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Welcome to the Snow-Drenched Gas Capitol of Russia

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In 1985, the parents of Barcelona-based photographer Yanina Shevchenko made their home in Novy Urengoy in Western Siberia, then under control of the USSR. Her earliest memories were made in this frozen city, where temperatures plummet -50 degrees Celsius, and she left it all behind as a five-year-old child, not return until nearly a quarter-century later.

Behold the Last Remaining Tidal Pools of Southwest England

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British photographer Tom Shaw had just finished his 15-year stint as a staff photographer with Getty Images and was beginning a freelance career when his Tidal Sea Pools series started to take shape.

“It was an exciting time, and I wanted to spend a week shootings something for myself,” Tom tells us. “A few years earlier while on holiday in Cornwall, I shot a nice picture of some surfers while my wife and I sat on the headland. From this headland we could see tucked away one of these tidal sea pools – so we went and had a swim in it.”

From Iceland to Venice with Sony Artisan of Imagery Brian Matiash (Sponsored)

An Eerie Glimpse at China’s ‘Ghost Cities’

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They’re places without history, where apartments lay in wait for residents, factories for workers, hospitals for patients, and schools for the pitter–patter of anxious children. The Western media has named them “ghost cities,” painted them as a symbol of China’s avarice and an unfulfilled promise, but for Chicago-based photographer Kai Caemmerer, to call them dead and buried is missing the point; instead, these are China’s Unborn Cities, not on their last breath but on the very precipice of their first inhalation.

Wild Animals Camouflaged within the Vast Expansive of Namibia

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Hour upon hour, Ghent-based photographer Maroesjka Lavigne traverses the vacant terrain of Namibia, taking the country’s native beasts— the giraffe, the flamingo, and the zebra, and perhaps most of all, the rhinoceros—as her silent and gently-moving guides. Here, amongst the salt pans and sand dunes, she names the nation the Land of Nothingness; behemoths roam free and unseen, hidden and enfolded by the infinite topography.

Bathed in Blue: 17 Photographs Capture Turquoise and Cobalt Moments from Around the World (Sponsored)

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A woman in a white dress in a dark pool. © Lucia Griggi/Vault Archives

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Kolmanskop, a deserted diamond mining town being reclaimed by the Namibian sand, Namibia. © Andrei Duman/Vault Archives

“Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet) / It only gives our wish for blue a whet,” writes Robert Frost in his 1920 poem Fragmentary Blue, in which he laments the fact that the divine color appears on the ground merely from time to time, becoming an ever-elusive link tying us to the firmament above. In winter, more than any other time of year, the azure hue reigns supreme, and the earth, if just for a moment, mirrors the sky.

Turn-of-the-Century Photographs Capture the Midnight Rituals of Wild Animals

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George Shiras, Lynx, Loon Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1902 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

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George Shiras, Three white-tailed deer, Michigan, circa 1893-1898 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

A female deer sits on the river banks along Lake Superior as a canoe passes her by, a kerosine lamp lighting the way. In the boat sits George Shiras, a lawyer by day who come nightfall, flees into the mist-shrouded wilderness in search of the many furry souls who run hither and thither across the shadowy terrain. The year is 1889, and Shiras is doing something no one thus far in the history of photography has dared attempt: he’s documenting the midnight rituals of wild animals.

The Vast and Ghostly Landscape of ‘Britain’s Only Desert’

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“I am struck by the emptiness, the exhaustion, the excess of weather and although a small number of people live and work on the Ness, I chose not to notice them. The area feels out of synch, self-contained and beyond conventions, all of which I find surprisingly liberating.” – Robert Walker

The Fifth Continent is Manchester-based photographer Robert Walker’s series of photographs exploring the bizarre landscape of Dungeness, which is located on the coast of Kent, South East England. This desolate 3-mile peninsula of land which stretches out into the English Channel, was classified “Britain’s only desert” by the Met office and is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to a unique and heavily concentrated diversity of wildlife. In terms of our conventional images of deserts, Dungeness doesn’t exactly fit, yet a key attraction of the place is the sheer bleakness of its landscape – a vast, echoing flatness on which stands two nuclear power stations, and where the decrepit fishing huts and railway carriages converted into basic dwellings lie scattered across the beach. Every now and then, the air is disturbed by the ghostly whistles of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway train drifting across the empty expanse.

Light Transforms the City of Beirut in Graphic Black and White Photographs

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It takes a special kind of photographer to show us a city in a different light. And Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar has managed to do just this, focusing his lens on his home city of Beirut to bring out the stunning contrasts of light and dark in his series The Architecture of Light.

The Eerie Remains of Abandoned Japanese Amusement Parks, Built to Resemble Disneyland and Other American Fairgrounds

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Belgian photographer Reginald Van de Velde had explored many theme parks in Europe before he made his way to Asia, but nothing prepared him for the magnitude of the amusement parks in Japan.

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