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12 Photography Projects to Stretch Your Skills, One Month at a Time


Even the best photographers can get stuck in a rut and there’s no better way to stretch your skills than to embark on a photography project. If you find yourself shooting the same types of photos or just want an excuse to shoot more, there’s no shortage of fun, creative ideas to keep you motivated. […]

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Even the best photographers can get stuck in a rut and there’s no better way to stretch your skills than to embark on a photography project. If you find yourself shooting the same types of photos or just want an excuse to shoot more, there’s no shortage of fun, creative ideas to keep you motivated.

If you’re really committed, you might want to dive into a 365-day photo challenge, but sometimes once a month is enough to keep the creative juices flowing. We’ve put together a list of 12 photography project ideas—one for every month of the year—that will help you stay sharp and shooting while helping you develop some new skills. Some may require more setup than others, and some require special equipment, but they will all test different aspects of your photography knowledge and help you grow.

Here are 12 photography project ideas to keep you busy every month, for an entire year.

Watch the Shadows, Capture the Silhouettes

It’s common to play with shadows in photography, but stretch yourself further by focusing on silhouettes only. This easy photo project doesn’t require special equipment and will help train your eye to look at light and shadow in a new way.

Spark Up Some Steel Wool Photography

Light up the sky and try your hand at steel wool photography. It’s relatively easy to set up and it’ll push you one step further than regular light painting. Check out our handy guide on how to shoot steel wool photography and get started in creating some sparkling images.

See Colors Differently with Infrared Photography

Get instantly artistic photos by experimenting with infrared photography. Once you check how sensitive your camera is to light, it’s just a matter of purchasing an infrared filter and letting your imagination run wild. Digital Photography School has a great guide on how to test your camera for infrared sensitivity.

Get Wet While Experimenting with Liquids

Play with liquid and the possibilities are endless. Different colored water, paints, and oils all create interesting patterns and shapes that can easily be captured, even in small spaces. Or, get up close and macro with a single water drop. When you stop to think about how liquid reflects light and changes form, you’ll see how endless the possibilities really are.

Photograph a Stranger a Day

Street Photography Project

Photo: romephotoblog

Interested in street photography, but feeling a little shy? Open your doors, get out on the street and set a goal to photograph a stranger a day for an entire month. The best street photographers spend the majority of time immersed in society, seeking out their subject, and so should you.

Immortalize Your Own Image

Selfie Self-Portrait Photography Project Ideas

It can be surprising how many photographers are reluctant to turn the cameras on themselves, but some of the world’s most famous photographers specialize in self-portraits. Using yourself as your own model doesn’t necessarily mean a seated portrait, but is more an excuse to experiment with poses, costumes, and artistry with the only model you’ll ever have who won’t complain—yourself.

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15 Creative Products of July by Cutting Edge Artists, Designers, and Makers


Over the years, online shopping has become a way of life. The practice allows us to completely avoid brick-and-mortar stores and discover products and brands that we wouldn’t otherwise. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices, take solace in our companion site, My Modern Met Selects. There, we have a curated […]

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Over the years, online shopping has become a way of life. The practice allows us to completely avoid brick-and-mortar stores and discover products and brands that we wouldn’t otherwise. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices, take solace in our companion site, My Modern Met Selects. There, we have a curated selection of unique items from makers around the world.

We can sum up our most creative product picks for July in one word: whimsy. By the very nature of their design, they are sure to bring a smile to your face. The “Soap Opera” dish scrubber holder is one playful example. Created by Peleg Design, the item features a woman sitting in the bathtub. Once you place a sponge on top of her head, she suddenly has a spectacular new hairstyle. A shark-shaped pencil case has a similar effect. As you fill the bag with your favorite colored pencils, the creature appears to be chomping down on your art supplies.

Check out 15 of our favorite creative goods from July below. Afterwards, be sure to follow My Modern Met Selects to see what we’re coveting all month long!

Scroll down for 15 of the most creative product picks for July!

