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Alec Meer

I say ‘vs’, but the reality of this meeting between the 20th and 21st century masters of X-COM is that they repeatedly seem on the verge of embracing each other, rather than trading blows in a bitter row about time units and action cameras. Rev3Games arranged for original X-COM co-creator Julian Gollop to meet Jake Solomon, the lead dev on Firaxis’ XCOM remake, the result being this rather delightful recording of their seventeen-minute exchange.

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A worker was buried in dirt and debris on March 2 after a collapse at a construction site on 122nd Street between Park and Lexington avenues. He was rescued by a team of firefighters, cops, and Con Edison workers and rushed to the hospital. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Jay Snyder, whose wife, Michal, died Nov. 25 during a routine Caesarean section, holds his daughter Reverie, while her twin brother, Jackson, is held by Michal’s sister, Maitreya, in the foreground. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Bucky the Clown mimicked a Grand Central Terminal commuter on Feb. 28. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey held Clown College auditions at Grand Central Tuesday ahead of the March circus residencies at arenas in the greater New York area. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Book exhibitors came from all over the country for the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair at P.S. 3. (Mark Abramson for The Wall Street Journal)

Steak and kidney pie with caramelized onions, button mushrooms and red wine, served with Brussels sprouts at Slightly Oliver, a cocktail bar and restaurant at 511 Amsterdam Ave., between 84th and 85th streets in Manhattan. (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal)

New York City Comptroller John Liu spoke to the media on Feb. 28. His 25-year-old campaign treasurer, Jia ‘Jenny’ Hou, was arrested Tuesday and charged with funneling illegal donations to Mr. Liu. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal )

A magnifying glass reveals details in the Manolo Blahnik shoe engraving on stationery by the bespoke stationer and engraver Connor. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

The lobster roll at Ed’s Lobster Bar Annex at 25 Clinton St., between East Houston and Stanton streets in New York. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Vocalist Chaney Sims and her father, guitarist Bill Sims Jr., of the Heritage Blues Orchestra. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal )

Lance Reinheimer, interim director of the Vanderbilt Museum, posed for a portrait inside the mansion’s servant staff quarters. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal )

A patron browsed the selection of wines at Moore Brothers Wine Co., on 20th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal )

Samosas with four varieties of chutney at Desi Shack, at 331 Lexington Ave. at 39th Street. (Lauren Lancaster for The Wall Street Journal)

A relief of Madonna and Child is behind a panel inside of one of dioramas at Vanderbilt Museum in Suffolk County. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal )

The Red Flannel Hash at Allswell, at 124 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Leslie Lieber and his wife, Edie, played the penny whistle together in the sitting room of their home.Mr. Lieber, a jazz musician and former journalist, will celebrate his 100th birthday with a jazz oriented party on March 16. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

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Manjari Sharma


Historically considered a mechanical device to keep record, photography didn’t even start to find a place in galleries until the 20th century. It’s no surprise then that paintings and sculptures of Hindu deities were the dominant way to experience Indian mythology. As an Indian traditionally raised in Mumbai, despite my extensive exposure to Hindu temples, I had never seen a photograph of a deity created from scratch. Most Hindus have seen the use of painting and sculpture but rarely photography taken to the level of exacting measures with respect to showcasing deities, this is how “Darshan” was born. Darshan is a Sanskrit word that means ‘sight,’ ‘view’ or ‘vision’. My project Darshan aims to photographically recreate 9 classical images of gods and goddesses pivotal to mythological stories in Hinduism.

I grew up in a Hindu home to parents who were quite spiritual. I visited countless temples, shrines, and discourses as frequently as my parents wanted. These discourses circled around attempts to unravel the mysteries locked in chapters of mythological enigma and tales of deities, reincarnations and astrology. The roots of Hindu mythology run deep; my own experiences as a child ranged from being fascinated and enlightened to lost and still seeking. I moved from India to the United States in order to pursue an undergraduate study in Fine Art Photography. The frequency with which I visited Hindu temples in what felt like my previous life, gradually got replaced with visits to art galleries, museums and studios, where creativity in all mediums of expression was revered and placed on a pedestal to honor. The museum in my life had now became the temple. As I dug deeper, I saw a lot of parallels between the museum and the temple. As devotees, as students, as artists we frequently visit what we regard our own temples of worship. We take our aspirations and desires to these places. We hope that a piece of art or a symbol of God will speak and send us a message.

This communication inspires us and helps show us our path in life. Sometimes our expectation filled visit disappoints us, but ultimately it’s our faith that keeps us going. While making the first image I discovered that what this project bridges for me, is that be it photography or spirituality, both need practice, faith and devotion.

Aside from stretching the boundaries of photography as a medium, Darshan showcases the ability of a photograph to evoke a spiritual response. This project also highlights and culturally preserves the heritage and artifacts from one of the oldest religions in the world. The nine deities that will be photographed are are Maa Laxmi and Lord Vishnu, Maa Durga and Lord Shiva, Maa Saraswati Lord Brahma, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Maa Kali.

The first image created as a proof of concept is Maa Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune. The creation of these photographic icons requires the most laborious and detail oriented study. It involves a 14 person crew that includes set & prop builders, makeup artists, art directors, painters, carpenters, jewelry experts and assistants. September 2011 will be spent in Mumbai creating four more images in the series. I encourage you to look at the link below to view a three minute video showing you the making of my first image.

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Dark, smelly, filthy and crawling with rats – while this may be an accurate description of many subway stations and tunnels around the world, it definitely doesn’t apply to Barcelona’s Drassanes Station, Stockholm’s Tunnelbana, the Munich U-Bahn or 11 other bold, colorful, modern and just plain beautiful stations. Travelers taking these trains can catch a glimpse of a stunning abandoned station in New York, an ancient river under Athens, a nuclear bunker in North Korea and much more.

Kievskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

(images via: bernt rostad, reibai)

No subway station in the world is quite as elaborate as the ornate Kievskaya, a Moscow Metro station in the Dorogomilovo District. The design, which incorporates marble, decorative chandeliers, gold leafing, scrolled details, mosaics and frescos was chosen in an open competition and built in 1954. The mosaics celebrate the unity between Russia and Ukraine.

Drassanes Station, Barcelona, Spain

(images via: the cool hunter)

Bright and open with a futuristic feel, the new look of Barcelona’s Drassanes Station is dramatically different from the dark, aging 1968 infrastructure. Reinvented by ON-A Arquitectura, the station features lightweight white glass-reinforced concrete coverings that were placed right on top of the old surfaces.

Stockholm Tunnelbana, Sweden

(images via: top elegant homes)

Stockholm’s incredible metro tunnels feature stations that make the raw bedrock a bold architectural feature instead of covering it up with artificial surfaces, giving them the feel of a natural system of subterranean caverns. Some of the rock walls and ceilings have been painted with murals, and all 100 stations feature artwork by 140 artists.

Munich U-Bahn, Germany

(images via: jaime.silva, mike knell)

The U-Bahn in Munich is known for its colorful personality, with rainbow hues painted in many of the tunnels and terminals or applied to the walls as tiles. First built in 1972, the Munich subway system has grown to nearly one hundred stations throughout the city, many of which are designed to modern standards with spacious aisles and decorative lighting.

Nuevos Ministerios, Madrid, Spain

(images via: skyscraper city)

The Madrid Metro is mostly notable for two things: massive murals of the city’s skyline that make riders feel as if they’re at an above-ground station, and the giant eyes that stare down ominously from the pillars. Especially paired with a name like ‘Nuevos Ministerios’ (New Ministries), the station has a vaguely dystopian feel.

City Hall Station, New York, New York

(images via: jalopnik)

Passengers willing to take the 6 train all the way past what used to be the last stop in Brooklyn can now get a special treat: a glimpse of the stunning, long-abandoned City Hall station, which has been closed to the public since it shut down in 1945. The train passes through this station on its way back uptown, and while riders used to be forced off at the Brooklyn Bridge stop, they’re currently allowed to stay on.

Bilbao Metro, Spain

(images via: dalbera, laurenmanning, daquella manera)

Designed by esteemed architecture firm Foster + Partners, the Bilbao Metro is is ultramodern yet vaguely organic with glassy, tubular station entrances at street level and lots of steel in the underground stations. Known as ‘Fosteritos’, the glass station entrances have already become an iconic part of the city’s architecture.

Dubai Metro Stations

(images via: ~pyb, petjam)

Dubai’s 47 railway stations were designed by Aedas of Birmingham to combine both traditional and modern architectural elements. “Their uniquely shell shaped roof, while modern, invokes the heritage of pearl diving – this ancient craft that requires skill and bravery brought early prosperity and is an integral part of Dubai’s history,” says Engineer Abdul Majid Al Khaja, CEO of the Rail Agency at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

Iidabashi Station, Tokyo, Japan

(images via: ventasalud)

Completed in 2000, Tokyo’s Iidabashi station is bright, open and modern with pops of bright green in the form of pillars and a metal web which architect Makoto Watanabe imagines as “interweaving, entangling, expanding, pulsating.” The outside of the station, at street level, features swirling, organically shaped metal and glass designs.

Toronto Museum Station, Canada

(images via: diamond & schmitt architects)

Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is quite a dazzling sight, so why have an ordinary subway stop just below it? The station was redesigned by Diamond & Schmitt Architects to include columns inspired by artifacts found within the museum. The five column designs represent Canada’s First Nations, Ancient Egypt, Mexico’s Toltec culture, Ancient Chinese culture and Ancient Greece.

Line A, Prague, Czech Republic

(images via: colourlovers)

The tunnels of Prague’s Line A are covered in a colorful patchwork of metallic tiles in flat, convex and concave shapes in hues of gold, silver, green, blue and red; the color scheme differs by station.

Pyongyang Subway System, North Korea

(images via: wikimedia commons, yeowatzup)

Would you expect one of the world’s most beautiful subway systems to be located in… North Korea? The deepest metro in the world at 360 feet below surface level, the Pyongyang metro network is full of colorful murals of propaganda. Thanks to its depth, the system doubles as an emergency nuclear bunker, and could keep many of the city’s citizens safe in the event of nuclear war.

Iridanos Archaological Site, Athens, Greece

(images via: skyscraper city)

In a city as ancient as Athens, it’s easy to imagine coming upon one important archaeological discovery after another if you dig far enough – and that’s exactly what happened when excavators were working on the city’s metro system. The ancient Iridanos River, long lost, was one of those discoveries, found still flowing right where engineers had planned a subway platform. So, this section of the river – still bearing the vaulted construction completed sometime around 200 C.E. – has now become an archaeological display, the largest in any metro station. Visitors to the green line station platform can walk over the exposed river on a glass walkway.

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

(images via: summer park, .curt)

Sure, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai is a rather cheesy tourist attraction, with what has been described by a Lonely Planet reviewer as “A slow-moving tram, through a comically low-tech tunnel of antiquated 80′s era rope lights, lasers and car dealership ilk inflatables — narrated only by a psychotic stream of random words”. However true that may be, the pictures are still pretty cool to look at, and the tunnel is definitely among the world’s quirkiest and most unusual.

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