• Take A Look At Coney Island In The 60s [15 Photos]

    Born in New York in the 1940s, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring the city and capturing its citizens with his keen eye and had already produced more than 25,000 photos before the art world took notice of him in the 90s. Until a small selection of his work was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, only friends and family were aware of Rose’s talent. A current show at the Museum of the City of New York titled In A World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963 spotlights 70 photos Rose captured of the city’s most famous beach. For more info on the exhibit, on display through August 3, visit the Museum of the City of New York.

  • Abandoned WWII Fighter Planes Lie Hidden In Ohio [15 Photos]

    Scrapyard worker Walter Soplata began a one-man mission in the late 1940s to save the fighter planes of World War II from being dismantled and hid them in his backyard in Newbury, Ohio. Over the years, Soplata bought up about 50 engines and 30 aircraft until his death in 2010. Family members have kept the location secret, fearing scrappers would destroy the planes, but urban explorer and photographer Johnny Joo recently stumbled upon the site. A family member gave him Joo the history and allowed him to take these incredible photos. For more great pics of long-abandoned places, check out Johnny Joo Photography on Facebook.

  • These Hyperrealistic Sculptures Are Made From Stone [11 Photos]

    We’ve shared the work of plenty of hyperrealistic painters whose oil paintings look high-resolution photographs but these hyperrealistic sculptures are in another league. Sculptor Robin Antar began working with stone in high school art classes and now, almost 40 years later, has carved her own niche in the art-world with her hyperrealistic work. Antar takes common, everyday objects and replicates them, sometimes enlarging them, but keeping every detail intact. Antar’s method involves using pieces from the actual object along with custom-made stains, paints, plastics, and gold leaf. Tell me you wouldn’t eat those Mint Milanos. And stone boxing gloves could make for one helluva funtastic bloodsport! For more work from Robin Antar, check out Realism in Stone. 

  • 10 Famous Faces As Face Paintings

    Using just makeup and face paint, makeup artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa is able to transform her models’ faces into those of celebrities and popular characters. Whereas many makeup artists rely on prosthetics to achieve similar transformations, Maria just needs paint and her natural talent. The London-based artist actually came to her profession relatively late. After starting a family and having two children, Maria decided to enroll in makeup school at the age of 33. Now 40, her immense talent has led to work in theater and television in England. Take a look at some of her work below and check out more at Facebook.

  • Love Letters As Street Art [20 Photos]

    New York-based artist Stephen Powers first garnered attention as a graffiti artist in New York City and his native Philadelphia under the name ESPO, which stood for Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. Powers gave up graffiti to become a full-time studio artist in 2000, but returned to the streets of Philadelphia in 2009 to celebrate his 25th anniversary as an artist. The project was a series of love letters to his hometown encompassing 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of Market Street. The series was a huge success and Powers took the idea on the road, painting love letters in Brooklyn, Dublin, Johannesburg, and other cities. The works were collected in two books, “A Love Letter For You” and “A Love Letter to the City,” available at Powers’ website, First and Fifteenth.

  • 1970s Brooklyn Was Nothing Like The Borough We Know Today [28 Photos]

    From 1972 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency sponsored DOCUMERICA, a project set up to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern.” Like the FSA photographers of the New Deal, many of the DOCUMERICA photographers interpreted this to be a broader “document America in all its forms” type of project. And its a good thing they did. World-renowned photographer Danny Lyon was one of the 70 DOCUMERICA photographers. Lyon documented inner-city life in El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Patterson, New Jersey. His photos capture low-income and ethnic neighborhoods that would end up facing extinction, but not from environmental concerns. It would be in the name of “progress” that this way of life would eventually disappear. Brooklyn is New York City’s fastest-growing borough and its gentrified neighborhoods are drawing more and more young professionals, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1970s, as neighborhoods continued to shift form Italian and Jewish to black and Puerto-Rican, racial tensions led to rising crime rates and an exodus of almost 500,000 residents, many of them white. Since big developers were wary of the area, Brooklyn became one of the most well-preserved 19th century cities in the country. Lyon recognized the beauty in more »

  • President Obama Plays Ping Pong, Gets Photoshopped [32 Photos]

    While in London, President Obama joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a game of ping pong with two students at the Globe Academy. The two lost the lighthearted doubles match, but the scene made for a great photo-op. Then the Internet saw the pictures. Over the past 24 hours, Reddit’s PhotoshopBattles was busy ‘shopping the president into scenes from Star Wars, Forrest Gump, and even sadomasochism-heavy film “Secretary.” Let this be a lesson to you: If you are photographed biting your lip while holding a ping pong paddle, you’ll soon find yourself whacking Maggie Gyllenhaal’s posterior. And check out the rest of the submissions on Reddit.

