Rocks Burst With Colour in this Beautiful Photographic Series by Inka and Niclas

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

Inka Lindergård and Niclas Holmström are two Swedish-based artists who collaborate together to create some truly striking images. Based in Stockholm, they frequently travel in search of the perfect landscape for their work.

At the core of what they do is an interest in the power of nature and landscape. They are particularly drawn to our perception of these things. Why is it that we like a sunset over an ocean; why are we filled with awe when we see a mountain range?

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

Often verging on the supernatural, their work plays with the components of nature that inspire awe. Take for example this series entitled The Belt of Venus and the Shadow. Here the duo extract the lush colors of a sunset and transfer them to the rocks of the shoreline. By doing so the natural becomes the unnatural and the tangible suddenly becomes metaphysical.

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

It’s a beautiful series and I think the simplicity of their idea is very effective. The Belt of Venus and the Shadow is only one of a number of projects that explore similar territory. You can see more work from Inka and Niclas on their website.

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

July 29, 2014 / By

I Am A Food Blog Gets Recipes Right With Stunning Photos and Spot-On Type

I Am A Food Blog

I Am A Food Blog

I find it rare to come across a good food site that doesn’t look like a stock blog template or is filled with nothing but hokey desert recipes (I have a savory palette).

That’s why it’s exciting to come across a site like I Am A Food Blog, the passion project of Stephanie Le. Her photos are spotless and with every recipe she creates what you could call a “logo” which makes each dish feel unique. Not sure how anyone could resist dishes like Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken, Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, or Mac and Cheese Pie!

You can pre-order her cookbook by clicking here.

July 29, 2014 / By

Life in Space as Azuma Makoto Captures Flowers in the Cosmos

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Japanese artist Azuma Makoto is taking his work to new heights, literally. His art project, titled Exobiotanica, pits plants high above their home, bursting in color and beauty against the backdrop of a glistening planet Earth and the infinities of space that surrounds it. The project is simple in concept, visually beautiful in execution, and says volumes about the planet we’ve come to inherit.

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Working out of Black Rock Desert, Nevada and alongside JP Aerospace, Makoto sent organic life to the borders of space, suspended by balloon. Bonsai trees, orchids, lilies, and other fauna or flora were subject to altitudes exceeding 30,000 meters and minus 50 degrees celsius. To the artist, exposing organic land-locked material beyond the confines of their earthly home transformed them into “exobiotanica,” or rather, extraterrestrial plant life.

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While Makoto’s intent is neat and its results hold true, I believe that there’s more being said here than simply sending life where there isn’t any. Jonathan Jones wrote on the Guardian, “these images dramatize the startling nature of planet Earth itself.” Makoto’s photographs beautifully put forth the mystery of life on Earth—something to be treasured, once realized.

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The fact of the matter is that our home, planet Earth, is the only known place in the entire universe to harbor life. We don’t know of any other planet that is alive as ours is. The richness of Earth’s organic matter is gorgeously apparent in Makoto’s arrangements, the brightly-colored flowers serve in stark contrast against the darkness of space that surrounds them.

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In talking about the importance of Makoto’s project, Jones references William Anders’ iconic photograph, Earthrise. Shot aboard Apollo 8 in 1968, the photograph was the first color image to look back upon ourselves from the outside. It has been declared “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken,” and helped spark the environmental movement. To me, this reference couldn’t be any more apt, as Makoto’s project entertains the same sentiment in aiding our appreciation for existing in a lifeless universe.

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While Makoto’s work might not be as historic as Earthrise, it’s certainly no less thought evoking. Projects such as these remind us that life on our planet is intertwined—Earth acting no more than a spaceship, nurturing its lively passengers. This concept has inherently been apart of our understanding for years, as demonstrated in the great landscapes of art’s past, such as Hokusai’s 35 views of Mount Fuji, which portrays the interlinking of sky and Earth.

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If you’re having a bad day or just want to feel enlightened, then look to pieces like Makoto’s Exobiotanica, Earthrise, or even Hokusai. You’ll quickly cherish the importance of this very special planet we’ve come to inhabit—it’s the only one orbiting amongst a vast sea of stars that’s bearing life and all its beautiful intricacies. Revel in the fact that you live here and are a part of it.

