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Dad Paints 1,000 Rocks With His 6 Children And Hides Them Everywhere

Aaron Zenz has pulled off a 3-in-1. He’s come up with a project that gets him to spend more time with his 6 kids, encourages their creativity, and puts a smile on hundreds of faces across their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Zenz family have started small, by painting around 40 objects to hide around town. But for the last year they’ve been aiming a bit higher, so together they’ve painted 1,000 rocks in matching pairs. Half of them ended up in Children’s Museum, and the rest 500 was hidden all over the town to become the biggest treasure hunt game the town has seen.

If you have the chance to visit Grand Rapids and go searching for these cuties yourself, don’t forget to tag your findings on social media with a hashtag #RockAroundGR.

More info: artprize.org (h/t: boredpanda)

My 6 kids and I painted over 1,000 rocks with a variety of fun faces

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We painted all of them in matching pairs. Half of them are gathered together for display at the Children’s Museum so visitors can grasp the scope of it all

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The other matching half are tucked around town in random places for families to spot and photograph

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I Photograph Abandoned Pianos Left To Rot (36 Pics)

Around eight years ago, when I first started photographing abandoned buildings and objects, I fell in love with photographing abandoned pianos. Since then, I haven’t stopped photographing this beautiful instrument. I can honestly say that I’ve been drawn even more towards it. It’s amazing to imagine the music that would have once played in these decaying places. Pianos are so beautiful—I love their shape and how they are crafted. When I want to unwind, I always listen to piano music. It’s so relaxing, and when I know there is a piano in the building I’m photographing, it’s the first thing I run off to. It’s my favorite instrument.

The pianos in this post have been shot all over the world in different types of buildings. I’ve visited hotels, houses, castles, schools, garages, hospitals, palaces and Chernobyl to photograph them.

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German Sanatorium

German Sanatorium

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Conalli Kauran 2 hours agoThat is kind of terrifying actually!

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Impressive Abandoned Palace In Poland

Impressive Abandoned Palace In Poland

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Conalli Kauran 2 hours agoIf it is a palace shouldn’t the piano have legs?

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Abandoned School In Abkhazia

Abandoned School In Abkhazia

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Conalli Kauran 2 hours agoWhy couldn’t they save the piano?

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Italian Agriculture School

Italian Agriculture School

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Abandoned School In Abkhazia

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Cathy Coyer 28 minutes agoSame piano as number 3?

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French Castle

French Castle

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French House

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German Castle

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Belgium House

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Abandoned Piano

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Cathy Coyer 22 minutes agointeresting view

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Abandoned Palace In Poland

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Italian House

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Italian House

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Cathy Coyer 27 minutes agosame as number 12

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Abandoned School In Abkhazia

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Cathy Coyer 22 minutes agosame as 3 and 5

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German Villa

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German Hospital

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Garage In Austria

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Abandoned Farmhouse

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Dance Room Of A Former Bar In Germany

Dance Room Of A Former Bar In Germany

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Abandoned Villa In Germany

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Italian Villa

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Belgium House

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House In Austria

House In Austria

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Chernobyl

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Rococo Library Built In The 18th Century

Rococo Library Built In The 18th Century

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Cathy Coyer 23 minutes agodoesn’t look abandoned at all

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Villa Built In The Late 19th Century

Villa Built In The Late 19th Century

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Belgian House

Belgian House

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Mackenzie Anderson 1 hour agoYou know sometimes I wonder how people just leave marvelous baby grands behind. Like that’s a waste of money. Even if it’s unplayable they still look bomb and can always be sold for parts.

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French Farm

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Villa In Austria

Villa In Austria

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Cathy Coyer 23 minutes agoi think we had that tv back in the 60s

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Abandoned Castle

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Abandoned Theater At A Huge Medical Complex

Abandoned Theater At A Huge Medical Complex

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The Living Room Of A Beautiful Abandoned House

The Living Room Of A Beautiful Abandoned House

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House In Austria

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Polish Palace

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German Hotel

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I Photographed The Best And Worst Restrooms Around Cleveland (52 Pics)

Somebody once said that to understand society at a given point in time, look at their restrooms.

