Sunday, 31 January 2016

The letter E

I encountered this interesting optical illusion in a buzz by Jenny Downing several years ago. Even though the actual lines are not even close to forming the letter E, that is what our mind immediately sees. First seen here.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Aurora borealis

Aurora Borealis, or Northern lights, is one of the most beautiful nature phenomena that I have never seen. I got this particular photograph from the Acidcow site, which does not give credit to the photographer. First seen here.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Paper sculptures by Jeff Nishinaka

Fascinating artisitic handycraft: these detailed paper sculptures by American artist Jeff Nishinaka. First seen here.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Silhouette bombed

When Rich McCor travels, he cuts paper silhouettes and holds them up in front of famous landmarks. He then takes photos at just the right angles to show the landmarks in surprising new ways. First seen here.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Daisy side up

A fun way to convert fried eggs into something that looks nice on your plate. First seen here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Can I has antlerz?

A perfectly arranged photograph. Made me smile. First seen here.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Jazz Warhol (or: hand me the bottle)

A bit of fun I had with one of the many Flickr toys on fd's site. I like the images as such (could see them on a T-shirt), but even more how they become optical illusions with the nose turning into wine bottles.... First seen here.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Eyes wide shut

This is such a weird image until it is explained. No, this is not photoshopped to have the boys eyes closed on the left and open in the mirror. A modern digital camera takes pictures by scanning from one side of the frame to the other (or top to bottom, depending on how you hold the camera). When objects move faster than the scanner, you get what is called the rolling shutter effect. First seen here.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dog hare

A hilarious (and I might add exceptionally skillful) piece of photoshopping that I came across some time ago. First seen here.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Hamburrrrrrrrg

I did a double take when I saw this shot in a recent news photographs compilation - no way it can be that cold in Hamburg, Germany, just a few hours driving from here. Turns out it is Hamburg in the state of New York. The owner left his Mitsubushi Lancer parked overnight outside a restaurant on Sunday and by the next day, spray from Lake Erie had encased it in ice. First seen here.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Feather painting

Using an unexpected material to paint on will usually make you end up here rather than in my art blog. A case in point is the very crafty work of Julie Thompson, who uses feathers instead of canvas. First seen here.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Thinking outside the box

The site I got this from did not list any further information or source, my best guess is that this is Thailand during flooding. Someone really thought outside the box here. First seen here.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Into the fishtank!

It's a bit much to ask of a model, perhaps, but the results are impressive! First seen here.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Camera

Rather than making money with his art, Won Park makes art with his money. Amazing structures folded from dollar bills, such as this camera. First seen here.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Lunch has arrived

The mind boggles. Apparently in the twenties it was thought to be quite OK to have a little girl come so close to the alligators on a gator farm. First seen here.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Back to the future

A fascinating ongoing project by Irina Werning: taking old photographs of people and having the subjects re-enact the situation as close as possible, including props and clothes, in the present. First seen here.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Laboratory shot glasses

This is a fun and affordable set of shot glasses for a party, especially when many of the guests are chemists. First seen here.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Mountainous sofa

What is it about chairs and sofas that tempts the worst designers in the world to have a go at it? I mean, can you even begin to imagine to put this in your living room? First seen here.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Botanical art

"Botanical art" as practiced by Seattle-based artist Bridget Beth Collins defines creations based on foraged supplies from Mother Nature. First seen here.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Stop deceiving me

A variation on the better known chessboard illusion, but perhaps even more stunning due to the lack of reference shapes around them: these two cubes are actually the same colour. First seen here.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Swaying vases

These beautiful vases were designed by Keisuke Fujiwara from Japan. As a bonus, whenever a flower branch sheds a petal, the vase starts to slowly sway. Very Zen. First seen here.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Storseisundet bridge

I have blogged about this special Norwegian bridge before in Art for Art's Sake, but this angle on "the bridge to nowhere" is really special. First seen here.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Clint is not a fortunate name

Clint is not a fortunate name, especially not when you do not pay attention to the choice of font. First seen here.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Mea culpa....

Yesterday I made fun of the Republic of Togo for using a wrong image at a postage stamp - today it is time for some self-mockery along similar lines. When I posted this almost 3 years ago, I thought it was a picture of an elephant having the time of his life. It was only last week that I found out that this is actually a robot featured at the Disneyland attraction Jungle Cruise. Oops. First seen here.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Curieous stamp

A stamp from the republic of Togo, commemorating Nobel prize winner Marie Curie. The snag? The image they used is not her, but the French actress Susan Marie Frontczak who portrays her on stage. First seen here.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Everything wrong with....

I have spent quite some time recently looking at the YouTube uploads of CinemaSins, presenting what's wrong with dozens of famous movies - in a way that's both hilarious and very much to the point. Look for their "Everything wrong with ..." videos in the link. First seen here.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Whimsical illustrations

Imaginative and fun: the illustrations by Jesuso Ortiz. He takes common objects and by adding his sketches, transforms them completely. First seen here.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Scrap metal sculptures

Artist John Brown takes all kinds of scrap metal pieces and turns them into beautiful sculptures of animals. I love this one, with the detail of the caught fish putting the icing on the cake. More examples of his work in the link. First seen here.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody! I picked this one because I did not expect this at all after the first line. First seen here.