We are amused

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Cony Island amusement park, Brooklyn, New York City by Franck Bohbot

Bohbot’s series, entitled “Last Stop — Coney Island” transforms the seedy New York amusement park into a placid landscape of washed out pastels and muted dreams. Through Bohbot’s lens, the park morphs into a hazy limbo trapped somewhere between a child’s idealised version of the adventure park and an adult’s far more jaded perspective. The eerie yet beautiful landscapes conjure the opposite feeling of actually being at the crowded, sweat-filled pier, and that’s exactly why they have us so entranced.

We turn on the lights

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Photographs portraying New York City during the night; capturing its beautiful illumination. Unknown photographer

Transparent City

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‘Transparent City’ – a fantastic series of architectural photography portraying the city of Chicago by Micheal Wolf.

In 2005 Michael Wolf (German, b. 1956) visited Chicago for the first time to participate in a group exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Photography. As he rode an elevated train from the airport into the city, he began to envision photographing Chicago. For the previous decade, Wolf had been living and working in Hong Kong, attempting to capture the sheer density of people living on the two small islands that make up that city. Wolf examined the endless ranks of residential housing complexes in Hong Kong by removing the horizon line and flattening the space to a relentless abstraction of urban expansion. He noticed, however, that Chicago had an entirely different feel. While Hong Kong is built of endless rows of structures designed and built in a nearly identical style, Chicago has more experimental, unique buildings of many different styles.

Wolf depicts the city more abstractly, focusing less on individual well-known structures and more on the contradictions and conflicts between architectural styles when visually flattened together in a photograph.

In 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, in collaboration with the U.S. Equities Reality artist-in-residence program, invited Wolf to create his first body of work to address an American city. Chicago is known for work by innovative architects such as David Adler, Daniel Burnham, Louis H. Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright, and after World War II, it established itself as a world capital of modern architecture influenced by the international style of Mies van der Rohe and home to notable projects by Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, and more recently Frank Gehry. While it has been common for photographers to glorify Chicago’s distinctive architecture and environmental context, Wolf depicts the city more abstractly, focusing less on individual well-known structures and more on the contradictions and conflicts between architectural styles when visually flattened together in a photograph. His pictures look through the multiple layers of glass to reveal the social constructs of living and working in an urban environment, focusing specifically on voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. Wolf explores the complex, sometimes blurred distinctions between private and public life in a city made transparent by his intense observation. Words by: Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator / Museum of Contemporary Photography

We could so with some sunshine

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Incredible and powerful black and white photographs of storms across the central USA captured by Mitch Dobrowner. See much more of his work on his website.

Words by the photographer:

Landscape photographers count ourselves lucky to be in the right place at the right time if a storm system is moving through — but I wanted to actively pursue these events. Since storms are a process (not a thing) I needed a guide. I soon connected with Roger Hill (regarded as the most experienced storm-chaser in the world); he introduced me to Tornado Alley and the Great Plains of the United States.

In July 2009 Roger and I tracked a severe weather system for nine hours — from its formation outside of Sturgis, South Dakota, through Badlands National Park and into Valentine, Nebraska. Eventually we stopped in a field outside of Valentine, and there we stood in awe of the towering supercell (a thunderstorm with a deep rotating updraft) which was building with intake wind gusts of 60mph. It was like standing next to a 65,000-foot-high vacuum cleaner. It was unlike anything I had seen before in my life; the formation of the supercell had an ominous presence and power that I had never witnessed or experienced before. I remember turning to Roger, who was standing next to me, and saying, ‘what the ****… you have to be kidding me’. It was only the second day of my “experiment” in shooting storms, but I knew without a doubt that this experiment would become an important project to me.

Words are inadequate to describe the experience of photographing this immense power and beauty. And the most exciting part is with each trip I really don’t know what to expect. But now I see these storms as living, breathing things. They are born when the conditions are right, they gain strength as they grow, they fight against their environment to stay alive, they change form as they age… and eventually they die. They take on so many different aspects, personalities and faces; I’m in awe watching them. These storms are amazing sights to witness…. and I’m just happy to be there—shot or no shot; it’s watching Mother Nature at her finest. My only hope my images can do justice to these amazing phenomenona of nature.

