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Turn Your iPhone Photo Into A Polaroid With The Impossible Project

Turn Your iPhone Photo Into A Polaroid With The Impossible Project

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras
Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras
Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

"After a wildly successful Kickstarter last year, the Impossible Project have finally made their handy iPhone polaroid printer, The Impossible Instant Lab, available to the general public. The portable lab allows you to turn any photograph on your iPhone or iPod Touch into a bonafide polaroid print in just moments, harkening back to ye olden days when photos were regarded more as physical artifacts that could be shared in real life."

Source: This is Colossal

Magical Clouds in Empty Rooms

Magical Clouds in Empty Rooms


"Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical Nimbus series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a sense of mysticism or supernatural presence.

Carefully controlling the temperature and humidity in a room, Smilde uses a fog machine to produce the ethereal clouds that remain suspended in the air for only a fleeting moment. Although the nimbuses are visible for just a few seconds, their ephemeral existences are made permanent through photography. These works center on an impermanent state of being between construction and deconstruction, as the dreamy clouds appear and vanish in the blink of an eye.

Smilde's latest exhibition Antipode will be on display at the Ronchini Gallery in London until June 14. The show will feature the artist's stunning multidisciplinary works that synthesize photography, installation, performance, and sculpture. The exhibition title Antipode is a geographical term that refers to parts of the earth diametrically opposite each other, echoing Smilde's focus on duality in his artwork."

Source: My Modern Met

Books We Love - The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

Books We Love - The Public Library: A Photographic Essay



"Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly discovered books. Today, the more than 17,000 libraries in America also function as de facto community centers offering free access to the internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter. And yet, across the country, cities large and small are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operation. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of these endangered institutions. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs— from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California's one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves. Accompanying Dawson's revealing photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America's most celebrated writers."


Also, check out Dawson's interview with NPR here!




Books We Love - Southern Makers

Books We Love - Southern Makers


We love the newest book released by photographer Jennifer Causey. Her incredible photographs and personal interviews give us a glimpse of the art of each makers' craft. We hope you enjoy this book as much as we do!Southern-Makers_01_1_800

"In this follow-up to her bestselling Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey returns to her Southern roots to introduce us to a group of artisans with a long tradition of craftsmanship and a wonderfully vibrant cultural history. In communities across the South, amidst breathtaking country landscapes and bustling city neighborhoods, a thriving creative revival is underway. In Southern Makers, Causey captures the spirit of this movement by documenting twentyfive of the area's most celebrated craftspeople. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, textile artists, denim designers, jewelers, woodworkers, brewers, farmers, and more. Causey's photographs are suffused with Southern charm as she explores the artisans' spaces—from restored homes and old factories to repurposed gas stations, general stores, and flowering fields. The lively interviews reveal personal inspirations and motivations, along with heartfelt reflections on the place where they live and work." (via Amazon)

See photos on Causey's website!

Beautiful Photos of People Around the World Reading

Beautiful Photos of People Around the World Reading



We are absolutely stunned at how beautiful this collection of photos is. It is photos of people all over the world, reading. We love the way these photos capture the unique ways of life around the world, while connecting each by the act of reading. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!


Photojournalist Steve McCurry is best known for shooting one of the most famous photographs ever taken -– 1985′s “Afghan Girl,” an image of a young girl with sea green eyes staring defiantly into the camera. But war and those affected by it are not his only subjects. “Like most photographers, I’m fascinated by people in everyday situations,” he says. “The work I do is mostly wandering and observing human nature and human activity, working and playing and leisure time. As you’re walking around the streets of China, India, New York, whererver -– it is fun to photograph people simply doing things.”

One of his ongoing projects is compiling a collection of photos of people reading, entitled “Fusion: The Synergy of Energy and Words” (Part I and Part II).




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Young monks study Buddhist scripture at a monastery in Lithang, Tibet, 1999.Thailand

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00472_20, Rome, Italy, 1984, EUROPE-10056NF, ITALY-10041NFItaly

Books We Love - Things Come Apart

Books We Love - Things Come Apart



Check out Todd McLellan’s unique photographic vision of the material world: fifty design classics—arranged first by size and then by intricacy—are beautifully displayed, piece by piece, exploding in midair and dissected in real-time, frame-by-frame video stills.

Disassembled Bicycle

This book makes visible the inner workings of some of the world’s most iconic designs. From SLR camera to mantel clock to espresso machine, from iPad to bicycle to grand piano, every single component of each object is revealed. These disassembled objects show that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood, while beautifully illustrating the quality and elegance of older designs. Stunning photography is interspersed with essays by notable figures from the worlds of restoration, DIY, and design innovation who discuss historical examples of teardowns, disassembly, and reverse-engineering.

Disassembled camera

Each photograph is itself a work of art and offers a reinterpretation of our familiar world. They connect people with the child-like joy of taking something apart to see how it works and will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about the material world.

You can check out many more photos here, or purchase the book here.

Disassembled Swiss Army Knife

Books We Love - Maddie On Things


Books We Love - Maddie On Things


We just recently picked up a copy of the book Maddie On Things and we love it!


"Maddie is a sweet-tempered coonhound who accompanied her owner, Theron, on a yearlong, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things. From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really isn't anything that Maddie won't stand on with grace and patience. The poignant Instagram photos of this beautiful dog and her offbeat poses have captured the imagination of all those who long for a road trip with a good dog for company. Maddie on Things celebrates the strange talent of one special dog and will resonate with any dog lover who appreciates the quirky hearts (and extraordinary balance) of canines."


Here are a few of our favorite photos of Maddie. Check out more at


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5 Foot Book

A client shared with us today that he owns a 3 foot plus book and how the book trumps all the books in his house due to its size. The prompted us to search for the world's largest books. Turns out there are many books bigger than a human. The image above is 5' x 7' book, "Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom" by MIT's Michael Hawley, published in 2003.

Only 31 "Atlas" books in print, $100,000 each.



Paper + Coffee

"Every cup of coffee contains its own soul, extracted from your feeling today.every cup of coffee is like a magic show containing different journey and bringing the unending imagination and surprises.With a sip of coffee, you not only taste your own story, but also change your perspective of the world." - Wan-Tzu

Watch Wan-Tzu's delightful video here.



Where'd everybody go?

Lucie & Simon captured these images of cities like Paris, Bejing, and New York without people. It involves using a neutral density filter that allows for extra-long exposures, which removes moving objects such as people and cars.



IKEA's New Cookbook

The new IKEA baking cookbook, Hembakat är Bäst” (Homemade is Best), isn't your typical cookbook. Instead of showing the reader/chef/user images of a finished plate of cookies or perfectly executed pie, the book's visuals are those of the ingredients before they are mixed together. The photographs were shot by Carl Kleiner and the ingredients styled by Evelina Bratell.

(Images via of Today and Tomorrow)