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Picture of the Day: Rainbow-Coloured Stairs in Beirut

Rainbow-Coloured Stairs in Beirut


Artwork and Photography by DIHZAHYNERS

Art collective Dihzahyners painted this set of stairs in Beirut, Lebanon last June. The 73 steps took 7 hours to paint. For those in Beirut, you can check out the stairs located on Mark Mikhael street. For more colourful projects and inspiration be sure to check out their active page on Facebook.

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Powerful Tattoos Expose Symptoms of ‘Invisible Illnesses’ For All To See

Dealing with a chronic illness can be pretty tough.However, dealing with a sickness that no one else can see can be even harder.

There are lots of people who have invisible conditions and disabilities that have no outward symptoms.Since these people dont necessarily look sick, they often suffer in silence, and end up feeling isolated as a result of their hidden condition.

However, one group of artists is on a mission to end the struggle of finding support for invisible illnesses through a project called Ink Visible.

Ink Visible aims to bring attention to chronic illnesses and hidden disabilities through the use of temporary tattoos.

Arianna Warner who suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is the mastermind behind Ink Visible. The five artists involved in the project are Aubrey Hight, Kimber Teatro, Lindsay Carter, Tanya Magdalena and Trevor Ward.

The artists, who all have invisible illnesses, use their own experiences with these conditions to create temporary tattoos. These tattoos portray invisible symptoms as visible designs that others can identify with and easily comprehend.

Warner told Metro, After working on a project that investigated my own experience of having an invisible disability, I wanted to provide a space for others to be able to share their experiences.

Apparently, Warner decided to use temporary tats to raise awareness for invisible illnesses because this method brings the experiences of the sufferers to light in a creative manner. This way, conversations stray from the repetitious conversational cycle that people with disabilities typically encounter.

Since its inception, the members of Ink Visible have been sparking conversations about invisible illnesses all over the US by traveling to various cities, handing out free temporary tattoos and sharing their stories wherever they go.

By spreading their message through these unique temporary tattoos, the artists hope to end the silence that often surrounds illnesses and disabilities of this nature.

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Arianna also told Metro UK,

From my experience of having an invisible disability, it has been difficult at times for me to feel part of any community because I felt like no one understood what I was going through.

When people tried to find out more about my disability, whether that be with good intentions or bad ones, invasive inappropriate questions were repeatedly asked in ways that belittled what sometimes seems like the largest consuming part of my life.

She went on to say,

Ink Visible provides a space and structure for people to talk about their experience in a creative way. It allows each artist to talk about their invisible disability as much or as little as they choose, and however they feel most comfortable in doing so.

If youre looking to get in on the cause, you can also buy temporary tattoos from Ink Visible online. Each tattoo even comes with a bookmark that contains a story about the artists personal experiences with invisible illnesses.

The Ink Visible project is certainly a win-win for all those involved. Hopefully, these inspiring temporary tattoos will put an end to the silent suffering that typically comes with these hidden illnesses.

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Awesome Power Of Nature Captured In Award-Winning Photography

The winners of the 2015World Press Photocontesthave been chosen, and the images are nothing short of breathtaking. The devastation of the Syrian war, the refugee crisis in Europe, and clashes between police and protestors in the United States have all been beautifully and dramatically documented on camera.

But the natural world also provided photographers with a surreal source of inspiration. At times inspiring, and occasionally terrifying, here are some of the very best examples.

The main image depicts a nocturnal fireworks display at the peak of Colima volcano in Mexico. Its one of the most active volcanoes in the region, having erupted more than 40 times since the mid-16thcentury. Apart from the iridescent, fiery ballistics rocketing out of the vent, spectacular volcanic lightning can be seen.

Although this isnt a rare sight, it is incredibly difficult to capture on camera. Volcanologists are still debating as to what causes it, but most think that its something to do with the positive charge much of the fresh ejecta has when its launched skywards.

Whale Whisperers by Anuar Patjane Floriuk, Mexico 2015

This stunning monochrome image depicts divers surrounding a humpback whale and her newborn calf in the Revillagigedo Islands in Mexico. Humpback whales can be found all over the world, and can reach lengths of up to 16 meters (52 feet) and masses of 36 tonnes (39.7 tons).

Storm Front on Bondi Beach by Rohan Kelly, Australia 2015, Daily Telegraph

A vast cloud tsunami can be seen looming over Sydneys Bondi Beach in this image, juxtaposed with a completely indifferent sunbather. This type of cloud is known to meteorologists as an arcus cloud; these form at the leading edge of a thunderstorm where the up and downdrafts of the storm intermingle. This example was several kilometers in length.

Tough Times for Orangutans story image by Tim Laman, USA 2015

One of a series of images highlighting the lives of wild orangutans, this Bornean example is seen clambering over 30 meters (roughly 100 feet) off the ground in the rainforest of Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesia. Orangutans, both the Bornean and Sumatran types, are severely threatened by huge wildfires, the illegal animal trade, and violent human villagers.

Chameleon Under Pressure story image by Christian Ziegler, Germany 2015 for National Geographic

Remarkably, Madagascar alone contains over half the worlds species of chameleons but thanks to deforestation, over half of them are now classified as endangered. This particular critter, a Furcifer ambrensis female, was caught in the act of foraging for insects on Mountain dAmbre.

Avalanche, 25-27 April, Everest Base Camp, Nepal story image by Roberto Schmidt, Germany 2015, Agence France-Presse

The cataclysmic earthquake in Nepal last year killed nearly 9,000 people and more than 23,000 were injured. A huge avalanche on Mount Everest was also triggered, which this photographer managed to capture on camera. He was lucky not to have been killed during the avalanche, unlike 17 others who were. Disconcertingly, recent studies suggest thatanother similar tremor may occur in the near future, with a still-quiet zone becoming more likely to violently rupture with each passing year.

Ivory Wars story image by Brent Stirton, South Africa 2015, Getty Images for National Geographic

This melancholy image shows a container filled with tonnes of illegal ivory, captured at the port of Lome, Togo. This ivory funds the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group and cult that operates in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Theyre infamous for abducting children and forcing them to kill innocent, defenseless civilians.

More spectacular, award-winning photographs can be seen on the World Press Photo 2015website.

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Walking with John Free in the Streets! Very Informative Stuff Street Photography Tips

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John Free is a social documentary/street photographer who lives in Los Angeles. His photographic essays range from railroad tramps in California to automobile abstracts to London and Paris street life. John has been inspiring to photographers of all ages and skill levels for many years through teaching sold-out classes and workshops in street photography in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London. Part stand-up and part evangelist, he speaks from the heart to inspire new generations of photographers.

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