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The Blue Ringed Octopus

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on March 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Real Monstrosities recently had a post that reminded me of a small collection of Blue Ringed Octopus photos I’ve had floating around in my “Sea Creature” folder for years now.

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These tiny cephalopods are actually among the most venomous, possessing enough poison to kill up to a couple dozen humans.
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Blue-Ringed Octopus, Mabul Island, Malaysia

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Since Real Monstrosities did such stellar job of giving the scoop on these beauties, rather than repeat the info I’ll guide you to that post.

PS. Don’t the rings remind you of an even more hypnotic version of Hypnotoad?
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Seung-Hwan Oh

Posted in art, nature, photography, science with tags , , , on March 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Seung-Hwan Oh is a South Korean experimental photographer and microbiologist. In the series Impermanence, he creates thought provoking abstract portraits at the intersection of art and organic decay. They are ethereal, electric, psychedelic, and in some ways almost spiritual…but always intriguing.

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In the artist’s own words:
This project is about the superimposition of a moment in microbial growth upon a moment in the life of a person through the projection of one spatial-temporal reality onto another.

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This captures the evanescence of film photography, the transiency of life, and the continual entangled creative and destructive processes; a millisecond of an expression, an instance of an autonomous geometric evisceration of film, an exploitation of chemical materiality, a vestige composed of millions of pixels, and a complete obliteration into intangible atoms that dissipate into something else.

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The process involves the cultivation of chemical consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume the emulsion over the course of months, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale.

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This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.

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Nina Pak

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on February 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many, many moons ago I drafted a post about one of my all time favorite photographers, Nina Pak, and it somehow got lost in the drafts (which happens occasionally because I consume roughly 9,000 times more art than I can post here, and some drafts have been in limbo for years). So here is an updated peek into Nina’s gorgeous, fantastical world.

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When I read her artist statement, I was blown away; before me was a kindred spirit who relishes symbolism, mythology and celebrates uniqueness as much as I do.

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In her own words:
I have always been drawn to symbolic imagery, from ancient orthodox Icons to Tibetian Tankas, art that tells a story of the soul’s journey is of interest to me. Painters that have worked with symbolic elements such as the Pre-Raphaelites who’s paintings often depict mythological stories, and surrealists who delve deeper into psychological meaning, are what I study.

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I have a lifelong love affair with these paintings, which are not only objects of beauty but also have a message. I find that I am drawn to reflections and shadows, mirrored images, textures and delicate details, anything that has potential for a story. Small objects from nature, little antique treasures, costumes that speak for themselves, something unique and wonderful. I like different.

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What an honor it would be to get photographed by an artist of this caliber. The costumes, hair, makeup and settings produce windows into strange worlds that reach beyond mere beauty into the realm of story and soul.
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She has an extensive online portfolio. Though I devoured all sections, I thought the Post Edit page was a wonderful feature, as we so rarely get to see the evolution of a finished product on display. Go have a look!

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Awkward Couple Photos

Posted in humor, photography, valentine's day with tags , , on February 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

To alleviate the awkwardness Valentine’s Day brings about for many of us, I offer a series of couples who are almost guaranteed to be more awkward than you are.

Easy, tiger.
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I can’t see anything in front of me except the afterimage of plaid, which is now burned into my retinas.

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This picture has everything: attitude, questionable posing, mixed animal prints, and a killer devotional subtitle.
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I know you’re probably tired of seeing all the parakeet bayonet photos online…but just in case…
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Listen, what you do with phallic fruit behind closed doors is your business, but nobody needs to see this.
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Is that a DRAGON in her hair?
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Awkward? Maybe. But I’d get a portrait like this is a heartbeat.
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Jean-Francois Rauzier

Posted in hyperrealism, photorealism with tags , on January 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Jean-Francois Rauzier makes hyperreal digital urban “utopias” and nature scenes that are utterly mesmerizing to look at.

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In 2002, he created the “Hyperphoto”, a concept which enables him to deal with the impossible: to combine both infinitely big and infinitely small things in one same image, out of time. To simulate the illusion of reality, Jean-François Rauzier first had to cope with all the inherent limits inherent of the photographic and technological equipment. He found his way by juxtaposing, duplicating, twisting images, making it possible for him to reproduce human vision more accurately. This way, he generated a genuine numerical puzzle, in which the pieces, cut out, “drawn again”, come up along on top of the imagination of the artist.

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His technique produces some truly fascinating images (ooooh…I love the one below!).
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Something about the geometric nature is grandly appealing to the eye; perhaps it is our innate human tendency to seek structure and order in our surroundings.
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These are pieces of truth, kaleidoscopically intertwined into something magical…
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Desktop Goodies 1/22

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, comics, creatures, photography, satire, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Yep, these are real birds…
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…not Tribbles with eyes.
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I wanted so much to believe this is an actual album, but sadly I don’t see it on Amazon or YouTube.
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Now THIS is music! I can almost hear their sweet, fruity harmonizing.
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1926 skull clock created by the German Oswald clockmaking workshop. They eyes rotate to tell the time.
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For maximum safety, place your child in a crib that appears to be a cross between a glass coffin and what magicians use to saw people in half.
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A unique abduction? Eye don’t know.
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MONSTER SOUP OF THE THAMES!
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Never neglect your bowels.
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I wish this were part of a large “Things to Do With a Giant Head” photo collection. There are two fine suggestions here:
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The Shadow is a force, indeed.
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The challenges we rarely think of…
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Mothmeister

Posted in photography, surreal with tags , on January 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Mothmeister’s tagline is shooting weird & wonderful creatures & critters
around the world
. One look, and you’ll be inclined to find that a fitting description.

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These photos do an excellent job of making me feel like I just walked straight into a nightmare, or surrealist horror film.
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They come from Wounderland (a brilliant title for a dark, mysterious world)…
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Something about the taxidermy specimens paired with masked subjects is undeniably creepy, wouldn’t you say?
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