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Cina’s great Olympic debate

Cina’s great Olympic debate | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Chinese currently stand second in the Olympic medals table – in both gold and overall – but you would never know it from what’s going on in their media. Of course, there’s celebration of the co...
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FM.Marche.Itani Si Che BELLISSIMA✪Le ❙t e Amo<3

The Marche is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. The Italian name Le Marche is the plural of marca, and literally means "the Marches", originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo.
The Marche are located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi linked the Marche along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.

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Magnificent Entries in the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014

Magnificent Entries in the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A gorgeous long exposure trail of fireflies at night, a large, green sea turtle coming in for a close-up, and an overly friendly polar bear? (Oh hai!) This could all just mean one thing. The National Geographic Photo Contest is back and the entries are better than ever. Now accepting images in any of these three categories: People, Places and Nature, this year's winner will receive a cool $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The First Place winner in each category will each receive $2,500 and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine. The contest rules are online here. Here are just some of our favorites.
As always, good luck!
Above: Arctic Hi-Five Photo Location: Svalbard
Two polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on iceflow in Svalbard. The mother was just trying to have a quiet stroll but the cubs were not having any of that.…
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Imaginative Dreamlike Worlds by Digital Artist Gediminas Pranckevicius

Imaginative Dreamlike Worlds by Digital Artist Gediminas Pranckevicius | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius creates digital art that instantly whisk viewers off into a world of imagination. The Lithuania-born artist uses soft light and blended colors to create harmonious worlds where it is easy to get lost in the surreal stories.
He uses software like Photoshop to produce the playful digital drawings that feature imaginative creations like giant trolls, flying pigs, and houses and towns perched on top of precariously balanced mountaintops. His places and characters come alive through layer upon layer of intricate details, which are evident in the final work.
If you are interested, you can watch the video below to see the progress of one of his works in various stages of production.

Gediminas Pranckevicius' website via [Colossal]
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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Create Intricate Portraits of Prisoners of Conscience

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Create Intricate Portraits of Prisoners of Conscience | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
If there's one thing Ai Weiwei knows about, it's being an unlawfully detained prisoner of conscience. The artist and activist, who is currently not allowed to leave his home country of China, recently unveiled Trace, a powerful new installation that consists of 176 LEGO portraits of political prisoners and exiles from around the world. The installation, which is part of Ai's new @Large exhibition held in partnership with the FOR-SITE Foundation on the island of Alcatraz, engages with the former prison's history while raising questions about freedom of expression and human rights.
Ai used a staggering 1.2 million LEGO bricks to create his portraits, which portray freedom fighters such as, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. From his studio in Beijing, he created digital blueprints of each artwork, which he sent along with sample LEGO portraits to a team of over 80 volunteers in San Francisco. The volunteers assembled the portraits in individual parts without…
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Delicately Embroidered Sculptures Mimic the Fragility of Nature

Delicately Embroidered Sculptures Mimic the Fragility of Nature | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Australian artist Meredith Woolnough (@meredithwoolnough) celebrates the beauty of nature in her stunning embroidery works. She uses a special sewing process to convey the intricate details of nature through delicate sculptures. “I work with a unique technique that allows me to create embroidered structures that exist without a base cloth. It’s not your typical embroidery," explains Woolnough.
All of the artist's pieces mimic the fragility of objects ranging from veiny leaf skeletons to the elaborate structure of coral. She first maps out the complex arrangement of her design onto a cloth and then uses a sewing machine to create the sculpted piece. When she is finished, the base fabric dissolves in water, leaving only the artist's beautifully detailed stitchwork. She then mounts each piece with pins onto paper, setting it slightly away from the background to create shadows and depth that add to the allure of the piece.
Meredith Woolnough's website via [Instagram Blog]
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Distorted Landscape Photos Blur the Line Between Reality and Fantasy

Distorted Landscape Photos Blur the Line Between Reality and Fantasy | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
After looking closely at these photographs, viewers will quickly discover that there is something a little odd about each landscape. Created by California-based photographer Laura Plageman, the ongoing series, Response, features a confusing blur between reality and the artist's creation of fictional scenes.
For each piece, Plageman rips, folds, and sculpts original images together and arranges them on a tabletop to be re-photographed. Through her unusual manipulation and creative perspective, the artist produces the illusion of new and unique places.
Subtle distortions reveal themselves in the form of a rip across the composition or a crumpled section of paper while other, more obvious, changes are evident in large sections of missing landscape or curled horizon lines that seem surreal. According to her bio, "[Plageman] is interested in making pictures that examine the natural world as a scene of mystery, beauty, and constant change—transformed both by human presence and by its own…
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Beautifully Crafted Insects Made Out of Recycled Paper

