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Ethereal Photos of Ice in Iceland

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Standing on the shores of Iceland’s black sand beach, South Carolina-based photographer Richard Bernabe captures pyramidal iceberg fragments thrust from the sea. At dawn and dusk, the otherworldly ice sculptures are set aglow with pink rays, sparkling like gems against the dark sand.

Mirjam Bleeker’s Dreamy Photos of Sunlit Interiors and Delectable Sweets

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Amsterdam-based travel and documentary photographer Mirjam Bleeker has visited everywhere from Ibiza to Brazil, Kenya to Chile. Her photographs, many of which were shot at hotels, capture the essence of the culture and climate of their region, evoking the scents and smells of faraway places.

Artist Recreates the Animal Kingdom in Breathtaking Collage Installation

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For his spellbinding installations The Island of Dr. Mastrovito and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II, Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito filled a room with thousands of hand-cut life-size images pulled from nature books. In this simulated landscape, flora and fauna abound, covering with joyous fecundity the bare walls of No Longer Empty in Governors Island, NYC and later Switzerland’s MuDAC museum.

Surprisingly Sweet Portraits of People with Their Pet Skunks

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photograph by  Vincent J Musi © vincentjmusi.com

When you think of skunks, the first word that pops into your head might not be “cuddly,” but to a thriving community of skunk enthusiasts, the furry critters the perfect addition to the family. National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi has seen his fair share of exotic and wild animals, but nothing could have prepared him for Skunk Fest, an annual September event in Ohio that unites fellow skunk lovers and their animals. Setting up a makeshift studio, Musi captured attendants of all ages with their unusual companions.

Photojournalist Ben Lowy Launches a Bold New Commercial Website

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Ben Lowy, the award-winning photojournalist known for his strong editorial images taken in war zones recently launched a new Squarespace website for his commercial work, differentiating his two distinct brands while keeping his photographic aesthetic intact. Lowy, who is one of those extremely prolific photographers, is able to create dynamic commercial work that appears as sensitive as his journalistic work, but for clients like Exxon, The Olympics, Dasani and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. While he says he’s always going back to his “fighting work and violence in America” projects, his photographic ideology is inextricably linked with storytelling, whether for commercial or editorial interests. We asked him a few questions about launching the new site.

Why was it important for you to distinguish your corporate/commercial work on a separate website?
“After a decade working in the editorial world, I realized that it was really hard to mix two distinct markets. The subject matter and aesthetic of my editorial site was completely different from what I wanted to show in my commercial site and we couldn’t quite reconcile the two. As a photographer who made my name covering conflict, I found that some of the content of my work was inappropriate in a commercial context and even made potential commercial clients wary. I also started getting a lot of comments from art buyers who thought that I would be really serious and brooding because they had this preconceived idea of who I was after viewing my editorial work.  I wanted to introduce myself and my personality more into the commercial site.”

The Piercing Stares of Holy Men in Pushkar, India

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Having journeyed everywhere from Mongolia to Italy, travel and portrait photographer Brian Hodges seeks a genuine connection with each of his subjects, no matter how different they might be from one another. By framing those from diverse communities against a blank backdrop, he removes them from their cultural surroundings in hopes of highlighting the shared humanity that extends beyond geographical and social barriers. Here, he explores Pushkar, India, a Hindu pilgrimage site, through a group of sadhus, or holy men.

Photo du Jour: Handstand in Lake Michigan

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When New York City-based photographer Daniel Seung Lee visited Chicago in 2011, he was struck by the depthless tides of Lake Michigan. The sandy floor seemed to hover just below the surface of the water, allowing bathers to effortlessly wander far from the shore without a need to swim. During one balmy summer dip, Lee photographed his friend performing a handstand amidst the quiet, rippling water.

Eyeballs, Vaginas and Raves in Chicago: Matthew Leifheit Talks to Us About Vice’s Latest Photo Issue

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Photo by Michael Bühler-Rose

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Every year I look forward to getting the Vice photo issue. If I could describe the issue in one word, it would be fresh: full of imagery I’ve never seen from (many) photographers I’ve never heard of. We don’t miss much here at Feature Shoot, and Vice always keeps it interesting. This year, with new photo editor Matthew Leifheit at the helm, is no exception.

I asked Leifheit a few questions about nudity, Terry Richardson, fruit topiaries and the opening party this Thursday night in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Moving Photo Series Captures the Loneliness of Zoo Animals in the Winter

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For Necrofilia I, Spanish photographer Toni Amengual explores his own feelings of isolation by capturing the secret sorrows of zoo animals. After purchasing an annual pass to the Barcelona Zoo, he found himself visiting the animals in the dead of winter. Imbued with a mysterious and primitive intensity, these shadowed visions echo the artist’s own anxieties. In captivity, the exotic creatures are kept safe from the dangers of the wild, tended to with human hands, and yet this security comes with a crushing loss of freedom, a reality that for Amenguel mirrors modern human experience.

Liquid Smoke: Cotton Candy-Colored Photos of Ink in Water

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For his colorful abstractions, photographer Jordan Weinrich captures a smokey haze of bright ink suffused in water. With an impressive background in film, Weinrich imbues each serendipitous spill with cinematic intensity, framing bold, conflicting colors against a mysterious blackness. Like strange smoke that surges downwards instead of ascending, the billowing forms appear both natural and anomalous, organic and artificial.