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Fingal’s Cave

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Fingal’s Cave, a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa off the west coast of Scotland, is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow. Its size and naturally arched roof, and the eerie sounds produced by the crashing sound of the waves against the rock are overwhelming. The cave’s Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means “the melodious cave.”

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Beneath Cold Seas – Photography by David Hall

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With Beneath Cold Seas, David Hall highlights his work in the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest, home of the diverse and visually spectacular marine life of this cold-water ecosystem. From tiny, candy-striped shrimp to giant Pacific octopus, rockfish schooling among kelp to orchid sea stars, Hall’s stunning photographs reveal both the symbiotic and predatory relationships that can be found in these waters.

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Surreal Wet Plate Photography by Alex Timmermans

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Alex Timmermans never imagined that a photographic process, which have been invented by Archer more than 160 years ago,was going to have such an influence on his passion for photography. Alex Timmermans, born in 1962, is a self-made photographer with a strong liking for ancient photographic techniques.He practiced photography throughout his whole life, starting with a Nikormat ftn. The change from analog to digital seemed to be a logical step. However, the excitement and magic of films got lost during this change; everything became more predictable … too predictable.Working on the wet plate process made photography inspiring again. Being able to use antique camera’s and brass lenses with a glorious photographic history like Dallmeyer, Hermagis and Darlot. It is pure because of the possibility to use ‘simple’ chemicals to reproduce amazingly detailed pictures. In this photographic process, coincidences will greatly influence the result. Apart from working with chemicals, these coincidences can be caused by the many different weather conditions as well.

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The Deep Blue Lakes of Afghanistan

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Band-e Amir National Park located in Afghanistan is a series of six turquoise lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The beautiful lakes were created by the carbon dioxide rich water that is drawn from the spring melt-water in the surrounding mountains and came out from faults and cracks in the rocky landscape. The site of Band-e Amir has been described as Afghanistan’s Grand Canyon. The contrast between the deep blue waters and the barren mountains is absolutely stunning.

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Creatures of the Night – Photography by Traer Scott

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In Nocturne: Creatures of the Night Traer Scott features 42 intimate portraits of nocturnal animals. Scott sets her subjects against dark backgrounds. The result is a “very controlled” and “minimal” look. “I wanted it to feel like the viewer was seeing an animal that had just emerged from the darkness and someone had shined a flashlight on it,” Scott said in an interview.

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Painted models blend in with NYC architecture

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Trina Merry body paints people to blend with their surroudings. Her models have been photographed near famous landmarks around New York City, including the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum and the iconic towers of downtown Manhattan.
“Bodypaint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience.” Merry says she came up with the idea for the series after moving to New York from the San Francisco area this year.

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Genesis – Photography by Sebastião Salgado

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Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist who has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. In 2004, Salgado began a project named “Genesis,” aiming at the presentation of the ‘unblemished’ faces of nature and humanity. It consists of a series of photographs of landscapes and wildlife, as well as of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures.

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Animals Creation… Illustrated

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Fun and creative  illustrations by Ricardo Solis, a Mexican artist based in Guadalajara. From a young age Solis attracted to art and nature, now as a professional artist tries to express in his work the beauty and perfection of both.

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Life-like Wood Sculptures by Bruno Walpoth

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Italian artist Bruno Walpoth creates haunting,  lifelike sculptures out of wood. Walpoth uses semi-translucent paint to coat his works, to ensure that the wood grains are visible. Each of his works is an attempt to breathe a living soul into carved wood. Walpoth points to the sculptures’ expressions: “When standing in front of the work, one should have the impression that the characters have a soul. I would like to achieve that.” He certainly achieved that!

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Aurland Viewing Bridge

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Aurland Viewing Bridge above Aurland, a small town in Sogn og Fjordane, one of the larger fjords on the West Coast of Norway, offers fantastic view of the fjord scenery . Designed by Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen from Saunders Architecture  the construction creates a distinct horizon to make the view even more dramatic. Nature first and architecture second was the guiding principle when architects sat down to design this project.

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