Posts tagged: landscape photography

An Unforgettable Look at an Abandoned ‘Wizard of Oz’ Theme Park


When the enigmatical photographer known only by the pseudonym Seph Lawless first heard tell of the forgotten Yellow Brick Road on the tippy top of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, he instantly felt a kinship with the place, which today remains shrouded in old mysteries left unsolved.

These Photos of Decaying Sanctuaries Will Make You Believe in Ghosts



Dresden-based photographer Matthias Haker keeps his forsaken sanctuaries a secret, guarded closely from meddlesome spirits and prying hands. When he asked about the aged ballrooms, power plants, hotels, and bathhouses, the artist responds evasively, “Somewhere in Europe…”

Hong Kong Bathed in the Blue Tinge of the Setting Sun



The first time Hong Kong-based photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze saw the color blue drench the city was not unlike falling in love. It was a warm day in summer, and as the sun set, the sky cast an azure shroud over the metropolis below. He was infatuated and intoxicated by the twinkling night—as he puts it, he had “a crush” on the light— and over the next two years he would devote summertime to chasing The Blue Moment.

Radioactive Ruins and Secret Cities Leftover from the Cold War

The Aral Sea I (Officers Housing), Kazakhstan 2011

The Aral Sea I (Officers Housing), Kazakhstan 2011 © Nadav Kander. Courtesy Flowers Gallery

Priozersk XIV (I Was Told She Once Held An Oar), Kazakhstan 2011

Priozersk XIV (I Was Told She Once Held An Oar), Kazakhstan 2011 © Nadav Kander. Courtesy Flowers Gallery

Situated somewhere on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, sit the radioactive ruins and secret cities leftover from the Cold War. These restricted military sites, unrecognized on the map until long after the Cold War ended, were reserved purely for the pursuits of science and war. Weapon testing and covert scientific studies took place here as the Russians vied to compete with the kind of bombs America was dropping on Japan at the time. As soon as word of these newly-mapped locations reached the naturally inquisitive London-based photographer Nadav Kander, he immediately set out to investigate, compelled by the secrets of the past and the aesthetics of destruction he so loves.

Past and Present Collide in Magical Exploration of Paris


Tour Eiffel. 1900. These strollers were undoubtedly visitors of the Universal Exposition, of which two attractions can be distinguished: between the legs of the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Electricity, and on the right, the Ferris wheel on Avenue de Suffirent. ©RMN-Grand Palais (MuCEM)/Franck Raux


Notre Dame, 1944. A liberation scene. ©Gaston Paris/Roger-Violle

“You can’t escape the past in Paris,” American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg famously said of the city during his travels in 1958, “and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.”

Trespassing into Forgotten Places, Stepping Back in Time



Croatian photographer Mirna Pavlovic is pulled inexorably to the clandestine corners of the world, to the since-forgotten places where people once lived, worked, and probably died. She’s infected by a wanderlust that cuts to the bone, driven to concealed and guaranteed areas throughout the continent where few souls dare travel.

Photographer Ben Moon Embarks on the Road Trip of a Lifetime (Sponsored)

Over the past week, Sony Artisan of Imagery Ben Moon took over the Feature Shoot Instagram, inviting us to follow him to the water’s edge in Norway, Sweden, and Oregon. He took us along for the road trips of a lifetime, through the hilly terrain of Scandinavia and into the golden beach grass of America’s West Coast.

Mysterious Photos of the Spot Where Water Meets Sky

301_Caribbean Sea, Jamaica, 1980

Caribbean Sea, Jamaica, 1980

517_Lake Superior, Eagle River, 2003

Lake Superior, Eagle River, 2003

Over more than three decades, Tokyo and New York-based photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has returned time and again to the sea, entranced by the marriage of water and sky. Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes bears a title as deceptively simple as its subject, featuring more than 200 photographs in which the horizon tears the frame asunder into two equal and contingent halves.

An Astonishing View of the Sky, as Seen Though the World’s Skyscrapers


Golden, Hong Kong.


Black Hole, Shenzhen, China


Four Seasons In The Clouds, Guangzhou, China

Earlier this month, we featured Hong-Kong-based Andy Yeung’s extraordinary drone photographs of the densely-packed city from above. Before he took to the skies, however, the photographer the world’s metropolises from the ground, peering up at sky through the spaces between some of the most well-recognized skyscrapers.

New Photo Book Shows the American landscape in Ruin


Mt. Con Mine and Centerville, Butte, Montana, 1985.


Fading Daylight along the Yellowstone River [Exxon Corporation, Billings, Montana], 1982.

It seems likely that the most enduring monuments that Western civilization will leave for future generations will not be Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, the cathedral of Chatres, but rather the hazardous remains of our industry and technology. Landscapes of failed desire, these sites become both arena and metaphor for the most constructive and destructive aspects of the American spirit. The photographs become, finally, meditations on a ravaged landscape. – David T. Hanson

The American landscape has been heavily romanticized in the past through art, photography and literature, emphasizing nature as a source of human inspiration and portraying the landscape as a pure and untouched wilderness – a space symbolic of freedom, heroism and grandeur. In a new book called Wilderness to Wasteland, photographer David T. Hanson presents to us the ‘Luminist images of our time’– the American landscape in ruin. In these 83 never-before-published photographs, he reveals the tragic environmental costs of industrialization.

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