Traveling Illustrator Captures London’s Historic Pubs as Cut-Out Pen and Ink Drawings

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Blackfriar. Blackfriars.
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to London-based illustrator Maxwell Tilse, who combines his love of drawing with his passion for traveling. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the 23-year-old travels Europe, documenting each city he visits with beautifully detailed pen and ink sketches. Now, as he prepares to leave London after living there for two years, he has released a new series of cut-out drawings that depict the city’s oldest pubs.

“London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed,” says Tilse. From the wedge-shaped Black Friar built in 1875, to the quaint Georgian architecture of the The Bricklayers Arms in Fitzrovia, Tilse captures the essence of London’s most quintessentially English watering holes—the oldest being The Old George, which has been in business since 1713.

Approximately 5cm in height, Tilse’s “little pubs” feature charming details, such as stain glass windows, ornamental balconies, and Tudor style chimneys. “I do love the mock Tudor architecture that’s nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries,” the artist admits. He finishes his process by photographing his work, held up beside the original building.

If you love Tilse’s work you can purchase prints via his Etsy shop. Keep up to date with Tilse’s illustrated travel journal on Instagram.

Illustrator Maxwell Tilse Captures London’s oldest pubs in a series of cut-out pen and ink drawings.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Coach & Horses. Mayfair.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Old George. Bethnal Green.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Dove. Hackney

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Crown. Covent Garden.

Tilse has also captured other London landmarks, such as the London Bridge and Big Ben.

London Bridge

Big Ben

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7 Iconic Chairs That Have Shaped Modern Furniture (Including the Seat You’re in Right Now)

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Left Photo: Charles and Ray Eames (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Right Photo: Scott Anderson from Jakarta, Indonesia (Egg Chair – IMG_7248) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In the 20th century, modernism dominated aesthetic interests. In addition to fine art and everyday architecture, the modernist movement also transformed interior design, with furniture at the forefront. While most home furnishings received modern makeovers, it was the humble chair that had the most avant-garde transformation.

From the 1920s through the 1960s, a selection of the world’s top designers and architects turned their attention toward seating. Inspired by modern art and aiming for affordability, many of them experimented with new materials and forms that could be easily mass produced. This innovative approach to product design culminated in a collection of chairs fit for cozy and contemporary homes and modern art museums alike.

These are some of the world’s most well-known modern chairs that have shaped interior design today.

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The Eames Molded Plastic & Fiberglass Armchair

Intended as an entry for the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in 1950, the Eames Molded Plastic & Fiberglass Armchair is a customizable chair that comes in a variety of colors and silhouettes. While the base is available in either wood or metal, the seat’s shell is always made of Zenaloy, a durable yet flexible fiberglass-fortified polyester. The use of Zenaloy made mass production of the chair both easy and affordable, resulting in a low-cost, high quality product.

 

 

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The Egg Chair

In the 1950s, Danish architect Arne Jacobsen was commissioned to design Copenhagen’s Radisson SAS Royal Hotel. In addition to its rooms, façade, and other architectural elements, Jacobsen also designed special seating—including his iconic steel, foam, and fabric Egg Chairs—for the lobby. Renowned for its rounded shape, the Egg Chair is celebrated for its sculptural sensibility, undoubtedly inspired by Jacobsen’s experience as an architect.

 

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The Standard Chair by Jean Prouvé (1934)

Designed in 1934, Jean Prouvé’s steel and wood Standard Chair showcases the power of simplicity. The innovative chair features pairs of legs that vary in size and shape; thick back legs handle the weight of the individual, while slender steel front legs put a stylish spin on the practical design. The legs are available in a range of colors, while the seat can be customized with wood, plastic, or upholstery.

 

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The Eames Lounge Chair

Perhaps the most well-known modern chair, the Eames Lounge (670) was designed in 1956 by American architects and married couple Charles and Ray Eames. Showcasing the Eames’ interest in experimenting with different materials, the Lounge is composed of plywood shells, an aluminum base, and plastic-backed cushions.

While the Eames’ other creations were designed with efficiency and mass production in mind, the Lounge was conceived as a luxury item. Still, with  its low seat, permanent recline, and cushioned headrest, the high-end chair puts comfort first—especially when paired with the Eames Ottoman (671)!

