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Lauren Pisano’s Evocative Portraits Tell a Bittersweet Love Story

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It’s the small things that compel Los Angeles-based photographer Lauren Pisano to reach for her camera. It can be a gust of wind, the shadows of twilight, or the ineffable twinge of something working in her subconscious. She goes through her daily life collecting ordinary moments, memorizing the details so that she can re-stage them later. Ultimately, she fulfills the role both of photographer and subject, employing her self-portraiture as a means of witnessing her routine from the outside, of alternately detaching from and reattaching to her own idea of self.

Surreal Polaroids of Iceland by Paul Hoi

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Over the course of two weeks in 2014, photographer Paul Hoi visited Iceland alone with his 4×4 Polaroid camera in hand. During this trip, he travelled along the legendary Ring Road which connects, from one settlement to the next, the entirety of Nordic country. His series Psychedelia: Expired Polaroid’s from Iceland act as memories to the surreal and diverse microclimates he discovered there.

Electrifying Photograms Made From Desert Minerals, Flora, and Fauna

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Melbourne-based photographer Rebecca Najdowski has loved the the desert since her first memories of a childhood spent under the New Mexico sun. She knows intimately the minerals that make up the desert floor, the bugs and furry critters that skitter across it, and the expansive blue sky that envelops all who trod the dry terrain. For Desert Pictures, she captures the landscape of the American West unlike any of her ancestors would have, replacing panoramic vistas with electric, neon photograms made by placing found objects and organisms directly onto photo-sensitive paper.

Portraits of Russian Youth Who Embrace Cosplay Culture

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For her series Declared Detachment, photographer Mariya Kozhanova captured beautiful portraits of Russian youth who take part in a life of cosplay. For those unaware of the term, cosplay is the practice of wearing the costumes of fictional characters. These youth have adopted the trend, usually reserved for fan events like Comic-con, into their daily lives.

‘Choreographing My Past’ Follows a Dancer’s Transition Back into Her Family Home

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When Brooklyn-based dancer Shoccara Marcus learned of her father’s cancer diagnosis, she immediately packed up her life and returned home to Atlanta after more than ten years away. Her unexpected arrival brought with it an array of ambiguities; now an adult, she found herself propelled backwards into the role she had occupied as a child. Choreographing My Past emerged organically as Marcus revisited her childhood surroundings. In each frame, she performs a new step, constructing an ongoing dance by which she navigates the invisible but inevitable tensions that run beneath any homecoming.

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.

Uncomfortable Images Show Pet Birds in the Domestic Environment

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Parrots, says Irish photographer Rachel Glass, are believed have the mental capacity of a two to three-year-old toddler. Unlike children, birds are airborne creatures, and yet many are born and bred to live as pets, within the confines of the human home, where they are sheltered from the dangers of the wild but restrained in flight. For The Domestic Aviary, Glass captures tame birds in the moment they are released from their cages and into the house in a flurry of flapping wings, probing at the ways in which all species—and ultimately all individuals—must choose either to live free or to live protected.

Hayato Wakabayashi’s Majestic Photos of Frozen Waterfalls and Caves in Japan

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Japanese photographer Hayato Wakabayashi finds his inspiration in natural elements. While photographing his last project, which involved documenting the intensity of volcanoes and typhoons, he started to become interested in the slow and organic variations of nature. For his most recent series, Gravity, he ventured out into the bitter cold of Japan’s mountainous regions to capture one of natures most beautiful phenomenon. These frozen caves and waterfalls can only be found in the coldest months of the year.

‘Be Happy!': Raw, Intimate Photos Capture the Early Adulthood in a Small Russian Town (NSFW)

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“I want them to be happy,” says Moscow-based photographer Igor Samolet of the band of teens and twenty-somethings he met three years ago while visiting the small town in which he went to school. He was drawn to them immediately, to their recklessness and resilience, their courage and their confusion. Be Happy! is his tribute to their adventures, their booze-soaked evenings spent sprawled naked on the floor, and the adolescent dreams and impulses and sensations that animate their youth.

‘The Salt of the Earth': The New Sebastião Salgado Documentary Directed by Wim Wenders

The first photograph Paris-based photojournalist Sebastião Salgado ever took was a portrait of his wife Lélia. Since then, the pair, who together form Amazonas Images, has shared with us secrets from the most impenetrable and delicate corners of the globe. The photographer has traveled to more than one hundred separate countries, propelled forward by his empathy for humanity and love for the planet to shoot everywhere from the war-torn regions of Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s to the home of the majestic and hunted elephants of Zambia.