List/Grid Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wright House by Elmo Swart Architects in Durban, South Africa

A stunning modern attachment to a traditional hut-home in Durban, South Africa by Elmo Swart Architects. The contemporary addition on the old thatched-roof home is quite a contrast to the original design.  The smooth, angled curves of the exterior shape echo the original, and natural accents are added to make the transition from old to new more visually balanced.

Dubai expatriate wins National Geographic Abu Dhabi photography competition

Amri Arfianto, the Dubai native photographer, captured a dazzling image of Dubai‘s urban-scape that came in at first place in the Life in motion photography competition, organised by National geographic Abu Dhabi. The first place winner will get his photograph printed in National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine in addition to photography equipment worth US$5000.

Breathtaking Manhattan in Motion Time Lapse Video

A remarkable time lapse video posted earlier on Archdaily, by Mindrelic on Vimeo, capturing the fast pace of life on the stunning streets of Manhattan, New York. The maker spent a little over a month hotel hopping around Manhattan to shoot this time lapse. The reflection and refraction of lights and shadows on the high-rise buildings of the island are breathtaking. Check out more time lapse videos and more posts about New York. [Via ArchDaily]

The Unique Toys of Child’s Own Studio

Creativity has no age limits. Wendy Tsao, a talented lady from Vancouver, BC, came out with an outstanding idea of turning drawings of kids into real toys using the child’s own imagination. The result overcame any expectations, Wendy in her Child’s Own Studio is creating amazing characters out of pictures which not always could be understood properly.

Cat Vs. Mantis by Brooke Pennington

A spectacular capture of a wildlife confrontation between a cat and a mantis taken by Michigan photographer Brooke Pennington. Regardless of the challenge, the mantis is putting up a decent defense for what would be presumed as a settled dispute. Incredible moment!

Waterway to Orbit by James Vernacotola

Photographer James Vernacotola captured this stunning long exposure image in 2010 of Space Shuttle Endeavor launch from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge in Ponte Vedra, Florida; about 115 miles from the launch pad. This launch was extra special because it was NASA’s last scheduled night launch of the space shuttle program. The brilliance of the moment and location of the photo is without a doubt captivating and unique. It was featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Air & Space/ Smithsonian and as an honorable mention in the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.

220 Artists Illustrating The World’s Largest Alpona in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Commemorating the Bengal new year, last month, communication company Airtel,  supported by Prothom Alo, got together with 5 of the country’s leading artist to create history. The dream was to paint the world’s largest Alpona- a colorful motif painted on fortunate days such as weddings or community events in the Bengal region- on Manik Mia avenue in Dhaka. 220 young artists, supported by thousands of the city’s residents, worked from 12AM to 6AM, using almost 3,600 liters of paint to create an Alpona that stretched from one end of the Manik Mia to another. The 1 km long Alpona created covered a staggering area of… Read more »

“W” Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand by MAPS Design

In a location as naturally perfect as Koh Samui, Thailand, a small seaside getaway that speeds far past perfection is born, “W” Retreat Koh Samui, designed by Maps Design. Infinity pools show barely a seam when guests look out to the shimmering turquoise Gulf of Thailand, and the hotel’s 75 villas burst with contrasting colors, shapes, and textures. W Retreat Koh Samui brings their signature beds to the party, ensuring the perfect night’s sleep after the perfect day at the beach. Designer’s description: W Retreat and Residences Koh Samui is the first W Retreat in Southeast Asia. An all-villa beachfront resort,… Read more »

Branded Objects in White by Andrew Miller

Brand Spirit, a collection by Andrew Miller, is an intriguing project where the artist strips daily objects of their brand identity by painting them completely in white. It’s worth noting that he only choses objects that can be bought for under $10. The results are quite interesting and show clearly how branding extends much further than just a logo and it’s applications. We really love this simple idea, and of course, some have worked better than others. Check out a mix of them below.

The Perfect Baseball Shot

A unique snap shot by photographer jib661 posted on Reddit a few days ago . By focusing on the ground between the pitcher and the batter, he took continuous shots of the sequence until he got a few where the ball itself was in focus. He describes “I prefocused between the pitcher/catcher, and shot on continous (out of about 800 frames, i had 3 in focus). It was shot with a Canon 300mm 2.8 on a 1D MKII. The lens was about 1.5 inches from the fence.” You can find a higher resolution image available here, and if you’re interested, he also uploaded a gallery… Read more »

Project “Blow Job” by Lithuanian Photographer Tadao Cern

Have you ever stuck your head out of the car window as a kid to get the roller-coaster-like feel of winds blowing through your teeth and gums?! I’m sure you’ve enjoyed it at least once. Lithuanian photographer and artist Tadao Cern decided to recreate the look of peoples faces enduring gale-force winds through this hilarious photo-shoot entitled, Blow Job.