 

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The Wassily Chair

In 1925, Bauhaus designer and architect Marcel Breuer created the Wassily Chair (Model B3), a piece of furniture celebrated for its bent tubular steel frame and Eisengarn upholstery. As a Mid-Century Modern architect, Breuer incorporated elements of the movement into the Wassily Chair, including a minimalist aesthetic and the use of angles and geometry.

The chair received its unique name after abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky shared his admiration for its experimental design.

 

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The Chaise Longue

Swiss-French creative Le Corbusier is praised for his distinctive works. These groundbreaking creations range from iconic homes to avant-garde furniture, like the Chaise Longue (LC 4). The Chaise Longue is composed of a steel frame and polyester cushions covered in either animal skin or canvas.  Designed in 1928, Le Corbusier combined form with function to produce a piece of furniture that is as artistic as it is comfortable.

 

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The Ball Chair

Finnish interior designer Eero Aarnio is known for a unique aesthetic characterized by his use of sleek materials and unconventional shapes. A key example of his eccentric work is the Ball Chair, a mod, orb-shaped seat designed in 1963. The Ball Chair is made of plywood, fiberglass, and upholstery, and offers a quirky and cozy place to perch in peace.

 

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Scientists Send a Message to Aliens, Hoping for a Reply in Just 25 Years

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Artist rendering of the GJ 273 star system. (Danielle Futselaar / METI)

Thanks to the work of scientists, we may be hearing messages from extraterrestrials in just 25 years. As part of a collaboration with the Sónar Festival, a three-day electronic and advanced music festival in Barcelona, researchers recently transmitted messages to a nearby planet, with the hopes of getting a reply.

The Sónar Calling project, done in celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary, marries music and science with the hopes of communicating with alien life. Working with METI International (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), messages were sent out from the EISCAT antenna in Tromsø, Norway on October 16, 17, and 18 to the exoplanet GJ 273b. The exoplanet is 2.9 times the size of Earth and is located about 12.4 light-years away. Luyten’s Star—or GJ 273—is the red dwarf it orbits.

This means, if anyone lives there, we could expect the hear back in 25 years. “We selected Luyten’s star, also known as GJ 273, because it’s the closest star that’s visible from the northern hemisphere that is known to have a potentially habitable exoplanet in orbit,” shares Douglas Vakoch, president of METI.

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EISCAT antenna in Tromsø, Norway (Photo: Sónar Calling)

As part of the first transmission—a second is set to launch in April 2018—18 musicians were asked to put together a 10-second audio message. A playlist of each musician’s work, as well as an explanation of their creative process, is available on YouTube. Some, like Nina Kraviz, included a message of peace, while others like Francisco López included a key to help understand the Earth’s ecosystems.

It’s not a new concept for us to try and communicate with alien life, the Arecibo message and Pioneer Plaque being two examples that took place over 40 years ago. But as opposed to the 50,000 years it would take to get a reply from the Arecibo message, we’ll discover in our lifetime if a reply is on the way.

And if you’re worried about what aliens might do if they find out about life on Earth, Dr. Ignasi Ribas from the IEEC assures that we have nothing to fear. “Any civilization that could travel to Earth to do us harm could already pick up our leakage television and radio signals. So there’s no increased risk of alerting them of our existence. Earth’s atmosphere has been giving off evidence of life’s existence for two and a half billion years, thanks to the oxygen in our air. So any civilization that’s paranoid about competition has had plenty of time to come to Earth and wipe us out. That hasn’t happened.”

Dr. Ignasi Ribas from the IEEC explains the importance of Sónar Calling’s messages to alien life on GJ 273b.

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18-Year-Old Photographer Captures the Sublime Beauty of Majestic Mountainscapes

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Treasure island in the land of golden larches.” Isola, Graubunden, Switzerland

Eighteen-year-old Swiss photographer Fabio Zingg first became interested in photography during a family vacation two years ago, when he admittedly picked up the camera out of boredom. Since then, he has become a member of The Alpinists: a group of nine young photographers from Switzerland who explore the Alps together. From Monday to Friday he works in an office as a commercial banking apprentice, but on the weekend he explores the epic summit heights of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges, camera in tow.

