I wanted to stop and thank you all for coming into My Modern Met in August, all 1.4 million of you! You came in droves looking for creative inspiration and we hope you found it. To wrap up the blockbuster month, our biggest yet, here are My Modern Met's top ten posts you visited the most.
(You can click on each post's corresponding picture to dive a little deeper.)
10) Awesome Above-Ground Outdoor Pool
Designed by Andres Remy Architects, this modern above-ground outdoor pool in Devoto, Argentina is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen! When planning the placement of the swimming pool, the architects studied the path of the sun carefully. The pool is elevated from the ground creating a glass wall that allows views from within and outside. Even people inside the house can see the action in the pool while lounging on the sofa. This project does a phenomenal job combining the best of both worlds: the natural and urban landscape.
9) Painting Intoxicated at 100 MPH
It's almost as if Alexandra Pacula paints what she sees while driving drunk at 100 mph. "My work investigates a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife," says the New York-based artist born in Poland.
8) Audrey Kawasaki's Creative Workspace
Audrey Kawasaki just released some in-progress teaser pics of her preparing for her first solo show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY this coming Saturday. The show title Hajimari means beginning in Japanese, and is a word often used in the introduction of a story. Not only am I in awe at how breathtakingly beautiful her new work is, I love how Audrey has given us an intimate look at her workspace.
7) A-List Actors in Their Element - Sam Jones
Take a close look at the photos by Sam Jones and you'll notice a common theme. Each of these major movie stars are posing as if they're part of a scene. Whether it's Steve Carell trying to stand inconspicuously in his patterned suit or it's Steve Martin walking nonchalantly through a mine of banana peels, these actors agreed to create a story for a single snapshot. What Sam Jones does so well is captures these actors in a raw and real way. He brings out their God given personalities and makes them shine.
6) Top 12 Banksy Pieces of 2010
To promote the film, Banksy went into super-overdrive and attacked city walls across North America like there was no tomorrow. The result is an incredible collection of thought-provoking, clever work that only the brilliant Banksy could come up with. Here are Banksy's top 12 masterpieces of 2010.
5) The Namib Desert Indoors
Inspired by an article he read about abandoned diamond mines in Namibia, photographer Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés wanted to learn more. In his magazine he had only stumbled across one picture of Kolmanskop, a now ghost town in southern Namibia that had once been a rich mining village. Online he found a treasure trove of interesting photos and at that moment promised himself that he would one day experience the Namib desert for himself. He would see with his very own eyes how the desert sands' had reclaimed its space.
4) Mayhem at Maho Beach
Photographer Thomas Prior takes us inside the mayhem and chaos at St. Maarten's Maho Beach. With an international airport situated immediately adjacent to it, Maho Beach is the perfect place to watch low-flying aircraft on their final approach. That is, if you're more interested in plane spotting than tanning. Lucky for us, daily arrivals and departures times are displayed on boards by the beach, so we can easily plan our adventures, accordingly.
3) Where Science, Art and Photography Intersect
Caleb Charland demonstrates lessons in physics and mathematics with his mind-blowing photography. Inspired by children's books of science experiments, he photographs everyday objects (like matches, pens and mirrors) in ways we've never imagined, often using multiple exposures to tell the story.
2) 22 Incredible Photos of Faraway Places
Looking through his large body of work, we get to experience fantastic faraway places we can only dream about visiting. It's in his incredible photos that we feel connected to the world at large, appreciating our similarities and our differences, our cultures and our histories, and our past and our present in a truly unique and everlasting way.
1) The Ghosts of World War II's Past
Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive. Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way.
Which one was your favorite?