—Mitch Dobrowner

Houston We have a Problem

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‘Doughnut City’ – Incredible photograph of parking lots in the city of Houston, Texas / photograph from the book: The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History

The term Doughnut City is used to describe a phenomenon that affects the physical shape of some cities of the North American Sun Belt. It consists of the concentration of urban activity on the ring road (where the newest and most advanced generation of housing estates and office parks are located) and the parallel physical disappearance of all that remains inside (the interior is affected by an accelerated process of obsolescence that leads to the demolition of a multitude of buildings). Viewed from a European perspective, the Doughnut City is a phenomenon that goes against nature. If in the cities of the Old Continent proximity to the center means an added value, in the Doughnut City quite the reverse is true: the most eligible urban areas are on the final periphery. (text source)

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We went swimming

'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences."-6 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences."-5 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences." 'Miami Houses' -  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:      "Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences."

‘Miami Houses’ –  vibrant and colorful series by French photographer Léo Caillard who captures these beautiful lifeguard stands sprinkled along Miami Beach. Words from the photographer:

“Referencing the work of the Becher, of Düsseldorfschool of visual art of the 70’s. Through repetition of a strict formal composition, the initila understanding of the function of the subject gradually fades as an analysis of the form of the subject. The repetition creates an inevitable comparison between images, thus informing the viewer as to the multiplicity of differences.”

 

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We need space

Beautiful photographs from his series 'The Promised Land' by Stephen Tamiesie /  about the series:      'Promised Land (2007-2011)      Promised Land examines the once held American belief of Manifest Destiny – the 19th Century mantra that the United States was predestined to spread over the entire continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.  Motivated by President Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Westward settlers quickly achieved this goal when in 1912 Arizona joined as the final state in the continental U.S. forming an uninterrupted nation stretching from coast to coast.       At its conception, Manifest Destiny confronted a territory that was unknown to most Americans.  Today it is apparent to anyone headed out on the interstate that the West – once a great frontier – has become accessible in nearly every corner on its surface.       The photographs in this series are appraisals of the American thumbprint on the West, at points where population and a wild landscape intersect.  Through these images Promise Land surveys the idea of Manifest Destiny over 150 years since its origin and reveals the results of a once monumental belief now evidenced in the West.' Beautiful photographs from his series 'The Promised Land' by Stephen Tamiesie /  about the series:      'Promised Land (2007-2011)      Promised Land examines the once held American belief of Manifest Destiny – the 19th Century mantra that the United States was predestined to spread over the entire continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.  Motivated by President Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Westward settlers quickly achieved this goal when in 1912 Arizona joined as the final state in the continental U.S. forming an uninterrupted nation stretching from coast to coast.       At its conception, Manifest Destiny confronted a territory that was unknown to most Americans.  Today it is apparent to anyone headed out on the interstate that the West – once a great frontier – has become accessible in nearly every corner on its surface.       The photographs in this series are appraisals of the American thumbprint on the West, at points where population and a wild landscape intersect.  Through these images Promise Land surveys the idea of Manifest Destiny over 150 years since its origin and reveals the results of a once monumental belief now evidenced in the West.'Beautiful photographs from his series 'The Promised Land' by Stephen Tamiesie /  about the series:      'Promised Land (2007-2011)      Promised Land examines the once held American belief of Manifest Destiny – the 19th Century mantra that the United States was predestined to spread over the entire continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.  Motivated by President Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Westward settlers quickly achieved this goal when in 1912 Arizona joined as the final state in the continental U.S. forming an uninterrupted nation stretching from coast to coast.       At its conception, Manifest Destiny confronted a territory that was unknown to most Americans.  Today it is apparent to anyone headed out on the interstate that the West – once a great frontier – has become accessible in nearly every corner on its surface.       The photographs in this series are appraisals of the American thumbprint on the West, at points where population and a wild landscape intersect.  Through these images Promise Land surveys the idea of Manifest Destiny over 150 years since its origin and reveals the results of a once monumental belief now evidenced in the West.'

Beautiful photographs from his series ‘The Promised Land’ by Stephen Tamiesie /

about the series:

‘Promised Land (2007-2011)

Promised Land examines the once held American belief of Manifest Destiny – the 19th Century mantra that the United States was predestined to spread over the entire continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.  Motivated by President Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Westward settlers quickly achieved this goal when in 1912 Arizona joined as the final state in the continental U.S. forming an uninterrupted nation stretching from coast to coast.

 At its conception, Manifest Destiny confronted a territory that was unknown to most Americans.  Today it is apparent to anyone headed out on the interstate that the West – once a great frontier – has become accessible in nearly every corner on its surface.

