Before the island nation of Cuba became an object of political scorn by the United States, it was a glamorous destination for everyone from American movie stars to aristocrats to revolutionaries. While still isolated in many ways, Cuba is experiencing a resurgence in tourists and general travel interest. The island is a living, breathing testament to the mercurial nature of politics, and photos from Ramiro Fernandez’s fantastic Cuba Then remind us what Cuba once was — and what it could be again.
Photographer Visits Mountain Peaks Around The World And Delivers These Fantastic Photos Caught the travel bug but not the budget? Fear not; photographer Max Rive is here to help. Rive’s mission as…
The cracked Colorado Desert doesn’t usually provide conditions favorable for blooming flowers, but every now and again, deserts do see rainfall. When that happens, certain wildflowers (such as the bee plant and scorpionweed) creep up through the cracks and decorate the landscape for a mere few days before wilting and dying in a process that can last for several years. Capturing these simultaneously fleeting yet enduring spectacles of nature is photographer Guy Tal.
Taking on beached oil tankers and ships, ship breakers expose themselves to asbestos, lead and other toxic materials as they attempt to break down the supposedly unsinkable. In the developed world, the process of scrapping ships is more regulated — and therefore more expensive. That’s why most of the breaking is done in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.
Once the vessels have been gutted, laborers use torches to slice the remaining bits into pieces. Unsurprisingly, many of these people are crushed by falling pieces of metal or suffocate in the ship. But due to ship breaking’s highly profitable nature and the destitution of those working on them, little has been done to ameliorate the situation. You can learn more about these men and their plight at National Geographic.
Stunning Photos Of Iceland In Winter
Summer swelter starting to get to you? Cool off with Erez Marom’s mesmerizing photos of Iceland. Marom spent an incredible three months in this frozen paradise (in winter, no less!) and came back with photos so breathtaking that you’ll forget just how much money you’re going to spend on your AC this month. Or, at least for a couple minutes. Head over to Bored Panda for more.