Beautifully Crafted Insects Made Out of Recycled Paper | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Beautiful paper art can take on many forms, including incredible 3D drawings, stretchable stone-like busts, and elaborate hand-cut illustrations. Recently, Belgium-based ad agency Soon used paper as the medium for yet another unexpected product—playful little insects. Each sculpture was handcrafted out of recycled materials, photographed, and used in a brochure to advertise company IGEPA Benelux's new line of recycled papers.
The designers—Creative director Jim Van Raemdonck; graphic designers Phoebe De Corte and Dries Caeckebeke; and assistants Claar De Waele and Sil De Boeck—flipped through old magazines and printed materials, and selected a wide range of colorful paper to form the incredibly detailed legs, body, and wings of each creature. Layer upon layer, the artists cut, shaped, assembled, and transformed the paper into these delicate sculptures. The hand-crafted bugs are filled with a vibrant energy that radiates from the delicate composition of materials.
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Detailed Wood Portraits Crafted Using the Marquetry Technique

Detailed Wood Portraits Crafted Using the Marquetry Technique | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Atlanta, Georgia-based artisan Rob Milam uses the technique of marquetry to produce beautiful works out of wood veneer. If you’re not familiar with this craft, it’s the creation of an image using natural woods as the medium. Pieces are first cut and later glued on a substrate; it’s kind of like assembling a jigsaw puzzle.
Milam begins with a photograph and then uses Photoshop filters to create a simplified image that shows light and dark values. With it as his guide, he uses anywhere from four to 16 different types of wood veneers to hand produce the impressive portraits and landscapes.
Every type of wood has a distinctive grain and color, ranging from creamy white, to darker browns, and even black. Milam works with all of them. He’ll sometimes accent his portraits with artificially-colored blue and green veneer as a way to place emphasis on a subject’s eyes. This gives his pieces visual variety and depth in ways you wouldn’t normally expect with wood.


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Detailed Portraits Made with Only Text are Produced Using a Typewriter

Detailed Portraits Made with Only Text are Produced Using a Typewriter | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
At first glance, you might not realize just how Brazilian graphic designer Álvaro Franca creates his stylized portraits. A closer look reveals that his subjects’ faces, hair, and clothing are all comprised of letterforms that are impressively produced on a vintage typewriter. Aptly titled Typewritten Portraits, text is grouped together and gives five of Franca’s favorite authors a sense of form and shading.
To craft these works, Franca created reference images on his computer. It gave him an idea of where the dark and light parts are on a face, and he used this as a guide when pecking away on his typewriter. Certain letterforms seem to be perfect for conveying a sense of realism in the portraits. The “m,” when placed together, creates a dense, shaded area, and we can see that the designer also layered text to further enhance this effect.
Franca’s authors include: Jose Saramago, Charles H. Bukowski, J.D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, and Clarice Lispector. He considers these incredible and…
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Illustrated Posters Highlight Different Suits Worn by Leonardo DiCaprio

Illustrated Posters Highlight Different Suits Worn by Leonardo DiCaprio | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is a talented fellow who has starred in many critically-acclaimed movies. And in those films, he’s worn a lot of suits. Art director Zi Wei Tan can attest to this, as he’s illustrated a series of posters called Suit & Tie - DiCaprio’s Suits. The bold, colorful images feature a close up view of attire that the actor wore in many of his films.
We see the iconic white suit that DiCaprio donned in The Great Gatsby, as well the pilot's uniform he wore in Catch Me If You Can. Wei Tan draws everything in a minimalist style, but uses colors and symbols that we’re sure to recognize. This allows him to cleverly convey what film is being represented. He’ll also add little details like a scarf or pencil that were significant to DiCaprio’s characters. It just goes to show that sometimes, the costume can be as memorable as the movie is.
Above: The Great Gatsby
Catch Me If You Can
Django Unchained

Inception

J. Edgar

Revolutionary Road

Shutter Island

The Aviator

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Colorful Liquids Blend Together Into Captivating Abstract Forms

Colorful Liquids Blend Together Into Captivating Abstract Forms | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
New York-based artist Kim Keever creates intriguing abstract photographs through an experimental exploration of form and color. To create each piece, the artist drops colorful paint pigments into a huge aquarium tank and then simply documents the interaction of liquids. The unpredictable process leads to beautifully abstract creations that look like billowing fabric, underwater creatures, and splatters of paint across a canvas. With a touch of imagination, viewers may begin to create narratives based on what they see.
Keever explains, "I’ve always lived near the water, whether it was the eastern shore of Virginia, Chicago or New York City. There’s a peaceful attraction to the flat rippling surface and the mysteries below. Maybe it’s a stretch but once I started taking photographs of constructed landscapes submerged in water in a 200-gallon aquarium, I realized I had found my signature work as an artist and have continued making and photographing underwater landscapes."…
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A Photo Exploration of the Nomadic Culture in Mongolia