 The photographs in this series are appraisals of the American thumbprint on the West, at points where population and a wild landscape intersect.  Through these images Promise Land surveys the idea of Manifest Destiny over 150 years since its origin and reveals the results of a once monumental belief now evidenced in the West.’

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Curvature

Dave The Bucksin Gulch and Coyote Buttes Canyons on the western edge of the Paria Plateau, along the Colorado River in Arizona and Utah, USA / (2) The Bucksin Gulch and Coyote Buttes Canyons on the western edge of the Paria Plateau, along the Colorado River in Arizona and Utah, USA / e Cawley (3) The Bucksin Gulch and Coyote Buttes Canyons on the western edge of the Paria Plateau, along the Colorado River in Arizona and Utah, USA / The Bucksin Gulch and Coyote Buttes Canyons on the western edge of the Paria Plateau, along the Colorado River in Arizona and Utah, USA /

The Bucksin Gulch and Coyote Buttes Canyons on the western edge of the Paria Plateau, along the Colorado River in Arizona and Utah, USA / photographs by Dave Cawley

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We stand on our own feet

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The levitating church – 130-year-old exterior of the Provo Tabernacle, Provo, Utah, USA is raised on stilts as work begins to restore it into a Mormon temple after a devastating fire in December 2010 almost destroyed it / © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve

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We got wet feet

A fascinating capture of a partly submerged roller coaster at the Seaside Heights Boardwalk in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy on November 4th 2012 - photographed by Stephen Wilkes

A fascinating capture of a partly submerged roller coaster at the Seaside Heights Boardwalk in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy on November 4th 2012 – photographed by Stephen Wilkes

There are moments in journalism when the media captures the visual details of a disaster, yet sometimes misses the true scale of devastation. It was with that in mind that on Sunday, November 4th, I flew in a helicopter over a number of the most devastated areas hit by Superstorm Sandy. Specifically, the devastation in and around Seaside Heights, NJ, and in particular The Star Jet roller coaster at Casino Pier, which was now resting in the Atlantic Ocean.

As I flew over the area, the ocean appeared dead calm; there were no waves, the water looked as if I was in the Caribbean, not the Atlantic. That contrast in itself was surreal to experience, yet as we left the devastation below, I was reminded of the iconic image in the film Planet of The Apes. Charlton Heston, riding horseback along a deserted shoreline, suddenly sees a charred structure rising out of the water, the torch of the Statue of Liberty. In a strange way this image shares a parallel universe, perhaps a warning from post-apocalyptic Earth. – Stephen Wilkes

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We admire nature

/// Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

The Zion National Park, captured by Justin Brauner.

/// Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

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We went on a trip

Small Sail Boat racers struggling to finish, fighting the outgoing current. Taken in Nantucket Harbor, MA, USA with an Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom 140 with Kodak 200 film by Reynal Thebaud

Small Sail Boat racers struggling to finish, fighting the outgoing current. Taken in Nantucket Harbor, MA, USA with an Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom 140 with Kodak 200 film by Reynal Thebaud

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We build

'Master Plan' - sandcastles by Californian designer Chad Wright who in this fantastic artwork recreated a post-war suburbia on a beach by creating a plastic mould that could be filled with sand and lifted off to reveal simplified L-shaped bungalow forms. 'Master Plan' - sandcastles by Californian designer Chad Wright who in this fantastic artwork recreated a post-war suburbia on a beach by creating a plastic mould that could be filled with sand and lifted off to reveal simplified L-shaped bungalow forms. 'Master Plan' - sandcastles by Californian designer Chad Wright who in this fantastic artwork recreated a post-war suburbia on a beach by creating a plastic mould that could be filled with sand and lifted off to reveal simplified L-shaped bungalow forms. 'Master Plan' - sandcastles by Californian designer Chad Wright who in this fantastic artwork recreated a post-war suburbia on a beach by creating a plastic mould that could be filled with sand and lifted off to reveal simplified L-shaped bungalow forms. 'Master Plan' - sandcastles by Californian designer Chad Wright who in this fantastic artwork recreated a post-war suburbia on a beach by creating a plastic mould that could be filled with sand and lifted off to reveal simplified L-shaped bungalow forms.

‘Master Plan’ – sandcastles by Californian designer Chad Wright who in this fantastic artwork recreated a post-war suburbia on a beach by creating a plastic mould that could be filled with sand and lifted off to reveal simplified L-shaped bungalow forms. / Photographs by Lynn Kloythanomsup

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We need a change of scenery

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Beautiful photographs from the series ‘Signs of American Life’ by Stephen Tamiesie / Words from the photographer:

My photographs analyze the relationship between humanity and environment in a muted and simple manner.  In the broadest sense, all humans identify with an environment, whether on a macro level of habitation and commerce or locally through interactions within ones culture.  My purpose in examining this relationship with a camera is to document the effects that humanity brands upon its environment, whether visible or obscured.  The resulting images illustrate a simultaneous portrait of domain, human existence and control – byproducts of a relationship that all individuals have with the space around them.

