There’s something disturbing about Cal Redback’s latest digital renderings. In an image from his Treebeard series, a brownish-green bush grows from the shadows on a man’s face, obscuring any defining characteristics. In another image, Herbraiser, thorns pucker from a woman’s skin like acupuncture gone so totally wrong. And yet these digitally-altered bodies are undeniably beautiful in some raw, peculiar way.
The idea that animals possess healing powers has been present in human lore since our hunter-gatherer days, but the first documented use of animals for therapeutic purposes wasn’t until 18th century England….
“My name is Robert Lawrence. I’m from Tennessee, arrived last year & found Seattle to be a very beautiful city, full of life, also filled with the rich & poor…”
The “community” section of the website for Facing Homelessness–a Seattle-based non-profit that provides aid to the homeless–is packed with photos. Strikingly intimate black and white portraits spill beyond its borders (you have to scroll horizontally to see them all). Soon you realize that many of the faces in this community actually belong to Seattle’s homeless. Then you realize that many of those faces come with a story. And that most of those stories start, appropriately enough, with a name. Meet some of these individuals in the gallery below:
X-ray technology has without a doubt prolonged and saved countless human lives. But for those of us with a little more misanthropy coursing through our veins, x-rays also provide us with visions of painful human injuries, some of which are so off-the-wall crazy that they will leave you scratching your head and wondering just what kind of idiot would ever find herself in the position where a spatula would be lodged in her throat. Here are some of the weirder x-rays that have been uncovered from around the world. From what information is available, all of these people survived.
We can thank our Founding Fathers for giving us an annual excuse to overindulge win barbecues, beer and fireworks–and for being some real characters:
America’s Founding Fathers were some of most influential–and controversial–people in our history. This historical documentary explores some of the conspiracy theories surrounding our trailblazing founders: