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Macabre Sculptures by Maria Rubinke

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Danish artist Maria Rubinke creates traditional porcelain sculptures, but  in a twisted  manner. Her sculptural works portrait children in gruesome situations. A combination of cute and gore. Although criticized  by many, Maria Rubinke has her unique art style.

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Capturing the glow of the evening light – Photography by Emerald Wake

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Polish artistic photographer Emerald Wake prefers to photograph at dusk when day changes into night and the harsh sunlight goes away to give its place to the warm and soft glow of the evening light.
Poetic macro and nature photography.

All images ©Emerald Wake

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Aerial Photography of Salt Ponds in San Francisco by Cris Benton

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Taken with the help of a handmade kite rig, Cris Benton suspends a camera controlled by remote to capture these striking photographs of colorful salt ponds which stretch for miles. Impressive landscapes of the San Francisco Bay area that most of them could be mistaken for abstract paintings.

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Photography – Tiny Creatures

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Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko captures spectacular images of little creatures interacting with their natural surroundings.

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How to Disappear – Paintings by Moki Mioke

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Moki Mioke in her acrylic paintings merges humans with nature, cloaking them in green meadows or calm waters. The Berlin-based artist finds inspiration in Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki’s work (Spirited Away) as well as in nature.  As Moki explains the paintings depict lonely northern landscapes: isolated Scandinavian and Icelandic terrain, a subarctic frozen lake continent, untouched caves and moss meadows, and mountains sculpted into anatomical shapes by wind and water.
Many of Moki’s works can be found in her  book, a 128-page hardcover called How to Disappear.

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The Decorated Houses of Tiébélé

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Tiébélé, a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, is known for its amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture. Houses are made of a sun-dried mix of clay, soil, straw and cow droppings, mixed by foot to create strong pottery-like structures. The walls are painted with colored mud and chalk and tell an expressive story of the ancient tribe’s culture. Decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s an old practice that dates from the sixteenth century.

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Picturesque Villages of Faroe Islands

Situated in the Gulf Stream, midway between Norway and Iceland, the 18 islands that make up the Faroes is an archipelago and autonomous country within Denmark. The Danish name translates as “the islands of sheep”. The islands are rugged and rocky with cliffy coasts. The multicoloured cottages and the lush green landscape attract photographers with its fantastic play of light between sun, cloud, meadow, cliff, and sea.

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Weird Inventions from the Past, Part 2

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An experimental flying bicycle (Photo by Easyart/PA Wire)

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The Surreal Photo Collages of Jim Kazanjian

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Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s dark cosmology and horror films, Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian creates surreal architectural photo collages. Kazanjian never takes any photographs himself, but instead combines as many as 50 images found on the internet to create each collage in the series. “My method of construction has an improvisational and random quality to it, since it is largely driven by the source material I have available,” says Kazanjian. “I think of the work as a type of mutation which can haphazardly spawn in numerous and unpredictable directions.” The result: a surreal world in black and white.

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Thailand Sunsets – Photography by Saravut Whanset

Amazing sunset photos by Thai photographer Saravut Whanset. The focus of this series is on people interacting with nature.

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