Hyperrealism – drawings that look like photographs

A picture is worth 1,000 words, but the pieces by young artist Rubén Belloso Adorna may be worth even more than that.

Born in Seville, Spain, Belloso is trained in the fine arts from the University of Seville. His primary medium is pastels, and now his name is becoming legendary in the art world for his realistic-looking portraits of both real and fictional characters in a style of art known as hyperrealism. Continue reading

What Slide Film Taught Me

This article is written by Mahesh Venkitachalam, but it could very well be my story, almost word for word.

I started pursuing photography as a serious hobby in 1999. After wetting my feet with a few dozen rolls of print film and getting back lustre prints from the lab, I decided to try out slide film – the one that folks at National Geographic were using. I shot my first roll of Fuji Provia at the rose garden in Santa Clara University. When I got my little box of processed and mounted slides, I laid them down on the light table at the store and peered at them with a loupe. I have never quite recovered from that visceral shock of seeing razor sharp images with rich saturated colors back-lit by a sea of white light.

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Havana- Note de călătorie

La numai 150 de km de coasta Floridei și cu o lume întreagă în jurul ei, Cuba rămâne ultima redută a comunismului în emisfera vestică și o constantă sursă de fascinație și mister. Cuba este un loc pierdut în timp, un ultim teritoriu netransformat în “țară vestică”. Fără reclame, fără semne de plastic, Cuba a fost pentru mine, o adevărată eliberare de acea constrângere vizuală a esteticii societății de consum.

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The One Skill You Need to Be an Entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur, what skill can you absolutely not do without? Selling might come up as an obvious possible answer—after all, every business owner regardless of their venture needs to persuade someone to part with their cash. Or in this high-tech world is it a specific bit of know-how, such as SEO optimization or website design? Or could it possibly be pitching and self presentation?

While all of these abilities are obviously valuable to entrepreneurs, and no one can get along starting a business if they’re is entirely devoid of them, a recent Copyblogger post argues that the one skill every entrepreneur must possess to succeed is actually none of the above. What is it? The ability to evolve.

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Snow Monkeys of Nagano

“It’s hard to be part of the famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park. Just imagine the pressure when people from all over the world including media outlets like CNN or National Geographic annually visits you for a feature story. Obviously, they expect you on your cutest mood and if you are covered in snow, then its just perfect television”.

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“Why I hate Android” article

Here’s the full and comprehensive article about the matter of iOS vs Android world:

Why do I hate Android? It’s definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days. And most of those that don’t ask probably assume it’s because I’m an iPhone guy. People see negative take after negative take about the operating system and label me as “unreasonable” or “biased” or worse.

I should probably explain.

Believe it or not, I actually don’t hate Android. That is to say, I don’t hate the concept of Android — in fact, at one point, I loved it. What I hate is what Android has become. And more specifically, what Google has done with Android.

Let’s turn back the clock. In 2006, the mobile landscape in the United States was almost unfathomably shitty. Motorola’s RAZR had been the top-selling device for something ridiculous like five straight years — and the only thing that didn’t suck about it was its physical size. The carriers completely controlled the industry. This cannot be overstated. 

Then on January 9, 2007 — exactly 5 years ago today — Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld to unveil the iPhone. Six months later it was released. While some laughed it off at the time, the mobile landscape completely changed. 

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