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8 Most Breathtaking Weddings Held Around the World

Over the course of six years, we've seen some truly breathtaking photos of people being married all around the world. Whether they were standing amongst African wildlife or using nature's fury as their backdrop, these couples decided to exchange their vows in a time and place they'd never forget. The result? Each couple now has a set of stunning wedding pictures that are unique and all their own. Forget Photoshop, these are the real deal.



8. Tornado in Saskatchewan, Canada When bad weather was predicted for their wedding weekend, this adventurous couple and their wedding photographer didn't let that get them down. The Canadian couple and photographer Colleen Niska took advantage of the situation and sought out the dramatic skies before the rain started pouring down.…

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Beautiful Macro Photos of Snowflakes as Free Wallpapers

Like many photographers who dabble in macro photography, Alexey Kljatov was interested in seeing a world unseen by the naked eye. At first, he captured flowers and ladybugs not thinking about photographing something else. Then, one day, he saw on the Internet two macro shots of snowflakes and was amazed by their crystal-like beauty. "The Internet was filled with tons of excellent macro photos of various insects, but these photos was unique, I had never seen something like this," he tells us.

"After that day, I waited for winter like never before. Finally, it came and I started to shoot snowflakes with the standard macro mode of my camera. In the beginning I made many mistakes, shot in poor light and handheld, and at first my snowflake shots were terrible. But I was happy, because I could now see snowflakes' shapes and patterns, which are almost unseen without a…

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Polish artist Piotr Sokolowski’s elaborate origami creations use intricate tucks and folds to bring three-dimensional paper animals to life. To make the creatures, the artist uses the practice of modular origami — folding paper and creating multiple components, then joining the components into one larger creation without adhesive such as glue or string. Some of the animals display impressive plumage and adorable facial expressions while others, such as a coiled cobra, are more menacing.

The lavish creases and intricate weaving seem to defy the conservative ethics of origami, which usually dictate using the fewest folds possible to achieve a simple, understated elegance. Sokolowski’s technique, then, is daring but not without achieving the intended “wow” factor.…

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Kyoto-based artist Niyoko Ikuta, one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Japanese glass art, produces evocative and enchantingly elaborate sculptures out of plate glass. In her Free Essence series, Ikuta uses her radiant sculptures as a way to play with the light as it bounces and bends through a myriad of crystalline facets, with different lighting and viewing angles multiplying these delightful optical intricacies even further. After sketching a work's design, she cuts sheets of simple window glass into thin panes and adheres them in delicate shapes and layers using a completely transparent glue, leaving us with these breathtakingly fluid forms. 

Niyoko Ikuta at YUFUKU Gallery
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Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist - they’re animated GIFs.

Lutz’s addition of movement makes these images more engaging, and we get a better sense of how things actually work. In her newest design titled How to Build a Human, she demonstrates how a baby is formed via a spiraling chart that travels from conception to birth. We’re able follow along and see just how these changes develop over the course of 40 weeks. It’s a fantastic aspect that you’d lose with a static image.

Considering how detailed these animations are, it’s no surprise that they require a lot of work. Lutz writes that How to Build a Human…

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Each year, we don festive sweaters to show off our Christmas spirit, so why not spread the cheer to beards, too? Photographer Stephanie Jarstad captured some men whose delightful decorations aren’t limited to their clothing or home decor. Instead, lighting, holly, berries, tiny stockings, and much more are attached to their long and impressive facial hair. She calls this quirky series the 12 Beards of Christmas.

Jarstad was inspired by Movember, which is an annual event during November where men grow their moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Earlier that month, she thought about also doing a project to support men’s health, but she wanted to put a fun spin on the standard beard portrait. The eye-catching images are perfect for this time of year! Jarstad made posters and calendars of the photos available in her…

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This gracefully curving wooden chair is one of the latest pieces exquisitely crafted by designer Alejandro Estrada. The Pipo Chair, produced for sale by Guatemalan manufacturer Piegatto, was imagined to utilize wood as the sole material for the entire design.

Flaring out at the arms, the layers widen and separate slightly to let light pass through its sides and show off the piece's gentle, natural contours. The whole chair was built out of 29 wooden strands cut from only two pieces of plywood, creating a finished product that is not only charmingly simple but economical. Finally, a matte polyurethane finish is added to provide a small range of classic color options and a subtle, crisp sheen.…

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These handmade porcelain teacup and saucer sets may look like matched pairs, but it’s all a delightful illusion. When together, the cup appears to mirror a distorted version of the plate’s colorful geometric design. When separated, the colors scatter, and it’s evident that the cup has no pattern of its own. Its shiny, reflective surface allows it to pick up the plate’s pattern vibrantly.

