There’s something disturbing about Cal Redback’s latest digital renderings. In an image from his Treebeard series, a brownish-green bush grows from the shadows on a man’s face, obscuring any defining characteristics. In another image, Herbraiser, thorns pucker from a woman’s skin like acupuncture gone so totally wrong. And yet these digitally-altered bodies are undeniably beautiful in some raw, peculiar way.
The United States is home to some fascinatingly diverse shorelines whose histories we often take for granted. Enjoy these beautiful images from around the country and read a little about the stories…
Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photography
Revealing angles and patterns we’d never otherwise see, aerial photography offers a striking perspective that is at once majestic and humbling, orderly and chaotic. Glimpsed from far above, we not only focus on the forest, as it were, instead of just the trees, we realize that the trees belong to forests we didn’t even know were there. From high in the sky, the Amazon becomes a snake slithering through the grass while an Egyptian pyramid becomes a rock in a sandbox. Find out what becomes of the rest of our world as seen from above at The Atlantic.
Forget the beach. This summer, make plans to spend some time exploring the sublime natural features of Kenya. If you need a bit of a visual push before you book your ticket, check out this video by Martin Harvey, who spent ten days in Kenya and recorded everything he saw.
Says Harvey, “Starting in Nairobi and flying north to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mt. Kenya, Lake Bogoria, the Pokot Tribe, Magado Crater, Painted Valley, Lake Logipi and ending at Lake Turkana, [we took part] in one of the world’s ultimate travel experiences.”
Before Pluto: The Other Awe-Inspiring New Horizons Photos
While you’ve definitely seen the new Pluto photos and you probably know that those photos are the fruit of the New Horizons’ nearly ten-year journey, you may not realize all that happened along the way. It zipped past our moon (within nine hours of launch), flew close by a 1.6-mile wide asteroid (that just happened to be in its path), and crossed the orbit of every planet between here and Pluto.
Chief among those planetary confrontations was Jupiter, which New Horizons photographed from late 2006 to mid-2007. And perhaps it’s just that Jupiter is our solar system’s largest planet or that it’s orbited by dozens of moons (one of the largest of which has over 400 volcanoes) or that it’s shrouded in swirling clouds, but these photos might just be the most stunning ones that New Horizons captured. For more under-the-radar images from the New Horizons mission, visit The Atlantic.