A beautiful closeup of the eye of a honeybee won top honors today at the annual Nikon Small World competition. The contest honors the beauty and technical skill shown in the tiniest parts of our world found through microphotography. See the top twenty photographs from the competition right here.
Dutch artist Chungkong creates clever posters of all kinds. You can see quite a few of them in our previous posts. But along the way, he found himself really getting into redesigning movie posters in minimalist style. Chungkong enjoyed it as a new hobby, and thought he work on the project until there were an even 100 posters ("A nice round number."). But he got carried away, because he enjoyed it so. Before you know it, there are 500 Chungkong movie posters!
Miss Emmylou Cakehead snagged another opportunity to make gruesome but delicious dishes around a theme: an alien invasion! To promote the new season of the TV series Falling Skies, Miss Cakehead teamed up with culinary renegade Jim Thomlinson of London Mess to create a feast of seafood fashioned in the likeness of the the aliens from the show.
The event was Tuesday in London, and featured not only dishes such as “Espheni limbs” and “mucus eyeballs of Skitters,” but the actual aliens from the show were flown in, including the three-meter tall Scorch, a Skitter, and a Harness, plus the alien ally Cochise.
You wouldn’t know it today, but at one time, the entire concept of watching Hollywood movies in your own home was a revolutionary idea. We rented and bought movies like crazy, and watched them over and over. This craze brought with it a new art form -that of the home video cover. Now that VHS has given way to on-demand streaming, that art form is part of history. The 1980s and ‘90s were its heyday.
That lost art form is curated in a new book VHS: Video Cover Art by Thomas “The Dude Designs” Hodge. It contains over 240 full-scale, complete video sleeves of all movie genres, with designs ranging from the mundane to the insane. The book explores the images, typography, and sometimes hilarious text that was designed to reach out and grab you from the shelves of the movie rental store. Continue reading for a sampling from the book.
What will we be eating in the post-apocalyptic world? What will you survive on when it all goes south? Henry Hargreaves, who you may remember from his various food-related art projects, has been exploring the world of doomsday preppers and the foods they stockpile for the coming disasters.
Hargreaves' latest art project consists of a short profile of the prepper and a typical meal prepared from the ingredients they believe will be available to them after disaster strikes.
Winter starts off exciting, with plenty of holidays, but it ends with all of us tiring of snow, ice, and cold temperatures- 2015 more than most. But spring is just around the corner and it’s time to dream of nature’s yearly renewal and blooming flowers and those lovely green spaces we call gardens. And just in time for those dreams, Roads Publishing presents Reflections: Gardens by Andrew Grant.
Francis Bacon once said, “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” Gardens are our connection to the earth, a restorative place to relax and contemplate the wonder of nature. The great gardens of the world are a each reflection of the culture that created them, a theme explored in the book Gardens. I was delighted to get a preview of the book in gorgeous photographs from all over, and which Neatorama is proud to share with you.
You know those little comment cards that businesses would like you to fill out for feedback? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had those for every situation of life? You’ll find comment cards for all kinds of everyday situations in the new book Comment Cards for Life by Derek McCloud.
You could really use a checklist for all the parts of your roommate that need improvement. Or maybe you want to leave a complaint with the neighbor whose dogs bark all night. How about handling out a card to get feedback on your own performance -as a lover, friend, or family member? Keep reading to see some of the many cards available in the book.
The new Dreamworks animated feature film Home will hit theaters on March 27. Based on the acclaimed children’s book The True Meaning of Smedkay by Adam Rex, it involves the collision of two worlds: the everyday life of a young girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and the fish-out-of-water extraterrestrial called Oh (Jim Parsons). In their adventures together they travel the Earth and beyond.
The book The Art of Home by Ramin Zahed gives us a glimpse into the process of creating the beautiful scenes, characters, and action we’ll see in the film.
At first glance, you'd expect to see the faces of five people and another one in the painting for a total of six but this ad for LG's Viewty mobile phone tells us that there are sixteen. Can you find the remaining ten hidden faces?
Lithuanian artist Modestas Malinauskas paints lush, multi-layered oil paintings. Many of them depict fantasy landscapes and fabulous boats and airships, the kind that could inspire dozens of stories. Take a look at a selection of Malinauskas' paintings from the Paveikslai Internet Art Gallery.
Artist Andrew Rae created this poster for SYZYGY illustrating twenty things that happened on the internet in 2014. How many can you recognize? Continue reading to see a larger version, all the details, and how you can win a poster!
Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer found something very unusual in the Peruvian rain forest: little glowing green dots. They were larva, and they appeared to have teeth! So far, the species has not been clearly identified, and it may even be a new species. Continue reading to learn more about this mysterious but showy glow worm and its lifestyle, in pictures and video.
Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got some teeny tiny horrors that would make your skin crawl… if they were large enough to see, that is! We're talking about the images in the category of Creepy Crawlies from the Nikon Small World 2014 microphotography competition. Go on, take a peek, they won't hurt you!
Diatoms are at the bottom of the food chain, and provide sustenance for many sea creatures. If you can see the tiny things, you'll find they come in a amazing variety. At one time, they were used as an art media! Filmmaker Matthew Killip made a documentary about the last remaining master of the art of arranging diatoms.
Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science.
It’s extremely difficult work, but the complex kaleidoscopic results are stunning. Continue reading to see more of Kemp’s diatom art and the video about him.
(Image credit: © Nathan Pask 2014/Tattooed Bakers)
This time of year, as Halloween candy starts to show up in stores, you have to wonder what Miss Emmylou Cakehead is planning for Halloween. Her productions are guaranteed to raise eyebrows, and this year is no exception.
