There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)
Goblin Spider by Forest Rogers
Goblin Spider was inspired by a folktale and traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Elaborate hairpins made me think “legs,” of course. I also noticed that many beauties were depicted holding a bit of folded fabric or tissue in their mouths. This was a come-hither symbol, sufficiently demure to get past court censors but widely understood as erotic (don’t attempt it with Bounty Duratowel — it loses in translation). Thus, mouse in mouth.
via Muddy colours
lack of posting explained: swallowed by computerless wilderness. My bed’s still rocking when I go to sleep.
Galileo’s sketches from Sidereus Nuncius (1610), the first published scientific work based on observations made through a telescope
Detail of kimono with flying cranes, Japan, ca. 1910-30
intricate costume design (Madonna series) by Katarzyna Konieczka
A WW1 submarine with a hull number of U-118 was found washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, Sussex, England.
After the surrender of Germany, its towing cable snapped as it was being towed to France for dismantling.
His shirt reads “They gave me a medal for killing two men, and a discharge for loving one.”
You are a bad-ass.
Likeness Written and Directed by Rodrigo Prieto
The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, “LIKENESS” is a personal meditation on eating disorders created by Prieto and his daughter. “LIKENESS” stars Elle Fanning as a girl struggling with self perception, and challenges us to consider the role of society in presenting an idealized image of the female body.