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Under Black Light by John Poppleton

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Black Light Bodyscapes is a body art series by artist John Poppleton. Bodyscapes combines the beauty of the female form with gorgeous nature scenes and phenomena. Using temporary fluorescent materials the scenes are painted directly on the skin and photographed under UV light in modest poses to create pieces of art.

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Animal Architecture Photography

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In Animal Architecture, a new book from Abrams, nature photographer Ingo Arndt explores marvels of nature with spectacular imagery, showcasing the complex and elegant structures that animals create both for shelter and for capturing prey. Arndt’s photographs display wonders such as the colourful mating arenas of bowerbirds in West Papua and the fantastic nests created by ants in Africa.

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Exploring Climate Change through Photorealistic Paintings

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Large scale pastel drawings that document Earth’s shifting landscape and the effects of progressive climate change.
Inspired by her childhood travels, Brooklyn-based Zaria Forman has taken recent trips to places like the NW coast of Greenland- retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford and documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape- and Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, and arguably the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

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Wire Fairies by Robin Wight

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Inspired by an inexplicable real life encounter, the fantasy fairies are painstakingly created from galvanised and stainless steel wire, by UK wire artist Robin Wight. Every fairy is a handmade sculpture uniquely crafted to your desired pose and installation requirements. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens.

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Waterfall-like Rock Formations in Mexico

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Located in the central valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, Hierve el Agua, looks very much like a waterfall stuck in time, but the cliff is a mineral formation that was created over thousands of years. These formations are created by fresh water springs, as the water scurries over the cliffs, the excess minerals are deposited, much in the same manner that stalactites are formed in caves.  Atop the cliffs are turquoise bathing pools that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

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Immersed – Photography by Annabelle Gaspar

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Annabelle Gaspar is a photographer who lives and works in Sydney. One of Gaspar’s skills as a photographer is her ability to use the underwater setting to intensify the drama within every image. Movement becomes dancelike and stillness becomes deafening. Mirrored surface reflections and fractured light shape the atmospheric qualities of the photographs and direct the viewer towards an emotive and personal reading of the works.
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Bringing Classic Books to Life

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Terry Border‘s artwork and humorous experiences have been noticed and  featured in international magazines, ranging from the USA to Russia and China. We have already featured his series called Bent Objects, where everyday objects came to life via the metal wires. This time with his series Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs  he breathes new life into classic paperbacks. The series focuses on the message of each book for inspiration for the pose it takes on.

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Inca Salt Ponds

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Salineras de Maras, or Inca salt pans located in the Peruvian Andes.
Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras, Peru, by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. Almost all the ponds are less than four meters square in area, and none exceeds thirty centimeters in depth. All are necessarily shaped into polygons with the flow of water carefully controlled and monitored by the workers.

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Surreal Photography by Ilya Kisaradov

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A selection of surrealist and expressive photographs by Russian photographer Ilya Kisaradov (aka ezorenier). The photographer’s subjects, mostly women , are shot in open air while the image of the birdcage appears a few times, possibly symbolizing imprisonment. The whole collection is all about breaking free of confinement and no longer being silenced.

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