendous impact on us. Subconsciously, we associate different colors with different things, emotions and actions. When it comes to marketing, color can make a product or an idea more likable and comprehensive, and can boost sales and turn campaigns around. Choosing the right color is always vital for marketing. Nearly 85% of consumers name color as the primary reason that they purchase a particular product. 93% look at visual appearance when they buy a product and color improves comprehension, learning and readability. This infographic examines the psychology of color and looks at some common associations of different colors. When… Read more »

30 Epic Photos of Earth Snapped from Space by Commander Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut commander Chris Hadfield, currently living on board during his stay on board the International Space Station, has been showing off his photography skills from space through his twitter account. His photos demonstrates how beautiful our home planet can be loved and respected with all its nature and urban locations that we all can relate to. Here are 30 of our favorite photos posted by Hadfield: An ancient crater in the hard rock, blasted by sand, NE Africa. Maybe a meteor crater?   Antipodes Islands, looking like an island flag   Aurora dances above a ribbon of dawn   The Nile flowing into the delta… Read more »

The World’s Most Expensive One-Bedroom Apartment!

When you hear 1-bedroom apartment, you mostly relate it to being economic, on a tight budget, or single. Well, this is not the case here. This elite crib – the House – is a 411.932 sq m (4,434 square foot) 1-Bedroom apartment, listed at a whopping 1.8 billion yen ($21.8 million USD) in the exclusive and most expensive neighborhood Minami-Azabu of Tokyo, Japan. Priced at an unbelievable $4,920.75 per square foot, the apartment is considered the world most expensive, and here’s why: Almost all furniture in the home is custom designed by Cecotti Collezioni Many of the walls, flooring and doors are Italian imported stone and wood… Read more »

Believe It or Not, These Hyper-Realistic Portraits Were Drawn Using Only A Pencil

When a talent is spotted, it speaks out loud for itself. In our featured post today, we present to you the mind-bending artwork of Italian artist Diego Fazio aka DiegoKoi. Born in 1989, the self-taught illustrator, first started as a tattoo artist and turned to drawing portraits only in 2007. At only 23-years of age, his hyper-realistic pencil drawings on paper and wood have garnered him international acclaim. Each portrait can take up to 200 hours but the results are just magnificent. [Via Twisted Sifter]

Photo-Realistic Urban Paintings of Chicago and New York by Nathan Walsh

British painter Nathan Walsh elaborate drawings and architectural blueprints before laying a drop of paint on his canvas. His deep study to pin down exact geometry and perspective gives each work a sense of life that might otherwise not be present in something created with the mechanical aid of a camera or software. Walsh’s primary source materials are not photographs but pencil sketches drawn on-site, for example the Chicago pieces above began from over 100 drawings he then references in his studio. In this way he can easily alter the position and size of any particular element, a process he likens to… Read more »

The Stunning “EGYPT HD” Time-Lapse by Koree Films Has Been Released!

A few weeks earlier we posted the official teaser of the  time-lapse short film entitled ‘Egypt HD’, along side some of the photos used in the movie that were sent to us by the makers. Well, this morning photographer, director and editor Abd El Rahman Gabr, of Koree Films, and Qube Productions (previously featured here and here) has released his masterpiece after months and months of hard work. Gabr, started traveling and shooting in September 2012, he later joined efforts with Mahmoud Zahran, who together, roamed the country shooting some 50,000 images to create their first ever professional time-lapse. The movie is primarily aimed at exploring the most amazing and exotic locations… Read more »

The View from ‘The Shard’ – London & Europe’s Highest Building

Renzo Piano‘s glass structure, The Shard -London and Europe’s highest tower- opens to the public on 1 February. The public viewing deck is accessible by high speed elevators and costs £24.95 per person to get some stunning views of the British capital, stretching to 40 miles-radius on a clear day. Reporter’s have already beat us to location and snapped some preview images of the 40-mile view, here’s a peek:   London’s Shard – video review (courtesy of The Guardian UK): [Photography: David Levene/the Guardian, Stefan Wermuth/Reuters, Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

