never stop exploring

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Leonid Tishkov has traveled all over the world carrying his moon to create beautifully simple art through his photography.
The glowing moon creates a very epic picture that really highlights all of the other features of the scene.



“The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures – and everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairy tale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world,” Leonid writes, “The moon helps us to overcome our loneliness in the universe by uniting us around it.”



Leonid adds, “The ancient rural peoples who lived in my home told a fairy tale about how a shaman goes into the next world, illuminating the path of the moon. So in all of my photos, I can be seen in my late father’s cloak, because he travels with me in this way.”



As we say goodnight and turn off the lights, the moon will always be there to keep you out of the darkness.



More on Leonid Tishkov’s Moon:


cosmopolitan cuisine



This past weekend, after eating too much and reading about the plain food served in the book 1984, I really appreciated all that I had to eat.

I absolutely LOVE eating. Every meal and every snack is an exciting journey my taste buds are ready to go on. There’s nothing bad I can say about eating except that the two extremes (over-eating & under-eating) are definitely not recommended.



The foodie inside of me screamed when she saw these photos of countries made of their popular food; it’s like eating with your eyes! The detail put into making these maps as topographically accurate as possible is quite an amazing feat.


My favorite country out of all of the maps has to be France, not because I’m currently learning the language or because I’m in love with the country, but because it’s entirely made out of cheese and crackers, and I LOVE cheese and crackers.



After reading up on the artists of these awesome maps, I found that their inspiration was their passion for traveling, something I could really relate to (obviously by my two “map” posts in a row).

Lately, not only have I been wanting to try new food/restaurants every weekend with my friends, but I’ve also had this huge ache to travel or go camping somewhere. Every year my family and I take a big trip to a foreign country, but this summer is my last one at home, so we’ve decided to keep it chill. I think it might be a little hard for me though because traveling is practically in my DNA; it pushes me to have new experiences and during the slow anticipation towards graduation all I want right now is a new experience.

I’m hoping looking at map artwork and gorgeous landscapes can help ease the pain.




Check out this video on how Food Maps was made!

Enjoy these tasty artwork and keep on eating!



Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin:

finding yourself


I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted something on here.
There are no excuses.
I’ve just been procrastinating like crazy lately; it takes up so much of my time!

Cleaning my entire room and reorganizing my whole closet seems to take priority over everything else when a good TV show is on, but now that my whole room is clean (like really clean), there’s not much I can do other than steal away those sweet moments of washing the dishes or basically anything other than doing any sort of mental work.


As you may or may not know, I’m currently on the edge of my last weeks of high school, and senioritis has hit me hard.
But not only that, the anxiety and excitement from the month of March (aka college acceptance/rejection time) combined with procrastination station has left me with no other choice than to just sit outside somewhere or lay in my bed for hours on end and think about where my future is heading.

I’m a big believer in not at all knowing where I’m going because things are constantly changing.
No one can say for sure where they’ll be in 10 years, just where they’ll want to be.

I think my biggest problem is that I don’t even know that yet.
It’s hard to plan so far ahead when there are so many things I haven’t even discovered yet (gooey cheese alert), including myself.


Of course I have goals I want to achieve and certain criteria I want to fulfill by a certain age, but what if my tastes change, or my whole perspective on life changes; I know I’m saying the word “but” a lot, but (ha) I can’t help it. I really have no idea what might happen, and I don’t want to assume anything because you know what they say when you assume.

Like Ed Fairburn’s art here, I want to find myself through all of my adventures travels to establish who I am in this world.



I guess that’s all I have to say on that subject for now.
Thanks for reading my short reflective rant about how I’m like every other teenager in college-decision limbo, I appreciate it.

There’s nothing wrong with not knowing something because sometimes ignorance really is bliss.



Map portraits by Ed Fairburn:

light in the heart of darkness

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“And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.” – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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The wilderness at night becomes a whole new world; the transition is striking.
But into the depths of the darkness, we realize there is always light, especially here in Rune Guneriussen’s lamp installation into nature.

No matter how hard times may get, or how bleak life may seem, there will always be something that can brighten up your day.

an upward displacement

capacity to breed and recover

Rune Guneriussen, a Norwegian conceptual artist, combines installation art and photography in her work.
He brings light into her landscape photography with a whimsical use of lamps in different settings.

His work really captures the feeling of hope that leads our lives to better times.


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I am truly in awe of Guneriussen’s work here; the effort and time he puts into arranging the lamps in the most ideal way evokes so many feelings in a way that only really well-thought out ideas do.

