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Behind Photographs

Tim Mantoani, a US photographer has taken pictures of the photographers behind their infamous photos. The end result was a book called “Behind Photographs.” Here are a few on these photos.

 

 

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Polar bear in London

Early morning commuters and joggers where accompanied this morning by a polar bear. This 8ft long, fully animated ‘adult male polar bear’ was seen casually strolling through the capital to mark the launch of Sky Atlantic’s hotly anticipated arctic crime drama ‘Fortitude’.

The highly sophisticated prop uses internal monitors linked to hidden cameras, allowing the two performers (The puppeteers of ‘Joey’ in West End production of War Horse)  to see making it possible to react to a passerby.

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Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.How It Works: A blind person requests assistance in the Be My Eyes app. The challenge that he/she needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to navigating new surroundings.

The volunteer helper receives a notification for help and a live video connection is established. From the live video the volunteer can help the blind person by answering the question they need answered.

Download the App here

Be My Eyes is a non-profit organisation, and exists solely to help make a difference to the lives of blind people.

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Chrome Dog Mural

In an effort to raise money for a magnet program for the arts, local and international street artists and muralists have used Jose de Diego Middle School in the Wynwood Arts District as their canvas. One of the most impressive in my view is from street artist Bik Ismo, he created this fantastic metallic dog mural. The dog took four days to  complete and was created entirely with spray paint, successfully reflecting objects from the surrounding area.

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Street Pong

StreetPong is an interactive game of pong installed at a street crossing that allows you to play opponents waiting on the other side. After two years of waiting, the game units have been designed and approved for use by the city of Hildesheim, Germany. Rebranded as the ActiWait, the devices aren’t just a clever way to pass the time while waiting for cars, hopefully they help stop impatient pedestrians from crossing on red. 

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Step in advert

The billboard shows the silhouettes of an adult man and a child that he’s threatening with a bottle in his hand. A nearby light makes a passersby part of the advert, making their silhouette stand in the middle of the man and boy giving them a symbolic nudge to step in and prevent or report real-life incidents of child abuse. With the message  “Child abuse, you can prevent it.” When a passer-by decides to step into the scene, a superhero-like logo appears on his or her shadow with an emergency number and the message: “Report to become a hero for children.

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Circular Keyboard

Lady Gaga’s lead keyboardist Brockett Parsons and his team of helpers created this circular Piano Arc keyboard (aka the “Brockettship”) by joining three keyboards into one. Creating a keyboard that has 294 keys and one 30-note control section, and 3 pitch bends/mods per full keyboard section.

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Advert Mashup

Brazilian design and animation studio Lobo has packed five decades of iconic adverts into a short, surreal mashup promoting the 2015 D&AD Professional Awards. It wont be to everyone taste, but it is worth a watch.

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Pantone Pairings

Art director David Schwen has created recreations of Pantone colour swatches using food. Instead of combining commonly paired colours, his images show the colours of commonly paired foods.

View more of Schwen's work and buy prints here.

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John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014

Now an annual event which we all look out for as a mark to the start Christmas celebrations, the new John Lewis Christmas advert is out today! The new £1m advert is a sequel to last year's equally heart-rending "The Bear and the Hare". However this year it is all about a penguin called Monty who is sad because he wants a special friend. (I won't ruin the ending for you, you can watch it yourself below.) But let's just say we can now all officially get excited about Christmas - John Lewis has said so!

Let the count down start for the infamous Coke advert!

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Gravity Glue

Artist and photographer Michael Grab is a master of stone balancing. Just by using patience, adaptation, slow-breathing, steady hands and gravity as his glue, Grab has created some truly amazing structures.

View more of his work on his website

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Pumpkin carving

Im sure we all spent some of our weekend either craving pumpkins or admiring other peoples attempts at this Halloween tradition. However I would bet money that they are no where near as impressive as  Jon Neill's pumpkins. Jon Neill is a professional pumpkin carver from southern California. Jon travels around America carving pumpkins of all sizes for corporate and private events.

See more of his craving on his website

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Beatboxing Album covers

This music video is the work of innovative Israeli director Vania Heymann, for Israeli artist Roy Kafri.

Heymann has made it look as if artisits on iconic album covers are beatboxing along to Kafri’s song.

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Touchable Memories

Developed by LOLAfor the Singapore-based company Pirate3D. By reproducing photographs as 3D sculptures or reliefs you are reopening these memories to the blind. Blind people can’t remember all of the details in photos, which can make visual memories fade over time.

They have also created 3D versions of album covers.

 

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“Sharpens”

Dalton Ghetti, a 49 year old carpenter, who carves highly detailed sculptures on the tips of pencils. All he uses is a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. Dalton doesn’t even use a magnifying glass. While a standard figure will take several months to make, he has spent two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains - now that is patience.

Find out more on his website here

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Floating Covent Garden

The installation by artist Alex Chinneck is a replica of the 184-year old Market Building behind it, but has been recreated to make it look as if it is floating. The installation is called ‘Take my lightning but don’t steal my thunder’ and will be in Covent Garden’s East Piazza until the 24th October.

Why not go and take a look and see if you can work out how it is done. (we think we have)

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Clouds

Storm chaser Alex Schueth has managed to capture a timelapse of a clouds during a storm over Lincoln, Nebraska. The outcome is rather surreal and looks like you are under water looking up at clouds.

you can read more about it here

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