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Bryan Sansivero – Abandoned New York Mansion

Bryan Sansivero captures an abandoned lavish mansion with a secret past

Just outside New York City, there’s a sprawling, 57-room mansion sitting on 6 acres and equipped with a bowling alley, indoor tennis court, two bars, a library, opulent interiors, with spiral staircases and chandeliers. It is also entirely abandoned. Built in the late 1930s and last inhabited in the 1970s, the neglect is allegedly down to an owner who would buy lavish mansions and leave them to rot. While the building itself is in need of repairs, the collections within it remain untouched and have been beautifully captured by photographer Bryan Sansivero – there are dolls, old photographs, plastic flowers, paintings and two pianos, stark reminders of a privileged life from the past. Fascinating stuff! 🙂

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Elvis & Nixon Official Trailer

Elvis & Nixon tells how the King of Rock ‘n Roll met the POTUS

We love the official trailer for the semi-biographical film Elvis & Nixon telling the story of the impromptu historic meeting which resulted in the most requested photo from the United States National Archives. Looks as if Kevin Spacey might be playing the president for the rest of his career – check it out 🙂

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Guide to Computing – The Beauty of Vintage Computers

Guide to Computing honours the design of computers from the past

A collaboration between Docubyte and INK which revisits all the data monsters that populated the early days of the computer industry, Guide to Computing is a minimalist series of digitally restored photographs honouring the vintage computers of yesteryear and their unexpected beauty. Awesome stuff! 🙂

Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia

Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia are captured in these priceless pics from the 1950s

We love these awesome photos of the iconic 1950s Greek cafés & milk bars of Australia that brought ‘exotic’ food and art deco glamour to our suburbs and country towns. Since the 1930s, Greek families had opened cafés & milk bars across Australia at all hours, seven days a week with some having American names like The Niagara, Astoria and The Paragon and decorated in glamorous art deco style while serving coffee, milkshakes, fancy sundaes, steak and eggs with chips. For hundreds of images and stories, check out the website for the new book Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia, which documentary photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski have spent 30 years researching, and as it turns out, were uniquely Australian. Just another reason to love this country! 🙂

Alexey Zakharov – The Old New World

Alexey Zakharov creates a steampunk photo-based animation

“The Old New World” by Alexey Zakharov is a fantastic animation that uses historic photos of major U.S. cities to travel back to the early 20th century via an elaborate CG steampunk time machine. Love it! 🙂

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Loving Vincent Trailer is a Must-Watch

Loving Vincent is an upcoming short film in tribute to Vincent van Gogh

Loving Vincent: We love this first trailer for the upcoming Loving Vincent, an impressive short film in tribute to Vincent van Gogh, which was made with twelve oil paintings per second and achieved by over one hundred painters. Conceived by Polish directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, every painter had to follow three week’s intensive training to learn the style of the famous painter and master various stop motion software. Production of the film continues until late August 2016.

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Vincent Van Gogh Doll with Detachable Left Ear

Plush Vincent Van Gogh Doll is our Product OTD

Vincent Van Gogh: Just when you think you’ve seen it all, The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, makers of the ‘Little Thinkers‘ line of plush dolls of historical, artistic, and literary figures including Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe, Leonardo da Vinci, Eleanor Roosevelt, Karl Marx, Nikola Tesla etc, have released a very unique Vincent van Gogh doll. What makes the van Gogh doll remarkable from the others is that the left ear can be removed and reattached – the perfect gift for an art lover with an ironic sense of humour. Love it! 🙂

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Werrington House

Werrington House is our pic OTD

Werrington House: Yesterday, for the first time in 183 years, Historic Werrington House was open to the public. We ventured along, as did a few other hundred people, sadly it was only open for three hours and there was a two hour wait to snout through the house so uninterrupted photo ops weren’t to be. It’s hidden right in the middle of 70s constructed suburban dreams so if it wasn’t for the new gates, you’d never know it was nestled in there. For many years it was home to the ‘Father of Federation’ Sir Henry Parkes, Premier of NSW on five separate occasions from 1872 to 1891 and is now owned by former NSW Opposition Leader Captain Peter Collins and his wife Jennine. The restoration is fantastic and it’s great that the owners have remained faithful to the historical value of the property – let’s hope they open up Werrington House again some time soon. 🙂

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Matthew Rolston – Talking Heads

Matthew Rolston creates portraits of old ventriloquist dummies

Matthew Rolston: Published in the book Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits, American photographer Matthew Rolston has captured portraits of old ventriloquist dummies, now unused and abandoned, exhibited at the Vent Haven Museum in Kentucky. Through his photographs, Matthew Rolston seems to revive these objects, which were once the centre of performances and shows, and also the popular beliefs, fears and phobias that often accompany such puppets made of wood. We really love these images although they are somewhat unsettling – Happy Friday! 🙂

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The Hateful Eight – Official Teaser Trailer

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino's newbie, is out this Christmas

The Hateful Eight: The Hateful Eight, starring Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is the eighth feature film by director Quentin Tarantino about a group of dangerous bounty hunters trapped together in post-Civil War Wyoming. The first official trailer features a number of actors from Tarantino’s earlier films returning to work with him again including Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. Looks great, check it out below 🙂

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