Vintage Photos of Everyday Life in 1950s New York Discovered in Attic 50 Years Later

These vintage photographs capture a timeless energy and diversity that is characteristic of the sleepless streets of New York City. The recently discovered antique portraits showcase the city in the midst of the 1950's, as seen through the Rolleiflex lens of the undiscovered photographer Frank Larson. While digging through his aunt's attic, where Larson stowed away his images in 1964, the photographer’s grandson found this remarkable collection of street scenes that give a candid glimpse into the history of the big city.

In the 1950's, Larson worked as an auditor in Queens and had a great knack for capturing beautiful moments in everyday life. Known as the "family shutterbug," photography was a creative outlet that provided relief from the stresses of his 9 to 5 banking job. On the weekends, he would leave home early in the morning on expeditions to explore the city and photograph the life he saw, from Chinatown to Central Park. Throughout his lifetime, his talent was hardly recognized other than at a few local amateur competitions. After Larson passed away, due to a stroke, his images laid dormant, lost for nearly 50 years. Now having resurfaced, Larson's extensive collection of thousands of black and white pieces are in the care of the Queens Museum of Art and are receiving the recognition they deserve.

via [This isn’t Happiness, vintage everyday]

January 16, 2017

Lifelike Paper Birds Adorn Oversized Stamps of Countries Around the World

Using simple, everyday materials, artist Diana Beltran Herrera crafts creatures that are full of life. She transforms paper, wire, and wood into realistic birds whose detailing is nothing short of incredible. The meticulous paper art features individually cut and scored feathers—mimicking the real thing—that are layered into majestic plumage. Through these rigid and repetitive structures, Herrera still manages to capture the feeling that they could go into flight at any moment.

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January 15, 2017

Storybook Landscape Photos Celebrate the Enchanting Beauty of Iceland

The model-photographer duo Victoria Yore and Terrence Drysdale are always on the move. Together, they’re known for their Follow Me Away project and recently enchanted us with their fairy tale images of Oregon. In the short time since, Yore and Drysdale packed their bags for Iceland to explore what the picturesque country had to offer. Like other Follow Me Away series, every photograph is simultaneously stunning and mystifying. The grandiose settings will take your breath away.

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