Tagged: Visual News

#TBT: Victorian Headshots Were Also Cringeworthy


Headshots: They’re the world’s best worst photography. Meant to capture emotion, they usually capture an actor’s failure as they yellow on the walls of dingy restaurants. From pageant-winning kid actors to corny theatre majors showing their many “faces”, headshots are notoriously painful. (Chris Pratt recently tweeted his first his headshot, and it’s as awful as can be.) But apparently, they’ve always been that way. 

Before there were cameras, there were tintypes. And before there were actors who needed headshots, there were still actors who needed headshots. Thus, there are tintype headshots from the Victorian era. These gems feature Fawdon Vokes (killer stage name, if I do say so myself), pantomimist (aka dancer and actor) and member of the famous Vokes family of entertainers.

According to the The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Fall 2012:

“[He] joined the ranks of the Vokes Family, a group of London performers who toured the United States beginning in 1872. Somewhere on tour, perhaps in Philadelphia, Vokes stopped at a portrait studio to act his roles before the camera.”

Boy are we glad he did.


Via My Daguerrotype Boyfriend

By: Visual News
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Source: http://j.mp/1DSAgMW

Concrete Skeletons: Abandoned Hotel Projects of the Sinai Peninsula

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Between 2002 and 2005, German photographers Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche traveled to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. There, the skeletons of abandoned 5-star hotel projects stand in a stark landscape overlooking the sea. It is a reminder of a time when dreams of holiday relaxation were ripe and speculation was rife. Today, all that remains are crumbling concrete ruins of that dream, and glamourous names like ‘Sindbad’, ‘Sultan’s Palace’, and the ‘Magic Life Imperial’.

Why do these ruins exist? The reasons are as varied as their unusual designs. Some were the victims of bad investments, others because of bad state subsidized loans, and many were the result of lost tourism due to a fear of terrorist attacks.

The ruins now populate this empty landscape like unintentional sculptures, towering into the clear blue sky as reminders of times with more hope. See more from this project at haubitz-zoche.de.

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(via The Khooll)

By: Visual News
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Source: http://j.mp/1u3mayh

A Handmade Maze 7 Years in the Making


Recently on Twitter, a Japanese girl who goes by the username @Kya7y revealed a photo that has excited puzzle fans around the world. It was a picture of a complex maze that her father spent 7 years creating nearly 30 years ago- by hand. The maze is approximately 23 x 33 inches in size and the requests for copies for people eager to try to complete it overwhelmed @Kya7y. There is no word on whether or not she will be making copies available, but she has shared the much-wondered about answer to people’s questions about her father’s occupation- he works in the athletic department at a public university… as a janitor!

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Street Artist Works With Nemesis to Tell His Story


In Newcastle passersby have grown very familiar to street art by Mobstr, especially his arch-nemesis: the city’s buff man who paints over the graffiti. Rather than getting frustrated, Mobstr has incorporated the buff man into his work to tell a story on Jerome Street. Starting with “Once upon a time…” he told The Story one line at a time as soon as the previous was covered up by the buffer. From message writer to message remover, this paint battle tells a beautiful story.


Like all of our favorite narratives, this graffiti story finishes with “the end.” and one more buffing job, giving the buff man the last laugh, but that’s just this story and there are many more walls in Newcastle. To some the buffed out graffiti is also a form of art, as you will see the excerpt from The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal directed by Matt McCormick at the bottom of the post. Check out more work by Mobstr on his website.

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Punchy, Paper Cut Action Silhouettes

From scenes of western bar brawls to trigger-happy zombie hunters delivering headshots, the silhouette art of David Reeves covers broad-spectrum action scenes. Halifax-based artist / designer / photographer David Reeves re-creates action landscapes borrowed from movies and video games using paper, an x-acto knife, some clever lighting techniques and his trusty Cannon camera. Reeves captures the silhouettes of samurais, Batman, cowboys, aliens and scenes from the stunningly visual video game, Limbo (just to name a few).

His drool-worthy art is definitely worth a peek:

Batman makes an appearance…

How it’s made: silhouette style
Re-creation, some amazing scenes inspired by Limbo
Super hero junkie? The art of Andy Fairhurst profiles kids with super powers

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Tumblr Treasures- Pen & Ink

Whenever I see an interesting tattoo, I love to ask the person to share with me the meaning behind it. In doing this, I’ve heard some truly fascinating stories and some that are more like: “I don’t know, my friend was getting a tattoo so I just picked out something on the wall.” If you have a tattoo with a meaningful story behind it, are thinking about getting one but can’t decide what, or just like hearing about other peoples’ tattoos, then we’ve found the perfect Tumblr for you! Pen & Ink was created by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton as a place for those with body art to share the stories behind it. It features each person’s name and occupation, a fun sketch of each tattoo diagraming where it is on the body, and, of course, the reasoning for it.

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Whiteboard Drawings Done on a Short Lunch Break

Think you’ve got whiteboard art skills? Just check out these drawings by Gregory Euclide who creates each astounding piece on his short 25 minute lunch break. It’s hard to believe the speed with which he must create each of the detailed pieces, seamlessly working in both realistic architectural elements and abstract linear swooshes. Unlike so many illustrations done with dry erase markers – which only leave crisp well defined lines – his works mix in drips and wet streaks from areas he’s moistened. The results hardly look as if they could be drawn on whiteboard at all.

See Also Black/White: Beautiful Chalkboard Typography

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Traditional Chinese Art Made With a Nail Gun

Taiwanese artist Chen Chun-Hao is bringing a thousand year old art form into the 21st century, using modern tools which would rarely be considered for making art. Using a nail gun and small “mosquito nails” (tiny headless nails), he shoots thousands into canvas covered boards to reproduce the look of traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings. From a distance these mediums smoothly merge together, forming fine lines and delicate shading, but from a closer perspective their sharp metallic nature comes forth.

See Also Chinese Photographs Look Like Traditional Paintings

Many of Chen Chun-Hao’s works are copies of classic Chinese shanshui (mountain/water) paintings, such as the 11th-century Fan Kuan and Guo Xi. While copying has been a long accepted tradition in Chinese art, the new artist must have a deep understanding of the original master while also adding something new. Chen clearly does this and enjoys the contradictions his art entails: using sharp objects and loud machinery to create works intended to be tranquil and meditative, rendering two-dimensional paintings in three-dimensional bas-relief and copying artworks originally intended for the emperor’s court with cheap, mass-produced objects.

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Visual Bits #208> Organized Chaos In Art

The Warped Digital World of Jordan Speer

Welcome to the warped digital world of Jordan Speer. His illustrations create a surreal environment full of robots and strange machinery with a distinctly humanistic twist… mostly, everything from drum sets to rockets and drilling machines come to life and grows gigantic eyes. It’s as if we have traveled to some alternate universe or distant future where technology is alive and aware of its environment.

See Also Bohemian Dreams in Digital Art

Further lending to its unique appearance, Speer’s perfectionistic work is full of burnt orange and blue details which emphasize his unusual use of three-dimensional form. In this sense, the images are almost sculptural in their execution, drawing us in to the unusual juxtapositions and combinations of subject matter, which nonetheless make sense in some dreamlike way. For more of his strange scenes, see Speer’s website BeefStrong.com.

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