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A Photographic Journey Around the World

Take a virtual voyage to some of the most amazing places around the globe, seen through the lens of travel photographer Trey Ratcliff on his “80 Stays Around the World” journey with The Ritz-Carlton. The destinations seen here are as diverse in their landscape as they are in their culture. The …

'Look in your attics': global hunt for 100 missing Gottfried Lindauer paintings

People around the world have been urged to look under their beds and poke through their attics in the search for at least 100 missing paintings by the celebrated 19th century portrait artist Gottfried Lindauer.<p>The global treasure hunt has been initiated by a New Zealand art gallery that wants to …

Art

Ancient Roman sarcophagi discovered by chance next to Rome's football stadium

Two ancient Roman sarcophagi have been unearthed by chance close to Rome’s modern-day football stadium. The marble coffins boast elaborate bas-reliefs and were probably the final resting place of the children of a wealthy Roman family.<p>They were discovered by chance when an energy utility company …

The man who made colour cool – in pictures

A new exhibition of Joel Meyerowitz’s groundbreaking street photography traces his fascinating evolution from black and white (‘back there’) to colour (‘obvious’)

Street Photography

11 Tips on How to Take Street Photos Like a Pro on Your Next Trip Abroad: A Journey through Cuba

After posting a few photos on my social media from a weekend trip to Cuba, friends came to me with questions about how I was able to get such ‘up close and personal’ photographs in this short amount of time. This inspired me to share my process and some personal suggestions as to how you can get …

Is silence the next wellness luxury?

Back in the day, when your mom banned you from watching television and told you to go to your room to sit quietly in silence, it definitely wasn’t …

Green dreams: the growing case for medical marijuana

Nicky Haynes has almost forgotten the pain she used to be in. She has been taking Sativex, a drug derived from cannabis, for about five years and says it has hugely improved her life. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994, and her condition progressively worsened to the point where she …

Cannabis

New Zealand launches 3D-printed rocket into space – video

Stunning images from New Zealand’s North Island as Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded company, launches the maiden space flight of its battery-powered, 3D-printed rocket from the Mahia peninsula

North Island

Off-grid modern house is a ring-shaped forest escape

The Spanish home is a loop consisting almost entirely of outdoor patio space<p>This is what happens when you let architects run wild. Years ago, French developer Christian Bourdais enlisted a handful of architects to each design a vacation home on a plot in the Spanish forest. The rules were simple: …

Architecture

You won't believe the interior of Japan's jaw-dropping new train

All aboard the swanky train! Japan just unveiled a new luxury sleeper train – and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. The gold-tinted Shiki-shima, which …

Albino sea turtle 🐢

Turn off notifications and break free of your online chains

Everyone complains, these days, about the distractions of digital technology, and rightly so, since the problem really matters. How we spend our days, to quote the essayist Annie Dillard, is how we spend our lives, and if you spend too much of yours on pointless emails, or even more pointless …

Social Media

Nikita Golubev Turns Dirty Cars Into Works of Art

Nikita Golubev is an artist and illustrator based in Moscow, Russia. The talented artist explores a number of mediums such as painting, drawing, …

Best of Creative Inspiration – March 2017

A handpicked selection of WE AND THE COLOR’S best creative inspiration from March 2017!It’s the last day of the month – time to look back on some of …

What Would Happen if All the Bees Died Tomorrow?

It's not just about honey shortages, of course.<p>Spend enough time sifting through the detritus of fake quotes that is The Internet and you'll probably see this:<p><i>If bees disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.</i><p>The line is usually attributed to Einstein, and …

30 Lessons Leonardo da Vinci Has Taught Me About Photography, Art, and Life

Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate ‘autodictat’ (someone who taught himself everything).<p>Download<p>To read this on the go, you can download the files …

Street Photography

"Body Marbling" Is Body Painting's Trippy Cousin

This UV-reactive paint dip will turn your skin into a work of glowing art.<p>What happens when traditional Turkish paper art meets body painting and rave culture? Just ask Black Light Visuals, creators of a blacklight-reactive body marbling technique that’s making waves in the festival scene.<p>Body …

Looking Down On Beijing

In Beijing whilst the Chinese police observe… I love this photo of my two little girls at the Summer Palace after we spent the early morning hiking …

China

Racing Drone Pilot Captures Dizzying Footage Over the Swiss Alps

Witness the work of Gabriel “Gab707” Kocher.<p>It turns out the best possible use for a high-tech racing drone is flying it all the way up a mountain, …

12 brilliant houses built on small budgets

Building a home is about as costly an endeavour as one can undertake. However, we all want attractive homes, so somewhere along the way we need to …

The death row inmates who make art

Drawing and painting can be acts of personal expression for prisoners awaiting execution. And the works can ask fundamental questions about what it means to be alive, writes Geraldine Cremin.<p>Making art can be a kind of escape, and it’s hard to think of a place that begs louder for escape than death …

Death Row

Stunning modern house in Brazil's rain forest has cozy sunken living room, green roof

Absolutely gorgeous<p>What brilliant person would have ever thought to place a conversation pit in a house set in the jungle? That would be the folks at Studio MK27, the São Paulo-based firm led by Marcio Kogan behind the Ramp House and a penthouse lined with bookshelves. Though it’s more of a …

Architecture

Pinterest Predicts the Top 100 Trends in 2017: Fashion, Beauty, Home and More

Pinterest—the holy grail of everything pretty and yummy—has released its Top 100 board of trend predictions across life and style categories for 2017. These trends are selected based on popular pins, picks from influential pinners, and ideas that have been hand-selected by Pinterest employees, and …

Looking Back at Manhattan's Street Art Mecca, 10 Years Later

Before being swallowed by condos, Eleven Spring Street was a five-story work of art.<p>In December 2006, nearly 100 street artists converged on a building at the northeast corner of Spring and Elizabeth Streets in Manhattan. For one weekend, they turned it into a must-see destination, plastering the …

Should we act on our beliefs? The vexing nature of responsibility

Some people think that voting for Donald Trump was a detestable thing to do, whereas others are convinced that we had an obligation to vote for him …

Our Timeline Reaches 1,000

Over the past 16 years, millions of users around the world have used the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, which presents a chronological, …

The Future Of Branding Is Debranding

Branded content camouflages what companies have been trying to do since time immemorial: Sell you stuff. Here’s a better idea.<p>As digital media blunts the impact of advertising, brands are looking for new ways to lure consumers. The latest, buzziest effort has been to publish stories that look and …

The Best Men's Style Brands of 2016

If we had a nickel for every time we heard someone comment that 2016 was a year straight from the bowels of hell, we’d have enough money to buy …

Inner Mongolia's unauthorised steel factories – in pictures

‘We will make China a beautiful country with blue sky, green vegetation and clear rivers,’ vowed President Xi Jinping in September. But these haunting photographs by the award-winning Canadian photojournalist <b>Kevin Frayer</b>, who travelled to Inner Mongolia to witness the activities of unauthorised …

China

Francis Picabia: the art 'loser' who ended up winning it all

The president-elect’s favorite term of abuse is “loser” – lobbed more than 200 times from his toxic Twitter account, at victims from Jeb Bush to Rosie O’Donnell. When people like him are winners, “loser” might be an insult worth reclaiming. There’s a photo-collage from 1920, the first Francis …

Art