From the creator: The video is a statement not only about time and progression, but also a statement about the world we have created for ourselves. The basis of the video contrasts the two extremes of life itself: the urban metropolis, and the beauty outside the city.
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Florence, Italy At Night
It seems fitting that the birthplace of the Renaissance and the “Athens” of the Middle Ages looks positively heavenly at night. The Tuscan capital, replete with earthen-tone arch bridges and enough Michelangelo sculptures to make any art fan weep, it’s easy to see why this scenic city has provided the perfect backdrop for artists throughout the ages. If a Tuscan sunset isn’t in your budget just yet, The Roosevelts has a great gallery of high-quality images for your ogling pleasure.
In spite of the protests sweeping through the soon-to-be Olympics host city, the beach town with a population of 6.3 million people still appears incredibly pristine at night.
While Paris was first dubbed the “City of Light” to recognize its status as a haven for the enlightened, the moniker took a more literal turn when the city began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps in 1828. As Paris was the first city in Europe to do so, its nickname, “La Ville-Lumière” assumed a new meaning.
Before “V for Vendetta” took the world by storm in 2005, there was history–and by extension a far less glamorous version of Guy Fawkes understood by the masses. Nevertheless, every November 5th, Britons gather in Lewes, England (also known as the bonfire capital of the world) to celebrate Fawkes’ foiled plan to blow up the House of Lords in 1605.
The parallels between surfing and godliness are obvious: with little more than a thin piece of wood and initiative, men and women may not only walk on water–they may glide down it…over and over and over again. Every day, people take to the beach and swim enthusiastically toward masses of water that, should a surfer delay a stroke or misread a wave’s angle, could snap their necks and swallow them whole. Man is not made for water, and yet some of the surfers featured below will leave you wondering where their gills might be. Without further adieu, here’s some of the best surfing photography out there:
All surfing photography comes courtesy of Lucia Griggi.