Mind-Bending Hovering Tree Illusion by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu in Potsdam, Germany

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Graphic designer Daniel Siering and art director Mario Schuster recently threw an illusion bomb on a casual rural area in Potsdam, Germany. The two co-workers at ART-EFX wrapped a part of a trunk with foil and covered it with spray paint, masterfully mimicking the surrounding behind the tree. The illusion of a hovering tree, spilt in half, works perfectly in one particular angle. See the video below to see it in action. (via: streetartutopia)

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Hilarious Internet Reactions to the Botched Ecce Homo Restoration

When an 81-year-old amateur restorer Cecilia Giménez tried to restore the 19th Century Spanish Fresco ‘Ecce Homo’ little did she know that her work would become a worldwide media sensation.

At first, the authorities in Borja suspected vandalism, but it turns out that she worked with the approval of the priest.

The well-intentioned Spanish woman tried to restore the fresco, because she was upset that parts of it had flaked off due to moisture on the church’s walls. Using a 10-year-old picture of the fresco, she ended up creating probably the worst restoration in history. [Read more…]

Interestingly, over 20,000 people have signed a Change.org petition attempting to save what some call “a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”

To make things even funnier, here are some of the best parodies of the botched “Ecce Homo” restoration.

Restoration: Before and After

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The Last Supper

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The Scream

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“The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross

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I Don’t Want

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

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Restored Mona Lisa

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Toast

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Christ Carrying The Cross

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Marilyn Monroe

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Viva La Restauracion

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Dolan

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Madonna Litta

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Jesus Spotted on Dog’s Rear End

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Statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro

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Street Artist Paints Ghostly Shadows in Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital

We love showing you street artists who push the boundaries of their art form, and Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione loves to deliver. When in Parma, Italy, Baglione took the opportunity to visit a local abandoned psychiatric hospital and fill it with shadows and phantoms from his wild imagination.

The long, smoke-like shadows are part of his 1000 Shadows project, in which he has been painting similar silhouettes in different installations around the world. These in particular are especially powerful, as they call to mind the tortured psyches that once inhabited these now-abandoned halls. [Read more…]

We’d love to see the look on someone’s face when they wander into this psych ward and discover these pieces without having known that they’re there.

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Incredibly Colorful Rock Formations in China

We are living in times when Photoshop is capable of practically anything, but this time it has nothing to do with this article! Zhangye Danxia Landform in China is just one of those places that are hard to believe really exist. Located in Gansu province, a naturally formed landscape astonishes its visitors with the burst of colors – its streaks of yellow, orange and red to emerald, green and blue make it hard to believe it’s all real. The vast area of intensely colored valleys, waterfalls and natural pillars looks surreal in the pictures, reminding more of a impressionistic painting than a photograph. [Read more…]

Formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates, Danxia landform is a unique example of petrographic geomorphology. The name actually refers to various different landscapes in southeast and southwest China, that formed due to special nature’s conditions, such as water flow fissures, erosion, oxidization and tectonic plate movements. The formation process of Zhangye geopark took over 24 million years, dating back to the Cretaceous age.

Today the Danxia landform is a huge tourist attraction, with six of its landscapes inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2010. If you plan on visiting it, hope for the rain, as the vibrant hills glow even brighter after rainfall!

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20 Dream-Like Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut

Some photography purists resent photo manipulation, but others enjoy how it has opened up photography to new people and new ideas. Caras Ionut is a Romanian photographer and digital artist who makes a great case for digital art and photography. He has created an extensive body of images that are beautiful, enchanting – and impossible.

Ionut says that his imagination and his work are captivated by dreams and by the autumn and winter seasons. Although positive dreams are a big theme in his work, he says he also likes “to visit the darker side of what people may see of dreams, not necessarily what one would see as negative, but possibly a dream that one could not quite understand or may feel alone.” [Read more…]

He does a pretty good job of creating a dream-like mood in his works. The combination of soft and hazy colors with often impossible subjects makes for beautiful compositions.

One interesting note is that, besides just offering prints of his beautiful works on his website, Ionut also offers numerous Photoshop tutorials and classes. If you like his work or if you’d like some help with trying to create images of your own dreams, we suggest checking him out! Or if you’re looking for other similarly surreal digital artworks, check out these photo manipulations by Erik Johansson.

