Samuel Guigues’ recreation of Maison Vachon’s offices of 1951

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017

Photography by Samuel Guigues

Because we can’t get enough of offices dating from the 1950s, even after all this time, and seeing ourselves within them. Such was the brief given to Paris based photographer Samuel Guigues, who was asked by French company Maison Vachon to photograph its current employees in a recreation of their 1951 offices.

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The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch, animated

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych, being a painting spread across three panels that are hinged together, by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, that he completed in the early sixteenth century. And here you can see an animated version of the work, by Breda based designer and film producers, Studio Smack.

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Lost photos of China, found by Shanghai photographer Sheila Zhao

Monday, 6 February, 2017

Photo via Sheila Zhao

Shanghai based photographer Sheila Zhao trawls through flea markets searching for old photos that may have – for whatever reason – been discarded by those who appear in them.

Some of these images go on to be featured in her China Lost and Found project, which raises some intriguing questions. Where are these people now, and why did they not keep a hold of their photos?

Via Timeline.

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UFO, psychics, and spies. The truth is amongst the CIA’s data

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017

The truth is out there. Somewhere, surely. Dig through the twelve million, that’s right, twelve million pages of data, or some 930,000 declassified documents, that the CIA recently made searchable online, and see what you can learn about past investigations into unidentified flying objects, psychics, and spies, and the like.

A great way to spend a rainy day, maybe?

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Trailers, as the name suggests, used to screen at the end of a film

Monday, 30 January, 2017

Who knows how many film trailers I’ve posted here over the years, but never in that time have I given any thought as to why they’re called trailers. It’s all quite logical however, as once upon a time they used to follow, or be shown, at the conclusion of a feature, when they first appeared, a little over a century ago.

At first that seems like an absurd idea. Why try to a promote an upcoming release at the end of the show, when audience members are surely scrambling for the exits? As it happened though, the movie going experience of the early twentieth century was unlike that with which we’re accustomed to today:

You would pay your admission – usually just a couple of cents – and you could basically sit inside a movie house all day and watch whatever was playing, often a combination of feature-length movies, short films, and cartoons.

Doesn’t sound too bad at all. Especially on a rainy day, or the like. Pay a couple of cents, and stay all day. But I’m wondering how cinemas made money, if people stayed in their seats all day? Return custom was the answer. With trailers advertising upcoming new features, patrons were sure to come back.

I wonder if we could go back to the days of trailers being screened after a film, in return for being able to stay at the cinema all day?

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The sound of classical music composers collaborating

Monday, 16 January, 2017

The work of a veritable whose who of classical music composers including Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, and Chopin, feature on a mashup of classical compositions. Put together by California based YouTube video producer, and classical pianist, Grant Woolard.

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Strangers from the past, most probably dead, who walk our cities

Friday, 11 November, 2016

Photography by Frank Machalowski

An image from Leipzig based photographer Frank Machalowski’s series of works, titled “Ghosts of”. The subjects featured in his photos are “strangers from the past, most probably dead”, he says, yet here they are, today, and on the streets of contemporary European cities. It’s all a little spooky, but it’s also quite captivating. See more of his photography here.

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Soviet Innerness: wallpaper journeys behind the Iron Curtain

Monday, 24 October, 2016

USSR era wallpaper

Do you remember Brezhnev? The iron curtain? The Soviet Union? The wallpaper? Yes, I kid you not, do you recall the wallpaper design of the Soviet era?

In case you’ve forgotten, or didn’t know what is was like in the first place, then Soviet Innerness, a collection of wallpaper designs, is for you. Brought to you by Elena, and Alessandro Calvaresi, curators of wallpaper design from the Eastern Bloc.

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Looking for vintage stock photos? Vintage Stock Photos is the place

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Photo via Vintage Stock Photos

A handy resource for anyone looking for vintage style stock photos, Vintage Stock Photos. The images can be used free of charge on websites, and in books and videos, for commercial projects. Terms and conditions apply, so read before use.

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Plotting the rise of Earth’s average temperature over 22,000 years

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

A timeline of Earth’s average temperature over the last twenty-two thousand years, by xkcd.

Temperature are now, on average, five degrees Celsius warmer, than they were at the beginning of this time period.

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