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10 Enviable Infinity Pools Photographed Around the World

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Infinity pool at the Amalfi coast, Italy © Chris Caldicott / Offset

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Infinity pool at Grootberg Plateau, Namibia © Chris Schmid / Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hotel infinity pool in Singapore © Peter Adams / Offset

Since its arrival at the Palace of Versailles in the 17th century, the infinity pool has become the ultimate symbol of opulence and luxury. Also known as a “disappearing edge” pool, the pool may be functional (for swimming) or entirely decorative. Infinity pools are constructed with one or more of its walls rise only to the level of the water and not above it, giving the optical illusion that its waters extend into the horizon ad infinatum. The visual trickery of such a pool relies on meticulous engineering, and for this reason, they are built only in grand hotels and resorts and the most extravagant of homes.

VIDEO: Rolling Stone Photo Editor Sacha Lecca on His Adrenaline-Pumping Shot of Cage the Elephant

Last month, Feature Shoot hosted the first ever edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we asked about fifteen photographers to tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. The theme was music, and Sacha Lecca, photographer and Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, selected this capture of Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz as he plunged from the VIP balcony at Terminal 5 and into a mass of adoring fans. Despite his mother’s plea that the singer remain safely on ground, he made the uncertain leap, arching his body like a “human water drop” and descending into what Lecca describes as a moment that approached religious reverie.

The next BlowUp event will take place on the evening of June 26, 2015 at ROOT (Drive In) from 6:30-9:00 PM, and this time, the theme will be subcultures. We have some incredible photographers lined up to speak including Phillip Toledano, Martha Cooper, Roger Ballen, Danielle Levitt, Gillian Laub, and Deidre Schoo. More photographers will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase tickets here.

The BlowUp is generously sponsored by Agency Access.

Ancient African Trees Illuminated by Starlight

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San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon has spent more than a decade of her life hunting down our planet’s aboriginal trees, chasing them to their isolated and solitary bowers at the edges of civilization. After devoting fourteen years to shooting ancient trees by day, the photographer embarked on Diamond Nights, for which she captured the looming plants under the black shroud of midnight and illuminated by a dusting of twinkling stars.

Residents of Detroit Reveal the Most Recent Shot on their Camera Phones

“Selfies and sunsets and food pics bore me,” says Californian filmmaker Ivan Cash of The Last Photo Project, which has brought him to eight cities in search of the intimate contents of strangers’ phones. The premise is simple: he approaches a passerby, asks them about the most recent shot on their camera phones, and listens to their stories, tales that are alternately funny, heartbreaking, or some strange amalgamation of the two. He isn’t interested in the run-of-the-mill, sharable shots, preferring those frames that are more accidental, messy, or meaningful only to the person who created it.

‘Iris’ Tells the Story of a 93-Year-Old Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel is an international fashion icon; she’s modeled in campaigns by leading fashion houses and been snapped in the street by Bill Cunningham for The New York Times. She also happens to be 93 years old. For Iris, in theaters this month, acclaimed director Albert Maysles of Grey Gardens gives us a peek into the world of Apfel, uncovering her wealth of stories and reveling in her keen wit.

Surprising Portraits of Russian Teens Who Love and Idolize Vladimir Putin

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Tanya Arkhipova: “I like how Putin treats his children and wife, I think he’s a great husband. He made people respect Russia.”

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In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. As then Managing Editor Richard Stengel sat down to pen the now-famous article and photographer Platon shot the austere, unsmiling cover portrait, another photographer, Hungarian-born Bela Doka, was documenting the Russian youngsters who were most touched by the quickly spreading global phenomenon surrounding their president. That same year, Doka unearthed a community of adolescents and young adults known as the Putin Fan Club, a group of more than a thousand individuals who venerated the Russian president to the point where he beat out pop stars and even religious figures for a place in their innermost hearts.

Your Art Gallery Connects Photographers with Collectors and Curators Worldwide (Sponsored)

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It’s no secret that photography is changing, and although it can be a scary time to be a photographer, it’s also an incredibly exciting one. Your Art Gallery, a new online art gallery, is at the vanguard of a new movement in the art-selling industry, devoted connecting passionate photographers with a worldwide community of collectors and curators.

VIDEO: Michael Lavine on His Stirring Portrait of The Notorious B.I.G. in a Graveyard

Last month, Feature Shoot hosted the very first evening of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we ask about fifteen remarkable photographers to tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. The theme was music, and Michael Lavine chose his emblematic portrait of The Notorious B.I.G. standing in a graveyard. In weaving his gripping tale, Lavine touches on moments shared with Biggie (who was polite and liked Elvis) Puffy (who was rude and disliked Elvis). He had us giggling in one moment and stunned silent in the next.

The next BlowUp event will take place on the evening of June 26, 2015 at ROOT (Drive In) from 6:30-9:00 PM, and this time, the theme will be subcultures. We have some incredible photographers lined up to speak including Phillip Toledano, Martha Cooper, Roger Ballen, Danielle Levitt, Gillian Laub, and Deidre Schoo. More photographers will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase tickets here.

The first BlowUp was generously sponsored by Squarespace. Feature Shoot readers can get 10% off their new Squarespace website with the code: ‘FS15′. Sign up for your free 14-day trial here.

Portraits Capture the Unlikely Charm of an Eccentric, Aging Woman

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Lee on a rare hot summer evening.

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Lee is reflected in the front window of her house. Shortly after this picture was taken her son emptied the house, filling six dumpsters in the process.

At first, Jessica Eve Rattner knew Lee as a shopping-cart pushing raider of recycling bins, a dishevelled old woman with foot-tall dreadlocked hair. But a quick exchange in the driveway, while Lee scoured for recycled cans, changed everything. Instead of dismissing her outright, Rattner became smitten by her intelligence and quirky charm. She asked Lee if it was okay to photograph her, and to her surprise, she agreed.

Ecstatic Youth Photographed at a Rolling Stones Concert in 1978

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On June 17th of 1978, two seniors students at Malverne High School in Long Island approached their teacher, New York-based photographer Joseph Szabo, and offered him a deal: in exchange for driving them to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, he was invited to attend his first ever rock concert, a Rolling Stones performance with an estimated audience of 90,000 euphoric youngsters. Rolling Stones Fans, released this month, is his album of the event.