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Colin Batty’s Sci-Fi Reimagining of 19th Century Portraits

From peculiarum.com

“Hooked on Fishing” from peculiarum.com

From Colin Batty’s website:

Colin Batty is an artist from Manchester, England. He has worked on countless cool projects including Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, [!!!] the Oscar nominated short The Sandman, Eddie Murphy’s The PJ’s, and many, many more. He sculpted the original Halcyon model kits of the Alien, the Predator, and the Queen Alien. He also has designed and sculpted for Critterbox toys. Colin has contributed to Freakybuttrue and the Peculiarium for many years and graces this site with his amazing work.

Batty has countless sci-fi portraits for sale (starting at $4) as either prints or originals. Here are some of my favorites:

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The Futuro Houses of 1960

via Atlas Obscura:

The Futuro House was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the late 1960s. Made of new materials like plastic and manufactured to be portable and adaptable to diverse terrain with its raised legs, the capsule house was imagined as a ski chalet with a quick heating system. You entered through a hatch to an elliptical space with a bedroom, bathroom, fireplace, and living room. Suuronen soon saw its potential beyond the slopes, and through the Futuro Corporation built the lightweight houses as a prefabricated, compact housing solution adaptable for any corner of the globe.

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The Futuro House in Rockwall, TX as it appeared in April, 2003.
Steve Rainwater (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Unsettling Post-Mortem Photographs from the Victorian Era

via Viral Nova [Please follow the link to see all of the photos]:

The Victorian Era was a pretty morbid time in human history. One of the most unsettling traditions of the era was the practice of post-mortem photography (that is, photographing the dead). By today’s standards, this is would be pretty taboo, but at the time it was seen as quite normal.

That doesn’t mean that seeing those pictures now makes them any less creepy, in fact it probably makes them even more creepy. Here are 21 of the most unsettling examples of Victorian post-mortem photography we could find.

1. Contrary to being creepy, these death photographs were meant to serve as mementos of the deceased loved one.


7. Here, the dead girl on the end is being propped up with a special device.


9.) Notice the odd position of the curtain behind the boy? It’s likely there was someone behind it holding the boy’s head up.

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Photo Tells All You Need To Know About North Korea

North Korea is the darkness. Having just read Adam Johnson’s incredible novel The Orphan Master’s Son with its horrific tales of life in North Korea, this photograph from NASA really illustrated for me just how dark things truly are:

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The one point of light in the dark gap between South Korea and China is the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, where the electricity isn’t too reliable either, according to Johnson’s book.

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New Photography Exhibit: Warhol, Burroughs, Lynch

Warhol, Lynch, BurroughsAndy Warhol is better remembered for his paintings, and even his films, than for the hundreds of photographs he took in the last period of his career. William Burroughs’ legacy counts writing and even painting before his drawn-on photographs. David Lynch is a known cinematic genius who happens to love capturing still images of massive industrial spaces.

Each of these tertiary bodies of work would be fascinating to see on exhibit, but a gallery in England has decided to display photos by all three artists in a trio of contiguous exhibitions. I know, it’s blowing my mind right now. Here’s the word from Channel 4:

They’re three of the key counter-cultural figures of the 20th century: Andy Warhol the pop artist, William Burroughs the cult novelist and the film maker David Lynch.

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Australian Scientist Claims To Have Photographed Dozens Of UFOs

ufosDust on the lens? Magnetic distortion? Or something else entirely? The Australian writes:

A biochemist-turned-school teacher says he captured hundreds of “UFOs” on his digital camera from his Darlington home in the Perth Hills.

Rob Hartland has taken more than 20,000 photos of the daytime sky in the past six months and analysed them on his computer. He says he has identified a dozen different UFOs including round, square and saucer-shaped craft, posting the photos to his website wispyclouds.net for extraterrestrial buffs and sceptics to ponder.

Mr. Hartland, who has a PhD in biochemistry, said he had no history of mental illness or drug taking and that he never altered his photos, though he acknowledged many people would find his claims hard to believe.

The Sunday Times picture editor Jackson Flindell said Hartland’s images did not appear to have been tampered with.

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