Alice's Blog – August 2010 Archive (89)

Seductive Black and White Photography (25 total)

Los Angeles based photographer Tasya Van Ree infuses her incredible black and white photos with romanticism, darkness, and intimacy. As she explains, "There is this undying interest with the traditional seduction of black and white film. It captures the internal dialogue of whatever it is that you're shooting, and exhibits it in a revealing way. I think there's something… Continue

Added by alice on August 31, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Beautiful Quotes Project (15 total)

Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting ~ Karl Wallenda.

I found a wonderful message in my inbox this morning from a photographer named B. Romain. He told me about his 60 Quotes Project where he basically illustrates 60 quotes with photographs. As a picture is a thousand words, he asked me explore for myself his first 32 shots of the… Continue

Added by alice on August 31, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Gravity Defying Photography (25 photos)

It seems strange to me that we've never covered Li Wei's photography here on theMET. His incredibly creative photos represent everything we love to write about - they're unique, fun, imaginitive and well-executed. More performance art than just photography, Li Wei's work incorporates everything from mirrors to metal wires, items a modern-day magician might even use.… Continue

Added by alice on August 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

NASA Releases Incredible Photos on Flickr (14 photos)

John Glenn Enters the Friendship 7 Capsule, 1962

NASA joined Flickr Commons today, releasing 180 historic photos in three incredible sets; Building NASA, Launch/Takeoff and NASA Center Namesakes. The photos span the US space agency's 50+ year history. You'll not only get to see the key figureheads behind NASA, you'll also see some of the most iconic… Continue

Added by alice on August 30, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Joe Scarano's Monster Madness (12 total)

Inspired by early animation from the 1930′s, artist Joe Scarano creates surreal characters trapped in time. As he tells us, "I love the bizarre aesthetic from back then, people didn't shy away from saying sad or frightening things, especially in kids books or nursery rhymes. I try to bring some of that sadness to my work.. it's OK for people to be sad now and… Continue

Added by alice on August 30, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sneak Peek: Sarah Joncas Presents Siren (8 total)

Strangers (Portishead)

Thinkspace Gallery gives us their digital preview of Sarah Joncas's new solo show, Siren, set to open this Friday, September 3rd. The Toronto-based artist has outdone herself, creating new, beautiful paintings that each have their own, unique meaning. As mentioned in a… Continue

Added by alice on August 30, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

What the Naked Eye Cannot See (20 photos)

Back Dive

Intrigued by what he could not see, Harold Edgerton made it his life's mission to analyze motion and extend our perception of time. He was an inventor as well as an MIT professor who was credited for taking the stroboscope from the lab to the forefront of our creative consciousness. Combining the stroboscopic process with the camera’s flash,… Continue

Added by alice on August 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

20 Gorgeous Black and White Photos by Hedi Slimane

There's no doubt in my mind that Hedi Slimane is in a league of his own. He's credited with revolutionizing men's fashion. He's worked as both a designer and creative director at some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, such as Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, and even designed album covers for artists like Phoenix, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga. He's published… Continue

Added by alice on August 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Wicked Samurai Skateboarders (12 total)

Inspired by a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan, San Francisco based painter Ferris Plock decided to cleverly mashup samurais and skateboarders in his new series, Rest for the Wicked. This new collection embodies the artist's trademark character-based works along with a Ukiyo-e inspired sensibility. Ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, is one of the most… Continue

Added by alice on August 28, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Changing World of Japan's Geisha



Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Kyoto on the changing world of the geisha. Shot and edited by Matthew Allard, the piece gives us a rare, inside look at their modern world.



"Japan is reeling from a 20-year economic slump, and has recently been surpassed by China as the world's second-largest economy. What the Japanese call the "lost years" have taken a serious toll on some of the country's most beloved cultural icons, including the Geisha. Instead of… Continue

Added by alice on August 28, 2010 at 9:23am — No Comments

I Won My First Photography Contest!

A few weeks ago, I timidly entered my first photography contest. Eugene told me about Your Photo on Canvas's ‘Summer Party’ photo contest on Facebook and suggested I submit a photo. Let it be known that I've never entered a photo contest and that I almost didn't do it because I… Continue

Added by alice on August 28, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Ethereal Installation of a Thousand Bells (10 pics)

Can you imagine walking into a room, looking up and seeing a thousand heavenly bells sparkling above you? Brazilian visual artist Laura Belém has created this very experience for us in The Temple of a Thousand Bells, a new installation that's part of Liverpool's 2010 Biennial. The work features a thousand hand-blown glass bells and an accompanying polyphonic… Continue

Added by alice on August 27, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Intense, Cinematic Style Photography (20 photos)

Alex Prager is one of those people who can create cinematic style photography that makes you feel as though you're watching a silent thriller. She's a Los Angeles native who finds inspiration not just in film and fashion but in the City of Angels, herself. In this city she says, "The sky is always blue, the birds are always singing. It's a strange picture of perfection -… Continue

Added by alice on August 27, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sarah Joncas's Creative Workspace (9 pics)

Just like Audrey Kawasaki had once done, Toronto based artist Sarah Joncas inspires us by graciously giving us a sneak peek inside her creative workspace. These photos were taken as she was preparing for her second solo exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery, which starts next Friday, September 3rd.… Continue

Added by alice on August 27, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Top 10 Most Incredible Timelapse Videos

After watching the Henry Jun Wah Lee's incredible timelapse of the Perseid meteor shower, I was inspired to find the best timelapse videos on the internet. A cinematography technique where each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back, timelapse makes us feel… Continue

Added by alice on August 26, 2010 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Call Phones from Gmail for Free



Sure you failed at Wave but Google, I have to give it to you, this new, convenient way to call a phone from my computer rocks. Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail. Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at low rates. If you don't see it now, don't worry, you will see the “Call phone” link at the top of your chat list soon. Google's rolling out this feature to U.S. based… Continue

Added by alice on August 25, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

20 Eye-Opening Cultural Norms in Japan

Manga in Restaurants



Look through the website of Jan Chipchase and you'll instantly notice that this man's been places. As Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at Frog Design, a global design and innovation company, Chipchase has not only traveled the world, he's also called major metropolises like London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo and… Continue

Added by alice on August 25, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Visualization of the Internet's 300,000 Biggest Websites

There's a pretty neat visualization over at Nmap.org that shows the 300,000 biggest websites on the internet, according to Alexa. Early in 2010, they performed a large-scale scan of the top million websites and then retrieved each site's icon or favicon. They then pared it down to the 288,945 most heavily trafficked sites. Each area of each icon is proportional to… Continue

Added by alice on August 25, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Conan's Writers are Unemployed



So simple yet so very clever. This is the video that played when the names of Conan's Tonight Show writers were read at the Creative Arts Emmys. They're all looking for jobs! Love Chuck E Cheese. Did you also notice Conan's ends with… Continue

Added by alice on August 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Authentic Street Stories (20 photos)

Lukas Vasilikos is a photographer from Athens, Greece who brings incredible stories on the street to life. Using light and shadows, he finds ways to highlight certain subjects, creating melancholy moods that seem surprisingly authentic. He also somehow manages to capture decisive moments all the while taking into consideration how the composition of the photo will help… Continue

Added by alice on August 24, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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