What We Love This Week, Volume XX

Published July 5, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017
Published July 5, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017
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Source: Visual News

Ben DeHaan’s Trippy Melting Portraits

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Source: Visual News

Before you attempt to reconstruct Maine-based artist Ben DeHaan’s far-out work on Photoshop, here’s a helpful hint: you can’t. For his latest series dubbed Uncured, Dehaan hasn’t relied on the digital manipulation deity to achieve his trippy-drippy results; rather, he’s just used an inkjet printer and gravity. How? In order to prevent all images from dripping like Dehaan’s, inkjet printers come equipped with a UV light that dries the print almost immediately. Dehaan has simply removed that. To read more about Dehaan’s retro, DIY-approach to dynamic portraiture and take a peek at his other slippery subjects, be sure to visit Visual News.

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Source: Visual News

Incredible Photographs Of The World’s Oldest Trees

What these craggy trees lack in traditional elegance, they gain in history. Ranging from 1,000 to 4,800 years old, these Great Basin Bristlecone Pines were young and growing at the time stone axes were being used in Europe and cuneiform clay tablets were being used in northern Syria. If you want a chance to gaze at their majesty, though, you’re going to have to hike–once you make it to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, you’ll need to climb over 10,000 feet to arrive at Shulman Grove, home to some of the Bristlecone Pines featured above.

For the more brazen, you might also go on a hunt for Methuselah, the 5,000 year old tree whose location is hidden by park officials in efforts to curb potential vandalism. And for everyone else who lacks hiking boots or harbors an aversion to sweat-drenched headbands, My Modern Met makes it easier to enjoy these trees from the comfort of your own home.

Staggering Photos Reveal How US Forces Responded To Viet Cong Sniper

Given that the very act of war is irrational, it’s foolish to believe that the events that transpire within it will prove any different. Such is the case for the 173rd Airborne Brigade in April 1970. After receiving sporadic night time visits from a sole Viet Cong sniper, the brigade grew tired of going to bed at night, unsure if they would wake up in the morning–or wake up to see blood pooling below their neighbor. They decided to retaliate.

And so, when the single sniper opened fire, the troops unleashed hell. Machine guns sprayed the hills, and anti-aircraft guns illuminated the night sky with explosions. Did they catch the sniper? To this day, no one is sure. Soldier James Speed Hensinger was able to capture the event using a long exposure setting on his camera. To see all of his photos–which he just released this past Memorial Day–visit The Independent.

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