The cup’s reflective, nearly metallic sheen is derived from a coating of the chemical element palladium. Each set is crafted from regional-specialty Hamasi porcelain and carefully hand-painted by craftsmen in Japan. The artists safeguard against blemishes on the cups to guarantee smooth, even surfaces that provide the dazzling reflections.…

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Gorgeous Photos of Sunshine Hitting Mountains in Patagonia

Photographers often travel thousands of miles and wake up at the crack of dawn to capture their once-in-a-lifetime shots. So it was Evgeny Tchebotarev who took these two breathtaking photos at Torres Del Paine, the national park in southern Chilean Patagonia. He writes,

"Another alarm. It's 4:00am. It's dead dark, but you have to wake up. Last night you got to bed at midnight. 4 hours of "sleep". It's raining. The clouds are actually far away, but stormy winds bring them from tens of kilometers away.

"We get in the car and drive to our first spot — a sunrise view with a waterfall. Locking the car, we walk maybe 15-20 meters. It takes up 5 minutes. The wind is heads on, and it's so strong, so that we simply cannot move move than a few meters a minute. After another attempts we abandon the plan and head back to the car. I never thought I'd experience…

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Santa and Children Swap Faces in Hilarious Photo Series

As Christmas draws nearer, our hearts are filled with joy at the thought of caroling, gingerbread cookies, gently falling snow, and the age-old tradition of children posing with Santa Claus for an endearing photo. Imgur user grumpypunkcat, however, puts a hilarious twist on that holiday ritual with Santa Face Swap, a collection of photos in which old Saint Nick's jolly face is swapped with that of the young child sitting on his lap.

The results are both amusing and slightly disturbing. Santa is transformed into a wide-eyed, bearded baby who often looks like he's on the verge of tears. Perched on his lap is a tiny, terrifying figure with spectacles and a wrinkled face that's aged 60 years. Nothing says "happy holidays" like a good ol' face…

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Winners of National Geographic Photo Contest 2014

Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 have just been announced! Out of more than 9,000 entries, the photo titled A Node Glows in the Dark nabbed the top spot. An eerie glow comes over the girl in the center of the photo, who's consumed by her smartphone. It's the sign of the times. The photographer of that image, Ben Yen of Hong Kong, told National Geographic, "I feel a certain contradiction when I look at the picture. On the one hand, I feel the liberating gift of technology. On the other hand, I feel people don’t even try to be neighborly anymore, because they don’t have to."

Photographers from more than 150 countries submitted their photos into three categories: people, places and nature. The grand prize winner, Ben Yen, receives $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in their annual…

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Bored at work one day, Squarespace employees Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick decided to recreate a famous work of art using only objects found in their workplace, eventually leading to their imaginative, ongoing project Fools Do Art. Before long, their hilarious recreations started becoming more and more elaborate, as they started recruiting their coworkers to join in on the fun and began receiving idea submissions from around the world.

Fragomeni and Limbrick have only a couple of rules: 1) all props must be found in the office, and 2) all editing must be done on a phone. With these limitations in place, the two employees have proved to be experts at thinking outside the box. A colorfully decorated whiteboard becomes the backdrop to Mona Lisa's famous smile; trash bags are made into flowing gowns; flashy jewelry is constructed from paper and…

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Top 12 Most Amazing Sculptures in 2014

Let's look back on the year and check out some of the most amazing sculptures in 2014. Who "wow-ed" us with their ingenuity? What sculptures made us do a double-take? Today, we present to you twelve sculptures that stood out because of the materials the artists used, the way the sculptures simulated movement or because of their sheer size. So, without further ado, check out these stunningly carved sculptures we wish we could have come up with ourselves!


12. Beautiful Skulls Carved and Painted on Mother of Pearl Shells by Gregory Halili

New Jersey-based artist Gregory Halili creates stunning bas-relief skulls delicately hand-carved and painted on mother of pearl shells. Inspired by the lush vegetation and tropical wildlife of the Philippines, where he was born and…

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Canadian architecture firm RAW recently unveiled Prismatica, a dazzling public art installation in Montreal that emits light from 50 prisms. The six and a half-foot-tall structures are spread throughout the Place des Festivals where visitors can walk around all sides of the rotating kaleidoscopes. At night, they display soft-but-colorful lights that illuminate those that are passing by.

