Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression

01Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“One challenge at a time, I try to turn into the face of fear and tell it “you are not my master, you are the product of my self and I am your master.” I look into the monster’s eyes until it disappears. Then I am free.” ― Rohvannyn Shaw

Depression is not easy thing to deal with, it’s a mental health condition characterized by hopelessness.

But sometimes you can take your weakness and turn it into something beautiful. Dawid Planeta is a Polish artist who battles his depression by painting.

To help himself he created an imaginary world where a small man is traveling through long forgotten jungle meeting his weaknesses and fears presented as giant animals with glowing eyes. The vision created by the artist is dark, mysterious, and very beautiful.

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02Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, both dark and bright, and they will ensnare your soul.” ― Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak

03Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“Allow the power to flow through you. Don’t try to capture it. You wish only to borrow it.” ― G.G. Collins

04Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.” ― Floriano Martins

05Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“If size really mattered, the whale, not the shark, would rule the waters.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

06Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“Stopping, sitting down and finding time for reflection are considered to be the most essential action related to fulfilling a human’s destination.” ― Sunday Adelaja

07Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“The most important thing is this: to sacrifice what you are now for what you can become tomorrow.” ― Shannon L. Alder

08Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

09Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“The stiller you are the calmer life is.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

10Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso

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Adršpach-Teplice Rock Town

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The Adršpach-Teplice Rocks Town is not a town built by people but an unusual set of huge rock formations in northeastern Bohemia, Czech Republic.

“The rocks take the shape of pillars, columns and walls and create a fascinating labyrinth to explore.

The area is protected as a national nature reserve and also hosts one of the largest permanent breeding sites of the peregrine falcon in Europe. Visitors are only allowed to visit certain areas of the reserve and have to follow the marked trails to protect the birds.

During the Cretaceous Period (145-70 million years ago) at the bottom of the ocean sandstone formed in the area and was later on shaped by water, wind, sun and ice. Almost every rock in the reserve has been given a distinctive name due to the interesting shapes created by erosion.” The Earth Story

01Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe entrance to the labyrinth – The gothic gate

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20Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe devil – wood sculpture

13Adršpach-Teplice Rock Town“Mayor and his wife”rock formation

04Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe entrance to the labyrinth – The gothic gate

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07Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe orange stream

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09Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownNarrow passage

10Adršpach-Teplice Rock Town“Lovers” rock formation

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12Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe trail among rocks

14Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownMouse hole

15Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe rocks

16Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownReflection on the lake

17Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe small waterfall

17bAdršpach-Teplice Rock Town.jpgThe big waterfall

18Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownThe frozen lake

19Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownYellow moss – looks like paint

21Adršpach-Teplice Rock TownRock formations

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Poem of the Day: Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
What ever you see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful—
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

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Clever Handmade Animal Vases by Yoshiko Kozawa

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Illinois-based artist and potter Yoshiko Kozawa of Studio Giverny creates these clever and adorable handmade animal vases .

“I took my first ceramics class in 2010 as a college student, and I have been a student ever since! I stretch myself artistically like I stretch clay, spending long hours at the studio perfecting skills and designs. I take the ideas that develop in my mind and translate it into the clay in my hands.

The name of my business, Studio Giverny, is inspired by Monet’s home and garden in Giverny, France. I visited Giverny in 2013 and marveled at how Monet had engineered the lily pond and flower beds that inspired his paintings. I started to imagine how I could create vessels that interacted and inspire others.

As a girl who grew up in Hong Kong, I never imagined that I would be a potter. To be an artist was just a dream. It has been through God’s graciousness and my husband’s support that I have been able to pursue my passion. So far all my dreams have come true so I’ll keep on dreaming!”

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Realistically Detailed Animals on Stones by Akie Nakata

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Self-described “stone artist” Akie Nakata paints outstanding realistic and detailed animal depictions on the surface of stones.

“My stone art is collaborative work with stones, bits of this Earth we live on. I never alter the shape of the stone in my creative process. What I paint on each stone is inspired by the stone itself.” Akie Nakata

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Victor Castanera Designs Balancing Lamp

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The Balance lamp was designed by Spanish designer Victor Castanera for young Swedish brand Oblure. It is made up of a number of spherical components, sized to achieve a “perfect balance”.

