The elegant design of human towers


In Catalonia, Spain (where my wife’s family is from, coincidentally), they have a tradition of creating massive towers of human beings. They stand on each other’s shoulders and rise into the sky, like living sandcastles, only to collapse again from gravity and — I assume — exhaustion.

But photography has captured those elusive moments in some breathtaking images, showing off the careful symmetrical design and engineering of these temporary bio structures. Check it out.


World Cup-themed hot dogs

And while we’re dealing with sickening-looking but interesting food……

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Tom Davie bottles food

tom davie exposes what we really eat with bottled food

I haven’t posted in SO long! I guess blogging (at least for me) seems to come in waves. Maybe this is the start of a swell.

In any case, here’s a great concept that shows how packaging controls your perception. (Bleagh!)

Thanks once again to the ever-enlightening Designboom.

tom davie exposes what we really eat with bottled food.

The world’s smallest movie

Made by moving atoms — yes, actual atoms!!! — using a two-ton scanning tunneling microscope that operates at minus 268 degrees Celsius. The film was built frame-by-frame, like claymation, but at 100 millionth scale. To get an idea of how tiny these things actually are, check out this link.

Scrapheap Symphony from Brother

I think the ending is just a little anti-climactic, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, so to speak. Take a look.

A trillion frames a second

You’ve seen photos of a bullet passing through an apple, right?  Light itself is a million times faster. But now Ramesh Raskar and MIT Media Lab have invented a way to capture photons at a trillion frames a second. Want to see how it’s done? Check out this video.

Colorizing: vision or violation?

Eisenstaedt recolored

What happens to the meaning of an iconic black & white photo when it’s meticulously reinterpreted as a color image? Do we gain insight? Or do we lose the impact and value of the original image? Or both?

As you’ll see if you read the comments, this series by Swedish artist and photo restoration expert Sanna Dullaway invites controversy.

Personally, I think it’s a fascinating experiment, and helps me see how the photographers worked — interpreting the colorful world around them as black & white compositions, capturing the “decisive moment”, seeing what we mere mortals might have overlooked.

iconic black-and-white photos photoshopped in colour.