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Engineer And Self-Taught Photographer Travels Through The USA Photographing Old Trains

Giant clouds of steam billowing from the smokestacks of mighty clanking steam engines – these are some of the powerful and historical sights captured in the amazing train photography of Matthew Malkiewicz. The photographer behind the “Lost Tracks of Time” series agreed to talk to Bored Panda about his passion for traveling in the search of old trains and how it has shaped his life.

Matthew is a self-taught photographer who works full-time as an engineer. He loves fishing and traveling, and while traveling, he searches for vintage trains throughout the USA and photographs them in action.

He explains that his interest in trains started when he was just a child:  “I have a photo of myself watching a toy train run around the Christmas tree as a baby, it must have hooked me well… in my teens I received my first camera which I aimed at every train I saw.” In 2005, he bought his first digital camera and started this series.

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“My passion gravitates to the machines of yesteryear, fire breathing monsters that seem to be alive whether you have your hand against the polished steel or you are two bluffs away looking across acres of prairie grass. I envision how it must have been back in the day and try to create photographs as timeless as possible to depict what I consider a vibrantly better and sadly vanished time,”  Malkiewicz told Bored Panda

“I have a photo of myself watching a toy train run around the Christmas tree as a baby, it must have hooked me well. As a kid I had a model train layout on a piece of plywood in the basement, and in my teens I received my first camera which I aimed at every train I saw”

“This photo of the little boy watching the oncoming train is my favorite. A pure case of luck, being at the right place at the right time, ready with the proper equipment. This is from deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The child was the son of one of our train crew, completely unstaged and unrehearsed he steps in front of me and sits on the rail to watch the [train] runby. I feel it’s my best because of the spontaneity of it all. So many of my better shots comes from either free styling or completely winging it, feeding off the adrenaline rush of thinking quick on my feet or missing the opportunity.”

“Shooting trains can be compared to hunting. Get to the location early, scout out the angles, setup, take a few test shots, and then wait. Some of the trains I chase are 100+ years old, mechanical problems do happen. Patience is key, as is persistence”

“My camera bag contains three digital setups: a Canon 5D-MkIII with 70-200mm/F4.0 zoom lens, a Canon 5D-MkII with 24-70mm/F2.8 zoom lens, and the first generation Canon EOS-1DS with 50mm/F1.4 prime lens. Because of the dirty, greasy, smoky, and often times humid conditions I subject my gear to, as well as the weather’s harsh elements, I choose never to change a lens in the field. Having the 3 combos at arm’s reach gives me so much flexibility and functionality, as well as keeping the camera’s internals clean. I am an ambient and natural light shooter only – do not own any flashes or strobes.”

“For production, I feel only half the hobby is spent with camera in hand; the other is afterwards in front of a computer with Photoshop. The time spent processing averages an hour per frame, although I have plenty of 4-hour sessions under my belt for a single image.” 

Matthew had some great advice for starting photographers: “Always push the outside of the envelope, challenging yourself every time out to do better than the last. Do not be afraid of failing. Look at a lot of photography, both the classics and modern day. The more the better, decide for yourself what you like and what you don’t. Take those mental notes with you out into the field and apply them.  Start shooting before dawn, and end after dark. Take full advantage of the golden hours. Weather is your friend, adds so much atmosphere and character. Rain, snow, sleet, wind, fog, humidity; sunrises and sunsets. Take the time to learn Photoshop. Attend seminars and workshops, pick the brains of fellow photographers, and watch as many YouTube tutorial videos as you can. Lastly, shoot for yourself. Capture and create what appeals to your eye and tastes.”

We want to thank Matthew for giving Bored Panda an interview and sending us his photos. We wish him the best of luck in his work!

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This Woman Keeps Two Pet Tigers In Her Backyard – And They’re As Loving And Playful As Kittens

Tigers are fearsome jungle cats that are near-universal symbols of ferocity, strength and courage, but 57-year-old Janice Haley of Orlando, Florida has a different perspective on the matter. To her, they’re also cuddly kitties. When you see her play with her two pets, 400-pound Bengal tiger Janda and 600-pound white Bengal tiger Saber, you’ll understand why – they’re about as loving and playful as their tiny domesticated cousins.

