Category: Photography

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Macau-based web designer and developer Varun Thota is the son of a helicopter and a devoted flight enthusiast. His childhood was filled with hours in front flight simulators and even today he carries a small Kinder egg airplane that he likes to photograph against dramatic backgrounds, as if a hand was reaching out of the sky controling each flight. It’s a simple enough idea, but wonderfully executed by Thota. You can see more over on his Instagram account. (via the Instagram Blog)

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry landscapes geysers Chile

Located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The field has over 80 active geysers and attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year who flock to see the incredible mineral formations and to bathe in hot geyser water. British Columbia-based interactive web designer and visual artist Owen Perry recently visited El Tatio and returned with these spectacular shots. Perry has a beautiful collection of travel and landscape photography you can explore over on Circa 1983. (via Colossal Submissions)

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
The giant caves of Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
Exploring The Gouffre Berger (cave) in the Vercors region of France. At just over 1000m deep, The Gouffre Berger is recognised as one of the best sport trips in the world.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
A cave explorer climbing out of a Maelstrom on the fixed rope in Boxhead Pot, Yorkshire Dales.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
The giant caves of Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure

Robbie Shone is a British adventure, cave and travel photographer based out of Austria. His adventures have led him to the remotest areas of China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, the Alps and Crete where he has photographed the deepest, largest, and longest cave systems ever discovered. These feats involve dangling on a thin rope 650 ft. (200m) above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft, exploring the far ends of a 117 mile long cave system, and spending nearly four days continuously underground on shoots.

Collected here are some of his most jaw-dropping shots, many from a 2012 excursion into cave systems in Wulong County, China. You can explore more of his cave photography over on his website. All imagery courtesy the photographer. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
La Llareta (up to 3,000 years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Spruce Gran Picea #0909 – 11A07 (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Welwitschia Mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old; Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Antarctic Moss #0212-7B33 (5,500 years old; Elephant Island, Antarctica)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Jōmon Sugi, Japanese Cedar #0704-002 (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Underground Forest #0707-10333 (13,000 years old; Pretoria South Africa) DECEASED

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history

Since 2004, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists, and braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth. This includes plants like Pando, the “Trembling Giant,” a colony of aspens in Utah with a massive underground root system estimated to be around 80,000 years old. Or the dense Llareta plants in South America that grow 1.5 centimeters anually and live over 3,000 years. This is the realm of life where time is measured in millennia, and where despite such astonishing longevity, ecosystems are now threatened due to climate change and human encroachment.

Sussman’s photographs have now been gathered together for the first time in The Oldest Living Things in the World, a new book published by the University of Chicago Press. Sitting at the intersection of art, science, and travelogue, the book details her adventures in tracking down each subject and relays the valuable scientific work done by scientists to understand them. It includes 124 photographs, 30 essays, infographics and forewords by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer.

You can learn more about Sussman’s project in her 2010 TED Talk. (via Hyperallergic)

Update: Rachel Sussman was just named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Ninja Knee

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Crayon Tree

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Snowman on his smartphone

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Beard bear

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Cereal TIE Fighter

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Chip in a bottle

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Squorange

Conceptual Hilarity: Clever Bits of Instagram Nonsense from Brock Davis humor
Good morning

It’s been a long while since we last checked in with Brock Davis (previously) who seemingly dabbles in every creative field there is from illustration and photography to advertising and apparel. But it’s his Instagram account where his brilliance seems to be most highly concetrated, where every image has a mix of laugh-out-loud whimsy and a good dose of why didn’t I think of that. You can see more if his work right here.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Finalist: Travel. Terraced fields during harvest season. Mu Cang Chay, Vietnam, September 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Carol Lynne Fowler (Seeley Lake, Montana). Finalist: Americana. A champion bronco bucks a champion rider at the Helmville Rodeo. Helmville, Montana, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez (La Garriga, Spain). Finalist: Travel. Portrait of a young Suri boy going with his father to take care of the cattle. Ethiopia, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. McGeorge spent a quiet 6 hours trying to get the perfect image of this eastern screech owl out of its nest. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, April 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. Breath at sunset, captures a sea turtle at a dive site called Black Rock. Kāʻanapali, Hawaiʻi, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Karen Lunney (Brisbane, Australia). Finalist: Natural World. During their annual migration, wildebeests are forced to find new river crossings in the Serengeti-Mara region. “The animals were being taken by the unfamiliar currents of deep water and had to struggle to get close to the far bank. There were few rocks on which to land and the initial orderly progression soon became a desperate struggle of clambering,” says Lunney. Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Nidal Adnan Kibria (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Finalist: Travel. Action Hero. As part of a show called “Well of Death,” a biker performs a stunt at a village fair to celebrate Rath Jatra, a Hindu festival. Dhamrai, Bangladesh, June 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vincent Cheng (Burnaby, Canada). Finalist: Travel. A group of locals playing billiards by Namtso Lake. Tibet, China, June 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Dina Bova (Petach Tikva, Israel). Finalist: Altered Images. “Babylon—Made in Italy is inspired by the story of the Babylon tower, the painting by Pieter Bruegel and by a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy,” says Bova. Cinque Terre, Italy, October 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Aspen Wang (Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Finalist: Natural World. Penguins on Ice. “Although my photo hardly does justice to describing the tenuous balance in Antarctica’s ecosystem, it has served to crystallize in my memory one of the last stretches of untamed and inarticulate lands on earth,” says Wang. Antarctica, December 29, 2010.

Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of their 11th Annual Photo Contest. This year’s competition saw a whopping 50,000 submissions, from which 60 finalists were selected in 6 categories including: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. The contest is now open for a Readers’ Choice vote which runs from today through May 6, 2014. Vote here. All photos courtesy Smithsonian Magazine and the respetive photographers.

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

Self-taught photographer Darren Moore creates ethereal black and white landscapes using a method called daytime long exposure, where a special filters are attached to a camera lens to reduce the amount of light. These neutral density filters allow for the shutter to open for extended periods of time in broad daylight, from 30 seconds to upward of 15 minutes for a single exposure. Moore shoots mostly in locations around England, where he frequently visits causeways, breakwaters, shipwrecks, and other features along the shore.

You can see more of Moore’s photography over on Flickr and in his online gallery. He’ll also have work later this April in a group show at the Patchings Art Centre.

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright sunset mirrors

Broken Mirror/Evening Sky is a series of images by New York photographer Bing Wright who captured the reflections of sunsets on shattered mirrors. The final prints are displayed quite large, measuring nearly 4′ across by 6′ tall, creating what I can only imagine to be the appearance of stained glass windows. The series was on view early this year at Paula Cooper Gallery where you can learn more about the works, and you can see more on Wright’s website. (via Found Inspiration Moving Forward)

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