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Friday, June 28, 2013

Paintings inspired by Famous Movies (created by Alice X. Zhang)


Alice X. Zhang has created this series of paintings inspired by famous movies. The New York-based artist recreates famous charactes from the big screen.  Always with her touch and eye, she captures the feeling of each character and movie in this beautiful series of paintings.

Check some here:
Les Miserables

 In the mood for love
Leon the professional

Lost in translation

Moonlight Kingdom

Pulp Fiction

Slumdog Millionaire

The Dark Knight

Lord of the Rings

The Prestige

There will be blood


Alice X. Zhang website
Alice X. Zhang on deviantART

Taman Shud Case - One of the most mysterious and still unexplained deaths

On December of 1948 a dead body was found at 6:03am on Somerton beach in Adelaide, South Australia. The police soon arrived.The body of the unidentified man, was lying on the sand with its head resting on the seawall, and with its feet crossed and pointing directly to the sea. The first research showed no disturbance to the body. His left arm was in a straight position and the right was bent double. In his pocket, police found a used ticket from the city to St. Leonards in Glenelg and an unused one from the city to Henley Beach. They also found a  half-empty pack of chewing gum, cigarette packet and a box of matches. There was also an unlit cigarette behind his ear.

Witnesses claimed that they saw the man the previous afternoon around 7 on the same position lifting his arm. Another witness said that around 8 p.m they also saw the man there, but he was not moving. They also had the opinion that the body's position has been changed. Although they thought that he might be dead they did not mention anything earlier cause they though that the man was probably just drunk.

 The man carried no identification, which led police to believe he had committed suicide.

Sir John Burton Cleland , professor at the University of Adelaide mentioned that the man was probably 40 to 45 years old  and had a "Britisher" appearance. He had fair to ginger-coloured hair and was in top physical condition. He had hazel eyes and was about 5ft 11in tall. He was dressed formal, wearing a white shirt, red and blue tie, brown trousers, shocks and shoes.He was also wearing a brown knitted pullover and fashionable European grey and brown double-breasted coat,despite the fact that it was a hot day.

And now for the weird stuff. 

All labels on his clothes were missing. There was also a suitcase found later that belonged to the man. In the suitcase more clothes were found and yet again all labels were missing.

 After the autopsy, examiners found congestion throughout the brain and body, blood in the man’s stomach and liver, an extremely enlarged spleen etc. All these suggest one thing: Poisoning.  Although it was clear that the man was poisoned. No poison was found in his system to back up the theory.

Going through his staff police was able to find deep in one of his pocket a little piece of paper. The paper seemed to be cut off out of a book and there were only two words printed on it:
 "Taman Shud"

Officials quickly ordered an investigation on the meaning and from which book it was cut off. The answer came soon enough as the words came from a book called "The Rubaiyat" written by Omar Khayyam. It were the last two words on the book meaning "The End".
 These last two words were under a poem of Khayyam about living life to the foolest with no regrets even when it ends.

A big search for the book with the "lost words" started. That was the time when a photographer that had parked his unlocked car close to the area that the victim was found called them. He told the police that he read in newspapers that they were looking for a book named "The Rubaiyat" and that he had in his possesion what they were looking for. The young photographer, who wished to stay anonymous, explained to the authorities that he found a very rare first edition copy of Edward FitzGerald's translation of The Rubaiyat  in the back seat of his car. As it was natural he never though that was connected to the case until he read about it. He handed the book to the police.

The book was examined thoroughly and it was found that it was indeed the book they were looking for. In the back of the book were faint pencil markings of five lines of capital letters with the second line struck out. The strike out is now considered significant with its similarity to the fourth line possibly indicating a mistake and thus, possible proof the letters are code:

(unclear if the second line was underlined or erased)

They soon realised that this was some kind of a code. They called everyone and even gave it to the public, but until today noone was able to crack it. The code was also analysed by the Australian Department of Defence in 1978, they made the following statements about the code:
There are insufficient symbols to provide a pattern.
The symbols could be a complex substitute code or the meaningless response to a disturbed mind.
It is not possible to provide a satisfactory answer.

However, this was not the only thing found in the back of the book. A telephone number was found as well.It belonged to a former nurse who lived in Moseley St, Glenelg, around 400 metres.The woman said that while she was working at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney during World War II,she owned a copy of The Rubaiyat but in 1945, at the Clifton Gardens Hotel in Sydney, had given it to an army lieutenant named Alfred Boxall who was serving in the Water Transport Section of the Australian Army.

Just when everyone though that Boxall was the victim and the case was moving to an end , they soon discover that Alfred Boxall was still alive and had still his own copy of "The Rubaiyat" that was given to him back in 1945.

The case has remained unsloved until today although in 2011 a lead came up about a man called H. C. Reynolds.  An identification card, a document issued in the United States to foreign seamen during WWI was given to biological anthropologist Maciej Henneberg in October 2011 for comparison of the ID photograph to that of the Somerton man. While Henneberg found anatomical similarities in features such as the nose, lips and eyes, he believed they were not as reliable as the close similarity of the ear. The ear shapes shared by both men were a "very good" match, although Henneberg also found what he called a "unique identifier;" a mole on the cheek that was the same shape and in the same position in both photographs.

"Together with the similarity of the ear characteristics, this mole, in a forensic case, would allow me to make a rare statement positively identifying the Somerton man."

They are still trying to solve the case but as of today it is still a mystery and full of questions and coincidences...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Valley of the Moon - Vale da lua (Brazil)

Vale Da Lua or Valley of the Moon is located close to Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.The valley has been created by lava flows and rivers that formed the rocks into a beautiful place fool of natural pools and cascades.

Because of the formation of the rocks many people have said that they look like lunar rocks thus the name Valley of the moon.
Check some photos:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ben Torode photographs his cute kitten

The name of this adorable kitty is Daisy. Daisy got photographed by her owner Ben Torode, who is a Japan-based translator and photographer.  His work with this little beautiful creature was amazing.

Check some of his beautiful photos:


Portraits of Famous People made from Thousands of Words

Ralph Ueltzhoefer is a german artist that takes photos of famous people and recreates them using nothing but words.
Check some of his amazing creations:

The art project text portrait exclusively works with personal data in most different combinations on thousands of websites. Text portrait is not as usually limited to only one internet website, but spreads out to in the meantime hundreds of websites worldwide. Thousands of clicks daily grant this project great power of information. The art project text portrait purposefully abuses personal data and links these directly to the TEXTPORTRAIT project. As the art project, due to its capacity, reproduces itself independently through the net, there has been no way to end this project promptly for some time”, the artist states on his website.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Cloned Video Animation Art

Filmmaker, graffiti artist, and photographer Erdal Inci lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey where he has been experimenting with cloned motion in video since 2004. Over the past few months Inci has converted several of these hypnotic videos into gifs and posted them online.

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