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We are close

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Where would you  like to go?

// Photograph from her series ‘Ocean’s Edge’ by Sarah Vickers

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We bike

Richie Trimble’s over a hundred pound, 14.5 foot tall bike: “STOOPID TALL” aka “Big Boy” photographed as it made its way from La Cienega to Venice beach, Los Angeles for the Ciclavia 2013.

Richie Trimble’s over a hundred pound, 14.5 foot tall bike: “STOOPID TALL” aka “Big Boy” photographed as it made its way from La Cienega to Venice beach, Los Angeles for the Ciclavia 2013.

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Garden City

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‘Midtown’ – This is the view overlooking Central Park from the 35th floor of the Time Warner building, which is the lobby lounge of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. That’s W 59th Street below. / Photographed by Grey van der Meer

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We stand firm

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‘NYC: Miss Liberty’ – beautiful monochrome black and white photograph of the Statue of Liberty in New York City / photographed by Nina Papiorek

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We exit

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Exit Glacier, Seward, Alaska, 2008 from the Series ‘Alaska’ – by photographer Navid Baraty / The Exit Glacier is a glacier derived from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska. It received its name because it served as the exit for the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield in 1968.

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The Mad Men are Back

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Beautiful vintage color photograph of New York City in 1955. / unknown photographer

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Match Map

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‘U.S.A. (burnt/unburnt)’ –  map of the USA as art installation by Paris-based artist Claire Fontaine constructed from thousands of green wood matches that are stuck onto a wall at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as part art of “Evidence of Bricks” at the 2011 Time-Based Art Festival.

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We balance

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Beautiful black and white photograph of the John Hancock Building during construction, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Chicago, IL, in 1970 / captured by famous modernist architecture photographer Ezra Stoller / photo courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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We stretch

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Photograph of the stunning ING Building located at 20 Washington Ave. in Minneapolis that shows a modern interpretation of the Parthenon that emerged after the destruction of the 1960’s. The Seattle born architect Minuro Yamasaki is best known for the design of the Twin Towers in New York.

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We are on route

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This hilly stretch of two-lane highway (U.S. Route 6 in Utah) was photographed between Price and Green River, Utah by Royce Bair / “U.S. Route 6, also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, after the veterans association of the same name, is a main route of the U.S. Highway system, running east-northeast from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. From 1936 until 1964, when most of its route through California was eliminated, US 6 was the longest highway in the United States. After U.S. Route 20, it is now the second-longest highway in the United States, running a length of 3,205 miles (5,158 km).” (text by Royce Bair)

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We are on the road again

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‘Road to Yosemite’ National Park, California / photographed by Giovanbattista Brancato

 

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We are a bit lost

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‘Finding Home’ , photographed by Sara Ferguson

 

 

 

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We need to simplify

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Rewritten by machine on new technology – giant colored tape vortex sculpture installed at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) Lancaster, California by LA-based artist Megan Geckler

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We go into the night

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Beautiful photograph from the series ‘Intersection’ documenting the pace and flow of New York City from above / by Navid Baraty .. find more of his work here.

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We design a house

Walstrom House, near the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles, designed in 1969 by Californian architect John Lautner. / photographs by Jon Buono timber asymmetrical architecture village house usaWalstrom House, near the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles, designed in 1969 by Californian architect John Lautner. / photographs by Jon Buono timber asymmetrical architecture village house usaWalstrom House, near the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles, designed in 1969 by Californian architect John Lautner. / photographs by Jon Buono timber asymmetrical architecture village house usa

Walstrom House, near the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles, designed in 1969 by Californian architect John Lautner. / photographs by Jon Buono

 

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We are surrounded

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‘Manhattan View’ / monochrome black and white photograph depicting the dense urban fabric of buildings in Manhattan, New York City. Photograph by Andrew Ponomarenko

 

We take it easy today

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Charming photographs of the colorful Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, California / by Jana Laurene

 

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We make it work

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Fascinating monochrome black and white photograph taking during the construction of the Hoover Dam turbine 1931-1936, commissioned  by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the height of the Great Depression in the US.

