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Canadian photographer Jen Osborne is certainly no stranger to the odd and bizarre. Still, when the day came for her to snap photos of a truly weird subject, she was caught a bit off balance. For Jen Osborne, that day happened when she went on assignment to Washington at the Bellingham Health and Rehabilitation Center. When she got marching orders from Colors magazine to photograph two therapy llamas on the job at the center, she didn’t flinch, and just went at it. Once at the center, she trained her lens on the pair of therapy llamas that traveled from farm to hospital to cheer up a group of elderly patients.
Kingston, New York-based photographer Julianne Swartz makes use of commonplace substances and basic technology to create multifaceted artistic statements. Her work challenges our fixed ideas and outlook about art, and dares us to observe the world in fresh ways. The misleadingly simple materials often conceal a much deeper philosophy. Swartz manages to capture portraits of individuals as shadow reflections in large, soapy bubbles.
The idiom “at a snail’s pace,” referring to excruciatingly slow speed, apparently may be giving snails some gross misrepresentation. Based on a recent study, snails are capable of exploring the length of a typical British garden in one night, and can reach a blistering top speed of one meter per hour, according to a new study. Scientists examined the behavior of 450 garden variety snails by recording their movements with the use of LED lights, UV paints and time-lapse photography. Not surprisingly, the study yielded some unexpectedly impressive images. It was observed that snails will travel distances of up to 25 meters within a 24-hour period. They do this as they seek sites for shelter, typically trees or objects, long grass, and even dogs’ toys, abandoned in the garden.
Erik Johansson definitely has a talent for bending reality. He not only bends it, but twists it to a point of fantastic, unbelievable scenarios. At 25, Johansson displays exceptionally special skills, as he demonstrates his proficiency and gift at photo-manipulation. Johansson has a client list that has justifiably mushroomed, which includes such global brand giants like Adobe, Google, and Microsoft. Some of the creations are so baffling, even though we all know digital processing can do almost anything.
Luke Shepard set out to create an epic journey, traversing 36 cities and 21 countries with the goal of capturing beautiful and historic European structures and monuments. The 23-year-old director/videographer came-up with an incredible time-lapse that took him and his friend on a marathon 3 month trip using a 90 day Eurail Pass. What was a successful Kickstarter campaign, which drew nearly $20,000, led to this striking video.
When we summon images of visual recorded history from memory, what our minds recall are black and white photographs of people or events. History, it seems, in the earlier recorded forms, is always monochromatic. That pre-conditions our minds to see things and personalities from olden times always strictly in black and white. Sometimes we even have difficulty realizing that the world has, since the beginning of time, always been in color. So when we see black and white images we have been so accustomed to, processed into color, we kind of get thrown off balance. It takes a certain amount of recalibrating our visual sense to appreciate these colorized images. Credit this to a Reddit group’s work called Colorized History that made it their mission to change many iconic images and the way we view history and its main players.