For millennia, people have been both fascinated and terrified by storms. Massive, awe-inspiring storm systems have the unique ability to rise out of the most pristine day, promptly destroy what’s around them, and then disappear into the day or night as quickly as they arrived. Giving them greater power, they are one of the few elements of our lives over which we can never gain any control. This is all the more problematic as it’s becoming and more common for them to come with a multi-million dollar cleanup tab.
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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.
Palestinians Take Smoke From Israeli Strikes And Transform It Into Powerful Art
Though present-day Brooklyn often serves as the backdrop for a number of HBO melodramas involving privileged twenty somethings navigating their rivers of trivial sorrows, it was once a place to be avoided at all costs. As explained by the back of this photograph:
“The police department in their program to crack down on muggers and sex offenders had one of their volunteers, Patrolman Wm. R. Winter of the TPF, assigned to the 78th pct, Bklyn, disguise as a tall voluptuous broad. Around 12 or 1am July 1st, while patrolman Winters was in his disguise, two men pinched the undercover man where a woman shouldn’t be pinched and the undercover man xxxxxxxxx pinched them in return. (The 2nd pinch was in the form of an arrest}. Winter is married and is the father of one child.”
Want to see more about the harsh realities of New York that you don’t get from Lena Dunham? Check out our spread on the subway in the 1980s.
Already considered an international pariah, this photo does little to challenge the stereotype that life in North Korea is much more grim than it is pleasant. Coated in grey, sooted hues, the somber reality of Pyongyang presents a stark contrast to the rosy, open skies.
Þorsteinn H Ingibergsson has been taking amazing pictures of isolated and abandoned locations in Iceland for more than two decades. Currently living in Reykjavík, Þorsteinn is an amateur photographer who also owns and operates a successful contracting business. His stunning images of abandoned Iceland–under glorious skies reminiscent of paintings–have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines and have amassed quite the internet fan base.
In most cases, the images are eerie and unsettling, each photo with a story to be told; why were these places and items left standing, never to be returned to? These breathtaking images let the imagination run wild, while allowing a rare peek into the rare beauty of a place we don’t often think of in this light.