Impure Photography – Photographer uses chemical pollutants to manipulate his images

Brandon Seidler

Photographer  Brandon Seidler takes photos of contaminated sites in and around New Jersey and the Hudson River, and then takes his photographic negatives and soaks them in the very same chemicals found to be polluting  the bodies of water and land he’s documenting. 

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The Smog Free Tower : world’s largest air-purifier

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as “the largest air-purifier in the world”, the Smog Free Tower has been installed in Rotterdam.

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Flower Turns Transparent in the Rain

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Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. native to moist wooded mountainsides in colder regions of China and Japan, has petals that turn transparent with the rain. Blooming from mid-spring to early-summer, these little pretties prefer shady conditions and should only receive partial sunlight. While these characteristics and preferences may seem on the level, it’s when it rains that this pretty flower displays its uniqueness.

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Toxic beauty – Stunning photos of village flooded by a toxic lake

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Geamana is an abandoned village in Romania. The place makes for some intriguing pictures but it has a very sad story. In 1978 the communist regime forced the inhabitants of Geamana to move out so that an artificial lake could take its place that served as a kind of catch-basin for the nearby Roșia Poieni’s copper mine contaminated sludge to flow into. The lake, is a giant crater, filled mostly with acid red water. The tower of the church, the roofs of a few houses and various dead treetops are the only remnants today. Continue reading

Ghoramara – On The Shore of a Vanishing Island

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The island of Ghoramara is located on a delta region in West Bengal, India. A rise in sea levels has washed away more than 50% of Ghoramara island since the 1980s, prompting two-thirds of its population to leave. The continually receding shore and vanishing vegetation leave behind a coast of sediment holding an ironic beauty of its own amid the increasingly barren shores. Daesung Lee, an international photojournalist, situated villagers on the shore and took portraits of them in juxtaposition with the beauty of the vanishing island.

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The Monkey Orchid

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These rare primate-esque flowers are formally known as Dracula simia. They  only grow in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters on the side of mountains. In the scientific name, “simia” refers to the monkey face and “Dracula” refers to the two long spurs that hang down, almost like fangs.

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The Bizzare Landscape of Socotra Island

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An island off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is home to hundreds of plants found nowhere else on earth like the Dragon’s Blood Tree and Desert Rose looking like a blooming elephant leg. There are almost no roads on the island, which is also home to a collection of caves and a number of shipwrecks.

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