The images are so deeply relatable because of the great contrast between technology & nature and light & dark.
Our lives have become a constant tug & pull between these things, but it is almost impossible to live without the other.

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decompose absorbing matter

It’s difficult to completely express my feelings that come from looking at these images because everyone has different feelings about art, but basically I feel calm and hopeful; the messages are subtle but the work is unique which is why it’s one of my favorite installations to date.

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Don’t forget, there will always be light in the heart of darkness.



Conceptual photography by Rune Guneriussen:

floral arrangements


It’s been 4 days since you got that bouquet of roses.
They’re displayed on your countertop in full bloom, looking almost better than when you first received them.
Valentine’s Day has passed but the feelings haven’t.



I’ve always felt like gift-giving was an opportunity for me to show my affection for a person through material form.
Gift-giving is one of my favorite but hardest things to do.
The thought I put into a gift for one person frustrates me because I truly want to give the perfect gift (within my budget, of course).
It may take me hours or even days to think of what to get someone.
The process is long and tiring, but it’s always worth it in the end.



One of the key ways to getting the perfect gift  is to get them something they would never buy themselves, but you know they would enjoy. The gift should relate to anything in their life that may seem somewhat small but is actually very significant to who they are as an individual.

I find that if you can buy something you would totally want to keep for yourself, but then give it away as a present for someone who has the same interests, means you’ve found the perfect gift.

Writing out what exactly you plan to get for who (and if you’re even more prepared, where you’re getting the gift from) helps the process of actually going out and finding it much easier.
It’s like what Emily Blinco does in her prints of flowers: she lays everything out nice and neat to create an aesthetically pleasing picture.
Try to create your gift-giving adventure as aesthetically and emotionally pleasing as you can, because this should be a fun, exciting event, not stressful like most ads around the holidays make it out to be.



It may be difficult to find the “perfect” gift, and it may take a while, but the satisfaction that comes from successfully representing your feelings for someone through objects feels incredible.

Just remember to arrange everything ahead of time so you don’t find yourself in line at your local Bath & Body Works holding a generic gift set for someone very important to you.



Photographs by Emily Blinco aka sugartowne:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sugartowne – the garden collection

knits like teen spirit

progress is an art i have yet to master

Hello world.
I’m currently working on a project that I’m pretty excited about, but shhhh….it’s a secret.

This isn’t going to be a regular art post so please be prepared for many more words than pictures.
Don’t worry though, I’ll get back on track soon enough.


Have you ever heard of a phenomena called yarn bombing?
It’s this amazing thing in which knitters knit long pieces and attach them in a public area to make the place 100x more whimsical and fun!
It’s super harmless and super cute, and I’m hoping to do that at my school next month.

Here’s an example of quality yarnbombing:


My school is the most spirited school in its district, so I feel it is only fit to yarn bomb my school colors during our spirit week we like to call “Baron Games.”
I can already envision it: two of the main poles at the entrance of our outdoor auditorium covered in soft blue and gold material.

The idea is fairly simple too, just knit ’til my fingers hurt before the middle of March and put them up Sunday night, easy-peasy right?
Well for me, not really.
I guess you can say I have this little problem called bad time management.
I only think about what needs to be done that day, and I keep putting off this project!
It’s so hard for me to think this far in the future, but now all of a sudden it’s coming up already!
I’m kind of freaking out, but then I’m thinking “I have a test this Friday that I need to study for.”
The cycle is endless.

Because it may be too late in the game for me to recruit anymore people to help knit, (I made a Facebook group that currently has 4 members, including me) I’m thinking I should just work on this on my own.
The amount of knitting shouldn’t take too long and I’m sure someone will help me put them up the week of.
All I need to do now is take measurements and get the yarn.
Maybe if I keep all of the tasks small and spread out, I’ll actually get this done????
We’ll see.


I’m planning on contacting a local yarnbombing group to see where they get their yarn in bulk, and hopefully get some donations/help for my project! If that doesn’t work out, I’m perfectly content with paying for yarn on my own if it means school spirit will rise because of my project.

My biggest worry though is the chance that Supervision at my school may take it down, but I’m trying not to think about that too much.
Yarn is harmless, right? Why would they even bother taking it down?
I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
I’ll never get to find out what happens if I don’t try.

Progress is an art I have yet to master, but now that I’ve addressed all of my problems, I feel ready to move forward.


