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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXIV

Nagasaki Bombing Vs Today

Nagasaki’s Urakami Cathedral amid the rubble just after the bombing (above). Its replacement (seen below today) was built in 1959. Source: The Guardian

On The 70th Anniversary Of The Bombings, See Hiroshima And Nagasaki Then Vs. Now

Hiroshima WW2 Vs Today

On Hiroshima’s Yorozuyo Bridge, over half a mile from the point of explosion, a person’s silhouette was etched into the asphalt by the force of the blast. The bomb scorched the asphalt everywhere except the area that was shielded by the body. Source: The Guardian

At the time, none of them knew anything. The radio, telephone, and telegraph in Hiroshima had gone dark. That was all the information the members of the Army General Staff in Tokyo had. And it was met only with confusion. Then, as strange, scattered reports surfaced, concern crept in. So, a small crew was dispatched to Hiroshima to survey the area and report back. After three hours of flying, and still about 100 miles from the city, they noticed the cloud of smoke.

The destruction heralded by that cloud of smoke can hardly be grasped with statistics or torrents of dire adjectives (the same, of course, goes for the bombing of Nagasaki three days later). Photographs probably can’t even truly do it. But these photographic comparisons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki then and now might be a start. See more at The Guardian.

Hiroshima 1945 Vs Today

Similarly, the Yorozuyo Bridge’s railings protected small sections of the asphalt from being scorched by the light of the bomb. Source: The Guardian

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Cal Redback Will Blow Your Mind With These Eerie, Altered Photos


Source: Cal Redback

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.

Herbraiser Photo

Source: Cal Redback

Cal Redback Digital Artists Treebeard

Source: Cal Redback

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National Geographic Announces The Winners Of Its 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Whale

“Whale Whisperers” by Anuar Patjane Floriuk. Says Floriuk, “Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.”

Our favorite time of the year is here at last. This week, National Geographic presented the winners of the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest to the world, and we’ve been ogling ever since.

This year, National Geographic staff had to sift through over 17,000 submissions in order to select the lucky photographer who would win the competition and receive the grand prize, an eight-day expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama canal. The winning photo is presented above. Below are the remaining National Geographic top picks. Enjoy!

Second Place Winner: “Gravel Workmen,” Faisal Azim

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Bangladesh

“[This] gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh.” – Faisal Azim

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