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Portraits of Children Around the World and Where They Sleep



Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where Children Sleep is an eye-opening project by photographer James Mollison that takes a look at children from all across the globe and the diverse environments they go to sleep in. The series presents a portrait of each child or adolescent accompanied by a shot of their bedrooms. While some have a bounty of possessions and a lavish bed to rest their head on at night, the images reveal that some are not as fortunate.

Mollison gives an intimate perspective of these children, offering some sense of their lifestyle through their personal bedroom. At times, though, it can be difficult to even refer to the space they sleep in as a bedroom as there is no actual bed. In the case of Bilal, a 6-year-old Bedouin shepherd boy, the young boy is left to sleep “outdoors with his father’s herd of goats.” Alternatively, 4-year-old Kaya in Tokyo is adorned in frilly dresses that her mother spends $1,000 on every month, which is reflected in the abundance of toys and luxury items that fill her room.

The series is currently available as a photo essay and fine art book that offers a variety of lifestyles, as seen through the portraits of children and their bedrooms.

Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil

Alyssa, 8, Harlan County, USA

Li, 10, Beijing, China

Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank

Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Jaime, 9, New York, USA

Ryuta 10, Tokyo, Japan

Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya

Kana,16, Tokyo, Japan



The World’s Most Vandalized Landmarks

Jim Morrison’s Grave – Paris, France

Jim Morrison's grave Paris

One of the founding member’s of rock music’s “27 club“, Jim Morrison of The Doors was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris after his untimely death due to a drug overdose on July 3rd, 1971.

Jim Morrison's grave graffiti Paris

Jim Morrison's grave Paris

The bust was stolen in 1988.

The Seattle Gum Wall – Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle Gum Wall

This is just gross.

Fremont Troll – Seattle, WA, USA

Fremont Troll graffiti vandalism

Paris Catacombs – under Paris, France

Paris Catacombs graffiti

HOLLYWOOD Sign – California, USA

HOLLYWOOD sign vandalism

Cadillac Ranch – near Amarillo, TX, USA

Cadillac Ranch Texas graffiti

The Little Mermaid – Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid vandalism

Fish Rocks – Trona, CA, USA

Fish Rocks Trona

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Artist Uses Perspective, Miniature Car Models To Create Realistic Photos

Michael Paul Smith is the perfect example of an artist with a passion for what he does. For the last 25 years, he has spent some of his spare and much of his professional time making miniature models and photographing them, creating a gallery of vintage car photographs from a fictional 1950s American town called Elgin Park.

As a professional model maker, Smith’s models are detailed enough to withstand the scrutiny of close-up photography. Smith places them in miniature dioramas and uses forced perspective to make parts of the real world lend his pictures additional realism. The result is a quirky sort of historical fiction – faithfully and authentically reproduced scenes from a small American town that never actually happened (but could have).

What’s also great about his Elgin Park collection is that the magician is willing to reveal his secrets. Smith’s Flickr gallery often pairs his brilliant illusions with a picture that breaks their carefully arranged perspective and reveals how he managed to blend reality and his imagined history. His pictures are an excellent example of how art can be used to fool the eyes.

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Portraits of Musicians Painted Directly onto Vinyl Records

Daniel Edlen is an American artist best known for his ongoing series of vinyl artworks. Using white acrylic paint and a unique style of pointillism, Edlen paints amazingly realistic portraits of musicians directly onto vinyl records.

Edlen, whose favourite band is the Beatles and favourite album is After Bathing at Baxter’s by Jefferson Airplane, says about music:

“Music has always been a big part of my identity. It’s an important language along with words and images to communicate with the rest of humanity. Think about what your parents sang to you as a baby, what you and your friends danced to after school, what stirs your emotions at weddings or sports games… even what you might have playing in the background now.”

For those wondering if the record is still playable, the answer is no 🙂 The painted side would definitely harm your needle and is not recommended. Edlen says he tries to source records that are, ‘already damaged to the point they might be thrown away.’

