Running from Siberia in Russia down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, the Altai Mountain probably is one of the most desolate and hash terrains in the planet, where you still can see the hunting with eagle tradition been practiced by a handful of Kyrgyz and Kazakhs. For Kazakhs living in western Mongolia, hunting with eagles is a proud art, and one of the highest expressions of their cultural heritage. Today, the art is slowly dying out, as there are only about 70 traditional eagle hunters left in the world. Interested in this culture, photographer Tariq Zaidi has been photographing the Kazakh eagle hunter since 2014. Below are some amazing photos Zaidi took which shows us a totally different world of the eagle hunting.
You probably will never connect framed painting with wearable fashion. However, in Dutch fashion designers Viktor and Rolf‘s hands, those rigid framed paintings are intricately transformed into avant-garde gowns. In Paris Fashion show, Viktor and Rolf unhooked their Baroque-style “paintings” from the wall and reshaped them onto their subjects. After the painted fabric was rearranged, it blossomed into dresses, coats or skirts that were inspired by 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artwork – the whole process was performed right in front of the audience. Moreover, there was a distinct contrast between the gilded frames and decorated fabric, but these two elements worked together to create a sense of drama and vibrancy. Just like the designers’ show notes said “Poetry becomes reality, morphing back into fantasy.”
Square watermelon is not news anymore, but how about square watermelon bread? Yes, that’s right, watermelon bread. It’s green on the outside, red on the inside, and even has black “seeds” sprinkled throughout. Originated at Jimmy’s Bakery, a bread shop in Yilan County of northeastern Taiwan, the bread was made to get kids excited about eating bread during the hot summer when they tend to have smaller appetites. To make the realistic looking bread, Jimmy use powdered green tea for the rind, strawberries for the flesh, and charcoal for the seeds. Jimmy’s Bakery makes around 100 loaves a day, which works out at about 1,500 slices of watermelon toast a day. But, it still can’t keep up with demand. Hence, Jimmy shared his recipe of how to make it at home for those who can’t try Jimmy’s bread. The tutorial video is in Chinese. However, by just watching the pictures itself, it is quite complicated…
Do you ever believe a dog and an owl could become friend? It sounds like a fairy tale? But it is true for Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt’s dog Ingo and owl Poldi. Brandt clearly documents their unlikely friendship in heartwarming portraits that show the closeness of their bond. Whether the duo is splashing in a creek, enjoying the evening light together, or cuddling beneath a blanket, it’s clear how much they enjoy each other’s company. Like those photos? Head over Brandt’s 500px page and find more.