21 Photos Of Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization

September 23rd, 2014 by Lina D. | No Comments | Filed in Design

As solid and unshakable as we think our civilization is, its grip on nature is tenuous at best. If any cracks appear in the faces of our buildings or our machines, nature is quick to move in and take over. With this in mind, here are 21 photos of places and things that nature is in the process of reclaiming.

Quite a bit of thought has been given to the idea of what Earth might look like once we’re gone. Indeed, many books and TV shows on the topic have found that nature would take our places fairly quickly. Many cities would be re-colonized within a year or two, and many of our buildings would begin crumbling soon after without human maintenance or energy sources. The Life After People series on the History Channel has a comprehensive timeline of collapses detailing when various famous landmarks of human civilization throughout the world might give way to nature.

The Old Piano Tree, California

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Image credits: Crackoala

Trees Winning Against Concrete In Hong Kong

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Image credits: Romain JL

Abandoned Inner City Railway In Paris

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Image credits: messynessychic.com

Bicycle Eaten by A Tree On Vashon Island, Washington

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Image credits: Ethan Welty

Abandoned Shopping Mall Taken Over By Fish In Bangkok

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Image credits: Jesse Rockwell

Old Abandoned Mill In Sorrento, Italy

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Image credits: Jason Wallace

Abandoned Ferris Wheel

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Image credits: Kyle Telechan

Vintage Automobile Graveyard, Belgium

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Image credits: Rosanne de Lange

Abandoned Mining Town, Namibia

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Image credits: Marsel Van Oosten

Abandoned 160-Year-Old Railway In Paris

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Image credits: Pierre Folk

102-Year-Old Abandoned Ship In Sydney, Australia

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Image credits: AndyBrii

Tree Roots Overcoming Brick Sidewalk

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Image credits: worldbeyondyourown

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Image credits: Wei-Feng Xue

Abandoned Mansion Near Kilgarvan, Ireland

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Image credits: Sam Abell

Abandoned Train Station In Abkhazia

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Image credits: Ilya Varlamov

I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium

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Abandoned Fishermen’s Town In Kamchatka, Russia

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Image credits: englishrussia.com

Angkor, Cambodia

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Image credits: Pietro Bevilacqua

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Image credits: Brad Grove

Abandoned Hotel Room

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Image credits: Matthias Haker

The Radioactive Ghost City Of Pripyat, Ukraine

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Image credits: castlemaineindependent.org

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Photographer Recreates Famous Portraits With John Malkovich As His Model

September 23rd, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Renowned photographer Sandro Miller has worked together with legendary Hollywood A-Lister John Malkovich many times, but when Miller wanted to celebrate the photography greats that had inspired and guided him, he had to do something special. So he, with Malkovich as his dashing unisex model, recreated some of those influential photographers’ most important portraits in a photo series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”

The series puts both Miller’s exceptional photography and Malkovich’s masterful acting talents front and center. Miller gets each amazing portrait’s lighting, mood and composition down perfectly, while Malkovich replicates the subject’s emotions and expressions so perfectly that the photos become nearly indistinguishable, regardless of the age or gender of the original subject. And it was all done without Photoshop!

More info: sandrofilm.comedelmangallery.com (h/t: petapixel)

Sandro Miller, Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014

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Sandro Miller, Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Gordon Parks / American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962), 2014

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Sandro Miller, David Bailey / Mick Jagger “Fur Hood” (1964), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Edward Sheriff Curtis / Three Horses (1905), 2014

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Sandro Miller, Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A), 2014

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To see more of his amazing photos, be sure to visit Sandro Miller’s website!

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Soulful Photographs Of Zoo Animals By Manuela Kulpa

September 23rd, 2014 by Suzy Mead | No Comments | Filed in Design

German photographer Manuela Kulpa creates hauntingly beautiful artworks with endangered species from photographs taken at zoos and wildlife parks. With each stunningly beautiful image the viewer may feel as though they are peering into the soul of the subject. Manuela says, “my photos are currently the most effective means for me to make it clear how important the environment is – every, even the smallest contribution can ensure the survival of our fantastic fellow creatures and our environment.

The processing of her images is very individual and is not subject to a constant workflow. The artist allows herself time in processing each image, be it several days, weeks or even months.

More info: www.erblicken.com | Facebook | 500px

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You must bring a lot of patience on the spot, because often the animals do not show up, or not as you want it, or the lighting is not ideal, etc.”

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“With my pictures I want to show that sentient beings are hidden behind the beauty and expressiveness of the animals in the foreground”

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“Our fellow creatures feel pleasure and affection as well as fear and sadness.”

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Dogs That Look Like Something Else

September 22nd, 2014 by Julija K. | No Comments | Filed in Design

A while ago, we wrote about a Tumblr featuring cats that pose like hot guys. These dogs, however, have taken things to the next level. Why pose as a human pinup when you could be a Disney character, a piece of fried chicken, or billionaire playboy Richard Branson?

There’s no way that these are all the funny dog look-alikes out there. If you’ve got a look-alike dog of your own, or have seen one that should be on this list, share it with us at the bottom of this post and upvote your favorites!

