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When marketing teams use the right stock photographs, they can generate all kinds of fantasy vacation dreams and idealized visions of a place. After googling Deauville, London-based photographer Hemya Moran realized this truth in the form of couples sipping cocktails by the pool, playing on the beach, and cuddling in hotel rooms.

In reaction to the way that the French tourist spot is portrayed online, Moran decided to develop a series of images, entitled Love in Deauville, to convey how a fictional romantic narrative can easily be concocted. In each photograph, an intimate scene suggests a passionate love between a couple, however, in reality the duo are perfect strangers.

"I reenacted these stock image scenes with men I approached in Deauville—complete strangers who somehow fit the description or demeanor of the men depicted in the Google Images I had seen," she…

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Engineer and product designer Brian Conti opened his refrigerator and observed the same problem that many of us have - glass beverage bottles were crowding the limited and precious amount of space inside. After some thought, he realized that the unused fridge ceiling could potentially solve his dilemma. Conti's solution is bottleLoft, a magnetic strip that adheres to the top and keeps drinks off the shelves.

Each bottleLoft is comprised of three neodymium magnets, three custom designed and machined steel cups to focus magnetic strength, one specifically-molded plastic rail, and one strip of 3M VHB (very high bond) tape. The adhesive is a special low-temperature application that’s suitable for a refrigerator. Conti created the bottleLoft to attract a standard bottle cap and it can also hold an additional 3.6 pounds.

To make this…

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Beautiful Wood Panel Paintings by Mall Licudine

For the recent October 17th show at Swoon Gallery in Los Angeles, artist Mall Licudine (aka Shardula) created some beautiful wood panel paintings. Her works are made of acrylic and wood, that gets from a local lumber shop.

Originally from La Union, Philippines, Mall began using wood as a medium back in 2004, when she first discovered the works of Audrey Kawasaki. (One of our favorite artists!) As she tells us, "I immediately fell in love with her wood paintings. I suddenly found myself buying chopping boards, made of wood, at the local market. Working with wood as a base, I realized that it was faster and easier to paint acrylics on wood than oil on canvas; plus wood paintings look so unique and exude a warm cozy feel. Surprisingly, my first wood paintings…

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Any child of the '80s was easily in awe of Marty McFly when he jumped on his hoverboard in Back to the Future. At the time, the magical invention seemed beyond our wildest dreams. But now, California-based company Hendo Hover has taken the first steps towards making that contraption a reality.

The Hendo Hoverboard is a prototype designed by Hendo founder and inventor Greg Henderson and a large team of developers. It can float one inch off the ground by using four disc-shaped hover engines that create a magnetic field which pushes against itself to generate the lift. According to the Kickstarter campaign, the surface needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor. Hendo currently uses commonly available metals in simple sheets, but are also working on…

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A family of seven clay figures stand amidst war-torn wreckage in Gaza in this thought-provoking piece by Palestinian artist Iyad Sabbah. Titled Worn Out, the work symbolizes the suffering of the residents of the Shuja-iyya neighborhood, which has been decimated by conflict between Palestine and Israel.

Forced to flee their homes, the clay figures stumble through debris and rubble, their bodies gaunt and their torn clothes stained by pigment meant to represent blood. Depicting young and old people alike, the sculptures not only illustrate the pain and destruction of conflict, but also commemorate the victims of war.

"Shuja’iyya neighborhood is one of the places that was completely destroyed, and the idea came to my head to do something about the war, to focus on displacement of the Palestinians," Sabbah told the…

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Canadian photographer Pete Thorne celebrates the beauty of aging in this portrait series featuring what he describes as "very, very old dogs." So far, the ongoing project, entitled Old Faithful, has more than 50 gray-haired dogs in the collection. Thorne works closely with his subject and owner to capture the personality of the individual animals in a small studio set-up. Each fuzzy face is filled with the wear and tear of time but they still have those cute puppy-dog eyes that any dog-lover will adore.

"I usually request that the owner bring their dog's favorite treats and toys to help focus their attention. This doesn't always work as a lot of these old doggies are blind or deaf, possibly both," says Thorne. "I found that the trick is to direct the owner; the dog will follow. It can be quite a comical scene. I'll be low on the ground firing off shots from…

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World-renowned astronaut Chris Hadfield, whom we had the pleasure of hearing speak about his experience on the International Space Station at last year's Beakerhead, crafts a compelling and intimate visual essay about the planet we live on in his new book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. During his time beyond the earth's atmosphere, Hadfield—who served as the commander of the ISS and was the first Canadian to walk in space—took thousands of photos that present a unique perspective of our world from up above.

His book, which he calls "my guided tour of our planet, as if we were floating and looking out the spaceship window together," depicts breathtaking aerial views of places like Venice, the…

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Earlier this week, hikers exploring England’s Derbyshire Peak District were in for quite a surprise. Extreme winds caused a rare phenomenon and forced the Kinder Downfall rapids to blow water upwards rather than flow downwards!

The River Kinder, a small waterway that’s only about three miles long, was stopped in its tracks as the powerful gust pushed the current back onto the Kinder Scout Plateau. Its normal course is to cascade the 80 feet of the Kinder Downfall; but clearly, the wind had other plans, and the waterfall appears to go nowhere.

