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20 Feb 10:31

The deep water is unmerciful, Jenna Barton (@dappermouth)

20 Feb 10:23

The trap, Vincent Desailly

18 Feb 10:23

An Open Letter to Felicity Hammond From Art Rotterdam/The New Unseen

by Brad Feuerhelm
To: American Suburb X   Subject: Open letter to Felicity Hammond Amsterdam, 17-02-2020     Dear Felicity, We are Fons Hof and Johan de Bruijn, the owners of the “new” Unseen. We have read your open letter and are very sorry for the way you have been treated, more so as you are […]
18 Feb 10:16


17 Feb 10:23


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17 Feb 09:47

Mirror mirror, Lin Yung Cheng

17 Feb 09:22

Snoop, Adam Golfer

17 Feb 09:11

Hoar frost, Heiko Gerlicher

14 Feb 10:27

Squeezing out sparks, Lukasz Wierzbowski

14 Feb 10:26

Rust never sleeps, Bernhard Lang

14 Feb 10:25

Dream Diary No. 57, Vaka Valo

14 Feb 10:25

Historical Adobe Pigeon Towers Located Near Riyadh Captured in Photographs by Rich Hawkins

by Grace Ebert

All images © Rich Hawkins, licensed for use

In modern city life, pigeons are often a nuisance to be stepped around or shooed away. But for ancient civilizations, the birds filled a necessary position, prompting communities to build masses of adobe dovecotes, or pigeon towers. Surrounded by an expansive desert with little vegetation, the historical dovecotes pictured above are located just south of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia-based photographer Rich Hawkins recently captured the fourteen towers, saying they’re the first he’s seen in the Middle Eastern country, most often spotting them in Iran, Egypt, and Qatar, where they have a lengthy history dating back to the 13th century.

Dotted with wooden pegs and hundreds of holes, the towers provided shelter and breeding areas for the birds to nest and raise their young in, which at times could amount to eight babies a year per bird, the Pigeon Control Resource Center says. While the structures throughout Europe often housed the birds as a food source, they were used instead throughout the Middle East to provide a place to harvest pigeon guano, or manure.

A lengthy piece from Aramco World detailing dovecote history throughout the region says the tower walls often were slanted to allow the droppings to amass on the central ground area, making it easier to collect. Pigeon guano is high in phosphorus and nitrogen, which is perfect for fertilizing vegetation. It also could be used to make gunpowder when combined with ash, lime, and soil or for leather tanning when mixed with water to create an ammonia substance.

As Hawkins’ photographs show, spray-painted markings and refuse mar the abandoned towers today, although the pigeons don’t seem to mind. “I was able to stay and watch the sun set as wild doves flew back and forth to their nests within the towers,” Hawkins writes on Instagram. For another look at ancient architecture that’s no longer in use, check out the stepwells of India.


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12 Feb 14:08

Going underground, Sam Rowley

12 Feb 10:24

Hello darkness, Sunjoo Paik

12 Feb 10:23

Maps to the Stars, Ralph Crane (LIFE)

11 Feb 10:00

Interview with Gareth Bragdon

by Charalampos Kydonakis
Interview with Gareth Bragdon


I was born in Nashua, New Hampshire but spent my entire childhood and most of my teens on American Military bases in Germany. It was not America nor was it Germany but rather some weird in-between. When we finally moved back to the states it was a bit of a culture shock. The concrete suburbia and Bush era politics were off putting and eventually lead to my brother and I moving to Scotland with the intent of moving to main land Europe. The two of us ended up settling in Edinburgh and have been unable to make it to the intended goal due unforeseen adversities such as a chronic illness. For my brother and I photography was born out of a mixture of minimum wage poverty and cabin fever boredom. There was always that internal need for a creativity hole that needed to be filled. We were exposed to the concept of street photography via a documentary and photography books. It was the random nature of it and that it could be done on a budget of fuck all beside getting a hold of a camera and that it was right out your door that made it so compelling.

