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The Zwatch Project

Zwatch is an online community and multimedia art project about zombies. Created by Alexander Laccarino and his Zteam in 2009, Zwatch launched in the Quad Cities of the Iowa/Illinois area following a fictitious story of a local zombie outbreak. The unsuspecting public took the project seriously and madness ensued. The Story In the summer of 2009, Zacharia Furio, a 21-year-old from Davenport, Iowa, was working for the Quad City Department of Biological Sciences, when he suddenly disappeared. His brother launched a website,, to help in finding his missing brother, who was suspected of being the subject of testing on a man-made strain of viruses. After the site displayed redacted police files, missing person's reports and other documents, the local media took interest. The site questioned authority. The story was off and running. Over time, a series of documentary shorts, photographs, more official documents and articles from a “lone wolf” reporter flooded, in addition to hundreds of emails, blog posts/comments about Zacharia, his whereabouts, revealing a cover-up, Zacharia's infection and eventual return home. Still, people questioned whether it was real. In the end, it wasn't. At least, not entirely. It was the creation of Alexander Iaccarino and a group of cohorts and artists known affectionately as the “Z-Team”. Pictures My latest project,, began as a viral hoax of a zombie outbreak and cover-up in the Quad Cities to promote my Halloween event, The Zombie Pride Parade. And how it ended was a different story, one best told by fellow zombie and friend, Ryan Collins..... This past Halloween, something happened in the Quad Cities. Something about a missing person, an Internet hoax, an H1Z1 virus, and the threat of artists going to jail for their craft. Something…undead. Zombies and their related ephemera are a cultural phenomenon, ever-present in books, cinema, video games, etc. Videos Check out the the whole story on this controversioal and groundbreak project at

Beautiful Photos of New York City by James Maher

James Maher is a professional photographer and the operator of the Maher Fine Art Photography Gallery, his work is primarily focused on New York photography, but also of various travel spots around the world, and we have to agree that he has some classic photos of New York City. For more information about James, visit the Maher Fine Art Photography Gallery at Some Photos Couple in Snowstorm, Central Park, New York City, 2003 This photo was taken during the huge blizzard that hit the city in 2003. The snowstorm created such bad conditions that for much of the day I was completely lost in the park. At some point I found this bridge to seek refuge under. It didn't take long before this couple came along with the same idea. Manhattan on Fire, Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, 2010 The sky was white and unassuming until the sun began to set. Then the colors lit up the sky as if the entire city was on fire. Couple in Sheep Meadow during Snowstorm, Central Park, New York City, 2010 I caught this photo just as the man was about to tackle the woman in the middle of Sheep Meadow in Central Park. East River,New York City, 2003 This photo was taken on the edge of the East River at a cold 5:30 AM with only a handful of dedicated joggers out. In reality, it was much darker out than the exposure suggests. Poets' Walk at Dusk, Central Park, New York City, 2006 This is a 30 second exposure looking down the south end of the Mall in Central Park, also known as Poets' Walk.The lights of the office buildings of Central Park South peer through the bare branches of the trees here to give this photo the feeling of an urban wilderness. At the time, I felt like I was covered in a dome of trees, yet also right in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Poets' Walk in Fall, Central Park, New York City, 2010 Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York City, 2010 Bethesda Terrace at Night During Snowstorm, Central Park, New York City, 2010 7 Train, Queens, New York City, 2010 Buildings and Sun, New York City, 2007 This is a photograph of office buildings on 17 State Street in the financial district of the city.I thought of what a city on Mars would look like when I saw the roundness of the central building and so I decided to give it this tint to create an 'otherworldly' feel.

Excellent Minimalist Photography

As many people preach, less is more. Whether in web design or graphic design or illustration or photography or architecture, minimalist composition tend to really make a point. In a visually polluted world, getting some delight for your eyes is really important. So forget element heavy photographs... these minimalist pictures got just the right, few elements in it and they're beautiful. I really like the boldness in much of these, and all I want is to look for more of great examples of minimalist photos. One can't get enough of it... so, for more of these bad boys you might visit each photographer's page by clicking the pictures. I know you'll find some great pieces there, and these guys will appreciate your visit. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Giulio Nesi Wilfried Ed Havarti Gary gakout David BlakJakDavy Christian memetic Matthew Redmond Frank Silveira Ryan Bowman Jasmin Cormier Andy Schultz Julian Kaesler Robem Dene' Miles Hercules k Maria Strömvik Keith Aggett Christine Berry Les Flynn Mike Dumlao

