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Illustrator Ben Chen's dark sense of humor and love of pop culture result in incredibly imaginative and clever illustrations. Chen, whose work we've previously shared, creates digital artworks that are filled with bold color schemes, cartoonish flair, playful twists, and an often morbid hilarity.

The unique illustrations offer a fresh and comical look at familiar situations, often combining characters from different movies, TV shows, and video games. Garfield the cat meets the Godfather in one unexpectedly brilliant, pop culture mashup. Other illustrations, such as the one depicting frogs exacting their revenge by dissecting humans, take a conventional premise, only to turn it completely on its head.

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How different can someone appear if you simply change the way that you’d normally look at them? Cape Town-based photographer Anelia Loubser explores this idea in her series Alienation, which is a collection of portraits that capture people turned upside down. The black and white photographs are zoomed in and show us crystal-clear depictions of the eyes, foreheads, and hair in ways that we aren’t used to seeing.

With this slight shift, Loubser creates entirely new faces that are uniquely strange yet oddly familiar because of their human features; a quick glance could make it seem as if these pictures are of alien beings. It results in a beautifully eerie set of images that are wonderfully expressive thanks to forehead wrinkles and arresting sets of eyes. We’re able to appreciate how small changes in our vantage point can produce completely new, interesting compositions…

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Three years ago, the artist Pejac lived in a house with a lot of windows located in Valencia, Spain. He didn’t have any curtains hung, but used the crystal-clear view of apartment buildings and a security camera to experiment with paper and acrylic works on glass. Pejac's lack of privacy coupled with ample sunlight resulted in simple silhouetted pieces that play with scale and his surrounding urban landscape.

Although the artist is recognized for his outdoor street art, we can’t help but be captivated by these smaller, more intimate works. They cleverly integrate figures in situations that we’d never imagine anyone to be: standing on the top of a very tall and thin pole, swinging off a building’s roof, and fishing for birds flying in mid air. At first glance, these…

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Canadian photographer Christopher Moloney brings the magic of cinema to life with FILMography, an ongoing art project that matches scenes from movies with their real-life, present-day locations. After printing out a black-and-white still from a film, Moloney holds up the print and snaps a photo of it aligned perfectly with the actual building, street, or or landmark behind it.

The stark juxtaposition of the movie still and the real-life location not only emphasizes the passage of time since the scene was filmed, but also calls attention to the astonishing fact that such ordinary places have been traversed by the likes of Anne Hathaway and Tom Hanks.

Since we last shared FILMography in 2012, Moloney has ventured beyond the iconic…

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Enchanting Surreal Photographs by Kylli Sparre

Photographer Kylli Sparre draws upon her background in dance to create elegant narratives that feel like scenes right out of a dream. The artist uses image manipulation to merge graceful figures with surreal backgrounds. The intriguing compositions are filled with a powerful energy that radiates with emotion.

Through her rich imagination, Sparre produces enchanting moments where feminine forms are the delicate central focus of the mind-bending scenes. Sparre has such a wide range of distinctly fantastic work that it's impossible to know what to expect next from the talented artist. Each composition will take viewers on a journey into a world of imagination.

"I never realized that I am inspired by dance until people started telling me that. So it is unconscious. Now I see that it influences the way I see the lines of a body and the movement [that] I am drawn to," says…

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One of the most LOL-worthy corners of the internet is undoubtedly the subreddit Photoshop Battles, which is described as "a place to have fun with everyone's favorite graphic software." In an amusing example of a typical PsBattle, a Reddit user recently challenged fellow Redditors to create Photoshopped variations of the same image of an old woman using a puppet of herself to feed a squirrel. As one might imagine, the results are absolutely hilarious.

Some users chose to play around with the subjects of the photo, switching the old lady, the puppet, the squirrel, or even the bystander with each other. Others, inspired by the aesthetic of films like Pirates of the Caribbean or Michael Bay…

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Marriage proposals can be scary, even if you know that the other person will say yes. How and where you’ll ask is always a factor, as well as where to hide the ring. After all, it’d be tragic if it were discovered beforehand. A slimline engagement ring box called Clifton solves this potential problem. Designed by Andrew Zo, it’s no bigger than the size of a wallet and slides into your pocket with ease. Plus, when you open the Clifton, the ring does more than just appear - it pirouettes into position. This is because a pop-up mechanism is meant to present the ring as if it’s a blooming flower.

