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People Who Narrowly Escape Death Expose Their Scars

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Mike, moped crash, 9th March, 2009

English photographer Emily Goddard’s self-confessed “morbid curiosity” about death and scars started when she was a child and her godmother’s late husband had a large spherical growth on his cheek. The photographer elaborates: “I remember it being quite shocking. Similarly, without wanting to sound too peculiar, I find death enthralling and terrifying in equal measure”. When death leaves his mark is Emily’s debut photo series and comprises a series of portraits of people with dramatic scars from near death experiences.

Mystery and Magic on a Lonely Farm in Iceland

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Photographer Agnieszka Sosnowska lives on more than one square mile of feral Icelandic terrain, a landscape flecked with a thousand folktales, passed down from one generation to the next. According to legend, little houses lie unseen within the fissures of the native rocks, inside which the elves or Huldufólk— meaning “hidden people”— go about their secret, invisible lives. Sosnowska, who moved to the farm in eastern Iceland a decade ago, is herself a skeptic, but she can’t help but hear the whispers of some mysterious presence when she’s out there, alone with the wind and the gulls for company.

The Magic of Being a Child in the Summer (Sponsored)

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Climbing over coastal rocks © Justine Knight / Offset

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Getting splashed by waves © Justine Knight / Offset

In the spring of 1853, Lewis Carroll wrote the poem Solitude and ended it with the following stanza: “I’d give all wealth that years have piled / The slow result of Life’s decay / To be once more a little child / For one bright summer-day.” He was only twenty-one at the time, but he keenly felt the loss of his early years, their wonderment and tenderness.

Behold the Winners of Ken Allen Studios’ Spring Photo Contest

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The Unexpected © Elena Lyakir, First Prize

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Water Tower © Yoav Friedlander, Second Prize

The Unexpected resembles a portal into another world, a primordial realm in which the sky and the earth collide and overlap to become one. The photograph, like all of the images in Elena Lyakir’s City Parks Romance, was not in fact shot in any ancient place but in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Humanizing Photographs of People with Albinism in the Congo

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Growing up in the Congo, photographer Patricia Willocq remembers being fascinated by this condition from a young age. Years spent away from her home country fortified this curiosity, and ignited in her a desire to document people with albinism through the photo documentary project entitled Black Ebony; her principal objective was to promote an understanding of and tolerance towards this minority group, both in the Congo and the rest of Africa. As a consequence of their condition and symptomatic pale skin, many people with albinism are isolated from their communities, particularly when other family members have dark skin.

Enter the Strange World of Vienna’s Disappearing Drinking Dens

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Following the sounds of laughter on the streets of Vienna, two documentarians – one collecting photographs, the other collecting words – set out to explore behind the doors of the city’s drinking dens, which are slowly dropping into non-existence. Within them exists another world, where page-3 girls are pinned to the walls, favours are exchanged, fights flare up, and where endless drinking ensues from dawn. In their book Golden Days Before They End, the reflections and anecdotes from Clemens Marschall lend context and meaning to the raw imagery by Klaus Pichler, who with his lens, gets up so close that we can almost smell the age-old fabric of the sofas, and the beer spills and cigarettes that set the mise en scène. The combination of pictures and words sew together the last vestiges of these bars – an ode to the drama, the people, the craziness, and the ritual of Vienna’s Brannweiner.

Hazy, Dreamlike Photographs of Swimming Nudes (NSFW)

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“My husband Ed Templeton was the inspiration for this project. One day about 8 years ago Ed decided to take a skinny dip in our backyard pool so I grabbed my camera to shoot a few photos.”

Deanna Templeton’s new book, The Swimming Pool, is due for release this month. Shot over a period of eight years, she turned her camera to the submerged nude bodies of friends and family as they moved through her backyard swimming pool. The results are a sensitive, beautiful collection of photographs that capture the dreamlike qualities of summer.

These Stray Cats Remind Us of the Simple Joy of Being Alive

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In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japanese photographer Masaaki Ito found warmth and comfort in some unlikely friends: the stray cats of Tokyo. As the country grieved, he rediscovered joy in the homeless felines, who roamed the streets in search of food, company, or a kind gesture. For the past few years, Ito has been chronicling the many adventures of the cats he endearingly calls his “neighbors.”

Adrenaline Junkies and the Rise of ‘Adventure Tourism’ (Sponsored)

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Surfing on The Eisbach river, Munich © Alberto Bernasconi / Offset

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BASE Jumping in Moab, Utah © Gabe Rogel / Aurora Photos / Offset

When we think of “vacationing” as a verb, our minds go to white sand beaches and days spent languidly basking in the sunshine, but over the past five years, a new trend has the tourism industry by storm. Cruises are out of vogue; base jumping, spelunking, and deep sea diving are in.

“Adventure travel” took off full force in 2009, and four years later, the marked departure from the typical family holiday caught the attentions of The George Washington University and prompted the 2013 Adventure Tourism Market Study. According to their research, the industry of adventure travel, which includes scheduled activities like extreme sporting and outdoor exploration, has grown at a rate of about 65% each year. This year, travelers are hungrier than ever for new, uncharted destinations and adrenaline-pumping experiences.

Just a decade ago, traveling to remote locations to participate in risky, physically taxing activities like free-diving, mountain climbing, or parachute jumping was the sole territory of daredevils and backpackers. The increased yearning for overseas adventure comes mostly from the younger generation, those who are waiting longer to get married and have kids, those who are devoting more time to exploring and finding themselves by experiencing different cultures firsthand. What was once alternative has become mainstream.

Now that people are more aware of the importance of sustainability and conservation, resorts and lodges have taken into consideration the ecosystems of some of the world’s most precious areas, and instead of wiping away local traditions, they’re starting to embrace the value of learning from others. In honor of the summer season, we’ve pulled together some of the most astounding extreme travel photographs we could find, all sourced from Offset’s collection of high-end editorial and commercial imagery.

Stephen Shore’s Landscapes of Israel and the West Bank

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Without sounding too mystical about it, when I’m photographing the landscape in the American West, I position myself where I feel the lines of energy emerge in the land. What I found in Israel and the West Bank is that there was a crazy web of energies, something very particular going on there. – Stephen Shore

In 2008, Stephen Shore was commissioned by Frédéric Brenner to partake in a group project called This Place, which set out to explore the complexity of Israel and the West Bank through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers. In the space of two years Shore made six trips to Israel, staying there for a total of four to five months. Together with assistant Gil Bar who possessed guru-like knowledge of the land and the roads, they drove all over Israel and the West Bank where Shore would spend the whole day photographing. As with every photographer involved in this project, behind them stands a larger body of work that isn’t exhibited in the show. Shore’s book, From Galilee to the Negev, was a way to compile the vast store of images he took during these trips, ranging from landscapes to cityscapes, and sacred stones to street scenes.

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