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Hidden Mother

"Trying to get a baby or a fussy toddler to sit still for a photograph can feel like a herculean task. Luckily, it only takes a second to get the shot. In the nineteenth century, however, it was a different storyparticularly when it came to tintype portraits, which required a long exposure. 

Photographer Laura Larson’s series, Hidden Mother, presents a survey of nineteenth-century tintype portraits in which the mother of the child was included in the photograph, but obscured. 

In some instances, the mother would hold her child, with a cloth or props hiding her from the lens, or she would be painted over by the photographer after the image had been taken. In other examples, the mother is entirely absent from the frame, save for an arm, holding the child in place. 

The results are both funny and slightly disturbing. The mother appears as an uncanny presence, Larson writes in a statement. Often, she is swathed in fabric, like a ghost.”  

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Dutch designers Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg work together as We Make Carpets to create, well, carpets. However their carpets are awesomely unusual and definitely not made to be walked on.

The patterns they use are very traditional, but the materials are anything but. The trio uses everyday items such as cocktail umbrellas, bamboo skewers, disposable kitchenware, crayons, fireworks and dried pasta to create intricately patterned carpets that exist as temporary art installations presenting a critical view of consumer culture.

To celebrate 5 years of creative carpet-making We Make Carpets is holding an exhibition of their work in the form of recent carpet designs at the mu gallery in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The exhibition runs through October 26, 2014.

Visit the We Make Carpets website to check out more of their creations.

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very unedited pictures from a train ride across the midwest and eastern us

oct 2013

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