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Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney

When the summer starts to kick in, the sculptures come to the beach. Sculptures by the Sea takes place on the 2km coastal walk between Bondi and Bronte in Sydney. The sculptures are pretty amazing themselves, and the location definitely adds to the charm.

This year’s winner was Peter Lundberg (USA) for “The Ring”.

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The Ring by Peter Lundberg Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Some of our other favorites are Jane Gilling‘s “Throne” (so colorful!), “Permanent Sunrise” by Alejandro Propato and Andrew Hankin’s “We’re Frying Out Here”.

Check out the awesome Sculptures by the Sea here:

http://mashable.com/2014/10/24/sculptures-by-sea-bondi/ (Mashable)

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/oct/24/sydneys-sculpture-by-the-sea-2014-in-pictures (The Guardian)

Featured Image by Jason Reed/Reuters

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Best Desserts around the World

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw. 

And there is no food sweeter or more delicious than desserts (The founders of The Midnight Oven too, believe this). We know all of you have that extra dessert tummy – so go ahead and fill it up with at least one of the Best Desserts Around the World by Travel & Leisure. There’s something for everyone (and everywhere) from home-made ice-creams in Cambridge, MA to tofu pudding in Hong Kong. Explore and eat away!

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-desserts-around-the-world/2?xid=JustIn101614BestDessertsAround

Tom Thum Beatboxing

 

This. Just. Blew. Our. Mind.

MUST WATCH  [all the way till the end - it just keeps getting better and better]

In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile.

 

 

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Dove does it again: The Psychology of Advertising and Self-Esteem

“The way a girl feels about her beauty starts with how you feel about yours”

Dove, one of the world’s leading beauty brands (manufactured by Unilever) is known for its focus on highlighting the importance of women’s self-esteem in their advertising.

From Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches ad to their most recent Dove:Legacy ad – Dove has been able to successfully integrate several important social psychological concepts into their everyday advertising.

The Dove: Legacy ad throws light on the impact of self-esteem, not only on yourself but also on those close to you (especially those who see you as a role model or mentor). Dove uses the  special bond of a mother and daughter to beautifully highlight this concept.

Be sure to watch it!

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The Bronx Boys – Stephen Shames

What started out for Stephen Shames as an assignment for Look magazine back in 1977 turned into an epic twenty two year project documenting the lives of young boys in the Bronx, New York.

Stephen Shames is known for his award winning photo essays on social issues for foundations, advocacy organizations, the media and museums. In this project, the Bronx Boys captures the powerful and overwhelming notions of hope, love and violence in the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City.

As Shames attests,

“The Bronx has a terrible beauty— stark and harsh—like the desert. At first glance you imagine nothing can survive. Then you notice life going on all around. People adapt, survive, and even prosper in this urban moonscape of quick pleasures and false hopes.

In the 1700s Thomas Hobbes described life in a state of nature as “continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Life is still that way in The Bronx.

These are pictures of friends I met as children who became my family, as well as people who stepped in front of my camera once and disappeared forever. I watched my friends grow up, fall in love, have children of their own.

Often I am terrified of The Bronx. Other times it feels like home. The interplay between good and evil; violence and love; chaos and family are the themes—but this is not a documentation. There is no “story line”. There is only a feeling.”

Check out these INCREDIBLE photographs featured in TIME Lightbox.   Click  here for images!

Also check out this feature in Slate Magazine  – Here.

 

 

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