COMESA New Headquarter Building Proposal by RMC Architects & Engineers

COMESA, short for Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, is an organization of free independent sovereign states which have agreed to co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people and as such it has a wide-ranging series of objectives which necessarily include in its priorities the promotion of peace and security in the region. It was founded in December 1994. The majority of the Secretariat’s staff is based at its Lusaka, Zambia headquarters, with a smaller sub-section of the Secretariat staff in Cairo, Egypt. As their current building in Zambia has shown signs… Read more »

10 Most Hated Cities in the World

To kick-off this post without any misunderstandings, the following cities within the countdown are not hated for being the worst cities in the world – as a mater of fact, a couple of them are ranked as the most livable – it’s because they’re the most bugging and annoying cities to visitors according to a survey underwent by CNNgo. These cities prompt plenty of critical conversation, meant in the most positive light. In other words, this post can be named “10 cities travelers most love to hate”, so here’s the countdown: 10. Belize City, Belize (Belize City, Belize –  image source) A diving and… Read more »

Overly Exhausted People Caught Falling Asleep in Tokyo

Japan is known for being the hardest working nation on earth. A fact that appeared clearly in many historical situations, the latest of which was the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that hit the Japanese islands, a catastrophe that was considered the toughest to hit the country. Yet, the Japanese people dedicated two extra unpaid hours of work daily to their nation to help boost the recovery process. All the respect to the people of Japan. The unpleasant side of people working too much is exhaustion, and from the looks of the following photos, these folks are overly exhausted with work to the… Read more »

Realistically Stunning Ballpoint Pen Portrait by Samuel Silva

Take a brief moment to look thoroughly at this image, no, it’s not a photograph. Once you come to realize that this is a painting, you might also like to know that it was drawn using a bic ballpoint pen only, and involved high sketching and detailing skills. This amazing portrait was drawn by 29-year-old Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva -he practices art as just a “hobby”- based on a photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina. Silva’s medium of choice is standard Bic ballpoint pens on paper and this particular portrait uses eight different colors, taking just around 30 hours to complete. You can see more… Read more »

The World’s 10 Most Corrupt Countries

Corruption is the plague of living being, a disease that every society suffers from to a certain extent and may affect an individual directly or indirectly. It is defined as the impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle; in one way or another a person or a corporation either benefits through unfair means from a certain advantage or is hindered due rights, resulting in social and economical oppression, some leading to nations collapsing. Transparency international – a coalition against global corruption – has populated their annual list of corruption index for 182 countries world wide. The index draws on assessments and opinion… Read more »

Top 20 World’s Laziest Countries

In-time for the 2012 London Olympics, British medical magazine – The Lancet has conducted a series of studies for over 122 countries by medical journal to reveal the ones with the highest levels of inactivity in the world – in other words, which nation is the laziest in the world. The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week). The researchers point out that the publication of the studies at the time of… Read more »

Pop Icons Placed into Vintage Ads

David Redon, art director from Paris, France, mixed some great old American advertisement with modern singers and musicians under title “Ads Libitum”. His clever vintage posters include many known stars such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé, Amy Whinehouse and many others. “I like the shift between vintage and modern pop culture, because these days the border between art and commercial is very small, and artists work their images like brands do. I started working on this project last summer, but it started to buzz maybe two months ago. It takes me one or two hours to create an ad. I search for the… Read more »

Amazing iPhone Photography by Sam Alive

Sam Alive , freelance photographer from New York City, came out with a great project called “Through the Phone”. Al the images were taken with a digital lens while the iPhone was used to capture landscapes in focus. Many of pictures are recognizable such as Golden Gate Bridge, New York city skyline, Brooklyn Bridge. Their beauty is even more powerful due to the blurry frame accent. The whole project carries the theme of awesome shots spread around our daily walks, roads to work, sometimes unnoticed yet so breathtaking if appreciated.

Real Art of Baking

Any baking lovers here? Me personally find baking as a way of meditation with a lovely and tasty outcome in the end. As an amateur time spending it requires some kind of inspiration. This video is definitely one of it. It was done by Proximity BBDO and two directors from Le Potager as a commercial for French coffee brand Carte Noir. Real art of baking not less. Each move is hypnotic and the result is a masterpiece. Check out Carte Noir’s website for more recipe details on this little delicious pastry and for few more tasty videos.

