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Stunning Aurora Borealis Photos Taken in Norway

Photographer Ole Salomonsen has had his photos featured on My Modern Met a few times over the years (see here and here), but we've never dedicated a full post to him. Recently, he's come out with some spectacular aurora borealis photos taken in northern Norway that we just had to share.

The one above, he calls Emerald Dynamite, was shot just a few days ago. As he states, "Finally my aurora season gets a proper start! This is one of many shots from Oct 18th/19th, a fantastic night with multicolored auroras all over the arctic night skies of Tromso, Norway."

The green and purple colors of the aurora borealis…

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Gorgeous Kinetic Rain Installation in Singapore

If you're ever walking through Changi Airport in Singapore, make sure to take in this breathtaking art installation by ART+COM. Called Kinetic Rain, it's composed of two parts, each with 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes, each droplet seem to magically float as they move precisely with one another, thanks to the help of hidden computer-controlled motor. The whole choreography takes 15 minutes. The two parts move together in unison, as ART+COM states, "sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other."

We got in touch with the folks over at ART+COM to ask them a few questions about the installation. First, how difficult was it to make? "The creation of the installation was complex insofar as it involved many specialists working hand in hand with one other. At ART+COM…

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Through a Glass Darkly is a meditative photo series created by London-based street photographer Nick Turpin that celebrates the beauty of the stillness of bus passengers juxtaposed with the presumed movements of their transportation. As the vehicles passed by, Turpin turned his camera to the windows to document the unknowing passengers as they simply sat and waited to arrive at their destinations.

Turpin peered in from a distance to capture individuals as they stared out foggy windows during the winter months. Some have wiped the fog away to get a better view of the exterior while others have rested their heads against the glass for a nap. The fuzzy profiles of men and women, young and old, is indistinct. As a result, viewers are invited to invent stories and interpret the scenes based on only what we can distinguish through…

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The 5-year-old Shiba Inu named Bodhi, more famously known as Menswear Dog, has come a long way since we last posted about him. According to a new profile by Fast Company, the adorable pup is not only more stylish than ever before, but he's also pulling in some serious dough for his humans—$15,000 a month, to be precise.

Bodhi's owners, Yena Kim (a fashion designer) and her boyfriend David Fung (a graphic designer), have taken advantage of Menswear Dog's viral fame to launch a lucrative business. "When we first dressed him up for fun [in spring 2013], he started posing for us," says…

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These average black and white photographs reveal some surprising details mixed in with the everyday scenes. Created by Toronto-based photographer Thomas Dagg, Star Wars is a collection of images in which the artist digitally added various characters and vehicles from the movie into the landscape. While some are quite obvious, like Yoda riding on the back of a young man running through the street, it might take viewers a little longer to identify more subtle details like the rebel insignia on a baseball field or the pairs of glowing eyes that are camouflaged in with piles of trash along the street.

The series is a playful blend of modern life with the fictional reality of the artist's imagination from when he was a child. "The inspiration was always there, really," he explains. "I had a very overactive imagination as a kid. This was what I saw when I looked around the world. If there was…

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A new landmark will soon be joining the iconic New York City skyline: 432 Park Avenue, the address of a 1,396-foot condo tower that is now the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Located on Park Avenue between 56th and 57th streets in midtown Manhattan, the 96-story skyscraper offers 104 units at 30,000 square feet each, with prices ranging from $16.95 million to a whopping $95 million for the best penthouse suite.

One of the biggest selling points of the condos is undoubtedly the breathtaking view that each unit offers. Entering the living room, waking up in bed, soaking in a hot bath, or enjoying a meal, the resident is immediately faced with gorgeous 10' x 10' windows that look down on a sweeping cityscape, that includes everything from the Hudson to the East River, from the Bronx to Brooklyn, and from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean.…

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If you were walking past these small and decorative windows, you might not assume that they’re fake. But, you’d be mistaken. These windows are actually paintings by the Spanish street artist Pejac. He recently stopped in Istanbul, Turkey to create three new trompe-l’œil pieces in the district of Uskudar. Titled Lock, Poster, and Shutters, they’re convincing as part of the landscape; it’s only upon closer inspection that we see Pejac used brushes, acrylic paint, and sandpaper to seamlessly blend artwork and the environment.