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.

  • World’s Largest Underground Trampoline Unveiled [5 Photos]

    Zip World in Wales, already home to the longest zip line in the Northern Hemisphere is now claiming the world’s largest underground trampoline. Is it a default title, since it’s the only underground trampoline we know of? Probably, but that doesn’t negate how huge of a project it is. Opening to the public July 3, Bounce Below is part of the Zip World amusement park in northern Wales. An enormous slate cavern has been transformed for the project with the installation of 3 trampolines, each linked by a 60-foot slide. The first trampoline is 20 feet from the ground, the second is 60 feet, and the highest is 180 feet above the ground. Each trampoline is about 60 feet wide, accommodating plenty of people. For more info, check out Zip World.

  • Catalans Protest Using Human Towers [11 Photos]

    The Catalan people of northeastern Spain are seeking support for a referendum in November calling for the region to become an independent state. To raise awareness of the issue, Catalans in 8 European capitals, including London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin, erected human towers on June 8, at 12 PM Barcelona time. The “towers for democracy” then sparked more human towers in 60 other cities around the world, including Montreal and Santiago. Although part of Spain, Catalonia has its own unique culture and heritage. The Catalan language is its own Romance language distinct from the Spanish and French also spoken in the region. In the 1930s, Spanish dictator Francesco Franco tried to quash the identity and spirit of the Catalans, but since the 1960s, the the movement for an independent Catalonia has grown. The construction of human towers, or castells, is a practice that dates back to the early 18th century in southern Catalonia. The practice involves competing teams, or olles castelleres, elegantly raising each other up to 36 feet in the air. The unique tradition was declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. Despite the Spanish government stating the Catalans have no right to call more »

  • Mexico Celebrates National Pole Dance Day [9 Photos]

    On June 8, Mexico celebrated Pole Dance National Day for the fourth year in a row. The holiday aims to bring awareness to the skill involved with the sport that is often unfairly dismissed as being sleazy. Pole dancing, or pole fitness, is an increasingly popular sport in Mexico whose practitioners claim improves their strength and fitness. During the holiday, pole dancers take to the streets, parks, and outdoor gyms and display their talent using street lamps, sign posts, or whatever else is available. Now that the holiday is popular in Mexico, it’s time for it to spread to the rest of the world. What do you say, pole dancers of the USA? Show us your stuff!

  • 25 HQ Aerial Photos That Give You A New Perspective Of The World

    In 1987, author Frank White first described the Overview Effect as an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. When viewing the planet from above, some astronauts have described a feeling of awe and understanding of the interconnectedness between all species. Obviously, it’s not possible for all of us to travel to space and experience the Overview Effect, but a website aims to do the next best thing by offering daily high quality satellite images of locations all over the planet. Farms, parking lots, cemeteries, cities—all are on display at the site. Some of our favorites are below, but plenty more can be found at Daily Overview.

  • 25 Amazing HQ Photos Of London Subways In the 1980s

    While working as a projectionist at a porn theater in London in the 1980s, Bob Mazzer would take a camera with him and capture his fellow passengers on the Tube every day. Mazzer captured all the great emotions, love, hate, happiness, and drunkenness, in his photos. Seriously, there’s a couple of ladies drinking whiskey and beer on their ride in one of the pictures. All of the subcultures of the era are also on display with skins, punks, soulboys, teds, and whatever the hell else they had over there at the time (but nary a chav in sight!). For the next month, you can see the photos in person for the first time at London’s Howard Griffin Gallery. You can also purchase a limited edition book of Mazzer’s work titled Bob Mazzer Underground for £20.00, which is about a million dollars (or maybe $35).

  • The Early High-Speed Photography Of Doc Edgerton [20 Photos]

    In the 1930s, MIT professor Harold Edgerton, or “Doc,” began using short flashes of light to produce still photographs of fast-moving objects. High-speed photography was born. Doc became famous for his photographs of athletes in action and birds in flight. His team also photographed atomic bomb explosions at Nevada Proving Grounds in the 50s for research purposes. Doc’s contribution to photography didn’t end with the strobe flash. He also worked with Jacques Cousteau developing underwater photographic techniques and side-scan sonar devices to map the ocean floor. Check out some of his photos below and many more at the Edgerton Digital Collection.