Interview with Gareth Bragdon


Outside being lucky enough to visit a few places over the years such as Paris, Italy, London and Berlin. 90% of the time I’m shooting on one of two streets in Edinburgh.

Interview with Gareth Bragdon


Whenever this nightmare of a disease allows me too. If I’m not bedridden attending another doctors appointment or working you will find me out there on the streets searching for pictures. I can almost judge how my health is doing based the amount of pictures I have or have not taken. So photography has become somewhat of a health meter or reflection of my physical and mental well being.

Interview with Gareth Bragdon


As many have stated before you can feel a picture. It becomes subconscious and instinctual. The mixture of nervous energy and continuous physical discomfort make it hard for me to relax and stand still. This state of unease influences and the way I see and what I capture. Flash was meant to compensate for the lack of light you get here but it eventually became a way of seeing. My brother and I have a few good Ideas for a documentary projects but till my health is in a better state those ideas are on hold.

Interview with Gareth Bragdon


Photography is a drug and its hard to unsee once you have seen the unseen. I take pictures to remind myself I exist, to remind people they exist.

Interview with Gareth Bragdon

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11 Feb 09:58

Amazing Winners of Birth Photography Contest Celebrate the Stories of Every Family’s Childbirth

by Sara Barnes
Best Birth Photography

“A moment of silence, ” First Place Winner, Photo: Jessica Vink of VI-Photography

Childbirth is experienced in so many different ways, and no two families’ stories are alike. To record these simultaneously challenging and joyful moments, birth photographers play the part of both documentarian and artist to present labor, delivery, and postpartum in an authentic yet aesthetically pleasing way. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) has just concluded their 2020 Image of the Year Competition in which they recognize and celebrate the creatives who excel in chronicling all aspects of birth photography.

The Image Competition is open to the more than 1,100 online IAPBP community members who reside in 51 countries around the world. They award a first-place winner as well as the top photographs in categories including Labor, Delivery, Postpartum, and Birth Details, as well as the favorite images as chosen among the members. For 2020, Jessica Vink of VI-Photography took home the top prize for her striking portrait called A Moment of Silence. The image features a mom and her baby taking a well-deserved nap on the couch. Surrounding them are the trappings of newborn motherhood that, while not presented in a glamorous way, is beautiful in its truth. It’s birth photography at its best.

Scroll down for more incredible winning entries from the 2020 IAPBP contest. Afterward, visit the Image Competition website to see all of the submissions.

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has just announced the top images from the 2020 Image Competition.

Best Birth Photography

“Warrior,” Best in Birth Details, Photo: Bree Garcia of J&B Photography, LLC

Best Birth Photography

“Unmasking the Many Layers of Birth,” Best in Delivery, Photo: Alexandria Mooney of Alexandria Mooney Photography

Best Birth Photography

“Denial,” Best in Fresh 48, Photo: Natalie Weber of Natalie Zepp Photography

Best Birth Photography Contest

“Vernix Constellation,” Best in Postpartum, Photo: Kristy Visscher of Kinship by Kristy

Best Birth Photography Contest

“Morning Light Creeps In,” Best in Labor, Photo: Shea Long of Coastal Lifestyles Photography

Best Birth Photography Contest

“I am a Birthing Goddess,” Best in Labor, Member’s Choice, Photo: Sophia Costa of The Sophia Co

Best Birth Photography Contest

“Her Cup Runneth Over…” Best in Fresh 48, Member’s Choice, Photo: Martha Lerner of zenmamalove

Best Birth Photography Contest

“Baby Noah Empelicado,” Best in Birth Details, Member’s Choice, Photo: Jana Brasil of JanaBrasil Fotografia

Best Birth Photography Contest

“Silence,” Honorable Mention, Photo: Evelien Koote of Love & Little Birth Photography

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers

“Reactions,” Honorable Mention, Photo: Paulina Splechta of LPaulina Splechta Birth Photography and Films

