These colourful rock formations in the Gansu province of China are spectacular. The Zhangye Danxia Landforms naturally boast rich hues of red, green, and gold in addition to the normal rock pigments of brown, black, and white. Wow.
(via My Modern Met)
Influenced by a childhood memory of waiting in a car whilst his parents were shopping in a supermarket, London-based artist Martin Usborne’s project The Silence of Dogs in Cars captures his fear of being alone and unheard.
Since 2010 Thierry Cohen has devoted himself to a single project – “Villes Eteintes” (Darkened Cities) – which depicts the major cities of the world as they would appear at night without light pollution: how they would look if we could see the stars. Brilliant.
Cohen’s method is original and precise and harkens back to the methodologies employed by early 19th century photographers like Gustave Le Grey. He photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and the Atacama Desert. There he sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers.
Compositing the two images, Cohen creates a single new image full of resonance and nuance. The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections between disparate locations. Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by obscuring the visibility of stars? As the world’s population becomes increasingly urban, there is a disjunction with the natural world which both Cohen and science posit causes both physical and psychological harm. Cities that never sleep are made up of millions of individuals breaking natural cycles of work and repose. Cohen’s photographs attempt to restore our vision, and in beautifully crafted prints and images offer the viewer a possibility – to re-connect us to the infinite energy of the stars.
(via Beautiful Decay)
Zoo Portraits is a funny photo series by Barcelona-based photographer Yago Partal that pairs animal heads with human bodies. Made me laugh.
Russian physician turned artist Leonid Tishkov’s latest project consists of a portable crescent moon photographed in nostalgic and sentimental scenes all over the world. Creating images in China, New Zealand, Taiwan, The Arctic, France and beyond, Tishkov’s global ongoing project tells the story of ” a man who met the moon and stayed with her forever.”
The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures - everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.
(via Beautiful Decay)