Footage from a Blackwater Dive Off the Coast of Italy Frames the Striking Marine Creatures Found in Its Depths

 Photography Science #night #oceans #octopus #underwater #video September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  For marine biologists and photographers, a nighttime dive into the ocean offers an austere backdrop for capturing the myriad creatures that live below the surface: entirely devoid of light, black water creates a stark visual contrast to the iridescent, translucent, and tentacled organisms that float in the dark expanses, making rare sightings of cusk eels and or billowing blanket octopuses all the more striking. An expedition by Alexander Semenov (previously) near Ponza Island unveiled an array…

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Building Bound to the Ground: A 1,400-Page Book Surveys Centuries of Global Architecture Embedded in the Earth

 Design #architecture #books September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh, RBANA, 2011, © Iwan Baan. All images courtesy of Taschen, shared with permission Despite being physically secured to the ground, much of the architecture common throughout the Western world is defined, in part, by its distance from the earth. Skyscrapers that disrupt distant horizons compete for the title of tallest in existence, and even more sustainable designs, like the new timber structure in Skellefteå, Sweden, are lauded for towering over the landscape. A forthcoming book from Taschen…

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A Heartening Documentary Follows the Community Harvesting Ice in Minnesota’s North Woods

 Documentary History #climate crisis #ice #sustainability #video September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Each winter in Ely, Minnesota, a crew treks out onto a frozen lake to cut hefty blocks of ice from its surface. They haul the thick chunks to storage, where they’re stacked, covered in sawdust, and preserved for use the rest of the year, a once-necessary method of refrigeration rarely applied today. Consisting of dozens of people, some who have been dedicated to the cause for decades and others who joined in the last year or…

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“Isolation Windows” by Artist Catherine Knight

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Bristol, UK-based artist Catherine Knight collected images of other people’s windows in isolation. Using social media and connections with friends and friends of friends, she managed to gather images from across the globe. “In the short amount of time that I carved out to paint in, I made small gouache paintings from the photos,” she explains. “It gave me a rhythm and project in this topsy-turvy time. It allowed me to visit other people’s houses, other countries, other continents, albeit in my imagination, and ponder…

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Kohshin Finley – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Growing up in the community of South Los Angeles with two fashion designer parents, LA-based artist Kohshin Finley describes his venture into art and a creative life as “inevitable.” Inspired by love within his community, Finley’s recent oil paintings encapsulate a sense of joy and tenderness. “It was important for me to explore these partnerships of beauty in the midst of the historic years we’ve been living in,” he explains. “To reflect and immortalize my friends in these large-scale artworks is paramount to my practice as a way to document…

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Carmen Colombo – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of images by Milan, Italy-based freelance photographer Carmen Colombo. Seeking out quiet moments, she takes a slow and careful approach to photographing her subjects, both people and objects. Her subtle images find moments of beauty in the mundane — “it’s the light that often creates the right conditions for the perfect image, a non-place where nothing happens,” she explains. See more from Carmen Colombo below! Source link

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A Photographer Captures a Dwindling Herd of Elephant Slides Across Taiwan

 Design #elephants #kids #playgrounds #slides #Taiwan September 23, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Pi Cheng Hsiu, shared with permission Wander into a playground in Taiwan, and you might stumble upon an elephant in the midst of basketball courts and swingsets. Vintage slides shaped like the lumbering animal were once popular in the country, and although the equipment is generally out of use because it doesn’t match current regulations, the eclectic designs remain a fixture in both abandoned and thriving playgrounds. Photographer Pi Cheng Hsiu documents these quirky creations…

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An Origami Knight Equipped with a Sword and Shield Materializes from a Single Sheet of Paper

 Craft #origami #paper #video September 23, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Juho Könkkölä, shared with permission Earlier this year, Finnish artist Juho Könkkölä folded an incredibly elaborate samurai from a single sheet of paper, and now he’s crafted another intricate warrior of his own design. Standing 18 centimeters tall, the sword- and shield-toting figure demanded 41 hours of work using wet and dry origami techniques. Könkkölä started with a 68 x 68-centimeter sheet of Wenzhou rice paper that he scored and folded to capture the protective bands on…

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Repurposed Barcode Scanners Roll Across a Miniature Skate Park to Produce Glitchy Electronic Beats

 Design Music #electronics #instruments #scanner #video September 21, 2021 Grace Ebert  Using random objects to build homemade hand drums or maraca-style instruments isn’t new, but the team behind the ongoing Electronicos Fantasticos project takes the idea of repurposing unwanted materials to an imaginative level. Led by Ei Wada (previously), the Japanese musicians have spent the last few years recycling retail scanners and their barcode counterparts into synthesizer-like instruments, capitalizing on the product’s original function to produce rhythmic tracks and samples. Their recent design adds a playful twist to…

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Eerie Graphite Drawings Encase Aliens and Sci-Fi Experiments in Looming Stacked Towers

 Art #aliens #drawing #graphite #science fiction #technology September 21, 2021 Grace Ebert “Engineering Consciousness.” All images James Lipnickas, shared with permission New Haven, Connecticut-based artist James Lipnickas conjures towering sci-fi structures filled with futuristic labs, clashes with aliens, and massive laser beams shooting from rooftops. Working in graphite, Lipnickas uses heavy shading to shroud his architectural renderings in mystery and unfamiliarity as tentacled creatures crack through the walls and humans become science experiments. “This series really grew out of my interest in advanced technologies integrating with humans and how…

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