“It is always a new adventure, and I am always impressed with how beautiful nature is,” says Zingg. His adventures have taken him to Italy, where he explored the Dolomites; Canada, and it’s dense, misty woodlands; Norway, with it’s impressive fjords; as well as the stunning mountains of his native Switzerland.

Zingg’s photos capture an astute appreciation of the world around him, showing consistency of tone and color that one would expect from a more mature photographer. We see rich, golden woodlands, stunning azure waters and in some shots, a person in a vibrant red jacket, emphasizing the scale and beautifully contrasting against darker, moodier hues. Zingg explains, “The larger a mountain appears and the smaller the person is, the more it becomes clear how small we truly are.”

Zingg isn’t one to keep this amazing editing to himself, though. Thanks to a recently released collection of Adobe Lightroom filter presets, anyone can now achieve his deep tone aesthetic. Keep up to date with Zingg’s epic adventures on Instagram.

18-year-old Photographer Fabio Zingg beautifully captures the incredible Swiss mountain landscapes.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Consider a tree for a moment.” Bellwald, Switzerland.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Moments of silence, freedom and innert peace.” Triftsee Lake, Switzerland.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Mighty Piz Languard as the first sun light hits the peak.” Piz Languard, Switzerland.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Pre winter vibes at Lake Derborence.” Derborence, Switzerland.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Calm golden mornings in the Swiss Alps.” Derborence, Switzerland.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“The man in the fog.” Switzerland

He’s also travelled to the fjords of Norway.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“The famous Preikestolen right before the sun rose.” Preikestolen, Norway

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Moments at the rough Fjords.” Odda, Norway.

The misty Italian Dolomites…

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Mighty misty Dolomites.” Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Tre Cime in all it’s glory.” Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy.

…as well as Canadian woodlands…

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Canadian vibes.” Banff, Alberta.

…and the ramped cliffs of the Faroe Islands.

Fabio Zingg Landscape Photography

“Sunrise at the green Faroese Coastline.” Faroe Islands.

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Quick Guide to the Rule of Thirds for Artists and Photographers

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Most creatives, from painters to photographers, will have come across the Rule of Thirds at some point. Anyone who deals in producing visually appealing work will have had this golden guideline pushed on them in order to achieve a balanced composition. But what is the Rule of Thirds? And where does it come from?

What is the Rule of Thirds?

The Rule of Thirds is a general guideline for how to create an interesting composition which states that any image—painting, photograph, graphic design—should be broken into a grid with two vertical and two horizontal lines, creating nine equally proportioned boxes. Important compositional elements should then be placed either on the lines or at their intersections. This results in dynamic, interesting compositions that draw the viewer’s eye across the scene.

This technique is often employed in landscape painting and photography, but really can apply to any genre. As one of the beginning rules of composition taught to visual artists, it’s a quick and easy way for anyone—from beginner to expert—to improve the visual impact of their work. And while today the Rule of Thirds is most often associated with photography, it should come as no surprise that it originates from painting.

One of many compositional tricks that artists use, the Rule of Thirds was first written down in 1797, when an author quotes English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds. In discussing the balance of light and dark in an artwork, Reynolds refers to the Rule of Thirds, discussing it as a more general principle of balance. It would later be transformed into the grid system we know today.

An easy way to see if artwork—whether your own or by others—follows the Rule of Thirds is to lay a grid over the final image. If you don’t feel like making the simple calculations, you can download a grid.

Rule of Thirds in Painting

Photographers aren’t the only ones who use the Rule of Thirds. Long before the world’s first photographs, famous artists frequently employed the technique in order to achieve harmony and balance in their compositions. Let’s look at three different artists across different genres to see how they all applied the Rule of Thirds to great effect.

Johannes Vermeer

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‘A Maid Asleep’ by Johannes Vermeer (ca. 1656–57)

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This early painting by Vermeer shows a use of the compositional trick by the manner in which the sleeping maid’s head lines up with the upper horizontal line. Interestingly, the top of the jug on the table matches with the lower horizontal line, creating a pleasing distance between foreground and background subject. Even the door cracked open has a compositional purpose. The door itself fall exactly on the right vertical line running through the painting. These choices, combined with Vermeer’s use of light and shadow, lend dramatic tension to this seemingly everyday scene.

