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Spirit Photography: Old-School Photoshop

Oklahoma mom Sierra Sharry lost her husband in 2014, but found a way to honor his memory by having him photoshopped into a family photo in April 2015. Her deceased husband appears as a ghostly figure and completes a picture the couple wasn’t able to capture while he was alive.

Spirit Photography Sharry

Sierra Sharry’s ghostly family portrait. Source: Huffington Post

While tools like Photoshop are new, Sharry’s photo is rather old as a photographical concept. Coinciding with and enabling the rise of spiritualism, trick photography has been used since the late 19th century as an attempt to bring the living closer to the dead.

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Get Lost In The Azure Of Big Sur, California

Big Sur California

Nestled between the eruption of Santa Lucia mountains and the Pacific Ocean is a region known as Big Sur, California. The Ohlone, Esselen and Salinan tribes are thought to have been Big Sur’s first denizens, with archaeological evidence showing that they lived there for thousands of years.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXI

China Symmetry Walking Soldiers

Soldiers march past Tiananmen Square in 2009, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Source: The Atlantic

China Knows How To Do Crowds

China Symmetry Acrobats

Martial arts students practice for a stunt performance for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. Source: The Atlantic

Surely, you remember the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a staggering visual display that turned crowds into art. Well, the Chinese people have not lost that skill set in the years since. Whether the mass coordination is precise out of necessity (military marches and martial arts stunt performers) or not (outdoor yoga for pregnant women), these photos reveal the surreal beauty of both synchronized movement and synchronized stasis. From the frightening (SWAT teams performing anti-terrorist drills) to the whimsical (3,100 students forming a smiley face), see more at The Atlantic.

Chinese Symmetry Mist

Chinese Taiji boxing rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2008 World Traditional Wushu Championship in Shiyan. Source: The Atlantic

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