Of all the architectural details, it is the doors and windows we interact with the most. It isn't surprising to me how beautiful they can be. Here, Andre Vicente Goncalves, a Portuguese photographer, makes the point with gorgeous sets of doors and windows from around Europe.
Robert Götzfried is a favorite of ours here. His photos of metro stations, swimming pools and stadiums dazzled us with their geometry and composition. The set of photos from the abandoned Beelitz-Heilstätten Red Army Military Hospital are striking in their empathetic eye; capturing at the same moment both the pathos and the grotesque of these eery environs.
"Originally designed as a sanatorium by the Berlin workers' health insurance corporation, the complex from the beginning of World War I on was a military hospital of the Imperial German Army. During October and November 1916, Adolf Hitler recuperated at Beelitz-Heilstätten after being wounded in the leg at the Battle of the Somme.
In 1945, Beelitz-Heilstätten was occupied by Red Army forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1995, well after the German reunification. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the government.
Following the Soviet withdrawal, attempts were made to privatize the complex, but they were not entirely successful. Some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinsons disease. The remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000. As of 2007, none of the abandoned hospital buildings or the surrounding area were secured, giving the area the feel of a ghost town. This has made Beelitz-Heilstätten a destination for curious visitors and a film set for movies like The Pianist in 2002, the Rammstein music video Mein Herz brennt and Valkyrie in 2008."
Guido Argentini’s models in his series “Argentum,” are covered in shiny silver makeup and are meant to cover the range of women in Greek mythology, from Demeter and Persephone to Artemis and Electra.
Evoking the luminous polished planes of the work of Brancusi and the verve of Degas’ ballet sketches, these photographs endow the human body with both the solidity of sculpture and the vivid energy of dance.
Using geometrical props Guido Argentini created a contrast between the human body and the archetypal forms of geometry: triangles, circles and squares.
In her photo series, "Historical Corrections," Maxine Helfman tweaks the way we think of the Old Dutch Masters by placing black models in the dress of high society 17th century Flanders. The new narratives contrast with and highlight so much of the frame of reference for history and race in the West.
London photographer, Rebecca Litchfield, has a nearly obsessive love for abandoned buildings, especially those left in ruins. "Soviet Ghosts" is her series focused on the empty shells left by the USSR in Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
It can be hard to talk to your kids about how much they have without falling into the trap of pitying others or a sense of superiority.
Beautiful, terrible, moving, terrifying, human forms in larger forms. Ecce Homo by Berlin artist Evelyn Bencicova.
Citylights increases the focal distance of my previous work, documenting in found images human habitation on a global scale using the reflected light of population as seen from Earth's orbit, a graph-like portrait of human activity—desire—and its geographic distribution across the surface of our planet. Inversion of this image questions the arbitrary nature of man's sense of his own orientation in the physical realm on earth and in space, also suggesting fireflies seeking a mate against the blackness of night.
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This guest post is from world traveller Orion Kraus.
He can't seem to stop traveling, or perhaps he just is too excited about what's next. One of his amazing journey, a journey down through Central America by horse is documented on his blog 2 Horses Southbound.
This photoset of Shaolin Monks in training by Polish photographer Tomasz Gudozowaty is pretty cool. Both the images and the training they show are astounding.
Kawah Ijen, East Java, Indonesia, is a part of a group of stratovolcanoes, connected to a rich vein of sulfur (a vein mined by painstaking hand) that expresses itself both in a startlingly blue lake and in these bright blue liquid sulfur flames.
Photographer Olivier Grunewald took these amazing photos in 2008. He lost two lenses and a camera in the process. He had to wear a gasmask and had to get rid of all the clothes we wore during the shoot.
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