Beautiful Photos Of The Team USA Poses For The US Olympic Committee Media Summit 2016

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Runner Alyssa Montano poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. “When I’m having an awful day training, I think of my daughter to inspire me”, said Montano. Montano said “Rise Up” by Andra Day was one song she would listen to before competition. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Continue »

“The North American Indian” – One Man’s Vision Of A Continent Of Cultures

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Born on a Wisconsin farm in 1868, Edward Sheriff Curtis grew up to become a commercial photographer in Seattle. In 1895 he photographed Princess Angeline, the daughter of the Duwamish chief Seattle, for whom the city was named. That encounter sparked Curtis’ lifelong fascination with the cultures and lives of Native American tribes. He soon joined expeditions to visit tribes in Alaska and Montana. Continue »

Playful Seniors Wear Organic Materials To Personify Nature

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Eyes as Big as Plates is a whimsical series by Finnish photographer Riitta Ikonen and Norwegian photographer Karoline Hjorth that features senior citizens donning organic materials like twigs and grass. Ikonen says that the collaborative project originally began as “a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore” but has since evolved into a collection of images exploring “mental landscapes” that reflect a return of body to nature with the use of scavenged materials. Continue »

Underwater Photographer Jordi Benitez Castells Captures Jellyfish Off Spanish Coast

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The incredible detail in each photo is thanks to Jordi Benitez Castells, years of experience taking photos while diving. Jordi, 40, from El Vendrell, Spain, was in Catalunya when he took the photos and managed to get the snaps at about three metres below the surface in most cases. While he works full-time in a bank, Jordi dons his wetsuit out of hours to go diving and uses a Canon 7D to get his shots. Here: One of the beautiful jellyfish. Continue »

A Daredevil Surf Photographer Ben Thouard Captures Stunning Pictures Of The Big Waves

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Ben Thouard, 29, regularly dives into the crystal clear waters of Teahupoo, Tahiti’s most famous surf break, to snap the empty waves. He stands in the water scouting out particular shapes and the right swell direction and shoots most of his pictures during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. Here: A shot of a wave crashing down into the ocean in the clear waters of Teahupoo. Continue »

An Artist Infused Colour Into A 100-YO Black & White Photo And The Result Is Beyond Stunning

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Black-and-white photos have their own charm but they often make us wonder the alternative – would the people or objects captured look different in colour?

Artist Marina Amaral decided to give history an entirely new perspective when she started infusing colour into pictures captured in monochrome. Putting Photoshop to some good use, Marina reproduced many iconic pictures by bringing them to life in a celebration of colours, preserving their innate authenticity all the while. Continue »

This Photographer Captures Love Just As It Is

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Romanian photographer Natalia Mindru depicts love in her photographs, the very sensuality and passion that live in people who can exist only if their soulmates stand by their sides. You can feel something special in her work, something attractive and magical. Natalia says such an effect comes with the emotions of people in love because of their feelings, smiles, hugs and kisses. Continue »

Featured Entries For The 13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

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“I took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low light camera technology. I was completely surrounded by the fireflies and witnessed one of the most amazing and magical natural phenomena: fireflies that synchronize.” (© Radim Schreiber) Continue »

This Fascinating Photo Project Reveals How Our Concerns And Fears Make Us Completely Different People

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Body language is a very powerful tool that we have at our disposal. If you can read the signs, it may help you to communicate more effectively. However, body language can also expose your biggest fears and weaknesses. Our demons can easily turn us into real monsters. Everything we’re scared of and everything we’re ashamed of sometimes makes us feel very insecure about ourselves. Continue »

Plasticity And Dancing: Photographic Art By Sergey Sukhovey

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Sergey Sukhovey, a former professional Russian sportsman, a martial arts master from Novosibirsk, now found himself in the photographic art. And, actually Sergey makes amazing soaring photos of dancers; dynamical and graceful. Continue »

Surreal Photos Of Russia That Look Like A Strange Fairytale

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Frank Herfort captures surreal moments in Russia. His series “Time In Between – Fairy Tale Of Russia” document the bizarre and beautiful contradictions of daily life in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other areas in Russia. Each image is layered with mystery, melancholy, and the absurd. Herfort’s photos seem to document a fairytale land forgotten by time. Continue »

The MacBook Selfie Stick Is The Art Project Apple Lovers Deserve

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First there was the selfie. Then there was the Selfie Stick. Now we have the MacBook Selfie Stick. The device—a selfie stick outfitted with a full-size MacBook—is the product of an art project by Moises, John Yuyi and Tom Galle, who were behind the real-world Netflix and Chill Room. The device could, say, be used for FaceTime conversations or taking photos, much like a Selfie Stick kitted with an iPhone. Continue »

“Orcs Of New York” Is The Brilliant Facebook Parody You Need To Be Following

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Harry Aspinwall cleverly created ‘Orcs of New York’, a parody of the popular “Humans of New York” series.

The hilarious series tells the stories of Orcs who have ended up in the big apple and documents their struggle to fit in. Or as the Facebook page puts it, the series covers “Mordor diaspora in New York, one orc at a time”. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll never see Orcs the same way again. Believe it or not, Orcs struggle with all the same issues we face. You’ll hear stories of Orcs who work weird hours and have recently turned to dating apps. Or actor hopefuls who move to New York to try to give young Orcs back home role models to look up to in popular media. Continue »

Beautiful Monica Bellucci And Her Never-Before-Seen Pictures

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Following a successful modelling career, Monica Bellucci decides to turn herself towards acting and stars in her first Italian film, in 1990. Having travelled throughout the world and mastering foreign languages, she rapidly participates to American and French productions alternating blockbusters and independent, often dark, films. Incarnating Mediterranean beauty, the actress revives the spirit of 1950s Italian divas with her dark hair, feline eyes and curvaceous forms and perfectly combines the multiple identities of women, from sensual lover to la mamma: roles she has been portraying for 20 years for Dolce & Gabbana. Some kind of contemporary Roman she-wolf. Continue »

16 Classic Photos That Capture Nylon Stockings’ Allure In The 1940s And 1950s

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Before the 1920s, stockings, if worn, were worn for warmth. In the 1920s, as hemlines of dresses rose, people began to wear stockings to cover the exposed legs. These stockings were sheer, first made of silk or rayon (then known as “artificial silk”), and after 1940 of nylon. Continue »