  • Boeing 727 Transformed Into A Home [7 Photos]

    In 1999, electrical engineer Bruce Campbell (not THAT Bruce Campbell) decided to use 10 acres of Oregon wilderness he purchased in his 20s for $23,000 to house a retired aircraft. Originally his plan was to build a home out of old freight vans, but after hearing about a hairdresser in Mississippi who had purchased a 727, he chose that route instead. He spent $220,000 and lots of time and work on his 727 home that he lives in for 6 months of the year. It’s a modest home, featuring a futon, a makeshift shower, a microwave, and one bathroom, but it works for Campbell. His next plan is to do the same with a 747 in Japan, where he lives the other 6 months of the year. 

  • NYC Subways In The 1930s Were Classy [26 Photos]

    Photographer Walker Evans is best known for his portraits of Alabama sharecroppers that he captured for Fortune Magazine in 1936 while on leave from his job as Information Specialist with the Farm Security Administration, but a couple years later he began working on a very different series of portraits. In 1938, Evans began taking photos of everyday commuters in New York City subway cars. To capture his subjects naturally, Evans used a small camera painted flat black that he hung around his neck and hid under his coat. The shutter was rigged to a cable that ran down his sleeve into his hand. For 3 years, Evans used this method, without aid of a flash or viewfinder. The resulting portraits were published in 1966 in a book titled Many Are Called.   Looking through these photos, we are presented with a subway that’s alien to what we have today. Although we’ve come a long way from the filthy, dangerous subways of the 70s and 80s (which you can check out in this gallery!), you’ll never see cars filled with people in hats and furs. Well, maybe on the L into Williamsburg, but that’s a bit different.

  • 21 More Before and After VFX Photos From Classic Movies

    Although movies seem to be increasingly reliant on computer-generated visual effects (did Ryan Reynolds really need a CGI costume in Green Lanter?), chroma-keying with blue or green screens is nothing new. To illustrate the point, we’ve included some classic films that used visual effects for otherwise impossible scenes, like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, along with newer movies, like The Great Gatsby, where computers are used for every last detail to perfectly convey the director’s vision. After looking through this gallery, be sure to check out our previous collection of Before and After CGI Shots.

  • Female Celebrities With ‘Shopped Muscles Are…Confusing [20 Photos]

    Ever dream of seeing your favorite female celebrity with outrageously muscular arms? No? Well too bad, because here they are. DeviantArt user edinaus Photoshops some of the biggest names in Hollywood in order to give them arms that would make Ivan Drago envious. The resulting photos are enticing to some (check out the comments on deviantArt) and unnerving to others (me!). Although, to be honest, Ashley Olsen could benefit from a little bit of muscle. If these photos are get your motor running (we don’t judge), head over to deviantArt for the rest of the series.

  • 15 Photos Of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals

    Designer and art director Dinah Fried first came up with the idea for her book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals while a student at Rhode Island School of Design. Originally just 5 photographs of meals described in famous works of literature, Fired eventually prepared and photographed 50 meals for the book. Each photo is accompanied with the description from the novel along with anecdotes about the authors and their works. 15 of the photos are presented below, but to see the rest, order your copy of Fictitious Dishes. The series is pretty great, but Fried should try tackling one of the banquets from a Brian Jacques “Redwall” novel. What literary meal would you like to see photographed?

  • Belgian Ghost Town Is A Street Art Mecca [30 Photos]

    Doel, a 700-year-old town in Belgium, is on the brink of extinction. With the expansion of the Port of Antwerp, the town is set for complete demolition. Most residents began selling off their property to developers in the 90s and have long left the town, but a couple hundred remain. In 2008, 100 riot police were sent to Doel to manually evacuate the remaining residents. This has left the town in an almost war-torn state. With so many empty buildings, the village has become a giant canvas for brilliant street art. Gigantic, colorful works are the only bright spots in an otherwise bleak landscape. Photographer Romany WG captured these incredible photos and more can be seen on Flickr.

