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Liquid Experiments Produce Hypnotizing Swirls of Color

New York-based artist Kim Keever experiments with colorful tinted paints and water to create these beautifully abstract, hypnotizing formations. As a former thermal engineer for NASA projects, Keever tends to veer his work towards the scientific and experimental.

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10 Photos of Babies Dressed as Book Characters

In honor of the U.K.’s National Storytelling Week (Feb 1. - Feb 8.), photo studio Venture Photography had a novel idea: To recreate classic kids’ books with adorable babies. The images are definitely something to write home about.

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20 of the Most Unbelievable Places

This world of ours is full of beautiful places, places of truly epic proportions. I’ve hand picked 20 places that really made me go “Wow!”, places that really take the cake when it comes to awe-inspiring beauty.

So without further ado, the 20 most amazing places on this beautiful planet of ours:

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Wisteria Flower Tunnel – Japan

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Interview: Francisco Negroni on His Volcano Lightning Photos

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When we first saw Negroni’s lightning-streaked photographs of the Cordón Caulle volcano, we were blown away. We found this interview with the Photographer on PopPhoto and thought you would enjoy hearing the back story behind the photos as much as we did. 

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Photographer Inserts Herself into Childhood Photos to Create Amazing Double Self-Portraits

A British-based photographer has created a spectacularly nostalgic collection of pictures in which she explores an imaginary meeting between her past and present selves.

Chino Otsuka moved from Japan to the United Kingdom when she was 10 to attend school, and was forced to navigate a new place, different language and new customs while also navigating adolescence.

She said this significant change in her life profoundly shaped her photography and it also planted the seed for her stunning series Imagine Finding Me.

Otsuka uses digital techniques to create the double self-portraits, which show her present self in various places she has visited, alongside her past self at different stages of her youth.

In the earliest images, she appears in 1975 as a young child, dressed in the distinctive clothing of that time. She peers out of a train somewhere in Spain and sits on a park bench in Paris, France.

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In the later ones, circa 1985, she is an adolescent, a young woman still growing comfortable with her place in the world.

However, in each of the images if Otsuka’s present, or at least more recent self, standing in a somewhat protective way with the child, or perhaps just passing by.

She said the digital process in her work becomes a tool, almost like a time machine.

'I'm embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history,' Otsuka said, adding that the idea of bumping into yourself somewhere on the stairs or in a hotel lobby fascinates her. For this reason, many of the images are set in transitional places, such as bridges or parks.

The talented photographer was a finalist for the AGO AIMIA Photography Prize in 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and her poignant pictures have been published in a book titled, Photo Album.


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Heat Map of the World’s Most Photographed Places

Tourists rejoice. A new Google-generated “heat map” showing the most photographed locations on Earth means you’ll know exactly how to get to the most vacation slideshow-worthy spots on the globe.

The map accounts for the top 15,000 most photographed locations in Google’s Panorimo service, where users can submit geotagged photographs for inclusion in Google Earth. New York tops the list, but even a cursory glance shows that Europe is absolutely ablaze with shutter clicks. Locations are viewable down to street level, and are ranked based on the number of shots within a few square miles of the center of a given location.

Each location is linked to the original images, Google’s Street View, its Wikipedia entry and other online resources like a route planner, meaning you’ll never need another tour bus to show you all the photographic hot spots. If, on the other hand, you can’t stand tourists, this map will be useful for showing you where you should avoid.

(via Wired)

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Spectacular Shots of Golden Hour Across the World

The golden hour in photography refers to the first and last hour of sunlight during the day, when the light is just perfect for a spectacular shot. During the golden hour, the warm colors of the sun enhance the colors of any scene. In particular, they can cast beautiful, glowing shades of gold and blue onto expansive landscapes and cityscapes.

Recently, National Geographic asked its Your Shot community to submit their best photos taken during the magical time of day. Inside their latest gallery, Golden Hour, you’ll find these awe-inspiring images. Here are some of our favorites.

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"Hiding in the City"

The photographs below are selections from the 40-year-old Liu’s “Hiding in the City” series, a collection that has the artist covered fully in body paint, blending into the backgrounds behind him like a human chameleon.

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Liu Bolin has completed 100 “invisible” paintings in his “Hiding in the City” series over the past eight years, and the artist shot and composed the photo series in numerous cities across the globe, including New York and Venice.

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20 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013

2013 brought yet another year full of strange, interesting and inspiring moments in photography. Let’s go on a little journey…in no particular order.

1. Haley Morris-Cafiero Examined Our Reaction to Her Weight
We’ve all done it. Stared at the fat guy/girl on the street or in a store. Haley Morris-Cafiero’s Wait Watchers documents people reacting to her weight, the result of her hypothyroidism, and makes a strong cultural statement on how we judge people in our daily lives. When we think no one is watching, our honest, visceral reactions come through. Using an assistant to trigger the shot, this particular image of a not-so-svelte policeman mocking her with his hat perfectly illustrates the degradation of decorum in our society.

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Photo by Haley Morris-Cafiero

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Photos of an Amazing Childhood in Africa

Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers and filmmakers Sylvie Robert and Alain Degré, was blessed with an amazing childhood. image

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