Lock, Poster, and Shutters takes advantage of the building’s existing elements and textures to produce the illusions that we see here. Pejac intends to play with our perception of what’s real and fabricated, and he’s persuasive. Even some of…

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Tattooing is an art that can be done in many different ways, and Valentina Ryabova from St. Petersburg, Russia has skillfully made her works look incredibly realistic. When you consider that the entire image is on skin, the depth that’s achieved from subtle changes in hue and shading is remarkable.

Ryabova, or @val_tatboo on Instagram, has tattooed since 2013 and garnered a large following during that time. It’s no surprise considering the gorgeous colors and the awe-inspiring depictions of animals, people, and objects. The artist also includes small details that you might not normally expect to see in tattoos; she’s created a stunning tribute to Marilyn Monroe, mimicked the texture of a tiger’s fur,…

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New Banksy Piece: "The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum"

A new Banksy piece has just been spotted in his hometown of Bristol. This time, the elusive street artist pays tribute to Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's 1665 masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring. Of course, in true Banksy style, there's something a little off about the piece. The pearl earring (and the entire earlobe) has been replaced with an alarm box (from ADT). The piece can been seen on a building at the Albion Dockyard in Hanover Place. Banksy is calling it The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum.

The last time Banksy painted in his home city, he was making fun of cell phone users with Mobile Lovers.

Banksy's website via […

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Giant Mushroom Upside Down Sculptures by Carsten Holler

Originally trained as a scientist with a doctorate in biology, Belgium-born Carsten Holler is inspired by research experiments and the world around him. His works reflect social spaces like amusement parks, the zoo or a playground but he puts an expected twist onto each of them. One of the subjects he's always centered on has been mushrooms. Since 1994, they've been a regular feature in his works. Of course, in true artist style, these aren't your ordinary mushroom, they're gigantic ones, and sometimes, they're suspended from the ceiling! In 2000, he showed the Upside Down Mushroom Room at Fondazione Prada in Milan.

New Yorkers got a chance to see his mushroom sculptures in 2011 at the New Museum. Viewers got to feel like Alice in Alice in Wonderland as they walked through a side room filled full with huge fungi. His typical…

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Meet Toast, an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whose luxurious locks are always accompanied by her signature tiny tongue. She was rescued in 2011 from a puppy mill in North Carolina and adopted by her owners in New York City. Luckily, she found a forever home with them but had to get all of her rotten teeth removed; it's why we see her tongue in every photo.

Just because Toast is rocking a toothless smile doesn’t mean she’s any less happy or active than other dogs. On the contrary! Her popular Instagram account shows her travelling around New York City, having fun with her sister Muppet, and posing with celebrities. She’s even done some professional modelling. And, like many dogs, she graciously tolerates being dressed in silly costumes that are simply for our own amusement.

Check out more of Toast’s escapades on her Instagram…

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While visiting New York City, Geneva-based self-taught photographer Alex Teuscher wanted to capture the day-to-day life and fantastic architecture throughout the popular tourist destination. He explored for ten days and documented iconic locations like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park.

Afterwards, using a wide variety of post-processing techniques, Teuscher transformed his photographs into a dynamic black and white collection. By eliminating color, he created dramatic lights and shadows that produce an unusually eerie quality and change the traditionally bright, lively, and energetic way that viewers perceive the frequently visited spots.

"All these shots were taken pretty much following the usual tourist trail in Manhattan… the locations along that trail are iconic for a reason," he explained. "I wanted to present them differently however, like the…

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Morgan Spence, a 15-year-old aspiring filmmaker from Scotland, spent three weeks using hundreds of LEGO bricks to recreate famous movie scenes in an amazing stop-motion animation. Popular scenes from iconic works such as Dracula, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Titanic are instantly recognizable even in tiny plastic form, speaking to the fame of the films as well as Spence's extraordinary skill at replicating characters, props, scenery, and other details using the toy building blocks.

Each scene—lasting just a few seconds—took the teenager between 15 minutes to two hours to film. While Spence admits that stop-motion requires quite a bit of patience, he told the Daily Mail, "I really…

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Philadelphia-based artist and craftsman James McNabb recently opened a new solo exhibition, called Metros, that expands upon his ongoing collection of stunning wooden cityscapes. The work is currently on display at the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami and "explores sociological concepts regarding transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment."

