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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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                                                                                Published on March 19, 2019

                                                                                How Your Attitude Determines Your Success

                                                                                How Your Attitude Determines Your Success


                                                                                Do you remember the last time you faced a major setback–when you felt so low, that nothing seemed to make you happy? No matter how hard you tried, you just felt like the world was against you. Perhaps it was a bad relationship, or the loss of a loved one… maybe something bad happened at work? Whatever it may be, could you recall how your attitude was towards that situation?

                                                                                Often when we’re caught in an unhappy situation, we feel limited and sometimes trapped. We want to get out of it as quickly as we can, but it’s never quite that simple.

                                                                                Unfortunately, some people can remain in that terrible situation for weeks, months or even years; while others may come out strong and ready to start over–or continue from where they left off–fairly quickly.

                                                                                So what sets these two groups apart?

                                                                                The answer is their attitude.

                                                                                Attitude is everything when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. 

                                                                                When you’re able to have a positive mindset, you’ll be able to break free of your limitations that are holding you back.

                                                                                A positive attitude also goes a long way in ensuring you come out victorious from whatever limitations that were holding you back before. It transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

                                                                                Positive Attitude Brings About Positive Health 

                                                                                When you’re stuck in a rut, often the first thoughts that run through your head are negative, thus your outlook likely becomes pessimistic. But, if you can transform those thoughts into more positive ones, then you’re on your way to talking yourself out of that rut, which allows you to move forward.

                                                                                Of course, positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring all the bad or unpleasant feelings altogether. It just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way–instead of taking everything as a victim to negative circumstances, you see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

                                                                                Be aware of self talk!

                                                                                These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self talk comes from logic and reason, while other self talk may arise from misconceptions that you create. Others could come from external sources such as negative people around you, or messages from the media.

                                                                                The key is to surround yourself with positive influences that can help turn those negative thoughts into positive, more productive actions.You’ll not only feel better about the situation, but in the long run, positive thinking can lower your levels of distress and depression and give you better coping skills during hardships.

                                                                                Researchers studying the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health have also found that positive thinking may provide increased life span, better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and even greater resistance to the common cold!

                                                                                It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits, but one theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

                                                                                It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.

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                                                                                Suffering is Inevitable, So It’s Best to Accept It 

                                                                                Now, one thing that everyone goes through at some point, is suffering. It’s a harsh reality, yet you can’t actually avoid it. We experience suffering as the result of unhappiness, fear, anger, loss or frustration. In fact, it would be hard to even imagine the feeling of happiness if we never experienced suffering! How would we ever compare it?

                                                                                So instead of wallowing in sorrow about the suffering you have endured, take the suffering as an opportunity for change. Did you get laid off from your job? Perhaps this would be a good time to re-assess your career goals.

                                                                                Rather than feeling negative and stuck, use your time and energy to find opportunities which will put you ahead. With the right attitude, anything can seem possible.

                                                                                This may sound crazy, but suffering is the secret to being successful! 

                                                                                Here’s what I mean. It’s impossible to think of new ideas or understand new experiences without stepping outside of your comfort zone. Anyone who has met great successes has also faced many failures, as nobody wins on every try.

                                                                                To propel you toward success, find a way to track your progress and to set and celebrate small benchmarks. It may be helpful to conduct a weekly review to assess where you are and acknowledge all of the small wins of the week. Every accomplishment, no matter how small, is an achievement; so, be sure to take note of them.

                                                                                Tracking your progress is also a great way to find and mitigate triggers and hindrances that impede your progress. The point is, you’re making progress; even if it feels like suffering, you can see that it’s leading you to joy.

                                                                                Remember, don’t compare yourself to others. Only compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Each step you make towards progress is making you a better version of you.

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                                                                                Gratitude Goes a Long Way in Shaping Attitude 

                                                                                Now, this may seem difficult to do when you’re already feeling down, but having gratitude is a very useful when you’re trying to navigate your way out of a setback. Being grateful for existing accomplishments and the supports in your life will help you see them more clearly, build your own confidence, and give you a better overall outlook on what your limitations really are and what you have to do to overcome them.

                                                                                With a grateful attitude, you limit the damage of negative influences, and strengthen the impact of positive ones.

                                                                                Being grateful, even during the toughest of times, steers your attitude towards a more positive one, allowing you to get back on your feet much more quickly. Many studies done on gratitude have shown positive results for people who practice regularly, such as improvement in relationships and in mental health. There’s even studies that show higher motivation in work settings due to a simple ‘thank you’ from managers to their subordinates.

                                                                                Believe in Yourself and Your Truth

                                                                                This is often easier said than done, but is also the most empowering truth to overcoming your setbacks and limitations in life.

                                                                                Many people find it hard to keep a positive attitude during tough times because they lack inner confidence. They doubt their abilities because of the ‘failure’ that they’re experiencing, and don’t think that they can rise above again.

                                                                                But, confidence doesn’t just come from talent, luck or easy opportunity. Confidence comes from overcoming difficulties and facing your fears head on. 

                                                                                Confidence is a result of getting out of your comfort zone. The more you do this, the more confident you’ll be, and the more positive your attitude will be. Confidence will help you see your goals more clearly, find your strengths within, reach your goals and overcome your limitations much more quickly.

                                                                                Here’s a quick story about my own struggles helping me get ahead:

                                                                                When I first started Lifehack, it took a long time to gain a solid readership. Just getting 100 visitors was a challenge and took a good bit of time. I had great ambitions for this site, yet it seemed like I was doomed to fail. I received plenty of criticism, too. Some people thought that the world didn’t need yet another self help site, others offered the opinion that there was something wrong with the idea itself and I was making a mistake.

                                                                                It was hard for me not to listen to them and, at some times, agree. But, persistence is key, and in the end I chose to believe in my truth.

                                                                                I worked tirelessly changing the site layout, restructuring articles, and making the site more user friendly. Slowly, I expanded to a team with the hiring of some extremely dynamic and talented people. With each determined effort, the site grew in popularity, and a few years later, we had influenced millions–and continue to do so.

                                                                                Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and facing every challenge head on were the greatest contributing factors to increasing my confidence. So welcome the challenges that come; don’t avoid them, as they’re all opportunities in disguise to feed your growth.

                                                                                Your Attitude Sets the Tone for Success 

                                                                                Do you see the importance of having a positive attitude? It is so much more than a mindset or state of mind. Your attitude sets the tone for every action and behavior that follows after, and that will determine how long it takes for you to break free from your current circumstance.

                                                                                So if you’re currently in an unhappy situation, why not give it a try and look at things from a more positive outlook? As mentioned, not only does having a positive attitude bring about favorable outcomes, it also brings about positive health in the long run.

                                                                                Embracing hardship as it is, and using it as a learning experience to grow, will also make you stronger. And, whether you’re going through good or bad times, practicing gratitude will no doubt help to limit the damage of negative influences, and strengthen the impact of positive ones.

                                                                                Lastly, in any circumstance, you are your greatest barrier to success, which is why it’s important to always believe in yourself!

                                                                                You will always have the power to be in control of your situation because your attitude is determined by you. So start harnessing all that positive thinking to turn those limitations into strengths!

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