Simon Beck has spent a lot of time at Arc2000 in the French Alps this winter, but he hasn’t been skiing. Beck spends his days doing something entirely different: making snow art. Many compare Beck’s work to “crop circles,” but this is not the labor of “aliens” who’ve chosen a wintrier medium. This “snow art” is the work of a lone artist who spends hours trudging around the French ski resort to fashion his designs.
Beck’s intricate creations come in a range of forms from spirals to cubes, snowflakes, and abstract figures. These snowy “crop circles” are created by the simple act of walking in the snow wearing raquettes.
“They aren’t hard to do,” Beck boasts on his snow art page. “Good exercise, yes, but not particularly difficult. I’ve placed it in the walking category as they are made by walking about in snowshoes.”
The Oxford-educated self-employed map maker typically walks for about five hours or until he gets too tired, using a headlamp if it gets dark first. The shapes are created by a kind of reverse orienteering. The main lines and points are surveyed using a sighting compass with distances measured either by pace counting or string.
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Ruined Polaroids by William Miller on thisispaper.com
These pictures are taken with a camera that is, by most definitions, broken: an old Polaroid SX-70 camera that I rescued from a yard sale last year. I’ve always loved this camera. It is an ingeniously conceived, complicated bundle of gears and switches with dozens of moving parts packed in tight like a chrome and leather pistol…
This beautiful large-scale Snow Drawing piece was created by San Francisco-based artist Sonja Hinrichsen with the help of generous assistance of 5 volunteers on Rabbit Ears Pass, Colorado. Her work is like a snow version of Amazing Sand Drawings on California Beaches by Jim Denevan we’ve featured last year.
It’s amazing how many hours were spent creating something so big yet impermanent as these drawings. “I’m not so into making art that lasts,” Hinrichsen told Steamboat Today. “The world is saturated with manmade projects. I don’t think I need to add more things to the planet.”……
Amazing place to chill photography. Enjoy!
A 27-pound lobster named ‘Rocky’ who was being held at the Maine State Aquarium after being caught by a shrimp dragger has been released back into the Atlantic Ocean on February 23, 2012. The 40-inch lobster was the largest ever caught in Maine. via Hungeree
We’re starting again with set of quality daily inspirations as every working day .). I am sure you’re at least as curious as I am what’s new out there for us always-hungry-for-inspiration. Let’s start in the animal world … how cool are the two bats hanging? Right, the photo is upside down on purpose .. don’t panic. From today’s illustrations I like the first two. The guys in balloon by STEVE SIMPSON are amazing; love the style. The other one I like … yea, kind of wakes up the feminine side in me … lol … anyway, speaking about the Blossom Bird by Terry Fan. From the art / digital art section I like the very last one called Friends by Zayasaikhan Sambuu. Of course there are plenty of other items which are cool enough to be featured here; I just do not want to waste your time. The very last thing I am gonna bring up is the free flyer template available for download by Quickandeasy. If you need something like that, do not hesitate and get it. Enjoy the remaining items … and you know what … become our fan on Facebook, if you still didn’t do so :).