Fabric Shades Mimicking Stained Glass

Creative Products

by Design Meem | $580.00

“Soap Opera” Dish Scrubber Holder

Most Creative Products

by Peleg Design | $14.00

Embroidery and Polymer Clay Hoop Art

Creative Goods

by Justyna Wołodkiewicz | $140.00

Charming Brooches

Creative Goods

by Little Dipper Shop | $12.50

Bronze Air Plant Necklace

Creative Goods to Buy

by Dawning Collective | $48.00

Large Floral Temporary Tattoos

Creative Goods to Buy

by Pepper Ink | $12.43

Magnetic Pineapple Air Planter

Creative Goods to Buy

by Goodsmith | $18.00

DIY Paper Lampshades

Creative Goods to Buy

by Vasili Lights | $48.93

Mermaid Tail Bookmark

Creative Product Source

by MyBOOKmark | $19.20

Giant Peropon Planters

Creative Product Source

by Firebox | $39.00

Personalized Constellation Rings

Creative Products

by Jam Inc Jewelry | $143.90

Revealing Creature Candle

Creative Goods

Creative Goods to Buy

by PyroPet Candle | $36.39

Shark-Shaped Pencil Case

Most Creative Products

by minnebites | $45.00

Rapunzel Wood Necklace

Creative Products

by LaliBlue Shop | $36.00

Cat-Shaped Back Scratcher

Creative Goods to Buy

by Basswood | $19.99

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Most Common Languages Spoken Around the World and Their Native Speakers


Previously we’ve looked at the most common second languages around the world, but what are people speaking on a daily basis? National Geographic senior graphics editor Alberto Lucas López has created a clear, effective infographic that shows us just how common different native languages are around the world. His spherical design is cut into sections, with individual portions […]

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Previously we’ve looked at the most common second languages around the world, but what are people speaking on a daily basis? National Geographic senior graphics editor Alberto Lucas López has created a clear, effective infographic that shows us just how common different native languages are around the world.

His spherical design is cut into sections, with individual portions varying in size according to how widespread that language is. “There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these languages are a mother tongue for more than 50 million people,” López writes. “The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country.”

The color of each section also reveals the geographic location of the language, making it easy to quickly see just how many popular native languages come from Asia Minor, which is noted in light brown. Within each language section, smaller divisions show where the mother tongue speakers are from. For instance, the multicolor Spanish section shows just how widespread the language is, as it moves from pink Western Europe to light purple South America. Conversely, Russian, while spoken by 166 million people, is relatively landlocked.

Check out the full chart below and you may be surprised about how many popular languages you may have never heard of, while other well-known languages may surprise you with how relatively few native speakers exist. For instance, French, the native tongue of 75.9 million people, is ranked well behind many others, yet is the second most popular language being learned.

This clever infographic effectively shows the 23 most common languages spoken around the world.

Most Common Languages Infographic

Click image to see in high-resolution.

Alberto Lucas López: Website | Twitter | Pinterest
h/t: [Design Taxi]

All images via Alberto Lucas López.

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World’s Oldest Unopened Bottle of Wine Remains Sealed Since the 4th Century


Wine has a long and rich history in human existence that predates even written records—but suffice to say that our love affair with the beverage is ancient. One theory postulates that the fermentation of alcohol took off sometime between 10,000 to 8,000 BC, thanks to the shift from nomadic to more settled culture. Because people […]

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Wine has a long and rich history in human existence that predates even written records—but suffice to say that our love affair with the beverage is ancient. One theory postulates that the fermentation of alcohol took off sometime between 10,000 to 8,000 BC, thanks to the shift from nomadic to more settled culture. Because people were staying in one place, they began raising crops that eventually lead to the production of wine.

We don’t have any bottles left from that early era, but there is one variety that dates back much farther than any of us have been alive. So, how old is the oldest bottle of wine? Known as Römerwein, or the Speyer wine bottle, it’s at least 1,650 years old. This dates back to the 4th century, sometime between 325 and 359 AD. The 1.5-liter glass vessel was discovered during the excavation of a Roman nobleman’s tomb in modern-day Germany.

If you’re wondering what wine this old smells or even tastes like, experts still do not know. They are uncertain what would happen to the liquid if it were exposed to air, so it has stayed sealed with a thick stopper of wax and olive oil. At this point, whatever alcohol was in there is probably long gone.

This incredible piece of history is now on display at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany, where only one man will handle the bottle because everyone else is “just too afraid.”

The world’s oldest bottle of wine is probably older than you think. It’s at least 1,650 years old!

Oldest Wine Bottle

Photo: Immanuel Giel

Called the Römerwein, or Speyer wine bottle, it dates back to the 4th century.

Oldest Bottle of Wine

Photo: Historical Museum of the Palatinate

Experts are unsure of how the bottle would react once opened, so it has remained tightly sealed.

