Artist Guido Daniele Turns Your Arm Into Your Favorite Animal

Guido Daniele Painting

Source: Poblano

We might regard body painting as a relatively new art form, but in reality it is an ancient practice shared across many cultures. Be it tribal painting rituals, henna tattoos or morning makeup routines, the human body has historically presented itself as an apt canvas for personal expression.

In the West, most of our knowledge on the subject begins and ends with clowns painting animals on kids’ faces at birthday parties. But artists like Guido Daniele take the process to the next level. Daniele doesn’t paint animals on human skin so much as he uses paint to transform people into the animals in question.

Guido Daniele Cheetah

Source: Mo Illusions

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Kasper Kowalski’s Unexpected Aerial Photography

Polish Lake Aerial View

Source: CNN

Although Kasper Kowalski is a trained architect, it is his unexpected aerial photography that will thrill you most. Born in 1977, the Polish photographer captures the intersections, patterns and shapes that arise in our multifaceted world. When Kowalski photographs these instances and locations where nature and society collide, his images uncover “disorder in harmony,” and an “emergence of new forms”.

Unbelievable Aerial Photography of Poland

Source: Caixa Negra

Kasper Kowalski Aerial Photograpahy

Source: GeoLog


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29 Swoon-Worthy Photos Of Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Nothing beats the simple beauty of a cherry blossom in full bloom. While most varieties of the tree do not produce fruit, their pinkish-white flowers are admired by people all across the world.

In Japan, cherry blossoms represent the beauty and fragility of life, a symbolic notion that has existed for centuries, as seen in ancient Japanese paintings and mythology. When the flowers bloom—creating a dreamy scene of white and pink petals, people gather together to celebrate and remind themselves that while life is a blessing, it is also tragically short.

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You’ll Love These Shots From National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

Incredible Photos of Paris

Photo by Jaco Marx. Source: Earth Shots

Few institutions measure up to the centuries-old National Geographic Society, which is respected worldwide for its promotion of environmental conservation and observation, often in the form of rich imagery and intriguing articles. So it’s no surprise that National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest 2015 elicited incredible photographs from (literally) every corner of the world.

The four contest categories are vague and simple: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments. Photographers can interpret these designations as they will, making for a monumental variety in each image’s composition, style and feel. While there’s still time to submit a picture (the contest runs through the end of June), Nat Geo editors have released galleries of their favorite submissions. While these are our favorite photos in the running, you can check back in July for the full list of winners.

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Traveler Photo Contest 2015

Photo by Angyalosi Beata. Source: Capture It

Diving Bird National Geographic Society

Photo by Alejandro Prieto. Source: The Atlantic

Benjamin Hardman Photos

Photo by Benjamin Hardman. Source: Benjamin Hardman Photography

Nat Geo Photo Contest

Photo by Ed Graham. Source: Huffington Post

Travel Portraits National Geographic Contest

Photo by Carey Nash. Source: Carey Nash Photography

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Photo by Chris Shmid. Source: Huffington Post

Polar Bears Nat Geo

Photo by Daniele Bertin. Source: 500px

Lee Scott Photography

Photo by Lee Scott. Source: Huffington Post

Traveler Photo Contest Submissions

Photo by Kristin Repsher. Source: Kristin Repsher

Wild Bear National Geographic

Photo by Chris Schmid. Source: The Atlantic

Hidenobu Suzuki Photography

Photo by Hidenobu Suzuki. Source: Meena’s Tirith

Skeikh Zayed Grand Mosque Lori Barbely

Photo by Lori Barbely. Source: Lori Barbely

National Geographic Photo Contest

Photo by Ravikanth Kurma. Source: Huffington Post

Kent Shiraishi Photography

Photo by Kent Shiraishi. Source: The Atlantic

National Geographic Photo Contests

Photo by Matthew Seville. Source: The Atlantic

Wildlife Photography of Rhinos

Photo by Stefane Berube. Source: Huffington Post

Shane Wheel Traveler Photo Contest Submission

Photo by Shane Wheel. Source: Huffington Post

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photography Contest

Photo by S. Ram. Source: Huffington Post

Paolo Lazzarotti Photography

Photo by Paolo Lazzarotti. Source: National Geographic

Lion National Geographic Photos

Photo by Mohammed Alnaser. Source: 500px

Incredible Photos of Paris

Photo by Jaco Marx. Source: Earth Shots

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