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers

“Holding Two Sons,” Honorable Mention, Photo: Lindsey Ellis of LL.E. Ellis Photography

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers

“Unplanned, Furious and Free,” Honorable Mention, Photo: Bree Garcia of LJ&B Photography LLC

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers

“Fresh,” Honorable Mention, Photo: Brittney Hogue of LBrittney Hogue Birth, Baby, Family

Best Birth Photography Contest

“We’ve got you baby!” Honorable Mention, Photo: Belle Verdiglione of LBelle Verdiglione Photography

IAPBP: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by IAPBP.

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11 Feb 09:56

Darkness on the edge of town, Eddy @derVirvel

11 Feb 09:56

The iron fields, Pentti Sammallahti

10 Feb 09:21

Free falling, Adger Cowans

10 Feb 09:20

“Buy me drugs” - Leonardo Santamaria

10 Feb 09:20

The Last Winter

10 Feb 09:20

Black Men Photographed Immersed in Bodies of Water by Denisse Ariana Perez

by Andrew LaSane

All images © Denisse Ariana Perez, shared with permission

Caribbean-born, Copenhagen-based photographer Denisse Ariana Perez captures images that connect her subjects with the environment and redefine ideas of black masculinity and beauty. Taken in Benin and Uganda, Perez’s Men and Water series (I, II, and III) features men of color often topless, but not sexualized, as they sit, stand, and embrace one another in murky natural pools and beneath waterfalls.

“I’m on a quest to find beauty in the sometimes less obvious places,” Perez told It’s Nice That. “I like to use this medium to highlight the beauty of individuals, their communities and cultures, especially those who are marginalized.” Many of her subjects are men because she likes to portray them “through a sensitive lens, to show more sides to them, other than their physical strength or sex appeal.” Working as both a copywriter and a photographer, Perez says that storytelling is what bridges the two worlds, and the liquid landscapes are a big part of the stories that she tells.

“Water can disarm even the most armed of facades,” Perez writes of the Men and Water series. “Becoming one with water is not about rushing but rather about flowing. And flowing is the closest thing to being.” To see more of Perez’s beautiful images, follow the photographer on Instagram.


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07 Feb 08:25

Download Over 150,000 Illustrations of Flora and Fauna for Free

by Jessica Stewart

Botanical and animal illustrations have been capturing the hearts and minds of nature lovers for centuries. When they first started being produced 300 years ago, they were the only scientific record we had of different plant and animal species. Today, they continue to capture the imagination for their demonstration of beauty and skill. One of the best resources for finding free, high-resolution animal and botanical illustrations is the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which has over 150,000 images available for download.

Since 2011, the open-access digital library has been building an archive on Flickr. By allowing users to gain access to these high-resolution images, they’re helping us understand how nature has been depicted throughout history. Of course, we’re not only talking about flower illustrations, there are also plenty of drawings that include wildlife in the mix.

If you’re looking for a specific image, you can search directly on the BHL website. Each entry will have a direct link to Flickr in the image description field. Or you can go straight to the BHL Flickr, where you’ll find albums broken up by publication. New material is constantly being added, so it’s well worth checking up every few months to see what’s appeared. In fact, since 2017 over 50,000 new images have made their way into the archive.

Newer entries include a 1901 manual to identifying mushrooms, an 1872 guide to Beautiful Birds in Far-Off Lands, as well as multiple volumes dedicated to watercolor paintings of North American and European plants. Anywhere you turn, there are treasures to be found; and by enabling high-resolution downloads, BHL lets viewers get close to the details of this precious material.

