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Photographer Confronts the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness by Capturing Her Girlfriend, Who Lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (NSFW)

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In My Girls, photographer Laurence Philomène tenderly documents intimate moments with her girlfriend Luna e Los Santos, who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a controversial and widely misunderstood mental illness resulting from a history of trauma or abuse. As a means of coping with intrusive memories, a person with DID might develop two or more distinct personalities with differing autobiographical narratives. For this courageous collaboration with Luna, Philomène disrupts the stigma and shame surrounding DID by approaching Luna’s experience through a loving and sensitive lens. Says the 21-year-old artist, “Every day is different, and for me it’s about always acknowledging whichever alter is out, treating them with love [and] respect and growing together.”

Bewitching Portraits From Whitby Goth Weekend in North Yorkshire

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Pop those vampire teeth in and find that swirling cape you’ve got buried in your closet for the Whitby Goth Weekend. Twice a year, the quiet town in North Yorkshire, England is descended upon by thousands of figures clad in black lace, top hats, ghoulish make up and more for the bi-annual event. Believed to be where Bram Stoker drew inspiration for the dark classic Dracula, Whitby has been host to this unique subculture for 20 years. Photographer Annie Collinge spent time capturing one of the most popular gothic events in Europe, people arriving from all over the world to celebrate their love of the macabre.

Photo du Jour: Airbnb Artifact

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For Sublet, photography team Tribble & Mancenido, composed of husband James Frank Tribble and wife Tracey Mancenido-Tribble, sublet various apartments around New York City, settling for a short stay in neighborhoods like Park Slope, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, and the Upper West Side. Examining the homes of others by shooting the possessions they keep, they link our intimates inner worlds with a more universal sense of the domestic sphere.

Thought Provoking Photographs Examine Our Complicated Relationship with Sharks

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To find out what high concentrations of great white sharks were doing close to beaches during the austral summer, scientists from the White Shark Trust used sea kayaks to track inshore shark movements off the southern tip of Africa. Western Cape, South Africa © Thomas P. Peschak

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Endemic to South Africa’s kelp forests, a juvenile puffadder shy shark hovers above my dive guide’s hand. © Thomas P. Peschak

For his book Sharks and People, National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Thomas Peschak examines the behaviors and condition of the great fish, honing in on the nuances of the widely misunderstood animals. Here, we meet the mammoth whale shark and a tender pup the size of a human palm. In the same breath, we are confronted with the painful realities of our dealings with sharks, in which we ourselves are revealed to be the fearsome hunters.

‘Postcards from Pine Bluff’: The Story of a Southern City in Decline

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Kareem Bearden works the night shift at a drive-thru liquor store on the outskirts of Pine Bluff. Mr. Bearden moved to town a few years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin when a friend opened the store.

“Things quiet now, cause people are broke, but come the first of the month, thing’ll be jumpin’.”

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Alex Litzsey stands along Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. 

“About 45 minutes south of Little Rock, things have come undone.”

It is with this statement that William Widmer introduces us to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a small city of just under 50,000 now infamous for its poverty and crime. The area was once a major epicenter for agriculture and industry in the South. However like many blue collar cities in the United States, Pine Bluff has deteriorated into abandoned local businesses and empty factory buildings that once lined the Arkansas River. As the population continues to drop, crime rates rise, the city ranking second only to Detroit for violence. In 2012, Pine Bluff recorded 18 murders, seven times the national average per capita.

Rachel Hulin’s Wistful Photographs of Motherhood

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For Thirty-Five and One: The Short Days and the Long, photographer and photo editor Rachel Hulin joins her daughter Rose in moments of repose and discovery. As the infant navigates the homes of both the photographer and the two grandmothers, she explores the mother herself, climbing atop her nude body and reaching out for her touch. For the child, each instant is aglow with revelation and novelty, yet for Hulin, each interaction is piercingly precious. Rose’s days are long and sprawling, her mother’s brief and fleeting.

Artist Fred Tomaselli Gives the Front Page of The New York Times a Makeover

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NYC-based artist Fred Tomaselli applies his colorful, playful approach to collage and has a go at the front page of The New York Times, in the process creating a colorful yet deft political commentary of current events of the past few years. For those familiar with his larger-scale work, the look will be familiar. By making deceptively simple additions to front page photos, Tomaselli has succeeded in making a roundup of some of the horrible news of recent years that’s somehow not as depressing as it might otherwise be.

Photo du jour: Berlin Central Station

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Perched on a platform in Berlin Central Station, architecture and landscape photographer Jens Fersterra captures a long exposure of a speedy train as it whizzes by, leaving a blush-red blur in its wake. Opened in 2006, the station was designed by Gerkan, Marg and Partners on the site of the historic Lehrter Bahnhof building, which was torn down in 1951 under East German command. After 11 years of construction, the busy 5-level station came in part to represent a reunified Germany, with newly built tunnels running through and connecting areas throughout the country and beyond. The ingenious glass roofing and 351 yard glass hall through which trains pass allows natural light to flood in through all hours of the day. It is currently the largest station of its kind in Europe.

All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is an exclusive category channel partner on Feature Shoot.

Photographers Sheldon Serkin, Julia Vandenoever, Francesca Jane Allen, Henrik Emtkjær Hansen, and Matthew Avignone Take Over Our Instagram

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Sheldon Serkin [@shelserkin] / July 25, 26, 27

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Savor midsummer with our new lineup of Guest Instagrammers. We’ll be starting off in Brooklyn, NY with Sheldon Serkin, traveling to the Canadian beachside with Julia Vandenoever, Francesca Allen will take us sightseeing in Norway, and we’ll soak up the rays in Denmark with Henrik Emtkjær Hansen before heading to Chicago with Matthew Avignone.

Haunting Series Documents Painful Reminders of the First World War

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Soldier’s grave Champagne: This helmet atop a wooden cross marking the the battlefield grave of a French poilu Edouard Ivaldi is the last such marker anywhere on the Western Front.

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Tyne Cot: The largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in the world with almost 12,000 graves and a memorial to another 35,000 men with unknown graves.
“I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war” King George V during a visit in 1922

One hundred summers ago this year, the First World War began, setting of a chain of battles that would claim some 16 million lives over the course of four years. For Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18, photographer Michael St Maur Sheil returns to the Western front, cataloguing its landscapes as they exist today. In contrast to the vast majority World War I photographs picturing renowned generals and bloodied soldiers black and white, Sheil presents a topography healed in part by the passage time and a century’s growth of verdure.