  • This Risqué Swimwear Was Too Hot For Early 1900s Beaches [10 Photos]

    In the 19th century, two-piece bathing suits became commonplace for women, but these were no bikinis. The two pieces were a gown from shoulder to knees and a set of trousers with leggings down to the ankles. These bathing suits were great for keeping down the urges but they were terrible when it came to actually swimming in the water. In 1907, Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman came to the United States to perform as an “underwater ballerina.” She wore a form-fitting swimsuit that revealed her neck, arms, and legs and was promptly arrested in Massachusetts for indecent exposure. She added long legs and arms and a collar to the swimsuit so she could perform, but kept it form-fitting so she could still move around. She began marketing her one-piece bathing suit which became known as the “Annette Kellerman.” This new swimwear was considered the most offensive on the market and was the focus of numerous censorship efforts. To add to her notoriety, Kellerman also became the first actress to do a nude scene in a movie with her work in “A Daughter of the Gods.” Annette Kellerman, we salute you.

  • China Has A Paris Clone City. And It’s An Eerie Ghost Town. [22 Photos]

    Tianducheng, a gated community near Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, was constructed in 2007. The city, capable of accommodating more 10,000 residents, was built to simulate Paris, with 12 square miles of Parisian architecture, fountains, and even a 354 foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower. However, not many mainland China residents can afford the luxurious setting, leaving many of the completed buildings abandoned yet eerily pristine. Only about 2000 people actually live in Tianducheng, most of which are working on the construction of a Paris theme park nearby. The city might not be for everyone, but if you love Paris but hate Parisians (and their high prices) Tianducheng might just be the vacation spot for you.

  • 10 Rare Photos Of Apollo Astronauts Training In Hawaii

    On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Over the next 3 years, 5 more Apollo missions would land on the moon. But how did NASA train the astronauts for this mission? By vacationing in Hawaii, apparently. Last December, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, Executive Director Rob Kelso searched through the photo archives at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and found these images. NASA digitized the images and sent them to PISCES earlier this year. Now, for the first time, the public can see the little-known role Hawaii played in the Apollo program of the early 1970s.

  • Bachelor Pad Made Of Liquid Stone [16 Photos]

    India’s SPASM Design Architects looked to the large amounts of basalt rock for inspiration in constructing this home in Khopoli. Using granular basalt mixed with water, cement, and sand, they created a unique black concrete to construct the home, allowing it to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings. The modern, open plan puts focus on the incredible natural surroundings rather than what’s inside the home. And one look off the cliff edge is all you need to see why. There is also a pool overlooking the edge of the cliff for those rare dry days where you yearn for the refreshing wetness of monsoon season. 

  • 30 Rare Color Photos Of World War I

    On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austria-Hungary throne, was assassinated by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. A month later, the Austro-Hungarians invaded Serbia. World War I had begun and would last until November of 1918. By World War I, photography had become commonplace, but methods of color photography, first developed in the late 19th century, were still in the experimental phase. countless black and white photographs of the first World War exist, but color photographs, utilizing processes such as Autochrome Lumiere, are much rarer. These photographs, documenting the transition from monochrome to color, can also be seen as a metaphor for the war that changed the world, where the cavalries of old faced the machine guns and chemical warfare of the 20th century.

  • Incredible Stencil Poster Street Art [20 Photos]

    Italian street artists Sten & Lex began doing stencils in their native Rome in the early 2000s, pioneering the city’s stencil culture. Since then, they have traveled all over the world, with works in cities such as Paris, London, New York, and Barcelona. Most of their work consists of giant reproductions of photographs they’ve taken themselves or found in family photo albums. Since 2008, they have been creating “stencil posters.” First they glue a giant stencil cut on paper to a wall. Then they paint on it and destroy the matrix. The matrix scraps become part of the artwork, which is altered over time as it is worn and destroyed. For more of their incredible work, check out Sten Lex.

  • Charter The World’s Largest Classic Motor Yacht [10 Photos]

    Looking for all the conveniences and luxuries of a modern yacht with the aesthetics of a classic ship? Then NERO is just what you need. The 90 meter superyacht, from China’s Corsair Yachts, has been sailing the seas since 2008 and won the 2009 ShowBoats Award in the category of Best Motor Yacht Over 75 Meters. This summer, NERO and its 20-person crew will be available to charter throughout the Mediterranean around such amazing locales as Sardinia, Corsica, the French and Italian Rivieras and more. And be sure to bring some friends along! NERO can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins: The Owner’s suite, VIP suite, two double cabins, and two cabins that can be configured with either twin single beds or large double beds. For more info on NERO, check out Blue Water.

