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Stunning Long Exposure Photographs of Gold Fireflies in Japan

December 30, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Taken in various locations around Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan between 2008-2011 this brilliant series of photographs captures the wild frenzy of gold fireflies as they mate after thunderstorms during the June to July rainy season. Shot using a slow shutter speed, the neon green and yellow contrails seem almost digitally imposed on the scenic landscapes, but I assure you these are real. See them a bit larger here. (via polaroid dreams)

 

 



Photography

The Photography of Lukasz Wierzbowski

December 29, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A number of extraordinary images by Poland-based photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski. You can request prints of his images via his website. (via illusion)

 

 



Photography

The Year in Volcanoes

December 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The Atlantic has a wonderful collection of volcanic photography from 2011. Here are three of my favorites but definitely check out the rest. (via this isn’t happiness)

 

 



Photography

Dexter Throws a Mouse

November 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A once-in-a-lifetime capture by photographer Angelo de Santis. Incredible. See also: fox fight! (via stellar)

 

 



Art

Root Sculptures by Kim Sun Hyuk

September 22, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I’m enjoying these metallic sculptures depicting human root systems by South Korean artist Kim Sun Hyuk from his series Drawn by Life. Unfortunately I couldn’t find better images, but I think this gets the idea across. (via neolook)

 

 



Art

Clear Cut: A Mirrored Forest Installation

September 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This summer artists Joakim Kaminsky and Maria Poll went deep inside the forests of Medelpad in northern Sweden to create this uncanny installation entitled Clear Cut using a mirror-coated fabric.

However eternal it may seem this is not a natural forest. Like 90% of the forests in Sweden it is used for forestry consequently being continuously grown and chopped down in a 60 years life cycle.

Joakim and Maria wanted to connect these trees to time. They wanted the installation to visualize a memory of earlier generations of pine trees that had stood here and forecast the clear cut that will soon replace them. Perhaps the mirrors could absorb the light, colors and smells of this place and save them for the future?

It really looks almost as if forest has been severed in half, the treetops hovering above the bottoms. See more of the installation here.

I found this on a new blog called Toildrops, which from glancing at just the home page could be a new favorite.

 

 



Art

Money Trees

September 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

As perhaps a companion piece to last week’s skull nickels, here’s yet another thing I had no idea existed. Apparently in several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. Most of the trees seem to be in and around Cumbria and Portmeirion, and I didn’t find a single example of a tree like this located outside the UK. According to this recent article by the BBC, the practice might date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the tree would take away their sickness. The practice seems akin to love padlocks or Americans collaborative effort of sticking their nasty ass gum all over everything. (photos courtesy shaun whiteman, drew, ken werwerka, rachel bibby, paul morriss, ministry, donald mcdougal, heartbeeps, via lustik)