Photography

Strangely Mesmerizing Photos of Amusement Park Rides

Although we rarely think about it, amusement park rides are designed with a very specific purpose in mind: to lure potential riders, particularly ones who are already overstimulated by the sights, sounds, and scents of the fairground. Hence the candy colors, the lights, the vague yet glamorous themes, like pop music and sports. German photographer Daniel Sebastian Schaub draws attention to all this artifice in Wondrous Whirligigs, a photo series that captures these strikingly similar rides vacant and at rest. The images (spotted via Fubiz) are mesmerizing, both in their subjects and in the starkness with which they depict what Schaub refers to as “the game of simulation.” … Read More

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X-Rays of Toys and Their Complex Interiors

If you were the kind of kid who enjoyed tearing the heads off your Barbie dolls and prying your toys open to see how things looked on the inside, Brendan Fitzpatrick’s will bring back a few memories. The Australian photographer is famous for his X-ray art. He uses chest X-rays and mammogram machines to explore the inner workings of various objects and natural forms. In this series, which we learned about on Colossal, the artist has scanned toy robots, guns, and action figures, revealing their complex interiors. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Subtle, Beautiful Photos of Man-Made Light Moving Through Natural Environments

This series of photos by Norwegian photographer Ole Brodersen goes by the name “Trespassing,” and it’s based around a fascinating concept: recording the movements of human-made objects through a series of pretty spectacular natural environments. The photos — which we spotted via Faith Is Torment — are long exposures taken so that the objects in question are represented as trails of light, their trajectories as organic and unpredictable as those of everything else in the settings that Brodersen chooses. And quite apart from the concept, they’re just really beautiful photos — painting-with-light photos too often devolve into novelty territory, but these are subtle and effective. The streaks of color serve more to accentuate the landscape then to dominate it, and the resultant images have a certain sense of stillness and serenity. There’s more of Brodersen’s work — along with a video documenting the creation of this series — at his website. … Read More

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We Love to Watch: Beautiful, Intimate Art Explores Voyeurism

We are all voyeurs, but it may be artists who are best at being voyeurs, because they’re able to take their desire to spy and to watch, and make it into a study of humanity. In the group exhibit Voyeur, which is in its last week at New York’s Lyons Wier Gallery, artists peek into the lives of others, creating startlingly personal works that walk the line between curiosity and violation. Lyons Wier gave us an exclusive sample of the work; click through to preview Voyeur, and if you’re in the city, make plans to visit the gallery before the exhibit closes on the 19th. … Read More

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Terry Richardson and ‘Playboy’ Can Have Each Other

Who the hell reads Playboy these days? The answer, perhaps inevitably, appears to be: Terry Richardson. As reported widely over the weekend, Uncle Terry has shot a 100-page special edition of the antediluvian porn mag, which comes out on Valentine’s Day next year. Richardson has posted some of the pictures on his blog (yes, of course they’re NSFW). Clearly, the idea of letting Richardson loose on a bunch of girls will have people asking what Playboy was thinking, and rightly so. But the abiding impression is that it’s all so… so lame. … Read More

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Bold, Beautiful Photos of Gender Non-conforming People

“Gender bender” is an offensive and generally awful term for transgender people, but it’s one that’s being reclaimed by activist Jacob Rostovsky and photographer Dusti Cunningham for a new project called Genderbent, a series of portraits and videos of people who don’t conform to conventional gender roles. The project is being crowd-funded at Indiegogo, and as per the description there, it aims to “showcase the beauty of those who have custommade and bent gender to make it their own.” Cunningham’s portraits certainly do an excellent job in this respect — they’re striking, bold images that portray beautifully the spirit and identity of their subjects. … Read More

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Comical Photos of People Falling In Disastrous Everyday Situations

Italian photographer Sandro Giordano, who we learned about on Photojojo, composes scenes that imagine the disastrous implications of everyday situations. The artist photographs his models in the awkward, nail-biting, and often hilarious moments after a fall. The angles are unflattering, bodies look comically broken, and there isn’t much room for modesty. “My photos tell the stories of people who live life at an exhausting pace, experiencing sudden blackouts. When the demands of the modern world become too much to cope with, our body rebels against our brain wreaking havoc in our day-to-day life,” the artist told iGNANT. See more from Giordano’s clever In Extremis series, below. … Read More

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Adorable Photos of Children Fighting the Monsters Hiding in Their Bedrooms

You know what kids are like: they think their rooms are infested with monsters, evil creatures hiding under their beds and lurking in their closets. In her series of digitally enhanced photos, Terreur (spotted via Fubiz), Laure Fauvel brings these nightmares to life — but instead of cowering under the covers, the real-life kids who are her subjects become heroes, fighting off their demons with plastic swords and fairy wands. … Read More

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Gregory Crewdson’s ‘Fireflies’ Photos Are a Bit of Summer Magic

In Gregory Crewdson‘s gorgeous black-and-white series Fireflies, the acclaimed photographer, best known for his large-scale portraits of suburban and rural spookiness in the essential Beneath the Roses and Twilight, turns his camera towards the daily flutter of fireflies during one summer in 1996. It’s a departure for Crewdson, looking in minute detail at the moment when hazy summer days give way to the magic of nights illuminated by the sparkle of fireflies. All 61 Fireflies photographs are currently on display at Wave Hill in the Bronx, in an exhibition that’s appropriately running all summer long with special events galore, until August 24th. … Read More

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Kenny Braun’s Black-and-White Photos Capture the Drama of the Texas Surfing Scene

There’s nothing better than sitting in your home or office, scrolling through photos of beautiful feats of athleticism you’ll never be able to accomplish. To help with this process, we present to you a series of gorgeous photographs from Kenny Braun’s book, Surf Texas, which we first spotted on It’s Nice That. As the title suggests, Braun’s photographs depict Texas’ surfing scene from Galveston to South Padre, a subculture that remains relatively unknown despite Texas being one of the top six surfing states in the country. I, for one, am still trying to wrap my head around cowboys and surfers coexisting in one place. … Read More

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