Monday, March 2, 2015

Pictures That Will Make You Want To Live Life To The Fullest (69 pics)

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Life is an adventure but unfortunately you never know when yours is going to come to an end. That's why you need to treat every moment as if it's your last and do like these people do, live your life to the fullest.  

This New York Graveyard Is Dedicated To Extinct Animals (10 pics)

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The Extinct Species Graveyard at the Bronx Zoo is unlike any other graveyard on Earth. Instead of just paying tribute to a certain animal that's passed away, this graveyard honors entire species that are no longer alive.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Star Wars Propaganda Posters (37 Pics)

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The Colorful Cemeteries of Guatemala

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In Guatemala culture, afterlife is highly celebrated, and this cultural aspect is readily visible in their cemeteries. Scattered throughout the countryside of Guatemala are cemeteries that feature tombstones painted as colorfully as possible. Friends and family members paint them using the favorite color of the departed as a way of honoring and remembering the dead. Some of these cemeteries, especially those in the departments of Solóla, Chichicastenango and Xela (Quetzaltenango), have became tourist attractions.

During the All Saints Day on November 1, also celebrated as the Day of the Dead, the cemetery becomes the focal point for rituals and prayer for those who have passed on. The locals, dressed up in colorful clothing, head to the cemetery to spend the day cleaning and tending to the graves and decorating them with flowers, and have picnics right next to their departed family members. Another tradition is the construction of giant kites of vibrant colors that are flown near the cemetery. The locals believe that by flying kites with messages written on them they could communicate with the dead.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

It's More Than Just a Picture (50 pics)

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It Looks Like Ed Sheeran Partied A Little Too Hard After The BRIT Awards (10 pics)

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Ed Sheeran was nominated for a total of four BRIT Awards this year and he managed to win two of them. After the show he hit several after parties in London and continued to rage until 6 in the morning. It looks like his body gave out before his spirit did because his security team had to carry him back to his car.

Friday, February 27, 2015

America’s First Female Photojournalist And Her 50-Pound Camera

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Before you get to masters of any profession, you have to have pioneers. And Jessie Tarbox Beals was America’s first female press photographer. During her life, she moved a lot (she was born in Canada), starting her career in Buffalo, then going to New York and California. All in all, she seemed to love travel and photography, back in the day when it meant a 50 pound camera and puffy ankle length dresses.

Jessie got her first camera in 1888 and received her first credit for work in September, 1900. One of her first and most audacious exploit was climbing on a bookshelf to photograph a murder trial that was closed to photographers. She was active in self promotion, which got her permission to Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, where she climbed on ladders and into balloons, photographed dignitaries and even stalked president Roosevelt long enough to gain his attention. Jessie also pioneered used of photo series to tell a story (instead of the usual practice of writing a piece and using images to illustrate it).

She rarely worked as a staff photographer and freelanced a lot, which also meant a lot of travel. She lived in New York and California, and was accepted in bohemian circles. Her pictures were published by the likes of Harper’s Bazaar, Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times. She also appears to have done some cat photography, too, years before Internet.

Unfortunately, the high life and the Great Depression depleted her funds and, in 1942, Jessie Tarbox Beals died in New York at the age of seventy one.

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