Eugene's Blog – December 2010 Archive (63)

A New Year Rolls In

Hong Kong's Times Square on Saturday Jan. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)



Believe it or not, It's already 2011 in some countries. The Big Picture created this awesome photo set that constantly updates, showing people all over the world celebrate as the new year rolls… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 31, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Animals Who Think They're Human (15 photos)



In this day and age, there are some crazy people who'll do anything they can to look like animals. But, does it ever go the other way around? Do animals try to fool us and attempt to pose as humans? You may think that this suggestion is far out, but don't make any hasty conclusions until after you've seen these photos...…









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Added by Eugene on December 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Art of Levitation (15 photos)



Levitation is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Appear as though you're floating in mid-air and people just flip out. If you don't believe me, check out this video by world-renowned magician David Blaine.



French photographer Franck Bohbot traveled to Paris, Madrid, New York and Barcelona to take these… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Infographic: What Does Your State Do Best?



The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and with over 310 million people, the U.S. is the third largest country by total area, and the third largest by population. So, what does each state do best? Check out this infographic for those answers... (… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Bio Bag (2 pics)



Thorbjørn Ankerstjerne came up with this visually stunning shopping bag that sends a strong eco-friendly message. "6,000,000,000 plastic bags are being used every year in the UK. The environment suffers enormously from it, so please take care and use this bag, and save nature," it states.





Thorbjørn… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 29, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Film on the Radar: Women Are Heroes

JR was thrust into the spotlight after he won the TED prize earlier this year. Now, the French street artist continues his incredible journey with the film “Women Are Heroes,” which has been selected for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.



The movie documents his travels around the world photographing victimized and impoverished women and then pasting them up in… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Nature's Frightening Skull (2 pics)



Could you imagine walking alone in the forest and stumbling upon this incredibly awesome skull made from fallen leaves? My guess is that some of us would probably have a heart attack...



"I spent a long weekend at a beautiful modern mountain cabin, and at the owners' request created a temporary skull on their property," says artist Noah Scalin.



"It was a gray and rainy day,… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Skateboard Skatepark



New Zealand-based artist "nansei" aka Shannon created this extremely cool skateboard skatepark, which has an Inception-like theme going on. "It's a skate park, on a skateboard, in a skate park," she says.



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Added by Eugene on December 28, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Death is Unbearable... (24 photos)

Rome



To many people, death is a very uncomfortable subject. Perhaps it's because there are so many unanswered questions. What will happen when you die? Where will you go? Will anyone remember you? Leaving everyone and everything behind is a daunting task that is difficult to imagine.



Three Italian students, Andrea Pilia, Adriano Leo, Dario Cataldi, were studying… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 27, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

What a Party! (4 pics)



Laetitia Chretien and Sebastien Zanini are living proof that a little imagination can go a long way. Using only party streamers and confetti as their props, the French duo create highly creative scenes that are extremely graphic and highly emotional. This particular series was created for Clark Magazine #40.…









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Added by Eugene on December 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Urban Street Art: Dead Fish (3 pics)



This latest piece by ROA caught my eye. Taking a break from his usual paintings of birds and critters, ROA focuses his attention to fish. Completed in Salton Sea, California, the spooky piece seems to match the mood of its location...







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Added by Eugene on December 27, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Jabba the Hut Snowman



I think it's pretty clear that this Jabba the Hut snow sculpture wins "best in snow" this year. Could you imagine if you lived here? It would be impossible not to crack a smile every time you pulled into the driveway....



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Added by Eugene on December 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Infographic: Sleep is Awesome!



We all know that sleep is really important. Problem is, many of us don't get enough of it. So, why is sleep so vital and what kind of techniques will help you get more? This infographic sheds some light on how to get a higher "ZQ"...





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Added by Eugene on December 26, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Center of My World (15 photos)



Depending on how you feel on a particular day, the world can appear very big or very small. The type of environment you place yourselves in can play a huge factor.



In this poetic series titled "The Center of My World," Switzerland-based photographer Jonas Fornerod puts himself far and center into the distance. By doing so, he appears tiny in comparison to the dramatic setting that… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 25, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Sensual Photorealistic Paintings



Born in the former Soviet republic of Kygystan, 39-year-old Talantbek Chekirov has an appreciation for the natural beauty found in women. Using oil as his medium, Chekirov's creates photorealistic works of art that are soft and sensual. He paints shadows and light in such a way that makes his figures glow, giving us an appreciation not just for the female form but for an artistic skill few have…

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Added by Eugene on December 24, 2010 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Beautiful Brush-Less Portraits (12 pieces)



One look at David Walker's beautiful brush-less portraits, and you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you he only started painting three years ago. For two of those years, he only painted in black, white, and pink because it was cheaper and allowed him to concentrate on his subjects more. Then, he came across a box of random colored paint that had been buried in the studio and he started… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Magnificent Grand Canyon (17 photos)

Sunrise lights the inner canyon on the Kaibab Trail.



John Miranda took these absolutely breathtaking shots of the Grand Canyon while hiking from the South Rim to the North Rim (and back) over various years, along with overnight camping trips.



The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km).… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Clever Ads: Donate Blood (5 total)



Using funny imagery with some funky font, ad agency Y&R, São Paulo, Brazil worked with Santa Casa Hospital to make these clever ads about donating blood. The tagline? Don't waste your blood. Donate. Awesome.











Advertising Agency: Y&R, São Paulo, Brazil

Creative Directors: Mariangela Silvani, Jorge… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 22, 2010 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Everyday Angels in Auckland (12 pics)



Don't we all love creative ideas like this? Auckland City Mission worked with ad agency Publicis Mojo in spreading angel wings throughout the city. Everyday people are invited to to take pictures in front of the wings and post their picture on Auckland Mission's Facebook page. If they do? A sponsor will donate $5 on their behalf, up to a maximum of $10,000. Some of the wings are hidden, while… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 22, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Beautiful Modern Home in Iran (8 photos)



If I asked you where this home was located, the last place you'd probably guess would be Iran. Located in Mohammad Shahr region, near Karaj city, Villa Kiani is set in the middle of a lush green garden.



Architects Makan Rahmanian and Kamran Heirati purposely designed the Villa’s interior space this way so that it became an extension of the landscape. With high ceilings and large… Continue

Added by Eugene on December 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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