A Photo Exploration of the Nomadic Culture in Mongolia | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Always curious about the world around him, Santa Barbara-based photographer Brian Hodges recently traveled to Mongolia to document the everyday life of traditional nomadic communities throughout the country.
He spent his time getting to know the culture and living within a wandering community. According to the artist, "These families migrate based on the season and the needs of their animals, who require ample grazing space and safeguarding from extreme temperatures."
The collection of work visually describes the nomadic way of life. Viewers are introduced to rows of yurts that function as temporary homes, as well as various food, weapons, and daily activities such as playing basketball and riding on horseback. A number of these intimate scenes are featured in publisher Assouline’s upcoming book, Gypset Living.
Brian Hodges' website via [Feature Shoot]
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Enchanting Portraits of Women Surrounded by Beautiful Blossoms

Enchanting Portraits of Women Surrounded by Beautiful Blossoms | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
London-based photographer Bella Kotak creates beautiful narratives by blending together feminine figures within a sea of floral surroundings. Her series, In Bloom, features incredibly expressive portraits which convey strong emotion through the very meditative figures.
In each scene, soft delicate petals gently consume the subject as she embraces the enchanting silence of nature. Kotak produces each final shot through a compilation of multiple images that are merged and blended into one strikingly beautiful moment.
For the first image (above), Kotak explains "I see an ethereal nature's child who sleeps in the deepest green protected from the elements by her blanket of living life." However, she also reaches out to fans and asks for everyone's interpretations of the same scene, curious to know what others think. The artist says, "Photography translates my thoughts and imagination into a tangible form."
Bella Kotak's website via [I Need a Guide]
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Adventure-Seekers Hang Out in Hammocks Strung Up at Dizzying Heights

Adventure-Seekers Hang Out in Hammocks Strung Up at Dizzying Heights | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Anyone with a fear of heights may want to avoid the International Highline Meeting, an annual event that took place this year at Monte Piana in the Italian Dolomites, and calls to those with an adventurous spirit. Individuals known as slackliners travel from all across the world to meet up and experience this unique event.
Upon arrival, participants are invited to walk along one of 18 highlines—ranging from 20 to 330+ feet in the air—and even string up hammocks for a bit of relaxation high above the earth. If you are willing to brave it, the views from such aerial perspectives must be fantastic! Those who would prefer to keep their feet on the ground are also invited to register as photographers. Additionally, there are flights across the mountain range, yoga, movies, and presentations.
Photographers who cover the event capture breathtaking images of people perched precariously between mountain peaks. The photos seen here are from Antigravity Photography and Sebastian Wahlhuetter…
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Luxury Yacht is the First to Feature a Floating Garage

Luxury Yacht is the First to Feature a Floating Garage | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Yachts offer incredible luxury on the sea, and the Italian company CRN has produced one that’s unlike any of its kind. The 196-foot vessel is named the J’Ade and is the first to feature a floating garage. This innovative addition enables the owner to store and access a 26-foot speedboat without the use of a tender lift. Its hydraulic-operated bay can dry out in three minutes and then be transformed into a terrace-accessible ocean pool.
The J’Ade is designed to feel at one with the sea, and it boasts special full-height windows that offer breath-taking, panoramic views of the ocean. Recently featured at 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, it was also a finalist in the interior design award category. Zuccon International Project crafted the space with a classical focus but modern touches; leather, marble, metals, and wood all adorn the space.
There’s enough room for 13 crew members and 10 guests, and the J’Ade includes four decks and an outdoor dining table that can cater up to 14 people. For…
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Striking Architecture Features Solar Powered Roof to Attract Rare Birds and Butterflies

Striking Architecture Features Solar Powered Roof to Attract Rare Birds and Butterflies | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Weatherhead Architecture recently unveiled designs for Butterfly Square, a mixed-use town center that’ll be located in Halland, Sweden. This development features two striking angled, L-shaped buildings that are divided by a pedestrian promenade. When viewed from above, the space is reminiscent of a butterfly’s wings.
The entire scheme will occupy a massive 27,000 square feet with structures clad in materials like glass and timber. Designed to look like an extension of a neighboring park, it will feature landscaping such as green roofs, planting beds, and water features. Its residential, retail, and recreational space includes a sunken performance amphitheater that protects guests from inclement weather thanks to a sharply-angled roof. Butterfly Square intends to be pedestrian-friendly and will have its parking located underground.
As local residents will enjoy what the development has to offer, part of Weatherhead Architecture's goal with this project was to help the environment; the…
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Illustrated Poster Highlights 90 of the World’s Architectural Achievements

