Reflective, Upside-Down Mural in Lithuania

Artist Ray Bartkus painted a mural on a water-front building in MarijampolÄ—, Lithuania. The trick with this mural is that it’s painted upside down, i.e., meant to be viewable on the surface of the water:

Ray Bartkus Water Mural

Ray Bartkus, via Boredpanda.

Reporting and photo via Boredpanda.

Super! Because sometimes you need to stand on your head (so to speak) to bring things into focus. 🙂

Murals from Trash and Paint

Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (aka Bordalo II) uses paint and scraps plus various pieces of trash to form huge 3D murals in cityscapes. To highlight just two examples, here is a frog and a raccoon:

Wow! Because looking at trash with fresh eyes is a skill that needs to be treasured!

Super Flemish Superhero Portraits

Photographer Sacha Goldberger re-imagined superheroes and characters from popular science fiction and fairy tales in the Northern Renaissance style. His Super Flemish portraits marry art history with pop culture in a playful way.

Sacha Goldberger Superman

Sacha Goldberger.

Sacha Goldberger R2D2

Sacha Goldberger.

Sacha Goldberger Alice in Wonderland

Sacha Goldberger.

Visit Mr. Goldberger’s website for more portraits.

Because why not have a little fun with your art!

World’s Best Father Photos

Photographer Dave Engledow has been taking humorous, irreverent, wonderful photos of and with his daughter throughout her (currently four years of) life. Working with his wife Jen, his aim is to depict fatherhood and capture life with a baby / toddler. The Engledows’ project has achieved far-flung fame: apart from newspapers, magazines and websites around the world, their work has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning Germany, and a book titled Confessions of the World’s Best Father was published in May 2014.

The photo that started it all:

World's Best Father

Dave & Jen Engledow.

They also take irreverent photos like this one:

World's Best Father

Dave & Jen Engledow.

(I did mention irreverent, right?) Both photos from the Engledow Tumblr (here and here).

Mr. Engledow explains how it all started:

“In February 2011, my wife Jen and I created a photograph that would literally alter the course of our lives.  Our daughter Alice Bee was 66 days old at the time, and even though Jen and I had gotten over our initial amazement that 63 days earlier the nurses at the hospital had allowed two such obviously ill-prepared people to walk out with a newborn child, we were both still feeling an almost constant anxiety about our total cluelessness around raising (or is it rearing?  I always get those mixed-up) an infant.  Additionally, we were both exhausted, constantly afraid that we were screwing up (a fear, I’ve since learned never really goes away), and completely and totally in love with each other and with our wonderful, amazing, beautiful daughter who we both agreed was the most perfect thing either of us had ever seen.

“The sleeplessness combined with the cluelessness and constant fears of failure were causing me to do what I always do when confronted with things I don’t understand or don’t like—find a way to make fun of those things.  The constant joking about these feelings of inadequacy ultimately led to my decision to create an image that captured new fatherhood by showing exactly how out of it I felt as a new father.”

“Jen and I are grateful for all of the unexpected attention and subsequent exposure given to our images, but for us the most pleasurable aspect of all of this is the continual support and encouragement we receive from people all over the world.  I genuinely had no idea that so many people would connect with our family’s offbeat sense of humor, and for me, this has been by far the most rewarding aspect of having a much larger audience for our work.”

See more on his Facebook page or Tumblr.

Because why couldn’t art emulate the imagination of children. Because playfulness and curiosity are how the human race has gotten this far.

Football Stars Speak against Violence towards Women

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, among his other off-field activities, has also dedicated himself to stopping domestic violence. Witten’s JWSF SCOREkeepers initiative places trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas to demonstrate positive male behavior in an effort to break the cycle of violence that plagues families affected by abuse.

Don McPherson is an ex-quarterback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, a feminist and educator. In a CNN article in 2013 Mr. McPherson writes:

“Men do not just need to stop being violent. The vast majority of men are not violent. But men do need to stop being silent. Calling violence against women, whether street harassment or sexual harassment or rape or murder, a “women’s issue” allows men to ignore it as if we have no responsibility for it or stake in ending it. We all have grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and female friends and colleagues. Our lives are inextricably interwoven; women’s issues of safety and equality directly affect our lives as men.”

“Beyond that, women are humans, with the same rights to safety and freedom as men. It is therefore our moral responsibility to not remain silent or passively on the sidelines, but to be actively engaged in confronting this problem in every corner of homes, communities and societies.”

Kudos. These two men show in very concrete ways that the concept of manhood defies narrow confines sometimes thrust upon it. Because football players can be – and are – so much more than their stereotypical meathead reputation.

Seniors as Calendar Stars, Take 2

Inspired by the hugely popular calendar featuring German seniors, Senior Living Communities in the U.S. has created their own version. Again, seniors recreated scenes from movies with dazzling results:

Charlie's Angels Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities.

Ghost Busters Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities.

Star Wars Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities.

Again, because you don’t just stop thinking, dreaming, laughing or existing when you get older.