Beginning in 2008, Record Store Day has been celebrated each year on the third Saturday of April. This year it falls on April 18 and audiophiles around the world will come out in droves to support independent, local businesses and snap up vintage vinyl treasures and shiny new special releases. Official ambassadors of the event have included Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack White, and this year, none other than Dave Grohl himself.Read More
Popular culture’s most notorious undead icon thumbs a ride on a road to nowhere, captured for eternity by photographer George Simhoni. The juxtaposition between light and darkness with the glowing hint of the Heavens peeking through the ominous clouds onto the black-clad King makes this both a fun, kitschy trope and a foreboding metaphor. People actually started impersonating Elvis in the 1950s, just as his career was taking off. Elvis impersonators run the gamut from hobbyist to full-time professional, whether eerie doppelgängers or able to mimic The King's distinctive crooning. Andy Kaufman, the entertainer, actor and comedian, added his version of Elvis to his act in the 1970s—and was Elvis' personal favorite.
America's Gentleman: Boston Terriers earned this nickname in the 19th century with their gentle and friendly (if stubborn) dispositions and black and white tuxedo-like coat. Well-known for their intelligence and energy, they were originally bred to catch rats in garment factories and as fighting dogs. Although the breed's origin story varies depending on who you ask, most true Boston Terriers are descended from Hooper's Judge, a mixed breed dog (part Bulldog, part English White Terrier) from 1870s Boston. In 1893, just 20-odd years later, Boston Terriers became the first all-American dog breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club due in part to their incredible popularity.
Beneath the tendrils of Shanghai’s elevated Yan’an Road lies a sleeping dragon, or so the urban legend goes. From the vantage point seen here, the expressway looks like a series of beautiful ribbons swirling around the People’s Square. In reality, it is a complex feat of engineering that took about 4 years to complete. At one point (or so they say) the entire project inexplicably came to a halt. As construction workers attempted to install the pillar that would serve as the main support beam for the entire roadway, the ground would not break. No expert in the field could blast, dig or drill their way through the surface. As a last resort, a Buddhist monk was called upon to visit the site and meditate upon the problem for 7 days and 7 nights. After extensive contemplation, the monk provided the answer they had been waiting for. Depending on who is telling this story, there was at least one (and perhaps as many as nine) dragons living below the construction site. Awoken from their sleep, the dragons were angry and decided to prevent the ground from being disrupted any further. The only way to appease them was to honor them with an offering. So today in this very spot, you can see the massive and beautifully ornate Nine Dragon Pillar supporting this intricate roadway at Chengdu crossing.
Jochen Schlenker's image of a majestic Alpine Ibex in the French Alps is a wonderful blend of striking wildlife portrait and breathtaking landscape. Only the males of the species carry these telltale oversized curved horns; the females' horns are considerably smaller. While very social animals, the males and females stay apart most of the year, except during mating season. Recovering from near extinction in the 1800s, the ibex has since been reintroduced to much of its traditional range in the European Alps.
When they say "a picture is worth a thousand words", surely they are describing this exact image. While we all have a special place in our hearts for nostalgic snapshots, there is no substitute for a perfectly and precisely executed professional photograph. An image like this one captures a time and place that can never be reproduced. By all accounts, it would require a lengthy trip by land, sea and air to arrive at this ice floe. Travel and wildlife photographers spend an extraordinary amount of time planning their trips, then trekking through the harsh elements to find their vantage point. They could literally camp out for days, awaiting the perfect light (and if they are lucky), that elusive leaping polar bear. The resulting image is one that can illustrate almost every advertising concept under the sun, not to mention some important editorial ones too.
As stock photo editors, we get to see a lot of breaktaking landscapes. But when viewing something as magnificent as the Northern Lights, it's one of those natural wonders I've got to see with my own eyes. (Someday. It's on the bucket list.) However, until that day, this image represents the next best thing. How much time went into getting this shot? There's just the right amount of light scattered across the mountainside, enhancing the giant sweeping motions of the Northern Lights and spectacular colors shimmering across the sky.
Spring showers bring May flowers….along with weeds, mud, and a winter's-worth of dog poop in the backyard. For those of us living in Northern climates, spring and summer represent the two most coveted seasons of the year. Short and sweet as they may be, the longer days and warmer temperatures make all of the back-breaking yard work and post-winter cleanup a small price to pay for sweet, glorious SUNSHINE!!!!
Images of people interacting with their mobile devices tend to have a notoriously short shelf life, shifting from ‘cutting edge’ to ‘retro’ just as soon as the next generation devices hit the stores. Illustrations tend to fare a little better, although the beard and hipster quiff may date this particular image. Luckily, with a vector file those details (and others) aren’t too hard to tweak.
See some of our favourite vector illustrations in our showcase.
Bone marrow anyone? Popular culture is built on trends, and food movements are no exception. "Superfoods" like kale and coconut oil have become mainstays in the kitchens of health conscious home cooks everywhere. From GMOs to certified organic products, consumers are educating themselves on all things food. So what about meat? While it has certainly endured its fair share of controversy over the decades, a push for ethical farming practices and advocates of the nose-to-tail movement have brought meat back into the culinary spotlight. Only this time, it's all about respect.
The rugged, blue-grey environment of Iceland's Arctic Circle is reflected in the eyes of this seasoned fisherman. Outfitted in a furry trapper's hat, burly beard and thick wool sweater, he's ready for anything nature throws his way. His years of experience on the water are written all over his face, but his eyes exude kindness, caring and trustworthiness.
I love this image for its authenticity. The house looks lived in. There are obvious signs of a new baby strewn about the room and plenty of bright, natural light pouring in through the big windows. While it may be staged, the interaction between the subjects doesn't look forced. We really feel we're witnessing a sweet, genuine moment of bonding between a mother and her child.
Hope I’m still having this much fun at this age. The flamboyant color, perspective and movement really captures the energy and emotions of this wild and crazy moment. These carefree ladies know you are never too old to break out red lipstick and gold lamé for a night on the town, beaus in tow. A great visual way to redefine the phrase "senior moment".