It’s never too early to start planning what to offer your neighborhood trick-or-treaters. These remarkably/horrifyingly lifelike gummy grubs and caterpillars would make awesome Halloween treats. Although they may look like they just wriggled out of your nightmares, they’re actually handmade, fruit-filled sweets. They’re made in Japan at Akai Tento no Koohii Ten (The Red Tent Coffee Shop), a small coffee stand located on the east coast of Aomori Prefecture.
We can’t stop staring at these photos, because we’re convinced one of the grubs is about to twitch. Akai Tento is a small business, but these amazingly unsettling creepy-crawly gummy candies have earned the shop nationwide (and now international) attention.
Each of Akai Tento’s gruesome gummies is available to buy individually or in packs (or perhaps that should be clutches?) via Yahoo! Japan Shopping, and cost between 300 and 350 yen (US$2.80-3.20) each.
Korean artist Seung Mo Park (previously featured here) continues to develop and perfect his ability to create awesomely photorealistic sculptures using stainless steel wire mesh. Numerous layers of wire appear to form a holographic shadow world from which hauntingly beautiful faces and figures emerge.
"If you gaze at Park’s work for long enough, it almost seems as though he has dialed into some special channel caught between realities. A slight turn to the right and maybe his subject will become a real boy once and for all. A slight turn to the left and these ghostly figures might be subsumed forever."
Park’s sculptures appear so lifelike that it feels like it would only be mildly startling to see one of his faces or figures suddenly move, their eyes locking with our own, perhaps about to speak. We love how the wire mesh frays around the edges of some of the pieces, as though that’s where Park’s shadow world gives way to our own.
"The moment you realize your bones are made of the same dust as the planets, your lungs are breathing the same air as the migrating butterflies, and your blood is pumping because of the love and care of thousands;
is when you realize you are not as broken as you think you are.
you are full of the world.”
Watercolor on Arches, 2014
#LocalLens: Documenting the Forgotten Scenes of Sydney
In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To see more photos and videos from Vinh’s explorations around Sydney, follow @vinhphams on Instagram.
“I love capturing the scenes of Sydney that have been forgotten, whether it be new or old,” says Sydney Instagrammer Vinh Pham (@vinhphams) for this month’s edition of #LocalLens. An avid participant of local InstaMeets, Vinh often goes out on photo-walks with fellow Instagrammers he met through meet-ups, looking for interesting angles of the city and its people.
“This photo was taken at an abandoned tire factory called the Dunlop Slazenger Factory,” explains Vinh about one of his photos. “I framed the image upside down, because I wanted to capture a different perspective of my subject,” he adds. Other spots he likes to shoot include the rarely used staircases at Redfern Station, a pathway running alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge at a quiet time of the day and an empty section of the campus at University of Technology, Sydney. “I view Sydney as an unexplored playground, which I embrace through my photographic adventures.”