Lifelike paper bird models

Paper bird modelA Colombian artist creates stunning, lifelike paper figurines of colourful birds.

Diana Beltran Herrera uses nature photographs as inspiration for her amazing three-dimensional renderings, which are made of hundreds of pieces of coloured paper.

Her sculptures include a kingfisher in flight, a proud cockerel, and a striking greater bird of paradise.

Herrera, who is currently studying for a Fine Arts Master’s in Bristol, also works on display windows for fashion brands and a number of commissioned projects.

See more of her work on Flickr here.

Bricksy: Banksy’s street art in LEGO form

BricksyAn award-winning photographer creates LEGO artworks inspired by iconic Banksy images.

Jeff Friesen, from Winnipeg, started making LEGO dioramas with his daughter, eventually turning to the work of the famous street artist for inspiration.

Friesen’s series, entitled ‘Bricksy’, uses well-known Banksy art as a starting point to create a complete scene made of LEGO.

So far, he has recreated ‘Balloon Girl’ and ‘Kissing Coppers’, among other works.

Take a look at the Bricksy series here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.

Long exposure photos give trams sparkle

Budapest tramPhotography and festive lighting transform mundane Hungarian trams into cosmic marvels.

In Budapest, trams are each decorated with 30,000 blue and white LED lights during the holiday season.

Visiting photographers often take long exposure pictures of the trams, creating ethereal images that give the trams a futuristic feel.

Take a look at some more long exposure photographs here and tell us what you think of them.

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly EffectA German artist has found a creative way to spread happy and motivational messages – by planting handmade butterflies around Berlin.

Andreas Preis created butterflies with slogans, such as ‘stay weird’, ‘you’re lovely’ and ‘let’s lead, not follow’, for his project ‘The Butterfly Effect’.

He produced more than a thousand butterflies with the messages, which he then gave away or placed in public places, including restaurants, exhibitions, and even lampposts.

Take a look at the butterflies here and tell us what you think of the project.

Playful street art

Playful Street ArtWebzine Bored Panda has collated nearly thirty examples of fun street art, which use their surroundings to become three-dimensional.

The street art incorporates real objects, such as trees, bicycles and even cracks in walls in a range of inventive ways.

The collection includes a larger-than-life painting of a girl watering a tree, a cartoon slug raking autumn leaves under the pavement and a cheerleader whose pom-poms are made from tufts of grass.

Take a look at the twenty eight images here and tell us your favourites.

3D postcards encourage Brits to ‘Get Up & Go’

Get Up & GoTravelodge took over Waterloo station with interactive picture postcards last week.

The hotel chain used 3D street art to promote its ‘Get Up & Go’ campaign, which encourages Britons to be more adventurous.

The campaign grew from Travelodge’s survey, which revealed that less than a third of Brits would do something adventurous, such as a white-knuckle sport.

Commuters and members of the public could be photographed in front of the pictures, which gave the illusion that they were abseiling down the White Cliffs of Dover or waterskiing down the River Thames.

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if this makes you feel like trying something adventurous.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collection

Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has released thousands of images from its collection into a digital archive.

The museum, which is the largest in the United States, has released nearly 400,000 iconic and historical paintings and photographs.

Pictures from the digital collection can be downloaded and used for non-commercial purposes from the museum’s website.

The works of Picasso, Manet and Rembrandt are included in the collection, which can be downloaded here – tell us what you think of this digital move.

Wildlife Selfies

National Geographic Collection‘There are lots of terrible animal pictures out there’ is the strapline for National Geographic’s latest advertising campaign, which imagines wild animals taking selfies.

Art Director Silvio Medeiros teamed up with photo agency Diomedia to create the quirky photographs, which include a panda in a lift, a gorilla in a bathroom and a koala posing in an antique mirror.

The campaign went viral on social media and sales of images in the National Geographic Collection have increased by 140%.

Watch the video below to find out more or take a look at more animal selfies here and tell us what you think of the campaign.

The Power of Visual Communication

The Power of Visual CommunicationDid you know that 93% of all communication is nonverbal? Or that cave painting was introduced by the Cro-Magnons? These facts and more are revealed in an infographic, entitled ‘The Power of Visual Communication’.

The infographic, by animation agency Wyzowl, also covers prehistoric knowledge, a timeline of visual styles and how the human mind processes information.

Other statistics such as America’s advertising spend are also included in the infographic.

Take a look at the whole chart here and tell us if you know any other interesting facts about visual communication.

Monochrome photos given a new life in colour

Colourised photosIt’s easy to view history in shades of grey when so many historic photographs and films are in monochrome or sepia, but the trend for digitally colourising old pictures is catching on.

Professional and amateur artists painstakingly research the context of black and white photos to ensure that the colours and textures they restore are as historically accurate as possible. If they can’t know for sure, the colouriser uses their judgement and sense of colour to fill in the gaps.

Famous photographs that have been colourised include ones of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and a newspaper boy selling news of the Titanic.

Take a look at twenty colourised photos here and tell us what you think of them.

The Evolution of the Camera

The Evolution of the CameraEasy Canvas Prints has put together an infographic showing the evolution of the camera.

The infographic, which is laid out in an easy-to-read timeline with simple pictures, spans 500 years, from the first Camera Obscura to the first camera phone.

