Daniel Sanchez’s Gemstone Landscapes Are The Most Stunning Things You’ll See All Day

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To collectors, the most coveted gems are often the flawless ones. But to Los Angeles-based gemologist Daniel Sanchez, the beauty is all in the flaws. More specifically, the gem’s inclusions, or the bits of other minerals that get sucked inside the gem as it grows. Lucky for Sanchez, he can purchase these less-coveted specimens for cheaper prices at trade shows. Lucky for us, he is also a photographer with some intense equipment that provides us a glimpse into the secret worlds that exist within these precious (though imperfect) gemstones.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CIX

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Adrenaline crystals Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Your Liver, Blood And The Flu Look Surprisingly Pretty Under A Microscope

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Liver cells Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Through culture and the classroom, more often than not we’re trained to think of arts and sciences as two separate fields of interest and specialization. It’s people like Colin Salter who remind us that these barriers don’t have to exist, and that within the machine that is our body, beauty can be found. In his book, “Science is Beautiful: The Human Body Under the Microscope”, Salter explores the intricacies of the human form with the eye of an artist and the precision of a scientist. Using micrographs and MRI scans, Salter captures what he calls “images of elements within the body whose existence you may never have pondered but whose functions are vital and fascinating”. See more shots at Smithsonian Magazine.

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Lost Hollywood: Contact Sheets Reveal Candid Stars

Contact sheets have long been a tool of the professional photographer, but they have seldom been seen by the public. Hollywood contact sheets are highly sought by collectors – and with a new book by Karina Longworth, interest in these rare photo sheets from famous films are receiving a whole new level of interest.

Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997 is a collected history of pre-digital age photography. These direct prints show each shot taken during a specific photo session to find that ‘right’ shot for the promotion of a film or celebrity.

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Capturing America’s Disappearing Rivers

Some people are just born for their jobs. Ansley West Rivers makes use of her aptly-given surname by creating portraits of various rivers across the nation. However, it’s not just strictly portfolio work; with her photos, Rivers hopes to bring awareness to America’s disappearing bodies of water, so she captures lakes and rivers through various stages of evaporation. Employing a splicing technique, she is able to show these bodies of water in their past, present and future stages. Rivers lives us with this thought: what we see now is not what we will always have.

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