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Apr 9, 2014

The 2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists

The 2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian has just announced the 60 finalists for their 11th Annual Photo Contest. The winning entries were selected by Smithsonian editors from over 50,000 submissions by photographers from 132 countries around the world. Ten finalists were selected from the following six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile, a new…

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Apr 8, 2014

This is the Most Interesting Mineral You Will See Today

This is the Most Interesting Mineral You Will See Today

Photograph via THE ARKENSTONE/IROCKS.COM Rob Lavinsky of The Arkenstone (www.irocks.com) brought this fascinating mineral to market, selling it to a buyer for $5,000. The specimen, which Lavinsky describes as Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites (pocket), measures 9 x 7 x 6 cm. It was originally obtained by Frank Valenzuela back in the 1960s from the…

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Apr 3, 2014

The Daily Routines of Famous Artists and Scholars

The Daily Routines of Famous Artists and Scholars

Published last year (23 April 2013), Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work took an in-depth look at the daily routines of 161 of history’s most inspiring minds. Data visualization artist RJ Andrews of Info We Trust created an amazing infographic of 16 of the 161 creative masterminds featured in Currey’s book. The routines…

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Apr 2, 2014

Ink Dropped into Water on a Black Background

Ink Dropped into Water on a Black Background

Alberto Seveso is an Italian artist specializing in illustration, graphic design and photography (featured previously here, here and here). Born in Milan, Seveso currently lives and works as a freelance artist in Bristol, UK. In an ongoing exploration of ink and water, Seveso combines high-speed photography with multiple colors of ink dropped into water.…

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Apr 1, 2014

Awesome Dad Gives Son Superpowers Using Visual FX

Awesome Dad Gives Son Superpowers Using Visual FX

At the tender age of three, James is learning how to handle his amazing superpowers bestowed on him by his dad, Daniel Hashimoto. The Adobe After Effects artist has been a DreamWorks animator for over a decade, doing visual effects for movies like Kung Fu Panda 2 and How to Train Your Dragon. Hashimoto…

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Apr 1, 2014

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic Top 100 at the end of the year (check out the ‘Top 100 POTDs for 2013‘!). It’s hard to believe we’re already 1/4 of the way through 2014. I can’t wait to see what…

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Mar 31, 2014

A Giant World Globe Made Entirely of Matches

A Giant World Globe Made Entirely of Matches

American artist Andy Yoder created this incredible world globe made entirely of matches. Completed in 2014 after two years of work, the sculpture, entitled Early One Morning, measures an impressive 42″ in diameter. The frame is made from cardboard and foam inside a plywood skeleton. Each match is glued at the bottom to the…

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