You can find current vinyl artworks for sale on Square Market. If you’re interested in having a vinyl artwork of your favourite artist commissioned, the cost is $280 + shipping for a single framed portrait. Contact information can be found at vinylart.info

John Coltrane


B.B. King


Freddie Mercury




Stevie Wonder


Amy Winehouse


Bob Dylan


Eric Clapton


Ray Charles


John Lennon



Found on: Twisted Sifter

2013 Beard and Mustache Championships

Just a few weeks ago, men flocked to the 2013 Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans boasting all kinds of wild styles ranging from full beards to thin Dali mustaches. Along with the participants, Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson also traveled there in order to document the spectacle of colors, styles, curls, twists, and braids throughout the competition. This extensive series of portraits features a wide range of dynamic personalities conveyed through each image.

Found on: My Modern Met

The Water Tower

The artist Tom Fruin has built this water tower made of colored plexiglas in Brooklyn. The strange structure is a tribute to New York and the “water towers” that adorn the roof of its buildings. An original way to redesign an iconic part of the city using a technique reminding us the stained glasses.







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Some of Burning Mans Amazing Art Installations

Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane, 2010

Photo by: John Curley

This unique modern steel sculpture reaches 40 feet into the heavens and challenges all past engineering feats and techniques seen in previous years. The dancing lady has been crafted to celebrate humanity, feminine beauty, and the power that can be harnessed when there is balance on our earth.


Crude Awakening by Dan Das Mann, Karen Cusolito, Black Rock FX, Pyrokinetics, Nate Smith, Mark Perez, and MonkeyBoy, 2007

Photo by I Love Trees

Like the majority of American political projects, this creation is laced in controversy. The main theme of this installation was to envisage the downfall of the US Empire and fossil-fueled civilization. What better way to do that than with 900 gallons of jet fuel and 2,000 gallons of liquid propane? The installation was split into three parts: construction, destruction, and rebirth. In the beginning the constructors erected a 90ft oil derrick with stairs to the clouds, dominating the Playa’s southern skyline. Nine figurative steel sculptures, weighing 7 tons each and standing 30′ tall surrounded, the derrick.


The EGO Project by Laura Kimpton and Michael Garlington, 2012

Photo by: Bexx Brown-Spinelli

A small word with big connotations, it’s the simpler structures that really speak to me. Perhaps this is because, like me, Laura is dyslexic. This just goes to show the beautiful things people with this frustrating life hiccup can achieve — I may, however, have written “OGE.” The EGO Project introduces Laura Kimpton’s collaboration with Michael Garlington in the newest addition to Kimpton’s Burning Man Word Series. Each letter stands 20ft tall, 10ft wide, and 4ft deep, guilded with 10,000 gold trophies. Simple, clear, poignant.

The Temple of Stars by David Best and the Temple Crew, 2004

Photo by: eddy13

Temple of Stars arcs a quarter mile across the Playa, inspired by Japanese sculptural landscapes. The 100ft structure hold a system of paths that connect to smaller temples along the cardinal points, not to mention bridges, fabricated gardens, and benches placed throughout for participants to reflect.

Balloon Chain by Robert Bose, 2012

Photo by: Wolfram Burner

This may be my favorite installation over the years. No, it’s not breathing fire or reaching tangled metalwork towards the sun, but it has an essence of simplicity about it that I find enduringly calming. The helium-filled balloons wander through the sky, day and night.

The Man, 2009

Photo by: Michael Holden

I didn’t think it fitting to do this rundown without putting the spotlight on the magnificent Man himself.

The Temple of Transition by Chris Hankins, Diarmaid Horkan, and the International Art Megacrew, Reno, NV, Dublin, Ireland, and Aukland, NZ, 2011

Photo by: Michael Holden

It took a crew of over 150 people from around the world — most based in Reno; New Zealand; Vancouver, BC; and Ireland — converging in the Black Rock Desert to build this outstanding structure. Standing as the 5th-tallest wooden construction in the world at 126ft, the tiered, hexagonal central tower is surrounded by five 58ft tiered, hexagonal towers. Like the other temple installations featured here, The Temple of Transition offers a peaceful, contemplative, and deeply emotional space.

