‘American Western Gothic’ by Brendon Burton.

A series of photos shot in the American West by Portland-based visual artist Brendon Burton. The images have a cinematic feel like something from a Wes Anderson film while others were probably inspired by artists such as Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper.  Burton spent his childhood on a farm in an isolated community where he developed […]

How the Hatpin became a symbol for Women’s Liberation.

At the turn of the 20th century, women’s style was all big hair and big hats. And to keep those big hats on that big hair, women needed big hatpins—giant needles up to 12 inches long. Headwear wasn’t the only thing changing in America, though. For the first time, women were socializing on their own […]

The Haymarket Square Rally, 4 May, 1886.

This 1886 engraving was the most widely reproduced image of the Haymarket affair. It inaccurately shows Fielden speaking, the bomb exploding, and the rioting beginning simultaneously. The rally began peacefully under a light rain on the evening of 4 May, 1886. August Spies spoke to the large crowd while standing in an open wagon on […]

Surreal Image of Underwater Wreck SS Thistlegorm.

Image Credit: Photograph by Tobias Friedrich  from Germany. Open  full Image with Left Click. Location: SS Thistlegorm, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt “Perfectly lit and composed, I predict that there will never be a better shot of this subject,” one judge said. Friedrich had to create a panoramic image and use lights to give the image more […]

Little Charlie Korff.

Picture of the the lovable “Charlie” as a newspaper boy. Karl “Charlie” Hans Korff was born on 27th April. 1934. It was the International Year of Short people. Charlie went through all of the usual problems in his youth, for example having teeth, growing hair, trying to speak English and a little broken German. He […]

‘Bugs’ by Paula Dutja.

I like bugs and I love to draw so I started to make a series of sketches that keeped evolving until they started to become real portraits of the little beings. This is a project that will keep growing because I can’t stop making more and more. See more of Paula Dutja’s art via Insect […]

The Common Spotted Cuscus.

A common spotted Cuscus (Credit: Michael Thimbeck/Flickr) by Becky Crew This is the common spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus) from all over Papua New Guinea and the far north region of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. Like a white chocolate and caramel puff the size of a house cat, this species is wrapped in an incredibly beautiful […]

Hengifoss Waterfall, Iceland.

Hengifoss The Hengifoss Waterfall in Iceland measures 128 m, making it one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. The surrounding basalt columns make this site exceptionally magnificent and unique. Image Credit: Photograph by K. Moulton, Provo, Utah, United States of America Member since 2018 Source: Hengifoss | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Star Wars Masks from the 1800s.

More than 30 years ago, my wife, Helene, and I started collecting. She loved tribal masks—African, Oceanic, Indonesian, etc.—while I focused on medical, scientific, and industrial artifacts. “George Lucas’s designers must have found inspiration in these smoke helmets.” I’ve spent my career as a creative director, painter, and sculptor, so I always approached collecting as […]

As a cold-call telemarketer I was told ‘target the vulnerable’.

Keep a smile in your voice, they said. It will make the sell easier. Always remember that first no is just an opportunity to create a yes. And the vulnerable are the easiest of all. That last instruction, paraphrased during my “training” as a telemarketer, under a Newstart decree, was expanded on a little later […]