“As far as they’re concerned, I am mommy,” explains Haley. “They rub me in the face, they’ll let me kiss them on the nose.” The two tigers live in an enclosure in her backyard and are fed by hand 3 times a day. [Read more…]

It all began in 1995, when Haley decided to quit her boring desk job and, at her husband’s advice, begin working with exotic animals. She has had quite a few different big cats since then, and plenty of volunteers to help take care of them and play with them as well.

“People who consider it cruel to keep them in captivity have a point, to a point,” conceded Haley. “It is not the ideal place for a tiger to be, in a cage. But at this point, in the wild, there isn’t a lot hope out there for them anymore, and if there aren’t some of them left in cages there aren’t going to be any left at all in a couple of years from now… They are provided for and loved here. In my opinion, I wouldn’t mind being a tiger in my backyard.”

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Here’s a video of Haley with her two fuzzy friends:

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Artist Turns Her Two Year Old’s Sketches Into Paintings

Now that my little girl is two years old, her interest in all things art has skyrocketed, especially when she sees me painting. As she gets older I look forward to collaborating with her on many projects, but until then I’ve decided to see what I can create with some of her many sketches.

As all of our collaborations start, my two year old creates her own sketch with an ink pen which I then use to turn into a watercolor painting. The sketch is completely her own with no instruction given from me, I simply use her creativity to inspire me to create a painting.

I try to work quickly and let imagination and play take root into the painting rather than taking it to seriously, this way I can encourage Eve’s contribution without making it to “grownup.” As Pablo Picasso said it can take “but a lifetime to paint like a child.” I feel so blessed that my daughter can remind me once again what it is to paint like a child by letting me see through her eyes.

The entire creation process of these paintings are recorded and turned into time lapses that can be viewed at the links attached to the photos.

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The Lady and the Fox

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The Great Owl

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The Elephant King

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The Red Boat

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A Bookworm’s Dream

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40 Hyper Realistic Artworks That Are Hard to Believe Aren’t Photographs

Although sometimes art is meant to stress its detachment from the reality, hyperrealism practically erases this line. Pictures and sculptures, created by hyper realist artists, will look no different from a high resolution picture, making it hard to believe this was created using such regular tools as pencils or ballpoint pens. [Read more…]

Hyperrealistic images are typically 10 to 20 times the size of the original photographic reference source, yet retain an extremely high resolution in color, precision and detail. Many of the paintings are achieved with an airbrush, using acrylics, oils or a combination of both. [1]

We have already shown you some amazing examples of hyper realistic works, but here’s a selection of the most outstanding ones. We also included some photos of the creation process just to fully convince you these are not photographs. Which of these artists is your favorite?

Pencil Drawings by Diego Fazio

Acrylic Paintings by Jason de Graaf

Oil Paintings by Pedro Campos

Oil Paintings by Robin Eley

Sculptures by Ron Mueck

Oil Paintings by Steve Mills

Pencil Drawings by Paul Lung

Oil Paintings by Roberto Bernardi

Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Samuel Silva

3D Paintings In A Bowl By Keng Lye

Bic Pen Paintigns by Juan Francisco Casas

Watercolor Paintings by Erich Christensen

Oil Painting by Teresa Elliott

Pencil Drawings by Lynch-Smith

3D Paintings by Riusuke Fukahori

Oil Paintings by Gregory Thielker

Pencil Drawings by Franco Clun

Pencil Drawings by Paul Cadden

Oil Paintings by Omar Ortiz

Charcoal Drawings by Daisy

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Toddler Takes Daily Naps With His Adopted 2-Month-Old Puppy

Blogger Jessica Shyba has created what is perhaps one of the cutest and most internet-worthy examples of cuteness that we’ve ever seen. These pictures of her new puppy Theo and her baby boy Beau napping together are about as cute as it gets.

Even the beginning of this heartwarming story is cute. It all began last Christmas, when two of Shyba’s older children, Jack and Zoe, met Santa Claus in New York and asked him for a puppy. The family’s NY apartment prohibited them from owning a dog, but after they moved out of the city, they began visiting shelters to look for the perfect pup. [Read more…]

After a few weeks of searching local shelters, they found a puppy that they fell in love with – Theo. He craved human friendship and attention from the moment he came home with his new family and, three days after coming home with them, he joined Beau for his daily nap. His mother, overpowered by the cuteness (as we all probably are), took a picture, and the rest is history. Now that Shyba is sharing pictures of this perfectly cute pair of nap buddies with over 65,000 followers on her Instagram, they are warming hearts around the world.

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