That somebody was me. I don’t know if it is true because I just made that up, but it can certainly feel like the decor and functionality of restrooms, both public and private, say a lot about us and the times we are living in – even if the restroom itself is stuck in time. Do you prefer them looking sterile and harsh? Cozy and kitschy? Luxurious to a fault? Basic and no-frills? High-tech? Perhaps you prefer them done with decor that makes no sense, executed with reckless abandon for any and all design rules as though a monkey on amphetamines went through a curbside dumpster and thought, “yes, this will be perfect!”

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I Spent Five Years Photographing Bathrooms In Cleveland.

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jamie1707 2 days agooh dear god! someone slipped me some brown acid!

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For five years, I’ve been documenting the restrooms around Cleveland that I happened to find myself in. It started as a joke on Instagram, and just kept going. I can’t quite articulate what the criteria were, but my gut always told me when it was something worth a photo. These are interiors that rarely get documented unless they are designed as “selfie bait”. Sure, some restrooms clearly had a big budget, but it is always interesting to see what can be done with a meager budget. Documenting is important because you never know what will be gone tomorrow.

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Night Owl 1 day agoI’d spend too much time in there

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Krazy Kanuck 1 day agoSitting high on the throne

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In the short number of years since I started this project as a fun hashtag #restroomsofcleveland, several of these restrooms have been redone or have disappeared completely. The gentrification of cities has erased character and replaced it with subway tiles and Edison bulbs; the rustbelt has been slowly following the “AirSpace” aesthetic much to my disappointment.

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Hazel Beswick 6 hours agoThis should be above the urinals… ohhhh the judgement!

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Reagan James 23 hours agoMy brain is kind of aching right now.

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Bars, theaters, warehouses, grocery stores, private clubs, pinball arcades, museums, schools, churches, furniture stores, and coffee shops are just some of the places you will find in the photo book I compiled – simply titled “The Restrooms of Cleveland.” It is a testament to the fact I hydrate often and have a weak bladder with little regard for location. I wish I had time to tell you my own stories within these facilities; exposed electrical wire, celebrity sightings, girl fights, dance parties, vomit, perfect selfie lighting, and unpaid counseling sessions. There was the time I found myself on my knees under a bride’s dress to fix a mishap, the time I tried desperately to keep the makeshift door closed with one foot while in the dressing room reserved for strippers, and the time a raccoon visited me while minding my own damn business! I’ve seen it all in Cleveland, Ohio, man.

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Reagan James 23 hours ago (edited)So say that when you’ve already walked into the bathroom?

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Bean59 1 day agoGLADYS, WHERE DID YOU PUT THE CHAINSAW?

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bananapower_2.0 1 day agolook like the kids got ahold of the makers

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Donna Reynolds 1 day agoAnd I thought the last one was creepy.

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LaDonna Hulcy 2 days agoI Love this one!

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Amy Smith 1 day agoThis looks like the ladies in the old Montague Arms in New Cross

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NAOMI CORBALEY 1 day ago😑😕 da- faq?

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EllieGirl 12 hours agowhat is he or she so afraid of?

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Bean59 1 day agoWho threw up in the sink

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NAOMI CORBALEY 1 day agothis looks like the mens bathroom

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Bob Beltcher 8 hours agoBut what if someone is blind. The only way they would know is to feel up each bust.

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Reagan James 22 hours agoI like it!

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Karin Gibson 1 day agoI love the bentwood chair.

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Kathy Smith 1 day agoLooks like an old elevator.

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Annemarie Mattheyse 1 day agoI love the black-and-white/teal combination. It’s very calming, somehow.

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Molly Porter 1 day agoThis one looks normal

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EllieGirl 1 day agothe sign

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Let’s All Just Try And Be Decent 5 hours agoKind of obviously a dressing room for actors to get ready for theatre shows…. not a bathroom. I’m

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Night Owl 1 day agoThe (probably plastic) flowers are a nice touch

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Molly Porter 1 day agoThe wood is so pretty on this one

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glowworm2 1 day agoIs this a bathroom for clowns?

