Saturday, 31 January 2015

The truth is out there

One of my own photographs. Just a bit of fun with a Toy Story figurine they were giving away at the supermarket. I applied an extra effect (focal zoom) in Picnik. First seen here.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Ruth Glacier

This is probably yhe most beautiful glacier I have ever seen (well, a picture of it). The Ruth Glacier is in Alaska, and its dimensions are mind boggling. If the ice were to melt tomorrow, it could create an abyss 2.6 km deep or more than one-half times deeper than the Grand Canyon. First seen here.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Oil spill

Inspired by the threatening ecological disaster of the BP oil spill in the Gulf a few years ago, I have selected another fascinating little people shot by Jason Barnhart. First seen here.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Dried scotch

This is just one of a series of photographs by Ernie Button, who captures the beauty of crystallized residue of single malt scotch at the bottom of a glass in a series titled Vanishing Spirits. First seen here.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Made in China

Fascinating idea and execution - but just falling on the Potpourri rather than the Art for Art's Sake side of the fence. Using thousands of plastic toy soldiers as his material, artist Joe Black has made this unique portrait of a Chinese soldier. First seen here.

Monday, 26 January 2015

The cartoons of Lucas Levitan

This is just one of many examples of the brilliant cartoons by Brazilian illustrator Lucas Levitan. He takes instagram photographs by other people and transforms them into a fun setting for his drawings. First seen here.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Alluvial Fan

Another magnificent satellite shot. A vast alluvial fan blossoms across the desolate landscape between the Kunlun and Altun mountain ranges that form the southern border of the Taklimakan Desert in China’s XinJiang Province. First seen here.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Global warming pool

Here is a special design that aims to make people think. This swimming pool in the Indian city of Mumbai was constructed by attaching a giant aerial photograph of the New York City skyline to the floor of the pool, to suggest the effect of rising sea levels. First seen here.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Skull USB hub

I have posted especially shaped USB sticks before, but I think this is the first time a USB hub is featured in the blog. Macabre as it is, this skull is a great alternative for the boring hubs you buy in the PC shop. The top of the skull is hollowed out to serve as extra storage on your desk. First seen here.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Zodiac

Tatatata...it's me! Well, at least my zodiac sign (Aries). American artist Damon Hellandbrand created a series of images that show the zodiac symbols as surreal creatures straight out of a nightmare.  First seen here.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sand in my shoes

Another amazing microscopy photograph, this time of grains of sand. A shot by Yanping Wang for the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition. First seen here.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Wanda? Wanda??

Perhaps not the most sensitive decoration item: an aquarium in a sushi restaurant. First seen here.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Symphonies with organ

When it comes down to designing covers for classical music albums/CD's, there are four schools of thought. The first has a simple policy: just take a classical painting and we are ready. The second focuses on a photograph of the main artist or conductor. The third actually tries to make something fitting and special (these end up in my other blog). And then there is the fourth group who apparently generated a random image for the cover. Such as this one. It is a decent simple painting of a train passing the signals in the night, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with the music, powerful works for organ and symphony orchestra. First seen here.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Six country songs in one

In Europe, we do not hear much about the American country music scene, but this is still fun. YouTuber Sir Mashalot created one new song by blending six existing country songs, showing how much alike they are. First seen here.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Priceless capture

Normally these types of capture shots don't do much for me, but this one had me laugh at loud. Encountered on Fukung, so no link.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Frozen

Taken from a Bored Panda post on amazing shapes in frozen water, such as this Swiss pond. First seen here.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Rain and stormtroopers

Stormtrooper figurines in daily life settings are ten a penny on internet, but this one put a smile on my face. Such a sweet picture, with their cocktail umbrella. First seen here.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Transparent canoe

The price tag of 2500 USD is a bit excessive, but apart from that, it is a brilliant idea. Hammacher Schlemmer recently started selling a canoe with a clear polymer hull that seats two people. First seen here.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Celebrities then and now

Taken from a Visboo blog post, where celebrities are depicted with photographs from their teenage years. Amazing how some people have hardly changed, and some a lot. Alice Cooper, for obvious reasons, is in the latter category. First seen here.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Graphite art

The graphite art (small sculptures carved in the top of pencils) of Turkish student Recep Alcamli is really remarkable. First seen here.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Darth Vader and C3PO prototypes

Now look at these old gas masks and then recall the original Star Wars trilogy. Amazing, right? First seen here.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Procrastinators' Association

No, this association and their brilliant logo do not exist, unfortunately. Made me smile. First seen here.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Nature - Car 1-0

Taken from a fascinating series of pictures showing nature taking over abandoned car wrecks. First seen here.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Betthoven's last piano sonatas by Uchida

Here we have some of the best piano works ever composed, in an exemplary performance by Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida. And then, for the cover, someone selects a photograph that seems more suited to sell headache pills. First seen here.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Steam punk USB stick

The whole steampunk movement appeals to me, and I would love to own this steampunk USB stick, to be honest. Awesome. First seen here.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The seven deadly sins, Disney style

These are two of the seven deadly sins (wrath, greed, vanity, lust, envy, sloth, and gluttony), as created by Canadian artist Christopher Hill (more in the link). He drew them in Art Nouveau style, inspired by the famous Disney princesses. First seen here.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Bat dog

Can't help myself - this put a smile on my face for sure. Brilliant combination of the wide ears and that Droopy look. First seen here.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Lighthouse

Taken from a post about unusual winter images. This is a Lake Michigan lighthouse covered in ice after a blizzard. Looks like something out of a fantasy movie. First seen here.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Snow art

Astonishing in its scope and its short life: artist Simon Beck spends days plodding through the snow in snowshoes, creating fascinating extremely large-scale patterns along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France. First seen here.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Owls

Taken from an overview of animal family portraits. Owls are beautifully photogenic birds, and this picture is really special. First seen here.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

A happy new year to all readers of this blog, with an appropriate caption from one of my favourite animated sitcoms (Futurama). First seen here.