Brilliant Geometric Photos of Hong Kong’s Neon Signs, Shot From a Surprising Angle

Though at first they look like they could be TRON backgrounds or renderings of computer circuit boards, the images below are photos take in the real world of Hong Kong at night. For the series he calls Eye Carry the Night, the Spanish-born photographer Rainer Torrado shot the unmistakable neon signs of the Wan Chai district from below. They are, of course, entirely unreadable from this angle — but the geometric patterns formed by tubes, wires, and metal frames might be even more beautiful this way. Click through to view the series, which we spotted via Junk Culture. … Read More

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Strangely Disorienting Close-up Photos of Shampooed Hair

It looks like a black-and-white photo of snow on pine needles, or just some abstract form… until you glimpse an unmistakable sliver of flesh and finally realize what you’re looking at. In this series, which appeared in the magazine Numero China (and which we spotted via Designboom), Hong Kong-based photographer Cheuk… Read More

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Photos of Backyard Anarchy at a Rural Skate Park

Seattle Times writer Tom Keogh described the 88-acre skate park known as Skatopia as an “anarchist paradise and commercial enterprise on Ohio farmland, created by a charismatic outlaw.” Running the show is pro skater Brewce Martin. His annual backyard parties known as the Bowl Bash and Backwoods Blow Out are legendary. Martin — and Skatopia — has a history of violence (in the middle of the 2010 documentary Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy, Brewce spends 60 days in jail for assault), but the skaters are deeply passionate and their leader has a brand/marketing prowess hiding underneath that rough exterior. Between the sex, parties, and skateboarding, photographer Stacy Kranitz, who we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, captured the crew hanging out in their rural oasis, revealing what it’s like to come of age on wheels in the woods. … Read More

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Fascinating, Evocative New Images of New York’s Abandoned Spaces

A few months ago, we ran some images from NYC photographer Will Ellis’s blog Abandoned NYC, which has for the last few years documented the corners of the city you never see — abandoned buildings, inaccessible islands, and various other fascinatingly atmospheric locales. Happily, Ellis has landed a book deal for his photos — Abandoned NYC, the book, is out this week and available here. (It’ll also be in stores and available via online retailers.) To celebrate, Ellis was kind enough to share a few previously unseen images with us — click through to check them out. … Read More

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‘Sports Illustrated’ Lays Off Last of Its Staffers in Photography Department

Sports Illustrated has officially laid off the last six staff photographers in their photo department. Director of photography Brad Smith… Read More

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Vintage Photos of Enviable Partygoers

Now that we’ve entered the dead of winter, the cold weather and snow are great excuses to throw a little party (you know, like in the new season of Girls). This week, we were crushing hard on some vintage photos of a wild Halloween shindig in 1964, spotted on Dangerous Minds (featured below). The costumes, revelry, and apparent furniture glued to the ceiling (is that a dead body?) really set the mood. We went searching for some party inspiration and gathered these photos of vintage blowouts that we wish we could have attended. … Read More

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Beautifully Blurred Photos Taken from a Moving Train

London-based artist Rolf Sachs, who we discovered on Photojojo, traveled across Switzerland along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina Railway line taking photos from the moving train. Camera in Motion – From Chur to Tirano, supported by Leica Camera, explores the landscape through blurred impressions that at turns resemble watercolor paintings and glitch art.

“Having grown up and gone to school in the Engadin valley, I regularly travelled on the Albula/Bernina Railway line and developed a great appreciation for the natural beauty and diversity of the surrounding Alpine landscape,” Sachs writes on his website. “The scenery continuously surprises me as I discover new details with every journey. I wanted to experiment with combining the motion of the train with these remarkable views. The photographic results are intriguing and have gone beyond our expectations, as the camera manages to capture images that the human eye could not begin to perceive.” Take a closer look in our gallery, and watch a video of Sachs discussing the long-term project. … Read More

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Food Porn: Nudes Feasting on Takeout in Bed

Sarah Bahbah, aka Raised by the Wolves, takes the expression “food porn” to the extreme. The Australian photographer, who we learned of on Design You Trust, captures her nude subjects getting up close and personal with their pizza, burgers, and fries. Sex and Takeout is exactly what it sounds like: models posing suggestively with their snacks and snaps of hungry couples in bed feeding their various appetites. With the Internet’s weird obsessions over certain foods — first cupcakes, then bacon, and now pizza is king — Bahbah’s series is sure to find fans. The images are silly and sexy, and sure to inspire a takeout order after your next roll in the hay. … Read More

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Rare Photos of the New York City Punk Scene in the ’70s and ’80s

The progenitors of punk probably never imagined themselves in photographs that would be selling at art auctions, but the New York City scene during the ‘70s and ’80s continues to prove irresistible. Allan Tannenbaum’s rare “punk portfolio” is up for auction — and the kind folks at artnet Auctions gave us a preview of the images. From 1973 to ’82, Tannenbaum was SoHo Weekly News’ chief photographer and photo editor, covering art, music, and political happenings, capturing New York City nightlife at underground clubs like the Mudd Club, CBGB, and Max’s Kansas City. All the familiar players are featured in Tannenbaum’s set, including a very sweaty Iggy Pop, Sid Vicious being dragged off by the police, and a chic Debbie… Read More

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Breathtaking Neon-Tinged Aerial Shots of New York City at Night

New York City has been photographed in many, many ways: from above, from below, from street level, its traffic often held in an extended exposure to create that famed river of lights. Yet these photos by Vincent Laforet, which came our way via Storehouse, manage to do something new, their tilt-shift perspectives leveling the playing field and re-contextualizing the funhouse lights of Times Square. Laforet captures the symmetry and chaos of the nighttime city, the neon and geometry of which bring to mind a kind of futuristic cityscape from Sim City rather than an actual, real-life thing. More of Laforet’s work, some of which does not look at all like this particular project, can be found at his website. … Read More

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