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Posted on 8/30/2011 02:09:00 PM

Pregnant Belly Arts

Danish artist Stine Bo uses pregnant Siri's stomach as a canvass as part of an photo exhibition, Aug. 12, 2011 in Round Tower of Copenhagen. Twenty artists use twenty pregnant womens' stomachs as canvases in the favour of the organization Maternity Worldwide. Art photographers Marie Wengler, Marte Holten and Karoline Tira Liberkind will later exhibit the pictures of the painted stomachs at Gallery Copenhagen Art. Revenues from sale of the photos will be donated to the organization Maternity Worldwide, whose purpose is to save women and childrens lives during pregnancy and childbirth in Ethiopia.

Pregnancy only lasts nine months so some moms wish to immortalize it by turning their bulging bellies into art.

Artist Brian Saaby uses pregnant Signe's stomach as a canvas as part of an photo exhibition Aug. 12, 2011 in Round Tower of Copenhagen.

Some women want a more permanent reminder of their pregnancy, like Atlanta mom Tisha DeShields who had a belly cast made of each of her four kids. Because she was married to former major league baseball player Delino DeShields, the first belly cast had a baseball slant. But ended up being prophetic as the kid was drafted into baseball when he was 17.

DeShields sells personal belly casting kits and gets some strange requests, such as the woman who thought her pregnant torso resembled a lion.

Houston-based body painter Vonetta Berry gets as much as $700 per belly painting and one of her favorites came from a woman who wanted a picture of what her child might look like trying to get out of the tummy.

Berry says that one client loved roses so much she decided to turn herself into one.

Vancouver-based body painter Allyson Grant says that painting a pregnant belly is an intimate experience for both the mother and the artist. Her first belly painting was on a woman about 7.5 months pregnant and during the 2 hours she worked on it, the shape was slowly shifting.


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Posted on 8/28/2011 01:27:00 PM

Beautiful Pictures Of Sleeping Newborns

Some would argue that sleep is a foreign concept for most newborn babies - but not according to these incredible pictures.

Tiny children, some just days old, have been pictured in various states of blissful repose and the results are adorable.

One 13-day-old girl lies on a flower bed, another rests its chin on its hand as if contemplating the mysteries of life.

Further pictures show a baby resting in a plant pot, eyes tight shut, and one snuggled up in a small white basket - with a little hat to keep it's head warm.

They have all been taken by photographers Yvonne Watt and Fiona Potter of Fusion Baby Photography in Strathblane, Glasgow.

The pair ask clients to bring in babies between four and ten days-old so that they can produce a picture to capture the very earliest stage of their lives.


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Posted on 8/22/2011 02:45:00 PM

Meet Natsumi Hayashi, The Levitating Girl

Natumi Hayashi‘s blog featured all kinds of normal photos of herself, her pet cat, friends and Tokyo sights, but on September 16, 2010 she posted a photo entitled “Today’s Levitation”. The rest, as they say, is history…

Hayashi has become an Internet sensation after she began posting photos of herself levitating in all kinds of places around Tokyo. She told the Daily Mail it was an English idiom that inspired her to take the first photo of herself levitating - ‘to have one’s feet firmly planted on the ground’. Apparently they have the exact same phrase in Japan, but since she doesn’t consider herself a practical person she chose not to have her feet firmly on the ground in her self-portrait photos, to show how she really is. “In being free of gravity in the pictures, I am also not bound to societal conventions. I feel as though I am not tied to many things and able to be my true self.” the artist said in an interview. After taking her first levitation photo the frequency of “Today’s Levitation” gradually increased until she started posting a new photo every day.

What makes Natsumi’s photos so popular is her natural expression and pose which has you wondering if she’s actually floating. But the Japanese teen swears she’s no magician, so how does she do it? It’s actually very simple, and yet pretty complicated at the same time. As soon as she finds the perfect spot for her shot, Natsumi sets the self timer on her Canon EOS 5D Mark II, or asks a friend to press the shutter, and just starts jumping. Doesn’t sound very hard, but the young girl sometimes has to jump 300 times to get that one perfect levitation photo.


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Posted on 8/19/2011 02:11:00 PM

24 Chic Designs of Business Cards

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What is that you do when you meet someone for the first time? Boasting would not be a great idea among literate class, for sure. Here, sliding you business card gracefully can do the work for you. A well-designed card is truly a reflection of your own self, thereby influencing people to form lasting impressions. Let us have a look at few chic designs of business cards.


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