We love snowflakes. This video captures their formation. Enough said.

Video by Vyacheslav Ivanov of St. Petersburg. Nice work.

Snowflake Formations Video

Snow Flake 2

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We could zoom in and out of fractals all day. This one is exceptional:

Overstepping Artifacts (Musicians With Guns) by ricardo montalban (Alexandre Lehmann (Zzzzara)). Nice.

Overstepping Artifacts Fractal face. Overstepping Artifacts Fractal orb.

Building the matrix. Produced with the help of Mandelbulb 3D.

Another good one ↬ Colossal

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Nope, not that kind of fresh. Here’s the recipe:

Take 1 dead fish.
Soak in 10% buffered formalin and rinse.
Place specimen in solution of Alcian Blue. This stains the cartilage.
Transfer to a solution of Trypsin to dissolve the flesh.
Bleach with hydrogen peroxide.
Dip into Alizarin Red-S. This stains calcified material (e.g., bones!).
Place in glycerin and take photograph.
Art.

Whitespotted greenling (Hexagrammos stelleri). © Adam SummersWhitespotted greenling (Hexagrammos stelleri). © Adam Summers. Bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo) Bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo). © Adam Summers Spiny Lumpsucker by Adam Summers Spiny Lumpsucker. © Adam Summers Butterfly Ray (Gymnura crebripunctata) Butterfly Ray (Gymnura crebripunctata). © Adam Summers Scalyhead Sculpin (Artedius harringtoni) Scalyhead Sculpin (Artedius harringtoni). © Adam Summers Little Skate (Leucoraja erinacea) Little Skate (Leucoraja erinacea). © Adam Summers

The clearing and staining technique is used by Professor Adam Summers of Washington University to create some crazy fresh fish photos. His work will be on exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium this March.

Wired.com

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The Holy Moment, from Richard Linklater’s 2001 film, Waking Life…ah, what a great piece of cinema…

Well, like, let’s do it right now, like, let’s have a holy moment…

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The blogosphere has been abuzz this week revisiting a 1997 land art installation, Desert Breath, located in the Egyptian Sahara desert. Created by the D.A.S.T. Arteam–installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantinides–Desert Breath continues to resonate in the public imagination with its sense of place, magic, and infinite and as a striking example of monumental and transient art.

A sublime 9-minute documentary of the project is certainly worth your time:

Danae Stratou narrates:

We found ourselves in the desert bordering the Red Sea, a place where the infinite of the sea coexisted with the infinite of the desert….

…the union of sea and desert generated the call of Desert Breath, which was the tension between positive and negative volumes and the final equilibrium through the element of water.

In describing the form and function of the installation, Stratou continues:

The choice of the spiral functions on two levels. First, it symbolizes and coexists with the infinite of the desert. The spiral could theoretically expand forever, but has a definite point of departure, a source of life, a source of energy.

Secondly, it conspires with the way the viewer perceives the work. It is a logarithmic spiral, and so each cone is carved accordingly to its distance from the central point. The viewer therefore begins to walk from the outside inwards. At this point, the cones are approximately twice the height of a human being and have a diameter of 15 meters.

As the viewer walks slowly towards the center, the cones successively diminish in scale. This happens so gradually you almost don’t realize. At a certain point while walking the spiral walk, it strikes you that you are now at the same height as the cones. Approaching even closer to the center, to the pool of water, the cones become, in relation to the viewer, almost objects. Then comes the sensation that you have shifted in scale, growing larger as you walk. In this strange inverse way, you start to comprehend the relationship between the human scale and that of the desert.

Only after you have distanced yourself and climbed the nearby mountain to obtain an aerial view of the work does the shape of the spiral reveal itself in its entirety. You can see from afar the stretch of sea and desert and you come to acknowledge that desert breath grew out of this very landscape.

Desert Breath AerialDesert Breath, aerial view.

Although eroding away in the sands of time, the art installation is still very much in tact. It’s even visible via Google Earth. In checking it out in the satellite imagery, I must admit the nearby roads and other visible human development seemed to strip some of the “infinite” from it all, generating in my mind an interesting response to place and art and landscape and human impacts. I wonder how the landscape has changed since the project was completed in 1997.

Again, Stratou:

There is a time zero, the moment of completion. At this moment, the work is surrendered to the forces of nature, and here begins the slow process of absorption back into the landscape which originally gave birth to it.

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Mantis dance. Tada!

That's DanceThat’s Dance. A winner of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Copyright 2014 Hasan Baglar.
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Just learned about this guy, Jason Silva, self-professed “epiphany addict.” Check out his recent 2-minute video, Technologies of Ecstasy:

See more of Jason’s Shots of Awe series of short videos, which cover all sorts of topics. Filmaker, Futurist, Epiphany Addict–right on.

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What happens if you “dose” a film negative with drops of psychoactive substances? Art.

Caffeine and Crank Caffeine (left), Crank (right). Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld.

Sarah Schonfeld starts with a piece of film exposed to a dark background. As the film develops, she puts a drop of the psychoactive substance (diluted in water or alcohol) onto the film negative. The chemical reaction that ensues between film, emulsion, and drug is then fixed and printed as wall-sized creations. Highly illegal activity for the sake of art. Altered states, photographed.

Cocaine Cocaine. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. Ketamine. Ketamine. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. Ketamine. Ketamine. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. LSD LSD. Loving how non-complex this reaction is. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. MDMA. MDMA. A hot mess. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. MDMA and GHB MDMA cut with GHB. Confidence. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. Methylone. Methylone (M1). A beta-ketone of MDMA. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld. Opium. Opium. Photograph by Sarah Schönfeld.

Sarah Schönfeld’s series is entitled “All You Can Feel” and is available in her recent book.

Wired

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We’ve previously exhibited a photo of magnified coral sand using brightfield technique. Here’s some more magnified sand photos, captured by Dr. Gary Greenberg, that are just as stunning:

Greenberg - Magnified SandSand from Maui, magnified 125x. Greenberg Magnified Sand Sand from Maui, carefully arranged. Greenberg Magnified Sand from Okinawa Sand from Okinawa, comprised of foraminifera (a class of protozoa) shells.

Dr. Greenberg’s sand photos are available in his 2008 book, A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder. Oh, did we mention, he also takes crazy awesome photos of magnified crystals, food, flowers, body parts, and other wonders (check out his website)…

Magnified Sugar Crystal Sugar crystallizing out of a solution of sugar water.
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Several months ago, we posted some awe-inspiring images of snowflakes under a scanning electron microscope. Well, we’ve stumbled upon an equally wonderful series of snowflake images, captured by DIY photographer Alexey Kljatov.

Using an old Helios camera lens literally taped to a Canon digital point-and-shoot (Powershot A650), he captures stunning macro images of snowflakes.

Here are some of our favorites:

Snowflake 1

Snowflake 2

Snowflake 3

Snowflake 5

Snowflake 6

And here is Kljatov’s DIY macro photography setup:
DIY Macro Camera Setup

For more information on his camera setup and to see many more wonderful snowflake portraits, visit Kljatov’s blog and Flickr.

There’s many incredible snowflake photographers out there, but the DIY nature of Kljatov’s setup is truly inspirational. When art calls, pick up the phone.

DeMilked.com

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