(h/t: huffpost)

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Guy On The Street Finger-Paints A Spectacular View In Just 9 Minutes

September 22nd, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Street painters like the man featured in this video clip get written off by many of us as simple tourist traps, to be avoided on your way to wherever you’re going. Sometimes that might be the case, but in this unnamed artist’s case, it’s not – they way he paints using just his hands and a few paint-soaked rags is almost unbelievable.

The video gives no information regarding his whereabouts (in English, at least). Regardless of wherever he’s sitting, however, this man has achieved international acclaim; a post about him on Facebook has received more than 770,000 likes and 40,000 comments.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: If anyone has any more information about this artist, like his location and/or name, please let us know and we’ll update our post!)

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A Magical World Of Mushrooms By Vyacheslav Mishchenko

September 22nd, 2014 by mishchenko | No Comments | Filed in Design

My name is Slava and I am a photographer. Mushrooms are my second passion after photography. I am an avid mushroom hunter. My passion for mushrooms, as well as photography, was inspired by my father.

Just imagine a warm summer morning, around 5:30 am. You are in a beautiful forest. You are surrounded by peace and quiet. And then, the forest wakes up. First the trills of birds, the croaking of frogs, a woodpecker’s knock. I feel pure joy and happiness, as I am lucky enough to see nature as a special,  dreamlike world.

Early in the morning, when I am somewhere between dreams and reality, the camera’s viewfinder creates a sense of presence in some incredibly beautiful and mysterious world. These Little Heroes are like aliens from other planets. Even ordinary mushrooms have elegant and delicate shapes. I invite you to an exciting  journey with me and my viewfinder to experience a new world of mushrooms.

More info: www.vmishchenko.com | Facebook

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In 1947, Ten Comic Strip Artists Were Asked To Draw Their Characters Blindfolded

September 22nd, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design, Life

A comic strip artist will end up drawing the same characters so many thousands of times, that you’d figure they could draw them with their eyes closed. But could they really? In 1947, Life magazine decided to find out by challenging 10 contemporary comic strip artists to do just that – draw their characters with their eyes closed.

The results, needless to say, are hilarious. Most of the artists were remarkably successful at re-creating individual features of their characters, but they put them all in the wrong places, like a Picasso painting or a botched Mr. Potatohead toy.

More info: LIFE Magazine | Blogspot (h/t: master_mayhem)

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How To Turn A Coconut Into A Jewel

September 20th, 2014 by designlover | No Comments | Filed in Design

My name is Vainius and I’ve been obsessed with Light Art for over a year now. I use coconut, corks and suede to create lamps that dominate the room. Handcrafted lamps look like shiny jewels and light patterns make you want to stare at a wall like you would stare at clouds or stars.

It all started after stumbling a lamp picture made by an artist named Calabarte. Though I couldn’t purchase his amazing works of art as they cost a pretty penny, I couldn’t let go of the thought of paintings made with light. So, I started creating my own concept, design and it took about 9 months until I had my first lamp. The passion grew stronger and my works started getting more and more precise and beautiful.

The head of the lamp is made out of coconut but after careful shaving, waxing and drilling it shines like some sort of jewel. Although the lamp stand, which is covered in suede, makes the fixture soft and sweet, the body of a snake gives you a sign of fear.

The light patterns of the lamp are still the most important part of the lamp, thus experimenting and creating something new never ends. I believe that natural materials give warmth to any home and the fact that it took many hours to create the lamp makes people appreciate it even more.

More info: nymphsworkshop.com | Facebook

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Sleeping In This Mountain Hut Is Totally Free – If You’re Willing To Climb 8,300ft To Get There

September 19th, 2014 by Low Lai Chow | No Comments | Filed in Design

This mountain-top hut with a sweeping panoramic view of the Julian Alps in Italy is free to stay for anyone who knocks on its door. The catch? You’ll have to hike 8,300ft up Foronon del Buinz Mountain to get to it.

Commissioned by the family of the late mountain climber Luca Vuerich, who died in an avalanche in 2010, this unusual prefab wood cabin by architect Giovanni Pesamosca is located on the Ceria-Merlone trail and has been offering a safe refuge for hiking nature lovers since it opened in September 2012. The clever chapel-like design prevents snow from piling up on it, and its south-facing opening lets the sun melt any snow that builds up during winter.

Due to the high altitude, the building materials for the hut were flown in by helicopter over 18 trips. A team of 12 professional workers, mountain rescue volunteers and Luca’s friends then put the 16-sqm structure together in a single day.

For the less adventurous, there’s a vast network of similar huts scattered throughout the Alps at much lower altitudes, though you may have to pay to stay. Some even come with staff on duty in the summer who can cook and clean the place for hikers.

More info: giovannipesamosca.com (h/t: designboom, dailymail)

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Jumping Cats At Play Look Like Ninjas

September 19th, 2014 by Lina D. | No Comments | Filed in Design
Cats are a near-universal symbol of grace and poise – they have excellent balance and are said to always land on their feet. Even when they're up in the air, like these 15 jumping cats at play, they retain a graceful athleticism that most of us lack – on or off the ground.

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