Margarita Kareva’s Enchanting Photographic Fantasies

August 10, 2014
Margarita Kareva Snow White

Everyone recognizes the classic beauty of Snow White, one of the most adored fairytale princesses of all time. Source: Facebook

Russian photographer Margarita Kareva is both the subject and author of a fairy tale. Just three short years into her photography career, and she has already carved out a niche – as well as an ever-expanding fan base – in the world of fantasy photography.

Specializing in images that beautifully transform her female subjects into princesses and witches alike, there is a definitive fairytale feel in each portrait. Some are based on specific, well-known stories, but all are inspired by her love of fantasy books.

Combining real props and costumes with digital manipulations and other surreal elements, Margarita Kareva captures the wonder and imagination children feel growing up with magical characters and locations, bewitching us with her technical and creative capacities.

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Watch As Cocoa Farmers From The Ivory Coast Try Chocolate For The First Time

August 9, 2014

A true testament to just how far the gap can be between labor and the goods it produces, these Ivory Coast farmers have spent the majority of their lives tending cocoa and have yet to taste chocolate.

People at Metropolis TV have made their way to these farmers, talking to them about their work and giving them chocolate for the first time. The result is quite humbling.

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Winners

August 7, 2014
Byron Inggs Traveler Photo Contest

Photo by Byron Inggs. Source: NY Daily News

National Geographic Traveler magazine is every jet setter’s dream. Chock full of travel tips, guides to exotic locales and full-page color spreads of some of the most beautiful sights imaginable, the magazine could make even the most stationary homebody beg for adventure. So it’s no surprise each year when thousands of photographers worldwide provide images for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

The rules are simple: photographers submit a recent digital picture for one of four categories that include travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place or spontaneous moments. The judges then evaluate submissions, and winners are announced relatively soon after.

2014 Travelers Contest Winners

Photo by Agnieszka Traczewska. Source: IB Times

National Geographic 2014 Traveler Photo Contest Awards

Photo by Marko Korosec. Source: NY Daily News

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No, You’re Not On Drugs: Colombia’s River Of Five Colors Is Real

August 6, 2014
River Of Five Colors Reflecting Pool

Source: Distractify

Deep in the isolated mountain range of Serranía de la Macarena, Colombia is the river Caño Cristales. For nearly half the year, there is nothing remarkable at all about this particular river, but from July through November a phenomena occurs that would leave one to believe that Mother Nature has hand painted this pristine locale.

River Of Five Colors Red Falls

Source: Sights World

Purple Waves

Source: Second Globe

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More Fashion By Mayhem: Catching Up With Our Favorite Kiddo

August 5, 2014
Mayhem Designs Met Gala Fashion

Source: Vogue

In February 2014, the world couldn’t get enough of 4-year-old Mayhem, the adorable kiddo who created paper-made dresses, costumes and outfits with her mom, Angie. Although the mother-daughter duo went viral in the blink of an eye, Fashion by Mayhem hasn’t changed in the face of fame. Angie and Mayhem still recreate red carpet gowns and make silly costumes using tape, construction paper and anything else that happens to be lying around.

Vogue Fashion by Mayhem

Source: Vogue

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Flower Artist Makoto Azuma Sends Trees And Flowers Into Space

August 1, 2014
Flower Artist Makato Azuma

Source: BuzzFeed

Have you ever wondered what a white pine bonsai tree would look like if it fell from the sky? Thanks to Tokyo-based Makoto Azuma, you don’t have to anymore. As part of his most recent project, titled Exobiotanica, Azuma dropped both a bonsai tree and a beautiful flower arrangement from the sky, photographing the fall using still cameras and video recorders. The resulting images are out of this world—literally.

Astounding Bonsai in Space

Source: Alternopolis

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