The prisms are made from panels laminated with a dichroic film, and they transmit and reflect every color in the visible spectrum. Contained in their bases are projectors that create an infinite interplay of lights and reflections. And, as the prisms rotate, a soundtrack of bells play, too.

Prismatica was designed with winter in mind. “We wanted to contribute an installation that was immersive, yet inviting. We wanted people to play around, have fun and, in doing so, forget…

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Seoul-based artist and photographer Sarah DeRemer playfully combines different species of animals to form unique hybrid creatures. Using photos of cuddly kittens and adorable monkeys, she seamlessly fuses the two in a series called Mittens (monkey kittens). The results are fantastical and natural-looking portraits of something that we’ve never seen before.

If you weren’t ever told that these cute creatures didn’t exist, then you might not ever realize it. DeRemer shows off her skills by expertly blending the colors and fur from both animals so that there's no indication of where the kitten ends and the monkey begins. Although we know these combinations are fake, she’s able to trick us, if only for a second, into thinking that they’re real!

DeRemer writes to her Facebook fans, “Since it’s getting cold out, I made you all some Mittens!” Of…

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Lovely Rainy Day Photos That Look Like Oil Paintings

Eduard Gordeev’s cityscape scenes distinctly capture the moody ambiance of dark skies and rain-soaked streets. The St. Petersburg-based photographer often features widely recognized Russian landmarks viewed through windowpanes as raindrops streak down the glass. As the rain smears colors and diffuses light, the photos nearly take on the quality of impressionist oil paintings.

Eduard Gordeev's website
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The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has just released a vivid, high-resolution interactive map charting Earth's plant life. Utilizing a year's worth of data, which amounts to over 100 terabytes, collected from NASA's Suomi NPP Satellite, the rendering offers an extraordinarily detailed look at where the planet's highest (and lowest) concentrations of vegetation can be found. From a view of the whole planet, you can see wide swaths of green forests and sandy expanses of desert, while zooming in reveals the fine, vein-like channels of rivers and patches of plant-sparse urban areas.

The satellite, which makes 14 complete orbits per day, gauges the amount of plant matter on the planet's surface by using infrared, microwave, and radiometric…

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The French design firm Beau et Bien has produced this eerily captivating floating chandelier. The piece, known as Wersailles, features 91 porcelain candles hanging down as far as 10 feet from the top anchor point. With the help of a round mirror mounted directly overhead, the candles give off a hauntingly soft light from from their diffused LED bulbs. Beau et Bien designed the piece to embody an aesthetic that seamlessly combines traditional French luxury decor, influenced by Louis XIV, and contemporary minimalist simplicity. Along with this keen eye for elegance and style, the team also strives to create lighting with low environmental impact. The result is a truly entrancing and radiant centerpiece.

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Abandoned Hubcaps Transform into Amazing Animal Sculptures

For over twelve years now, Brighton, UK-based artist Ptolemy Elrington has been morphing discarded hubcaps into amazing animal sculptures. While most of us see hubcaps as just replaceable car accessories, Elrington sees them as art, taking these scraps of metal and forming them into everything from a fish and birds, to a shark and dragons. "'I like to work with reclaimed materials to show that what is one person's junk is another man's treasure," he told The Daily Mail. Hubcaps that have emblems of them, of their long lost cars, such as BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volvo often find new life in his work. (Check out the birds' eyes.)

His greatest challenge is to work with scale. As he tells us,…

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World Leaders Hilariously Re-Imagined as Hipsters

In his original painting series, designer Amit Shimoni’s Hipstory portraits re-imagine iconic world leaders as members of the youthful hipster subculture. The subjects are seen against solid pastel backgrounds with classic facial features and expressions that distinguish the historical figures. But in place of power suits, expensive haircuts and clean-shaven faces, Shimoni’s world leaders sport piercings, mustaches and edgy, youthful attire.

As such, Abraham Lincoln appears smug in a purple velour blazer with a gold chain and gold hoop earring. Nelson Mandela grins with a flattop haircut and island-patterned varsity jacket. Margaret Thatcher models a sheer tank, stacked necklaces and flyback hair that defies mainstream values.

The Hipstory series gives viewers a valuable opportunity to remember world leaders and their contributions…

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