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Gem is an explorer and documenter of the urban landscape. http://gemismyname.com

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Suicide: an illustrated video by Álvaro de Campos

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By Gem in Video on Friday 1 November 2013

This is a video reading of a Portuguese poem translated into English, illustrated with drawings and photographs. The topic is a little grim, but the verses are true and the art in the video matches the audio reading well.

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Carefully Arranged Collections: by Jim Golden

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By Gem in New Photography on Tuesday 22 October 2013

There’s no shortage of photos of objects laid out in neat columns online, but I feel Jim Golden’s work still deserves a special mention. I love the one with all the cassette tapes the best. According to PDN, only one of the photos was commissioned, everything else was a labor of love. Neatness-obsessed pack rats of the world, this post is for you.

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Short film explains why shoes dangle from electric wires

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By Gem in New Film on Monday 21 October 2013

Have you ever seen shoes dangling from electric wire where you live? They’re a common phenomenon in many parts of the world. This interesting 14 minute documentary aims to get to the heart of this perplexing matter.

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Food in the colours of their respective national flags

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By Gem in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 2 October 2013

Here are some creatively arranged and photographed food in the shape of the national flag of the country the food is normally associated with. Super cool, and a visual feast for the eyes.

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Portraits of Japanese performing monkeys

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By Gem in New Photography on Thursday 26 September 2013

Hiroshi Watanabe is a prolific Japanese photographer. His online portfolio encompass many themes, from kabuki players, landscapes, and portraits. My favorite work of his is Suo Sarumawashi, portraits of Japanese performing monkeys. The expressions on their faces elicit a lot of emotion, despite the muted colour tones.

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My Daguerrotype Boyfriend: photos of cute men from the early days of photography

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By Gem in Cool Websites on Tuesday 24 September 2013

This site collects photos of cute men from the early days of photography developed using the daguerreotype process. The first photo is of the sculpture Auguste Rodin. Who knew he was such a looker!

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Daft Signz: sign spinning plus street dancing plus Daft Punk equals awesome

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By Gem in Video on Tuesday 24 September 2013

The only YouTube videos I care to watch lately are of short documentaries and cute puppy videos. A few years ago, when I watched a lot of BMX and skate videos, I would occasionally stumble upon similar ‘athletics in the urban landscape’ type videos, such as free running, parkour, people trying to do BMX tricks […]

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Intricate snow globe dioramas by Thomas Doyle

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By Gem in New Art on Tuesday 24 September 2013

Snow globes may be cheesy mementos of the eighties, but there’s something about seeing a complete little world enclosed in a little bubble that elevates it beyond mere kitsch. Designed by Thomas Doyle, the little dioramas in this series are leagues beyond snow globes. But the sense of child-like wonder their intricate construction evokes is […]

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Vintage photos of 1940s-50s Mexico by the late Juan Rulfo

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By Gem in New Photography on Tuesday 24 September 2013

The late Juan Rulfo (1917-1986) is known as one of Latin America’s literary greats. But not many people are aware that he was also a photographer, whose 6×6 film work of difference places in his homeland in the 1940s and 1950s gives us a glimpse of the Mexico of a bygone era.

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An entire Tumblr dedicated to, wait for it, tooth signs

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By Gem in New Design on Tuesday 24 September 2013

I came across this collection of ‘tooth signs’ of dental clinics when the site owner wrote me to request for permission to post one of my ‘tooth sign’ photos. His collection is really diverse, showcasing tooth signs from all around the world. I like how universal dental clinics signs are, no matter where you go.

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Photos of Coca Cola logos in the Philippines 2007-2013

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By Gem in New Photography on Monday 23 September 2013

Coca Cola logos are very dominant in the Philippine landscape. I chose to photograph them because they’re very distinctive, and while I know other countries also have Coke ads, I don’t think they’re anywhere as pervasive as the Coke banners, streamers, metal signs, tarps, posters, logo placements beside store names that I see in the […]

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Second Skins photo series shows animals modeling clothing, of course

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By Gem in New Photography on Monday 23 September 2013

It turns out that dogs aren’t the only creatures who look good decked out in trench coats, fur collared jackets, or denim shirts. In Miguel Vallinas’s series, Second Skins, we see all sorts of beasts – from deer and zebras to owls and roosters – modeling the best of contemporary fashion for us.

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Ed Ruscha, Woody, and the World’s Hottest Pepper

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By Gem in Video on Thursday 19 September 2013

Ed Ruscha is one of my favorite photographers. His Twentysix Gasoline Stations book is probably the first photo book that’s also an art object in itself. This video of Ed and his dog showing his work gives us a glimpse into the mind behind the master.

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Cassette tape art by Jim Golden

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By Gem in New Art on Friday 6 September 2013

There’s no shortage of photos of objects laid out in neat columns online, but I feel Jim Golden’s work still deserves a special mention. I love the one with all the cassette tapes the best. According to PDN, only one of the photos was commissioned, everything else was a labor of love. Neatness-obsessed pack rats […]

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Suicide by Álvaro de Campos (aka Fernando Pessoa)

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By Gem in Video on Thursday 5 September 2013

This is a video reading of a Portuguese poem translated into English, illustrated with drawings and photographs. The topic is a little grim, but the verses are true and the art in the video matches the audio reading well.

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