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Photo du Jour: ‘Hong Kong Flora’

Michael Wolf

German photographer Michael Wolf continues his exploration of what seems to be a never-ending source of inspiration for him—the city of Hong Kong. This time he focuses on the greenery that the mega-city’s inhabitants have managed to fit into their industrial surroundings. On his quest to find flora, Wolf happens upons many a charming and improvised method of incorporating plant life—”plants tucked in between pipes or locked up behind shutters, wilting flowers held in half-cut plastic bottles; all are little treasures captured by Wolf’s lens.”

An exhibition of Hong Kong Flora opens on Friday, May 16th, followed by a book launch on Saturday, May 17th, in Hong Kong.

Evocative Photos by Stefanie Klavens Examine the Scenery of Everyday Life

Stefanie Klavens

Stefanie Klavens

Boston-based photographer Stefanie Klavens examines the scenery of daily life in her series How We Live. Klavens focuses on a wide variety of unpopulated, commonplace spaces both private and public in order to examine the elements that are so often seen they have long gone unnoticed.

Photo du Jour: ‘Tomb Sweeping Day’ Honors the Dead

Francois Trezin

The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a Chinese festival in which families visit the gravesites of their ancestors to pay their respects. Inspired by the long-standing tradition that was just celebrated on April 5th, Shanghai-based photographer Francois Trezin crafted this gorgeous gravesite installation complete with a bountiful mix of sacrificial offerings of paper money and the departed’s favorite foods and wine. On this day, people are also known to fly kites and carry willow branches, as the day coincides with the onset of Spring.

Green Spaghetti, Blue Turkey and Pink Cereal: Food Photos Freakify the Everyday Meal

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White Rice

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Green Ice Cream

Will you be ordering the green spaghetti or blue turkey? California-based Lawrie Brown invites us to consider the manufactured and processed methods with which food reaches our table, presenting bizarre amalgamations of familiar dinners and snacks in his Colored Food Series.

Dramatic Photos of Ocean Waves As Seen Through the Eyes of a Buddhist Monk

Syoin Kajii

©Syoin Kajii, from the series NAMI

Syoin Kajii

©Syoin Kajii, from the series NAMI

Niigata-based photographer Syoin Kajii’s series Nami shows a fascinating amount of depth in what would seem a relatively simple subject: the ocean waves of Sado Island, in Japan. Kajii, who is a Buddhist monk, has managed to capture fantastic differences from one wave to another, with variations in color, texture, density, and tone, showing us that if one looks in a certain way, a massive variety exists right before us in the simplest things.

The Last Few Years of a 94-Year-Old Woman’s Life Preserved In Photos of Her Untouched, Abandoned Home

 Donal Moloney

 Donal Moloney

Irish photographer Donal Moloney, straying a bit from the commercial photography he usually produces, shared with us a multimedia piece he recently made called Birdie, about an older woman of the same name who passed away three years ago at the age of 94. His images are a reflection on the last years of her life and the house she left behind when no one was there to help her make that transition. Time seems to stand still in Birdie’s house; she is everywhere.

Unexpected Portraits Capture Teen Girls When They Aren’t Looking

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At first glance Julia Peirone‘s images might look like a mistake. However upon further inspection, the young female subjects betray something fascinating, each self-effacing hair flick and eye roll unraveling their thinly composed expressions and thwarting our own understanding of portraiture. In her series More Than Violet, Peirone shot hundreds of frames in order to achieve these startling “in between” moments, the girls themselves suspended between childhood and womanhood.

Elinor Carucci’s Beautiful, Unflinching Images of Motherhood

Elinor Carucci

Holding Emmanuelle, 2008. © Elinor Carucci/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Elinor Carucci

Why can’t you be nicer to your brother? 2012. © Elinor Carucci/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Israeli-born, NYC-based photographer Elinor Carucci‘s Mother is an intimate and powerful document of her transition from pregnancy to motherhood, begun almost a decade ago when she was pregnant with her now nine-year-old twins.

The Bizarre World of Modern-Day Agriculture Photographed by Henrik Spohler

Henrik Spohler

Cultivation and Measurement of Corn Plants, German Research Institute.

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Cactus Culture in Borrego Springs, California, USA.

Hamburg-based photographer Henrik Spohler’s The Third Day, published by Hatje Cantz, examines the relationship humans have with plant life. Spohler photographed worldwide sites of plant cultivation, showing fruits, vegetables, ornamental trees, seed laboratories, greenhouses, and followed the artificial irrigation systems that runs from northern California to the border of Mexico.

Photography Students Swallow Film and Make Black and White Prints From What Emerges

Luke Evans and Joshua Lake

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Luke Evans and Joshua Lake

With their project Inside Out, London-based Luke Evans and Joshua Lake have taken a unique approach to analog image-making. Evans and Lake, who are currently in their last year at Kingston University studying graphic design and photography, both swallowed film for their project. They first deposited each single frame of 35mm film into capsules in order to prevent their intestinal tracts from being punctured by the sharp-edged film on its way through their digestive systems, but that still allowed for the film to be affected by digestive enzymes.