What We Love This Week, Volume XCVIII

Rocket Festival Light

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Inside The Vrontados Rocket War

Rocket Festival Field

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What’s religion without a little ritualistic conflict? Taking place in Vrontados, Greece over the past 125 years, two Greek Orthodox Churches have engaged in what is known as Rouketopolemos, or a “rocket war”. The rival churches celebrate by firing thousands of homemade rockets toward one another while holding church services across town. The goal, apparently, is to strike the bell of the opposing church. And remember, this is supposed to be “fun”. Check out more photos at The Atlantic.

Rocket Festival Motorcycle

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Artist Superimposes Norway’s Past Into The Present

When we speak of the past we often use the phrase, “That’s history”, as if to say that when one event is over it no longer exists. But is that necessarily true? Hebe Robinson’s work in Norway seems to suggest otherwise. Exploring northern Norway with only old photos as her guide, Robinson uncovers the fluid relationships between the modern and historical, asking us to question how useful it is to think in such terms. Robinson’s work has culminated in a series aptly known as “Echoes”. You can see more at My Modern Met.

Is Google Earth Art The New Travel Photography?

As internet technology becomes more sophisticated, the definition of the word “travel” is becoming less and less concrete. Google Earth and instant photo sharing apps allow people to “explore” other parts of the world with greater ease and speed than ever. So what does this mean for travel art and photography? For Argentine artist Federico Winer, it means uncovering new territory. Using Google Earth as his inspiration, Winer explores, distorts and presents our world as we haven’t yet really seen it–but would like to see more of. Check out a handful of Winer’s work with us.

A Postman’s Dedication: The Pebble Castle of Ferdinand Cheval

pebble castle front view

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Building a castle is a monumental undertaking any way you look at it. But constructing an entire castle pebble by pebble, stone by stone, using only materials found while making your mail route? That’s absolutely inconceivable. Yet that is exactly what Ferdinand Cheval did, and more than 100 years later his pebble castle still stands, drawing tourists from around the world to Hauterives, France.

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Tour De France Cyclists Take A Smoke “Break” In 1920

1920 Tour De France Photograph

While some of today’s Tour de France cyclists engage in vices to enhance their performance, premier cyclists of yesteryear took part in activities that would probably hinder their athleticism, including champagne and painkillers (likely together).

Featured above are cyclists Vervaeke and Geldhol, taking a smoke “break” during the 1920 Tour de France. In this photo we can also see the incredible transformation of the race bike and its accompanying protective gear–incredibly enough, the bicycle helmet as we know it wasn’t invented until the 1970s.

Mickael Jou Convenes Dance And Photography Into One Breathtaking Product

mickael jou fall float

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Dancer and photographer Mickael Jou is without a doubt one of a very few individuals able to pull off a series of choreographed photos this precise, thoughtful and beautiful. The Taiwanese-French-American launched production on his project, “365 Photos”, nearly three years ago, and it will likely take him another three years to finish it. (Quite obviously, he does not take one photo per day.)

mickael jou nightclub

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mickael jou flower pick

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