60 posts tagged Anatomy
60 posts tagged Anatomy
Meet Zeta the Giant Anteater and her awesomely impressive 2-foot-long tongue. Zeta lives in England at the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and recently became a new mum after giving birth to an incredibly cute anteater pup.
Giant Anteaters are native to Central and South America. Their amazing tongues are typically 60 cm (24 inches) long, covered in backward-curving papillae and coated in thick, sticky saliva. The better to collect countless scrummy ants and termites with.
Photo via Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.
Head over to ZooBorns for photos of Zeta with her extraordinarily cute pup.
It’s Amazing Animal Day on Geyser of Awesome!
"Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers?"
For a project entitled Your Beautiful Eyes, Armenian physics teacher and photographer Suren Manvelyan (previously featured here) used his students, colleagues and friends as models for his awesome series of close-up ocular portraits. When viewed up close the anatomy of the human eye suddenly appears incredibly alien and unfamiliar. The longer you look at each photo, exploring its unique textures and colors, the less it feels like you’re looking at a human eye.
Manvelyan says, ‘It is quite natural when you shoot macro shots of insects and plants, but to try to make a picture of the eye? I did not expect these results.I was not aware they are of such complicated appearance. Everyday we see hundreds of eyes but do not even suspect they have such beautiful structure, like surfaces of unknown planets.’
If you’re wondering how Manvelyan creates these marvelous images, so are we. He says the process is a closely-guarded secret. But even if we can’t find out how he does it, we can still see plenty more of his work over at Suren Manvelyan’s website.
It’s The Eyes Have Have It Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Seattle-based science professor and photographer Adam Summers shot an awesome series of photos, entitled Cleared, for which he used bleach and different dyes to alter aquatic subjects to create beautifully detailed images that look like colour x-rays.
Summers explains: “The technique uses two vital dyes – Alcian Blue to stain cartilaginous elements a deep blue and Alizarin Red S to turn mineralized tissue crimson. The specimen is then lightly bleached with hydrogen peroxide to remove dark pigments, leaving a snow-white fish. Flesh is dissolved with Trypsin, a digestive enzyme found in your intestine… In order to make the skin and remaining connective tissue invisible the entire specimen is immersed in glycerin.”
And so once again we see that Art + Science = Awesome.
Just in time for Christmas, Jason Freeny (previously featured here) has turned his artistic dissection skills from toys back to sweets to reveal the internal anatomy of a gingerbread man with an awesome new anatomy schematic print entitled Gingerbread Man Dissected.
[via Jason Freeny]
Meet Penny Smith and her heart. That’s right, this photo shows Penny holding her own heart in her hands. Now 35 years old, from age 3 to 6 she battled non-Hodgkins T-cell lymphoma. Then, in 1994, she developed heart problems. Last year Penny successfully underwent a heart transplant, which is how she was able to pose for this awesome photo. It was taken a few months after her transplant:
"That was in the hospital in the pathology lab," Smith said. "I was saying goodbye to my heart, actually, because I felt like it got me through half of my life and I needed to say goodbye to it. So I was saying goodbye, and getting to know my new heart.
"My doctors made me wait because they didn’t think I was ready. I wanted to be able to hold it, and they didn’t want me to drop it.
"I was happy to see it again-well, see it for the first time, I guess.
"My husband even got to hold it. It felt really weird for both of us, but it was amazing to get to hold something that was once in someone."
Artist Sandy Cramer of Knot Just Rope in Rockbridge, Ohio, spent 2.5 hours with water-based white paint, a brush, and a Vet Tech anatomy book as a reference in order to transform her horse Raven into the awesome Skeleton Horse you see here. If you visit Sandy’s Knot Just Rope shop in Rockbridge, you might get the meet Raven in person.
[via Laughing Squid]
Japanese artist Masao Kinoshita creates awesome painted fiberglass anatomical sculptures depicting subjects who have no skin. Some of the most impressive examples of his work depict deities such as Ganesha or the Yoga Asura. Their stylized musculature and skeletons are beautifully posed and incredibly detailed.
We already thought Kewpie Dolls were wonderfully creepy things, but Kinoshita’s version, entitled Q, takes that inherent creepiness to a whole new level.
Visit Masao Kinoshita’s website to view more of his fascinating sculptures.
It’s high time we featured more awesome work from Brosmind (previously featured here), the Barcelona-based studio founded by illustrators Juan and Alejandro Mingarro. These are more characters from their series entitled What’s Inside?.
"Brosmind’s What’s Inside? is a personal project that we’ve been developing since 2009 in our spare time. We’ve been always passionate about how things work, and that’s why we created this project. A collection of 20 characters that are opening themselves with the help of a young Lydia Lopez (our lovely main character from our latest project SHE).”
[via Beautiful Decay]
Look closely, can you spot the human canvases for these paintings? Some of them are easier to spot than others. These photos are part of a project by Austin, Texas-based artists Chadwick Gray & Laura Spector, entitled Museum Anatomy. For this mesmerizing series paintings from museums around the world are creatively and painstakingly recreated on a human body.
“The artwork goes through a significant process until reaching the final outcome, a photograph of Chadwick, sometimes unrecognizable as a human form, with an elaborate, detailed painting covering a portion of his body. The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history and technology in a contemporary context.”
[via Beautiful Decay]