Category: Nature

Art

Insane finish of illustrator’s patterned drawings shows us her exquisite process and influences

Daria Hlazatova is an artist from a small town near the Carpathians in Ukraine. She loves drawing and creating handmade collages. We have recently featured artists whose arts were inspired by the very environment surrounding them and Daria is no different. True enough, she admitted to an interview with Talenthouse that her work and style are syntheses of everything she has seen, enjoyed, and dreamed of. Her illustrations, in all their intricacies and patterns, show most of her influences, from Slavic folklore and fairy tales to modern day pop culture icons. She obviously loves myths and legends so much but the main things that inspire her to create these masterpieces are music, traveling, gardens, ocean, people, and theater. It’s quite phenomenal how she is able to create drawings with hundreds of shapes, patterns, colors and details, yet is still able to maintain a sense of balance and peace. Visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram to see more of her arts.  ...
Art

Artist breathes new life into found objects by placing them in unrelated drawings

Have you ever found yourself seeing or regarding something as an entirely different, and much bigger, thing? Neuroscience PhD student and artist Desirée De León most certainly has, and her online project "100 Days of Tiny Things" sprang right out of an instance in which she gave life to a found object by treating it in a way that only someone with artistic inclinations would. “I remember noticing the disembodied head on the coins,” she says, “and I impulsively drew a speech bubble coming out of the coin’s mouth.” De León's series is a collection of minuscule objects that she has put a spin on and, thus, given a new existence to by situating them in drawings that point to an entirely different context. One work features a real orange segment that took on the image of the sun after De León drew a tree and giraffes beside it. Another work shows a dried flower heading in the direction of a drawing of dinosaurs, suggesting that it was the asteroid that killed the creatures....
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Artist intricately illustrates flora and fauna as album art, print ads, and other forms of media

Erica Williams is an artist from Colorado but is currently based in Minneapolis. She went to Kansas City Art Institute for a year before becoming a freelance illustrator. Although her major influences are history, fiber arts, tattoo culture, folklore, fables, and mythology, it is her love for nature that significantly impacts her art. Growing up, she used to spend summers in rural Georgia where she was surrounded by forests and farmland. Years later, she is known for creating stunning, meticulous illustrations of anything found in nature -- mostly plants, flowers, and animals. Interestingly, although she has clients from different industries, her style also brought her a lot of clientele from the entertainment scene -- musicians and theaters, among others. She usually creates posters, album arts, print advertisements, and even t-shirt designs for her clients. She also accepts hand lettering projects. To know more about Erica and her works, she's on Facebook,...
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CAPTURED: Split seconds between dreaming and waking

Martin Stranka is an award-winning professional photographer from Prague, Czech Republic. Stranka's approach to photography never fails to capture his audience as he tries to etch a unique space located in balance and serenity resulting to images that seem to exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening. For a self-taught artist, Stranka has gone quite a long way. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen from South and North America, through Europe, all the way to Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Milan, London, Miami, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Kiev and many more. He has created book covers for the biggest New York publishers, such as Harper Collins Publishers and Sterling Publishing. In addition, he has collaborated with other book publishers, music publishers, and artists around the world. Visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram for more of his stunning...
Inspiration

Anna Ådén makes you fall in love with beautiful Nothern Sweden

We know artists to have different styles and different niche. Some have a long back story for their choice -- a coming-of-age life event or a significant memory. Anna Ådén need not have a story. She did not have to bring her camera far as the masterpiece is already surrounding her, waiting to be captured. And she did. Anna is a 27-year-old freelance photographer from Umeå, a city in the Northern part of Sweden. She takes amazing photographs of the beauty of nature, landscapes, and lifestyle in her home throughout the seasons. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Sweden and Germany. Her work has also been featured in different local magazines. Just a mere scan of her photography in her blog and website gives you the ultimate Swedish experience. Makes you want to pack your bags and book that flight. For more of her stunning works, visit her on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr.   ...
Architecture

