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Photo du Jour: A Perfect Heap of Flattened Cars

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Sander Meisner has long been fascinated with ideas of public space, transformation and concepts of utopia/dystopia in the contemporary world. He photographs mostly at night, using the darkness to highlight strange, surreal colors created by artificial light in urban areas. Currently shooting across China and Japan as well as parts of Europe, Meisner captured this photo in a recycling plant in Amsterdam. His upcoming series Momentum will further explore series of abstract landscapes, the old and the new in constant juxtaposition.

Photo du Jour: Home Alone (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Ben Marcin

House and home have been the focus of Baltimore-based photographer and Squarespace user Ben Marcin‘s work for a number of years now. He captured the image, Morgan County, CO, while on a road trip last summer through both the western Nebraska prairie and the high desert regions of eastern Colorado, in search of ‘solo’ houses. Stumbling upon a tiny wooden frame house on the edge of the Pawnee Natural Grasslands in northeastern Colorado, Marcin records its simple existence, noting that, “while the house and its surrounding environment are decidedly austere, there is also present an almost otherworldly serenity that must have given hope to a landowner now long gone.”

Check out more of Marcin’s work on his Squarespace site.

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 Bizarre World of Modern-Day Agriculture Photographed by Henrik Spohler

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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.

Photo du Jour: Beneath Iceland’s Largest Glacier

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Buried in an arctic tomb of mountainous ice, English photographer Kate Friend captures the world above and below the largest glacier mass in all of Europe. Rising above the local landscape in the southeast of Iceland, the Vatnajökull glacier covers roughly 8,000 square kilometers and is nearly 1000 meters thick at its deepest point. Known for its crystalized underworld of undulating plateaus, the glacier rises 600 – 800 meters above sea level with numerous valleys and canyons. Friend’s series follows the winding and lonely pathway through volcanic plains and gale force winds to the heart of glacier’s luminously blue caves below, only accessible in winter when the mass is completely frozen. With Vatnajökull rapidly melting at a rate of 1 meter per year, Friend preserves an otherworldly wonder that will one day be lost.

What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Infrared Photographer Nathan Wirth

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Nathan Wirth uses long exposure or an infrared converted digital camera to shoot his fine art landscapes. Here he captures an infrared, ‘Road and Light – Howth Park, Santa Rosa, CA’.

What’s in your camera bag?
Sony Alpha 850, Sony Alpha 100 Infrared Converted Camera, Canon G10,Sony Sigma 17mm-35mm, Sony 18mm-55mm, Minolta 50mm, Hitech IRND 10 Stop ND Filter, Hitech IRND 6 Stop ND Filter, Hitech IRND 3 Stop ND Filter, Lee “Big Stopper” 10 Stop ND Filter, Lee 3 Stop ND Filter, Lee 3 Stop Graduated ND Filter (Soft), Lee 1 Stop Graduated ND Filter (Soft), Lee 3 Stop Graduated ND Filter (Hard), B+W ND 110 – 10 Stop ND Filter (77mm), B+W ND 110 – 10 Stop ND Filter (55mm), Lee Filter Holder, Lee Filter Holder Adapter 82mm, Lee Filter Holder Adapter 77mm, Lee Filter Holder Adapter 49mm, Neewer® shutter release timer remote control, Hoodman loupe (which I never use), 2 extra batteries, extra scan disk cards, hat (for warmth), battery recharger, fanny pack (for carrying around filters), a good luck Buddha charm that my wife gave me. My tripod does not fit in my bag, but it is essential to my work and goes where I go. I use a Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with a Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head.

What’s in your bag that is specific to the type of work you shoot? Because I primarily do long exposure work, the ND filters and grads are essential. Over the past two years I have been doing a lot of work with infrared, so the converted camera has become equally essential. I had my Sony Alpha 100 converted by Life Pixel—they removed the filter over the sensor that blocks out infrared light and replaced it with their Deep BW (820nm) filter.  This allows me to take hand-held infrared shots, rather than having to use a screw on filter and a tripod.  Infrared film is a whole other world of confusion and a very difficult one.  I have not pursued it.  Digital photography and infrared go together much more easily.

Meditative Photos From a Photographer’s Road Trip Through Israel

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Yaakov Israel

Jerusalem-based photographer Yaakov Israel’s beautiful, personal photographic examination of what being Israeli means to him has a title as dreamlike as his photos: The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey. Israel initiated the series after he took a picture of a Palestinian man who happened to ride by on a white donkey, one day near the Dead Sea. Israel explains the significance: “As per the Orthodox Jewish tradition, the Messiah (the Prophet) will arrive riding on a white donkey.”

‘Where Death Dies’: Photos of Repurposed Execution Sites Across the United States

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Old Sparky, West Virginia Penitentiary. 2011.

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Original site of Execution. Hanging. Lobby of the State office Department. Alaska. 2011.

The most recent execution in the U.S. took place on a few days ago on March 27th, 2014 in Texas. Though capital punishment is still considered constitutional in 33 states, to date 18 have abolished the death penalty altogether. Photographer Emily Kinni explores the remains of these sites, the investigation transporting her on a journey through forgotten history and local memories. Her series Where Death Dies serves as an intriguing glimpse into the evolution of the executional landscape.

Infrared Film Transforms the Arctic

Daniel Zvereff

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Inspired by Richard Mosse’s infrared work, NYC-based photographer Daniel Zvereff made sure to get his hands on some of the last remaining stock of expired Kodak Aerochrome film in 120 format. The dazzling fuchsia, crimson, and lavender tones are produced when the film reacts to the chlorophyll in plants.

Sadie Wechsler Creates A Bizarre Fantasy World Through Her Lyrical Images

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Sadie Wechsler

Seattle-based photographer Sadie Wechsler creates dreamlike scenarios, using photography in concert with other tools to create an alternate world. She takes advantage of her medium to create scenarios that vary from just the other side of normal, where perhaps one detail is not quite right, to lyrical, innately surreal constructions. Wechsler, who was just named one of five finalists for the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize, answered some of our questions about her difficult-to-pigeonhole work.