Hidden Life: Tiny Surprises Captured Through a Macro Lens

Japanese photographer Miki Asai captures a world often hidden from the naked eye. Using her Canon EOS Kiss X5 camera with a Canon EF-S60mm F2.8 macro USM lens, she finds the simple beauty found in a raindrop, an ant or a snail. It all began when she was testing out her lens in the serenity of her own garden. She explained to 500px:

America At Play, From the Air Above

With summer quickly approaching the northern hemisphere, and with the very best activities obviously outside under the hot sun, let’s get an overview of the situation. Alex S. MacLean, the much loved aerial photographer has been doing just that for the last decade or so. His ongoing series of photographs called Playing capture a top-down view of America’s outdoor playgrounds. From azure blue swimming pools dotted with splashing kids, to baseball diamonds maintaining “America’s favorite pastime.”

Fairy Tale Characters Pay a Surprise Visit to This Artist

Last year we introduced you to a clever artist who turned her “normal” dad into a superhero with the help of a sharpie marker. Now the Milan-based artist, Giulia Pex, is upgrading her own life with fairy tale characters surrounding her typical day. A fairy godmother and sweet animals of the forest wait for her to awake, then she spots a big bad wolf on her walk through the woods. The Mad Hatter joins her for tea time, then she has a wonderful date with Prince Charming as his bicycle is transformed to a magical white horse. But it’s not all romance and fun, when the Evil Queen from Snow White pops out of the bathroom mirror as Pex brushes her teeth. She calls the series Ghosts That We Knew.

My First Rifle: Photos of Kids and Their Guns

For much of the western world, owning a gun is near unthinkable… let alone giving one to your young child. That’s part of what prompted Dutch photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn to jump on a plane for America, just one month after seeing the tragic story of a 5-year old boy in Kentucky who killed his 2-year old sister with a practice rifle (an event which was deemed an accident).

These Photos Capture Unbelievable Cargo Transported By Motorbike

Your tiny bike basket can only dream of transporting the incredible amount of things carried by these bikers in Vietnam. In his book entitled Bikes of Burden, photographer Hans Kemp provides a glimpse of the towering piles of precious cargo transported by motorbike each day in Vietnam. Ranging from common items such as baskets and eggs to more motley collections like hula hoops and goldfish, the perfectly-packed loads reveal the quirky scope of things offered for sale and seem to completely disregard the physics of high-speed movement, gravity, and acceleration. 

Corey Arnold Captures the Fun of Working the World’s Most Dangerous Job

Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two).

Inka Matthew Matches Miniature Everyday Objects to Pantone Swatches

You can’t not live under the influence of Pantone. Their catalogue of colors is the biggest inspiration for even the smallest things in our world.

Designer Inka Matthew decided to focus on those tiny tones that often go unnoticed in her project, Tiny PMS Match.

Surreal Photographs Shot with Real-Life Props and a $50 Film Camera

In an age when shooting thousands of photographs no longer requires changing any rolls of film, it’s sometimes hard to remember that that wasn’t always the case. Lviv, Ukraine based photographer Oleg Oprisco is doing it the old fashioned way, and producing results which are stunningly surreal, harkening back to old fairytales and our more vivid dreams. Making images this perfect is hard to believe when made with actual film… and especially with a vintage camera that goes for about $50.

In Alabama it’s Illegal to Carry an Ice Cream Cone in Your Back Pocket (and other Bizarre Laws Visualized)

There are some seriously weird laws on the books of many US states… but Olivia Locher is breaking them all. This New York-based photographer’s series I Fought The Law brings some of the best examples to life, begging the question: how the heck did these become laws?

New York Rooftops Hold Hidden Surprises

One of the most exciting features of New York City is hidden from most of our eyes… unless you can fly. Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is giving us a different perspective of the Big Apple, looking down on the rooftops of the city, and revealing a magical and exclusive world that floats far above the streets.