I will be updating this blog post as more progress is made, so feel free to look back on this post to see what happens!

aliens exist


Just because of how massive the universe is, I’ve never had a doubt in my mind that aliens exist.
I mean, if we’re here on Earth, there has to be some other living things somewhere else.

Earth is like the tiniest little dust bunny on a book shelf that hasn’t been wiped down in ages.
If we’re here on one end of the shelf, there might be someone else on the other.


Through Lily Padula’s illustrations, you are able to see the gloomy, monster-esque, Frankenstein influences in her work.

Her drawings look so classic and vintage, but with a good edge of darkness that hits the sweet spot of old school sci-fi.



Do you believe aliens are out there, drifting around in the final frontier?



Illustrations by Lily Padula:

new beginnings

finally, a new semester has begun for me.
i can’t tell you how long i’ve been waiting for this.
actually, i can! exactly 3 & 1/2 years.
the longest feeling but fastest passing 3 & 1/2 years of my life.

the end of high school is coming closer, and the excitement is unbearable.



it’s finally time to relax and accept my fate.
no matter where i end up, i’ll know i worked as hard as i could to get there.
(or as hard as i wanted to)

this dramatic change in my life is one of the “good” changes that will make my senior year as fun as it can be.



relief washes over me as i realize all i have to work for now is graduating!
less and less pressure was on my shoulders as i finished my college apps and completed all of my finals.



the cold and dark winter is slowly warming up, and my life is looking brighter.



no more worrying now; this crazy, confusing chapter is ending soon.



Landscape collages by Laura Sellers aka Laselle:

be a special snowflake


As the winter season ends (but did it really even begin in Southern California?) and the snow melts away, it seems appropriate to reflect on good of the previous year and what will be great this coming year.



It’s common knowledge that every snowflake produced is completely unique; every shape is beautiful and intricate.
This is why people are commonly described as snowflakes, whether it’s to sarcastically point out how unoriginal someone may be, or it’s to genuinely explain how special they are.

The past year I’ve continually had doubts about my individuality.
Was I really that different from all of the other high school students?
Did I have any unique or redeeming qualities that no one else had?
The plain answer was no. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t original.

Every snowflake is unique because of how all of its characteristics are combined, just like people.
Many people may have similar qualities, but the real distinguishing factor is how those qualities are used and put out into the world.
The different combinations of angles, lines, and lengths on a snowflake create something extraordinary, and the same goes with all of us.



In 2013 I’ve had so many new experiences that have molded me into the person I am now.
I’m grateful for everything that has happened because today I can confidently say I’m happy with who I’ve become.
Everyone has flaws, but currently the redeeming qualities outweigh them greatly.

This overwhelming feeling of self-assurance is so refreshing and comforting, and I hope to continue this in 2014.



For me, 2014 will be all about self-improvement and plain ol’ having fun.
I want to be the best that I can be and enjoy life because, really, in 5 years, I’m not going to even think about all of the unnecessary pressure I put on myself, I’m just going to look back at the good memories I made for myself.



Macro Photography by Alexey Kljatov aka Chaoticmind75:

inches above earth



Have you ever finally noticed something that has always been there?
Something that has gone unnoticed for such a long time until you just happen to be looking in that direction?

The world around us is filled with objects whose only purpose is to use up space.
What happens when we’re done looking at these trinkets?

They’re easily forgotten and left to be covered in dust.



Similar to people, the idea that just because things aren’t seen or noticed doesn’t mean they’re not there.
The silence that comes out of that timid person’s mouth doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have anything to say, it might just mean they don’t know how to word it. What they need is courage.

Courage is an essential part of getting one’s ideas out into the world.



When I write, I always end up drafting and re-drafting my posts for days before finally deciding to publish it.
It’s difficult to be brave enough to let the world, or in my case my 5 people audience, read my thoughts and opinions.
Personally, I just don’t want to offend anyone or be judged harshly; But how does that help me.
How would keeping quiet ever help me progress my ideas and share them with others who are actually interested in them?
Leaving my feelings in the dark would mean I’m not contributing anything special that’s my own into the world.

I wouldn’t be sending out my individual beliefs to a world that craves uniqueness but always ends up conforming.
I don’t want to be left unnoticed, accumulating dust on the shelf of untold thoughts.



Michael Reese had the concept to take combine his love for aviation and the unnoticed world around our feet
to create this collection of whimsical photos.
He took a unique viewpoint of the world and created something original and different, something most people appreciate.

These low-leveled (location, not quality) pictures keep us grounded, literally, to see what our eyes don’t normally look for.



Photography by Michael Reese: http://www.michaelreesephotography.com/


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