Oldest Bottle of Wine

Photo: DPA

h/t: [Open Culture]

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Eye-Opening Photos of Hong Kong’s “Coffin Cubicles” Reveal Extremely Cramped Living


Photographer Benny Lam has spent the past four years capturing a dark undercurrent to Hong Kong’s housing market. Brimming with neon lights and luxury brands, outwardly Hong Kong projects an image of wealth and glamor, but behind closed doors, for many people, the truth is different. In his new story for National Geographic, Lam takes us […]

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Photo: Benny Lam

Photographer Benny Lam has spent the past four years capturing a dark undercurrent to Hong Kong’s housing market. Brimming with neon lights and luxury brands, outwardly Hong Kong projects an image of wealth and glamor, but behind closed doors, for many people, the truth is different.

In his new story for National Geographic, Lam takes us inside apartments known as “Coffin Cubicles,” where more than 200,000 people—including 40,000 children—live. Ranging from 15 to 100 square feet, these dire living conditions have popped up due to a lack of developable land. With a population of 7.5 million, this dearth of apartments have caused prices to skyrocket and for many—pushed out by high rents—to find themselves living in subhuman conditions.

Moving into subdivided units, some of which are piled high with bunk beds rented for $250 a month, 15-square-foot coffin cubicles, or small cage homes made of wire measure that are as small as 6′ x 2.5′ the conditions are shocking at first sight. After many years photographing these tiny dwellings, Lam recalls telling a tenant with a larger than normal room, “You have a big coffin home!” Immediately feeling bad about his comment, Lam recalled “Living like that should never be normal. I had become numb.”

Read more about the situation on National Geographic and view more images of homes shared by these brave citizens, who put aside their shame and embarrassment to open up their doors in hopes of bringing awareness to the situation.

Photographer Benny Lam has spent the past four years documenting the cramped living conditions in Hong Kong, which has driven many into renting 15-square-foot wood planked spaces called “Coffin Cubicles.”

Hong Kong cage homes

Photo: Benny Lam

hong kong coffin cubicle

Photo: Benny Lam

“You may wonder why we should care, as these people are not a part of our lives. The only difference between us and them is [their homes]. This is a question of human dignity,” Lam reminds us.

Hong Kong Housing Crisis

Photo: Benny Lam

hong kong coffin cubicle

Photo: Benny Lam

Benny Lam/SOCO: Website | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by National Geographic.

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19th Century Archaeologist’s Historical Findings of Rome’s Transformation Is Now Online


Thanks to a project by researchers from three universities (including Stanford) and the Italian government, you can see Rome’s transformation through nearly 4,000 pieces of digitized material. The project brings, for the first time, the rich collection of 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani to the masses. Present at important excavations that revealed masterpieces such as the Greek […]

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Photograph of columns discovered near S. Maria della Pace (1870)

Thanks to a project by researchers from three universities (including Stanford) and the Italian government, you can see Rome’s transformation through nearly 4,000 pieces of digitized material. The project brings, for the first time, the rich collection of 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani to the masses. Present at important excavations that revealed masterpieces such as the Greek bronze Boxer at Rest sculpture, Lanciani snapped unprecedented photos of these occasions and collected material to document Rome’s archeological history.

Rome was evolving during Lanciani’s lifetime, becoming the capital of a newly unified Italy in 1870, and as the city began a massive overhaul to move into this role, construction revealed archeological treasure after archeological treasure. Fueled by his passion for these discoveries, Lanciani almost obsessively began collecting materials from friends and colleagues, as well as scouring vendors for articles that would fit into his archive.

This massive effort paid off through the thousands of photographs, drawings, manuscripts, notes, and prints that systematically lay out how Rome’s history was discovered through archaeology. When Lanciani passed away in 1929, his library containing more than 21,000 items were sold to Italy’s National Institute of Archaeology and Art History. While this allowed researchers who traveled to Rome the opportunity to study the collection, access was quite limited. Thus a team, which also includes researchers from the University of Oregon and Dartmouth College, set about in the digitization of portions of the library.

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Canaletto and Giovanni Battista Brustolon, engraving of the Basilica of Constantine and Church of S. Francesca Romana (1700s)

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Photograph of the Columbaria of Vigna Belardi, from the front

“The Lanciani collection is a stunningly rare personal collection by one of the premier, pioneering archeologists of Rome,” says Nicola Camerlenghi, assistant professor of art history at Dartmouth College. “This was Lanciani’s working collection, amassed by a man who needed this material to conduct his research, which aimed to understand the city over the course of thousands of years. In this respect, it is indeed unparalleled because it grants insight into what was deemed significant to such a foundational scholar. These were richly informative images for him and, accordingly, for scholars today, too.”

