1 April 2015

Clever, Powerful Juxtapositions Of Images That Will Get You Thinking

Mirage: “Son, do you know how this gazelle died? - In the heat of the desert a thirsty gazelle interacts with an optical phenomenon. It starts seeing an illusion of a puddle in the distance caused by the light of the blazing sun. As the gazelle moves forward so does the “puddle”. It eventually gets tired and dies of thirst.” - Know that what you want is worth pursuing.

If you are tired of the ongoing trend that features “hot” people doing random things on Instagram, this creative Instagram account will keep your mind engaged with its beautifully edited images that are paired with thought-provoking quotes.

Created by artist Ahmed Al-Mannai, based in London and Bahrain, his Instagram account features clever juxtapositions of different worlds, creating striking scenes that will make you ponder about life and its harsh realities.

Check out a selection of his works below, or follow him on Instagram for more updates.

| 014 | Sacrifice: Would you skip a meal to save a life? |

A photo posted by @themannai on Mar 7, 2015 at 5:12am PST

| 011 | Ehsan- ( إحسان ‎): An Arabic term meaning "perfection" or "excellence". It is a matter of taking one's inner faith (iman) and showing it in both deed and action, a sense of social responsibility borne from religious convictions. |

A photo posted by @themannai on Mar 5, 2015 at 2:18am PST

| 009 | Explore: Our ancestors had nothing but a camel and the stars above them to explore astronomy and navigate through the harsh deserts of Arabia. You on the other hand have the whole world at your fingertips. What have done? |

A photo posted by @themannai on Mar 3, 2015 at 9:53am PST

| 022 | Achieve: Sticks & Stones wont break my goals & words will never harm me. |

A photo posted by @themannai on Mar 12, 2015 at 9:03am PDT

| 018 | Gentleman living in a world where nothing is relevant. |

A photo posted by @themannai on Mar 10, 2015 at 3:02am PDT

| 010 | Independence: At the age of 6 my mother took me to swimming lessons. We all stood in a line and was asked by the instructor "who wants to go first?". I volunteered and found myself thrown into the deep end of the pool, as the students, the instructor and my mother watched me panic and drown. I slowly found myself in need of Oxygen, so I swam. | This is what human beings are born to do, survive. |

A photo posted by @themannai on Mar 4, 2015 at 3:13am PST

[via A+, images via @themannai]