Duel Nature by Kate Raudenbush, 2006

Photo by:John Curley

The theme for the 2006 event was “Hope and Fear: The Future.” Raudenbush responded to the theme with this sculpture. Always one to pose questions with her art, Raudenbush remarked, “My response to both hope and fear was the same thing — the human race. How do you create a sculpture about the dichotomy of human nature? What’s the one thing that bonds us all together?” She answers her own question through this installation — can you guess what it is?

Key Note by Michael Christian, 2009

Photo by:William Neuheisel

Michael Christian makes the kind of art that resonates with everyone. Key Note is my favorite large structure of the decade. It’s made entirely from locks — all kinds of locks, from bike locks to padlocks. I can only image seeing this eerie man come into sight through the dust storms, dragging the large key behind him. Michael states that the man is in search of another key, the right key, a paradox of life as we know it.

Steampunk Treehouse by Sean Orlando and Steampunk Crew, 2007

Photo by: Dana Robinson

Steampunk invite you to imagine a future without trees – wiped out almost entirely by the Western sense of superiority, modernity, and greed. The treehouse stands as a message that humans must conceive life’s meaning in very different, plant-respectful ways. The lofty structure consists of a fabricated steel tree with a house perched atop its branches. The house, 20 feet off the ground, accommodates 40 people and is accessible via a ladder system on the interior of the trunk.

Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross, 2006

Photo by: Russ Atkinson

Big Rig Jig gathered a massive throng of eager Burners not only because of its poetic name, but because it is constructed from two giant tanker trucks, curving around each other while balancing on the Playa.

The Temple of Juno by David Best, 2012

Photo by: Peretz Partensky

Temples become a space of solitude and spiritual refuge at this festival. The theme of the 2012 Burning Man event was ‘Fertility 2.0.’ The name for the temple was inspired by the Roman goddess Juno, who has many epithets: the deity of fertility, a warrior protectress of women, and a guardian of marriages. Although this temple, like the many before it, opened a space for mourning, it also offered a vicinity for people to celebrate love and trust. On its final night, before burning, the temple held an exhibition of memorials, secret messages, and mementos, gifts from festival participants.

BELIEVE by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg, 2013

Photo by: Ross Borden

Famous for their <href=”#1″>Big Words series at the festival, the duo’s installation yet again drew the crowds this year, becoming one of the most photographed of the installations. ‘Believe’ enticed onlookers to contemplate what they believe and how their beliefs effect the lives of others on the planet.

The Man, Theme Cargo Cult, 2013

Neil Girling

Almost 70,000 people flocked to Burning Man this year under theme of “Cargo Cult.” Here’s some background on the idea.

HELIX by Charles Gadeken, 2013

Photo by: Bexx Brown-Spinelli

The Bay area artist Charlie Gaedeken is renowned for his metal-and-fire installations. This 20-foot-tall metal tree rises from the barren Black Rock Desert floor. Its branches twist, intertwining in spinning orbs of flames, twinkling like clusters of stars in the night sky. The installation gave the illusion the tree was bathing in a pool of light. More than a work for art, this experience had Burners commenting that the encounter was out of this world, as if they had been transported to another galaxy.

Read an interview with Gaedeken at Ignite Me.

Coyote by Bryan Bedrock, 2013

Photo by: dvsross

Burners can mount the structure, which stands 25 feet tall and 24 feet wide, while its kinetic head is able to 360 degrees.

Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane, 2013

Photo by: Meg Lauber

Marco Cochrane gives us another installment in his monumental sculptures inspired by singer and dancer Deja Solis. Since Bliss Dance in 2010, Burners have been treated to Cochrane’s expression of womanhood, and the promotion of female rights and humanity.

Xylophage by Flaming Lotus Girls, 2013

Photo by: matt

Xylophage is a monumental structure, constructed of metal, wood, fire, light, and sound. Never a team to disappoint, the Flaming Lotus Girls again offer Burners an opportunity to engage and interact with their experiential art. The artists state: “The sculpture revels in the beauty of fungi and the critical role they play on this planet by capturing the eternal cycle of decomposition, renewal, and rebirth.”

