The Maldives is a gorgeous island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea. It’s known for its clear water and natural beauty, so it’s easy to understand why artist Zaria Forman focused on the chain of atolls in one of her most recent projects. She spent September of 2013 in the island paradise, inspiring these sets of images. However, these aren’t just photos of beautiful ocean scenery. She hoped to raise awareness of a very real predicament the Maldivians are facing: the entire nation could be underwater within this century.
The island nation, due to rising sea levels, could soon be underwater.
Zaria hoped that her images could draw some attention to the problem.
And did we mention these images aren’t photos?
They are hyper-realistic drawings, made with pastels.
Zaria has a very special skill.
This is the kind of attention that the nation needs.
Maybe someone can find a way to stop the rising tide.
Source: Zaria Forman via My Modern Met “I hope my drawings will raise awareness and invite viewers to share the urgency of the Maldivians’ predicament in a productive and hopeful way. I believe art can facilitate a deeper understanding of crises, helping us find meaning and optimism amidst shifting landscapes.” Zaria’s site lists all of her works, and a percentage of each sale will be donated to 350.org. 350.org is a “global climate movement” that wants to keep our world healthy and prevent its downfall. Zaria’s work is beautiful… but it’s also for a good cause and a totally mind-blowing because of it’s photorealism. Please share it.
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Since the dawn of the internet, the GIF was associated with funny, often childish humor. Now photographer Fong Qi Wei is reclaiming the GIF for art.
Wei is an accomplished urban photographer, but decided to do something different with his latest photo series. In the series Time Is A Dimension, Wei spliced together photos taken at different times but at the same location to create a unique time lapse photograph.
For his new series, Time In Motion, Wei took his photos from Time Is A Dimension and animated the different layers of the picture to create a spectacular representation of the passage of time. Words alone cannot do these creations justice. You have to see these for yourself.
1.) Chinatown Sunset, 2013.
2.) Changi Beach Sunrise, 2013.
3.) Tanah Lot Sunset, 2013.
4.) Flypast Sunset, 2014.
5.) HDB Rainbow Sunset, 2014.
6.) Sunset over Parisian Alley, 2014.
7.) Shanghai Oriental Pearl Sunrise, 2014.
8.) Sunset at Upper Seletar Reservoir, 2014.
9.) Shanghai Freeway Sunrise, 2014.
10.) NDP Rehearsal, 2014.
11.) Sunset at the Bund, 2014.
12.) Glassy Sunset, 2013.
13.) Orange Crossandra Sunset, 2013.
I’m speechless. These are so beautiful. Wei’s interpretation of time passing is jaw dropping. Check out more from Wei by visiting his website here.
Also the gifs here are the small versions. Wei also has higher 4K resolution versions of them. If anyone is interested in those you can contact him at: email@example.com.
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June 6 will mark the seventy year anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy. That operation turned the tide against the Axis powers in World War II. Today, those beaches that were ravaged by war and such a crucial point in the battle are being used by tourists as a place to soak up the sun. They are such beautiful places, it’s hard to imagine what they looked liked on D-Day. This gallery by photographer Chris Helgren compares what those beaches looked like on that fateful day in history and what they look like today. The stark difference is shocking.
The 2nd Battalion US Army Rangers marching through Weymouth, who needed to capture Pointe du Hoc.
Tourists walk along the beach-front at this port that was a departure point for thousands of Allied troops.
US reinforcements land on Omaha beach, near Vierville sur Mer, France.
Now, people can often be seen frolicking on this D-Day landing zone.
A US landing craft was sunk off the coast and other troops are helping them to shore.
A girl walks along that same stony beach, bucket in hand.
US Army soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, move out over the seawall on Utah Beach.
Now, the remains of that concrete wall is s place where children can play.
A Cromwell tank leads British soldiers away from their landing point on Golden Beach.
This historical site is now a place where couples can sunbathe.
This US fighter jet crashed on Juno Beach, some time after Canadian forces came ashore.
The shore is a popular hot spot for tourists.
US troops make plans while hiding out at a farm near Utah Beach, surrounded by slain cattle.
Farmer Raymond Bertot, who was 19 when allied troops came ashore in 1944, poses on the property.
Troops gather near a captured German bunker on D-Day.
Now, that bunker is a historical site that can be visited near Saint Laurent sur Mer, France.
US Army reinforcements march up a hill after landing.
You can hike up that same hill to see some beautiful history and views.
A US flag lies as a marker on a destroyed bunker.
These bunkers are popular places that tourists visit.
Canadian troops patrol along the destroyed Rue Saint-Pierre after removing German forces.
Now, this street is a popular shopping destination.
