Hand Colored Photographs of Japan in the 1880s

In today’s world we can access photos instantly from almost every part of the planet, but almost 130 years ago, photos weren’t nearly as commonplace. It’s no surprise then, that images that were seen from other locations around the world shaped global perceptions and even identity. One such example was the collection of Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari and his series on the fascinating nation of Japan.

Burlesque Performers, Before and After Transforming Into Character

In its essence, burlesque is an exaggeration of society’s beauty standards to an extreme degree, a confrontation with preconceived assumptions about sensuality, power and gender. Still, it’s surprising to witness the incredible transformation these performers go through in each of these before and after photographs. Fashion photographer Sean Scheidt created the series ‘Burlesque’ as a personal project

Jump For Joy! Photographs of Figures In Flight

Forget looking before you leap. In his series Gravity, London-based photographer Tomas Januska captures imaginative, energetic, and completely weightless bodies in midair.

Faces In The Trees: Mirror Images of Tree Bark Reveal Unique Tree Characters

Many movies have featured talking trees but tree faces can also be found in real life if you look hard enough. Using the simple reflection feature in Photoshop, Italian photographer Elido Turco creates tree creatures with a variety of emotion and expression. From cute and friendly, to scary and wise, his creations look like beings from another planet.

Umbrellas for Miles: Aerial Views of a Colorful Italian Beach Town

German photographer Bernhard Lang went on a pleasant holiday to the seaside resort town of Adria, Italy – a place that is absolutely covered with umbrellas. Located between the coastlines of Ravenna and Rimini on the Adriatic coast, each hotel has its own umbrella design, creating a sea of color that extends for miles. This inspired a photographic project for Lang, who decided that on his next trip he would arrange a plane and shoot the scene from the air. That happened last month, and the photos are fantastic. It almost seems like a beachside Candy Land of sorts.

FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works!

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.

Human Faces Look Alien When They’re Upside Down

Even normal human faces look alien when you flip them upside down. That’s the tactic South African photographer Anelia Loubser used when creating her latest series Alienation. Inverted eyes, scrunched up noses and wrinkled foreheads become unidentifiable creatures and force us to observe the human form anew.

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.

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.