Miss Cakehead and company will present Cakeaggedon, the very first edible horror farm!
What is a horror farm you ask? Well don't pry too much because we all know how the curious cat ended up... If you do want to come and investigate the strange goings on here though, you might do well to bring a friend - we don't want anyone picked off. Those select few brave enough to venture into the woods will witness, gorge, and be hunted through the world's most terrifying cake installation, and those that make it out will ensure it is THE most talked about scare attraction of 2014. Your mistress of misery for this symposium of sweet slaughter is the infamous and eccentric MISS CAKEHEAD. Her latest reinvention is as far from a convivial cake connoisseur as The Big Bad Wolf is from a vegan food hall. Think cakes are all sunshine and rainbows? You couldn't be further from the tooth....
The New York parody artist Hanksy has been busy, bringing us more great pun art in several locations. These works have shown up in New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles -and right here on the Neatorama Spotlight blog! We also have a video in which you can meet Hanksy -although you cannot see him.
Love DreamWorks' animated movies? Then you'll love The Art of DreamWorks Animation by Ramin Zahed! Thanks to our pals over at Abrams Books, we have 15 amazing pieces of DreamWorks Animation artwork - including concept art, preproduction designs and character sketches - for you to enjoy! Plus, enter our exclusive giveaway to win a copy of The Art of DreamWorks Animation book as well as a NeatoShop T-shirt (details below)
Neatorama is happy to bring you some of the fascinating images from the book Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica by Ford McCann. The ebook is available for all Kindle devices and applications from Amazon.
You’ve seen plenty of pictures of marijuana buds, plants, and crops on the web. Ford McCann wanted a closer look, down to the microscopic level. Images at that level are amazingly otherworldly, artistic, and well worth sharing. The 170 images in the book were taken over the course of a year with both optical microscopes and electron scanning microscopes.
Limited Runs is proud to present a Rock 'n' Roll Photography Show on April 25th, the closing night of MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles). The event will invitation only from 7 to 9 PM, and then open to the public from 9:30 PM to closing time at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles. The show will then travel to Las Vegas and New York City throughout 2014. As a preview, we have ten rare photographs for you on the Spotlight blog.
Back in 2009, Swedish graphic designer Perniclas Bedow created an award-winning map of the world using coins from various countries. The map contains about 3,000 coins of varying currencies. See if your country's coins are there.
Thirty years ago, Thierry Noir surreptitiously painted elephants, bunnies, and faces on the Berlin Wall. It wasn’t just a subversive act of protest; it was very dangerous. He painted mile after mile of artworks on the wall, which not only highlighted how ridiculous the barrier was, but also brought new attention to the wall and emboldened other artists. A new exhibit looks at the Berlin Wall and Noir's later works. Get a sneak peek right here.
If you're a big fan of woodcut illustrations of science and astronomy, you're in for a big treat. Swann Auction Galleries will host an auction of some rare astronomy and science books from the private collection of physicist Martin C. Gutzwiller, and have shared with us some of the fascinating images.
Published by Abrams, Earth From Space features more than 150 magnificent satellite photographs provided by European aerospace technology company Astrium as well as NASA. These photographs are much more than beautiful pictures of our planet - the detailed images can inform us about the health of our world by making clear the impact of deforestation, farming, pollution and urban sprawl.
Here are 10 Most Striking Images of Earth From Space.
Photographer Asia Kepka has a wonderful imagination and a sense of fun. Jeurgen Horn pointed me toward a Facebook page dedicated to the characters Horace and Agnes. It was created by Kepka and Lyn Dowling, who tells the stories. Step into the magical world of Horace and Agnes.
Miss Cakehead has something cooking for Valentines Day. If you’ve seen any of her work before on Neatorama, you would never expect it to have anything to do with red hearts, much less pink hearts. Maybe flowers, but definitely not traditional red roses. No, these roses are black!
As Miss Cakehead does for other holidays, this event will be a one-day pop-up shop in London, England, in collaboration with Kraken Rum, to sell black roses. The shop is called the Think Ink Floral Shop, and roses will be distributed in exchange for a donation to Project Redsand. Have you ever seen a black rose?
A few months ago, we showed you this strange structure found and photographed by graduate student Troy Alexander in the Peruvian Amazon. As far as we knew, no one had ever seen anything like it before. Was it built by an insect, a spider, a fungus, or space aliens? Researchers at the Tambopata Research Center kept observing this and other structures like it until they figured it out.
One of the staples of the holiday season is the gingerbread house. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin have taken the art of building a gingerbread house to a new level with their creations for Art Basel, a winter art festival in Miami Beach. For a show at Dylan's Candy Bar, they wanted to do something involving both candy and art, so they recreated the world's most famous art museums in gingerbread and candy!
Movember ain't the only thing happenin' this November, folks. There's also Dinovember - a month-long project by Refe (@RefeUp) and Susan Tuma to convince their little children that plastic dinosaurs come to life when they sleep.
The project got started when after a long stretch of staying up all night with their one-year-old son who had trouble sleeping, Refe and Susan felt guilty that they weren't doing enough fun things with their two older children. So, Susan decided to play a little prank by setting up their plastic dinosaur toys in the bathroom.
"When my daughter, who was 4 at the time, came running into our bedroom, she said 'The dinosaurs came to life in the middle of the night and they were brushing our teeth!'" said Refe to TODAY.com "We looked at each other, and we knew we had to run with it."