Zo is a packaging designer by trade, and he first began developing Clifton as a student at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. He built a paper-based proof of concept in 2011 and over the past three years has refined it into the leather-bound product that we see…

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Last Sunday, 34-year-old Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman triathlon, thanks to his own determination and the tremendous love and support of his twin brother, Steen. Using special equipment, Steen swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a rubber raft, biked 112 miles with his brother seated in front of him, and ran 26.2 miles while pushing Peder in a wheelchair across hilly terrain. It took the incredible duo 15 hours, 32 minutes, and 48 seconds to complete the grueling KMD Ironman Copenhagen Challenge, but they finally crossed the finish line together amidst the bright lights and loud cheers of spectators close to midnight on August 24.

The twins, who call themselves Team Tvilling ("Team Twin" in Danish), were born three months premature and weighing only 2.6 pounds each in 1980. Peder, who suffered a lack of oxygen that…

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Reddit user meancloth recently saw the image of his wife’s latest ultrasound, which would no doubt be a touching sight for any parent-to-be. But, one small thing made it even better. Their baby boy was giving a thumbs up! You can clearly see in the hilarious photo that he’s saying that he “approves” of the ultrasound.

Since meancloth posted the picture on Reddit a mere few days ago, it’s gotten a massive 2.25 million views. The unusual and amusing gesture makes the baby Internet-famous before he’s even born. The little guy won’t be alone, though. If you notice in the top left corner, it says “Baby A,” which means he’s going to be a twin.

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Artist Anoka Faruqee accomplishes impressive illusions of movement in her series of Moiré paintings. She uses a notched, comb-like trowel to produce the graphic, abstract lines that overlap in unexpected patterns, taking special care to select acrylic colors that will blend well together on the linen panels.

Though each final product seems like it could be experimental in nature, there is a sense of order within the seeming disorder. The paths of paint follow purposeful arrangements through which the eye will wander. Faruqee avoids perfection, though, allowing a slip of the hand or an untaped edge to create unique flaws within the final product.

Faruqee explains, "While optical painters have sometimes eliminated such 'imperfections' as visual distractions, these physical 'slips' can rather augment the optical when used pointedly."…

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A Quiet Day in Wonderland by Nikita Gill

London-based photographer and digital artist, Nikita Gill, transports viewers to a picturesque world that totters the boundary between reality and fantasy. A Quiet Day in Wonderland, Gill's whimsical series, revolves around the course of a day in the mythical land, and beautifully merges photography with art using her incredible editing skills, and vigilant attention to detail.

Heavily saturated in complimentary colors that paints epic landscapes, Gill’s photo manipulations showcase tranquil early dawns and hushed nights, with imagery of solitude and reflection. Her use of silhouettes and natural scenery, adds a peaceful and mysterious aura to her photographs. Gill states that she, “enjoys the tiny things in life and loves to build stories around them.”…

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The LEAF kitchen by Dutch company Culimaat High End Kitchens is a modern room that’s inspired by nature. Its clean, minimalist aesthetic is accented by the stunning island in the center. Designers didn’t follow conventional geometric forms and instead opted for a rounded, organic shape that, in certain angles, seems to flow from the ground.

Although the kitchen might look like it’s lacking in features, it’s actually well-equipped with a complete set of modern appliances. The design cleverly hides them when not in use but they’re still within an arm’s reach. Storage space was created in the wall units, and it’s where the oven, steamer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and wine cooler are also installed.

To construct LEAF, Culimaat used a material called HI-MACS, which is a smooth, non-porous acrylic stone that’s heat resistant; it made the graceful curves of the kitchen island…

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Soheyl Bastami is an Iranian sculptor who creates work out of everything from sand to iron and wood. One of his more recent pieces, Extreme, is an elaborate sculpture in which Bastami welded metal parts together into an elaborate and elegantly crafted curved structure that stands approximately 2.2 feet x 1 foot x 1 foot.

The elegant piece is a combination of complex gears entwined into one simple and meditative form. Viewers are immediately invited to contemplate the relationship between the soft, slouching human figure, perched precariously on the top edge, as it relates to the hard, rigid materials of the machine. By creating the strong juxtaposition between the human and the unique arrangement that supports the figure, Bastami has constructed a poetic commentary on how the modern world has become quite reliant upon machines.…

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This playful collection of photographs features one man's view from the inside of a tent. Simply called Morning Views From the Tent, the inspirational travel series was created by photographer Oleg Grigoryev. Each image offers a unique glimpse of the Tajikistan landscape from the eyes of an adventurer traveling through the Fann Mountains.