  • Take To The Skies…In A Honda? [11 Photos]

    Japanese auto manufacturer giant Honda first unveiled the Honda HA-420 HondaJet way back in December, 2003. After establishing the Honda Aircraft Company, they began taking orders for the jet in 2006. After years of setting up factories and delays in parts manufacturing, the jet finally appears to be in production. Honda is aiming for the 6-passenger jet to receive FAA certification in early 2015. Then it will be only a matter of time before teenage pilots will be outfitting their own HondaJets with spoilers and obnoxiously loud exhausts. Albeit very wealthy teenage pilots, for the price is estimated at $4.5 million. Better work hard on that paper route!

  • A Look Back At The Hottest Fans Of The 2010 World Cup [50 Photos]

    With the 2014 World Cup set to begin in the coming weeks, we already know we’ll be glued to our TVs the entire time. Sure, to watch all the matches, but, more importantly, to check out all the hot fans. Even those of us who know nothing about soccer can appreciate the dedication and emotion and other things we won’t mention of the overly-animated female fans. Many of them turn out to be models who are paid to be there and draw our attention, but does it matter? Of course not! So until we get a look at the girls of the 2014 World Cup, here is a look back at our favorites from 2010.

  • 17 Animals Asking “Do You Even Lift, Bro?”

    Looking to get swole for the summer, bro? Well you’ve got some competition. Apparently humans aren’t the only ones bulking up at the gym. Plenty of animals have taken up the gym rat lifestyle (although not rats, oddly enough) and if you’re not careful, they’ll be kicking sand in your face and stealing your girl at the beach this summer. I don’t want to point fingers, but I think at least a couple of these creatures are juicing. Also, I can see why kangaroo boxing is no longer in vogue. These contemporary kangas look like they could punch your head clean off!

  • 35 Clever Billboard Ads

    The great Ogden Nash once opined “I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.” Sure, it’s easy to hate on billboards for cluttering our surroundings and covering up nature with commercialism, but at least there are admen and adwomen out there who try their darndest to create clever billboards. These ads utilize the three-dimensional nature of the billboards by incorporating their structures and surroundings into the ad so at least you can be entertained while being sold to.

  • The Fascinating (And True) Military Career Of Ted Williams [16 Photos]

    Ted Williams is widely regarded at the best pure hitter in baseball history. But let’s not remember him for being the last man to hit over .400 in a season. Or his two triple crowns (1941 and 1947). Let’s remember Ted Williams for his courage. It is often overlooked that Ted Williams served his country dedicating almost five years out of the heart of a great baseball career to our country. Being the best baseball player in the world he could have easily landed a desk job pushing paper but no, he decided to go into the air force to protect the freedom we all rely so heavily on today. On May 21, 1942, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit his 100th home run. How did he celebrate? By joining the Navy Reserve on May 22, of course! Williams went into active duty in 1943 and trained as a pilot. He served as a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was discharged in January 1946, just in time for baseball season. However, it was not to be the end of his military career. During the Korean War, Williams was again called more »

  • New Lemonhead Mascot Will Leave You In Tears [8 Photos]

    After more than 50 years on the market, Lemonhead candy, the delicious confection that’s not quite soft, not quite hard, but just the right amount of sour, has updated its logo. The cartoon boy with a giant lemon head has been replaced by a real-life man. With a giant lemon head. Remember when everyone complained about Burger King’s King mascot being creepy? Well Lemonhead just took it to the next level. Keep up with their new citruscephalic-suffering lad on Facebook and Twitter. Think they’ll follow suit with the other “-head” candies? I don’t even want to imagine what a real-life Grapehead would look like…

  • 61 Child Stars: Then And Now

    When one becomes a film star at a young age, there are many different paths they can take as they age. Some continue acting and their star power never really seems to wane, such as Elijah Wood or Sean Astin. Others say goodbye to Hollywood and find new careers, such as Mara Wilson, who is now a writer. Then there are the trainwrecks who stay in the spotlight by leading troubled lives like Lindsey Lohan and Amanda Bynes. And let’s not forget the path of Screech, who chose to make a porno. Take a look at these 61 child stars and see how good or bad they turned out. Spoiler alert: Wendy Peffercorn is still hot.

  • World War II Then And Now Using Google Street View [12 Photos]

    The Guardian continues using Google Street View in creative ways with their new series of World War II then and now photos featuring the troops and destruction across Europe and the celebrations after the war in North America. Whereas the previous Street View projects were interesting looks at famous works of art and the locales that inspired them, this series is much more powerful in that it illustrates the destruction of World War II just 70 years ago. And with the 70th anniversary of D-Day coming up next month, the project is especially timely. Be sure to check out other work from the Street View Sleuths at The Guardian.

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