The Eerie Face Of Bokor Church, Cambodia

April 2, 2014

Bokor Church Cambodia

Bokor Hill is known as the last Khmer Rouge stronghold, and it was here where they holed themselves up for several months. While the derelict building doesn’t offer much in the way of aesthetics, it provides much perspective on power’s transient nature.

6 Strange Museums Around The World

April 2, 2014
Strange Museums Sewer

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From the mundane to the bizarre, if it exists, there is probably a museum somewhere dedicated to it. Both in the United States and abroad, people are infinitely fascinated by things, their variety, and their history.

Below are six items so arcane or lackluster that dedicating more than a moment’s thought to them—let alone a museum—is already quite the task. But in this world, is anything really shocking anymore? Some are interesting, some disturbing, and some may be considered flat-out gross, but in our human quest to satiate our curiosities, we collect, we curate, and we open the doors to anyone with similar intellectual appetites.

Strange Museums: The Paris Sewer System – Paris, France

Strange Museums Sewer Museum

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The Paris underground has long been known for its hidden catacombs filled with skeletons and other mysteries, but what few people are aware of is that citizens and tourists have also been exploring the city’s underground sewer systems since the 1800’s. There are displays of sewage history directly within the pipes and tunnels of ‘Gay Paree’. As you can imagine, while the history visitors are presented with while traipsing about a city’s centuries-old inner workings is rich, it also stinks.

Strange Museums Sewer Museum

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The Many Faces Of United States Gun Culture

April 2, 2014

In 2013, British photographer Charles Ommanney went on a six-state tour of the United States in an attempt to shed light on American gun culture. Commissioned by the German magazine, Stern, Ommanney’s photos present an eye-opening vision where gun ownership has become normalized and an integral facet of so many people’s lives: fathers play with their children as a pistol hangs from their hips; assault rifles and handguns sprinkle the vanities of mothers; lily-white teens pose with their firearms as if showing off a corsage for a high school prom.

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Gun Culture Family

The Baker family poses with their other family members outside a dilapidated gas station in Ashburn, Georgia.

Gun Culture Baby

Strapped with a baby and a handgun, Miami realtor Loigrand De Angelis poses with his most prized "possessions".

Gun Culture Living Room

Lindsay Makowski and her bulldog in Silver Spring, Maryland. Makowski bought her firearms after a bad relationship.

Gun Culture Outdoors

The Moffatt family poses with their weaponry in Overgaard, Arizona. If they look familiar to you, that's because they've been featured on National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers".

Gun Culture Little Girls

The Moffatt girls (13 and 12 years old) pose with their pistols and assault rifles.

Gun Culture Obama

Representing the interesting niche of gun-owning Democrats, writer Dan Baum poses with his 19th century C96 Mauser.

Gun Culture Bedroom

Millicent Hunter relaxing with her pump-action shotgun in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gun Culture Cards

Lotion, perfume and guns drape Millicent Hunter's vanity in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gun Culture Wallpaper

16 year old Elizabeth Lamont from Virginia poses with one of her handguns (she owns two).

Gun Culture Pose

Dan Wilkins poses with his AR-15 at his home in Austin, Texas.

Gun Culture Shooting Range

Millicent Hunter (left) and her friends spend time together at a shooting range in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gun Culture Baby Father

Never far from his baby or his gun, Loigrand De Angelis plays with with his son in his Miami, Florida home.

Gun Culture Outdoors

Brian Moffatt poses with his gun (left), and attorney Marc Victor holds tight to his assault rifle outside his office in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gun Culture Suburbs

Ann Asenbauer in Katy, Texas. Asenbauer opted to purchase her gun after police took too long to respond to an incident.

The result is an unconventional narrative on American gun culture: in none of Ommanney’s shots did he seek to caricature or overly critique his subjects in a typical NRA bashing. Instead, Ommanney sought to simply present the intersection of fear, values and politics in its most distilled form: within the American home. Equal parts chilling and mystifying, more of Ommanney’s political and documentary photography can be found on his website.