 

J.M.W. Turner

The Fighting Temeraire - JMW Turner

‘The Fighting Temeraire’ by J.M.W. Turner (1838)

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This famous landscape painting by acclaimed English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner makes great use of the Rule of Thirds. Not only does the horizon fall on the lower horizontal line, the ships intersect along the first vertical line. Placing the ships slight off center gives the piece a sense of dynamic movement that helps make it one of Turner’s most acclaimed paintings.

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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‘On the Grass’ by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1873)

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Impressionists may be known as rule breakers, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t practice the fundamentals of good composition. Renoir’s 1873 oil painting, now part of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, shows the careful placement of his subjects, letting them hit along multiple lines in the grid. Renoir’s masterpiece is a good reminder of how the Rule of Thirds can be used to create natural groupings of people within a composition.

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Artist Creates Tattoos That Combine a Love of Vintage Illustrations and World Travel

Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino

Multi-talented French artist Franck Pellegrino is known for his illustrations, graffiti art, and tattooing. Originally from Lyon, and now living in Paris, he’s part of Bleu Noir tattoo studio, where he inks clients with permanent pieces of his monochrome, travel-inspired artwork.

Pellegrino began his creative career as a graffiti artist at age 15, and first starting tattooing around six years ago. Using black ink, his graphic style is reminiscent of traditional illustrations from the 19th century. He often mixes iconic typography with motifs such as aeroplanes, vintage stamps, emblems, bank notes, and historical architecture. He incorporates memories from client’s adventures—to places like New York, Mexico, Paris, Portugal, and Tokyo—using his characteristic fine lines and subtle dot work.

Keep up to date with Pellegrino’s work on Instagram.

Tattoo artist Franck Pellegrino creates travel-inspired tattoos in black fine lines and dot work.

Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino

He mixes iconic typography with vintage motifs, such as old stamps and cultural emblems.

Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino
Travel Tattoos by Franck Pellegrino

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15+ Places to Buy Gifts That Give Back This Holiday Season

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Looking for a unique gift that will also give back to someone in need? There’s a huge range of companies that work to better the world through their social activism, whether employing fair trade artisans or donating to charity. And by giving a gift that supports a cause, you are also investing in the well-being of those less fortunate. In the end, isn’t this what the holiday spirit is about?

With such a wide range of products and charities, it’s not difficult to find something that is close to the heart of the gift recipient. For instance, Ivory Ella gives back to animals by donating to a charity that prevents elephant poaching, while STATE supports education by supplying an American child in need with a backpack full of supplies for every bag sold. The list continues full of chic, fun, and stylish items that won’t just make great gifts, but also a great impact.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets sells handcrafted bracelets made by artisans around the world. Founded in Costa Rica, they now have over 150 global artisans working. Not only does the company generate employment opportunities for these artisans, they also donate 1% of their annual revenue and have partnered with more than 190 charities and donated over $1 million. You can purchase single bracelets, packs, and even sign up for a monthly subscription service.

 

The Tote Project

Adorned with uplifting phrases, these totes and pouches are sewn in India by women who have left the sex trade. Aside from providing these women with employment opportunities, 20% of the The Tote Project’s profits are donated to the charity Two Wings to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States.

 

Box Lunch

Specializing in pop-culture themed products, for every $10 spent, Box Lunch donates a meal through the Feeding America program. Thus far they’ve donated 10 million meals through the program, which works with local food banks.

 

Skylar Yoo

Inspired by the Women’s March, My Modern Met co-founder Alice Yoo founded Skylar Yoo. By pairing artistic hand lettering with bold, inspirational phrases, the company sells apparel and accessories meant to empower women. Intended to spread a positive message, Yoo is also currently vetting the charities that will receive 10% of Skylar Yoo’s profits. The 10% will be divided between two organizations, one that supports women’s rights and another that supports mental health awareness.

 

Nina Bernice

Nina Bernice is an Australian designer who creates bags and clutches that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. For every bag sold, a tree is planted in India in collaboration with partner WeForest.