Each geometric piece is an amazing explosion of architectural shapes that seem to burst from the surface. The circular, square, and asymmetrical arrangements capture the animated spirit of a city in unexpected formations. McNabb doesn't plan ahead before he starts a piece. He uses a bandsaw and his natural intuition to very…

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Wedding and lifestyle photographer Adam Opris turns moms-to-be into ethereal mermaids in his enchanting series of underwater maternity photos. Baring their bellies, pregnant women float and twirl about in the light-dappled waters, taking on the appearance of graceful sea nymphs dressed in rippling, gauzy gowns. The women's radiant expressions and fluid movements capture their joy for life, as well as love for the precious life growing inside of them.

Opris, who grew up in South Florida, has practically lived in the ocean his entire life. "With that great love for water, I am bringing mermaids out of my maternity clients, told Bored Panda. "By embracing buoyancy and enabling these pregnant women to be free, I am…

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It’s no secret that the Internet loves cats, and this fluffy white feline marvelously appears perfectly round. And what makes this viral picture even funnier? When Reddit works its magic in a hilarious Photoshop Battle (PsBattle). If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, it’s described as “a place to have fun with everyone's favorite graphic software.” Users take an original image and reinterpret it in imaginative, funny ways. Here, they superimposed the cat into different fantastic scenarios.

People took advantage of the feline's easily-Photoshoppable shape and imagined it as a variety of objects. We see that it has taken on the role of a dandelion, cheerleaders’ pompoms, and even a basketball in the hands of the famous LeBron James. And with Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball, the PsBattle highlights a strange-yet-entertaining collision of different popular culture phenomena.

Be sure…

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If your household chores are feeling a little lackluster, then try adding some pizzazz with this adorable cover that’s meant to accompany your floor-wipe sweeper. It’s shaped like a penguin and fits through the handle of the cleaning device, transforming it from the conventional into the delightfully whimsical. The flightless bird appears as if it’s sliding along your floors as you make them sparkling clean. And, in addition to being a sweeper, the penguin doubles as a tissue box holder.

This product is part of the YOU+MORE line from the online Japanese retailer felissimo; they must intend to bring a smile to your face because when "YOU+MORE" is spoken in Japanese, it sounds like “humor.” There are other amusing animal-themed products available, too, including a panda bear duvet cover and a neck pillow that’s painted to look like a…

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The golden retriever breed is renowned for their calm and gentle demeanor, and this beautiful canine known as Bailey might just be the most patient of all. Her owner has recently posted photos that show the dog dressed in people clothes and doing human things while looking oblivious about them.

If the image of her sitting at the computer (above) looks familiar, it’s because you might’ve seen it before. Bailey achieved some internet fame for that photo, which was hilariously captioned “I have no idea what I’m doing” and became a meme.

With this new set of pictures, we see that not much has changed in regards to the caption; whether it be watering the plants, “reading” a book, or washing the car, Bailey still has no idea. In fact, maybe she’d want to sleep instead. One of the few things we know about her is that she loves to nap, and…

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Breaking the Surface is a collaborative installation created by Kontur, Abida, IntekScandinavian Design Group, and Ctrl+N to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Norwegian oil company Lundin Norway. The installation combines design with advanced sensor technologies that provide an interactive experience for visitors. Spanning two levels, it can be viewed both from above and from below "the surface" in an abstract representation of the geological world below sea level.

In the piece, rows and rows of acrylic plastic undulate overhead like ocean waves to create a soothing experience of motion…

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Every good graphic designer knows that there are certain fundamental rules to follow when creating something new. Turkish graphic designer Efil Türk decided to visually communicate these ideas through her series, entitled The Principles of Design.

For each poster, Türk arranged a clean, geometric paper art composition on a simple gray background. Her series draws upon creatively arranged shapes, forms, and textures to describe how artists should plan to incorporate certain elements within their artwork.

The posters visually convey each of ten select core values, including balance, hierarchy, pattern, rhythm, space, proportion, emphasis, movement, contrast, and unity. Additionally, purposeful typography, set below each colorful arrangement, is used to explain the expectations of each fundamental idea.…

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