Homogenous restaurant designed “like a fallen tree” takes shape in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Primarily designed for a competition back in 2015, the Oberhulz Mountain Hut, a restaurant made entirely out of locally-sourced wood, has just opened to the public. The winning cantilevered design is constructed 6500 feet high in the Dolomites Mountain Range, one part of the Italian Alps identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant structure is true to its main concept – purposely following the mountain’s slope and spreading out like three branches of a fallen tree. The interiors of these branches are just as significant and expressive as the façade. Each section is separated from the other with protruding wood trusses that extend their lengths from the ceiling down to the walls. This classic structural design, in turn, transforms the three sections into intimate pockets and, with the use of a glass wall façade, offers users uninterrupted views of the surroundings. All furniture used is made of local oak. The homogenous architecture is a nod to the...
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Science appreciated through art, art appreciated through science in ‘Science as Art’

The “Science as Art” exhibit is a one-of-a-kind event that will run until March 3 at the Washington State Legislative Building. It will continue from March 6 to April 8 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. This has been an annual exhibition that featured images courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "I always really like science as art because it lets you show something in a way that is more universally relatable. You don't have to have a technical background to be interested," says Nicole Overman, a materials engineer who captured the tungsten-copper alloy's close-up. The researchers at PNNL have been selecting, coloring, and submitting images for the Science as Art event since 2010. John LaFemina, the laboratory director, said, "We had all these images that were too interesting and too beautiful to hide in a drawer somewhere." And thus, the yearly tradition was born - and the rest of the country is now enjoying these exceptional...
Creativity

#GandalfTheGuide: Photographer documents his tour of Middle Earth

Akhil Suhas is a photographer who was blessed enough to live and study in a country with an endless amount of scenery and landscapes to offer -- New Zealand. Of course, we know this country to be the very place where J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings took place. In the novel, he calls it the Middle Earth. Naturally, Suhas took advantage of this privilege, went to a 15,000-kilometer adventure and documented it using photos. With so many people already touring the country due to its LOTR fame, this photographer wanted to stand out. He first tried taking photographs of himself in a Gandalf costume using a tripod but it didn't work for him. He then decided to ask people he met along the way to put on the outfit and surprisingly, they agreed. This cross-country tour was life-changing for Suhas and if you follow him on Instagram, and see his photographs and stories, it could change your life, too. His website is also worth checking out. Enjoy! ...
Digital

Bea Nagy captures dreamy Amsterdam after a snowfall

There is a broad spectrum of attractions for recreational and cultural sightseeing in Amsterdam. The main tourist attractions are museums. The city has over fifty museums which attract millions of visitors every year. However, Hungarian photographer Bea Nagy, who is currently based in the city, didn't need to go far or visit a particular tourist spot to use as subject to her photography project. She takes photos of Amsterdam often but her favorite season is when it snows. For her, the white blanket makes the entire city look pure and innocent. Bea tries to tell stories in each photograph with the intention of evoking emotions to her viewers. She aims to capture events as they happen so as to leave amazing memories when the moment is gone. If you haven't been to Netherlands, let alone Amsterdam, these images will surely make you consider it. Visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more of her works. ...
Nature

Amazing underwater photography taken by UPY photographer of the year winner, finalists

UK’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest has just recently concluded and the winning photographs definitely did not disappoint. The contest was created primarily to celebrate the photographic talents of individuals in the field of underwater photography. The range of locations can vary from lakes to swimming pools to the sea – basically under any body of water. Along with the main award, the competition also has 10 other mini categories that test the skills of photographers namely Wide Angle, Behavior, Macro and Wreck photography. Gabriel Barathieu, with his “Dancing Octopus” submission, was revealed to be this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year. The British Underwater Photographer of the Year, not to be mistaken with the former, was awarded to Nick Blake with his freshwater sinkhole photo entitled “Out Of The Blue.” Horacio Martinez was named Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year with his white tip shark portrait...
Architecture

Critiquing ideas of national identity and globalization using caged taxidermied birds and an upside-down tree