The ground-breaking Kodak Brownie camera is included in the timeline, while Polaroid is also mentioned.

Take a look at the whole infographic here.

YouTube gains British Pathé archive

British PathéBritish Pathé has entered into an historic partnership with YouTube, which means its entire archive will be shareable for the first time.

The company, which documented news and events from 1910 to 1976, is also working with Mediakraft Networks to distribute the 85,000 videos in the archive.

British Pathé covered world-changing events in the 20th Century, including the World Wars, Emily Davison’s death at the 1913 Derby and the start of teenage pop culture.

The CEO of British Pathé, Roger Felber, said: “We have found the best conditions to ensure that our archive content will continue to act as a pioneer in moving images and retain its heritage for future generations.”

Take a look at the British Pathé website here and let us know what you think about the company’s latest move – is it time to open up the archive?

Charming snail scenes

A Ukrainian photographer has been creating charming photographs of snails, revealing their inquisitive nature in beautiful surroundings.

Vyacheslav Mishchenko produces macro photographs of the molluscs and other minibeasts in their natural habitats; these take on a unique beauty at such a magnified level.

Mishchenko said: “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures. As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.”

Take a look at some of Mishchenko’s pictures here and tell us what you think of the beautiful scenes.

Street Art 2.0: Painting with Lights

French artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux has been illuminating Marseille with his new project, ‘Street Art 2.0’, also known as ‘Painting with Lights’.

Echaroux, who is primarily known for his celebrity photography, projects faces and graffiti-style images onto walls, bridges and trees.

The nature of the art means it is a ‘non-destructive’ and ephemeral form of expression; as Echaroux explained, he was ‘aiming to produce an art that never gives any clue of its passage’.

Take a look at a gallery of the project here; what do you think of this new type of street art?

End of the World Cinema

An Estonian photographer has rediscovered a long-lost cinema – in the middle of the desert.

Kaupo Kikkas took pictures of his visit to the makeshift cinema, which lies abandoned on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

On his blog, Kikkas claims that the venue was actually only built around fifteen years ago, by a Frenchman who wondered why there were no cinemas in the middle of the desert.

However, the local authorities apparently sabotaged the cinema before it could screen a single film, yet it remains intact surrounded by sand and mountains.

Find out more about the intriguing venue here and tell us what you think of it.

Magnified butterfly wings

The dazzling colours and scales of butterflies and moths have been captured by a biochemist, who magnifies and photographs their wings.

Linden Gledhill uses automated macro focusing technology to zoom in on the Lepidoptera, creating pictures that are around seven to ten times larger than life.

The photographs show an incredible variety of textures and patterns between the different species of butterfly and moth; there are at least 150,000 species in the world.

Take a look at Gledhill’s pictures here and tell us what you think of the project.

Ancient forest revealed in Cardigan Bay

Presumed lost for thousands of years, the legendary Forest of Borth has been excavated – by the recent stormy weather.

The storms exposed the remnants of hundreds of trees, which died nearly five thousand years ago, when the sea level rose on the peat-saturated ground.

The mysterious remains have been linked to the local legend of Cantre’r Gwaelod, a mythical kingdom described as the ‘Welsh Atlantis’.

Previous discoveries in the area include animal and human footprints, scorched hearth stones and even a wooden walkway.

Take a closer look at the forest here and tell us what you think of the recent discovery.

‘Cardboard Cities’

A photographer has completed ‘Cardboard Cities’, a project described as a ‘personal view’ of cities such as London, Paris and Tokyo.

Andy Rudak collaborated with model maker and set builder Luke Aan de Wiel to create cardboard dioramas of areas in the cities, such as part of a tenement building or slums nestled by a river.

The photographs have a ‘dream-like’ feel, as they appear to be set at night and contain just one wild animal each, with no humans in any of the scenes.

Rudak has studios in New York and London, and has worked on many high-profile campaigns for clients such as British Airways, Coca Cola and HSBC, while Aan de Wiel has experience in advertising and exhibitions.

Take a closer look at ‘Cardboard Cities’ here and tell us what you think of the sets.

Stunning time-lapsed urban landscapes

A photographer has created a series of collages from time-lapsed photographs, revealing the beauty of Los Angeles.

Dan Marker-Moore photographs the cityscape over a period of time, such as a day or the movement of the moon, for his ‘time slice‘ series. He then ‘cuts’ each photo into slices and arranges the slices into one single picture to demonstrate the visual journey that Los Angeles experiences throughout that time period.

Many of the images are taken at sunrise or sunset, capturing the silhouette of skycrapers against bold reds and blues.

Take a look at the spectacular pictures here and tell us what you think of the series.

An ancient underwater city

There is a real-life Atlantis named ‘Lion City’ hidden in a Chinese lake.

‘Lion City’ (‘Shicheng’ in Mandarin and named after the nearby Five Lion Mountain), is submerged around 100 feet below the surface of Qiandao Lake and was flooded in the 1950s as part of a hydroelectricity project.

The city was built during the Later Han Dynasty (c.200 AD) and is believed to have once been the region’s political, cultural and economic hub.

Divers rediscovered the lost city in 2001 and found that the extensive ruins were remarkably well-preserved, drawing archaeologists and tourists alike to the site, which is about the size of sixty two football pitches.

Take a closer look at Lion City here.


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