Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts.

Hiking Russian Captures Spectacular Morning Views from His Tent

Most mornings, people get to stare at a blank ceiling… but for photographer Oleg Grigoryev, the views are looking pretty spectacular. His series, Morning Views from the Tent, was created on repeated trips into the high regions of Tajikistan’s Fann Mountains, documenting the stunning scenes that greeted him each day as he looked out of his tent door.

A Gigantic Carpet in Brussels Made From 750,000 Begonias

Every two years in August, the Grand Palace in Belgium gets a stunning carpet of flowers. This year the central square was covered in around 750,000 begonias creating a stunningly bright display inspired by the Turkish Kilim and designed to honor the approximately 220 thousand Turks who came to Brussels half a century ago.

Light Up Paddleboards for Nighttime Adventures

File this under ‘Things You Must Do.’ Miami-based company NightSUP has been putting a bright new twist on stand up paddleboarding, making boards surrounded by a bright strip of LED lights. Originally designed to enhance safety on night paddles, the feature also gives you a fantastic view of the nighttime sea floor and its wildlife.

Time Sliced: Famous World Locations Captured Through The Day

Photographer Richard Silver’s ongoing series Time Sliced captures famous monuments from around the world in 36 different ‘slices’ of the day as it transitions into night. Like his contemporaries Fong Qi Wei and Stephen Wilkes, Silver must spend hours on location to create the final image which sees time arrayed across the scene.

Michael Wolf Photographs the Rooftops of Paris

Forget your normal, street-level view of Paris. Photographer Michael Wolf is heading to the roof, capturing the top of the ‘city of lights’ in a way most people never see. In a place so photographed that it has become a massive cliché (sold in gift shops the world over) it’s refreshing to see a lofty new perspective on the beautiful place.

The Greatest Vehicle For Off-Road Adventure Camping

As amazing as RV’s can be for camping, they aren’t the most agile vehicles in rough terrain or steep hills. Enter the Jeep® ActionCamper©! With all of the off-roading capabilities of a Jeep and the luxurious camping of an RV, this bad boy combines the best of both worlds. The pop-up roof allows 6’8″ of clearance in the dining area. The camper itself is made of fiberglass and fits a queen size bed in the full kitchen, as well as a shower and toilet. The windows are fitted with bug screens and blinds and the entire shell is removable when you want to take the vehicle for a joyride.

Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian.

Bizarre Yugoslavian Monuments From a Bygone Era

There was a period in the 1960s and 70s when large sculptures were created all over the Republic of Yugoslavia to commemorate the battles of WWII. Now, with the fall of the U.S.S.R and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the monuments have lost some significance and seem from another planet.

This Cycling Jacket Transforms You Into A Human Firefly

Cycling has become an increasingly-popular way to travel, but sharing the road safely is not always easy. From narrow streets to hazardous intersections, city infrastructure can present some challenging situations for bikers commuting to work or those simply desiring a leisurely ride.