Pic of the Day: Chicago’s Frozen Shadows

Today’s Pic of the Day is this stunning shot called Chicago’s Frozen Shadows. Taken by photographer Mike Lavoie, with special help from his pilot Tony T., it shows Chicago’s dramatic skyline from the vantage point of a Cessna airplane. Most breathtaking of all are the long shadows the sun and the skyscrapers have created on top of the water. Dramatic and beautiful.

“This was my first time in a small airplane,” Lavoie tells us. “The sheer luck of being in the right place at the right time is quite evident in this image. I wanted to tag along with a pilot flying around the lake front of Chicago so I dropped off a business card at a small landing strip in Hobart, Indiana and got a call the next day from Tony who said he had to keep his hours up to keep his pilots license current.

“I think the lessons for me are to keep trying, find ways to express myself creatively, and be ready when the phone rings to go on an exciting adventure.”

Mike Lavoie on Flickr

January 22, 2017

Felted Bird Sculptures Celebrate the Colorful Details of Peacock Feathers

Captivated by color and fascinated with feathers, Australian artist Jill Ffrench handcrafts enchanting felted birds. In her splendid series of peacock pieces, Ffrench pays particular attention to the creatures’ tail feathers, which she adorns with beautifully balanced patterns and eye-catching designs. Composed only of wire, wax, and a range of colorful felt, the sculptures convey both the beauty of birds and the capabilities of the craft itself.

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January 21, 2017

Fluttering Paper Birds Intricately Cut From Old Maps and Atlases

With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight. Each figure features intricately carved feathers that appear to delicately flutter. With extended wings and alternating positions, the birds demonstrate the unique gestures of flying birds.

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