Awesome Dad Making Creative Lunchboxes for His Daughter

This amazing food art was created by full-time job father of three Beau Coffron from San Francisco. He considers his lunch box preparing time as his fun activity as sports and TV is for other people. Beau, known online as Lunchbox dad, makes these full of love and edible characters boxes for his first-grader daughter. Not only they have fun together laughing and cherishing her favorite books and TV characters, but actually this hobby brought Coffron closer to his kid, as he found himself knowing more about his daughter’s interests as well as he was able to show her his love while she’s at school…. Read more »

Intelligent Illustrations of Renowned Architects Through Their Design Style

Italian artist Federico Babina accomplished a powerful project called “ARCHI-PORTRAIT” dedicated to coryphaei of architecture and their outstanding work. Each illustration has a portrait of an architect created out of his most significant buildings and other design components incorporated as face parts. Simplicity of lines and brightness of colors emphasizes the character of each architect and spotlights their unique styles.

Coffee Illustrations by Liv Buranday

Liv Buranday is an artist from Philippines who twists the meaning of coffee grounds. She uses it as the medium for her smart art works. All the illustrations are done with a help of a toothpick and sometimes garnished with other objects like leaves, berries, flowers and so on for an extra 3D effect. Feels like some kind of a way to meditate while inhaling the smell of one of the tastiest things in the world. Buranday publishes all her creations on the Instagram under the name livscreams. This style of art reminded me of the dirt art by Sarah Rosado previously published here.  … Read more »

Photo-Realistic Portraits by Ruben Belloso

Ruben Belloso Adorna, 27 year-old artist from Seville, Spain creates amazing photorealistic drawings. The large-scale portraits are extremely detailed, perfectly express different emotions and surprisingly done using only pastel over the wooden canvas. Looking over and over again through these colorful paintings makes it really hard to believe they are not photographs and were made with the simplest tool – pastels. Hats off to the genius Ruben Belloso.

Maps of Famous Foods Around the World

“Food Maps” is a food art project by photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin. When you hear cheese, most probably first country that comes  to your mind is France, noodles – China and so on. Henry and Caitlin used all the food stereotypes to map them over the outlines of countries and continents the product is popular in or origin from. Edible maps came out stunning and full of taste. They also could be used as little guidelines for food tourism. “These maps show how food has traveled the globe. while we know that tomatoes originally came form the Andes in south… Read more »

Perfect Symmetry in Finger Art by Judith Braun

Judith Braun, artist from New York, for around a decade creates abstract black and white art pieces with her bare fingers dipped into the charcoal dust. Nothing more, no other traditional equipment used. Complicated patterns and pictures can amaze anyone with their large size and perfect symmetry. “Abstraction keeps the images free to be anything, while the symmetry resolves that fluidity into something, like liquid energy crystallizing. The crystal metaphor is also reflected in the carbon medium of graphite that, under heat and pressure, becomes a diamond. Working within constraints prompts a proliferation of possibilities that self organize into groups and subgroups,… Read more »

CarPlay – Apple’s Next Strike of Domination

In 2007, when Apple revealed the new iPhone, it was a game changer, something that got all the other market players to rethink their technologies. Just as some of the other competitors are starting to significantly catch up, Apple is about to hit another jackpot. Meet ‘CarPlay’, the tech giant’s next move to dominate your car’s living room. CarPlay is an integrated info-tainment iOS interface for your iPhone built-in your car’s dashboard. It features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your car’s controls — knobs, buttons, or touchscreen. And the apps you want to use… Read more »

Reflected Landscape by Alyson Shotz

American artist Alyson Shotz created a large-scale installation called “Mirror Fence”.   The whole picket fence was constructed from mirrors. Blended  barrier illustrates the changing qualities of the landscape around it and spotlights the beautiful natural reflections of the surrounding environment. The art work was a commission installation for Storm King Art Center in New York.

Comic Strips and Hyper-Realism by Andrew Zonzini

Illustrator and graphic designer Andrew Zonzini from Italy (known as perrycolante on Instagram) creates very simple, unique and colorful images. His photographs often include comic book style illustrations making his followers think details were photoshoped afterwards. Zonzini’s hyper-realistic art already attracted more than 55K followers to his Instagram account. “I am a graphic designer and an illustrator, so when I think about the composition of each of my pictures, I try to use graphical elements designed by myself, playing a lot with colors and simplicity. Many people think that the illustrations are added afterwards on the computer, but that is not what I… Read more »

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