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9 September Share your
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Japan – Heartbeats of Time

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Music, Nature, Photography


Interesting compilation by Trey Ratcliff.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the way memory and sight work together. I don’t think we remember in “pictures” or long videos… but something in between. Perhaps we also sense, at times, more than 30 fps, and unexpected parts of the brain fire when we are presented with certain objects and forms.

3 September 1
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Anne Siems: Between the lines a dream is hiding …

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Motion Graphics, Nature


All that I see, hear, touch, experience and dream moves into me and finds it’s way into my artwork. I love faces, bodies, gardens, wide open stretches of land with small forests and fields, old things that have had a life of their own, stories and all the realms in between.

View more amazing work by Anne Siems here.

27 August 2
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Photography by Andrew (aka Cuba Gallery)

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

Andrew is one of New Zealand’s leading Graphic Designers, a career which has lead to his interest in photography. Based in Auckland the majority of Andrew’s work is done in New Zealand and Australia, however his love for photography has taken him to the USA, Japan, Europe and the Pacific Islands.

His work is heavily influenced by his design background in the graphic use of colour, light and composition.

View more of Andrew’s work here

22 August 4
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Kate D. MacDowell sculpting nature’s love

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature
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From teaching high school students to producing websites for hi-tech companies, and from meditation retreat in rural India to getting inspiration from Italian Renaissance, Kate D. MacDowell eventually settled on creating ceramic masterpieces.

Kate’s hand-built porcelain sculptures are in part responses to environmental threats and their consequences, revealing the rifts and frictions in the union between man and nature. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. Her work has been shown throughout the US, and in Japan, the U.K. and Europe and in the Art Amsterdam, Art Hamptons, and NEXT Chicago contemporary art fairs.

She won several national clay awards in 2008 and 2009 including Best of Show for Feats of Clay, the NICHE awards (Hand built Ceramics), an Award of Excellence for CraftForms , first prize for Viewpoint: Ceramics , and first prize for Clay? II . In 2007 she was given full funding summer scholarships to the Penland School for Crafts and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Her images have been published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Calle20 (Spain), O.K. Periodicals (Netherlands), Creative Review (UK), Ceramics Monthly, and Hi-Fructose and online at notcot.org, formfiftyfive.com, abduzeedo.com, treehugger.com, juxtapoz.com, beautifuldecay.com, and many other sites. She recently exhibited in the NCECA Invitational exhibition “Earth Matters” in Philadelphia in spring 2010.

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Goodbye Kiss

Goodbye Kiss

View more of Kate’s work here

9 August 14
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Magdalena Wasiczek’s magic garden

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

These macro photographs by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland, takes you into a magical world that might exist just outside your door or window on any green patch. Born in 1973, Magdalena is a graduate from Jagiellonian University in Philology with a passion in photography – especially nature at macro level.

View more of Magdalena’s work here

29 May 3
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Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull and Sean Stiegemeier

Under - Art, Media, Nature, Photography

So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.

Wish I had more time. I missed all the cool Lightning and the Lava of the first eruption. But I figure this will just be a trial run for another day.

View more by Sean Stiegemeier.

7 May 2
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Keith Loutit and the small worlds

Under - Art, Media, Nature, Photography

Keith Loutit

Sydney photographer and filmmaker Keith Loutit attracted an internet and media sensation, following the release of his ‘Bathtub’ series of short films that transformed both iconic and familiar Sydney scenes into miniature wonderlands. Known as the pioneer of the tilt-shift / time-lapse technique, Loutit was the first to recognize how time and focus combine to support the powerful illusion of miniaturization in film. In his scaled down and sped up realities, real world subjects become their miniature counterparts. Boats bob like toys in a bathtub, cars race like slot-cars, and crowds march as toy armies. Loutit’s aim is create a sense of wonder in our surroundings by “challenging people’s perceptions of scale, and helping the viewer to distance themselves from places they know well”.

27 February 12
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Katarina Stefanović: Truly stunning.

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

Katarina Stefanović

The intensely saturated colors with extraordinary compositions, breathtaking sceneries, terrains with all sorts of turns and twists, and with lows and highs, fluffy clouds forming master strokes and magical lighting sending viewers into a fantasyland. Yes, I’m talking about Katarina Stefanović. Her landscape photography even has some sort of surreal effect that I find difficult to explain – it is hard to come out of it though. All her pictures in fact speak for themselves.

An engineer by day – Stefanović’s style is very creative and unique. Unlike most of the photographers these days, she still shoots on films – then scans images to image editing tools to play with shapes and colors.

I remain faithful to my old 35mm SLR

For Stefanović the world is often quite close to home, with many of her photographs taken in the nearby Pannonian Plain in Serbia.

You could live your whole life within a 50-kilometer ring around Belgrade (Serbia) and always find landscapes worth photographing

Here are some selected photographs from her portfolio:

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

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Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

Katarina Stefanović

View more of her fantastic work at Flickr.

31 January Share your
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One cubic foot of life

Under - Geography, Nature, Photography, Resources
One cubic foot of life / Photographer David Liittschwager

One cubic foot of life / Photographer David Liittschwager

With a 12-inch green metal-framed cube, photographer David Liittschwager surveyed biodiversity in land, water, tropical and temperate environments around the globe. This National Geographic commissioned project was then compiled into an interactive photogallery of more than a thousand organisms.

How much life could you find in one cubic foot? That’s a hunk of ecosystem small enough to fit in your lap. To answer the question, photographer David Liittschwager took a green metal frame, a 12-inch cube, to disparate environments—land and water, tropical and temperate. At each locale he set down the cube and started watching, counting, and photographing with the help of his assistant and many biologists. The goal: to represent the creatures that lived in or moved through that space. The team then sorted through their habitat cubes, coaxing out every inhabitant, down to a size of about a millimeter. Accomplishing that took an average of three weeks at each site.

One cubic foot of life / Photographer David Liittschwager

Red shoulder wrasse (Stethojulis bandanesis) / Moorea, French Polynesia / Photographer David Liittschwager

One cubic foot of life / Photographer David Liittschwager

Jewel scarab (Chrysina resplendens) and Jumping spider (Salticidae) / Monteverde, Costa Rica / Photographer David Liittschwager

You can read the full article by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson at National Geographic Magazine.

7 December Share your
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Enough has been said on climate change, it’s time to act

Under - Miscellaneous, My Musings, Nature

I know there has been some controversy around this lately. And, some think about it otherwise. But, with a brain and a set of eyes I can see what’s happening around me. I do not need convincing figures, pie charts or stats to believe it. Every year our weather and climate is becoming more intense and unpredictable. We humans and our life style are genuinely affecting this planet. Just imagine since the start of the industrial revolution how much we have contributed in piling up masses of greenhouse gasses, industrial waste, ecosystem’s destruction, razing forests and eliminating many forms of life (animals and species) from this planet. How could one think that all this affected nothing? How could one think that this planet is still business as usual? I remember that in my school days we were taught that sea can provide food to humans for centuries but now even seas are running out of it let alone the land! Can we just spend few minutes to understand how severe food and water shortage is going to be within next 10 years due to our immediate past and present? Who is going to pay the price for the mega economies that were and are being created on this planet?

Enough has been said on climate change, it’s time to act:

‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’
Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.

Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year’s inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world’s response has been feeble and half-hearted … read it all