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22 October Share your
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Pictory: Just like heaven

Under - Inspiration, Photography
A passing smile - Photographer: Garret Clarke

A passing smile - Photographer: Garret Clarke

After weeks of traveling alone through Sri Lanka, I found myself on an old train high up in the Ceylon Mountains. This passing smile from a woman on another train encapsulated the unmistakable feeling of joy I had experienced during the previous weeks.

Pictorymag.com is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. Anyone can submit one large, captioned image to each of Pictory’s editorial themes.

The current accidentally published theme ‘Just like heaven‘ looks into our happiest places, through the camera’s lens and mind’s eye.

Family farm - Photographer: Sam Coltart

Family farm - Photographer: Sam Coltart

My earliest memories all include lush grass, landscapes, and my father — the result of an idyllic childhood on a New Zealand farm.

Pictory (picture + story) is a project of Laura Brunow Miner who also designed and ran JPG Magazine.

16 October 2
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Mojito shoes by Julian Hakes

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

Shoe design isn’t something that is discussed here quite often unless done by an architect!

Julian Hakes, an award winning London based architect, first released early images of the elegant and minimalist design for a new ladies fashion shoe back in September 2009 on a design blog where it became a viral and picked up by several leading online blogs resulted into generating media and fashion industry interest.

The Hakes Mojito is a unique shoe design concept. It is a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle.

16 October Share your
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Paul Potts and the very first performance on Britain’s Got Talent

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Music

This incredible performance by Paul Potts on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2007 is never going to go old. The 90 seconds spirit-lifting performance in this clip by Paul Potts is not only inspiring but motivational as well.

11 October 20
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Arabic calligraphy and logotypes by Wissam Shawkat

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Typography

Wissam Shawkat has been passionate about calligraphy since the early age. Originally from Iraq, he now lives in Dubai, UAE. Wissam is a Civil Engineer by profession from Basra University where he completed his degree in 1996. His unique style, inspired from the exquisite craftsmanship of traditional practitioners and the vibrancy of contemporary culture, demonstrates a deep understanding of the medium in a very refreshing way.

Wissam not only earned a name in traditional and contemporary calligraphy art but in logotype design as well with over 20 years of experience within advertising and branding with well-known clients. Wissam’s calligraphy artwork is included in many private and public collections throughout the world and has appeared in numerous books and publications. He has participated in many local and international exhibitions and won many awards. His work resonates with a wide range of audiences and testifies to the fact that calligraphy knows no boundaries.

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7 October 3
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Time-lapse and HDR short films by Patryk Kizny

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Technology

The Dalescapes of Time by Patryk Kizny

I must admit that I’m starting to like HDR videos. The effect somehow looks even better in motion than stills.

Patryk Kizny shot these two short films (below) featuring a combination of time-lapse photography and HDR videos. Patryk Kizny’s method of creating HDR video is frame by frame which is different from Soviet Montage’s, who actually shot over and under exposed videos with two Canon EOS 5D cameras simultaneously. Both methods might have their pros and cons but the stuff below is simply beautiful.

He also put together his timelapse post-production workflow here just in case if you are curious.

6 October 3
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Motion by William George Wadman

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Motion by William George Wadman

William George Wadman is an American portrait photographer. His work tends towards intimate traditional portraiture in both environmental and studio settings. He shoots in all formats and in both film and digital. He has been a contributor to TIME magazine, BusinessWeek, Improper Bostonian, POZ, among others. His images have been featured worldwide in The New York Times, La Monde, Der Spiegel, Times of London, USA Today, and Corriere della Sera.

Wadman worked as an art director for major brands including Colgate, Sprint, Clairol, RCA, and Xerox. After almost a decade in advertising he turned his attention to photography.

‘Motion’, featured here, is a series of long exposure studies of human motion shot in the studio.

Motion by William George Wadman

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4 October 11
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Landscape photography by John Parminter

Under - Art, Geography, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

This spectacular landscape photography by John Parminter offers ever-changing views of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes of Scottish Highlands and English Lake District.

The breathtaking beauty and harsh ruggedness of Scotland and Wales, home to some of the UK’s most amazing sceneries, is a constant source of inspiration both to explore and photograph.

I was born and brought up in a rural community in the English county of Cumbria, home to the Lake District or Lakeland as it’s sometimes known.

The fells and mountains of Cumbria have always been a big influence on me and I’m regularly walking and running over them either for pleasure or in competition.

After spending many years enjoying the scenery that’s on offer, I decided to try and capture, in images, the natural beauty that I’m fortunate to live and spend my recreational time in.

I’ve had tremendous enjoyment capturing these images and hope to pass on some of their pleasure to you, they are for your enjoyment to view as much as mine.

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1 October 6
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Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Resources
8 Wild Horses by Chen Ming

8 Wild Horses by Chen Ming

My first encounter with Chinese paintings was in 1984, at the age of 10, when my father brought some painted scrolls and calligraphy artworks from his trip to China. Since then this ‘genre’ of painting fascinated me as much as the miniature paintings from South Asia.

Chinese paintings offer one-of-a-kind experience with their intricate simplicity, fluidity of strokes and spontaneous expressions.

Starting around 4000 B.C. traditional Chinese painting has developed continuously over a period of more than six thousand years. Its growth has inevitably reflected the changes of time and social conditions. In its early stage of development, Chinese painting was closely related to the other crafts, from pottery to the decorations used on the bronzes, carved jade and lacqerware… more

The featured artwork here is available for purchase from Chinesepaintings.com.

Rooster - Security by Lin Jing (left) and Tiger at Night by Li Ming (right)

Rooster - Security by Lin Jing (left) and Tiger at Night by Li Ming (right)

Ming and Sung Dynasty Poems by Jet Lee

Ming and Sung Dynasty Poems by Jet Lee

Koi Fish and Lotus by Lou Dahua

Koi Fish and Lotus by Lou Dahua

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29 September Share your
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The Mast Brothers

Under - Art, Inspiration, Miscellaneous

The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.

They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike.

From The Scout

27 September 7
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Shinichi Maruyama

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

From writing in the sky to sculpting from liquid motion, photography has always been a part of Shinichi Maruyama’s life. Born in 1968 in Nagano Japan, he started photographing the mountainous terrain surrounding his own home city.

Writing in the sky

At Chiba University, Shinichi Maruyama majored in image engineering where he studied emulsion and learned to hone his passion for photography. After graduating, he began his professional career in 1992 at Amana Japan, one of the largest commercial photographic agencies in the world. Access to the latest equipment and unlimited use of film development labs, allowed him to build a massive repertoire of commercial images.

From 1994 onward, he spent 4 years as a freelance photographer, developing his own unique style, and beginning his documentary photographic studies of Tibet. He would go on to work for Hakuhodo Photo Creative in 1998, producing innovating advertising campaigns, and with access to their latest high-speed strobe equipment, began to develop a fascination for liquid and motion imagery.

Writing in the sky

Upon leaving Hakuhodo, Shinichi began a deeply introspective, artistic period. He travelled frequently to Tibet, to complete two photography books about the Spiti Valley region, The Spiti Valley, and Spiti.

In 2003 he moved to New York City and began work on what would become his ‘Kusho’ series. It is a stunning abstract collection made with sumi calligraphy ink flying in mid-air. The images saw much success and positive review in Paris Photo, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the New York Armory Show and led him hold a show at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.

At present, Shinichi Maruyama continues to work on and produce new artwork in New York.

Shinichi Maruyama

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