Illustrated Poster Highlights 90 of the World’s Architectural Achievements | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements are? A new poster titled The Schematics of Structures by the online shop Pop Chart Lab celebrates 90 structural feats from around the world and throughout time. The image is presented as a blueprint-style infographic, and each building is hand illustrated; they are also accompanied by notations for location, height, year of construction, and architectural mode. So, it not only commemorates impressive architecture but has an informative, educational component as well.
The poster features structures as varied as The Great Sphinx in Egypt, China’s Forbidden City, and New York City’s iconic Statue of Liberty. Each has their own idiosyncrasies, and it highlights just how wonderfully imaginative and different the buildings are.
If you’d like to own The Schematics of Structures, it’s currently available for pre-order through Pop Chart Lab’s website. The eco-produced poster will ship starting Thursday, October…
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Sprawling Antarctic Port Mimics Jagged Ice Formations Along Frozen Coast

Sprawling Antarctic Port Mimics Jagged Ice Formations Along Frozen Coast | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Sergiu-Radu Pop, an architecture student taught by Zaha Hadid at Studio Hadid Vienna, unveiled development plans for the Earth's final frontier with his proposed Transformable Antarctic Research Facility. The project envisions a sprawling center for vital research as well as environmental tourism, filled with spaces like exhibition halls, exercise rooms, accommodation, conference chambers, observation decks, and port transportation stations.
The influence of Pop's mentor, Hadid, is clear in the building's soaring, futuristic design. Located on a rugged coastline, the dynamic structure juts out over the water while also extending upwards with a curved glass tower. The architecture student's primary design tool was biomimicry, as shown in the way the facility's sweeping shape mimics the jagged, asymmetrical edges of ice formations along the Antarctic coast.
Sergiu-Radu Pop on Behance via [ArchDaily]
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Translucent Paint Layers Capture the Energy of Ocean Waves

Translucent Paint Layers Capture the Energy of Ocean Waves | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Cambridge-based visual artist Lia Melia creates strikingly energetic paintings where curling and crashing ocean waves splash and splatter across the canvas. Having grown up near the sea, that is where artist Lia Melia continues to find her inspiration. "The seas moods can always express my deepest feelings," she explains.
Melia uses a technique that is unique to her work in which she bakes powder pigments and paints onto a sheet of aluminum or glass. Through this process, she can obtain translucent layers which she says "can glow with light." She uses a wide range of color palettes, from cool blues and greens to passionate reds, oranges, and golds. Regardless of color, every piece is as original as every ocean wave.
Lia Melia's website
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Unique Façade of Secluded Home Covered in Intricate Wood Cut Outs

Unique Façade of Secluded Home Covered in Intricate Wood Cut Outs | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Nestled within the Austrian countryside sits a gorgeous home designed by architect Alexander Diem. The secluded residence is called Villa Am See and features a unique façade of intricate, repeat-pattern designs cut out from wood; their imagery is meant to symbolize food and the harvest. Not only are these beautifully-detailed panels something to admire, but they address the concerns of personal privacy. Each piece is movable and can be opened or closed on demand - reminiscent of a Chinese folding screen.
Artistic elements are integrated as part of the building’s architecture. A piece by Nick Oberthaler is embedded in terrace’s floor, and artist Plamen Dejanoff created an elaborate entrance door that references the kind that you’d find in a historical country house.
Inside of the structure, the interior areas were designated a value based on the amount of time spent in them. The living rooms are large and expansive with 18-foot ceilings, while the stairs are treated with less…
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Abstract Photos Feature Gorgeous Details Found Throughout Nature

Abstract Photos Feature Gorgeous Details Found Throughout Nature | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Washington-based photographer Thorsten Scheuermann has a strong eye for capturing the details in nature. When observing a landscape, he sees both the vast beauty as well as the intimate details that can often be overlooked. In this series of work, Scheuermann finds unique ways to present nature as layers of colorful texture.
"I love hiking in America's National Parks," explains Scheuermann. "[I] enjoy capturing both grand vistas in beautiful light as well as intimate scenes just waiting to be discovered by visitors with an open mind and open eyes."
Scheuermann eliminates any human presence and creates tight crops so that viewers are witness to only a portion of the larger scene. By narrowing in on such intense details, he creates abstract photographs that are filled with a sense of mystery and presents nature in a new and unexpected ways.
Photo Above: Born in Fire - Big Island, Hawaii
Strawberry Swirls - Oregon's Painted Hills