A slain German soldier lies in the main square of Place Du Marche in Trevieres.
This square is now a spot countless tourists walk through, right where many have fallen.
US Army paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division drive a captured German vehicle.
Girls cross the street at the junction of Rue Holgate and RN13, where that vehicle was.
German prisoners-of-war march along Juno Beach.
This woman is sunbathing where many German troops were captured.
German prisoners of war captured after the D-Day landings are closely guarded by US soldiers.
All that remains of that makeshift camp is farmlands.
(H/T International Business Times) Seeing the difference between then and now is shocking. On this anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, remember this momentous, yet still tragic, day. There were approximately 12,000 casualties; 4,414 confirmed dead. This was the largest seaborne invasion in history. This operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe… it’s just incredible what these places look like today.
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The architects at Ensamble Studio are the bright minds behind this unique vacation home in Spain. … but not the only minds. They created this tiny home to be rustic, but modern, from the ground up. It was important to choose the right location, building materials and hay for this project. That’s right. Hay. The hay was for Paulina the cow, an incredibly important collaborator for this architectural achievement.
Hay bales were stacked together and then covered in concrete.
The mass was buried in soil and allowed to harden.
Once cured, the shape was exhumed and sliced open.
That’s when Paulina the cow’s natural talents really shone.
Paulina was then allowed to eat away at all of the hay on the inside of the structure.
It took her about a year to clear out the hay.
The resulting space was incredibly unique and cozy.
It was definitely worth the wait.
Who knew that bovines could have such a good eye for architecture?
Source: Ensamble Studio via Ignant.de To learn more about Paulina’s incredible creation (with the help of Ensamble Studio), watch the video below.
Not many people put the idea of “cows” and “architecture” together very often. When those thoughts do come together, though, it can have an amazing result. Share this awesome vacation home, thanks to a creative cow and architectural firm, with others.
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Captain Mark D. Anderson of the United States Navy and historian Jean Muller were searching for artifacts from The Battle of the Bulge in the mountainsides of Luxembourg when their metal detector alerted them to something just under their feet. Below Anderson and Muller was a foxhole that was dug during the crucial World War II battle and in it they found the belongings of an American soldier, Technician Fifth Grade Louis J. Archambeau. Among the things that Archambeau, who died in the battle, left behind was a camera with an undeveloped roll of film in it. Anderson and Muller developed the film and, after spending 70 years in a foxhole, a dead soldier’s photographs were finally brought to life. This is T/5 Louis J. Archambeau’s World War II experience, told by his very own photos.
1.) Company C, 1st Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment
6.) Louis J. Archambeau’s camera
(Sources: The Trouble Shooters, Wikipedia) The Battle of the Bulge resulted in more American casualties than any other battle in World War II. Spanning December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945, roughly 19,000 American soldiers lost their lives. However, the battle was an even bigger blow to the Germans, who lost much of their war resources. You can share this amazing war photography using the button below.
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Patrick Kramer is an American, hyperrealistic painter from Utah. To put it simply, his work is amazing. Hyperrealistic painting is a style in which the artist attempts to mimic real life as closely as possible. It’s a painstaking process, but the results can be breathtaking.
Kramer takes hyperrealism to a whole new level in his paintings. He says hyperrealistic painting became an outlet for his slightly obsessive personality. Truthfully, Kramer says he never actually intended to pursue an art career in the style. However he said it was hard for him to paint in any other way.
When he’s painting full-time, Kramer says, a single picture can take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to complete. Put another way that’s 50 – 300 hours. Talk about dedication to your craft. Just take a look at the results.
“An Existential Confrontation.”
“The Optimist and The Pessimist.”
“Perseverance / Futility.”
(Patrick Kramer via: Bored Panda)
Wow. Just wow. I can’t believe these aren’t photographs. Patrick is incredibly talented. To view more of his work, please visit his online portfolio or click on his Contact page to send him a message.
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Syrian-born Karim Shamsi-Basha was once a Muslim. In 1992, he had sudden brain aneurysm that left him in a month-long coma. He woke up and miraculously recovered. His doctor told Karim he had “seen very few people recover as you did. You have to find out why you survived.”
After realizing what miracle he experienced, Karim began a 20 year, soul searching journey that led him to one thing: Jesus Christ.
After his recovery, he began reading the Bible. He was immediately struck by its focus on God’s love and grace. By 1996, he was baptized.
“In 2008 I completely surrendered to God,” he said. “Now I can’t get enough.”
He knows God was responsible for his miracle survival and recovery. His family are still devout Muslims, but he remains close with his mother and sister. In wake of the civil war in Syria, he is attempting to get his sister out of the country. His mother is already in the United States.
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