The World’s Most Expensive Photographer – Andreas Gursky

German photographer Andreas Gursky, is a world known artist, who is famous for his contemporary photography artwork. Pictures he takes are usually recognized by the colossal size of architecture and landscapes. His work is not only breathtaking but also well-paid! In 2007 the print 99 Cent II, Diptych, was sold for $3,346,456 USD at Sotheby’s, London. Moreover, in November 2011 Gursky beat his previous world record, selling “Rhein II“  for USD $4,338,500 USD at Christie’s, New York; it turned him into the world’s most expensive photographer.

The True Size of Africa

Today I came across an interesting infographic, by California-based German graphical designer Kai Krause, putting the size of the African continent in comparison with several areas of the developed world. If you look at the world map on Google, for example, Africa doesn’t look that much bigger compared to China or the United States. In reality though, it’s a lot bigger. Krause scales countries by their area in square kilometers and then fits them into a Africa’s borders for some perspective. I’ll leave the judgement to you now to decide what unused potential the dark continent might hold, and how it hasn’t been merely used for its good… Read more »

Brilliant Time-Travel Photography of Europe’s World War Era by Sergey Larenkov

Celebrating this year’s anniversary of the end of World War II, we feature the work of amateur Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov. He collected old pictures of several European cities which suffered the heaviest fighting during the great war, then spent 12 months painstakingly travelling to Paris, , Berlin, Moscow, Leningrad (now St Petersburg) and Prague and others to re-create the ‘today’ shots before carefully merging the old and new scenes together using Photoshop on his computer. “During the Second World War, my grandparents stayed in blockaded Leningrad and protected their city from the enemy. I started collecting old postcards and photos about ten years ago”… Read more »

Instagram Socialmatic Hardware Camera Concept by ADR Studio

Over the past 2 years Instagram, a smartphone-based application, has gained extreme popularity as a photo-sharing service that adds a little vintage touch to the users images and publishes them online in a community that has already reached a whopping 50 million users. Recently purchased by Facebook for the sum of $1 billion, many people are speculating what will the social network giant add to the photo app. Experts have thought Instagram could build its first hardware camera, that would be distinctive for editing photos on the camera itself. Well here it is: Italian design and communication studio ADR  has created a… Read more »

Landscape and Urban Photography of the UK by Martin Turner

Stunning photography speaks for itself! Photographer Martin Turner of Bristol, UK, has been shooting for over six years, mostly in UK with a mix of different environments of landscape, architecture and urban fabrics. His work has been featured in numerous publications and recently featured in the Landscape Photographer of the Year book. Scroll your way through this heart-warming collection of Martin’s work.

Gecko Portrait Shot by Robert Seber

Robert Seber, an amateur photographer from England that takes stunning macro images of insects, has snapped this remarkable close-up of a Gecko’s face profile. The changing colors of the gecko to its surrounding environment is what interested Seber to take the photograph, although focusing on such a small creature that can move rapidly was hard, with the help of a friend to hold it still, the shot turned out representing strong character and the detail in its eyes is just extremely daring!

Behind Photographs by Tim Mantoani

Tim Mantoani, the 1991 graduate of Brooks Institute, is not only a great photographer whose input consists of work for the likes of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, ESPN Magazine, ad campaigns for Coca-Cola, EA Sports and Coors Brewing, but also he is the author of an outstanding book called “Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends“. Tim decided to spend around 5 years on capturing pictures of famous photographers holding up their most known works; the efforts added up to 158 memorable portraits taken by rare mammoth 20×24 Polaroid camera.

El Ateneo – from Opera House to Bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina

This bookstore has been in business for quite some time, nevertheless it still deserves to be honored. The story of the place started in May 1919 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; it opened as a theater named Teatro Gran Splendid. The building, designed by Pero and Torres Armengol, had a capacity of 1,050 sits and covered plenty of various performances. Later on in late the twenties it was converted into a cinema and in 1929 it premiered the first film with voice presented in Argentina. In 2000, the opera premises were leased by El Ateneo and Yenni booksellers – Grupo Ilhsa. This decision brought a big makeover… Read more »

Illusion of Choice

Shopping is one of the ways to escape stress, bring some extra happiness through the purchase, and even relax your mind between the shelves of the nearby store. The variety of products is keeping us always interested to try something new. We believe we have plenty of choice. But is this true, or we are just being tricked into this illusion? In reality, there are 10 tycoons who influence our everyday shopping decisions through great marketing. Plenty of products and trademarks make us feel on the safe side with freedom and independence of grabbing our favorite products or trying something… Read more »

One World Trade Center Claims its Title as the Tallest Building in New York City

New York, 30th of April 2012: As of this afternoon, One World Trade Center -the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City- will reclaim its title as the tallest building on the island. Steel installation for One WTC has reached the 100th floor at a height merely over 381 meters (1,250 feet), just enough to peek over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building. Once completed, the glass-paneled mammoth formerly called the Freedom Tower will stand 541 meters (1,776 feet) tall from ground level to spire, boasting 104 floors. It will be 99 meters (325 feet) taller than the Willis… Read more »

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