Shockingly These Twisted Vintage Portraits Were Made Before Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop dropped in 1988, and that meant the end of photography as we knew it. The same year, French artist Frédéric Fontenoy was capturing a set of really weird and ingenious images of people running in the wild naked, with the help of a panoramic camera. The series entitled Metamorphose presents twisted, but clearly human characters mounted by barren natural environment.

Fontenoy 's inpiration was the German sculptor and surrealist photographer from the 1930s. In turn, contemporary artists like Constant Dullart, Sam Cannon, and Lee Griggs continue both Bellmer and Fontenoy's artistic legacy wondering about how much can we distort the human form while still considering it human? Metamorphose was one of Fontenoy's first photographic experiments, but today he continues to make surreal photographs. However, this early series carries an enchanting and primitive sense resembling like a dance of elves rather than humans.





















See more of Frédéric Fontenoy's work on fredericfontenoy.com
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Bermuda Triangle: Ship Reappears 90 Years After Going Missing?


There are millions of posts on internet daily and of course, a portion of them is false and a portion of them, like the post below, you just can't know if it is true or false. When we came across this article, we couldn't but wonder for its validity. However, what if it is true? Yes, it seems outrageous but we are going to cite the facts and you are free to make your own conclusions.
The Cuban Coast Guard announced a few months ago, that they had intercepted an unmanned ship heading for the island, which is presumed to be the SS Cotopaxi, a tramp steamer which vanished in December 1925 and has since been connected to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.



The Cuban authorities spotted the ship for the first time on May 16 2015, near a restricted military zone, west of Havana. They made many unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the crew, and finally mobilized three patrol boats to intercept it.

When they reached it, they were surprised to find that the ship was actually a nearly 100-year old steamer identified as the Cotopaxi, a name famously associated with the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. There was no one on board and the ship seemed to have been abandoned for decades, suggesting that this could actually be the tramp freighter that disappeared in 1925.

An exhaustive search of the ship led to the discovery of the captain’s logbook. It was, indeed, associated with the Clinchfield Navigation Company, the owners of the SS Cotopaxi, but hasn’t brought any clue concerning what happened to the ship over the last 90 years.



On 29 November 1925, the SS Cotopaxi departed Charleston, South Carolina, and headed towards Havana, Cuba. The ship had a crew of 32 men, under the command of Captain W. J. Meyer, and was carrying a cargo of 2340 tons of coal. It was reported missing two days later, and was unheard of for almost 90 years.

The Vice President of Council of Ministers, General Abelardo Colomé, announced that the Cuban authorities were going to conduct a thorough investigation to elucidate the mystery of the ship’s disappearance and reappearance.

“It is very important for us to understand what happened” says General Colomé. “Such incidents could be really bad for our economy, so want to make sure that this kind of disappearance doesn't happen again. The time has come to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, once and for all.”



The Bermuda Triangle is a vaguely defined region covering the area between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, where dozens of ships and planes have disappeared during the years under mysterious circumstances. Popular culture has attributed many of the disappearances to paranormal and supernatural phenomena, or to the activity of extraterrestrial beings. One explanation, even pins the blame on leftover technology from the mythical lost continent of Atlantis.
Despite the popularity of all these strange theories, most scientists don’t even recognize the existence of the Bermuda Triangle, and blame human mistakes and natural phenomena for the abnormalities. However, the potential reappearance of the SS Cotopaxi could push some experts to reconsider their view on the subject.

via: worldtruth.tv

Artists Share Controversial Cartoons Depicting the Shocking Reality Of Modern Day Society

#1 The Soldier’s Future

Once again art is used in order to awaken consciences and expose all the ugliness of modern society. This time, two Romanian cartoonists, PeTry and CriSan, have put their imagination at their sketches to depict a satirical view of our modern world. They work for over 30 years and have been rewarded with more than 100 prizes in 24 countries. Their cartoons are largely satirical exposing numerous of topics including war, politics, immorality and the like.

#2 War


#3 Two Prisoners


#4 The Opening Ceremony of Life


#5 True Love


#6 Cure for Stupidity


#7 The Bible, Corrected by God


#8 The Brain


#9 The Revolutionary’s “victory”


#10 The Grandmaster


#11 The Truth About Original Sin


#12 Doctor Or Veterinary? Both!


via: artfido.com

BADASS CAT MOTORCYCLE HELMETS FROM RUSSIA


Easy riders or badass cat lovers? Both! Russian company Nitrinos motostudio created the coolest helmets for you! They are called “Neko Helmets” , coming in 12 different designs and all feature cat ears. With a price range from US$495 to $590, they have double ventilation, a removable 100% polyester lining and they also can be a custom order depending your needs or preferences.
“Fiberglass ears are firmly fixed to the body of the helmet, but in case of an accident, they are destroyed without any danger,” states the company’s website. “The ears are performed of through type. Thus, up to a speed of 100 km/h, the ears do not generate additional resistance.”















via: dangerousminds.net

Walk Inside a Surrealist Salvador Dalí Painting with This 360º Virtual Reality Video


At the beginning of Dalí’s career, somewhere between 1933 and 1935, the great Spanish surrealist artist worked on a painting titled Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus.' This canvas was a surreal interpretation of Jean-François Millet’s painting The Angelus and it inspired Dalí during its childhood as it was hung on a wall of his elementary school, where he invented stories of the peasant couple praying in the middle of a potato field. In his painting, Millet’s couple are transformed into ancient, gigantic sculptural ruins in a barren landscape illuminated by the moon.

