“Remnants of an Exodus” by Photographer Al J Thompson

Born on the island of Jamaica, photographer Al J Thompson moved to Spring Valley—an immigrant community in the suburbs of New York—in 1996. In the years since, he has watched his “second hometown” fall prey to gentrification. “Remnants of an Exodus,” Thompson’s most recent series and soon-to-be photobook (Gnomic Book, 2021), bears witness to the changes he has experienced and those who have been negatively impacted.  A self-proclaimed devotee to the science of Psychology and Visual Arts, Thompson’s photographs take a delicate and nuanced approach to storytelling through the lens…

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Sticker Robot’s Crazy 500 Sticker Deal

I want to take a moment to shout out our friends over at Sticker Robot. Zoltron and the gang over there have been printing stickers for us for over a decade now! You can see a whole pile of them in this special pack that we gave away to 200 of you a couple weeks ago (we made the packaging but they printed all those stickers). I wanna help them survive these tough times and spread the news about this deal they’ve just launched. From now until Feb 10 every…

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An Elaborate Kamidana Shrine Designed by Naohiko Shimoda Wraps an Inner Corner

 Design #architecture #miniature #religion #wood January 29, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Naohiko Shimoda, shared with permission Architect Naohiko Shimoda’s interpretation of a kamidana—a small altar or “god shelf” that’s part of a tradition to bring Shinto shrines into private spaces—strays from the simple ledges most often found in Japanese homes. Designed with an intricate foundation and slatted roof, the wooden structure lines an inner corner and is installed high on the wall following the custom. The precise and detailed construction is built on a 1:1 scale, allowing…

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Bursts of Inky, Technicolor Liquids Mimic Human Eyes in a Short Film About Optical Phenomena

 Photography #eyes #short film #video January 29, 2021 Grace Ebert  An entrancing short film by designer and artist Rus Khasanov (previously) fuses multiple optical tricks into a single work. Splashes of glittery, inky liquids crawl across the screen, resulting in a series of bubbles that mimic magnified shots of human eyes. The hypnotic footage utilizes pareidolia—the inclination to see an object where it physically doesn’t exist—while referencing heterochromia iridum, a fairly common condition in which a person’s irises are multi-colored, sometimes in the forms of spikes radiating around the…

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