See more of the incredible nature illustrations available for free download thanks to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Bird Illustration Online

Rural hours” (1851)

19th Century Drawing of a Leopard

Zoological sketches” (1861-1867)

Guide to Mushrooms

The mushroom book” (1901)

19th century Botanical Illustration

The botanical cabinet” (1817-1833)

Biodiversity Heritage Library: Website | Facebook | InstagramFlickr

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06 Feb 09:12

Portal, Noritaka Minami

05 Feb 13:18

JaeHoon Choi

05 Feb 13:14

JR Reproduces Images of More Than 1,000 NYC Residents in Massive New Mural

by Grace Ebert

“The Chronicles of New York City” (2020). Photos by Marc Azoulay. All images ©, shared with permission

French artist JR (previously) is back in New York, transforming pockets of the city with his latest work. Installed on stacked shipping containers, “The Chronicles of New York City” is a compilation of images depicting more than 1,000 New York residents, who the artist photographed and reproduced for the large-scale work. Created in Williamsburg’s Domino Park, the black-and-white mural is JR’s biggest public project to date in the city. It overlooks the East River and features people living in all five boroughs gathered in a public space that mimics the newly built park.

Since opening his exhibition “JR: Chronicles” in October of 2019, the artist has been transforming areas throughout the city, like a space at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush and the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford Stuyvesant. “The Chronicles of New York City” is the centerpiece of the exhibition, which is on view through May 3, 2020, at Brooklyn Museum, and is accompanied by audio recordings of those portrayed in the monochromatic mural. The public installation was a collaboration with architectural firm LOT-EK, which is known for its sustainable design and helped in creating the site.

“Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them—sometimes illegally—in nearby public spaces,” says a statement about the exhibition.  See where JR’s work pops up next by following him on Instagram and peek in his shop to check out what’s available for purchase.



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05 Feb 10:38

Intricate Landscapes and Animals Cut From Single Sheet of Paper by Pippa Dyrlaga

by Grace Ebert

“This Fragile World,” (2019), hand cut paper and acrylic paint, about 11 x 11 inches. All images © Pippa Dyrlaga

For Pippa Dyrlaga, one piece of paper holds a lot of possibility. The Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire-based artist cuts each one of her delicate creations from a single sheet. Her intricate designs turn a blank page into a plant-filled landscape or a robot tending to a garden. Dyrlaga begins by sketching each piece in reverse, before cutting sections out. Then she flips it over to unveil the finished work or to paint details onto the piece.

Whereas her previous work often utilized a single white sheet, the artist now is working more with color, painting shades of blues, golds, and black, which helps to distinguish one group of plants or mosses from the next in her lush landscapes. She also has been inspired by Greek mythology and lore, describing “Psychopomp” (shown below) as “a spirit or deity, often depicted in animal form, which guide people into the afterlife,” on her site. “The piece is split into two, night and day, life and death. The daytime is represents life and growth, organic patterns and plants. The second half with nocturnal animals and abstract patterns, representing the more abstract idea of what comes ‘after.'”

Head to Dyrlaga’s Instagram for more of her intricate creations, and see which are available for purchase in her shop.

“Torn #3” (2019), torn and hand cut paper, painted with acrylic, about 20 x 10 centimeters

Left: “Arber” (2020), hand painted and cut Japanese 36 gsm washi paper. Right: “Garden Spirit” (2019), hand painted and cut Japanese 36 gsm washi paper

(2018), hand drawn and hand cut Awagami Kozo Natural Select paper 46 gsm, about 23 x 25 centimeters

Left: “Torn #1” (2019), hand cut paper. Right: “Torn #2” (2019), hand drawn and cut paper

“Bright” (2019), hand cut from Awagami Factory 36 gsm paper and painted with acrylic paint

Left: “Psychopomp,” hand drawn and hand cut paper, 80 x 40 centimeters. Right: “Bennu,” hand cut 32 gsm gampi washi paper, with hand painted gold acrylic

‘While the World is Asleep” (2018), hand drawn and hand cut paper, about 42 x 28 centimeters


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05 Feb 10:38

Who can sleep? One_speg

05 Feb 10:38

Brexit cloud, Sarah Illenberger