Barry Underwood’s Magically Surreal Photography

June 21, 2014
Abstract Light Installations

Rodeo Beach, Source: Barry Underwood

Set against a forested, earthy backdrop, the luminescent glow in Barry Underwood’s photographs is startlingly beautiful. Yet the colorful, glowing elements are much more than photographic manipulation. Underwood uses a combination of LED lights, luminescent materials and photographic effects to create each of the abstract landscapes in his work. The resulting images are magical, curious and effortlessly intriguing.

Barry Underwood Wendover II

Wendover II (For John), Source: Barry Underwood

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Cape Town, As Seen From Above

June 20, 2014

Cape Town South Africa

Beginning as a supply station and steadily transitioning into South Africa’s legislative capital and second most populous city, Cape Town is a city that simultaneously embraces and struggles with change. The coastal metropolis is a popular destination for expatriates and immigrants (it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world), and yet it still faces challenges with its legacy of segregation.

Winners From The 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

June 20, 2014
Photographer of the Year

Photo by Julio Lucas, 1st Place Photographer of the Year. Source: This is Colossal

Cell phones have come a long way over the past decade. While we use them to check our email, map the closest route to the grocery store or text a friend, it (almost) goes without saying that the cell phone is absolutely king when it comes to photography. Whether you’re taking selfies or Snapchatting your lunch, many of today’s phone cameras rival professional ones. It is because of these great advances that the iPhone Photography Awards were born. Though not as polished as professional photography contests, these image entries are impeccable in their own right.

Fox Photo Award

Photo by Michael O’Neal, Source: iPhone Photography Awards

iPhone Photography Awards

Photo by Alexa Seidl, Source: Huh Magazine

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The Ghosts Of Fukushima In Namie, Japan

June 18, 2014

Namie Japan Ghost Town

Nearly swallowed whole by a major earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation, the town of Namie is struggling to survive. Three years later, Namie remains within the clutches of natural disaster–and likely will for the foreseeable future. The town’s 20,000-plus residents are still evacuated due to persistently high radiation levels, and it is likely that even when they do recede those forced to leave will remain negatively affected by the slew of disasters for the rest of their lives.

A Breathtaking Sunset Over Florence, Italy

June 14, 2014

Sunset Over Florence Italy

A living shrine to the marvels of the Renaissance, if Florence’s cultural relics don’t seduce you, its natural scenery certainly will.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXIX

June 13, 2014

There’s Still Time To Enter National Geographic’s 2014 Traveler Photo Contest

Traveling to the world’s most remote and exotic places is a privilege; capturing and presenting them in a way that speaks directly to those who haven’t been is a skill cultivated by few. But if you’re one of those who is both lucky enough to make a great trip and convey its brilliance through film, you should certainly consider entering National Geographic’s 26th annual Traveler photo contest. Winners will receive free trips to Alaska, New Mexico or a cruise to Maine. We’ve selected a few of our favorites thus far and present them to you here, just so you can get an understanding of the qualities of submission.

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