More Mind-Bending Photo Manipulations from Erik Johansson

The world is not as it seems in Erik Johansson’s mind-bending photograph manipulations (featured previously). Here is a world where mirrored ‘M.C. Escher stairways’ really exist, where land flows like water, and where small towns float on the sea in glass bottles. Each illustration is a detailed masterpiece to behold.

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Crystalline Patterns in Frozen Soap Bubbles

Who knew that blowing bubbles in sub-zero temperatures could create such beautiful crystalline patterns? Apparently photographer Cheryl Johnson did. She went out on cold days to capture the many possible ways each bubble would form its incredible display. Created by the water in between the soapy film layers, the freezing begins at the bottom and expands upwards until the bubble in entirely covered.

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Frozen Sand Sculpted by Strong Winds on Lake Michigan

Last week, photographer Joshua Nowicki was visiting St. Joseph on the shores of Lake Michigan when he spotted something very odd. Spread out on the beach were hundreds of small towers of sand, each about a foot tall. The tiny formations were created by a combination of freezing temperatures and very high winds (sometimes gusting to around 50 mph). Little by little the frozen sand eroded the beach around it, flowing like a river to form the beautiful canyon-like scene Nowicki captured with his camera.

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Abandoned Spaces Across Europe, Seen Through the Lens of Romain Veillon

For as long he can remember, photographer Romain Veillon has been fascinated with abandoned places. In his childhood, he sought out those mysterious and quiet spots, eventually deciding to bring a camera along to document his adventures. As his talent for photography grew, so did his ability to capture the spirit of the abandoned places he was shooting. His photographs have a way of transcending time – each displays the past, present and maybe even the future of the space.

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Black and White Photos Wiped into Color

There’s probably no better way to see the power of the colorizing technique than with these animated GIFs from the Dutch design website NSMBL. Taking iconic images from around the web, they’ve overlaid colorized versions of the same image that is slowly revealed with a animated series of wipes. It’s like seeing each photograph wiped into reality.

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No-Frizz Flora and Fauna: Gorgeous Nature-Inspired Headdresses by Takaya

The models below are most certainly having a good hair day—with a little help from Japanese floral artist Takaya. Using fresh-cut blooms, berries, leaves, and even stuffed birds, Takaya crafts monumental wearable sculptures that are sure to turn heads.

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Murray Fredericks Captures the Starry Skies and Vast Landscapes of Greenland

Australian photographer Murray Fredericks isn’t afraid to venture into the vast unknown, often for long periods of time and in challenging environments. In his youth he spent significant time in the Himalayas and the deserts of the Middle East – wilderness that provided him with a basis for his approach as a photographer. In one of his latest series titled Topophilia, he traveled to Greenland six different times with his camping gear, large camera and supplies to access far out places. In this series, he sought to convey “an emotional experience of space.”

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Two Supermodels Pose Like Living Dolls for Vogue Paris

Just like the Barbie dolls at the toy store, supermodels Magdalena Frackowiak and Elisabeth Erm have been packaged like living dolls for the December/January 2015 issue of Vogue Paris. Italian photographer Giampaolo Sgura is behind the couture series, which sees the models enclosed in tall boxes with clear plastic windows, and surrounded by an array of fashionable accessories twist-tied to the walls.

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One Photographer’s Journey to Document the Human Struggle with Water

Water. Humans need it to survive and thrive. Yet 17% of the global human population does not have access to a clean or reliable source. The UN has warned that by the year 2025, 3.4 billion people will face water scarcity. Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz took on a mission to document the human relationship to this precious resource. He was commissioned by the United Nations and WaterAid to visit some 32 countries, observing the conditions in which people go to retrieve water and learning about the challenges first hand.

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The World Is A Yoga Mat: Urban Yoga in New York, Paris, Madrid and Ljubljana

Yogi, architect and artist Anja Humljan encourages us to re-observe our busy cities, seeing them as world to deeply interact with, and even a place to de-stress. For her collaborative project and upcoming book, The Urban Yoga, she traveled to world cities, exploring their concrete and steel environments and how they interact with the human body.

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