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July 29, 2014 / By

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

The Line has a great story on Laura Ferrara and Fabio Chizzola and their amazing farm in upstate New York. Both work in fashion, Laura as a fashion editor, Fabio as a fashion photographer, but in 2002 they purchased the stone farmhouse and over the last 13 years has been revitalized. Their apple orchards, once overgrown and unable to bear fruit have been brought back to life, eventually producing a bumper crop which they shared with neighbors.

“This has been thirteen years in the making. It’s not like we woke up one day and said “I’m going to buy a farm!” It’s been self-taught in a lot of ways, and we’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs—hurricanes, lost crops. We feel blessed that we could do this, and we want to spread the kind of joy that we get from it, because that’s why we’re still doing it.”

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

What’s remarkable is how fully they utilize the farm. The grow pears, raspberries, and garlic, they have flocks of chickens, beehives, they harvest maple syrup, and started harvesting the wood from the orchard for cutting and serving boards. Chizzola uses maple, cherry, or black walnut, all of which can be found on the property, and even uses the beeswax from their hives to protect the wood.

Read the full story and see more photos by clicking here.

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

Westwind Farm, An Enviable Stone Farmhouse in Upstate New York

July 29, 2014 / By

Hilla Shamia Melds Aluminum With Wood In Her Striking Furniture Designs

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

Creating surprising combinations in furniture design seems to be the biggest challenge these days. Hilla Shamia, an Israel based industrial designer, has created a fantastic series of pieces which incredibly combine wood and aluminum. Rather than simply joining the two materials with nuts and bolts the aluminum is poured directly into the wood, which is then cast into the body of the pieces.

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The results are rather stunning. You’ll notice that the aluminum burns the wood where they meet which gives a beautiful gradient effect to the wood. The seeming haphazardness of the works only adds to the overall aesthetic, and I love how the metal fills in the negative spaces. Such a fantastic project, I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

July 29, 2014 / By

Photographer Sean Mundy Mixes Symbolisim and Surrealisim To Excellent Effect

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Canadian photographer Sean Mundy may only be 22 but boy can he take photographs! A native of Montreal, Mundy’s work draws heavily from iconography, symbolism and the surreal. There’s something cinematic in his images and I love that they all seem to tell a story, even if the story is one we don’t quite understand.

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Mundy utilizes digital art to construct his work yet this never comes across as showy or heavy-handed. His digital trickery only serves the work and the images he constructs. Instead of offering one answer to the meaning behind his photographs, Mundy prefers to leave his images open to interpretation; he allows for the viewer to add their own meaning to this work.

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Sean Mundy

For me it’s the simplicity and the elegance in his imagery that I love and I think many of his photographs have a fantastically macabre tone. You can see more from Mundy on his Tumblr.

July 28, 2014 / By

Sponsored – Webydo Is Shaping The Way Professional Designers Create Websites

Sponsored – Webydo Is Shaping The Way Professional Designers Create Websites

Webydo, an industry innovator, is quickly placing the controls for change in the hands of designers. Backed by $7 million in new funding, Webydo’s gearing up to pave a new way for designers to express their creativity in today’s online world.

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July 28, 2014 / By

This New Commercial for Tesla Is More Art Than Advertisement

A New Commercial for Tesla Is More Art Than Advertisment

A New Commercial for Tesla Is More Art Than Advertisment

The allure of Tesla is that they do things differently. They revolutionized the concept of the electric car with their Roadster and Model S, the upcoming Model X is due in the fall of 2015, and the Model 3 is due after that, supposedly being priced at $35,000 yet still offering 300 miles per charge.

Director David Holm has tried to capture that allure with epic cinematography. The Model S is shown only in brief glimpses, instead the commercial focuses on bringing to light the idea that Tesla is creating the future. This vehicle is fast, mercurial, and that it lives in a world, maybe universe, of it’s own.

July 28, 2014 / By

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