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Strange Faces

Italian photographer Elido Turco spent four years between 2004 and 2008 exploring a mirrored photography world that remains invisible to most of us. By taking photographs of tree bark and then mirroring the photographs he captured, he discovered a whole society of “Dream Creatures” were watching him each time he would take a stroll through the mountain paths.

Turco loves walking the mountain paths of his native Friuli with his wife, and for years he would use this time to try and find human forms and faces formed by the bark and roots of the trees in the forest.

The catches, he admits, were few and far between until, one day, curiosity got the best of him and he decided to mirror an image on his computer. What he discovered was “a world of… fantastic creatures” the he had never realized existed.

To see more of these Dream Creatures, head over to Turco’s Flickr set by the same name. And if you’d like to browse through the rest of his work, check out his Flickr and 500px accounts.

Animated Billboard Art

Influential U.K. artist INSA has been using “retro internet technology” to breathe animated life into his graffiti writing since 2010. The art form, which he has dubbed GIF-ITI, involves painstakingly photographing multiple hand-painted layers of each piece of art and overlaying the shots to create fun, often cartoon-like moving pictures.

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These animated GIFs – or “slices of infinite un-reality” – were intended to be viewable solely online, playing with the traditional dynamics between art in the physical world and art on the web. Now, though, thanks to INSA’s new GIF-ITI Viewer app, fans on the street can use their iPhones and iPads to instantly transform seemingly static-looking INSA GIF-ITI creations into animated augmented reality loops. INSA calls it “cutting-edge art for the Tumblr generation.”

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