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We have our first anniversary

l( LOVE sculpture, Burning Man Festival 2011, Nevada, US. If you look close, you can see that the little holes in the metal lettering are carved out in the shape of little birds. / photographed by Sarah Bartell)

A picture is worth a thousand words… happy anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

( LOVE sculpture, Burning Man Festival 2011, Nevada, US. If you look close, you can see that the little holes in the metal lettering are carved out in the shape of little birds. / photographed by Sarah Bartell)

We are back on the road

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Vintage photograph of a large suspension bridge with one side open for a large stream of pedestrians crossing the bridge in Michigan, USA, 1973 / unknown photographer

 

 

We need new stuff

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The Smithsonian Institution houses and maintains the third largest bird collection in the world with over 640,000 specimens. / photographed by Chip Clark, found at tanta tralha

We are under de-construction

‘USS Macon (ZRS-5)- construction of a huge zeppelin carcass steel workers ladders gigantic construction architecture aerospace engineeringUSS Macon (ZRS-5) was an airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting. She served as a ”flying aircraft carrier”, launching Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk biplane fighters. In service for less than two years, in 1935 Macon was damaged in a storm and lost off California’s Big Sur coast.’

Photograph of the breathtaking USS Macon (ZRS-5) , an airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting / unknown photographer

We are a little dizzy

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Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, USA / photograph & text by Rich Greene

We want to travel

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Vintage black and white photograph of NASA scientists studying the moon.

Scientists study the phases of the moon on lunar models in preparation for an eventual manned flight to moon. Photograph by Fritz Goro

Balance

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Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge / courtesy of the WorldWide Archive, original photographer unknown

We want a view

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Roof Terrace overlooking Central Park, Manhattan, New York City / unknown photographer

We dont see an end

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Los Angeles, photographed by Michael Görmann

We are on our own

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Photography by Enric Adrian Gener

We speed

Götz Göppert is fascinated by the world of cars. Bonneville Salt Flats is several hundred kilometres from Salt Lake City. During Speedweek enthusiasts gathered to break speed records. In the centre of the salt desert, the Hot Rods raced on a completely flat track 24 metres wide and 16 km long. These customised cars, dating back to before 1949, break records in front of an audience who had come in their motorhomes expressly for the purpose. design photographer blog best website facebook tumblr wordpress

‘Bonneville 1’ – Hot Rods Race at Speedweek, Benneville Salt Flats, US / photograph by Götz Göppert

We party

Honored by Architizer as one of the Ten Best Bike-related Design Innovations of 2011, this leather frame cinch secures just about anything somewhat narrow to your top tube - why not a six pack?  Featured in Beer West Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Gizmodo, and more.  Originally designed by and for a Hardcourt Bike Polo aficionado, we since learned that this useful item can hold all kinds of things to your bike.  The strap is adjustable to hold variably sized items. One of our customers uses two to hold her kayak paddle!  The six-pack rests nicely between your knees (not knocking into them!). Check out testimonials from customers on our feedback page: http://www.etsy.com/people/WalnutStudiolo/feedback?ref=pr_feedback  See an installation video on our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/3a1RWqbk00c  This product was burned by bikesnobnyc! http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2010/07/throwing-down-your-arms-time-and-place.html  As bike polo mallet holders, these bundle together mallet cues and secure the mallets to your bike's top tube. Bike polo tested and approved! Besides being devilishly stylish, the mallet cue holder will keep players honest on which cues they should use and organizes mallets so players can easily see which game is next.
Honored by Architizer as one of the Ten Best Bike-related Design Innovations of 2011, this leather frame cinch secures just about anything somewhat narrow to your top tube – why not a six pack?
Featured in Beer West Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Gizmodo, and more.
Originally designed by and for a Hardcourt Bike Polo aficionado, we since learned that this useful item can hold all kinds of things to your bike.
The strap is adjustable to hold variably sized items. One of our customers uses two to hold her kayak paddle!
The six-pack rests nicely between your knees (not knocking into them!). Check out testimonials from customers on our feedback page: http://www.etsy.com/people/WalnutStudiolo/feedback?ref=pr_feedback
See an installation video on our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/3a1RWqbk00c
This product was burned by bikesnobnyc! http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2010/07/throwing-down-your-arms-time-and-place.html
As bike polo mallet holders, these bundle together mallet cues and secure the mallets to your bike’s top tube. Bike polo tested and approved! Besides being devilishly stylish, the mallet cue holder will keep players honest on which cues they should use and organizes mallets so players can easily see which game is next. kay, so maybe it’s actually designed to hold pike polo mallets — but that doesn’t mean the Bike 6-Pack Holder ($22) isn’t great for holding a sudsy surprise. This leather frame cinch adjusts to secure just about anything to your bike’s top tube, making it perfect for carrying a little liquid refreshment. Just remember to let your cargo settle before opening, unless you like beer showers.

