About 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang city in China, and surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Lake can be called a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. Actually, it resembles a crescent fallen down into the desert. Crescent Lake sits on the edge of an ancient city that once saw traders embark on their journey along the Silk Road to the West. Since the 1960’s the depth of the lake continually declined, but in 2006 the local government with help of the central government started to fill the lake and restore its depth. Its depth and size have been growing yearly since then.
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.
Drawing from an archive of collected material, Suzanne Moxhay creates intricate and complex photomontage images. Her method was derived in part from the early filmmaking technique of matte painting, where backdrops were painted on sheets of glass and integrated by the camera with the live-action on set. She builds up the image in her studio using cutout fragments of source material, which she makes into small stage sets on glass panels. She then re-photographs the sets and manipulates the images digitally, an act of reprocessing which takes them further away from their original context and broadens the narrative potential. Her source material is drawn from an archive of collected imagery, from mid 20th century books and magazines to contemporary found photographs as well as her own photographs and paintings…
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Out of Bounds (OOB) is an interesting photo effect where the object or scene in the image seems to jump right out of the photo or its borders. It is a photo manipulation technique to add an illusion of 3-dimsnsionality to a flat photo.
Butterflies of the species Greta Oto are commonly called clearwings or glasswings and come from Central America. The tissues of their wings look like glass thus giving them the transparent wings. Those transparent wings make it difficult for predatory birds to track the butterflies in flight.
Rich McCor (a.k.a. Paperboyo) was trying to find different ways of photographing iconic London landmarks when he came up with the idea. By combining photography with his paper-cutting skills he came up with the idea of turning Big Ben into a wristwatch. After that he started looking at the landmarks and architecture around him in a different way, and he kept on taking photos. Since starting the project, McCor has also taken photos in cities across the world.