Category: Photography

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the World’s Most Deadly Snakes

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

For the past year LA-based photographer Mark Laita has been traveling to various locations around the U.S. and Central America photographing some of the world’s most deadliest snakes, a series entitled Serpentine. Of the project he says:

The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject.

Laita works with collectors, breeders, zoos, and even anti-venom labs who let him photograph their snake collections. But as you can imagine snake handling can be dangerous work. Just last week on a photo shoot in Costa Rica, he tangoed with a Black Mambo (last photo), the longest venomous snake in Africa that can grow up to 14 feet long. So what kind of risk did you take at work today?

See also his beautiful if somewhat heartbreaking catalog of ornithological specimens entitled Amaranthine, and some exquisite images of sea life. All images courtesy the artist. (via feature shoot)

Flickr Finds No. 8

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
Andreas Hagman

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
Anna Jay

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
Chris of Arabia

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
Cristina

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
David Montes

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
Benoit Paillé

Flickr Finds No. 8 flickr finds compilation
David Talley

Some of the best shots I encountered on Flickr the past two weeks. Every image linked to its source. See past Flickr Finds.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 travel national geographic contests

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 travel national geographic contests

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 travel national geographic contests

The National Geographic Photo Contest is still accepting submissions through November 30th and The Big Picture has a roundup of 54 incredible entries thus far.

A Sterographic Projection Made with Individual Photos

A Sterographic Projection Made with Individual Photos stereographic projection boats

I love a good stereographic projection but they seem to be everywhere these days so it’s hard to find somebody doing something truly unique with the method. Buenos Aires-based art student Adrian Felipe Pera managed to do it though with this wonderful boat capture. Instead of skewing the image digitally he used some 40+ large photographs placed in the sand on a beach to create a projection of an old wooden boat. See some more of his planeticas. (via the colossal flickr pool)

Charles Bergquist

Charles Bergquist travel people

Charles Bergquist travel people

Charles Bergquist travel people

Charles Bergquist travel people

Charles Bergquist travel people

Charles Bergquist travel people

I happened to stumble onto the work of San Diego-based director, designer, and photographer Charles Bergquist who for the past few months has been publishing his more experimental images through a website he calls Everyday. It’s been a while since I’ve plunged so deeply into the portfolio of a photographer and I urge you to do the same. Much more in his photostream.

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

The Eviscerated Architecture of Marjan Teeuwen wood installation architecture

Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen eviscerates the walls of abandoned buildings, conjoining rooms with massive holes, and uses leftover fragments to create densely textured walls and surfaces. In the last photo, a project entited Destroyed House, Teeuwen removed the walls from a post-war apartment block in Amsterdam and sawed the building’s doors into hundreds of fragments, using them in turn to construct layered partitions. Walls made from doors. In other works she uses countless objects crammed into small rooms, creating claustrophobic spaces that appear on the verge of collapse, putting any contemporary hoarder to shame. If you want to learn more you can catch this 44 minute documentary of the artist at work. Photos courtesy Happy Famous Artists.

If you like this you’ll also enjoy Art from Arson. (via collabcubed)

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

Artist Cassanda C. Jones has just completed a new series where she meticulously arranges long-exposure photographs of stormy skies, using small fragments of lightning strikes to form line drawings of electrified rabbits and circles. The works are yet to be titled, but will be available as large format ink jet prints in editions of two. All images courtesy the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco.

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool social media colossal
Sergio Albiac

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool social media colossal
Nick Gentry

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool social media colossal
Lacie Garnes

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool social media colossal
LNY

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool social media colossal
Marius Watz

Introducing the Colossal Flickr Pool social media colossal
Mark O’Brien

Colossal now has a full-fledged Flickr pool where you can submit artwork, photography, design projects or anything else of interest. Creating the group is partially selfish in that I’m always on the prowl for new content and it’s an easy way for anyone to submit work and be sure that I’ll see it. Additionally, it’s also a great way for anyone who follows this site to see the ongoing work of many artists whose work has appeared here, so add it to your daily stops. I invited a small group yesterday and look what’s already started trickling in. So excited! Check it out.

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