It’s an incredible sight, and what’s also impressive is that travelers were able to withstand the winds long enough to capture it on video.…

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Having a smartphone instantly gives you a ton of options for calculators, although none of them are actually going to solve your math query - it’s up to you to figure it out. But now, thanks to PhotoMath, you’ll receive some help. The newly-launched app is the world’s first “camera calculator,” and it’s easy to use. Just point your smartphone’s camera towards a mathematical expression and PhotoMath will automatically display the correct result. Better yet, it demonstrates the step-by-step process of how to solve the problem.

Currently, this app supports arithmetic, fractions, powers and roots, and simple linear equations; the creators plan on adding more features in the future. PhotoMath is a free download and available for iOS and Windows Phones. Don’t worry Android users, because there’s a version for you due in early 2015.…

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Artist Gabor Miklos Szoke, known for gigantic sculptures made out of wood, recently broke a record by creating the biggest bird monument in Europe. Made for the famous Hungarian football club, FTC, the enormous eagle has a span of 16 meters, a height of 8 meters and a weight that exceeds 15 tons. This time, the artist tried his hand with a different kind of material, stainless steel. It was his first time using stainless steel and it was also the biggest monument he had ever created.

From start to finish, the project took an incredible seven months to make with more than 100 people working on the eagle including engineers and welders. It is composed of 5,000 steel prisms. The eagle is seen swooping down on its prey. Instead of an animal, however,…

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Photographer Danae Falliers captures the quiet stillness found on library shelves in her colorful collection of work, simply titled Library. From a direct point of view, the artist documents the rows and rows of lines and blocks of color which fill the shelves in organized arrangements.

She then uses digital manipulation to eliminate any text on the spines, and to obtain her desired saturation and exposure. She sometimes merges multiple images together into one image, and adds drawing and painting techniques to blur the distinction between soft and hard lines.

The final results are an abstract representation of literature enclosed within the covers. Each stunning array of colors creates an interesting pattern that appears almost painterly. "I am intrigued by ideas of transience, transcendence, and permanence. I’m interested in the co-existence of movement and stillness,…

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Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson may be best known for his expansive installations that encompass entire rooms, but his smaller-scale works are just as compelling. The artist, who is based in Copenhagen and Berlin, often uses mirrors, tinted glass, stainless steel frames, and lightbulbs to create spectacular kaleidoscopic works that transform spaces into illuminated, multicolored realms of beauty. Lit from within, Eliasson's geometric lamps project dazzling hues and patterns on the surrounding walls, ceiling and floor, immersing the viewer in a light-filled world as celestial and fantastical as the vast universe.

"I often work with geometric shapes and with non-Euclidean geometry," says the artist in an interview with…

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Looking for something different to wear on Halloween this year? Designer Steve Wintercroft has just the thing with these geometric mask templates that you can create with your very own paper. The artist's Etsy shop has all kinds of shapes including a Jack-o'-lantern, a skull, and the heads of a bear, fox, owl, and lion, to name a few.

Wintercroft's intention is to minimize the resources necessary to produce his playful products. He provides digital files to save on shipping fuel and suggests that anyone who purchases a template use recycled paper to create the final product. In doing so, it eliminates mass manufacturing and minimizes the environmental impact that we all have on this world.

When speaking about how he came up with the idea for the masks, Wintercroft explains, "A couple of years ago,…

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The winners of the 2014 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards have been announced at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore. Taking home the grand prize and the title of the Arcaid Images Architectural Photographer of Year 2014 (in association with Sto and supported by WAF) are the photographers Hufton + Crow, for their stunning image of the interior of Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The winning image captures the bare, fluid geometry of the Center's staircase, in contrast with a single figure standing at the top of the steps. The photographers told…

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Although you might think that you’re simply looking at discarded objects, what you’re actually seeing are carefully carved and painted wood sculptures by artist Tom Pfannerstill. His series is titled From the Street, and it features trompe-l'œil depictions of tattered everyday objects. The incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail means that these works appear as the items they claim to be; Pfannerstill replicated their labels with awe-inspiring precision. So, things like Starbucks cups, a baseball cap, and an animal cookie box fool us into thinking that they were stepped on and ultimately forgotten.

On the back of each piece, Pfannerstill writes a description of where and when he found its original counterpart; he sees this as a way to catalog where he’s been. And, finding these things not only marks his movements, but…

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Travelling on an airplane with your luggage can sometimes feel like a gamble. If you’re checking the bag, how much will it weigh, and will you have to pay extra for it? And, once it leaves your sight, where exactly are your belongings? Bluesmart Technologies helps take the worry out of travel with the first luggage that’s designed to harmoniously pair with your mobile device.

Aside from its striking blue spinner wheels and handle, the best features of the polycarbonate, anodized aluminum suitcase aren’t something that you can see. Launch the iOS or Android-compatible app, however, and you’ll notice that it has an array of components that communicate with your phone through Bluetooth.

Pulling up on the bag’s handle will display its total weight in app, and you can lock and unlock the suitcase (using a TSA-approved master key lock) with it as well. There’s an integrated…

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My Modern Met is Searching for Contributing Writers


If you've been a fan of My Modern Met and want to go from a casual reader to an actual contributor, guess what, you're in luck. We're now hiring! It's an exciting time for us here as we continue to expand our business.

We're looking for applicants who are web-savvy, love all things creative, and want to share their passion with the world. You'll not only get to polish your writing skills, you'll have the opportunity to help build a dynamic internet-based business that makes it a priority to stay on the pulse of what's new and exciting. Most of all, we're looking for passionate, motivated people who want to be a part of something bigger.

Necessary Qualifications:
Excellent writing skills
Understanding of social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc
Previous blogging experience
Passion for art, design,…

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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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