Giant Plants Of The Lost World


A horse-drawn cart passing through a section cut out of the base of a giant sequoia tree in the Mariposa groves of Yosemite Park, California. (Photo by Carleton E Watkins/Getty Images). 1870 Continue »

“Memoirs Of The Geisha” – A Look Back At The Traditional Japanese Female Entertainers

A long standing stigma has been placed on Japanese Geisha girls. When someone thinks of a Geisha, they think of a glorified prostitute or call girl. This is far from the truth. Geisha’s are entertainers, and they are trained vigorously in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist.

Two geishas receive a visiting samurai, Japan, circa 1880:

Hulton Archive

Being a true Geisha is an honor to the girls, who when they become full-fledged Geisha’s are then called geiko. If a girl begins her training to be a geisha before she is 21, she is called a maiko, meaning child dancer. A girl or woman can become a geisha even if she wasn’t a maiko, but if she had been a maiko she would enjoy much more prestige. Continue »

How To Cure ‘Mototoxicosis’

“Mototoxicosis” is a disease that affects Russian bikers. It is caused by the harmful effects of snow, ice and low temperatures, but above all the inability to ride a motorcycle. If you or someone you know suffers from this ailment, read on.

Margo Pankratova:

Valeriy Zaytsev

“There are two reasons for keeping my bike inside the apartment. First, my daughter loves the sight of it. Second, the cold slush in the garage has a detrimental effect. After all, one day you might have to sell it. So in winter I prefer to keep it by my side.”

Winter in Russia is making way for the long-anticipated motor season (traditionally mid-April to early October). For Russian bikers suffering from “mototoxicosis,” no amount of snowboarding, skiing or skating can compensate for the lack of adrenaline in their bloodstream. But many Russian bikers prefer not to part company with their other half in winter. They might not be able to ride it, but they can still admire it. Continue »

Photographer Olgaç Bozalp Captures Fashion People In Iran, And It’s Not Easy


Olgaç Bozalp

Antidote magazine approached turkish photographer Olgaç Bozalp with the opportunity to shoot an entire issue of the magazine around the theme “borders”, which the photographer saw as “the perfect opportunity to go to Iran. Travelling with his best friend and stylist Ruth Higginbotham, Olgaç Bozalp set his sights on the country’s capital Tehran and the city of Kashan in the Isfahan province, undeterred by one glaring problem: “un-Islamic” modelling has been forbidden in Iran since the Islamic Revolution. Continue »

Photographer Dana Lixenberg’s 22-Year-Long Series In One Of LA’s Oldest Housing Projects


Dana Lixenberg

Photographer Dana Lixenberg is the woman behind a whole stack of iconic images of your favourite rappers of yesteryear. A slightly worse-for-wear Puff Daddy laying cocooned on a bed in a fluffy towelling robe surrounded by archaic communication devices, Biggie Smalls counting 50 dollar bills in an acid-tripping jumper, a doe-eyed Tupac gazing soulfully into the camera lens: looking through Dana’s archive brings a needle and thread to all the uncredited images you’ve seen floating around the internet but never had a clue as to their origins. Continue »

A Meditative Photo Series Shows Tokyo’s Loneliest Moments

Yota Yoshida’s contemplative images are far from what you’d expect from the most populous metropolitan area in the world. A street photographer hailing from Tokyo, takes ideas of time and temporality to metaphysical heights in his new photographic series, ‘from somewhere, to elsewhere.’ Continue »

Powerful NSFW Photos From The 2017 Birth Photo Competition Prove That Moms Are Badass


Shelby Clowers Photogrpahy

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 contest, and the photos they chose show the struggles mothers go through to bring new life into the world, and the sheer joy that follows. The 2017 1st Place Winner is Jaydene Freund with Cradled Creations of Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Best in Category Winners are Natasha Hance, Katie Mathis, Elizabeth Farnsworth and Kourtnie Scholz. Honorable Mentions were awarded to 21 photographers.

Many of the photos below are intense and graphic, so reader discretion is advised. They are all, however, powerful in their own unique ways. Continue »

American Women Mugshots In The 1960s

The police mugshot photograph was developed as early as the mid-nineteenth century, and it has since developed as an iconic photographic type in its own right. Formulaic and recognized the world over, it was developed at a when the Victorian fascination of labelling and categorizing of people was at its height. Remarkably, the mugshot photograph has changed little in 150 years. Continue »

The Beauty Of Female Body In Vibrant NSFW Photographs By David Dubnitskiy

All we know about this photographer David Dubnitskiy whose photographs are viral on Internet is that he is from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and he is amazing at what he does. This talented artist works as a freelance photographer and has more than 40K+ followers on his 500px profile. As we could see from his collections on his website, he prefers photographing naked or half naked woman, causing admiration and excitement at the same time by the sensuality of his point of view on female’s body. Continue »

Brazilian Photographer Captures New York City Winter In Black And White

The series, captured by Nei Valente during the winter of 2017, shows the brave people that leave their homes during a snow day in NYC. Nei Valente a 27 years old brazilian street photographer and designer. He is currently based in NYC. Continue »

Aqueous Roses And Liquid Blooms Photographed By Mark Mawson

In his latest photographic series, London-based photographer Mark Mawson takes us underwater to the epicenter of swirling vortexes and explosions of colorful dye. Each image captures a brief split-second moment requiring extreme precision and choreography to create a perfect swirl or bloom. Continue »

These Photos Were Made By Spinning The Camera While Shooting

Natural Rotations is a photo series by Surrey, England-based photographer Simon Painter. Each of the images was created by spinning the camera while an exposure is in progress. Continue »

Stunning Colourised Photographs Of Australia’s 1920s Female Criminals

Colourised images have given vibrant new life to Australia’s most notorious female criminals of the early 1900’s including the fearsome London born razor-gang leader Matilda Devine.

Mrs Osbourne, location and details unknown, around 1919:

This series of expertly colourised pictures looks into the souls of their female counterparts Down Under, many of whom were British immigrants. The pictures have been colourised Matt Loughrey of My Colorful Past from Westport, Ireland. Continue »

This Set Of Pictures Were Provided By The Dupont Circle Hotel In Washington DC And Dramatically Brought To Life After Colourisation

This set of pictures were provided by the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington DC and dramatically brought to life after colourisation by British colourisation expert Tom Marshall.

After a thrilling chase through the busiest streets of Washington, a couple of bootleggers and their car come to grief at the hands of the Capitol police, 21st January 1922:

Tom Marshall/Mediadrumworld

“I was asked to colourise these images of the Prohibition, perfectly capturing both the fashion and atmosphere of this fascinating chapter in American history”, said Tom. “In January 1919 the American Congress passed the Eighth Amendment, outlawing alcohol and ushering in the infamous Prohibition era. Throughout the 1920s the state tried but failed to enforce the ban of alcohol throughout the States. Those who opposed the law found ever-creative ways to enjoy a drink”, Tom explained. Bootlegging was rampant, as were stores and clubs who secretly served liquor”. Continue »

The Russia You’ll Never See On Postcards Through The Lens Of Photographer Alexander Petrosyan


Alexander Petrosyan

Award-winning photographer Alexander Petrosyan has spent decades discovering what makes his home town tick: the everyday comedy and drama of a city built on contradictions. Alexander Petrosyan doesn’t think pictures can change the world, but he does believe they can help you understand it a little better. Having received his first camera as a birthday gift at the age of 12, the photographer quit and came back to the practice several times before turning professional in 2000. Continue »