Homouroboros, Tantalus by Peter Hudson, 2013

Photo by: Bexx Brown-Spinelli

The Monkeys are back by popular demand this year, and instead of bikes to make the carousel spin, Burners (with no instructions) had to figure out that they would need to beat the drums beneath the monkeys in unison to make them go. These guys (pictured) are going to need more people!

Church Trap by Rebekah Waites, 2013

Photo by: Neil Girling

A decaying church, propped up like a box trap…need we say more?

Pier 2 by Matt Schultz and The Pier Group, 2012

Photo by: Arno Gourdol

The Pier group braves the Playa for a second year constructing a shipwreck 60 feet long, 20 feet tall at the tip of its keel, and 12 feet wide. Lucky participants had the opportunity to explore the three levels of the ship’s interior (Hull, Crew Deck, Main Deck). A Pier team member said:

“The Pier resonated with people because it was a launchpad for imagination, it was a destination that was easily accessible, simple, a place where anyone could go and share in an imagined sense of nostalgia. How can we capture this sense of wonder and play and build on it? Like a ship out of the fog it came to us. Let’s ram a massive full scale Spanish galleon into the end of The Pier.”

Why not?

Fire of Fires Temple by David Umlas, Marrilee Ratcliffe, Community Art Makers, 2009

Photo by: Lorenzo Tlacaelel

Drawing inspiration from India, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, the Temple centers on the element of fire. Encased in 32 vertical feet of clear Polycarbonate sheeting, 12 gas lamps come alive as a tornado of flame ignites during interaction with the wooden Temple.

See more artworks here…

via: Matador Network

Abandoned Amusement Parks

Continuing his series on abandoned places, it is now the deserted amusement parks Francesco Mugnailaunches into. He has traveled around the world and photographs, with nostalgia, these places once devoted to entertainment and now faded, on which nature has claimed back its rights. A great series to discover.





































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Manhattan Inside the Grand Canyon

At the end of 2012, Swiss photographer Gus Petro traveled to the United States. On his trip he visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona. 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and over 6,000 ft (1,800 m) deep, it is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

In a series entitled Empty, Petro captured the vastness of the mighty canyon.

From the emptiness of the Grand Canyon, Petro then journeyed north to the metropolis of New York City. There he captured the density of a major urban center in the aptly titled series, Dense.

The contrast of the two locations struck Petro, and he wondered what it would look like if he combined the opposite forces. In a final series entitled Merge, Petro brought together the feelings of emptiness and density he experienced on his trip.

via: Twisted Sifter

Five Mind-Blowing Charts on the War on Pot

Thanks to the citizens of Colorado and Washington, the tide is turning in the War on Pot. But the true toll of marijuana prohibition has been little studied – and poorly understood. A blockbuster report from the ACLU lays out the scope, the costs and the targets of this war in stunning detail. Here are five unforgettable charts from “The War on Marijuana in Black and White”:

1) Over the last two decades, marijuana possession arrests have soared by 193 percent to 784,021 in 2010. They now account for nearly half of all drug arrests in the country.

Percentage of All Drug Arrests That Were for Marijuana Posession
Courtesy ACLU

2) New York and Texas top the nation in making marijuana arrests – 97 percent of which are for simple possession.

States with Highest Number of Arrests for Marijuana possession
Courtesy ACLU

3) The United States wasted a collective $3.6 billion on marijuana possession enforcement in 2010, led by the nation’s capital, where the per-capita cost of pot prohibition is greater than $40 a year.

States That Spend the Most Per Capita on Marijuana Possession Enforcement

Courtesy ACLU

4) Marijuana consumption has remained stable in the last decade, and there is no meaningful disparity in the rates that black and white Americans smoke pot.

Marijuana Used by Race
Courtesy ACLU

5) The racial disparity in arrest rates for marijuana possession, however, ought to shock the conscience of every American.

Arrest Rates For Marijuana Possession by Race

via: Rolling Stone