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jamie1707 2 days agoThat is a cool radiator.

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Bob Beltcher 7 hours agoMaking drywall damage fun

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ZoeIsHahaha 14 hours agoAhh I see what they’re doing they’re trying to sell

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Donna Reynolds 1 day agoGrandma says “Did you wash your hands”?

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Annette Christopherson 12 hours agoDifferent perspectives.

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E Menendez 1 day agoThat’s a lot of soap for one sink.

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Bean59 1 day agolooks like rey’s lightsaber

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Bean59 1 day agolet me just throw mysel off a cliff…

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Kathy Smith 1 day agoI love that old sink.

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Annette Christopherson 12 hours agoSeeing double.

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What’s In Your Head? 1 day agoAre those old drops of blood? o___O

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Bean59 1 day agohow does a picture on the wall make the bathroom interesting…?

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What to Do When Your Clients Don’t Want Their Space Photographed

For designers an image is worth more than1,000 words, but for some clients, so is their privacy

When Your Client Doesn't Want Interior Design Photography
Illustration by Christina Zimpel

An exceptional portfolio is key to business, allowing you to pique the interest of prospective clients or submit work to a publication for consideration. For some disciplines, this practice is straightforward: Fine artists, for instance, can typically digitize and circulate their images for portfolios with ease, as they often own the rights to their work. But interior designers and architects, who work on commissions, usually need to get their client’s approval to share images of those projects. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, especially if the project is a private residence.

Sometimes—in fact, oftentimes—you’ll end up working with clients who refuse to have their space photographed because they want to maintain their privacy. In those cases, it’s essential to arm yourself with some techniques to handle such situations, since, as New York–based designer and illustrator Jason Grimesnotes, “You’re only as good as a photograph of your last project, especially at the Instagram-sharing pace the world has adopted.”

Here are several strategies to keep in mind when trying to convince clients to have their space photographed.

Put photography in your contract from the start.

The best way to work around a no-photography situation is to avoid it completely. Lawyer Alex Ross, a partner at Ross & Katz, PLLC,who works closely with designers, highly recommends including a clause about photographing a space—both before and after the project—in your standard contract. “This way we’re able to manage expectations from the beginning, so the client knows that photography is important,” he says. Work closely with an attorney to hammer out the details—you want to be sure you’re getting the rights you need.

Negotiate. Suggest stricter terms, such as ensuring anonymity, or offer a first right of refusal.

Even if you have a clause about photography in your contract, the client may strike it out before signing. That’s the time for negotiation. If your original wording didn’t mention anonymity, it’s a great place to start. Offer your client complete privacy, ensuring that no identifying details about the home or its owners will be shared with publications, on your website, or on social channels. Work on finding a middle ground with your client that still allows you to add photographs of your project to your portfolio.

It sounds obvious, but sometimes long discussions can change your client’s mind. Again, having a lawyer in this situation would be advantageous, as he or she could help negotiate specific rights.

Ask to photograph details only.

Say that your client is standing his or her ground during negotiations. The next tactic to try is to give in, just a tiny bit. “Aside from slowly convincing the client over the course of the project, the best solution I’ve found is to focus on the details,” says Grimes. “All of my work is super-detailed and hyper-custom, so detail photos go a long way. These cropped photos may not make a publication, but they can at least be used in my portfolio.”

Go to court.

Or at least threaten to. “I haven’t any seen any designers who actually go to court about this issue, but we’ve certainly threatened it,” says Ross. Going to court is probably more expensive than it’s worth (and will also cost you a client relationship), so it’s not always advisable to do so, but the option is there.

Work with brokers if the property goes up for sale.

If you’ve lost out on negotiations and the client simply won’t budge—and you decide not to take the matter to court—it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. If the client decides to sell the home, there’s a chance the space will be photographed to woo prospective buyers. In some instances, you can negotiate a deal with the broker to retroactively add those images to your portfolio.

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