Backpacked: Explore New Zealand Through The Lens Of A Belgian Photographer

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If you are a lover of Highsnobiety‘s Snobshots then the name Michiel Pieters and his Instagram handle @mchlptrs might sound familiar to you. The young Belgian fashion photographer is currently backpacking New Zealand with his friend Yvo Dezeure, who often models for him. They decided to document their trip on Tumblr. On BACKPACKED you can follow the duo and explore the incredible landscapes of New Zealand trough the lens of Michiel Pieters.

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Vedema: A Fire Harvests The Stone

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The project was commissioned by Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, one of Santorini’s most unique and prestigious hotels, built around a 400 year old winery made of dark volcanic stones. The hotel is located in the southern part of the island, in the scenic village of Megalochori, next to a wonderful large area of vineyards. The name comes from its history and connection to the surrounding nature, as in Santorinian idiom ventema (βεντέμα) means harvest.

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Cat Empire: Japanese Island Aoshima is Overrun by Cats

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Tourists are flocking to a remote island in southern Japan, ruled by an army of feral cats, now outnumbers humans six to one. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after 1945.

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Holi – Traditional Festival of Colours in India

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A physically challenged Indian child, smeared with gulal-coloured powder, smiles at the camera during Holi celebrations at the Society for the Edcuation of the Crippled school in Mumbai on March 4, 2015. ‘Holi’, the festival of colours, is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after full moon annually in March. Revellers spray coloured powder and water on each other with great gusto, whilst adults extend the hand of peace. AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Guelta d’Archei – The Most Famous Permanent Water Source in the Ennedi Region of Chad

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The Guelta d’Archei is probably the most famous guelta in the Sahara. It is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, south-east of the town of Fada. The Guelta d’Archei is inhabited by several kinds of animals, most notably the Nile crocodile. The Guelta d’Archei is a barren place, away from beaten paths: it requires a 4×4 and is at least 4 days’ travel from n’Djamena, the Chad capital. The place depicted in the picture can only be reached by a few hours trek from the nearest point a 4×4 can approach.

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Dutch Hotelier Transforms Soviet Aircraft Into Luxurious Hotel Suite

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Airplane Suite or as it’s called Vliegtuigsuite Teuge is a singular hotel destination. Stationed in the Teuge Airport, in The Netherlands, the plane was originally built in 1960 and measures 131 feet in length. This unique aeroplane suite still has a fully-equipped cockpit and boasts a luxurious bathroom with sauna, shower and spa bath. The raised terrace at Vliegtuigsuite overlooks Teuge Airport’s runway. The air-conditioned Vliegtuigsuite Teuge is occupies the whole plane and is nearly 40 metres long. Price tag is around $350 per night at this deluxe suite. Interested? You can book it here.

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Tobacco Business In Cuba

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A general view of the valley of Vinales, where tobacco plants are grown, is pictured in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba January 26, 2015. Picture taken January 26, 2015. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

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A Neighbourhood Pool Parties In Peru

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A group of women dance in a pool in Callao, Peru, Sunday, February 22, 2015. One of centers for the front-doorstep, pool-party phenomenon is Lima’s port city of Callao. People hold parties in them and sometimes entire blocks chip in to buy a pool, which can be had in local department stores for a bit over $100. (Photo by Martin Mejia/AP Photo)

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Traditional Historical Ski Race In Czech Republic

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A participant jumps on vintage skis during a traditional historical ski race in the northern Bohemian town of Smrzovka February 21, 2015. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

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Antarctica Mysteries Photo Essay

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In this January 27, 2015 photo, an iceberg floats in the Bahia Almirantazgo near Livingston Island, part of the South Shetland Island archipelago in Antarctica. Antarctica conjures up images of quiet mountains and white plateaus, but the coldest, driest and remotest continent is far from dormant. The majority of it is covered by ice, and that ice is constantly moving. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo)

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Salt Mine Therapy in Belarus

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Boys play basketball in the facilities of Belarus’ Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy within a salt mine, as part of their treatment, near the town of Soligorsk, south of Minsk, February 19, 2015. According to the state clinic, more than 7,000 children and adults seek medical treatment for respiratory illness each year in the subsurface chambers of its facilities, located 420 metres underground between layers of potassium and stone salts in an operational salt mine. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

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Mexico Modernizes Garbage Collection Service

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Garbage collectors, with their horse and cart, unload rubbish at the municipal dump in Nezahualcoyotl, on the outskirts of Mexico City, February 18, 2015. Hundreds of horse or donkey-drawn carts will disappear from the streets of a municipality in the state of Mexico, located on the outskirts of Mexico City, and will be replaced by motorized vehicles, local authorities said. Nezahualcoyotl, commonly known as Neza, has started to retire 457 two-wheeled carts which have been collecting household rubbish for the past 45 years. They currently gather 300 of the 1,200 tonnes of rubbish produced in the area on a daily basis.The carts will be replaced by motorized vehicles – a motorcycle and trailer with capacity for half a tonne of rubbish – in the next two months. The vehicles will move along at 30 kilometres (18 miles) per hour. (Photo by Henry Romero/Reuters)

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Beautiful Scenes From Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asia

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A boy touches a lion dancer while performing at the opening of Ditan Temple Fair on the Lunar New Year’s Eve in Beijing, China Wednesday, February 18, 2015. (Photo by Andy Wong/AP Photo)

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Carnival in Brazil 2015, Part 3

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A performer from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, February 17, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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Traditional Wedding Ceremony in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian Muslims Azim Liumankov and his bride Fikrie Bindzheva pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, February 15, 2015. The remote mountain village of Ribnovo in southwest Bulgaria has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad. The wedding ritual was resurrected with vigour among the Pomaks – Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. The highlight of the ceremony is the painting of the bride’s face, where in a private rite open only to female in-laws, her face is covered in thick, chalky white paint and decorated with colourful sequins. (Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

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