Bike 6-Pack Holder / design by Walnut Studiolo

We give thanks

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Real friends stick together when times are tough, they’re always a shoulder to lean on, whether you can see them or not, a true friend might not have money, but they always have a lot of love to give, they like you for who you are, regardless of size, shape, color, species, or age. Real friends won’t let you do stupid things alone, they’ll give you a ride, go for a ride, keep an eye out for you, have your back, and stop you from doing something stupid. True friends won’t leave your side, they’ll keep you warm, give you a boost, be there when you’re down, protect you, and be your eyes when you can’t see. And real friends will never give up on you, let fame or money get to their head, and they’ll always tell it like it is. You actually want to hang out with your real friends in real life, and seriously listen to each other. True friends are forever.

black and white photograph of a child hugging an elephant / photograph by John Drysdale

We are a bit lost

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32, an exhibition documenting the work of modernist architects in the Soviet Union in the years following the 1917 revolution and the period of instability during the subsequent civil war. In little more than a decade, some of the most radical buildings of the twentieth century were completed by a small group of architects who developed a new architectural language in support of new social goals of communal life. Rarely published and virtually inaccessible until the collapse of the former Soviet Union, these important buildings have remained unknown and unappreciated. The buildings featured in the exhibition are located in a wide territory spanning the former Soviet Union that includes Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia, and are drawn from an archive of approximately 15,000 photographs taken by British photographer Richard Pare during extensive visits that began in 1992. Pare’s photographs offer the first contemporary documentation of these buildings, some still in use, others abandoned and decayed, and many under the threat of demolition.  Pare received two grants from the Graham Foundation in support of The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32.  Richard Pare was born in England in 1948 and studied photography and graphic design in Winchester and at Ravensbourne College of Art before moving to the United States in 1971. Pare graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1973. He was curator of the Seagram photography collection from 1974 until 1985 and was the founding curator for the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture from its inception in 1974 until he became a consultant to the collection in 1989—a role he continues to fulfill. His works have been exhibited widely and he is represented in many of the major public collections of photography. His numerous seminal exhibitions and publications include Court House: A Photographic Document (1978), Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939 (1982), and Tadao Ando: The Colors of Light (1996), which received the AIA monograph award. Recent books include The Lost Vanguard: Architecture of the Russian Avant-garde, 1922-1932, published in 2007, and Building the Revolution, published in 2011. Pare is presently completing a new series of images on the works of Le Corbusier for the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, the first exhibition on the architect in Russia.  The Lost Vanguard exhibition originated at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized by Barry Bergdoll, with guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen. Selections from this body of work were first exhibited at the Ruina, an annex of the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture (MUAR) in Moscow. At the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA) in Thessaloniki, Greece the photographs were presented with works from the George Costakis collection and were later included in another series of exhibitions, Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture, 1915-1935, organized by MaryAnne Stevens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Building the Revolution traveled to La Caixa Forum in Madrid and Barcelona, the Royal Academy, and most recently to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition in Chicago will be the first presentation of the work in the United States outside of New York.  RELATED PUBLICATION The Lost Vanguard: Russian Modernist Architecture, 1922-1932  A fully illustrated book published by The Monacelli Press includes contributions by Phyllis Lambert, Jean-Louis Cohen, and Richard Pare. The publication will be available for purchase in the Graham Foundation bookshop throughout the course of the exhibition

from the exhibition “The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-33”
photographs by Richard Pare

We are on top of things

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‘Up the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces’ by photographer Alex MacLean

We feel the chill

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Photograph of New York City roofs covered in snow and mist.’Winter in Town’ by Christopher Jacrot

We change

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‘Barack Obama’ by Ragna Reusch-Klinkenberg

We keep a distance

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Hurricane Sandy churned the Atlantic Ocean as it barreled northward bringing fierce winds, drenching rains and flooding to the nation’s Northeast, where officials warned residents to stay home and ordered those along coastlines to head to high ground.
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.
All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
Between 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from freshwater inland flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other weather hazard related to such storms.

We hope you stay safe..

photograph of a huge hurricane / unknown photographer