Crufts Dog Show- Extraordinary Dogs, Ordinary People

Loving photographer Martin Usborne’s series on dog shows. Here is more about the project in the artists own words.
“Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show that takes place in Birmingham each year, was under intense scrutiny a few years ago when a secret TV documentary argued that dog inbreeding was essentially unhealthy and cruel. As a dog-lover and a pedigree owner I thought I had better see what it was all about.

Much to my surprise (and slight disappointment) Crufts is decidedly pleasant. I half expected to capture malicious owners that looked fully like their pets. But the impression is of a prosaic middle-England gathering of weekend enthusiasts. The dog owners are friendly and, dare I say it, normal. Although they trim their dogs’ heads into perfect spheres and their tails into cascades of pure silk they couldn’t be more down to earth. They remind me of Sunday gardeners who trim their hedges into the shape of leaping dolphins and then go inside to watch Antiques Roadshow on TV. The vast halls, despite being full of thousands of different breeds are strangely quiet and more surprising than this – almost turd-free. The merchandising stalls, which sit around the perimeter of the space and sell marginally tasteless doggy-tat (buy two bottles of ‘Urine-off’ and receive a free 100% fish-based dog chew) are harmless enough. And amongst this the dogs themselves seem to be willing,  as if they too have read the convention guide and know they must wait their turn to appear on the green carpet.

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The B/D Shop 50% Off Sale Still Going Strong!

Happy Holidays to all! Don’t forget that we’re still having our massive 50% off sale on all books, magazines, shirts, and accessories on the B/D shop from now until January 2nd 2013. Just use DISCOUNT CODE: CREATIVE50 during check out and give the gift of creativity and artistic expression this holiday season!

 

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Aether & Hemera’s Voyage Installation

Aether & Hemera’s ‘Voyage’ installation consists of three hundred floating ‘paper boats’, encasing coloured dynamic LED lights that come alive at night in the Middle Dock.

The etymon of the word ‘voyage’ comes from Latin ’viāticum’, which means ’provision for travelling’, and the aim of the artwork is to allow viewers to travel and sail with absolute freedom to all the places they care to imagine.Colourful paper boats’ on the water invites everyone to make a transition from reality to imagination, reliving childhood memories and embracing our freedom; blurring the lines between the real and hyper-real, ‘Voyage’ invites the thoughts of the visitors to cross the borders of their imagination.

Voyage installation is designed to be an interactive experience; people can engage with it and impact on the behaviour of the lights from their mobile phone. (via)

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If You Can Read This The World Didn’t End. Here’s Some Photos Of Explosions Anyways

Well folks as the title of this post suggests If you are reading this chances are that the Mayan Apocalypse didn’t come. I know you are all let down that it’s just another day on the blue planet but you can all lick your wounds while you check out the brilliant work of Danish photographer Ken Hermann. Not only does Ken take exquisite photos of explosions but his series on skateboarders and sidewalk surfers deserves a look or two as well. (via)

P.S. Don’t be sad about the apocalypse. We’d be sad if you weren’t around!

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Amnesty International Campaign Depicts Torture And Injustice Created Out of Candles

Antoine Magnien of French design agency Mugshot has created a beautiful and poignant series of images for Amnesty International‘s new ad campaign. Rendered completely in 3D, the campaign depicts the horrific scenes of Lynchings, killings, and injustice that Amnesty International fights against out of candles (Amnesties logo). The result is a powerful reminder that we have to keep educating, fighting, and protesting to create a safer, more just world. (via)

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Last Day To Order From The B/D Shop & Get It Before Christmas!

***All US orders placed 4PM PST Today (January 20th) will be shipped out US Priority Mail and will arrive before Christmas.***

To celebrate the holiday season and get ready for 2013 we are having a massive 50% off sale on all books, magazines, shirts, and accessories on the B/D shop from now until January 2nd 2013. Just use DISCOUNT CODE: CREATIVE50 during check out and give the gift of creativity and artistic expression this holiday season!

 

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Windows 3.0 Solitaire Card Deck Comes To Life

A simple piece of software got us through the dark ages of computing before the Internet allowed us to waste company time more effectively. Now you can reconnect with this old friend on the other side of the computer screen. Solitaire.exe is a physical pixel-for-pixel recreation of the massively popular computer card game included in the Windows 98 operating system.

Created by Evan Roth (co-founder of Graffiti Research Lab) this signed and numbered edition of 500 decks was created exclusively for The Cooper-Hewitt. These official Bicycle® Playing Cards are printed on linen by The United States Playing Card Company. Unfortunately they are already sold out but I’m sure they will eventually show up on eBay. (via)

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Madrid’s Op-Art Christmas Lights

We all love the lights that pop up during the holiday season. Most of the time individuals and local city planners hang the standard lights that we’ve come accustom to or the occasional Santa Silhouette climbing down a chimney. However this holiday season the good folks of Madrids’ Barrio De Salamanca had the smarts to hire Architect Teresa Sapey to push the envelope of cheerful holiday lights. Instead of using the traditional holiday symbols that we’re used to seeing Sapey designed a series of concentric circles that overlap creating the trippiest holiday light display you’ve ever seen. The patterns overlap and become more intense the further you are with colors, patterns and shapes overlapping one another to create a spectacular and optically dazzling new take on a tradition that has been taking place for many decades. Happy holidays to all indeed! (via)

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