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Unusual Long Exposure Firework Photographs by David Johnson

Unusual Long Exposure Firework Photographs by David Johnson
While attending the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada earlier this month photographer David Johnson had his camera in hand to document the night. When Spain’s entry into the competition begin he decided to try something a little different resulting in the photos you see here which are unlike any long exposure firework shots I’ve ever seen. Via email David tells me how he accomplished the effect: The technique I used was a simple refocus during the long exposure. Each shot was about a second long, sometimes two. I’d start out of focus, and when I heard the explosion I would quickly refocus, so the little stems on these deep sea creature lookalikes would grow into a fine point. What’s interesting is that unlike usual firework photos that seem to make long trails across the sky, Johnson’s photos look like flowers with little triangular plumes coming to a point. Related:  Electronic Interactive Art

Impressive 3D Sculptures Made of Suspended Sewing Buttons EmailEmail Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel creates something grand from something seemingly insignificant and small: he builds amazing 3D sculptures out of thousands of sewing buttons. Augusto carefully attaches them to a fishing line and constructs things like harp, piano, cello, or a marry-go-round horse. The artist is intrigued by the idea how “a common object used to create a piece of art becomes transformed into something complicated and intriguing.” Check out his stunning work and be sure to visit his website for more! Website: augustoesquivel.com

Barkschat, Blumel and Arnold's 63 Grad Fold-Flat Bench 63 Grad ("63 Degrees") is the name of this folding bench done by Angelina Barkschat, Finn Blumel and Severin Arnold, all students at Germany's Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design. It's not clear if it's meant to be used indoors or out; that many feet would probably present a problem on grass or dirt, but placing the bench on a finished surface would probably de-lam the plywood on the angled feet. In any case I'm intrigued by the fabric hinges, and I love the fold-flat design. Information on the project is light, and any web presence of the design students responsible appears to be nonexistent. Barkschat, Blumel, and/or Arnold, drop us a line (at mail [at] core77.com) if you're reading this!

Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional Drawing has seen something of a renaissance in the last twenty years in the UK. From the Campaign for Drawing to the Drawing Research Network, from the Drawing Room to the Rabley Drawing Centre, we've witnessed a proliferation of passion, effort and energy matched by increased museum exhibitions, dedicated degree courses, professors, publications and conferences. All of the above have been established in pursuit of understanding, developing and promoting drawing, and many inside and outside the sector endure to evidence drawing as both the most sophisticated means of thinking and communicating, and an activity for all. In the 1990s dedicated resources for drawing were much thinner on the ground. At Gloucestershire College of Art (now University) my team taught a structured programme that started with an intensive drawing course as the introduction to the underpinning systems and principles of visual language and painting in particular.

The Pleasure Of: A Video Compilation of Life’s Most Pleasurable Moments by Vitùc Taking the first bite of a watermelon. Cracking an egg. Floating in the ocean on a sunny day. These are brief, seemingly inconsequential moments that almost immediately slip from memory as they pass, neither life-altering or particularly remarkable, and yet taken together they become a sort of texture of our lives. Filmmaker Vitùc recognized the importance of these small moments and collected several dozen of them in his new video short called The Pleasure Of that was shot in part with an iPhone 4s.

Bottle Cap Portrait Artist Mary Ellen Croteau was working on an artwork involving plastic bottle caps, creating tall endless strings that are strung vertically in colorful columns. She repeatedly noticed how some of the caps would fit neatly inside of one another creating new color combinations similar to the portraits of Chuck Close. Inspired, she became sidetracked and embarked on her own self portrait using the colors that “naturally” appeared in the bottle cap plastic. This work was submitted by John Mangahas as part of the Curatorial Contest of Awesomness that was held this past week on Facebook. Missed out on all the action?

Nudge Select 1 of 8 different Sound Patterns from the small Matrixes icons on the right. Use your mouse to draw notes on each 16 Step Matrix. Adjust the volume of the iNudge. Click MORE for advanced adjustment abilities. For each Pattern, adjust Volume, Mute, Clear, or set Audio Pan from Left to Right. Click on the Tempo numbers and click up or down to change the overall Tempo. <div class="block"><div class="full"><div class="content info"><h3>Important information! Studio Gorm's Wood Peg System: Furniture that Hangs Around Somewhat ironic given their name, but the Shakers never had to deal with subways rattling their walls, and their system of hanging chairs on wall-mounted pegs served them well. Netherlands-founded, Eugene, OR-based Studio Gorm (remember their Flow Kitchen?) takes that idea further with their Wood Peg furniture line, a series of benches, stools and tables that all break down flat and can be stored on a rail on the wall. The components are interchangeable, and we know this will scandalize you Ikea fans but there's no Allen keys required; everything goes together and comes apart by hand. The system is comprised of a veritable UN of wood: ash, douglas fir, hemlock, hickory, oak and walnut all make an appearance. Sadly, there's no mention of whether this will remain a concept or something going into production.

50 Powerful Photos Capture Extraordinary Moments In The Wild These amazing photos show animals in a way that you’ve never seen them before. Each image serves as a reminder that we share the planet with some truly awe-inspiring creatures. John Chaney / National Geographic Ian Schofield / National Geographic Goat kids playing at 14,000 feet Simon Chandra / National Geographic Underwater Experiments Continued: Wonderful New Photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov Since first covering the photography of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov (previously) back in January his self-directed “Underwater Experiments” series has continued unabated as he releases other-worldy shots of the Earth’s most elusive creatures almost daily. Again and again Semenov captures some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of underwater life I’ve ever seen, most frequently an animal called lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) which is the largest known species of jellyfish in the world. What you see here only scratches the surface of his work over the last couple of months, definitely urge you to get lost in his underwater gallery.

Portrait Drawn with Ballpoint Pens Nope, not a photograph. This is an amazing portrait drawn by 29-year-old Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva (he says art is just his “hobby”) based on a photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina. Silva’s medium of choice is standard Bic ballpoint pens on paper and this particular portrait uses eight different colors, taking some 30 hours to complete. The drawing went gangbusters on Reddit last night and Silva fields a number of questions about his work over on deviantART. You can see many more of Silva’s drawings here.

// Animated Gifs 01 - Matthew DiVito // MOTION // GRAPHIC // DESIGN // Animated Gifs 01 What started as a little experiment has grown into something more. Selections from my blog mrdiv.tumblr.com retro_break january 22, 2012 shatter march 16, 2012 reset march 19, 2012 worm march 19, 2012 face to vase march 21, 2012 cell march 26, 2012 ribbon march 26, 2012 ico_sphere april 3, 2012 sharp_mind april 6, 2012 smh april 6, 2012

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