This work, notes the Dalí’ Museum, was “reproduced on everything from prints and postcards to everyday objects like teacups and inkwells. The late 19th century painting depicts a peasant couple standing in a field with their heads bowed in prayer. For many it was a sentimental work, but for Dalí’ it was troubling, with layers of hidden meaning, which he explored through daydreams and fantasies.”

Created for “Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination,” an exhibit at St. Petersburg, Florida’s Dalí Museum on the friendship and collaboration between those two visionary 20th-century world-creators (Dalí and Disney), visitors can now enter a fully immersive 360-degree virtual reality recreation of the painting and also enjoy a detailed sonic one featuring the voice of Dalí himself.

Not everyone can make it to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida but don't be discouraged. Everyone can have the experience to rediscover this amazing painting over and over again by entering Dalí's dreamy world. Navigation to Dreams of Dalí is available on Google Cardboard, with an Android phone, or on an iPhone via the YouTube app. And those on desktops or laptops are encouraged to view the latest version on Chrome.

via: openculture.com

Beware of These 7 Popular Chocolate Brands that Exploit Child Slaves


Americans absolutely love chocolate. Only every Halloween, they spend over a billion dollars on chocolate, accounting for 10% of most chocolate company’s annual earnings. The average American citizen eats over 11 pounds of chocolate a year. So next time you 're going to buy your favourite dark or milk chocolate, use your money to send the strong message that child slavery is not acceptable by American consumers. Last September, a lawsuit was filed against eight companies – including Hershey, Mars, and Nestle – alleging that the companies were duping consumers into “unwittingly” supporting and funding the child slave labor trade in West Africa, home to two-thirds of the world’s cacao beans.


Worker ages range from 11-16 (and even sometimes younger). They live in remote farms, where they work 80 to 100 hours a week. The film Slavery: A Global Investigation reveals the shocking reality through interviews with freed children who speak for their daily torture.
“The beatings were a part of my life,” Aly Diabate, a freed slave, told reporters. “Anytime they loaded you with bags (of cocoa beans) and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again.”
To avoid supporting children slavery, here are seven chocolate companies that benefit from child slave labor:

Hershey

Mars

Nestle

ADM Cocoa

Godiva

Fowler’s Chocolate

Kraft


Legislation nearly passed in 2001 in which the FDA would implement “slave free” labeling on the packaging. However, before the legislation voted on, the chocolate industry – including Nestle, Hershey, and Mars – used its corporate money to stop it by “promising” to end child slavery in their businesses by 2005. This never achieved, the deadline has repeatedly been pushed back and the current goal is now at 2020. In addition, instead of a reduction of the children who are enslaved, the number of children working in the cocoa industry has increased by 51 percent from 2009 to 2014.
As one freed boy put it: “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.”
Here is a list of more socially conscious companies who succeeded to avoid profiting off the suffering of child labor:

Clif Bar

Green and Black’s

Koppers Chocolate

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Denman Island Chocolate

Gardners Candie

Montezuma’s Chocolates

Newman’s Own Organics

Kailua Candy Company

Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company

Rapunzel Pure Organics

The Endangered Species Chocolate Company

Cloud Nine

via: usuncut.com

An Upside Down Wine Glass That Lets You Drink From The Stem and Confuse Your Friends


With this Upside Down Wine Glass, available from the gadget e-shop RED5, your friends will go crazy just the moment you are going to enjoy a glass of wine by drinking from the stem. What a better gadget for the coolest dinner party!

This glass looks exactly like your standard wine glass and it’s only when it is filled with lovely vino that you see its true effects. Because of the reversed design, the part that is usually the base of the glass is now where you sip the delicious flavours of Spanish grapes, floral notes and Valencian oranges and the base is now on the top of the glass. Mystify your friends with your magical floating wine tricks and add a fun twist to your next dinner party.



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ANCIENT AFRICAN TREES ILLUMINATED BY STARLIGHT


Hercules


Corvus

San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon has dedicated more than a decade of her life chasing our planet’s aboriginal trees, searching for them to the most remote spots of our world. After devoting fourteen years to capturing ancient trees in the daylight, the photographer initiated the Diamond Nights, in which she shot the unique plants in the starlight.

The Diamond Nights project was firstly inspired by various scientific studies that examined the bond between trees and starlight. The first, Moon reports, was conducted by the University of Edinburgh and finds that cosmic radiation has a profound effect on the growth of trees; the second, written by Lawrence Edwards, suggests that buds will transform in accordance with planetary movements. The ties between celestial bodies and trees, says Edwards, is strong enough that specific species will interact and align themselves with different planets.

Moon poured over research materials to locate the specific trees throughout southern Africa, in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. In order to shoot under a clear sky, she stayed in isolated and uninhabited areas, following a guide for hours across unmarked terrain. Another intriguing part of her search was the fact that while some of the trees were named, many were not, meaning that no one could locate them without knowing exactly where they stood.

After marking the place during the day usually with a small collection of rocks, the photographer returned at night only with a flashlight. The darkness, she says, was so thick that she was unable to see her own hand, and her exposures lasted for about thirty seconds each. In that time, she allowed enough light to enter her camera but forced the stars to stay in place; any longer, and they would begin to form trails across the sky.

This experience was for Moon something like diving in the ocean. Staying with the trees for hours, in silence, witnessing their secret communion with the sky above. She titles each tree after the constellation rendered behind it, paying tribute to the ancient Greeks and Romans who were inspired many stories of their mythology from the night sky.


Vela


Aquila


Ara


Fornax


Aludra


Lyra


Octans


Polaris

All images © Beth Moon
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