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Photos Dare You to Imagine a World where Mars Is Just Another Tourist Hot Spot

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Imagine a world where Mars was just another tourist hot spot; a place we visited to get away from the hustle and bustle of Earth. French photographer Julien Mauve believes this idea isn’t too far fetched. Thanks to NASA and Space X, he imagines humans will walk on Mars in the next 50 years. He sought out to create a series that considers the idea of space exploration and the uncovering of a new world, just like Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America some 500 years ago. Greetings from Mars investigates what it might be like for the average person to visit new and uncharted territory in the 21st century.

Dark, Mystical Portraits Reveal a Fairy Tale World Based on Old German Legend

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“Gudrun,” old german name meaning “sacred”

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“Elizabeth,” old german name meaning “oath of god”

An important part of Nashalina Schrape’s past belongs to her German roots. Born in Berlin, her grandmother burned all the photos of her grandfather in his SS uniform (“Schutzstaffel,” meaning protective echelon founded by Adolf Hitler in 1925) before the invading Russian Army could associate them with herself and her daughters. Schrape says her photographs in True Fiction exist in this space between her family’s memory and reality. “I attempt to bridge the disappearance of the image of my grandfather and him to the representation of my family’s story and every person’s story that is at once a myriad of feelings and laden with emotional material mostly outside the possibility of verbal articulation.”

‘HAZMAT Surfing’ Photos Predict a Poisonous, Dark Future for Our Oceans

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When Washington-based photographer Michael Dyrland visited Los Angeles for a shoot, he anticipated surfing the open sea and riding the waves beneath the sunny sky. What he found, he admits, was not what he had hoped; after an evening of heavy rains, he was confined to the shore for days, the ocean contaminated with ten billion gallons of runoff composed of— as the photographer puts it— “sewage, garbage, oil, and shit (literally, human fecal matter).” Had he paddled into the water, Dyrland would have been vulnerable to staph infections, respiratory illness, MRSA, and Hepatitis C.

How (Not) to Get Into Berghain, Europe’s Most Exclusive Club

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Lievwkje wonders why she didn’t get in and is determined to try again next time. Being turned away has only stoked her curiosity about Berghain.

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Pierre from Berlin is about to go to sleep and come back after breakfast on Sunday morning to give it another shot.

To get beyond the front door of the Berghain is a testament that you’ve conquered the Berlin nightlife scene. Often labelled the “best club in the world,” the venue has a strict door policy that is notorious worldwide. For more than a decade, countless hopeful club-goers have wondered what they did wrong. One night last March, photographers Bene Brandhofer and Leif Marcus waited outside the Berghain to capture the faces, and stories, of those turned away at the door.

‘Portrait of a Quiet Girl’ Captures the Struggle of Isolation and Self-Expression

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Self-expression, isolation and madness are some of the themes explored in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. The protagonist, a nameless woman who has been imprisoned in a small bedroom by her husband, struggles over her illness and powerlessness while becoming increasingly absorbed by her meagre surroundings. Photographer Chrissie White, in collaboration with her friend and artist, Elvia Carreon, created the series, Portrait of a Quiet Girl, in reaction to the themes touched on in Gilman’s story.

Portraits Show the Vacant Stares of Children Engrossed in TV

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Children in America watch over 24 hours of television per week. If they’re not watching TV, they likely have their eyes glued to another screen, the gadget of the moment. Photographer Donna Stevens’ series Idiot Box seeks to draw attention to the constant presence of technology and its most impressionable audience, our children.

Los Angeles Artist Trio Packs People into Cars, With Hilarious Results

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Los Angeles is a city known for its car culture. There are very few pedestrians, a handful of bikes, and an unreliable public transit system. Cars and Bodies is a collaborative project between photographer Yann Rabanier, director and videographer Romain Dussaulx and architect, Thomas Cestia. The series is a comment on our societies dependence on vehicles.

Whimsical Architecture Constructed by Designer Matthias Jung

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German designer Matthais Jung has always been fascinated by the endless potential of collage art, inspired by his father who worked in his photo lab with scissors and glue, creating new possibilities out of old photographs. Today, Jung has adopted this tactile process into his own work. For his series Surreal Architecture, he created fairy tale-like structures by combining and reimagining his photographs.

Dioramas of a Fictional, ‘Dark City’ Have Us Questioning Reality

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Photographer Francesco Romoli’s project Dark City was born out of his desire to blur the lines between real and unreal. In creating miniature scenes and dioramas of a fictional city, he constructs a dream-like area where nothing is as it seems, where certainties vanish and definitions are ambiguous.

Photos of Cloned Individuals Depict the ‘Power of Theater in a Still Image’

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Daisuke Takakura holds many roles. As an actor, photographer and graphic designer, he drew influence from his own life and work to create Monodramatic, a series about the variousness of an individual.