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Artist Embeds Sparkling Spiral Vortexes into Tiny Glass Marbles

Adam Smolensky of Smo Glass compresses mystifying vortexes into small glass marbles. His colorful, handcrafted creations fit between your fingers, but as you look inside, they appear vast—as if their spirals could go on forever.

While these coils are common motifs in Smolensky’s work, it’s just one facet of his marvelous designs. In addition, he produces patterning reminiscent of scales and sea coral, with layered textures that build a beautiful visual complexity within the half-to-two-inch pieces.

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Smolensky recently shared one of his art glass marbles on Reddit. It was a close-up shot of a “glass vortex marble” with a swirling rainbow pattern and glittery center.

“All my vortex marbles are done on [a] solid rod,” he explains, meaning that they are formed on the tip of a glass stick. As for the sparkling characteristic, that’s the work of fuming—a technique where the glass is placed in a metal “smoke” and becomes embedded within.

If you want to get your hands on these tiny, infinite galaxies, Smolensky sells marbles, dishes, and sculptures through his online shop.

Artist Adam Smolensky creates art glass marbles that contain tiny worlds within.

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Glass Marbles

Glass Marbles

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Art Glass Marbles by Smo Glass

Glass Marbles

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8 Mesmerizing Timelapse GIFs Showing How Mushrooms Grow

Mushrooms are known as fast-growing organisms, especially quickly popping up after the rain.

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Given the pace of their growth, which is difficult to capture with a human eye, it‘s incredibly interesting to witness the changes of fungi in these mesmerizing time-lapse gifs.

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These timelapses show the surprising power of mushroom buds, as they burst through the soil and elegantly expand their caps.

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What we see on the surface, though, is only a part of organism, called mushroom fruit.

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The fruit is a short-lived reproductive structure, consisting 92% of water (hence the speed of growth).

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Meanwhile, mycelium of the mushroom sits and sprouts from the soil.

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This part, in contrast to the fruit, can live for years.

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If you are curious about the fungi kingdom or simply like finding out more about the processes of nature, these time-lapse shots are the way to go.

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Journeys Through Mysterious Landscapes by Felicia Simion

20-year-old photographer Felicia Simion, who recently reached out to us to share some of her latest images, has only become more masterful at her craft since we last posted her work three years ago.

Rather than confine herself to one genre of photography, the Romania-based creative dabbles in them all, mixing portraiture, landscapes, street scenes, and conceptual photography for a stunning portfolio of diverse images.

Several of her newest photos, which she labels as “dreamscapes,” follow silhouetted figures in their journeys across vast, mysterious landscapes.

Wandering through surreal vistas such as endless mountain ranges and paths obscured by fog, the subjects appear small and isolated compared to the sweeping, grandiose beauty surrounding them.

According to Simion, this series follows her continuous quest in pursuit of happiness. She told us, “The choices I had to make only to escape the dull, the known and the feared.

But through him (the silhouette-shaped little man), I discovered the latent feelings inside me, the passion that needed to erupt out of my chest and breathe by itself.

This project is an ongoing journey where being small actually counts as great, giving me power and freedom to learn while creating.”

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Simion a few questions about her passion and growth as a photographer. Be sure to read that exclusive interview, below.

Urbanature Garden Planter Unfolds Like Scissors

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Urbanature’s folding garden planter and stand takes urban gardening to new heights. I’m always on the hunt for small space garden products that an urban gardener can easily store out of place when not in use, then unfolds to fit the particular space.

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Vertical Garden That Folds For Storage
Jörg Brachmann’s design not only makes it easy to grow vegetables in a confined space like a balcony, but at the end of the season, it just folds together flat for easy storage.

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No More Fear of Heights
Inspired by one of those scissoring foldable laundry dryers, the height varies according to whim, depending on how much you unfold it and your particular space constraints. It’s lightweight solid wood (oak, walnut, ash) frame accepts up to six galvanized steel, white powder coated planter boxes.

 

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Now, get planting and watch your garden unfold. 

Vintage Photos Reveal the Gritty NYC Subway in the 70s and 80s

The New York subway has fascinated street photographers for generations, never more so than in the 1970s and 1980s. Gritty and tinged with danger, a subway ride was always an exercise in caution. In fact, in 1979, 250 serious crimes a week were reported on the NYC subway.

It’s within this context that we view the work of Swiss photographer Willy Spiller, who was living in New York and documented the subway system for seven years starting from 1977. Traversing the city with the curious eye of an outsider, his photos tell the story of the graffiti filled New York subway.

His book Hell on Wheels is a look inside his rich photo archive, delving into the underbelly of New York during this pivotal time. “Willy Spiller’s images are as much a visual document of this incomparable realm as they are a syncopated, colorful poem to the city of New York and its people,” shares publisher Sturm & Drang. In fact, Spiller wasn’t going on expeditions to specifically photograph the subway more than using it as a means of transport to arrive at his photo assignments. The shots are a simple byproduct of photographing while he was a passenger like everyone else.

Swiss photo reporter Willy Spiller photographed the New York subway from 1977 to 1984, creating a rich archive of what was then a dangerous space.

 

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Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Spiller would photography the subway while using the public transit to go between photo assignments.

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Willy Spiller nyc subway photos

Willy Spiller nyc subway photos

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Willy Spiller new york subway photos

Willy Spiller new york subway photosThe photos, which were first published in 1984, have recently been re-released in the book Hell on Wheels.

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Willy Spiller nyc subway photos

Willy Spiller nyc subway photos

Willy Spiller nyc subway photos

Willy Spiller nyc subway photos

Willy Spiller: Website
h/t: [Vintage Everyday]All images via Willy Spiller.

Here’s What ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ Looks Like Now

Back in 2011, a young French model, Thylane Blondeau, was dubbed as “the most beautiful girl in the world.” But that’s just what she was, a girl, and the topic of child models has always been a point of controversy.

She participated in a Vogue photo shoot six years ago that raised concern in the public about the use of child models and as to whether or not the job would negatively affect them in the future.As for Blondeau, here’s how — and what — she’s doing now.

Black and White Journey in Paris by Streetadelic PHOTOGRAPHY

Vincent Pflieger, alias Streetadelic, nous emmène dans un Paris noir et blanc, loin du romantisme cliché des beaux quartiers. Dans un scénario nostalgique et brut, il dresse le portrait de la vie dans le métro de la capitale, peuplé de personnages étranges et solitaires, dans un chaos silencieux invisible à la surface.