"Question the Wall Itself," a new exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is all about the capacity to interrogate symbols and their (varied) meanings. As its title might suggest, the show features installations that poses, and arouses, questions on customary notions of space, both within and beyond a structure -- not only in a physical sense but, more importantly, in a psychological and political one. In the interactions between the works and the viewers, these notions are expected to be challenged or even reconstructed, making beholders reflect on, or perhaps cast a doubtful look at,  their own perceptions of belonging and identity. What belongs to whom? Does anything really rightfully constitute exclusivity of ownership? One of the works exhibited is Rosemarie Trockel’s "As far as possible." The work is composed of taxidermied birds in a cage and a palm tree hanging from the ceiling, along with other exoticized objects. Fionn Meade, artistic...
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Inspirational and rare ‘rock art’ found in Burrup Peninsula may be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site soon

There are but a few remaining natural places in the world that are fully safe from any form of destruction. Case in point: Burrup Peninsula's aboriginal rock art. The area has been the center of many a political controversy, which has put off the petitioning of it to become a renowned World Heritage site for many years. Greens MP Robin Chapple said, "it is unfortunate that he has waited this long to do so, given I first nominated the place in 2003 and was met with overwhelming opposition from both sides of politics. Mr Barnett was given an opportunity to nominate it again just 12 months ago; that he is doing so now just smacks of political opportunism." Adding to this, former Greens leader Christine Milne, who was active in pushing for the site to be listed as a World Heritage site, said, "we want UNESCO protection because it is one of the world's truly great cultural sites. However, we should be under no illusion that on its own it will fully protect the rock art. We are concerned...
Architecture

700-year-old sacred tree located in a Japanese train station

Kayashima Station in the Northeast suburbs of central Osaka, Japan hosts a 700-year-old tree. The massive camphor tree has been around for centuries and is associated with a deity. The station first opened in 1910 and was soon plagued by overcrowding. Officials planned to remove the tree completely but all efforts were halted by locals fuelled by their belief in the tree's holy powers. It is said that a man who cut off one of its branches developed high fever the next day. The new station was completed in 1980 with the tree standing tall even to this day. Check out some images of the station below! ...
Architecture

‘Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints’ – the beauty of abandonment

‘Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints’, this is a simple rule that leads photographer Valerie Leroy through her adventures. Usually, with a group of friends, she travels around the Brussels with an aim to discover places and objects that once were made and used by humans and now are abounded. Although the experience is unforgettable and the risk worth it, one should be careful when stepping inside an old dusty house of industrial complex. To do this kind of hobby or job, one has to be a daredevil. Going to abounded places can be creepy and illegal too. Valery is deeply in love with the beauty of abandonment and respects all that she finds in front of her curious eyes. Abandoned trains, abandoned factories, abandoned hotels, houses and much more to be explored on Valerie’s blog and Instagram. ...
Art

My Heart is an Animal by Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek

My Heart is an Animal is an ongoing photography project based on surrealistic imagery. It is made by photographer couple, Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarekwho, currently live and work in Belgium. The couple started working together in 2015. Katarzyna is a fashion/product designer and has a Master's degree in Arts while Marcin has been into photography since he was 20. Their brainchild, My Heart is an Animal, put their passion for digital photography to a whole new level when it was launched in 2016. It brings the viewers to the world of dreams, symbols, metaphors, allegories, legends, and myths. The process of hybridizing human and animal bodies is a rare kind of art that captures the audience's emotion regarding humanity, its power, passion, and state of mind. The couple aims to explore the infinite possibilities of human imagination, in search of a connection between reality and otherwise. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. ...
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L.C. Armstrong takes New York by flowers