Rainy-Day Photography

I love those little moments when nature shows its beauty. One of those moments that I truly like is a good old rainy day during the weekend, when you just get to hang at home, watch a movie, eat popcorn, drink hot cocoa and enjoy all of it. So I looked for some pictures of rainy days and found some beautiful examples of it. Anywhere in the world, you might capture a great rainy-day photograph... it's all up to you. These are some great pictures by amazing photographers, and I really recommend you to visit their pages at Flickr by clicking their pictures, for more great pictures. They'll appreciate. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Long Nguyen Vincent VeNiVi +lyn Nicolas Bouvier Kishor Krishnamoorthi Tiffany Findley Luc.. Sion Fullana Alfie Goodrich Rui Palha A Photo A Day Rui Palha Camille Lacroix Rui Palha Fred Mancosu Natalie Kucken Andrew Cuba Gallery

Eight Days in Haiti - Photos by Bobby Moon

Bobby Moon is one of our readers and regular Daily Inspiration contributors. Lately Bobby sent us some pretty interesting photos to feature at DI, images from a series called Eight Days in Haiti. As the images are really beautiful we decided to show more of them here to you. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Bobby Moon, 22, attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, and is graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in Marketing, and he is a self-taught photographer. He got involved with Somos Amigos Medical Missions in 2008, and was with the organization in the hills of the Dominican Republic on January 12, when the 7.0 magnitude quake stuck Haiti, less than 50 miles away. He went to Haiti to cover the aftermath of the quake in late March for Eight Days. Photos were featured on CNN and by The All-American Rejects. Make sure to visit Bobby's gallery and portfolio to check out the complete series. Further links: Bobby Moon - PortfolioBuy the Photos (Portion of the sales will be donated to Haiti relief efforts.)

Photo Exhibition Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Brasilia

If you will be in New York between September 9th and November 27th, I highly recommend you to check out Brasilia, a Photo Exhibition Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Brazil's capital. The exhibition will be at the 1500 Gallery and they specializes in Brazilian Photography. Brasilia, a group exhibition of vintage photographs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the capital of Brazil, will be on view at 1500 Gallery September 9-November 27, 2010. Curated by Brazilian photographer Murillo Meirelles, the exhibition will include images that show Brasilia being planned, constructed and inaugurated from 1958-1960. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 16 from 6-8 pm. 1500 Gallery is located at 511 W 25th St. 607, New York, NY. Image of Oscar Niemeyer - Photo Credit: Gil Pinhero A city planned and built from scratch in the very center of the country, Brasilia replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil in 1960. The architectural, figurative and photojournalistic images in the Brasilia exhibition highlight the idealism of Juscelino Kubitschek’s socialist government and its team of visionary urban planners, architects and landscape designers including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx. The nine images in the exhibition include a portrait of Oscar Niemeyer, pictures of workers cutting steel and laying beams, an aerial view of the Esplanade under construction, and several images of the National Congress. Photos Untitled 1 - Nicolau Drey - Digital C-Print 44.5" x 95" Untitled 2 - Nicolau Drey - Digital C-Print 48" x 60" Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Stuckert - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Jader Neves - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border Gervasio Batista - Digital C-Print - 48" x 48" (122 x 122 cm) including 2.5" white border About 1500 Gallery Alexandre Bueno de Moraes and Andrew S. Klug founded 1500 Gallery in 2010. The gallery specializes in Brazilian photography and is the first gallery in the world with this explicit focus. 1500 interprets the notion of “Brazilian photography” to comprise photography made by Brazilian photographers, as well as images bearing a conceptual or thematic relationship to Brazil. 1500 represents the work of 17 artists, both emerging and established: 6 of 1500’s photographers are represented in the Sao Paulo Museum of Art’s Collection of Photography. 1500’s collection of images includes both contemporary and vintage photography. For more information, visit

Beautiful Dock Photography

Docks are a great place to take photos. I find great how some docks got that really eerie feel... but also just love the happiness of chilling on a dock on summer time. So, I thought it would be a good idea to check out some pictures of docks, and these were really worth the research! I've found these beautiful pictures by various photographers (there's even some Trey Ratcliff's photos here), and I really recommend you to check out more of their work by clicking each picture. I hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Kate Arsenyeva Angus Clyne Toni García Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff Marc Benslahdine Diego Street_Spirit John Valentine Lori Hale Williams Adam Conolly Andrea Acito Juanma Alvarez Domenico kugel Darren Constantino CARNIVAL OF LIGHT davidkiene Ryan C Wright jovidoes Elisa Elimare John Ryan Sakis Dazanis Will Cook