 

Fernweh Jewelry

Featuring handcrafted elements from artisans around the world, Fernweh Jewelry’s pieces have global inspiration. Shop collections are themed around different countries of the world and 2.5% of every sale is reinvested into microloans for women in the communities that inspired the jewelry.

 

Ivory Ella

With poachers continuing to impact elephant populations, Ivory Ella is trying to make a difference. 10% of their net profits go to Save the Elephants, an organization in Kenya that helps protect these elegant giants. They’ve donated over $800,000 to Save the Elephants and continue to contribute to a range of other charities through special capsule collections.

 

Hiptipico

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Chichi Weekender | $298.00

Hiptipico specializes in vibrantly colored handmade goods from Guatemala, primarily made by artisans from indigenous cultures. that let you read more about the artisans who make each piece. The ethical fashion brand sells everything from handbags and shoes to colorful camera straps, all 100% handcrafted and created using traditional techniques. Each product lets you read a little more about the artisan who crafted it and as the company is located full time in Guatemala, they are able to cultivate deep relationships with the artisans, who set their own prices and hours.

 

Conscious Step

Conscious Step Socks

Conscious Step Socks | $14.95 per pair

Socks are a classic holiday go-to that can cause groans when opened, but what if those socks actually made a difference? Conscious Step sells organic and fair trade certified socks knit in India for both men and women—though most styles are for men. Collaborating with a wide range of charities, you can select your socks based on the cause, from treating HIV to providing clean water. For every pair purchased, a fixed fee goes directly to the partner charity, helping make tangible change around the world.

 

Yoobi

Stock up on fun, colorful school supplies for your kids—from lunch bags to notebooks and colored pencils and Yoobi will give back to a child in need. Yoobi—pronounced “you-be”—means “one for you, one for me.” And for every item purchased, a Yoobi item will be donated to an American classroom in need. Since 2014, they’ve donated enough to impact over 3 million kids. It’s a great place to load up on fun stocking stuffers that have a purpose.

 

The Brave Collection

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Compass Bracelet | $45.00

Handmade in Cambodia by artisans who come from underprivileged backgrounds or suffer from disabilities, 10% of profits from The Brave Collection jewelry goes to help combat human trafficking in that country.

 

Cause Box

Featuring $150 worth of socially-conscious products for women, Cause Box is a quarterly subscription box that also features literature on the social causes aided by the products inside. There are different subscription options or you can buy a one-off box filled with goodies. Cause Box also partners with charities like Freedom Firm and Books for Africa to help them raise more funds.

 

FEED

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Leather Clutch | $85.00

Help children around the world get a good school meal when you purchase bags and accessories from FEED. All of their products—many of which are artisan made—list how many meals will be provided thanks to your purchase. FEED is partnered with the UN World Food Programme, UN Children’s Fund, and Feeding America to fulfill its promises to help end child hunger in 63 different countries.

 

STATE

For every backpack purchased, STATE delivers a backpack filled with tools for success to an American child in need. Their #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project aims to shed light on social injustices and marginalized populations around the US through sharing stories.

 

Delicacies

Working with charitable organizations such as Food Bank for New York City, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry, and New York’s City Harvest, Delicacies designs whimsical foodie jewelry—including necklaces inspired by pasta. Every purchase provides 20 meals to help feed the hungry. And each season they pair with a celebrity chef, donating at least 10% of profits to that chef’s favorite hunger-relief charity.

 

AmazonSmile

Like the convenience of Amazon, but still want to give back? AmazonSmile is an easy way to support your favorite charity while browsing the same products and paying the same price as you would normally. Just simply navigate through the AmazonSmile website, using your normal Amazon login, and select the charity you’d like to receive a donation based on your purchases. 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible products will automatically go to the charity of your choice.

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Photographer Recreates Philippe Halsman’s Iconic 1948 “Dalí Atomicus” Image

Dali Atomicus Recreation by Karl Taylor

Philippe Halsman’s 1948 portrait of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí—entitled Dalí Atomicus—is one of the art world’s most famous images. Guernsey-based photographer Karl Taylor was so inspired by the iconic photo, he decided to create his own modern version. He explains, “It has been a favorite of mine for as long as I remember and it is probably the root of my own interest and specialization in photographing fast moving liquids and smashing objects.”

