Eugene's Blog – May 2011 Archive (54)

Decipher What's Real - L.A. Crash

In this loosely-knit cinematic series, German photographer Mirko Martin asks us to decipher what's real and what's staged. L.A. Crash focuses on the visual presence of catastrophes in the urban area of Los Angeles, with respect to how they appear within the actual cityscape, as well as how they are created for the media.

"I started out taking pictures on film sets in public… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 31, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Colorful Confetti Death

Confetti Death by Miami-based TYPOE manages to be violent and poetic at the same time. A skull is seen vomiting colorful shards of spray paint caps onto a bright white wall. Modern art does not get more punk rock than this...

TYPOE's Flickr photostream

via [… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

OUTSIDE IN: The Story of Art in the Streets

A little over a month ago, Alice and I witnessed history being made. As the very first major U.S. museum exhibition of graffiti and street art, MOCA showcased the media preview of Art in the Streets, one of the coolest art shows we've ever been to.

Presented by The Levi's Film Workshop, Outside… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 31, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

The Ocean is My Playground

"The ocean is my playground," says 20-year-old Micah Camara. "It's a whole different world down there!"

Camara lives in Kauai, Hawaii which, according to him is, the "most beautiful place in the world." Taking advantage of the warm, clear ocean water, he takes artistic shots that are full of life and excitement. What I enjoy most about his work, however, is that it offers us a brief… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Incredibly Creative Pothole Project

Spaghetti & Meatballs on Greenwich Street

Most of the time, we try to avoid potholes. If we do end up driving over them, we get angry. Instead of being frustrated about the whole experience, Montreal-based Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano decided to give us a reason to laugh at the annoying holes in the streets.

The husband and wife duo… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Kate Upton in Sports Illustrated's 2011 Swimsuit Edition

Midwest native Kate Upton always dreamed of being a model. Fantasy became reality three years ago when she walked into an open call and booked her first job. Since then she has been the face for Guess Lingerie. This is Kate's first appearance in the…


Added by Eugene on May 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Sticks and Stones...

Within just three days of arriving in Adelaide, Australia, street artist ABOVE fell and broke his scapula in two parts, resulting in a head concussion and two hospital visits.

Part of his responsibilities for this 200 foot (63 meter) mixed-media mural was to mentor three extremely talented local Australian artists - Chris Edser, Tristan Kerr, and ANKLES.

"As a collective we decided… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 27, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

House Made of Giant Children's Blocks

The House on the Flight of Birds may be not the considered the classiest home, but it certainly is fun and original. Consisting of curved volumes combined with unexpected sheltering panels and odd-shaped windows, the entire structure looks almost as if it was put together using humongous children's blocks.

Since Soa Miguel Island in the Azores, Portugal is hit with large… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 26, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Close Range Lighting Strike!

Prepared to be awestruck as you watch a huge bolt of lightning hit the ground about 650 feet (200 meters) away. William Phuoc and a few of his storm chaser friends took this amazing footage while shooting a thunderstorm in Darwin, Australia. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

via [The Daily What], [… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 26, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

View of Deadliest Tornado, from Above - In Focus

It's hard to comprehend the amount of damage the tornado that tore through Joplin created. The death toll in Joplin, Missouri, has now topped 125, making Sunday's catastrophe the single deadliest tornado recorded in the United States since modern record-taking began, which was almost 60 years ago.

According to Alan Taylor's In Focus, "AP Photographer Charlie Riedel took a trip in a helicopter to capture images of…


Added by Eugene on May 26, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Making Art with Old Tax Returns

Recycling takes on a whole new meaning with artist Nava Lubelski! She creates cellular sculptures using tightly rolled paper scrolls made entirely of tax returns, rejection letters and other collected waste paper. Lubelski shares that her work explores the contradictions between the impulse to destroy and the compulsion to mend.

“[They] reconfigure a mass of paper that has been grouped…


Added by Eugene on May 25, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The World's Fastest Hybrid Helicopter

Earlier this month, Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter reached a speed milestone during stable, level flight. Maintaining a true airspeed of 232 knots (450 km or 279.6 miles per hour), it can cruise at more than half the speed of a commercial jet.

Aboard the aircraft were Eurocopter test pilot Hervé Jammayrac and flight test engineer Daniel Semioli. “We were impressed by the ease at… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Swimming Amongst Thousands of Jellyfish

Sometimes nature can be more surreal than any fiction. Filmmaker Sarosh Jacob took this vivid video at Jellyfish Lake in the Republic of Palau.

"Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded," Jacob explains. "With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, they evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability as they no longer had to protect… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 25, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Distraught Cosmonaut

Melbourne-based artist Jeremy Geddes wants to raise questions, rather than answer them. In this thought-provoking series, cosmonauts float into empty landscapes and unnamed city streets. They depict a story of demise and dislocation. The question is - why?

"A painting begins with some spark… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Magnificent Volcanic Eruption in Grimsvotn, Iceland

"It took us 90 minutes to fly to Grimsvotn with a strong wind against us," said filmmaker Jon Gustafsson a couple days ago. "The eruption looked magnificent in the sunset. Once we landed 5 miles away from the crater the cold glacier air hit us like a truck. We tried to work outside but I only lasted for a couple of minutes.

"Pilot Reynir Petursson also didn’t want to stay on the ground for too long since it was very windy and the ash fall was unpredictable.… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Calligraphy-Inspired Architecture

Shaped in a ribbon-like form, this proposal for the new Linkong SOHO building is favorably located within the Great Hongqiao Business Zone in China. The retail and business complex is the second building designed by Zaha Hadid for the largest property developers in Shanghai, SOHO China.

Defined by its calligraphic gesture and distinctive metallic envelope, the mixed-use building features… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 24, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Awesome Bionic Hand

Sometimes, technology is totally mind-blowing. You'll be amazed to see how functional this bionic hand is. It will be fascinating to see where this bionic technology goes in the next five years...

Patrick, a 24-year-old Austrian, decided to have his dysfunctional hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand. After being electrocuted at work, he lost the use of his left hand. As he demonstrates the extra movement in his new bionic hand, we see him him open… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 23, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Using the Body as a Vehicle for Expression

Luca Pierro isn't just an artist or photographer...he's both. You would think that he uses Photoshop to create all the effects you see in these stunning self-portraits but, surprisingly, he doesn't. Instead, he only brings into play natural elements like flour, clay, milk, and water.

I caught up with the talented Italian artist to ask him a few questions about this series of… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Raw Unfiltered Emotion

There's nothing cute and cuddly about Laura Zalenga's photographs. The German does not hold back one bit as she explores the depths of our emotions...raw and unfiltered.

At only 21 years of age, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to call Zalenga a prodigy. She only started taking photographs since 2007, yet her work stands for itself, showing a maturity that could only come with pure and… Continue

Added by Eugene on May 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Sizzling Sex Appeal

Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated model Jessica Perez continues her upward climb towards stardom. Fashion photographer Nando Esparza captures the sexy model as she approaches her prime. Styled by Karin Elgai, Perez certainly sizzles with sex appeal...

via [Fashion Gone…


Added by Eugene on May 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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