Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova use mirrors to cause an interruption in nature. Husband and wife, this pair created this inspiring work in the 70's and 80's. They used such a simple concept to force people to take a second look at the world around them. Ive seen work like this before, but none that were anywhere as successful.
Lately, I have been non-stop listening to Paolo Nutini, who is a remarkable talent. I don't know how I discovered him, but man....there's nothing like driving in hot, sunny weather with music blasting and dancing in your car. What is so special about his style is that it is completely different than what is out there today. It reminds me of old school Harry Belefonte, Louis Prima from the 50's and some Richie Havens folk songs which I love dearly, except it's new and fresh and absolutely wonderful. His smooth, Scottish voice isn't too bad either. Check him out.
You know those classic images you see that remind you of vintage Vogue or Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Well chances are that some of those images were taken by well known photographer Tom Palumbo.
Palumbo is highly recognized for his photography shot for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar in the 50's and 60's. You can help but appreciate his timeless style. His images remind me to love the simple things in life.
You can find more of his work on his flickr page HERE
Searching around for new destinations, I came across some VERY eccentric and beautiful places that I hope to check out in my lifetime. I love how big our world is sometimes.
Looking like flora straight from Pandora, I was amazed to find out that there are 71 glowing mushroom species here on Earth. This one, found in the forests of Japan and Brazil, is called the Mycena chlorophos. They emerge during the rainy season, causing the floor to glow with spores. The light show generally happens in the late summer months, although the mushrooms only do really well where, not surprisingly, there are no people to disturb them.
Glow in the dark water? Thanks to the fortuitous trio of luminescent waters called La Parguera, Mosquito Bay and Fajardo, the undoubtedly surreal experience of wading in up to 160,000 microscopic dinoflagellates per liter can be yours in beautiful Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Again focusing my thoughts on Avatar for a moment, Venezuela is apparently harboring special lands unlike dreamscapes only seen on film. This towering, flat-topped mountain punctuated with hundreds of free-flowing water falls and seemingly cotton-candy like flowing clouds is known as Mount Roraima. Those who favor mythical tales involving spiritually enlightened natives living in harmony with magical plants and flying dragons might prefer the alternative name given to this two billion year old geological formation – The Lost World, after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel. Due to its remote location far from the prying eyes and hands of the developed world, a diverse range of animal and plant species – completely unique to that area – have been able to flourish, including exotic-looking “carrot” formations as well as bell and pitcher-shaped flowers. Wow.....
In certain part of New Zealand and Australia, travel underground and suddenly it appears as if the night sky has followed you. Thanks to common "glow worms", cave ceilings are turned into stunning bioluminescent points of light. Actually, they're not actually worms, but larvae of the gnat fly. They spin a nest of silk on the cave ceiling and then hang down as many as 70 threads with drops of mucus (delicious) attached to snare prey. The larva all glow (even more brightly if they haven't eaten in a bit) to lure victims to the threads. Incredibly, nearly 100% of the energy input is turned into light. Incredible.