Marlborough Gallery launched another art exhibition for L.C. Armstrong newest work entitled Signals at Sunset. The exhibit opened on February 8th and will run until March 4th. As announced, Signals at Sunset continues Armstrong’s explorations of the surreal and the hyperreal. Expanding upon the language of Magic Realism these flowerscapes, a term coined by writer Luanne McKinnon, depict bright, intensely detailed flowers over maximalist landscapes both real and imagined. This artist's practice of layering acrylic on linen panels imparts a luminosity and a pearly, otherworldly glow to her works. Radiance often comes from an imposing sun and the flowers that populate the paintings loom larger than life and are often improbably bright. Armstrong was born in Humboldt, Tennesse. She worked multiple jobs to be able to send herself to school. She finished Fine Arts both from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in '82 and San Francisco Art Institute in San...
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The beautiful world of frozen Baikal Lake

During the winter, the world’s deepest lake (1,642 meters) freezes over to a thickness of 5 to 6.5 feet. The ice forms are stunningly beautiful and many visitors go to the Baikal Lake just to experience a breathtaking nature in front of their eyes.  Ice cracks all the time and this makes for some creepy sounds. Photographer Kristina Makeeva walked the lake and made incredible photographs. Through her lance, Baikal looks like a place from the winter fairy tale. For Makeeva's experience during the adventure in the frozen Baikal, read here. ...
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‘Overwatch’ game character Bastion becomes a popular muse for many artists across the web

In the game Overwatch, many characters have become the subject of interest for many artists. Bastion is one of the favorite muses for many artists all around the world. Today we're lucky to enjoy the perks of interconnectedness, allowing us to revel at the beautiful pieces of art from the web. Bastion is a dynamic character, a dependable sentry who hunkers down to defend using a hail of bullets against opponents who step on a capture point. Aside from his immense skill, there is also a ton of fiction written about him. Bastion simply is this: the balance between machinery and nature. He is a programmed bot for war who is realizing his love for nature. Credit goes to the following artists, whose artwork follow below (from top to bottom): Jarold SNG, Snatti89, Wizyakuza, Quirkillicious (Drake Tsui), AyyaSAP. Feel free to visit their pages and support their work or share these to other Overwatch fans and players! ...
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Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck zeroes in on forests’ lines and forms in first book of photos

Singaporean artist and photographer Chua Chye Teck perhaps got more than he bargained for when he turned to hiking. Initially a way for him to increase physical activity, hiking provided an opportunity to observe and appreciate the composition of a forest -- not the obviously beautiful landscapes, mind you, but the way the trees are connected to form an expansive body. This is all thanks to his training as a sculptor, in which he is most attentive to lines, form, and structure. Enthralled by the splendor, Chua, 43, took photos of trees as he perceived them. The result of the two-year photography sessions in the forested domains is his recently released first book, "Beyond Wilderness." At first glance, many of the black-and-white photos look like ones of freely applied paint rather than trees. Chua is adamant in his belief that the wilderness possesses codes waiting to be deciphered. “There is a visual language to the wilderness that, just like English or Chinese,...
Architecture

Industrial pre-fabbed shelter that serves as an all-inclusive modern escape

In a busy generation that synonymizes traveling with the most sought-after luxury retreats, people often forget that nature is in itself an escape. With the use of steel and nature as the frame, Danish bathroom and kitchen company VIPP created a capsule-like shelter that packs all the essentials for a modern retreat. The 55 square meter pre-fabricated shelter is structurally supported with steel and is composed of two levels. The ground floor, which is covered with glass windows on two sides, boasts the bedroom, the kitchen, family room and the bathroom. The upper level has a small storage unit with a loft-type sleeping space for another guest. Nature plays a major role in the shelter’s sustainability. The operable windows are designed to allow natural circulation of air and the black-colored exterior absorbs heat and sunlight when it is hot. A built-in fireplace is also strategically positioned at the center of the shelter to equally distribute heat. The 25-ton...
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Apple’s new ad showcases the power of the iPhone 7 in low-light photography

