Monday Morning In Pyongyang

July 28, 2014

Early Morning Pyongyang

Already considered an international pariah, this photo does little to challenge the stereotype that life in North Korea is much more grim than it is pleasant. Coated in grey, sooted hues, the somber reality of Pyongyang presents a stark contrast to the rosy, open skies.

For more information on the country, be sure to check out the rare photographs we’ve compiled of North Korean daily life as well as our article on the Mass Games.

30 Eerily Beautiful Photos Of Abandoned Iceland

July 28, 2014

Þorsteinn H Ingibergsson has been taking amazing pictures of isolated and abandoned locations in Iceland for more than two decades. Currently living in Reykjavík, Þorsteinn is an amateur photographer who also owns and operates a successful contracting business. His stunning images of abandoned Iceland–under glorious skies reminiscent of paintings–have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines and have amassed quite the internet fan base.

In most cases, the images are eerie and unsettling, each photo with a story to be told; why were these places and items left standing, never to be returned to? These breathtaking images let the imagination run wild, while allowing a rare peek into the rare beauty of a place we don’t often think of in this light.

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Abandoned Iceland DC3

US Navy DC3 that ran out of gas and landed safely on the south coast of Iceland.

Abandoned Iceland Clouds Boat

The cloud wall hovering over the lost boat gives this shot an extra eerie feeling.

Abandoned Iceland DC3 Shell

Another shot of the lost US Navy DC3; this one shows just how hollowed out the shell of the plane has become.

Abandoned Iceland Defunct Machine

A powerful, monochromatic image of an abandoned farm machine.

Abandoned Iceland Farmhouse Tractor

This farmhouse and tractor sit silently together, no longer useful to anyone.

Abandoned Iceland Field Surveyor

This tractor looks out over the fields it once worked.

Abandoned Iceland Forgotten Tractor

Tractor left in a lonely Icelandic field.

Abandoned Iceland Graffiti Trailer

Discarded trailer that has been covered in graffiti over the years sits eerily in the middle of nowhere.

Abandoned Iceland Grass Roofs

Abandoned Icelandic farm homes with distinctive grass roofs.

Abandoned Iceland Leaning Ship

Monochrome picture of the yellowing leaning ship above; the clouds and angles make it almost look three dimensional.

Abandoned Iceland Lost Lift

Another piece of heavy machinery lost in the vast Icelandic landscape.

Abandoned Iceland Mercedes Bus

A Mercedes Benz bus long forgotten by its owner.

Abandoned Iceland Mountain Home

This long left behind stone abode looks as though it would be right at home in a horror film.

Abandoned Iceland Night Ship

The colors of the night sky add to the sad beauty of this forgotten ship.

Abandoned Iceland Old Farm

Old farmhouses almost look operational with the sun reflection light off the windows; in reality no one knows how long they have sat empty.

Abandoned Iceland Red Tractor

Red farm tractor that has survived long past its working days.

Abandoned Iceland Remote Hangar

An abandoned aluminum building has the look of an old airplane hangar.

Abandoned Iceland Rocky Wall

Isolated and abandoned houses near an old stone wall.

Abandoned Iceland Rusting Truck

Monochrome shot of a truck that has not been functional for many, many years.

Abandoned Iceland SE21 Boat

A beached boat is shown resting just off the Icelandic coast. There are many wrecked and abandoned boats throughout the country, making you wonder just what the fate of the occupants was.

Abandoned Iceland Sheep Shelter

A group of sheep graze just outside an old shotgun shack that may be their only current form of shelter.

Abandoned Iceland Skeletal Boat

This boat’s exposed ribs give it the look of a desiccated beached whale.

Abandoned Iceland A Frame

Small A-Frame house waits patiently upon the snow covered rocks.

Abandoned Iceland Snowy Creek

A stone house and its rusting cars sit framed by a small creek and snow covered peaks in the distance.

Abandoned Iceland Steel Wheels

Here are the last remnants of a long-abandoned factory. The giant steel wheels will likely remain for decades to come.

Abandoned Iceland Triangle Houses

A row of three isolated farmhouses tucked away in the hillside.

Abandoned Iceland Truck And House

Another look at a previously shown decaying truck, with an abandoned farmhouse also in view.

Abandoned Iceland Twilight Barn

A magnificent twilight sky adds an additional glint of isolation to this abandoned barn.

Abandoned Iceland Viking Barn

These old storage barns have some extensive graffiti covering their exterior.

Abandoned Iceland Yellowing Ship

This long-ago wrecked ship has yellowed from the moss in the surrounding water.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXV

July 25, 2014
Body Art Insect

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Gesine Marwedel’s Ingenious Body Art

Body Art Swan

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In German artist Gesine Marwedel’s eyes, the body isn’t so much a temple as it is a canvas. Shining light on the human body’s transformative capacities as well as its relationship with other living creatures, Marwedel presents an artistic vision that challenges traditional portraiture. Her work is not anthropogenic; human faces and attributes are not the focus of the pieces so much as they are the constitutive elements. And in an age where interest in the physical form seems overwhelming, Marwedel’s humbling perspective on humanity is refreshing.

Body Art Heart

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Ernest Hemingway Kicking It In A Bar In Havana

July 24, 2014

Hemingway Havana Bar

The United States has got a ways to go before it breaks down and admits that hey, Cuba isn’t all that bad; perhaps we could benefit from trading with them again. In the mean time, we can certainly reminisce on how various figures within the American canon have kicked it in Havana. We give you Ernest Hemingway, seen here drinking in a bar. Shocking, right?

If this didn’t sate your curiosity for all things Cuba, check out our gallery on what the island nation looked like before the days of Castro.

The International Drone Photography Awards’ Incredible Winners

July 21, 2014
Jericsaniel Photography by Drones

2nd Place: jericsaniel, Source: Where Cool Things Happen

We’ve featured our fair share of incredible aerial photography in the past, but never anything like the International Drone Photography Awards. For the first time ever, Dronstagram and partners like National Geographic and GoPro teamed up to find the world’s best drone photography. Since May 15th, more than 2,000 images from all over the world were submitted. Yet only six images were chosen as winners (three regular winners and three People’s Choice winners). Check out the winning drone photography in the images below:

International Drone Photography Awards: The Winners

Winner of International Drone Photography Awards

1st Place: capungaero, Source: HashLush

Drone-Cs Aerial Photography

3rd Place: Drone Capture System, Source: Where Cool Things Happen

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIV

July 18, 2014
Middle Aged Potter College

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Imagining Harry Potter Books As “The Boy Who Lived” Hits His 50s

Middle Aged Potter Colon

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J.K. Rowling sent the heels of millions into one collective click this week when she announced that she had penned a Harry Potter follow-up depicting his adulthood. And while life in the wizarding world is not filled with daily drudgeries like us mere mortals, it’s fun to imagine Harry completing menial office tasks, coping with his mediocrity and regretting the decision to have kids instead of pursuing his athletic ambitions. And thankfully, Someecards has provided us with just that.

Middle Aged Potter Mortgage

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