Now scholars and Rome lovers everywhere can study high-resolution images of the watercolors, drawings, prints, and letters that show Rome’s transformation. The collection is divided into groupings by neighborhood, monument, and theme—following Lanciani’s preferred organizational system—allowing you to flick through the material with ease. The team has also included curated essays about specific themes, like Rome’s domes and archeology in Rome through photography.

A new digital archive show’s Rome’s transformation through nearly 4,000 items from a 19th-century archaeologist’s private library.

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Watercolor of the remains of the Pons Sublicio (1725)

Rodolfo Lanciani Digital Archive

Watercolor of the so-called Temple of Minerva Medica (1820)

Rodolfo Lanciani Digital Archive

Pietro Santi Bartoli, watercolor of a floor mosaic from near Porta San Sebastiano (ca 1700)

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Engraving of the Piazza at the Quirinal Palace (1700)

Rodolfo Lanciani Digital Archive

Giacomo Sangermano, engraving of a scaffolding for the restoration of the vault of St. Peter’s Basilica (1700)

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Photograph of columns discovered near S. Maria della Pace (1870)

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Photograph of the Columbaria of Vigna Belardi

Rodolfo Lanciani Digital ArchiveWebsite
h/t: [Hyperallergic]

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Airline Announces Cheap Flights to Europe for Under $100 Round Trip


Would you like to see Paris in the springtime? Does a trip to London sound like your cup of tea? If so, a recently announced deal by Primera Air may pique your interests. Starting in spring 2018, the Denmark-based budget airline will offer roundtrip flights from New York or Boston to the beautiful capital cities for just $99. While Primera […]

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Would you like to see Paris in the springtime? Does a trip to London sound like your cup of tea? If so, a recently announced deal by Primera Air may pique your interests. Starting in spring 2018, the Denmark-based budget airline will offer roundtrip flights from New York or Boston to the beautiful capital cities for just $99.

While Primera Air offers all sorts of cheap flights to Europe, none can compare to this $99 deal. In addition to London and Paris, this low fee can also get you to colorful Birmingham, the United Kingdom’s second largest city. What this ticket won’t get you, however, is complimentary checked baggage or food—so particularly frugal flyers should travel light and sort out some snacks. Still, at just under $100, who could refuse a European adventure?

According to Primera Air, this deal is made possible thanks to the money-saving power of their brand new Airbus A321neo airplanes. “Owing to unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft,” the company explains in a press release, “we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to passengers from France and the UK to the US. At the same time, we are very excited to offer a product and service concept that merges low fares and high quality — perfect both for leisure and business travelers.”

Tickets are now available on the Primera Air website, so be sure to snag a seat while you can!

Known for its cheap flights to Europe, Denmark-based airline Primera Air is now offering $99 round trip flights…

From the East Coast….

Primera Air Cheap Flights to Europe London Paris

…to London.

Primera Air Cheap Flights to Europe London Paris

…or Paris.

Primera Air Cheap Flights to Europe London Paris

Primera Air Cheap Flights to Europe London Paris

Photo: cori.serban

Primera Air: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 
h/t: [Cosmopolitan]

All images via Primera Air unless otherwise stated.

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Traveling Photographer Captures the Quiet Beauty of Young Monks Reading


Engineer and photographer Marcelo Castro has a passion for travel that he expresses through stunning images. Working full time as a electrical engineer, his technical profession has taken him around the world, and it jump-started his enduring relationship with photography. The creative endeavor, through started because of travel, has affected the way Castro approaches new […]

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Engineer and photographer Marcelo Castro has a passion for travel that he expresses through stunning images. Working full time as a electrical engineer, his technical profession has taken him around the world, and it jump-started his enduring relationship with photography.

The creative endeavor, through started because of travel, has affected the way Castro approaches new places. “I have found that photography often provides the motivation to explore places I normally wouldn’t go in weather I might not usually prefer, at times of day that I might usually rather be sleeping,” he writes. “The result is that my photography takes me to spectacular scenes I might not witness otherwise.”

This attitude is illustrated in several images depicting Old Bagan, Myanmar. Several years ago, Castro ventured to the ancient city where he encountered a group of young monks. There, he captured gorgeous portrait photography showcasing the boys reading in a pagoda. Among the dirt floor and weathered brick walls, they rely on sunlight as it streams through the structure. The result casts a soft glow onto the compositions and complements the quiet, contemplative monks.