Beautiful HDR Photos by Kyle Merriman

Kyle Merriman is a photographer based in Taiwan, where he's been for the past 5 years, and he specializes in HDR photos. To promote his work Kyle started a site called BrandKnewMe, it started out as a project to keep family and friends in touch with his life half around the world. This site started as a platform for blogs, photos, and the videos to show to his family and friends what it’s like to be living in Taiwan. "Twelve hour time differences don’t make for easy communication so this allowed those back home to experience it as best they could" - says Kyle Merriman. For more information about Kyle visit his Web site at: or follow him on Twitter BrandKnewMe Below you can see some of his photos. HDR I’ve always been fascinated with music, design, photography and gadgets in general. Obsessed with wanting to learn as much as I could, and get my content easily to as many people as I could I started to dip into web design and photography more and more. Then, after purchasing my first Mac, it all began to really motivate me. A DSLR camera only added more fuel to the fire. Photography content came to the fore on the site so I felt something more akin to a portfolio rather than a standard blog of random thoughts would work best. Regular

Meet: Photographer Ditte Isager

Hey folks, welcome to our new installment of posts. Each week we'll introduce you to a new artist, either up-and-coming or professional in the field. This week I'd like you to meet Ditte Isager. Ditte is a photographer who has recently caught my attention. I discovered a couple of her pictures circulating around ffffound and after checking out the rest of her portfolio, I was instantly I'm sure you will be too. Born and raised in Copenhagen, she attended the Danish Technical School of Photography and Schiller studio and since 2006 has been living in New York City. Specialized in shooting interiors, personalities, lifestyle, and travel, her clients include Gourmet, Traveler, Domino, Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsey and Fritz Hansen, among others. Ditte describes her style as "simple nordic", working with contrast in materials, light, color, and objects. She claims to draw inspiration from the light in the Dutch masters, storytelling and effects from motion pictures, and the style, character and layers of New York. Her photos are crisp and elegant, and she manages to capture a certain mood that transports you right to the scene. Say hello: Portfolio: Email: Recommend an artist: Know of an artist that you'd like to see featured here next week? Shoot me a tweet: @amlight.

Awesome FMX Action Photography

The photographs were taken during shooting of a full length documentary movie about FMX rider Libor Podmol. The shooting and photo taking were under way in the course of this winter in the cradle of freestyle motocross in Cali and in Arizona. The photo series consist of action sports shots and pictures from LOMO camera that moderately lighten and slacken the whole photo set. These photos were taken by Dan Vojtech, for more photos from this project visit

Beautiful Pictures of the Eiffel Tower

I've never been to Paris, but I've seen it so many times on TV that I've fallen in love with this city. There are some spots there that I really wish to visit someday, and the most obvious one is the Eiffel Tower, because it is just amazing. So I thought that there would be some beautiful pictures of it, and I was right. These are some of the great pictures I've found on Flickr. Looking at these awesome images I just know that this must be a great place to be at. Also, I wonder if you guys got yourselves your own Eiffel Tower pictures. Show us! I also recommend you to visit each photographer for more of their great work! I hope you like these. Cheers! ;) Marty Portier Sampath Maddali jimmedia Jens Versteegden anto XIII Brooklyn Museum Taylor Miles Renancab Ramón Durán Roy Grundeken Breff Mohammed Momenah Jason Jason

