What We Love This Week, Volume L

January 31, 2014

“Loving Vincent”: An Animated Film About The Life Of Vincent Van Gogh

The lopped off ear. The starry, starry night. While Vincent Van Gogh is often revered as the founder of modern art, little beyond the superficial is known about the post-impressionist master. Like, for instance, that Van Gogh only picked up the paintbrush eight years before his death, following a series of failed professional endeavors that even included preaching. Desirous of sharing Van Gogh’s story to a world moved by his movement-defined paintings, Academy Award-winning production company BreakThru Films has sifted through 800 of Van Gogh’s own letters and paintings, and hired a team of 70 painters to create oil canvases to bring his story to life in a way he would have preferred. Said Van Gogh in one letter, “The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings”. When completed, “Loving Vincent” will be the first feature length film made solely through hand-painted canvases. Read more about this inspired project at This Is Colossal.

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Caras Ionut, Bringing Dreams To Life

January 26, 2014

Caras Ionut Mountain Photography

We’ve all had dreams so beautifully bizarre that it seems impossible to recreate them, but one artist does just that. Caras Ionut, the mastermind behind fantasy photo manipulation, is well-versed in the art of Photoshop and reflecting our unconscious selves in photos. Born in Romania, Ionut spent his childhood surrounded by rugged mountain roads and weathering some incredibly harsh conditions, and it’s from these exotic terrains that he draws much of his inspiration.

Caras Ionut Fishing

Animal Safari

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Stunning Never Before Seen Photos Of The Challenger Disaster

January 24, 2014

Launch Site

Nearly 28 years ago this month, Americans watched in bewildered horror as the the Challenger shuttle–and its seven crew members–came to its untimely end 73 seconds after launch. A faulty O-ring, poor weather conditions and an overzealous NASA administration stricken with “go fever” ultimately bore the blame for the crash, and as a result the program went on a 32-month hiatus.

Recently, a Reddit user went through his grandparents’ old photos and found a tragic, never before seen record of the unforgettable event.

Challenger Disaster Smoke

Smoke Grow

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What We Love This Week, Volume XLIX

January 24, 2014
Birds Eye View Mountain Range

Source: Fubiz

The World As Seen By Birds

Birds Eye View New York

Source: Fubiz

While the phrase “a bird’s eye view” has often been realized by humans solely in the figurative sense, photographer Howard Lau gives it new form in his series, “Proud Wanderer”. By convening multiple photographs together–stunning landscapes and gliding birds–Lau provides viewers with a true “bird’s eye view” of the world. To see more of Lau’s avian adventures, direct yourself to Fubiz.

Birds Eye View Water

Source: Fubiz

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Andre Kuipers’ Stunning Photos Of Planet Earth

January 23, 2014

The Dutch physician and European Space Agency astronaut was selected to participate in International Space Station expeditions 30 and 31. Leaving the planet on December 21st 2011 and returning the following July, Andre Kuipers captured some absolutely incredible images of our planet.

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The Argentine Coast

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400 kilometers above Earth

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The Southern Lights

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Aruba

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Atmospheric glow

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the ATV, docked

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The Australian Outback

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The Bahamas

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A bizarre interaction between light and the sunset

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Canada

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A comet as seen from the ISS

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Europe

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Flattened moonbeams

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France: Paris is to the left, Toulouse is illuminated to the right

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The Indonesian island of Sumbawa

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Spain's Islas Baleares

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A lateral view of the ISS

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The ISS at moonlight

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Lake Powell, Las Vegas

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The Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas

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The Middle East

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Moonrise

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Northern Europe

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Northern Lights from below

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The ISS observatories

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The Orion constellation

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Over Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Russia

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The Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean

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The Sahara Desert and Mauritania

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Over the San Francisco Bay

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Over the Somalian desert

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The Southern Lights

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The Soyuz, docked

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The Soyuz TMA

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The Soyuz - the apparatus Kuipers used to return to Earth

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Star cluster

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The super moon

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Over the United Kingdom

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Venus in the distance

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Mount Vesuvius

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Fishing boats near Hanoi, Vietnam

All photos can be found at Kuipers’ photo stream, featured on Flickr.

A Spotted Hyena In Mid Laugh

January 21, 2014

Hyena Photograph

Exhibiting features and behaviors of both canines and felines, the hyena has mystified cultures for centuries.