Clear as Mud - The Alvord Desert, Oregon

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Looking Up at Hong Kong's Densely Populated Skyscrapers

Looking Up at Hong Kong's Densely Populated Skyscrapers | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Stacked is an intense series that features the compact urban architecture of Hong Kong. Standing from below, Australia-based photographer Peter Stewart points his camera upwards to capture the abstract shapes which form the densely populated public housing structures.
Clothing hangs from railings, different colored lights illuminate windows, and endless rows of balconies ascend towards the sky in each vibrant image. The stacked, repetitive architecture dominates the sky in its vertical journey and, although the buildings have evidence of life within, the images lack any human presence as the photographer focuses mainly on the urban environment alone.
Stewart says, "My passion stems from travel and the desire to visit and document all the amazing places the world has to offer. My goal is simply to create images that make you go 'wow.'"
Peter Stewart's website via [Designboom]
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My Modern Shop Spotlight - Danish Ahmed's Playfully Literal Movie Posters

My Modern Shop Spotlight - Danish Ahmed's Playfully Literal Movie Posters | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In this series of work, India-based illustrator and designer Danish Ahmed created playfully literal movie posters that "take their titles quite seriously." He began working on Literal Movie Posters when he was checking out The Wolf of Wall Street poster and wondered what would happen if, rather than showing Leonardo DiCaprio, the image featured an actual wolf.
He began playing around with a number of movies including Man of Steel, Gravity, and Life of Pi, reinterpreting the words into minimalist style. Using very simple elements, Ahmed offers his viewers a humorous approach to the meaning of each feature film title.
We are pleased to announce that all of the images featured in this post are now available as prints and canvases through our art store, My Modern Shop.
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Delightful Illustrated Posters Are a Guide to 192 Dogs of the World

Delightful Illustrated Posters Are a Guide to 192 Dogs of the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Our favorite types of dogs come from all over the world, and illustrator Lili Chin would know - she’s drawn nearly 200 of them! Starting in the summer of 2014, she presented the series Dogs of The World, which is a collection of 192 canine breeds grouped by their geographical location and country. The illustrative posters feature cartoon-style characters that highlight the unique appearance of each dog.
Chin has drawn canines native to England, France, and the Mediterranean, just to name a few. Her series is not only well-crafted - we enjoy seeing all of the unique personalities that Chin conveys - but there’s an educational component to it as well. By simply glancing at her posters, you can easily see where the different dog breeds originated.
If you enjoy Dogs of The World, you can purchase prints of it in Chin’s Etsy shop. Mugs, t-shirts, and even shower curtains featuring the canines are also available in her Society6 store. The popularity of this series will be followed by The…
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Photographer Recreates Iconic Portraits Using John Malkovich as His Model

Photographer Recreates Iconic Portraits Using John Malkovich as His Model | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When established photographer Sandro Miller decided to do a project to honor the photographers who had inspired him and shaped his career, he called on his longtime friend and frequent collaborator John Malkovich to help him. The Hollywood legend instantly agreed, and consequently helped bring to life Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, a brilliant series of 35 recreations of iconic portraits, all starring the actor as the subject.
Miller's project is a testament to his skill as a photographer, with each frame faithfully capturing the original image's lighting, mood, and composition. The depictions are so spot-on that, at first glance, it might appear as though each shot was a mere Photoshop creation. It's even more incredible to learn that Miller took the time to recreate each famous portrait with an individual photo shoot.
The series also speaks to Malkovich's acting prowess, as the chameleon-like performer transformed himself into an extraordinary range…
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Lantern-like Multicultural Sculptures Shine with Colorful LED Lights

Lantern-like Multicultural Sculptures Shine with Colorful LED Lights | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Technologist Joe O'Connell and sculptor Blessing Hancock recently teamed up to create Brilliance, a family of six sculptures composed of multilingual phrases collected from the community, cut out of stainless steel, and welded together in lantern-like forms. The duo, who have previously collaborated on similar public art works, installed the series of sculptures throughout the plaza between the Palo Alto Main Library and Arts Center in Palo Alto, California.
Although beautiful in the sunlight, Brilliance truly comes to life after dark. Colorful LED lights illuminate the installations from within, casting a brilliant glow while projecting silhouetted shadows of the cut-out phrases. Viewers can change the color of the light emitted from the multicultural sculptures by touching sensors on the steel frames, making Brilliance an engaging and interactive work of art, as well.

Joe O'Connell + Blessing Hancock Public Art website
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