Raphael - A Work Of Art

 
Raphael Sanzio was born the son of a court painter for the town of Urbino, an Italian town well known for it’s lavish patronage of the arts. He grew up learning all the proper humanistic philosophies practiced at court and had a mannerism that could rival the nobility all while learning the basics of painting from a very early age...
 
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Are homo sapiens destined to become homo technicus?

Never underestimate the imagination of an emo teen.

Mary Shelley was just 18 when she started to write Frankenstein, arguable the first sci-fi novel and unquestionably more relevant today, when technology has made the imaginings of 1818 all too possible. 

We can redefine life. Artificial intelligence, augmented realities, gene editing, and bionic organs are no longer the stuff of fantasy.

Many of the most intriguing, controversial, inspiring and fear-inducing trends can be lumped together under one big idea: transhumanism. 

How can we – or should we – transcend our human limitations?

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Topics: Science and Technology

Celebrating Colored Eggs with Fine Art

It is the season to admire art in an unlikely medium: eggs.  People around the world have been decorating Easter eggs for generations.   

At the end of the 1800s, a New Jersey druggist created a commercial Easter egg dye. Still in business today, PAAS offers more than 20 products. (The company takes its name from the Pennsylvania Dutch word passen, meaning Easter.) PAAS reports they sell more than 10 million egg  color kits a year – enough to dye 180 million eggs.

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Topics: Fine Art

Rosie & Co.: Still Working It

The original Rosie died last month, but a woman’s work is never done. 

A factory photograph of Naomi Parker Fraley, who died in January, was reportedly the model for Rosie the Riveter, an image as popular today as it was in World War II.  (Beyoncé even copped a Rosie pose in 2014.)

The woman with the bandana and determined expression, sleeves rolled up and arm flexed, appeared under the heading “We Can Do It,”  The poster was created for Westinghouse in 1942, as part of a campaign to boost worker morale. Today the image remains a cultural icon, symbolizing women’s strength, contribution and economic clout.

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Topics: Vintage Photography

Featured Artist of The Month: Don White

By SuperStock on March 08, 2018

Dr. Don White DDS, BSC

"Who am I? I am a photographer - not by trade or occupation; but by passion and drive that even I can't explain. It is what gets me up at 4 am even on a rainy morning - just in case. Just in case the clouds part. Just in case the light breaks. Just in case the wind stills and the reflection appears. Just in case the image will never again be ‘just so’. I don't take pictures to make money or make anyone else happy. I take pictures because I have to - it's simply the way I look at life. Life is a series of still images meant to be captured forever. But even more than that, photography stimulates both sides of my brain; the creative and the scientifi c - a true combination of art and science. Images I have captured, I can then hone, perfect, and print with the wonders of technology, and share with others. Maybe then, they too, will be inspired to get up at 4 am Just in case." -Dr. Don White
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Topics: Landscape Photography

Are Your Photos Blog-Worthy?

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on February 27, 2018

Do you know the three S's for selecting an image for your blog post?

Savvy bloggers feature images in their blogs because compelling visuals attract viewers and hold them longer. However, not all visuals are equally desirable. Some choices can even be risky to your wallet, not just your reputation.

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The Looks of Love - A Timeline of Artistic Vision

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on February 12, 2018
Bodies entwined … doomed lovers from myth and legend ...symbolism and sensuality …
 

Great artists have always found love an irresistible subject. As our valentine to you, we share 14 images, both pure and passionate, from our Fine Art stock image collection.

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Your Social Media Video Cheat Sheet

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on February 06, 2018

Here is everything you need to know about Social Media Videos!

Social media is image driven. Vine may have withered in 2017 but the appetite for social media video remains high. Our click-finger twitches and our eyeballs wander when we hit an impenetrable wall of words. Whether your media budget goes to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube,  or a mix or some or all, you need to give people something cool to look at.

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Traditions of the Chinese New Year

By SuperStock Staff Writer - Tom Sheeter on January 26, 2018

The New Year After New Year

A real upside of multiculturalism is the opportunity to add new reasons to celebrate. Chinese New Year is definitely worth culturally appropriating. For a start, it lasts 15 days, late January to mid-February.

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The 2018 Color of the Year is revealed...

By SuperStock on January 18, 2018

PURPLE REIGNS

From the wilds of New Jersey, they converge in secret, on a European capitol. The chosen ones descend to an underground bunker. For two days, they sit, silent and fasting, staring into black mirrors. Finally, the oracle rewards their dedication with a whisper:  Marsala. Serenity. Or, more recently: PMS 18-3838.

The Color of the Year for 2018 is revealed: 

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Topics: Fashion Photography

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