Into Abstraction with Mark Lovejoy

September 6th, 2013 | Brain

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Mark Lovejoy created these beautifully abstract photographs using a collection of materials found in his art studio (see below). The images are full of color and depth, each expressing its own mood.

The work is extremely reminiscent of David Lidbetter, who we featured on the site back in May.

Here’s a word from the artist:

“These are not photographs of paintings – no paintings exist.  These images are of something as fleeting as any street scene or sunset – illuminated pigments, diluents, extenders, resins, oils, fillers, waxes, drying agents, etc. which, depending upon the mix, have varying miscibilities, viscosities, tacks, surface textures, reflectance, drying times etc., etc.  All images are made using CMYK, white & in some cases silver & gold.  Each original image has been reworked & reshot repeatedly – preserving any given iteration would be to doom all subsequent possibilities – the photographic record is all that remains . . . “

Another Friday filled with color. Find more from Mark Lovejoy at his Tumblr.


Big Wave Surfing – Teahupo’o, Tahiti

August 29th, 2013 | Brain, Space

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The sleepy village of Teahupo’o is known for a world class break that can be one of the most dangerous places to surf on the World Championship Tour. The day featured in the video above was 2 years ago, on August 27th, 2011. Kelly Slater stated that “witnessing this was a draining feeling… being terrified for other people’s lives all day long. It’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”

It’s awe-inspiring to witness the power (and beauty) of the ocean. I don’t think I’ll ever be the one facing down that wave, but I’m glad it was captured in all its force.

For more from the filmmaker, check out his site.


Daft Punk – Back in Time

August 26th, 2013 | Robot, Space

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French artist PV NOVA remixed the smash hit “Get Lucky” from Daft Punk in the musical style of every decade from the last 100 years. The result is fantastic! I think my favorites are the 1930’s and 1980’s versions, and the 1990’s and 2010’s are my least favorite…  What’s your opinion?

The last segment (2020) is NOVA’s interpretation of where music is heading in the next decade. God, I hope he’s wrong.

Here’s the loosely translated quote from PV NOVA:

“I enjoyed making a panorama of musical styles from the 1920’s onward.  We can go from jazz to blues, blues to swing, swing or rock, then folk, funk, new wave, dance, pop, dubstep and even freestep, the musical current not yet in existence and I offer you a preview – because I am in communication with oracles.”


Superheroes at War

August 22nd, 2013 | Space

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“Greenham Common Airfield in England about on June 5, 1944.

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Fidel Castro – MATS Terminal Washington 1959

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Navy Coast Guard, in October 1943

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Omaha Beach, 1944

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Viet Cong dead after an attack on the perimeter of Tan Son Nhut AirBase.


Afghan resistance fighters returning to a village destroyed by Soviet forces, 1986

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Cherbourg-Normandy 1944

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External post defense on the hotel roof. Moscow, 1941

By October 13, 1941, the Wehrmacht had arrived at the Mozhaisk defense line. Zhukov decided to concentrate his forces at four critical points: Volokolamsk, Mozhaisk, Maloyaroslavets and Kaluga. The entire Soviet Western Front, almost completely destroyed after its encirclement near Vyazma, was being recreated from scratch.


June 9, 1944, German soldiers are brought back this photo was taken in the sector of Taret Ravenoville.”

Agan Harahap juxtaposed superheroes with 20th century war photography to create the stunning images you see above. Some may think the photographs are insensitive to the men who lost their lives in battle, but I don’t see it that way. The images are somber and the addition of superheroes and villains doesn’t diminish the inherent brutality of war. The pictures are not “funny,” but rather intriguing, creative… even emotional.

Anyway, I think they’re excellently manipulated.

Find the full set of Superheroes at War on Agan’s Flicker page.


CT Scanner – Inner Workings Revealed

August 21st, 2013 | Brain, Robot

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What is a CT Scanner? Are you sure this isn’t a Time Machine?

Well, CT stands for Computed Tomography.  The machine is basically a traditional X-ray machine that spins around the patient so that it can acquire many different images of the body.  A computer algorithm converts the images into layered scans to allow radiologists to sift through them looking for tumors, internal bleeds, pneumonia, and a range of other conditions. The final images look something like this.

CT scans are one of the most frequently ordered diagnostic tests in emergency departments in the United States (many say they are ordered way too much), so it’s important to know a little bit about how they work… And unfortunately, no, it is not a time machine.

Here is a labeled image to give you a bit more detail into how it works:

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1: X-ray tube

2: High voltage power source and transformer

3: Scintillation detectors with 5 cooling fans

4: Fluid pump and radiator for cooling the X-ray tube

All of these components make 2 to 3 complete turns per second around the patient.

So how does the CT Scanner stay electrically powered while spinning?

To keep the machine charged without tangling the cords, CT scanners rely on the technology of the Slip Ring:

A Slip Ring is basically an electromechanical device that allows the transmission of power and electrical signals from a stationary to a rotating structure, in this case, from the base to the rotating scanner.  One difference between the image below and the slip rings of CT Scanners is that there is a pool of liquid metal molecularly bonded to the contacts instead of the sliding brush. This decreases friction even more to allow constant rotation of the scanner.


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Hopefully you found this interesting and at least somewhat easy to understand. For further reading, head here.


Sky Series from Eric Cahan

August 15th, 2013 | Space

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These beautiful abstract photographs were created by New York-based artist, Eric Cahan. His work is reminiscent of the 1960s light and space movement led by artists such as James Turrell, Robert Irwin, and Doug Wheeler.   These masters manipulated light to magnify the natural world through immersive installations, while Cahan delivers the same ethereal quality through photography.

To bring the appropriate light to film, Eric places custom colored resin filters in front of the lens and shoots the sky, mostly during the sunrise or sunset hours.

Here is a quote from Eric discussing his photos:

“My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.”

The diffuse colors draw the viewer into that celestial moment in nature. I especially love the images that contain just a trace of cloud coverage, which works to ground the images in reality.

For more from Eric Cahan, be sure to visit his full portfolio.


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