A Photographer’s Hauntingly Simple Statement About Gun Violence

In the midst of America’s endless mass shooting epidemic, and at a time when “bleeding ex-girlfriend” shooting targets exist and Jim Porter has taken over as president of the NRA (here’s what you need to know about this guy), we need to start thinking differently about guns and their impact. Australian artist Sonia Rentsch’s Harm Less is a powerful, wildly creative collection that offers visual poetry to both the pro-gun set and the rest of us, who have yet to see any beauty in wielding a weapon. Click through to see these arresting images, and be sure to check out Rentsch’s website, full of equally stunning photographs. … Read More

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Side-By-Side Photos Illustrate Inequality in America

In his series, Created Equal, Detroit-born photographer Mark Laita explores social inequality by placing photos of US citizens who appear to be the opposites of each other (punks teens and Amish, for instance) side by side. The series took eight years to complete and is meant to show the “successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life.” Click through for a gallery of photos from Created Equal, discovered via Bored Panda, and visit Laita’s website for more info on the project and the book that came out of it. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The Dude Is an Award-winning Photographer: Jeff Bridges’ Best Behind-the-Scenes Shots

Jeff Bridges is not just The Dude, he’s THE dude: since 1982, he’s been snapping artistic photos of the sets he’s been on, some of himself, some of his directors and castmates. Last week, he was honored at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards dinner as a special presenter. Here are some of the evocative black-and-white photos he took over the years. … Read More

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 5 Finale Recap: Last Night’s 10 Best Moments

Last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 finale was an hour and a half of drag perfection, featuring long-awaited reunions, season recaps, and interviews with every contestant — and, of course, the long-awaited crowning of America’s next drag superstar. Here are the episode’s ten most memorable moments. … Read More

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Amazing Shadow Art Made With Mangled Wires

Shadow art is booming in popularity but will probably never get old, because it’s so hard to comprehend how someone maps out a detailed silhouette and then recreates it with what looks like a random assortment of objects. It never loses its mystery, and Larry Kagan’s stencil-like shadow art is no exception. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Why Colonizing Outer Space Is a Bad Idea: 9 Lessons From Pop Culture

Here’s the ultimate good-bad idea: the Dutch aerospace project is planning to send four humans to Mars in 2023 … and keep them there. Permanently. As of yesterday, 20,000 people had applied for a spot on the mission, and 24 to 40 of the applicants will duke it out on reality TV to be among the first humans to colonize a planet. Clearly, they haven’t seen enough space movies to realize that this is a horrible idea. If these applicants just took the time to watch the following movies and TV shows, they’d surely think twice about hopping into a spaceship. … Read More

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 5, Episode 13 Recap: “Countdown to the Crown”

There’s only one week left viewers to pick which queen they want to take home the crown. Last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race reviewed the highlights of the season, and premiered the music video the final three contestants — Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, and Roxxxy Andrews — shot for Ru’s track, “The Beginning.” Best of all, it featured guest appearances by fan favorite queens of seasons past, who had plenty to say about the latest class of drag superstar wannabes. Here are some of the last night’s best quotes on Season 5, from drag queens old and new. … Read More

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Color Palette Breakdowns of Classic Movie Stills Celebrate Beautiful Cinematography

While watching Skyfall and finding herself more captivated by the images than the story, Roxy Radulescu decided to look into the colors that comprise various shots in the film. Eventually, breaking down film images into detailed color palettes became a hobby for the graphic designer. Radulescu created the website Movies in Color to house the project, organizing Hollywood’s most iconic, vibrant shots by film and cinematographer. Click through to see color palettes for a handful of classic movies, then visit Radulescu’s site for more. … Read More

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