Love video games but have an exam coming up? Well, good news! There are some studies that have proven there is a correlation between improving one’s ability to learn and playing videos games. Memory boosts, improved cognitive skills, faster decision making, multitasking abilities, and thought stimulation are just some of the benefits of taking a wee break to get behind the controller. And don’t forget higher creativity and imagination as side effects as well! DeMilked is hosting an interesting infographic that breaks down exactly how video games are changing the way we think about education. Check it out here - and show it to your parents as proof!!
We've just discovered a remarkable piece of street art that popped up and subsequently disappeared in New Dehli this past Spring. Created by the anonymous, India-based graffiti artist Daku, it is one unlike any other. Because of shadow positioning, the piece was not viewable after May 15. However, as of August 15, visitors can now, once again, see the piece as it was meant to be seen! ‘Time changes everything’ took inspiration from the concept of a sundial in order to create a sort of graffiti piece in motion. Because of the positioning and three-dimensionality of the letters used in the artwork, its shadows and reflections change throughout the day, never staying in one place, always symbolizing things that are forever with us: light and time. They say not a lot is known about the artist, only that his works incorporate social commentary and that the translation of his name is “bandit”. You can check out images and videos of the fascinating "graffiti-in-motion" in New Delhi here.
Nashville-based artist Giles Clement is not your average, modern day photographer. In fact, he creates his portraits using both vintage tintype (positive image on a thin tin plate) and ambrotype (glass negative used against a dark background) techniques. Both of these techniques were actually used in the 1850s and 1860s. Having his subjects then pose with the final product adds another layer of complexity to the feeling of time travel that the method produces. Clement describes his style: “My tintype images are created using equipment made more than 160 years ago . . . From an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience, and feel. The inherent flaws of these instruments lend themselves perfectly to my view of a beautifully imperfect world.” Check out Clement's mysterious and nostalgia-evoking work here.
Ah, the majesty of nature! It has a way of being both terrifying and beautiful at the same time if you know how to approach it the right way. Take for example this past May, when the world’s largest salt flats in Bolivia were flooded with water. The salt flats, known as Salar de Uyuni, suddenly morphed into this gigantic mirror, reflecting back the vastness and overwhelming wonders of the Milky Way. Russian photographer Daniel Kordan was able to capture the moment with his Nikon D810A camera. The results? Mesmerizing and striking long exposure images of a universe reflected back on our own Earth. You can check out more of Kordan’s images here!
PARTY ANIMAL is an art project out of Japan that features something “exciting, magical and fun”. Simply fireworks that look like...well, animals...the silly little project is straighforward but a pure joy! Never too early to gear up for the approaching July 4th firework season! Let the pictures speak for themselves and check out the explosive little creatures here.
When nature meets art, who would have thought the source would be glowworms?! Well, welcome to the limestone caves of the Waitomo area of New Zealand, home to a very special kind of glowworm. These impressive little creatures emit a phosphorescent light that turns the nooks and crannies of the caves into incredibly impressive natural light shows. Thanks to photographer Shaun Jeffers, we can enjoy the beautiful “installations” without personally having to make the trek to the underworld of New Zealand (though who would complain about that task). The images range from having between 30 second to 6 minute exposures - requiring Jeffers to stand in cold water for over 6 hours a day to capture! Read here for more info and to check out the photos.
Symbols of controversial consumerism mixed with the beauty of stained glass? Those are the two very different concepts that London-based artist, Laura Keeble, is using to create her art. She’s creating sculptures of pop art and consumer goods out of the church-like properties of stained glass. Her project is making commentary on these symbols as things we hold falsely sacred, hence the holy-like look and feel imbued by the stained glass medium. Read more about the artist and check out images of her work here!
Ah, the good old days of flimsy VHS cardboard sleeves and being kind by rewinding a tape after finishing a movie. Nothing compares. It seems instagrammer Offtrackoutlet felt the same way, so now he spends his time designing and sharing a series of VHS covers…but only for recent cinema releases! From The Revenant to the new Star Wars movie, modern films are reimagined as nostalgic throwbacks. 2016 suddenly becomes 1986! For a fun blast from the past, check out some of his best designs here.
Naomi Vona, an Italian artist living in London, creates whimsical handmade collages out of vintage and found images. Considering herself a “photo and video archival parasite”, even the most devoted media archivist can’t really complain when they see her work. Drawing what she calls “portals” on items like old vinyl LP covers, her art allows you to travel through time by recontextualizing the original work and creating something totally new. Read here to see a gallery of some of her most inspiring vintage manipulations of the past.
Stuart Haygarth has an unbelievable way of turning trash into something really damn cool and it’s called Barnacle. A simple photo book of deep sea ship wrecks led to his interest in things like barnacles and algae and how they alter the the ocean’s underwater landscape. As sunken ships lay decaying on the ocean floor, they morph over time as things like shellfish attach to them. Check out the rest of the story here.