Sister takes same photo of her brother in the same spot every year

A family’s seasonal tradition has resulted in a series of photographs which shows a boy instantly ageing through his teenage years.  MEDAVIA_LAUREN_MAREK_1

Photographer Lauren Marek, 24, has taken a photo of her younger brother on the same day for the last five years.

The series of pictures shows Miss Marek’s brother, John, from the ages of 13 to 17. In each photograph John wears the same wooly hat, baseball top and necklace, creating an uncanny effect.

Miss Marek said: “I took the pictures for the purpose of documenting how my brother aged through the years – I started the same year I took up photography and it’s something I just kept up with it.

“The photos were taken on successive Thanksgiving days, so it’s easy to remember.”

The pair always arrange to take the photograph when the family gather in a park each year.

Miss Marek said: “We take them at the local park at sunset, so the light is the same. I enjoy putting the photographs side-by-side to see the transformation.

“I’m a huge fan of documentary photography, as I am of my family, and I feel like both these things are evident in my photographs.

“As a young adult, John’s appearance is changing at a heightened rate. I want to remember every step of the way.” Continue reading

The World’s Smallest Postal Service

Anyone hoping to scale down their Christmas card list this year can find inspiration at the world’s smallest post office – which only sends tiny parcels and letters the size of a postage stamp. RSmomEnvelope

This unique delivery service allows customers to send minuscule letters which have to be read with a magnifying glass.

Since it opened, The World’s Smallest Post Service – or WSPS – has sent tiny packages and messages all over the world.

WSPS Founder Lea Redmond, 33, said: “Every year we send hundreds of tiny Christmas cards. Continue reading

Inside Britain’s haunted asylum

Peeling wallpaper, empty beds and an abandoned swimming pool – inside the derelict lunatic asylum dubbed the most haunted hospital in Britain.

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Cherry Knowles Hospital, formerly known as the Sunderland Lunatic Asylum, closed in 1998.

It became a magnet for ghost hunters who were drawn to tales of forgotten furniture moving by itself and voices echoing through the eerie labyrinthine corridors.

Photographers David Morley, 20, and Steve Vernon, 36, explored the crumbling building. Continue reading

Dan’s Coffee Run

A man who has delivered around 13,000 hot drinks to his local cancer clinics over the last seven years has been dubbed the “coffee angel” by supporters.180829_190953490934555_2942554_n

Every Thursday morning since November 2006, Dan Dewey, 67, has made a special delivery of fresh coffee to patients on the cancer ward where his father received chemotherapy treatment before he died.

His touching gesture of thanks has been praised by hospital supporters who have launched a website and charity fund in his honour.

Mr Dewey, a retired education worker, said: “I feel very blessed that I can help just a little, as the clinic staff try very hard to restore each patient’s quality of life. They have my total respect and complete admiration for dedicating themselves to others. Continue reading

Urine powered robots

Scientists believe that robots of the future will run on HUMAN URINE.heartbeatpumping

A new study speculates that robots employed to monitor the running of future cities will be capable of feeding themselves with waste from public toilets.

British engineers are already working on an artificial ‘heart’ which turns urine into a power source for a robot called EcoBot. EcoBot will be capable of functioning independently in city environments by collecting waste and converting it into electricity. Continue reading

Meet the French hackers who flew a camera above Paris… in a miniature replica of the house from Up!

A group of computer hackers built a miniature version of the famous balloon house from the animated movie Up and released it into the sky to take aerial photographs.upstagram8

Passers-by wondered whether they had wandered into the movies as the cardboard and foam model, suspended by 90 helium-filled balloons, floated 90 meters above the ground and took pictures of the world below.

The project was imagined by Valentin Squirelo, 27, who installed a Raspberry Pi computer in the model house to take the photographs using a small digital camera. Continue reading

Romanian brothers recreate their childhood photos

A pair of brothers recreated treasured family photos taken of them as children twenty years ago to give to their mother on her birthday.11

Toma Alexandru, 29, and his brother Paul, 26, copied poses from the old family photos to give to their mother, Simona, on her 55th Birthday, right down to the locations and the clothes they wore.

Toma, a stand-up comedian, said: “It was mum’s birthday and I knew this would be a great thing to do. Continue reading

Turning children’s drawings of grandparents into real life photos

These enchanting surreal photographs turn children’s drawings of their grandparents into reality.

A designer asked children to draw their grandparents and then persuaded elderly models to pose in real-world recreations of the simplistic sketches.

The resulting series of photographs, entitled ‘Grey Power’, is the work of graphic designer Yoni Lefevre, who hoped to reflect the way in which children view elderly people. Continue reading

Arden Leigh: In defence of (some) male pick-up artists

A female relationship guru has insisted that not all seduction experts hate women, despite such claims being made of prominent pick-up artists on the internet.arden_8166_web

Social networks have ignited with criticism of online groups which purport to teach men seduction techniques. Opponents say some groups, such as Return of Kings, use misogynistic and slut-shaming language against women.

Arden Leigh, 27, author of ‘The New Rules of Attraction’, says the true art of seduction need not involve a battle of the sexes.

She said: “It is really unfortunate that seduction often gets lumped in with misogyny – it is because there is a lot of really offensive material on the internet. Continue reading

Chris Jones: Disabled Daredevil

The full copy from my story about Chris Jones which appeared in Metro.DCIM100GOPRO

A former British soldier who was injured on active duty has found a new career as a disabled daredevil.

Chris Jones, 40, was seriously injured while on active service in the UK serving as a trooper in the British Army Air Corps and is now in a wheelchair.

Chris sustained a fractured left foot, a torn achilles tendon, soft tissue damage and a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder in April 1995. He lost 50 per cent mobility in his legs, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain condition which causes him chronic pain. Continue reading