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Carnival 2011 Photography

All over the world, celebrations are held as a final party before the fasting of Lent, as a way to usher out the winter and welcome spring. Across Europe and the Americas, parades and festivals have been taking place for nearly a month, culminating in the largest, most famous party of all: the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The festivities in Rio continue until today, March 8th. Gathered below are images from the past several weeks of carnivals around the globe.

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Daily Inspirations no. 121

Design is one of the notions, which is too broad to have one unified definition. Scientists and philosophers still argue about what design is and how it works. It is interesting to mention one of the existing approaches in philosophy, explaining the design process. It is called Action-Centric Model. According to this theory there are three basic characteristics of design as a process: first explains that designers use creativity and emotion to generate ideas or design candidates, the second says that design process is improvised, and the third claims that all the stages of the design process, such as analysis, design, and implementation are inseparably linked. While philosophers still argue trying to find a true answer for what design actually is, photographers, painters, writers, and illustrators simply continue designing artful things, mostly being driven by inspiration and imagination, and not worrying about the stages of the design process or its scientific categorization.

Artwork by Rob Scotton
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Inspirational Photography by Lina Tesch

Lina Tesch is a photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. Check her work below.

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Cityscapes – The Monuments to Human Creativity

The theme of cityscapes, which are actually nothing but city portraits, is among the favorite themes for photographers. However, in spite of its wide popularity, every cityscape always looks fresh and remains interesting for the audience. Even if we see many pictures of the same and familiar places, such as the streets of New York, every picture, if it is an artful and creative photo, will still be able to reveal some new and previously undiscovered aspects, colors, and angles. Furthermore, photographers do their best to choose the best timing and location for making pictures of the cities. As the result we can see really magnificent and impressing views of the cities at night or bird’s-eye views of cities and towns.

Hong Kong Rush Hour by Marcin Stawiarz
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Where Children Sleep: A Diverse World of Homes

When photographer James Mollison was asked to do a project on children’s rights, he found himself thinking back to his childhood bedroom and the deep importance it played in his upbringing. Taking that idea with him around the world, he photographed a diverse cross section of children and the bedrooms they call home. His moving images remove the children from their home environment, showing them before a neutral background that mostly hides their economic status as if to say “kids are just kids.” Only when their bedroom is observed, however, does the full scope of their living situation become poiniently clear. Where Children Sleep, a beautiful hardcover book featuring 112 color photographs is now available from chrisboot.com.

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Fancy Curlicues for Designers

Elaborately twisted, curled, and curved lines have always been of particular interest for designers, helping them to create really delicate, refined, and beautiful decorations or embellishments. Such patterns bring the feeling of the highest aesthetics, certain mystery, and infinity to the design works. Today Cruzine offers its readers the collection of multiple shapes and brushes for Photoshop as well as vector sets, featuring multiple and versatile swirls and curls. These designing materials are distributed here for free but they are really valuable in multiple areas of application, especially for different greeting and invitation cards, some fashion posters and calendars, and, of course, thematic web sites, where curly lines and twisted shapes can be used for creating fancy backgrounds and interesting graphic decorations.

WG Funny Swirls Vol1 by wegraphics
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Beuautiful and cute illustrations

From the land of surf and sea, Caia Koopman has emerged as one of lowbrow’s preeminent female artists. With a well-rounded background from her years spent obtaining her BA in Fine arts from UC Santa Cruz, to her time spent in the skateboarding and snowboarding scenes, Caia’s environment has both molded and provided an eclectic background that makes her paintings come to life. With her fine detail for beauty, inclinations toward nature, and collectiveness of the female spirit, Caia has quickly become one of the quintessential artists fully encompassing the elegance, strengths, and vulnerabilities of femininity. Her work is alluring and has a hint of whimsy. It delves into the fascination of women, in both our conscious and subconscious ideals of the feminine role in society. Caia consistently submerses herself in subject that matter that is ingrained and full of cultural connotations. Caia’s work is infused with a variety of cultural, political, environmental, sociological, and dreamscape references. Her influences serve as an amalgamation bringing her world to life through deliberate references and reverent imagery, with the finished work deriving strength and beauty from the artist herself. Her playfulness in her brush strokes is a constant struggle with the reality and solidity of the paint itself which comes across in her work as complimentary forces bringing together a gorgeous and powerful masterpiece.

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DAILY INSPIRATIONS FOR DYT #74

Tuesday design and art inspi­ra­tions for all DYT readers :)

Los Angeles Zoo: Memory by RLR Advertising
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Fine art by Eric Marrian

Eric Marrian is an architect and also a photographer. Lines, curves and perspectives compose his photographic work. His serie ” carré blanc ” is another vision of the sensuality. As he says himself, this series could be considered as cold and doubtless because of the choice of colors, black and white. We are captivated by looking at his big prints, the sensuality comes from these component quite architectural.

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Daily Inspirations no. 120

It is spring now; and spring itself is a very inspiring season, which is full of bright sun, vivid colors, enthusiasm, and life energy in general. Isn’t it inspiring to find the first snowdrops appearing under the snow and to see the first yet shy but persistent green leaves growing on the trees? The blue sky and the crystal air seem to be overfilled with joy, happiness, pleasure, and the Nature is ready to share all those best emotions and inspiration with everyone on the Planet. We understand clearly that competing with Nature is pointless, so we just want to enrich the inspiration you will find everywhere around you with some more sources of fresh design ideas, images, trends, and creative techniques. At Cruzine you will be able to find what you’ll hardly find in the park or near the lake: the creative works of photographers, illustrators, digital artists, web designers, and advertisement gurus, which are also a good source of fresh design-related inspiration.

Yippee Ki Yay! by Chris Davidson
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360 Degree Reverse Photography

If you want to create one of those 360-degree panoramic photographs you don’t need to have expensive equipment, you just need a bit of skill and a good enough SLR camera with the basic settings. You will need a tripod because these kinds of photos are made up of a series of pictures taken from one position as you spin around in a circle. And another important thing is that you need a 360-degree panoramic photograph software package. Once you have your camera ready on your tripod you can start to shoot the set with photos that will eventually be your whole panoramic photo. Move in clockwise direction and make sure that you overlap the pictures by 30-50 percent or else you’ll have lines and distortion.

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Silhouettes – Reality and Mystery Combined

Landscapes, portraits, street photography, tattoo – actually, we have already published tons of interesting and inspiring showcases at Cruzine, demonstrating the richness and diversity of the art of photography. But today we still have something very special to share with our readers – silhouette photography, a very interesting and specific form of photography art, which provides enough space for the imagination of both parties: a photographer and the audience. Pictures with the silhouettes against the evening or early morning sky impress with the beauty and some certain mystery, hidden in the dusk and dawn shades.

Sea silhouette by Fernando Gonzale
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Amazing typography artworks

Great Typography Portfolio by André Beato, a Designer from Portugal.

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Faces of Old People in Black and White Photography

The following entire collection of black and white photography of old people faces has been photographed by Saeed Al Alawi and you can visit his photostream here on Flickr. Don’t have much to say except respect your elders and don’t give hard time to anyone specially old people like in these pictures.

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DAILY INSPIRATIONS FOR DYT #73

Monday design and art inspi­ra­tions for all DYT readers :)

Illustration by Reiko Gross
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