A new advertising campaign by Apple shows just how capable the camera of the iPhone 7 is. The campaign, called "One Night," features photos taken by a number of photographers on Nov. 5 last year using the tech giant's latest handset. The iPhone, particularly its more recent iteration, is lauded for its image-capturing ability, but this ad specifically seeks to let everyone know of the iPhone 7's prowess in low-light photography. From dusk till dawn, the photographers took photos of captivating natural landscapes and lively city streets. Reuben Wu, a photographer from Chicago, spent the night capturing lava in  Gunung Karang in Indonesia. Wu fitted the iPhone 7, whose camera boasts an F1.8 aperture, to a drone to capture the majestic view from above. Ruairidh McGlynn, meanwhile, traveled to Iceland and snapped away in the Arctic, with a dog sled for transportation. "I wanted to produce a series of unexpected images that both pushed the boundaries of mobile photography...
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Annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibit takes place in Cottesloe Beach, features awe-inspiring works by different artists

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most famous events in Sydney, Australia. It all began with Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, where over half a million people come in to see the work of various artists. It has been a resounding success since 1997 and continues as an annual tradition to this day. Because of its success, the organizers have expanded to a second location: Cottesloe, Perth. Now, we are looking forward to this year's Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe, which will take place on March 2017. Cottesloe has staged the event since 2005, amassing over a quarter of a million visitors each year, thanks to the many sculptures on display. But this isn't just about art - because Sculpture by the Sea has become an inspiring moment for all of us. For some reason, during these events, every person who participates or even just visits spreads goodwill in a way or two. You can experience this, too. The 2017 event will take place on March 3 to 20 at the Cottesloe Beach in Perth. For...
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Artist known as Golden Sister makes adorable floral portraits using real flowers

"The actual act of creating each piece, for me, is therapeutic, spending lots of time outside walking and foraging, truly in the moment, my eyes scanning every square inch of my surroundings," says artist Golden Sister in her artist’s statement. The artist makes absolutely amazing floral portraits of imaginary female characters, all dreamy, beautiful and mesmerizing. Her art is not only beautiful but also ecological and absolutely organic. Everything that she uses to make a portrait came from the Mother Nature and will be returned to her once the process is finished. To buy your own blossoming flower art portrait, you can sift through Sister Golden’s collection of flower prints. ...
Inspiration

Aerial photographs show Australians who don’t have to travel the world to find a perfect beach

Yes, it's absolutely true; life on the beach can be absolutely perfect and dreamy. Fortunately for those of us who don't have a sunny beach nearby, photographer Kati Bills has made a photo series of Australian beaches taken from a bird’s view. On a sunny, picturesque Australian day, Bills was in a helicopter taking these beautiful pictures. As a photographer, she has the ability to capture the simplicity and beauty of human life in nature. She is an excellent travel photographer and has many other beautiful works. For more from Kati Bills check out her website here and Instagram here. ...
Creativity

This beautiful pictures will immerse you in the magic of the forest

Julie is a French photographer who enjoys the little simple pleasures that life offers. Because of this, she likes walking barefoot and staying in contact with nature. Her pictures are the evidence of the captured fragments of her personal universe. To enjoy more of the magic she captures through her lenses,  visit her DeviantArt, Tumblr, or get your own print on her Etsy. ...
Architecture

Collection of photos caputring plant-filled homes around the world

The following pictures have been collected on Pinterest. All of the houses contain plants in their interiors. It takes more than an ordinary flower lover to create anything that rivals what these real plant enthusiasts have created - they have made little wild gardens inside their houses! Who wouldn’t like to have a house or office like that? It is a healthy and absolutely peaceful surrounding to be in. Take a look. ...
Art

Gold cords and metallic beads used to embroider insects and trees

Insects have never looked so majestic and valuable than in Humayrah Bint Altaf's stitched works. The embroidery artist uses gold twist cords, metallic beads, Rococo threads, and other materials to create amazing ornate insects, trees, and more. The resulting three-dimensional works are incredibly detailed and aesthetically appeasing. The Bedford-based artist cites her process saying, "I often wander through the woods near my home, where I gather leaves, twigs, feathers and other things I can find to bring back home and preserve. I also like to incorporate nature’s treasures into my embroideries and with each piece I feel that a part of me has been embedded into my work." Her works can now be purchases through an online shop. Check out some of the beetles and scarabs below and find more on Instagram. ...
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