David Černý may not be a household name, but his innovative and at times controversial creations undeniably draw attention to the onlooker’s eye. Love him or hate him, Černý’s work certainly cannot be accused of being dull or unwitty. Many of his intriguing sculptures lay nestled within the historic nooks and crannies of Prague’s charming cobble-stoned streets, often eluding the less observant passersby.
Less details, less distractions – this could be the description of the following photo gallery. Photos, which do not divert attention with too many details. The minimal use of objects as supporting pillars tell the story.
A hand with a smartphone raised above the head, or extended with a selfie stick, and puckered lips - the quintessential picture of today's life. Every moment of every life has to be perfectly arranged, recorded and posted. In the process, the smartphones are already smarter than we are. Not so sure? Check out our gallery to see some of the dicey places where selfies have been taken.
While travelling in Uganda, I got into a situation where I really thought that the end was at hand. The road narrowed steadily, hand in hand with the declining quality of the surface, until we reached a point where there was no way even to call it a path. The car precisely fit the width of the path, leaving the minimum leeway to avoid falling off the cliff on one side and scraping the car against the rocks on the other. To add the imaginary icing on top of the cake, the entire stretch was covered with mud, and the fact that we had a 4WD vehicle didn´t help is as much as would have been desired.
Probably the most expensive coffee – at US$700 per kilo – comes from the most unusual production process. Judge for yourself: Coffee cherries are eaten by the Asian palm civet, then defecated, and the coffee beans collected from the fecal matter and roasted. Traditionally produced in Sumatra, Java, or Indonesia, the beans used to be collected from civets living in the wild, however . . . as the demand for Kopi Luwak Coffee rose, the coffee business adapted. So Asian palm civets are now kept in captivity, in miserable living conditions, in cages, and badly fed.
Each generation seems to have its own fashion, lifestyle, and minor or major obsessions and quirks, which the very next generation may not be able to understand. The THING of today is certainly the Smartphone - a gadget that has practically became a part of our bodies. Don´t you think so? Read the interview with photographer Eric Pickersgill and his fascinating photoproject, “Removed“. His photographs are not only technically masterful, what‘s important is that they carry an important message.
Looking at these pictures you’ll see something is not exactly right and would have your curiosity aroused. It’s the angle that makes them deceptive and intriguing at the same time. Check out our photogallery.
At a time when a new architectural style had conquered Europe, the major characteristics of the new style dictated that it would mostly serve sacral purposes. Gothic Cathedrals were designed to bring the faithful closer to God through visual experience. The indoor and outdoor support system helped Gothic buildings to reach to great heights while delivering light at ground level. The supporting system served at the same time a decorative function. This unique performance in combination with ornamental vaults, and last but not least the colour effects of stained-glass windows, were fascinating then and continue to charm us today.
Astronomically, the Northern Hemisphere entered the winter season before Christmas. When, and whether, the snow arrives . . . well, that all depends. While some places there are piles of snow, elsewhere the weather reminds one more of the early spring than winter. Nevertheless, come and have a look of the best pictures of snow so far this year.
Central Park – a notable landmark in New York City, a green oasis (sometimes also referred to as the lungs of New York) surrounded by skyscrapers. With a sizeable area of 843 acres, it might be assumed that the park was always a part of the Commissioners' Plan. The opposite, however, was the case. New York City’s population expanded rapidly before the second half of the 19th century, and the growing need to escape from the rush and noise of the city became the question of the day.