What We Love This Week, Volume IX

June 20, 2014

Artist Makes Amazing Portraits Of FIFA Stars With Soccer Ball And Paint

If you’re like, we don’t know, every other person on the planet with access to cable, you’re obsessed with the dramatics of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Or, at the very least, you’ve heard of it. But while most of us are content to manifest that in drunken hoots and hollers at a large TV screen, Chinese artist “Red” Hong Yi prefers paint, canvas and a soccer ball. Creating portraits of Ronaldo and Messi–and ones that could easily be found in an art museum–Yi confines her own artistic method to the rules governing her subjects: she forbids herself from using her hands while painting, and instead uses a ball as a brush and her feet as her hands. Soccer players are artists in their own right; Yi pays tribute to that technique, skill and beauty in a way that art and sports fans can enjoy.

Be sure to visit My Modern Met to read more about her process.

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Winners From The 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

June 20, 2014
Photographer of the Year

Photo by Julio Lucas, 1st Place Photographer of the Year. Source: This is Colossal

Cell phones have come a long way over the past decade. While we use them to check our email, map the closest route to the grocery store or text a friend, it (almost) goes without saying that the cell phone is absolutely king when it comes to photography. Whether you’re taking selfies or Snapchatting your lunch, many of today’s phone cameras rival professional ones. It is because of these great advances that the iPhone Photography Awards were born. Though not as polished as professional photography contests, these image entries are impeccable in their own right.

Fox Photo Award

Photo by Michael O’Neal, Source: iPhone Photography Awards

iPhone Photography Awards

Photo by Alexa Seidl, Source: Huh Magazine

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So Just How Dirty Are Public Toilet Seats?

June 19, 2014

Hover or cover, that is the question. AsapScience dares to go where most of us won’t: the toilet seat. At least academically, anyway. Are we really saving ourselves from germs by covering the seat or hovering above it? Watch and find out.