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Arresting Photos Capture Childhood Fear and Wonder

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© Johan Entchev / Offset

In his highly contrasted black and white images, Helsinki, Finland-based photographer Johan Entchev dreams up a world a childhood anxiety and wonderment. In photographing his sons, whom he has documented since they were born, he abandons objective realities for subjective desire, always viewing the children partly obscured as if through a veil of adult nostalgia.

Arresting Dystopian South African Cityscapes Merge Fantasy with Reality

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For Con/struct, photographer Justin Plunkett blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, creating towering South African cityscapes from photographs layered with three-dimensional animations. In these immense metropolises, the imagined allure of economic success meets the cruel realities of urban disrepair, with each frame seamlessly merging shots of Cape Town’s impoverished neighborhoods with unlikely icons of great wealth and prosperity, including features associated with opulent Cape Dutch architecture.

Photo du Jour: Clones in Taksim Square

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For Clones, photographer Erdal Inci creates mesmerizing gifs of a single choreographed action repeated in a loop ad infinitum. As in an etching by M.C. Escher, time is expressed spatially, the activity of several passing moments coexisting in a single frame.

Eerie Photos of Feral Parrots in Tokyo

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“Parrots should not be in Tokyo,” writes photographer Yoshinori Mizutani of the hundreds of green parakeets that have nested in the city’s trees. He’s right: the birds are not native to Japan. They arrived in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the country’s trend toward purchasing exotic species as pets. The rose-ringed parakeets were brought in from their natural habitats in India and Sri Lanka, and when their owners found them too loud and unsuitable for domestic life, they simply let the creatures loose in the city to fend for themselves. Some of the birds were lost or broke free during importation.

Incredible Moments of Tenderness Found In the Struggling Mill Towns of Pittsburgh

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When photographer Dan Wetmore set out to capture the neighborhoods surrounding the abandoned steel mills of Pittsburgh, he was met at times with incredulity as some believe the area to be little more than an industrial wasteland. As a child living in Pittsburgh, Wetmore was drawn to the abandoned steel mills that remained from the city’s industrial growth in the early to mid-20th century, pouring over Becher monographs in search of photographs of furnaces and structures that spoke to his boyhood enchantment. As an adult, Wetmore ventured into the mill towns for his series Jubilee Kitchen I and II, unveiling moments of unexpected rebirth in the struggling neighborhoods shadowed by its industrial history.

The Ultimate Big Brother: Images of a Small, Midwest Community Captured Through Their Own Security Camera

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Some one is always watching. Whether built into an ATM or mounted alongside intersection lights to catch traffic violators, surveillance cameras have become a ubiquitous presence in contemporary society. Andrew Hammerand explores notions of privacy, security and anonymity in his series The New Town. Accessing a publicly available, networked CCTV camera installed atop a church, Hammerand becomes the ultimate Big Brother, using the device to capture fuzzy images of a small Midwest community and its unsuspecting townspeople. The series is a voyeuristic vision of Nowhere, USA – the amateurish photos feeling both strangely harmless and provocative. We spoke with Hammerand about how he came across this particular camera, streaming surveillance online, and loss of personal freedom for the American Dream.

Photo du Jour: Sunbathing

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For Plein Soleil, French photographer Anaïs Boileau captures the curious culture of sunbathing that permeates summer in the south of France and Spain, including La Grande Motte, Lanzarote, and Barcelona. In Boileau’s surreal portraits, the women appear as if suspended in time, sedated and made oblivious of their surroundings by the rays that tan their skin. As she lays spellbound in a colorful swimsuit and an outlandish pair of sun goggles, an unnamed female figure peers upwards, imploring the sun for an elusive honey glow that lies just out of reach.

Image © Anaïs Boileau 2014

Photo du Jour: Fractured Face

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For The Secret, Austria-based photographer Aldo Tolino blurs the lines between photograph and subject by folding portraits of human faces into barely recognizable geometric structures. After reconfiguring each two-dimensional print into a multi-dimensional paper sculpture, he reshoots the metamorphosed face, allowing it to exist within a strange netherworld between fiction and reality.

The Mutated Body: Sculptural Photographs Depict Raw Intimacy (NSFW)

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French photographer Alix Marie‘s images will have you looking more than once, her exploration of the mutated body pushing the bounds of the medium and our comfort level. Beginning with nude images of herself and those closest to her, Marie takes her photographs and transforms them into large-scale installations and sculptures. The bloated proportions and crumpled flesh deflect and divert from the photograph’s origin, resulting in behemoth forms of something not altogether human. Targeting our relationship and unease with our bodies as well as implied undercurrents of femininity, the series presents a naked intimacy both stripped to the bone and deeply impassioned. We asked Marie about her process and where these figures come from.

Almost Human: Lifelike Portraits of Antique Ventriloquist Dummies

Matthew_Rolston_07Matthew Rolston, Joe Flip, from the series “Talking Heads.” © Matthew Rolston Photographer, Inc./courtesy Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.

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For Talking Heads, the Vent Haven Portraits, celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston focuses his gaze on an unlikely set of performers, honing in on the faces of ventriloquist dummies dating from the 1800s and into the 20th century. Since their illustrious but mostly forgotten careers, the dummies have found a sanctuary in the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. As the only museum of its kind, Vent Haven houses an estimated 720 papier-mâché and wooden figures, each with distinctive features and histories. After convincing protective museum curator Jennifer Dawson of his kind intentions towards the often misunderstood dummies, Rolston was given singular access to the dolls.