Autoestima - A Beautiful Photo Project by Claudio Meneghetti

Last month Abduzeedo organized a very cool event here in our hometown, the Photoshop Battle. At the event we had the opportunity to meet several creative professionals and their work. One of these persons I met was Roberta Gewehr, who works at StudioMe. She introduce me to a beautiful project from Claudio Meneghetti, the photographer behind StudioMe. As soon as Roberta explained the project to me I loved it... and when I saw the images I was even more sure that I had to share them with you. Meneghetti's Autoestima project was exhibited at the Galerie d'art François Mansart, in Paris and it was also exhibited at the Guatephoto in Guatemala. The project captures people who live in the streets of Porto Alegre (our hometown) and makes a before and after showing the difference of a physiognomy when a person is been taken care of. In my opinion this is not only beautiful, it's deep, interesting and very inspiring... so enjoy Claudio Meneghetti's work. In their silence, the photos of Claudio Meneghetti speak, or rather, whisper. In a series of subtleties, they tell it is possible to see before and after at the same time. Before: hunger, cold, dirt, fatigue, lack of direction. After: food, bath, sleep, self-esteem. The characters in the photos, street dwellers of Porto Alegre, express the delicate – but no less severe - change that arises when self-esteem is enhanced. Effigies take shape in shadow and light, going from the shadow of abandonment to the light of the encounter. Captured in a spontaneous and natural way, these models are people who live on the fringes: under bridges and marquees, under the burden of prejudice. Claudio Meneghetti photographed them when they arrived at the shelters - hungry, tired, lost - and after receiving assistance, thus eternalizing the fine line that rescues dignity and respect. He perpetuated life, which goes by at the blink of a shutter and, therefore, deserves a closer look. I also would like to thank Roberta Gewehr from StudioMe for her attention with this post.

Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them eBook Giveaway

I'm pretty sure you are already familiar with Trey Ratcliff, the owner of the number #1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet, He is simply THE GUY when we talk about HDR photography... and for sure, to get where he is now, he had to learn a lot and develop techniques to constantly improve his work. A prove of that is the eBook he just released: Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them, where he shows some of his own mistakes from the past and teach us how to avoid them! So if you want to learn details about how to fix HDR mistakes... you better learn from the best! :) And this is exactly why we will giveaway 3 Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them eBooks to our readers. To participate just leave a comment telling us the importance about learning with our own mistakes... and good luck. We will announce the winners Friday - July, 30th. Some sample Pages Make sure you stop buy to check out further details about the eBook! Latest from Trey

Symmetrical Photography

Symmetry is that one thing that really catches everybody's attention in any photography. It may be natural or manmade, but it's awesome either way. I've done my research and found some cool symmetrical images. These are absolutely gorgeous, and my favorites are the natural ones (like the birds). I wonder which ones you like the most. Tell us! And for more of these great images, I recommend you to visit each photographer's page! I hope you like it. Cheers! ;) Updated: Sorry about he misspelling, guys! It was a honest one... I went to Flickr and looked for "simetrical" and "simetry", and there were tons of results, so I thought it was right! I guess I'm now the only one on this planet that makes mistakes once in a while. But I'm sure you'll understand that.

Photography Inspiration: Jellyfish

Jellyfish (also known as jellies or sea jellies or medusozoa) are free-swimming members of the phylum Cnidaria. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Jellyfish are composed of more than 90% water; most of their umbrella mass is a gelatinous material — the jelly — called mesoglea which is surrounded by two layers of epithelial cells which form the umbrella (top surface) and subumbrella (bottom surface) of the bell, or body (wikipedia). I know many of you must hate jellyfish because of its toxicity in some species, but it is undeniable the beauty of these animals. A mix of abstract shapes and symmetrical forms, there it is a living being that possesses one of the most interesting life cycles in the animal kingdom. I became very interested in the subject so I decided to look for good pictures that show the colors and textures of jellyfish. Anel Van Veelen MADIASH ash™ jimg944 Razorien Karen.b nocturne gr Ottie Kalamakia - Lloyd K. Barnes Photography Joop V Giorgos~ nobuflickr ilovepics11 vanveelen lmiyake Nicolas Hoizey StGrundy StGrundy StGrundy Jim Patterson Photography Jim Patterson Photography About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 year old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interesting stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at Any request or job opportunities, send them to, also follow me on twitter (@marcos333) to get in touch with cool design news.

Conceptual Photography of Berlin

For some, conceptual photography might not say much, but for me, the idea of conceptual is just the opposite. It is an open door to imagination, for free thinking and birth of ideas and concepts. Matthias Heiderich has taken some really beautiful conceptual pictures of Berlin, and I find these really inspirational: the colors, the geometrical forms, they all tell us so much. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these, and for more of this amazing work, you may visit his portfolio. Cheers! ;)

Creepy Manipulations

We often get to see sunny, full of candy and happiness pieces of design from most artists... but when it comes to the other side, there are less creepy works being featured in design sites everywhere. Today, it's time for some scary inspiration. There are all kinds of pieces here... from photography to full photoshop manips, and they're all very creepy looking. My favorite, of course, is the last one (for those who watched Toy Story 3 too). I hope you all get inspired by these and make your own creepy pieces. Also, I recommend you to visit each artist's page for more great works. Cheers! ;)