The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne

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Photographer Martin Usborne lives and works in London. He studied philosophy and psychology and then 3D animation before finally settling on photography.

“I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. The fear I felt was strong: in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever.

Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I saw a TV documentary that included footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back.

I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard.

When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. What I didn’t expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside.

There is life in the darkest places inside us.”  Martin Usborne

Martin is currently spending a year to see how many animals he can save in 365 days. Read the ongoing blog here. He hopes for this to become his next book.

Website

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© 2014 All images copyright Martin Usborne. All Rights Reserved.

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Picturesque Tree House Getaway Located in a Field of Lavender in Italy

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Suite Blue, part of Hotel La Piantata, is a picturesque tree house designed by La Cabane Perchée. Located  in a scenic lavender field in Arlena di Castro, Italy, this accommodation is situated eight meters (26 feet) above the ground. With 44 square meters (474 square feet) of space, the suite offers a cozy canopy bed, bathroom with a shower, refrigerated mini bar, as well as a terrace to sit and daydream on.

La Piantata La Cabane Perchee

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Greg Payce and the Space Between His Vases

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Canadian ceramicist Greg Payce has spent over two decades exploring a three-dimensional representation of Rubin’s vase, in which a figure is revealed through the edges of two forms.

Art Gallery of Burlington

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117-Year-Old Color Postcards Reveal A Glimpse of Tunisian Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century

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These gorgeous color postcards of Tunisia were created using the Photochrom process, and are part of The Library of Congress’ Photochrom collection.

Invented by a Swiss printer in the 1880s, the Photochrom process is a technique for applying realistic color to monochrome images. When completed, the delicate process produced surprisingly lifelike color with far greater precision than traditional hand-coloring.

These images capture the ornate palaces and bustling markets of Tunisia in its first decades as a French protectorate.

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Song of the Day: She Wants to Move by N*E*R*D

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She Wants to Move” is a single by American hip hop and rock group N*E*R*D from their album Fly or Die. It was written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

Lyrics:

Shake it up…shake it up girl
Shake it up…bass
Hey! Shake it up…shake it up

She makes me think of lightning in skies
(Her name) She’s sexy!!
How else is God supposed to write
(Her name) She’s sexy!!
Move, she wants to move
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her
She wants to move (she wants to move)
She wants to move (she wants to move)
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her (damn!)

Mister! Look at your girl, she loves it!
(Look at her) I can see it in her eyes
She (come here babe) hopes this lasts forever, Hey!!

Her off beat dance makes me fantasize
(Her curves) She’s sexy!!
Her ass is a spaceship I want to ride
(Her ass) She’s sexy!!
Move, she wants to move
But you’re hogging her, and guarding her
She wants to move (she wants to move)
She wants to move (she wants to move)
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her (beat it!!)

Mister! Look at your girl, she loves it!
(I know you love it girl) I can see it in her eyes
She – hopes this lasts forever (hey) Hey!!

Ehh, this is your part girl
Uh, this is your part girl!!
(Move, she wants to move) c’mon!
Oww! (Move, she wants to move) ehh
Man (and move, she wants to move)
(Move, she wants to move)
But you’re hogging her, you’re guarding her
Beat it!!

Mister! Look at your girl (damn) she loves it!
(She loves) I can see it in her eyes
She – hopes this lasts forever, Hey!! c’mon
Mister! Look at your girl (look at your girl) she loves it!
(She wants it) I can see it in her eyes
She – hopes this lasts forever, Hey!!

Somebody get us some water in here!
‘Cause it’s hot!
(Yo why you, why you, why you wit that fool?)
Hot y’all! Hey! Huuuhh!
(I like it when you’re wet baby) Ehh

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The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song achieved mainstream success outside the United States, peaking within the top ten of the charts in Denmark and the United Kingdom, the top twenty of the charts in Italy, the Norway and the Republic of Ireland as well as the Top forty of the charts in Australia and The Netherlands. It received substantial airplay on MTV.

In Australia, the song was ranked #63 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2004.

The video for the song features British singer and television personality Alesha Dixon.

This song was featured in a party scene in the movie Coach Carter, as well as in an episode of Six Feet Under, “The Black Forest.”

In 2005, Hitch featured the Mac & Toolz remix of this song in the film, but it was not included on the soundtrack album.

Amongst the other remixes were one by the record label DFA Records which featured in the movie and soundtrack of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as well as a Native Tongue Remix, which features guest spots by Common, Mos Def, De La Soul and Q-Tip. Basement Jaxx also remixed the song which was included as a B-side on the follow-up single “Maybe”. The song was also remixed by French DJs Justice in 2004. In 2016 was released a remix from Daft Punk under the french labels Roulé and Crydamoure, presented by Boys Noize.

N.E.R.D

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Origin Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Genres
  • Alternative rock
  • funk
  • funk rock
  • alternative hip hop
  • alternative R&B
  • progressive pop
Years active 1999–present
Labels
  • Virgin
  • Star Trak
  • Interscope
  • i Am Other
  • Columbia
Associated acts The Neptunes
Website http://www.n-e-r-d.com
Members
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Chad Hugo
  • Shay Haley
Past members
  • Rhea Dummett
  • Eric Greene
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Skin deep – Looking Beyond the Tattoos

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Photographer Steven Burton spent over 400 hours in Photoshop removing tattoos that covered former LA gang members. The emotional series, Skin Deep: Looking Beyond Tattoos, is to humanize a group of people who are stereotyped because of their tattoo-covered body.

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“When I started Skin Deep I had a simple concept: take portraits of heavily tattooed ex-gang members and remove the tattoos using digital re-touching to create before and after portraits.”

“Most of the homeboys/girls hadn’t seen themselves without tattoos for decades, so during the interviews I presented the images. There was a deep emotional response by the subjects.

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They revealed very personal sometimes shocking details about the abuse, violence and drug addiction they had suffered for most of their lives.”

With help from the Homeboy Industries in downtown Los Angeles, they fought against the odds to find something better; hope.  This book puts a very human face on a group of people that our society is so often too quick to demonize.

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04skin-deep-looking-beyond-the-tattoosFrancisco Flores

05skin-deep-looking-beyond-the-tattoosSamuel Gonzalez

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Popup Lighting

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Chen Bikovski is a Tel Aviv-based designer exploring the relation of light and space. Named ‘Promising Young Designer of 2012,’ Chen’s work is presented in prominent galleries and featured in leading design publications.

“The idea behind Popup Lighting was to create a permanent light fixture that would bring a magical ambiance to any space. A multi-dimensional light that would inspire the senses and ignite the imagination.”

Popup Lighting brings back the excitement, surprise and innocence of pop-up books to our everyday lives through art and design.

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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Crystal Birth by Emanuele Fornasier

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“This video is the beginning of a long term chemistry project involving metal crystals.
These stunning structures are the result of a chemical reaction where the metal is deposited from the solution onto the metal surface. It takes from a few hours to a couple of days to generate a crystal. This process is carried out very slowly by an electric current: layer by layer the crystal is born.” Emanuele Fornasier

Website / Vimeo

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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is a Japanese sculptor based out of Chiba Prefecture who chisels these figurative sculptures from blocks of wood.
Each piece conveys a complex and impressive array of human emotion.

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