Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Photos of Smoke Over 3 Months to Capture 20 Images

Just like a snowflake, every plume of smoke is unique. Photographer Thomas Herbrich spent the last 3 months capturing the overlooked beauty of smoke, capturing 100,000 individual photographs as the delicate plumes drifted upwards. His images reveal the lucky instant when his subject danced into delightful forms that resemble paper curls, bouquets of flowers and even the human body. After all that work, he selected 20 final images to represent the exceptional series, which he calls Smoke.

Photographer Imagines Her Life with Many Different Partners

What would your life look like with someone different? Czech photographer Dita Pepe has been vividly imagining that scenario over and over in her series ‘Self Portraits with Men’. Here she poses with men from all walks of life, and with far different interests, merging herself seamlessly into their lives as if she’d always been there. Observed with no context, her images could easily be real families.

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.

This Photographer Did a Cliché Baby Photo Shoot with a Dog

Baby photography is one of those things that has quickly turned into a gigantic cliché. Do a little snuggle, snap some picture of tiny feet, wrap them in a blanket – don’t forget the soft lighting. That’s why this series by photographer Jamie Clauss is so awesome. She and her next door neighbors Jan and Chase Renegar were having a boring day, so to liven things up they created a newborn photo shoot using their Jack Russell terrier. Her name? Snuggles.

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.

A Selection From the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Every year travelers around the world take stunning photographs documenting their journey, capturing many beautiful locations, both urban and natural. National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest is for anyone who wants to submit their favorite photos in four different categories: Spontaneous Moments, Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes and Sense of Place. This year, thousands of entries were submitted, and later this month finalists and winners will be announced. Here are 12 of our favorite images to get a taste of the incredible assortment of moments being captured.

Photographs of People with Their Attachments

In our everyday lives, there are items that we buy and keep. Over time, these objects can accumulate and limit us from leaving a place because we have so much “stuff.” Cerise Doucède wanted to create a series of photos to show the relationship between people and their material attachments in their daily lives. The project is titled Les Attaches.

These 60s Kids Described Their Nightmares. Then Arthur Tress Recreated Them in Haunting Photographs

When it comes to vivid and original nightmares, kids can out dream the rest of us. Their imagination runs rampant – during the day and at night – with little filter to differentiate between reality and fiction. These classic images from photographer Arthur Tress drive that point home. He asked children in the late 60s and early 70s to describe their fantasies and nightmares. Then he brought them to life in these particularly unnerving staged images.

These People Are Laying in 7 Days of Their Own Garbage

It’s difficult to imagine how much trash we create each week, but photographer Gregg Segal is making it visual. The bulk of packaging wrapped around an item we’re buying is often the last thing on our mind when at the store, but Segal is putting that issue – and the growing trash problem in the modern world – front and center… and on top of his subjects.