Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Jeb !?

Posted a year or so too late, but so be it. This official Jeb Bush campaign photograph is hilarious. Not the ambiguous slogan, but the Photoshop disaster. I'm pretty sure that is not his own left hand. First seen here.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Beautiful banknotes

The link shows the ten most beautiful banknotes of the world, such as this one from French Polynesia. First seen here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Sesame harvest

Another fun plastic people shot, most likely by Slinkachu. First seen here.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Tripping

A fascinating experiment: an artist was given a dose of LSD and asked to draw portraits of his doctor whilst the drug was slowly but surely kicking in. This resulted in a bewildering sequence of drawings, the first four of which are shown above. First seen here.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

2016 in a nutshell

The perfect explanation for many things that happened this year. Thanks Mister Cleese. First seen here.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Drug victims in art

Not artistic enough to my taste for my main blog, but worth sharing. Thanks once more to Jenny Downing for alerting me to this one a few years ago. American mosaic artist Jason Mecier portrays celebrities whose lives were ended or blighted by prescription drugs in mosaics made out of pills - such as Michael Jackson and the depicted Courtney Love. First seen here.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Fungi

Do click the link to see a time-lapse video of fungi growing that is nothing short of amazing. First seen here.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

STFU

Capturing the perfect moment from nature on camera.... priceless. Picked up from somewhere on the net many years ago.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Oreos?

Can I eat that? Obviously not, because if these were really cookies, I would not post them. These are just one example of the faux food soaps created and marketed by Aubrey Elizabeth, a Boston-based artist and founder of Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary. First seen here.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Foursome

I had not seen this particular optical illusion before, but it is quite effective, The movement that is not there at all is difficult to unsee. First seen here.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Lofoten Islands

Norway is probably the most beautiful country I have not visited yet. Rumour has it that it will feature considerably in the final season of Games of Thrones. This is a shot of the gorgeous Lofoten Islands. First seen here.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Fix that Sinkhole

Fix that sinkhole - Japanese style. I think something like this would take half a year to fix here. Japan did it in two days. First seen here.

Friday, 18 November 2016

I got rhythm

Although this looks like a prize winning photoshop disaster, it is actually a straightforward news shot. It shows Anna Czarniecka of Poland performing on the hoop for a London 2012 test event: rhythmic gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena. First seen here.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

On angel's wings

This is one of the best special designs I have seen for a while. Belarus-based artist Volha Kotova creates backpacks from felted materials that look perfectly like an angel's wings. First seen here.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Floppy disk art

A link sent to me by Jenny Downing years ago - another subject that could go either way, the art blog or here. In the end, I find this just a bit more gimmicky than artistic, although the results are certainly worthwhile. UK artist Nick Gentry uses those ancient 3.5" PC memory disks of the late eighties as the medium/background for his paintings. First seen here.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Barcarolle

Another example of the way Brazilian photographer William Kass creates beautiful scenes with fruit and plastic figurines. First seen here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Piano stairs

Given the choice between stairs and an escalator, far too many people choose the easy option. This experiment in a Stockholm subway show a creative way to encounter this. When a subway staircase next to an escalator was transformed into a working piano that plays a note each time you take a step, it turned out that 60% more people chose the stairs just because it was fun. First seen here.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

The last word on the US election

At least from me, that is. An actual sign outside an English pub. First seen here.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Back soon

Due to a combination of illness and reconstruction work at home (making my laptop less accessible), I have not been able to post for a few days. I expect to resume my usual blogging frequency this weekend. Image sourced from here.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The shadow doodler

Thanks to Jenny Downing for alerting me to the work of Vincent Bal. He creates fascinating combinations of photographed shadows and doodles. I picked a few to show here, but I do urge everyone to check out his Instagram page. First seen here.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Watch these watches

The linked site gives a fascinating overview of the 20 most expensive watches in the world, ranging from a mere 590,000 USD to over 25 million USD. I think I'll stick to my 5 $ watch bought in a Beijing market in 2002..... First seen here.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Trippy

I love optical illusions, especially the ones where the image seems to be moving, whereas it really does not, This is a great example I saw recently. First seen here.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Yoko Ono, The Simpsons, and Ragnar Kjartansson

I love this story. Years ago, the animated TV show The Simpsons made fun of Yoko Ono by having her order "a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a mans hat" in the local bar. For a 2017 exhibition dedicated to Yoko Ono, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson created a piece of art depicting exactly that "drink". Full story here.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Spinning dancer

You have probably seen this before - it is stunning to realize at a certain moment that the spinning dancer can be seen moving clockwise as well as anti-clockwise. It has been coupled frequently with left brain versus right brain, but the informative linked Wikipedia entry debunks this. See here.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

You had one job

This must be one of the worst examples of the "You had one job" (and did it wrong) type. First seen here.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Duck lamps

To my taste, this takes recycling more than a bit too far. New York based designer Sebastian Errazuriz creates these duck lamps from discarded taxidermy birds. First seen here.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Flutter by

A brilliant example of perfectly timed street photography. First seen here.