Category: Photography

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

Photos from the Setouchi International Art Festival by Kurt Gledhill Japan installation black and white

While attending the Setouchi International Art Festival in Japan, photographer Kurt Gledhill snapped some beautiful abstract shots of several artworks on display. My favorite is the top piece, a view from inside an installation by Chiharu Shiota. The 2013 Setouchi Triennale involved 200 individual artworks spread over 12 islands in the Seto sea and lasted 108 days. Spoon and Tamago has a nice recap. All photos courtesy Kurt Gledhill.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
That’s dance. © Hasan Baglar, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
Lightsnake. © Holger Schmidtke, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
In your youth, nothing can stop you from enjoying time with your friends, especially not a simple matter of rain during summer fun. You may grow up and forget the names, but you’ll always remember the moments, the time on the dock with your friends during a surprise shower. © Samantha Fortenberry, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace. © Chin Boon Leng, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
Homebound. © Ata Mohammad Adnan, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
In July each year, this heart-pounding scene of wildebeests migration repeats itself in Kenya. © Bonnie Cheung, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
Aerial image of river delta in Iceland. © Emmanuel Coupe, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
Pilgrims and devotees cross pontoon bridges at the Maha Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years in India. © Wolfgang Weinhardt, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
An overhead view, from the skies above Poland. © Kacper Kowalski, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
Interior of an abandoned cooling tower. © Jan Stel, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
China, Jiangyin, Jiangsu. Rows of identical houses with a playground seen in the middle in the city of Jiangyin. © Kacper Kowalski, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
A muddy face from the mud bath, going into the lake. © Alpay Erdem, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. © Nicolas Reusens, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist nature contests
Disaster Zone. © Alison Crea, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

The World Photography Organization just announced the shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. This year’s contest received more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The judges will announce the final winners in March and April of this year, but for now here are a selection of highlights from the shortlist courtesy the World Photography Organization. (via Next Draft)

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Kelly Marquardt

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Kelly Marquardt

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Andy Rathbun

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Andy Rathbun

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Andy Rathbun

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Andy Rathbun

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Andy Rathbun

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Andy Rathbun

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Barbara Alwes

Record Temperatures Freeze a Path to the Spectacular Lake Superior Ice Caves Wisconsin Lake Superior is it spring yet ice caves
Photo © Kelly Marquardt

For the first time since 2009 Lake Superior has frozen thick enough to safely permit access to the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin. An estimated 1,000 people are arriving daily to trek out to the islands for a glimpse of frozen caves which are covered in a cascade of icicles formed from water runoff and waves that splashed against the caves before the surface solidified. If the weather holds out, officials estimate the caves could remain open for another month. A huge thanks to Kelly Marquardt, Andy Rathbun and the Wisconsin Department of National Resources for sharing photos of the caves. (thnx, Amy!)

Update: Journalist Andy Rathbun who provided many of the photos above, now has his own article about the ice caves over on the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Photograph of diatoms collected in Russia and arranged on a microscope slide in 1952 by A.L. Brigger.

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Photograph of fossil diatoms collected in Pt. Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, and arranged on a microscope slide in 1968 by A.L. Brigger.

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Black and white photograph of fossil radiolaria arranged on a slide by R.F. Behan. The slide label reads “Prize Medal Paris 1867 Polycystina; Springfield, Barbados.” The arrangement is approximately 3 millimeters in diameter.

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Photograph of diatoms arranged on a microscope slide by W.M. Grant.

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Photograph of diatoms arranged on a microscope slide by W.M. Grant.

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Photograph of diatoms arranged in October 1974 on a microscope slide by R.I. Firth. The slide label reads “Selected species from Californian fossil marine localities. To Mrs. G Dallas Hanna with compliments.”

Artistic Arrangements of Microscopic Algae Viewed Through a Microscope science fossils algae
Photograph of Arachnoidiscus diatoms collected in the Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County, California and arranged on a microscope slide by R.F. Behan.

In a fascinating blend of art and science the California Academy of Sciences possesses a rare collection of microscopic diatom arrangements. Diatoms are a major group of algae that are among the smallest organisms on Earth, of which nearly 100,000 different species are estimated to exist. While there are numerous examples of diatoms that have been photographed for scientific study, these particular scientists hobbyists seem to have gone a different direction, instead turning these tiny unicellular lifeforms into mandala-like artworks. The tiny designs are all the more amazing when you consider most of them would fit on the head of a nail. You can see more examples right here. Photos by Sara Mansfield. (via Synaptic Stimuli)

Update: The California Academy of Sciences clarifies that these arrangements, despite being produced with scientific tools, are purely aesthetic, and were produced by hobbyists, not scientists.

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long-Exposure Photographs

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Fruit Battery Solar System, 2014

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Battery with Hanging Apples, 2013

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Limes and Lemons, 2013

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Electricity From a Ring of Apples, 2013

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Vinegar Batteries with Glassware and Shelf, 2013

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Grapefruit and Pomelo Battery, 2013

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Apple Lamp, 2014

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long Exposure Photographs light fruit electricity batteries
Apple Tree with Chandelier, Nettie Fox Farm, Newburgh, Maine 2013

Artist Caleb Charland (previously here and here) just unveiled several new images from his Back to Light series, where the artist uses nails inside fruit connected with copper wire to create functional batteries. Harnessed to a small lightbulb, the current is sufficient enough to provide illumination for long exposure photographs. Effectively, the organic batteries create enough voltage to light their own portrait. Charland says about Back to Light:

My current body of work, Back to Light, expands upon a classic grade school science project, the potato battery. By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire in the other side a small electrical current is generated. The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me. Many people have had the experience of drawing power from fruit in the classroom, and it never ceases to bring a smile to the face or a thought to the mind. This work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works as well as a global concern for the future of earth’s energy sources. [...] My hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by suggesting and illustrating the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. The cycle that begins with the light of our closest star implanting organic materials with nutrients and energy, is re-routed in these images, Back to Light, illuminating earth once again.

Charland is currently focusing on his work full-time from a studio in Bangor, Maine, where he created another body of work titled Artifacts of Fire and Wax.

Falling Upwards: A Vertigo-Inducing View at King Aragon’s Stairs in France

Falling Upwards: A Vertigo Inducing View at King Aragons Stairs in France optical illusion France

Photographer Allard Schager shot this perplexing photo while looking up the Stairway of the King of Aragon, a stairwell carved into a steep cliff face in Bonifacio, Corsica, France. I’ve looked at it carefully half a dozen times and still get confused as to which way is up or down. Totally wild.

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Like hairy aliens from another planet, these tiny spiders seem to stare with giant, all-knowing eyes into your very soul. Whether they possess otherworldly secrets or a desire to attack your face is open to interpretation. Regardless, photographer Jimmy Kong has done an incredible job capturing these intimate moments with diverse arthropods found in his native Malaysia. What you see here is just a taste of his macro work that also involves insects, reptiles and other creepy crawly things. See more on Flickr. (via the Colossal Flickr Pool)

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

Surreal Atmospheric Photography by Martin Vlach surreal black and white

I’m really enjoying these conceptual photographs by Martin Vlach. The artist digitally merges his own photography with elements of nature to create surreal, atmospheric scenes that feel both isolating and mysterious. You can see more on Instagram and Flickr. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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