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Anka Zhuravleva – Distorted Gravity

21 May

(…) many photographers are self-described “late bloomers” who turned their hobby into a full-time profession at a much later age. Such was the case for artist Anka Zhuravleva who realized that photography was her truly calling only after jumping around from career to career. She worked as a tattoo artist, a singer in a rock-band, a model and a painter!

Finally in 2006, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia-based Zhuravleva decided to focus all of her efforts on photography. Here, she put her own, unique spin on the art of levitation through her series Distorted Gravity. In it, her young subjects are seen going about their everyday lives…all in a zero gravity environment.

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Ben Heine – Digital Circlism

21 May

– What is “Digital Circlism”? –

It is a modern artistic expression, a mix of Pop Art and Pointillism. It is made with digital tools usually featuring celebrities made of thousands of flat circles on a black background. Almost each circle has a different color, a different size and a different tone.

– How long do the images take? –

It generally takes between 100 and 180 hours for a single portrait.

– How is it made? –

I often make a photomontage first using a bunch of references, then a digital painting and I finally apply my “digital circlist” technique. When making a portrait with circles, it is important to focus on the dynamic movement of someone’s face. I place each circle one by one with a sharp round brush, there is no automatic process, it’s a time consuming method. (I usually work in Photoshop but it could be any other graphics creation software).

It is essential to pay attention on the aspect of each circle (changing slightly the size and color for every circle is better). That’s the difficult part, because there can be several thousands circles in a single portrait. I try to place them with harmony, according to the main lines and energy of the person represented.

I normally make bigger circles in the lighter areas of the subject and smaller circles in the darker places. This gives more volume and a 3D illusion. There is no limit, it’s a new technique and I think there is much more to do with it.

– How old is the technique? –

I made my first portrait with digital circles in February 2010.

– How did it start? –

I’ve been making all kinds of portraits since more than 15 years. I wanted to develop a very original technique. As I’ve been working with digital tools recently, this came quite naturally.

– How do I choose my subjects? –

I often opt for celebrities I personally like, mainly singers or musicians.

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What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn?

21 May

If you are interested in speaking to someone in their native tongue, and are tired of botching the job using Google translate, then it’s time to learn another language.  But, which languages are the hardest for English speakers to learn?

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How your Facebook info would sound in the real world

21 May

Trying to imagine our online behaviors in an offline world has been the subject of many a viral video.

The latest installment in this vein is “The Offline Social Network.” This clip comes from Australian comedy show Hungry Beast and personifies the ubiquitous Facebook as the sort of earnest evangelicals who ask passers-by about the eventual destination of their eternal souls.

And the result? Let’s just say “What is your sexual orientation?” is as awkward a point-blank question as “Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?”

This video reminded us of a few other funny Facebook-as-real-life videos, so we’ve put together a brief gallery of viral clips for your enjoyment.

Watch and enjoy, but do try to get outside a bit as the weekend winds down … And whatever you do, don’t go “poking” anyone in person.

Two guys walking around asking people the same questions they get asked when they sign up to Facebook. Will hilarity ensue? You betcha!

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