June 20, 2024

Artistic Tapestries Highlight the Fragile Beauty of Marine Ecosystems

Textile artist Vanessa Barragão continues to use her craft to showcase the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems. The Portuguese artist, along with a small team of assistants, uses textile scraps that would otherwise be discarded to create her elaborate wall hangings. Reminiscent of coral reefs, they represent the complexities of life underwater. While her studio was founded a decade ago, Barragão continues to stretch her creativity.

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June 19, 2024

Artist Uses UV Light to “Photograph” the Invisible and Bring Ancient African Folklore Into the Light

Darkness is a challenge for many photographers. A badly lit room can ruin an image, and the absence of light can make it impossible for the camera to capture anything at all. What if darkness was not only a resource but also a meaningful vessel? Multimedia artist Mikael Owunna turns the principles of photography on its head to bring ancient African folklore to light in his new exhibition titled Imagine Fresh Darkness.

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June 19, 2024

Fascinating Videos Reveal How Geishas Apply Their Makeup

Japan's geisha tradition has long captured the world's imagination. Many of us have read or watched Memoirs of a Geisha; some have even traveled to Japan to experience geisha culture. These consummate hosts and incredible artists are known for many things, but perhaps their striking makeup stands out the most. Thanks to the TikTok account Facts_About_Asia, we can see for ourselves the preparations that geisha undergo to transform themselves.

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June 18, 2024

Winner of AI Photo Contest Disqualified After He Reveals He Actually Took the Photo

When the 1839 Awards contacted photographers with the results of its Color Photography Contest, they could never have guessed Miles Astray‘s response. Not only had the photographer won third place in the AI category, but he'd also won the People's Vote for an image of a flamingo whose head appeared to be missing. The only problem? Astray's photo was not AI-generated but is actually a photo he shot in Aruba.

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