The surreal composition and precise timing of Dalí Atomicus perfectly captures the essence of the world famous artist. Inspired by Dalí’s own Leda Atomica painting, the image explores idea of suspension. Out-of-the-ordinary props—including the original painting, a floating chair, a splash of water in motion, a footstool, an easel, three flying cats, and last but not least, Dalí himself—are all suspended in mid-air, completing the dreamlike scene. Taking the assembled production cast 28 takes to get it right, the final result was published in LIFE magazine in 1948.

For Karl Taylor’s modern recreation, he chose to replace the flying cats with a toaster and a “melting” clock inspired by Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory painting. First, Taylor’s team got to work building the background walls, using the original image as reference. After setting up the props, the next task was the figure out how to recreate the lighting and shadows. The objects were illuminated from all directions with industrial Flooter lights and beams.

The next challenge was to capture the Dalí look-alike in midair, as well as the water in motion, which artist Adebanji had the task of throwing from a bucket, over and over again. Taylor achieved his uncanny replicate in 29 takes—one shot more than the original—while the BBC documented the entire process.

Photographer Karl Taylor recreated the iconic 1948 Dalí Atomicus by Philippe Halsman.

Dali Atomicus Recreation by Karl Taylor

“Dali Atomicus” by Philippe Halsman

Dali Atomicus Recreation by Karl Taylor

Philippe Halsman’s original series of shots with author notes.

Although he chose to replace the flying cats with different props, his modern version is impressively close to the original.

Dali Atomicus Recreation by Karl Taylor

Watch the behind-the-scenes footage to find out how he achieved the final image.

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20+ Cool Amazon Finds for Astronomy Lovers

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Outer space has captured our imagination for as long as we can remember, from the first man to land on the moon to NASA’s latest images from Jupiter and discovery of new planets, it’s incredible how much we continue to learn about our own solar system and beyond. And with record numbers of people flocking to watch the recent solar eclipse, it’s clear that our love for science is at an all-time high.

And whether you love astronomy yourself—or know someone who does—it’s incredible how many ways you can bring a touch of outer space into your own home. Whether it’s a well-crafted planetary model, a LEGO set that pays homage to the women of NASA, or the collector’s edition of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, there’s no shortage of great astronomy finds on Amazon. We scoured the site to find the best astronomy related products and put together this Amazon shopping guide to help bring a bit more science into your life.

These 20+ creative products are the perfect way to bring the solar system closer to home.

Jupiter globe by mova

Jupiter Globe | $160.00

wood blocks learn about the planets

Planet Blocks | $20.00

moon nightlight

Moon Nightlight | $7.82

planet plates

Planet Plates | $39.95

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15+ Minimalist Cat Drawings That Are Hilarious But Totally Accurate

Cats never cease to delight us with their dashing good looks and penchant for striking just the right pose. From felines who inadvertently position themselves just like pin-up models to naturally two-faced chimera beauties, there’s no doubt that these furry friends are our creative muses. Their influence knows no bounds, and you don’t have to be an artist to express how they inspire you. The subreddit Minimal Cat Art is a place where people can share their own drawings of these fierce furballs with just a few simple lines.

The subreddit is “intended to be silly, under-detailed representations of cats, which are made funnier or more cute due to their crudeness of technique and/or lack of detail.” This idea of minimalism can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. Some Redditors draw the outline of the body and not much more, which transforms the animal from a feline into a strange, alien-like creature. Others take a more realistic approach and choose to highlight facial features or other defining characteristics. But regardless of the style, they all have the one idea in common: to represent cats that mean something to them and have fun doing it. “Our vision,” the subreddit states, “is to enjoy the art and be excellent to each other.”

Minimal Cat Art is a newly-launched subreddit (inspired by this Reddit post) that anyone can do. Just add your cat drawings to join!

Redditors are getting inspired by their felines and creating cat drawings.

The subreddit is called Minimal Cat Art, and it challenges you to distill your furry friend into a few lines.

Some interpretations make the cats look like aliens…

…while some are more realistic.

They invite anyone to join, so submit your own cat drawing!

Minimal Cat Art: Reddit

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