Photography

Charming Photos of a Bookworm Reading in Unexpected Public Places

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Prague-based photographer Jakub Pavlovsky has one motto: take the time to read — anywhere, anytime. His self-portrait series Book’s Calling, which we spotted on Lost at E Minor, features the artist sitting cross-legged and buried in a book in some rather unusual and beautiful spots. Pavlovsky pays no mind to the crowds that bustle around him while sitting in the middle of the street. He reads atop public sculptures, on bridges, in the middle of a subway car, in a field, and other unusual spots. The photographer’s Instagram account is full of inspiring images that make us want to grab our favorite book and head outside to take a seat wherever we damn well please. Pavlovsky has also donated several hundred books to local retirement communities to further promote the love and importance of reading, hoping to encourage others to do the same.
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Stunning Photos of a Haitian Art Collective’s Ingenious Interpretation of the Tarot

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Since 2007, award-winning photographer Alice Smeets, who we discovered on Supersonic, has been traveling to and living in Haiti, documenting the country and its people. Moved by Haitian spirituality and a group of artists in the slums of downtown Port-au-Prince known as Atis Rezistans, Smeets collaborated with the group to create a stunning photographic version of the tarot deck. Replicating scenes from the popular Rider-Waite deck with found objects and original works of art, featuring the Atis Rezistans as models, the artists titled the series The Ghetto Tarot.
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Photos of a Bizarre College-Age Fan Club That Worships Putin as a Pinup

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Most Americans seem to know Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, from the controversial, anti-Putin Pussy Riot protests and the many GIFs that mock his absurd attempts at establishing a hyper-masculine image in the media. But there is a segment of the Russian population that idolizes the political figure, including a group of teens and 20-somethings who look at Putin as a kind of pinup.
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Revealing Close-Up Photos of Creatives’ Pencils

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Most people reach for their laptops or iPads when giving shape to their ideas. But for all our conveniences, there are some things that a computer just can’t do like the humble pencil. In a new photo series by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, first spotted on Photojojo, the duo captures close-up images of the pencils used by artists, designers, writers, and tastemakers. Most of the subjects are British, and we would love to see more women involved with the project, but you needn’t be familiar with those featured to appreciate how unique their tools are and the way tiny details reveal personality traits. Browse the series in our gallery, and get to know the secret life of the pencil.
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Nothing Is Embarrassing: On Kim Kardashian’s Strangely Liberating Book of Selfies

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Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s new 445-page book of selfies, is a bit of a party trick. Pull out the compact, three-pound art book at a social function, and people clamor to flip through the hundreds of near-identical selfies that chart Kim’s evolution both as a human and as a brand (is there a difference?). Some took a meta selfie with the book, Kim’s damp bosom and dewy face overshadowing their own smiles in the foreground.
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The Ethereal Beauty of Drowned Flowers

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Sydney-based photographer Lisa Sorgini’s has a penchant for flowers. The artist, who we discovered on Fubiz, captures their natural beauty in her series Flotsam, which finds colorful blooms drowned in water. Tiny air bubbles create the illusion that these petals are Shakespeare’s Ophelia, reborn. Sorgini’s bouquets are water flowers, sturdy emergent plants, but the photographer depicts them as vulnerable in their own environment when encountering the human touch.
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Fascinating Photos That Explore the Confluence of Digital and Analog

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As someone who’s a fan of isometric video games like SimCity and ’90s RPGs in general, the work of photographer Andrew B. Myers (which we spotted via Feature Shoot), caught my eye for one simple reason: it looks like it’s straight out of one of those games! But it’s not, and the closer you look, the more the subtleties of Myers’ work reveal themselves. These are real objects, set out like a sort of virtual still life: his images aren’t all isometric, but whatever the perspective, these images seem to explore a sort of uncanny border zone between the digital and the “real.” You can see more of Myers’ work at his website.
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Haunting Photos of Abandoned Soviet Buildings

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Photographer Rebecca Litchfield, who we discovered on Fubiz, is fascinated by the abandoned architecture that still stands across 13 countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. She has documented the crumbling state of many schools, theaters, asylums, and factories that were left to the elements, a ghostly reference to the fallen Communist empire. “Rebecca’s work shines a light on a society shrouded by the cold war, offering a touching document of the daily lives of the Soviet people,” the artist’s website shares. These are the classrooms, job sites, and arts halls where the population once gathered, now forgotten by time. See more of Litchfield’s haunting work in our gallery. Purchase her book Soviet Ghosts for more photographs.
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Old-Timey Portraits of Celebrities Captured With a Vintage Camera

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“We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop,” says photographer Victoria Will. The artist captured celebrities at this year’s Sundance Film Festival using the old-timey tintype technique that hails from the 19th century. Back then, photos needed eight minutes to develop, which left sitters struggling through the ultra-long exposure time. To aid the process during the festival, Will used modern flash heads with a powerful light to speed up the process. Here are rarely seen portraits of celebrities, wrinkles and all, with a great old-fashioned feeling.
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