Gurung Honey Hunters: Preserving The World’s Greatest Traditions

March 24, 2014

Few have witnessed—let alone captured—the centuries-old traditions of the Gurung honey hunters. Located in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal, these tribe members utilize centuries of generational wisdom to extract wild honey from hives located hundreds of feet in the air. World-renowned photographer Andrew Newey documents the extraordinary ceremony, which takes place twice a year, with his incredible photographs.

The Gurung Honey Hunters Carry Out An Ancient Tradition

Before collecting the wild honey, the Gurung honey hunters perform a ceremony that consists of sacrificing both food and animals to appease the region’s gods. Then, tribe members make the 3-hour trek to the hives, which are precariously located on steep cliffs. While the Gurung honey hunters use smoke to extract the bees, this process doesn’t prevent them from getting stung. Painful stings, rope burns and blisters are all part of the wild honey hunting experience.


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Paul Nathan: Capturing The World Of Creative Dog Grooming

March 22, 2014

Painted with cheetah spots and cotton candy pink fur, the polished pooches in photographer Paul Nathan’s “Groomed” series are better suited for a high-fashion runway than the pet store. New York-based Nathan provides a (colorful) look into the world of creative dog grooming, which is equal parts delightful and totally bizarre.

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The Whimsical Worlds Of Lara Zankoul

March 21, 2014
Lara Zankoul The Zoo

Source: Lara Zankoul

It’s all too easy for us to lose sight of ourselves when fulfilling the dull demands of the daily grind. Routines often put a damper on our creative potential, but for Lebanese artist Lara Zankoul, the day-to-day drudgery was the wake up call she needed to harness her creativity. Once constricted to the confines of a cubicle, Zankoul stumbled across the art of fine photography as a momentary escape, and ultimately swapped pencils and paper clips for an entirely different world all together.

Orbit

Source: Lara Zankoul

Feminine Side

Source: Lara Zankoul

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What We Love This Week, Volume LVII

March 21, 2014
Festival Of Colors Smoke

Source: The Atlantic

Absolutely Stunning Footage Of Holi, The Hindu Festival Of Colors

Festival Of Colors Yellow

Source: The Atlantic

This past week, Hindus around the world have taken part in a kaleidoscopic explosion of colors and sounds that make Woodstock look like child’s play. Meant to commemorate the arrival of spring and Krishna, Holi–or the Festival of Colors–provides its participants a moment to let loose and, you know, thrust bright powders in each other’s eyes. Check out the entire technicolor spread at The Atlantic.

Festival Of Colors Fire

Source: The Atlantic

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Playing The Piano During Revolution

March 20, 2014

Playing Piano During Ukraine Revolution

Amid the rubble and ruin that is Kiev in flux, one man does not take part in the capital’s abject destruction but creates something of beauty. For more insight into what exactly is going on in Ukraine, check out our photos of the protests, the Russian occupation of Crimea as well as our map analysis.

Alexander Semenov’s Stunning Deep Sea Photography

March 20, 2014

The White Sea is frigid and unforgiving, but it holds vast amounts of life and biological diversity that simply beg to be photographed. Enter Alexander Semenov, a 2007 graduate of renowned Lomonosov’s Moscow State University. There, Semenov studied zoology, and specialized in the study of invertebrates such as squid brains, jellyfish, and worms. Semenov’s high-definition underwater photography quite literally brings to surface the vibrant world often hidden under dreary waters. While the wide array of colors and contrasts plastered on these rarely seen creatures captures the imagination and stimulates the senses, Semenov’s photographs also serve a functional purpose. As ost of Semenov’s subjects are very rare, images of them are invaluable to researchers and scientists.

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