Lost at Night in Finland.

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Self-taught photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) is drawn into the night where he often finds himself camped next to his tripod, waiting hours for an exposure of a frozen coastal scene or a dark and brooding forest.
Many of his images are composites of two photos taken from the same location, a shorter exposure of the sky merged with a significantly longer exposure of the ground which is then manipulated in Lightroom.
Lagerstedt is extremely open about his process, sharing tutorials and blog posts about how he works on his website.
You can also follow him on Instagram.
See more Images via Expansive Finnish Landscapes Photographed by Mikko Lagerstedt | Colossal.

‘Silhouettes’ on the streets of Padua.

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The streets of Padua Italy are filled with playful silhouettes by local street artist Kenny Random. Kenny, whose real name is Andrea Coppo has been practicing the art form since the eighties, and over the years his style has ranged from anthropomorphic figures, stenciled silhouettes and a myriad of cartoon characters which interact with each other.
Most of his work is displayed in the historical parts of Padua and has been well preserved, even when buildings were being reconstructed.
In 2007 and 2012, his paintings were exhibited and warmly received at the Cultural Centre Altinate in San Gaetano.
He continues to “gift” his art of murals to the people of Padua and the travelers that come through the city.
Check out more of his work at his site and facebook.
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See more via Silhouettes Play on the Streets of Padua.

Longyearbyen, world’s most northern town.

Longyearbyen is in the far-flung Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, known for its views of the northern lights,
In her series This Is Not Real Life, photographer Dominika Gesicka celebrates the stark beauty of the Svalbard archipelago.

She describes life in Longyearbyen: ‘In the winter time it is completely dark, but in the summer the sun never sets … Although it is difficult to regard it the best place to live, many people fall in love with it at first sight’
See more images via Hyperreal visions of the world’s most northerly town – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

‘Illustrations for Alice’ (of Wonderland).

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Down the rabbit-hole, Moomin-style.
As a lifelong lover of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, I was thrilled to discover one of its most glorious creative permutations over the past century and a half came from none other than beloved Swedish-speaking Finnish artist Tove Jansson.
In 1959, three years before the publication of her gorgeous illustrations for The Hobbit and nearly two decades after her iconic Moomin characters were born, Jansson was commissioned to illustrate a now-rare Swedish edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (public library), crafting a sublime fantasy experience that fuses Carroll’s Wonderland with Jansson’s Moomin Valley.

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The publisher, Åke Runnquist, thought Jansson would be a perfect fit for the project, as she had previously illustrated a Swedish translation of Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark — the 1874 book in which the word “snark” actually originated — at Runnquist’s own request.
When Runnquist received her finished illustrations in the fall of 1966, he immediately fired off an excited telegram to Jansson: “Congratulations for Alice — you have produced a masterpiece.”
What an understatement.
See more images via Tove Jansson’s Rare Vintage Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland | Brain Pickings.

The Superb Art of Mantra.

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Recently, the B-Town Beat had the opportunity to host the French artist, ‘Mantra.’
Mantra is a self-educated artist who hails from Metz, France. Sam Sneke, one of the organizers of the Beat, and the curator for the Art Alley, was contacted by Mantra prior to a visit to the States to see if there were any art opportunities here for him while he was in town.
We were very excited to add international flair to the dynamic walls in the Alley! Mantra collaborated with Sneke on the southeast portion of the main art wall. In addition, Mantra created his own piece on the wall behind Burien Press.
I told John White about the new alley art and he was quick check out what was happening. He had recently had a conversation with Guy Harper, another Burien arts supporter, about putting a mural on the West wall of the building in Olde Burien occupying the Northwest corner of 152nd at Ambaum.
The wall was seriously dilapidated and a sore subject for local businesses, particularly Phoenix Tea.
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John shares: “I was stunned at the talent of this spray-can-man from France”
After seeing Mantra’s work, John knew that this was an amazing opportunity for the Olde Burien wall.
Because Mantra had a limited time here in the States organizing the event had to happen quickly. John created what he calls a “decision stakeholder’s wheel” which included business owners situated close to the mural site.
He divided the stakeholders into two categories, primary and secondary, and visited each about the impending project, including them in the decision- making process.
The main stakeholders were contacted including the Burien Arts Commission and the building owner.
Approval was given by both. John built the 16’ x 12’ plywood canvas at his home and hauled it up to the wall.
All of this was accomplished in four days.
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via ‘Mantra’ – bringing visibility to Burien through the Arts | The B-Town (Burien) Blog.