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These 40 Invaded Photos Will Surely Blow Your Mind

These 40 Invaded Photos Will Surely Blow Your Mind

When you open your Instagram app, what sort of photos do you expect to see? Pictures of people’s morning coffee and favorite meals? Selfies at parties and the day’s outfit? If you’re lucky, you may even get a beautiful skyline but, and let’s be honest here, Instagram photos are beginning to become a little bit similar and often lack originality. Thankfully, that’s where Brazilian Illustrator, filmmaker and photographer Lucas Levitan steps in.

Currently based in London, Levitan takes other people’s everyday Instagram posts and adds humorous, silly cartoons before posting them on his own Instagram account where he’s already posted over 600 pictures. Not only do these doodles make the images more interesting, they often add a meaningful narrative.  “I search for inspiration in everyday life,” says Levitan, “and turn ordinary objects and scenes into intriguing images that sometimes take shape as illustration, sculptures, installations, paintings or films”

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This particular series of images is cheekily named Photo Invasion as he uses other people’s photos and invades them without asking permission. However, Levitan is always sure to tag and mention the original photo’s owner. On Photo Invasion, Levitan states “I try to create a partnership with my drawing and the other photograph. It’s never the intention is taking over, but building a new story, together.”

Take a look at these wonderfully invaded photos! Some will make you think, some may not be safe for work and some have a bit of illustrated gore:

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1. Get The Flick Off Of That Cliff Edge!

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    2. A Little Bit Awkward.
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      3. Squirrel Selfie.
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        4. Summer Cleaning.
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          5. Lumber-Hack
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            6. Ice Fishing
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              7. 100 MPH Knitting.
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                Levitan Around The World

                Levitan’s work has featured in exhibitions around the world, from the Tropicalia at Barbican Art Centre in the UK to the Chicago Museum of Modern Art in the USA and the Panorama of Brazilian Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Brazil. He has also been awarded over a dozen awards including Best Integrated Campaign 2011 at the Revolution Awards and bronze in Promo & Activation at the Dubai Lynx (Cannes Lion) 2011.

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                In the future, Levitan hopes to display his art throughout London in an exhibition named Art No Cube so that his art will finally be able to invade the physical realms as well the digital.

                8. London Weather.
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                  9. The Bass Bridge.
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                    10. This Guy Is Tripping.
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                      11. Welcome To The Cutting Edge City.
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                        12. The Instant Wrinkle Cure Is Finally Here.
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                          13. A True Beach Romance… Or Circus Act.
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                            14. Fun At The Museum.
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                              15. Harvesting.
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                                16. Got Milk?
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                                  17. Extreme Jenga.
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                                    18. Hide And Seek.
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                                      19. London Explained: The First Pidgeon Clock.
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                                        20. Teachers These Days… 
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                                          21. Relaxing By The Pool Side.
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                                            22. American Chess.
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                                              23. Architecture At It’s Finest.
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                                                24. Traffic Stopper.
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                                                  Never Stop Being Silly

                                                   “For me it’s a playful way to celebrate photography, apart of admiring the image itself, I look for a new story hidden on it,” Levitan writes on his Tumblr. “That way I create a new narrative and an unexpected partnership with the photographer.”

                                                  Levitan is a prime example of how we can use any resources we are given to create art and inspire creativity in others. Never, ever top being silly and spreading joy!

                                                  25. Disclaimer: Not Responsible For Any Injuries That Occur During Tickling. 
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                                                    26. Hanging Out Or Falling Down?
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                                                      27. Nelson’s Jumping From His Column.
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                                                        28. Foot Climbing.
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                                                          29. Continue To Grow.
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                                                            30. Music Box Ballerina Comes To Life. 
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                                                              31. Northern Seal.
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                                                                32. Strength Level 9000: The Ultimate Test.

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                                                                  34. All Air.
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                                                                    35. How To: Get An Even Tan.

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                                                                      36. Abbey Road Zebra Crossing.
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                                                                        37. Outdoor Banquet. 
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                                                                          38. Bad Santa’s Little Helper.
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                                                                            39. Eiffel Trumpet.
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                                                                              40. Colour Rinse.
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                                                                                Which of Levitan’s photo’s is your particular favourite? Would you be happy if he took one your Instagram photos and ‘invaded’ it? To see more of his work visit his website, Tumblr, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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                                                                                Images: Lucas Levitan

                                                                                Featured photo credit: Lucas Levitan via photoinvasion.tumblr.com

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                                                                                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                                                                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                                                                You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                                                                                Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                                                                                When you train your brain, you will:

                                                                                • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                                                                                • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                                                                                • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                                                                                So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                                                                                1. Work your memory

                                                                                Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                                                                                When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                                                                                If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                                                                                The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                                                                                Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                                                                                Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                                                                                What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                                                                                For example, say you just met someone new:

                                                                                “Hi, my name is George”

                                                                                Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                                                                                Got it? Good.

                                                                                2. Do something different repeatedly

                                                                                By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                                                                                Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                                                                                It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                                                                                And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                                                                                But how does this apply to your life right now?

                                                                                Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                                                                                Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                                                                                Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                                                                                So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                                                                                You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                                                                                That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                                                                                3. Learn something new

                                                                                It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                                                                                For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                                                                                Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                                                                                You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                                                                                4. Follow a brain training program

                                                                                The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                                                                                5. Work your body

                                                                                You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                                                                                Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                                                                                Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                                                                                Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                                                                                6. Spend time with your loved ones

                                                                                If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                                                                                If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                                                                                I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                                                                                7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                                                                                Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                                                                                Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                                                                                Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                                                                                8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                                                                                Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                                                                                When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                                                                                So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                                                                                The bottom line

                                                                                Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                                                                                Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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