The people Castro encountered in Old Bagan left a lasting impression on him. “I experienced a very unfamiliar feeling, something I’ve never felt anywhere but at home,” he recalls.“I did not want to leave. For [a] while I tried to figure it out why.” He came to the conclusion that the Burmese were the reason. “The people defined every part of this place for me. They were happy, welcoming, inviting, and open. They created the environment of peace and calm that made me want to stay there.”

Marcelo Castro traveled to Old Bagan, Myanmar where captured contemplative portrait photography of young monks.

Young Monk Portrait Photography by Marcelo CastroYoung Monks Portrait Photo

Here are other photos from Castro’s travels to Old Bagan:

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Marcelo Castro: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Marcelo Castro.

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Illustrated Timeline Presents Women’s Fashion Every Year from 1784-1970


As a versatile art form, fashion illustration is intended to showcase the material, colors, and design of clothing. In addition to acting as a study of style, these drawings also inadvertently offer a glimpse into the history of fashion design and social pop culture of the time, as evident in this collection of delicate and detailed […]

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As a versatile art form, fashion illustration is intended to showcase the material, colors, and design of clothing. In addition to acting as a study of style, these drawings also inadvertently offer a glimpse into the history of fashion design and social pop culture of the time, as evident in this collection of delicate and detailed illustrations.

Meticulously compiled using a number of historic fashion plates, this timeline showcases the many shifts in styles that occurred in women’s fashion over the course of nearly 200 years. The chronological presentation begins in the year 1784, when frilly, floor-length hoop skirts were all the rage. It then meanders through the next several decades, depicting a gradual tendency toward slimmer silhouettes in the early 1800s, a preference for over-the-top headdresses in the 1830s, and the re-emergence of the fuller ballgown in the 1860s.

By the 20th century, however, a-lines were in again, until loose-fitting, knee-length frocks stole the show in the 1920s. For the next 50 years, styles remained relatively short and slim—until 1970, when pants finally make their much-anticipated, grand debut.

The timeline ends here, perhaps because high-fashion photography proved such sketches to be obsolete. While fashion illustrations may not be as widely created or used today, some contemporary artists continue to keep the craft alive with their dazzling designs and dedication to documenting today’s styles.

Compiled using fashion plates, this timeline traces women’s fashion history from 1784-1970.

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h/t: [Neatorama, Imgur]

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Salvador Dalí’s Rarely Seen ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Illustrations Are Finally Reissued


The incredible artistic mind of Salvador Dalí knew no limits, as evidenced by everything from Dalí’s illustrated cookbook to his logo design for Chupa Chups. But there is no better pairing for the avant-garde master of Surrealism than the fantasy land created by Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Luckily for us, a visionary editor […]

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Frontispiece for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

The incredible artistic mind of Salvador Dalí knew no limits, as evidenced by everything from Dalí’s illustrated cookbook to his logo design for Chupa Chups. But there is no better pairing for the avant-garde master of Surrealism than the fantasy land created by Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Luckily for us, a visionary editor at Random House saw the connection and commissioned Dalí to illustrate a limited edition of the classic in 1969.

Dalí created twelve heliogravures for the occasion—one illustration for each chapter—as well as a four-color etching as the frontispiece. Only 2,700 of the edition were printed, and the artist signed each original etching. Of course, with copies becoming increasingly rare, the prices have skyrocketed, but luckily Dalí lovers can rejoice in knowing that Princeton University Press recently reissued an affordable copy.

Those with a keen eye will immediately pick out some of Dalí’s signature imagery woven into the illustrations. The girl jumping rope in the frontispiece comes from his Landscape with Girl Skipping Rope and the iconic melting clock from The Persistence of Memory finds a nice home at the center of the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

The incredible example of cultural cross-pollination is enhanced with essays by mathematician and Dalí collaborator Thomas Banchoff and Mark Burstein, president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

In 1969, Salvador Dalí created illustrations for a limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The rare work was recently reissued and is now available to Dalí lovers everywhere.

Salvador Dali Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Mad Tea Party

Salvador Dali Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Queen’s Croquet Ground

Salvador Dalí - Alice in Wonderland

Advice From a Caterpillar

Salvador Dali Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Mock Turtle’s Story

Salvador Dalí - Alice in Wonderland

The Pool of Tears

Salvador Dalí - Alice in Wonderland

Down the Rabbit Hole

Salvador Dali Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Evidence

Salvador Dali Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Lobster’s Quadrille

Salvador Dalí - Alice in Wonderland

The Caucus Race and a Long Tale

Salvador Dalí - Alice in Wonderland

The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill

Salvador Dalí - Alice in Wonderland

Pig and Pepper

h/t: [Open Culture, Brain Pickings]

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