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.

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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.

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Shh, Don’t Wake These Sleepy Kids!

Nap time has the unfortunate tendency of disappearing once you reach adulthood. French photographer Alice Lemarin captures the childhood privilege of dozing whenever and wherever you want in her Sleeping series.

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Here’s A Double Take: Photographer Merges Two Faces Into One Unreal Portrait

These incredible portraits are quite literally “two-faced.” Croatian photographer Ino Zeljak’s uncanny series Metamorfoza merges the faces of two different people to create impossible yet remarkably realistic portraits.

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How Much Material Comes From Copper and Diamond Mines? This Much.

Mining has always been a balance of give and take. On the one hand, precious materials useful for humans are extracted from the ground, and on the other, gigantic scars are left on the landscape. In his latest series, For What It’s Worth, photographer Dillon Marsh (who we’ve covered before) visualizes the quantity of copper and diamonds unearthed at mines around his home of South Africa. Using computer generated spheres to represent the material, he’s given us a strikingly clear picture of sacrifice and gain.

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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.

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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.

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Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided.

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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.

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Poignant Photos of Twins Over 50

There’s a proverb in China that says the fifties are the years one comes to understand their fate. This proverb inspired Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo to pursue a project he titled “Identical Twins.” It involved photographing pairs of twins as if they are looking at each other and document their differences. The results are poignant and carry a solemnity appropriate of contemplating one’s existence.

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