Mitch Dobrowner’s Photography Makes Destructive Storms Absolutely Beautiful

August 1, 2014

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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Flower Artist Makoto Azuma Sends Trees And Flowers Into Space

August 1, 2014
Flower Artist Makato Azuma

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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.

Astounding Bonsai in Space

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXVI

August 1, 2014
Gaza Israel Rocket Strike Fist

Source: Bored Panda

Palestinians Take Smoke From Israeli Strikes And Transform It Into Powerful Art

Gaza Israel Rocket Strike Profile

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An Undercover Police Officer In Brooklyn, 1969

July 30, 2014

Undercover Police Brooklyn

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.

Monday Morning In Pyongyang

July 28, 2014

Early Morning Pyongyang

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.

For more information on the country, be sure to check out the rare photographs we’ve compiled of North Korean daily life as well as our article on the Mass Games.

30 Eerily Beautiful Photos Of Abandoned Iceland

July 28, 2014

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.

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Abandoned Iceland DC3

US Navy DC3 that ran out of gas and landed safely on the south coast of Iceland.

Abandoned Iceland Clouds Boat

The cloud wall hovering over the lost boat gives this shot an extra eerie feeling.

Abandoned Iceland DC3 Shell

Another shot of the lost US Navy DC3; this one shows just how hollowed out the shell of the plane has become.

Abandoned Iceland Defunct Machine

A powerful, monochromatic image of an abandoned farm machine.

Abandoned Iceland Farmhouse Tractor

This farmhouse and tractor sit silently together, no longer useful to anyone.

Abandoned Iceland Field Surveyor

This tractor looks out over the fields it once worked.

Abandoned Iceland Forgotten Tractor

Tractor left in a lonely Icelandic field.

Abandoned Iceland Graffiti Trailer

Discarded trailer that has been covered in graffiti over the years sits eerily in the middle of nowhere.

Abandoned Iceland Grass Roofs

Abandoned Icelandic farm homes with distinctive grass roofs.

Abandoned Iceland Leaning Ship

Monochrome picture of the yellowing leaning ship above; the clouds and angles make it almost look three dimensional.

Abandoned Iceland Lost Lift

Another piece of heavy machinery lost in the vast Icelandic landscape.

Abandoned Iceland Mercedes Bus

A Mercedes Benz bus long forgotten by its owner.

Abandoned Iceland Mountain Home

This long left behind stone abode looks as though it would be right at home in a horror film.

Abandoned Iceland Night Ship

The colors of the night sky add to the sad beauty of this forgotten ship.

Abandoned Iceland Old Farm

Old farmhouses almost look operational with the sun reflection light off the windows; in reality no one knows how long they have sat empty.

Abandoned Iceland Red Tractor

Red farm tractor that has survived long past its working days.

Abandoned Iceland Remote Hangar

An abandoned aluminum building has the look of an old airplane hangar.

Abandoned Iceland Rocky Wall

Isolated and abandoned houses near an old stone wall.

Abandoned Iceland Rusting Truck

Monochrome shot of a truck that has not been functional for many, many years.

Abandoned Iceland SE21 Boat

A beached boat is shown resting just off the Icelandic coast. There are many wrecked and abandoned boats throughout the country, making you wonder just what the fate of the occupants was.

Abandoned Iceland Sheep Shelter

A group of sheep graze just outside an old shotgun shack that may be their only current form of shelter.

Abandoned Iceland Skeletal Boat

This boat’s exposed ribs give it the look of a desiccated beached whale.

Abandoned Iceland A Frame

Small A-Frame house waits patiently upon the snow covered rocks.

Abandoned Iceland Snowy Creek

A stone house and its rusting cars sit framed by a small creek and snow covered peaks in the distance.

Abandoned Iceland Steel Wheels

Here are the last remnants of a long-abandoned factory. The giant steel wheels will likely remain for decades to come.

Abandoned Iceland Triangle Houses

A row of three isolated farmhouses tucked away in the hillside.

Abandoned Iceland Truck And House

Another look at a previously shown decaying truck, with an abandoned farmhouse also in view.

Abandoned Iceland Twilight Barn

A magnificent twilight sky adds an additional glint of isolation to this abandoned barn.

Abandoned Iceland Viking Barn

These old storage barns have some extensive graffiti covering their exterior.

Abandoned Iceland Yellowing Ship

This long-ago wrecked ship has yellowed from the moss in the surrounding water.