“From the beginning, Balance was a true challenge,” said Castanera. “We had to work with custom-made LED boards to be able to evenly illuminate the orb and at the same time connect the second orb at the top of the lamp. I want Balance to be a reminder of how extraordinary many everyday experiences are. With Balance I want to evoke the beholder’s curiosity of the world around them.”

-The fixed impossible position of the orbs is an expression of the fragility of existents. All entities move and nothing remain still. Balance is a play with the concept of time – everything is in motion. The group of spheres stuck in time is a reminder that life is movement, no matter what. Sometimes the opposite and impossible is a reminiscence of life’s possibilities.-

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The Finalists of the 14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

01the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Michael B. Hardie. All rights reserved.

Over the last 13 years, readers have submitted nearly 350,000 images to Smithsonian’s annual photo contest. These photos have transported us to the far corners of Earth, captured spectacular, split-second moments and introduced us to fascinating people and unique landscapes. Browse breathtaking images captured by photographers from nearly every country in the world: search by location and topic, and explore photographer portfolios for inspiration.

We are excited to announce the finalists of the 14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. This year, we received more than 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. From Michael B. Hardie’s photograph of an octopus hitching a ride on the back of a sea turtle in Hawaii to Kamil Nureev’s shot of reindeer pulling a man across the Siberian tundra, these 70 images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable.

Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner! Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. The finalist who receives the most votes will be announced alongside our Grand Prize and category winners on March 28.”

02the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Lina Samoukova. All rights reserved.

03the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Mario Gustavo Fioru. All rights reserved.

04the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Prelena Soma Owen. All rights reserved.

05the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Javier Arcenillas. All rights reserved.

06the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Garry Ridsdale. All rights reserved.

07the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Binh Duong. All rights reserved.

08the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Gunarto Gunawan. All rights reserved.

09the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest©Aya Okawa. All rights reserved.

10the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Kamil Nureev. All rights reserved.

11the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Peter Nutkins. All rights reserved.

12the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Marc Toso. All rights reserved.

13the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Gareth Bragdon. All rights reserved.

14the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Sharon Castellanos. All rights reserved.

15the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Duangmon C. All rights reserved.

16the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Nick Ng. All rights reserved.

17the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Кровлин Krovlin. All rights reserved.

18the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Liam Wong. All rights reserved.

19the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© rekha Bobade. All rights reserved.

20the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Kyaw Kyaw Winn. All rights reserved.

21the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Luis Henry Agudelo Cano. All rights reserved.

22the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Alina Rudya. All rights reserved.

23the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© vickson dasan. All rights reserved.

24the-finalists-of-the-14th-annual-smithsonian-com-photo-contest© Jassen Todorov. All rights reserved.

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Insect Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf

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These intricate embroideries are the creations of Humayrah Bint Altaf, a talented artist from the UK, who stitches fabulously ornate insects and trees that incorporate gold twist cord, metallic beads, and other delicate materials.

“I often wander through the woods near my home, where I gather leaves, twigs, feathers and other things I can find to bring back home and preserve,” says Bedford-based Altaf. “I also like to incorporate nature’s treasures into my embroideries and with each piece I feel that a part of me has been embedded into my work.”

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Kyoto Winter Wonderland

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Take a look at some spectacular photographs of Kyoto covered in snow.

02kyoto-winter-wonderlandGinkakuji (photo by @_nanashina_)

03kyoto-winter-wonderlandKinkakuji (photo by ui_hii618love)

04kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via dianasip

05kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via Juezba

06kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via gentasekikawa

07kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via shiny_choi

08kyoto-winter-wonderlandFushimi Inari-taisha (photo by @mayu_sakurai11)

09kyoto-winter-wonderlandArashiyama (photo by @tttks)

10kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via ui_hii618love

11kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via perfume_of_keika

12kyoto-winter-wonderlandImage via 4nob.m

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Origamigeschirr – The Origami Tableware by Moij Design

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“This tableware consists of different bowls, plates and cups.
The design is inspired by origami paper structures which principles are folding a square piece of paper without cutting or gluing. The paper bowls are doused with plaster to create a mould for the porcelain. The final product in ceramic keeps the appereance of the folded paper structure.”

Moij design is a design studio located in Hamburg – moij is low german and means nice and beautiful. Their goal is to make a product authentic and out of the ordinary, unique.

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