Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Incredible Archives of a Nuclear Bomb Test Underwater

As part of a series of US nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kilotun nuke called Baker was blasted at about 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll and caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. The images that resulted from the test are breathtaking, both in the beautiful and terrifying sense. The vertical movement of such an…
Added by Pinar on February 27, 2013

My Modern Shop Spotlight #4 - Swan Kick by Chow Hon Lam

From beautiful landscapes and powerful portraits to colorful art prints and hilarious graphic designs, we're re-introducing the wonderful works of some of our favorite artists and photographers who have been featured here on My Modern Met. Better yet, prints and canvases of their works are available through My Modern Shop. As part…
Added by Pinar on February 26, 2013

Statues of Blinded Men Ascending High into the Sky

Karma is an intriguing sculptural installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that presents countless men sitting atop one another while shielding each other's eyes. Like his Cause & Effect piece, which features a spectacular tornado of figurines, Karma presents figurative sculptures…
Added by Pinar on February 26, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments


Artist Transforms Landfills Into Beautiful Chinese Landscapes

Photographer Yao Lu captures images of heaps of garbage covered in green protective netting and digitally manipulates them to look like a beautiful, mountainous expanse inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings. Yao's New Landscapes series manages to transform said garbage dumps with a few additions of carefully placed animals, ancient architecture, mist, waterfalls, and foliage.…

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The Curious World of Children Bodybuilders

This digitally altered photo series titled Bodybuilder's World by Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert takes a look at a rarely imagined world filled with people, young and old, who have clearly spent every waking moment pumping iron. While it may seem strange for every single person to be so ripped, it's definitely the fully developed and extremely fit figures attached to wholesome children that warrants a double-take.
I have to admit that it took a second to acknowledge that something was amiss in these photographs. It wasn't a very long second, but upon realizing what I was looking at, it seemed hard for me to ever see past these children whose sweet, innocent faces sit atop unusually muscular bodies. The brawny batch of kids would certainly have a hard time going unnoticed in our world, but it seems to be the norm in their alternate universe where little girls exhibit the physical strength to bench press double their body weight, easily. I suppose this is one extreme alternative to childhood obesity.

Kurt Stallaert website

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Photography Award Winners

2011 International Photography Award Winners

Advertising: Fashion, 2nd Place Winner John Wright
If you love photography contests like we do, then you'll want to check out The International Photography Awards. The annual competition was created to salute the achievements of the world's finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.

Recently, the category winners were announced. Out of the thousands of entries IPA received this year, only the main category winners will move on as finalists to compete for IPA's top award of International Photographer of the Year. The winner will be announced at the annual Lucie Awards which is held at the Lincoln Center, New York on October 24th, 2011. That person will earn the coveted Lucie Statue and a cash prize of $10,000.

To view all the winners, you can go to this page on the IPA website or you can check out 25 of our very favorites, below. (We included 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. These are all professionally taken photos.) It's a diverse compilation of some excellent and inspiring work!

Advertising: Fashion, 1st Place Winner Peter Lipmann

Advertising: Music, 2nd Place Winner Poras Chaudhary

Advertising: Other Ad, 1st Place Winner Adam Taylor

Advertising: Product, 3rd Place Winner Adam Balcerek

Architecture: Other, 2nd Place Winner Kacper Kowalski

Book: Nature, 1st Place Winner Thorsten Milse

Book: Nature, 2nd Place Winner Alex Bernasconi

Editorial: Photo Essay and Feature Story, 2nd Place Winner Zhe Chen

Editorial: War/Conflict, 3rd Place Winner Jorge Dirkx

Fine Art: Collage, 2nd Place Winner Dean West

Fine Art: Other, 3rd Place Winner Alex Bernasconi

Nature: First Category Winner Marsel van Oosten

Nature: Flowers, !st Place Winner Tom D. Jones

Nature, Landscapes, 1st Place Winner Mitch Dobrowner

Nature, Landscapes, 2nd Place Winner Peter Lik

Nature, Seasons, 2nd Place Winner John Scanlan

Nature, Sunset, 1st Place Winner Rafael Rojas

Nature, Sunset, 3rd Place Winner Bali & Albanese

Nature, Trees, 2nd Place Winner Alex Bernasoni

Nature, Underwater, 1st Place Winner Bartosz Strozynksi

Nature, Underwater, 2nd Place Winner Chuck Bradley

Special, Moving Images, 1st Place Winner Tyler Stableford

Special, Night Photography, 1st Place Winner David Bowman

Special, Pets, 1st Place Winner Lennette Newell

International Photography Awards website