In the compositions, the photographer's legs lead us forward, through the rounded entryway of each tent, and outward towards the stunning scenery. Other tents, supplies, backpacks, and shoes are scattered throughout the foreground which creates a sense of human presence among the breathtaking views. The bright and colorful tents uniquely frame the scenes and invite viewers to be swept away by the photographs as if we, too, are witnessing the dazzling natural beauty in person.…

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Trevor Christensen’s series titled Nude Portraits might sound provocative, but in actuality there aren’t any naked people featured in it. The Utah-based photographer is the one who’s nude, and the images he captures are of his subjects’ reactions to his clothingless body. It’s not a trick or a surprise to them, and Christensen speaks to each person beforehand and explains what’s about to go on. But, even with the knowledge that he’ll be naked, the reactions are priceless.

In an interview with Utah Public Radio, Christensen talks about the idea behind his series; it’s meant to examine the relationship between the photographer and subject. “When I’m taking someone’s picture, often it puts them in a very vulnerable position,” he said. “I think that power dynamic is really…

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Kathy Knaus has recently been discovered for her creative capabilities with cakes. She designs everything from sugary sushi rolls to a scaled-down fashion studio, but her most exceptional work is her multi-tiered library cake. In this fabulous creation, Knaus has hand-designed the interior section of a public library.

The miniature display features a tiny table, with two gumdrop reading lamps, and a small chair placed directly in front of rows and rows of books. A model globe sits on the main level with a rickety ladder that leads up to the second floor, and the shelves on both levels are stocked full of colorful book covers. Knaus paid careful attention to every detail, including the bricks on the exterior of the building as well as the tiles on the floor of the interior space. The design is almost too fantastic to actually eat!

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These days, finding a message in a bottle seems like something out of a storybook. But this heartwarming tale is a real life experience that took place just recently along the shores of California. While some friends were fishing, they came upon a glass bottle that had washed up on the sand. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that it had a message sealed inside.

Finding that the bottle was tightly sealed, the friends used a pocket knife corkscrew to open the container. Upon unrolling the laminated, sealed message, they discovered a photo and a note from a family who had recently suffered the loss of a beloved family member, Mel. According to the short story on the page, Mel had a love for the ocean and so, after he passed, the family wanted him to continue his journey through the sea. They wrote down a brief summary of his life and placed it, along with a family photograph, into the…

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On August 24th, Patrick the Australian common wombat celebrated his 29th birthday. While that might not sound that old, this occasion means that the adorable marsupial is the oldest living wombat in the world. Patrick has been at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria since 1986 and garnered much attention since that time.

A wombat’s life expectancy is between 15 and 20 years old. In the wild, they fall prey to predators, bushfires, or end up as roadkill, but in captivity they generally live longer. The oldest wombat ever recorded was 34-years-old, so Patrick has six more years until he breaks the world record.

Patrick was found as a baby on the roadside after his mother was killed by a car. Ballarat’s managing director, Greg Parker, remembers it clearly, stating, “He was a rascal then. Once he was in the car and climbed over to the driver’s side, putting the car in…

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Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.

Payne uses long exposures and composites to illuminate the dark night skies and to capture the motion of the stars in visually stunning compositions. His work encourages viewers to stop and take a moment to appreciate the natural wonders of our world in ways that can't be captured with the naked eye.

"Through wilderness exploration I have developed a unique vision for the otherwise mundane in our day-to-day life," explains Payne. "My hope is that my life-long passion for the wilderness and exploration will continue to bring me to some of the world’s most amazing places so I can continue to share my vision of…

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Photographer Sage Sohier captures a unique kind of portrait that will tug at your heart. For her series, About Face, the artist spent three years documenting people with various stages of facial paralysis due to many causes including Bell's palsy, tumors, strokes, accidents, and congenital nerve damage.

Sohier generally photographed the subjects against a neutral background around the beginning of treatment and then followed the patients' progress over time. Her intentions with the project were to tell the patients' stories by creating a captivating portrait that is both visually appealing and psychologically powerful. The artist believes that, when viewing someone with a partial facial paralysis, we are in effect looking at…

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