Could you tell us where the inspiration for 100 beards came from? I’ve been photographing street style for a range of fashion clients and my men’s style for about 5 years now. Since winning Photographer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in June and moving to London a few months before, I wanted to do a new personal project which would re-ignite my passion for street photography. There’s a number of reasons for selecting beards, but it mainly boils down to my interest in the emergence of trends. The beard has reached a new peak in popularity and I wanted to be part of the documentation of that. Also, I’m useless at growing one myself so thought I’d live vicariously through others.
How do you decide on who to shoot? do you carefully choose the people to capture, arrange a date, or meeting, or hope someone walks in front of your lens? As I spend a lot of time doing street photography I’m in the privileged position of pacing myself when finding subjects. After a month of the blog starting, I received a few requests from subjects who wanted to be photographed – some of which were just too good to turn down. I love the organic nature of the 100 Beard project though. Parallels emerge – for example two consecutive days with men both with the same name, beard style or nationality. There have been a lot of funny coincidences since I started on July 1st.
After spending several days in NYC, their impressive network of subways is an uncontested success, a triumph of engineering and transportation. Their ability to whisk people around far-flung parts of the city is phenomenal. But despite all of the function, their form can’t match the artistic whimsy and intrepidness of Stockholm Sweden. Wow.
The Stockholm Underground is often called the longest gallery in the world. Almost all stations of the underground (90) are decorated by artists. The stations are full of colorful paintings, graffiti, sculptures, mosaics and video installations. Over 100 artists made this happen. The underground here is more than just a means of transport. It’s a full-time exhibition of modern arts.
Tobias Revell: Power Generating Mushrooms in Mumbai
It took me a while to realize that this story of oversized mushrooms in Mumbai isn’t a reality. Yet. But it’s a fascinating look at the possible future of bio-engineering for the megacities that dot the earth. A 9-minute “documentary” was made that explains the story in detail.
‘New Mumbai’ by Tobias Revell Via DesignBoom: Tobias Revell, a British interaction designer, has documented the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, India, showcasing how genetically modified mushrooms have revitalized the poverty stricken city in the ‘New Mumbai’ of the future. Originally from Amsterdam, highly experimental biotechnological samples had been stolen from a dutch lab, where the fungi had been re-engineered to exponentially grow in size for use as narcotics and to create a micro-economy based off the material. As the new plant became introduced into the overpopulated but highly educated urban mass of the slums, the locals began to use it to their advantage – to both exercise freedom from the state and to provide suitable living conditions. today, the mushroom is used to harvest energy as well as provide providing heat, light and building material for the residents of the slums of Dharavi.
Harvesting of the mushroom on city buildings
harvesting energy from the mushroom on top of a building
This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his famous RedBall project to the UK for the first time, installing his massive inflatable red ball in a total of 20 sites around the country. Photos of the public installations flooded the news and photo sharing sites like Flickr and Instagram, and I tried to live vicariously through them and imagine what it might be like to stand in the completely transformed spaces inhabited by this giant red sphere. Lucky for us filmmaker Danny Cooke was on hand during the entire RedBall UK trip and edited together this fantastic timelapse of the installation as it moved from location to location around the country. I recommend sitting back and watching it much larger for the full effect.
Built by Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only Lego certified professional, who built the Colosseum for the Nicholson Museum. Standing more than one metre high, 1.3 metres wide and 1.8 metres long, the Colosseum is ”the most technically challenging thing I’ve ever built,” McNaught says, adding that his fingers often cramp up at night during big builds but, in this case, it was his brain that was left hurting. ”I’ve really got a new appreciation for the Romans and how they made things. For me, the challenge of making something oval-shaped out of square bricks was mind-boggling.”
I’ve always been a big fan of high-speed rail, and I’ve been embarrassed that other countries have sped past the United States for decades, when it comes to transportation. Japan’s Shinkansen HSR (high speed rail) system has been operating since 1964, five years before we landed men on the moon. Yet somehow in the ensuing decades, the USA has stuck with their recipe of traffic jams, toll roads and pitifully out-of-date Amtrak system. Finally, California seems to be rolling toward a future that embraces smart, efficient, fast travel by train. But it’s not been without a hell of a fight.
Artist’s render of the high-speed train between LA and san francisco that has been approved to begin construction
Californian officials have just approved construction of a high-speed bullet train that links LA and San Francisco in two hours and 38 minutes, saving an estimated 324 pounds of CO2 emissions (the 400-mile drive takes six to seven hours by car, without traffic). If completed, the system will be America’s first high-speed intrastate urban rail line.
The california high-speed rail authority has been developing the project for over 10 years, to a range of public and government opinion. On Friday, July 6th, Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to begin building was passed by a single vote in the state senate on Friday July 6th, after vast approval in the assembly.
The first track of the 68-billion USD project is expected to be laid in late 2012 through early 2013 in the central valley. Service could begin in 2018.
Rendering of the interior of the station
proposed train route
The massive public works project would renovate old stretches of train track to develop more efficient urban planning
1986. A year after Steve Jobs was kicked out of his own company, and a year when Apple was still riding the wave of the original Macintosh. Perhaps to supplement their computer offerings, perhaps just because they could, Apple offered something called The Apple Collection. It was a full catalog of goods, from backpacks and cases to thermoses, clothing and even an Apple-branded windsurfer. The catalog stands out for its sheer 80s personality; those colors, those poses, that hair! But also for some of the rather handsome design that still looks good today. I mean, no one has use for a 5 1/4 ” floppy disk drive case anymore, but it still looks cool! Do any of you own any of these items? Probably pretty valuable collector’s items by now!
Inflatable tents are not new, necessarily, but they haven’t ever been perfected enough for them to make sense in the wild. Now, a German firm named Heimplanet wants to change that with their tent called “the Cave”. With a setup time of one minute, this could be a great, if expensive ($650) option for those nights you arrive at your campsite and its already dark.
Wonderful land art installations by French artist Sylvain Meyer who modifies wooded areas and landscapes to create various impermanent patterns, sculptures, and textures. Everything seen here was constructed without the use of Photoshop, even the mossy spider. Whoa! See much more over on Flickr. I’ve also finally crated a land art tag for Colossal. (via ruines humaines)