Photographs Of Darkened Cities by. Thierry Cohen

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Since 2010, Paris-born artist thierry cohen has been developing ‘Villes Eteintes’ (darkened cities) – which depict 
the major cities of the world as they would appear at night without light pollution. Using methodologies 
employed by early 19th century photographers like Gustave Le Grey, Cohen captures images of certain regions, documenting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscapes, he then tracks the
 earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and
 the Atacama desert, setting up his camera to record what is lost to modern
 urban dwellers.

Compositing the two images, Cohen creates a single new image full of resonance
 and nuance. The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we
 are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections between disparate
 locations. Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by obscuring the visibility 
of stars? as the world’s population becomes increasingly urban, there is a
disjunction with the natural world which both Cohen and science posit causes both
 physical and psychological harm. Cities that never sleep are made up of millions 
of individuals breaking natural cycles of work and repose. The series
 attempts to restore our vision, hoping to re-connect users to the infinite energy of the stars.

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See the Aurora Borealis from above the sky

ISS029-E-06020The best time to see the aurora borealis here on Earth is during the coldest and darkest nights of the year, so people in the Northern Hemisphere still have a few more nights of ideal viewing. However, here on Earth we only get to see half the show. But luckily for us, the folks orbiting 240 miles above us on the International Space Station have been documenting what we’ve been missing. The aurora borealis and its southern sister, the aurora australis, are just as breathtaking from above, and the astronauts get a clear view any time of year. These atmospheric light shows are a product of charged particles interacting with the Earth’s magnetic sphere and are often tied to solar wind or other sun surface activity. Whichever way you look at it, the phenomenon is surreal. Check out this preternatural light show.4725786555_51a3481f25_z6852803799_06f470ed10_z6263729511_e7fdb56ec5_z6259342762_f1b5112daf_z5389952057_a9e06e5ae1_z6267660972_790c924e2c_zPretty spectacular stuff..

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Sweeping Nude Photography by. Shinichi Maruyama

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Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama is well known for his colliding liquid photography – immortalising moments split seconds before they are lost to gravity. In his latest body of work, ‘Nude’, Maruyama continues his exploration of movement through photography - re-envisioning the language of traditional nude artwork and combining this with a reference to time. The abstract striding limbs create almost painterly strokes across a hidden canvas -  a sweep of flesh filling space. The conceptual artistic interrogation reminds one of the beauty of the human body, not through form, but through the ethereal capacity of human motion – reminding one of the power of dance, theatre and gesture.

 

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Aerial Images Capture The Hindu Colour Festival by. Katrin Korfmann

German artist katrin korfmann is presenting her latest photographic work ‘Kolorit’ at kai hilgemann gallery in Berlin. The title of the collection translates in english from the german word ‘colouring’ – however also references a metaphor to describe a culture or lifestyle in a foreign place.

The three part body of work – ‘red’, ‘yellow’ and ‘purple’- is a result of a project trip to India earlier in 2012, where Korfmann documents the hindu ritual known as the ‘holi’ festival. The event is a celebration of colour and the welcoming of the new spring season, the iconic tradition sees thousands of people catapult pigmented powder and perfume at one another. In Korfmann’s triptych the passing of time at a particular location is shown through a change of colours. The work is supported by the artist’s renowned birds-eye view of bustling indian cities and culture -  the triptych particularly capturing the compelling detail exploding from each scene – seizing the infectious energy, vitality and spirit so unique to the tradition.Pretty epic stuff from above..

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Electrocuted Flowers By Robert Buelteman

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San-franciscan artist Robert Buelteman‘s latest images from his residency at Stanford’s university’s jasper ridge biological preserve are a clear example of dedicated artistry. The work is a series of electrocuted flower photographs that are each created without a camera or computer manipulation – but through a re-appropriated method of photography known as kirlian – and 80,000 volts.The technique – a high-voltage photogram process which gained popularity in the 1930s – is considered highly dangerous and painstaking to the point where very few people will attempt it. Buelteman will begin the arduous process by meticulously whittling down foliage such as flowers, twigs and plants with a scalpel until they are almost transparent. He then lays each sample on colour transparency film and covers it with a diffusion screen which is positioned on a piece of sheet metal sandwiched between plexiglas, floating in liquid silicone.Buelteman zaps everything with an electric pulse and the electrons jump from the sheet metal, through the silicone and the flower while leaving the jumper cables. The result is hand-painted with white light shining through an optical fibre the width of a human hair - a process so tricky each image can take up to 150 attempts. The work is a series of striking illuminated images published in a book entitled ‘signs of life‘.

Wow these are epic! Buelteman has outdone himself with these awesome pieces of art.. always a pleasure seeing something for the first time.. Big ups and congrats and a well executed idea.

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Sony’s GoPro Killer – The Most Badass Action Cam Yet

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Sony are dropping some serious heat with this one. Go Pro just got some stiff competition. The appropriately-named Sony Action Cam(R1600.00-R2400.00) is set to make a run at the current POV sports cam king, under the hood the action cam is rocking renowned Sony imaging technologies like a 16-megapixel Exmor R sensor, ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, SteadyShot image stabilization, Full HD recording with a 4x slow mode available at 720p, Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC slots, a built-in stereo microphone, and an HDMI output. An included, ruggedized waterproof case with a universal tripod mount will keep the electronics safe from water down to 197 feet, and there will also be a Wi-Fi version that allows for easy retrieval of your latest videos using nothing but a smartphone — no cable required.Sony might just have one-upped every other action camera out there. Who wouldn’t want better filming in HD and better slow motion fps? Good on them.

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The Nude Body As A Landscape For Miniature Scenes Pt. 2 By Allan Teger

Self-taught american photographer Allan Teger’s new images from his body of work ‘bodyscapes®’, with a series of black and white photographs depicting miniature scenes on the nude body mimicking various landscapes. The images are not double exposures and uses no digital manipulation, only small scale figures arranged on the naked form to illustrate predominantly outdoor activities, where a belly-button may act as a lake or a sculpted derrière as a mountain.These are effing awesome…

This is part 2 of the series. To view part one – click here

 

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Andreas Franke: Underwater Photography Exhibition

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Andreas franke an Austrian photographer embarked on a diving expedition down into the artificial reef general Hoyt S. Vandenberg located 100 feet below sea level, seven miles south of key west. Having documented the trip and the shipwreck site, Andreas digitally manipulated the images he had caught to depict surreal everyday scenes from the past, taking place underwater. The series consists of 12 photos ‘life below the surface’ can be viewed installed at the location of the sunken ship of which the images take place.

To withstand the more than wet conditions, each piece print is encased between sheets of plexiglas encased by a stainless steel frame
whereby a silicon seal helps deter water from entering. the artworks are attached to the ship by strong magnets which offer a
damage free removal at the end of the exhibition.mystified scenes of the past that play in a fictional space. Dreamworlds, where you can get lost or you can identify with. This makes new and unexpected atmosphere.’ – andreas franke.

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Lensbaby Special Effects Lens System For DSLR’s

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lensbaby is a simple solution designed to let photographers achieve awesome effects that would normally require complex filters and post production techniques. Its selection of units include both lens bodies – which combine bellows and ball-and-socket mechanisms to achieve photographic special effects – and optics specialized to focus ranges, diverse focal lengths and f-stops. All work with most SLR and DSLR cameras.

Lensbaby innovative ‘ optic swap system’ lets optics be changed into lens bodies, letting a range of diverse functionalities all be used in conjunction with the bodies ‘focusing on tilt effects. Lensbaby currently has four lenses on offer(each sold with an optic pre-installed) and 8 specific optics.

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