Headbangers caught in the moment

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Danish photographer Jacob Erhbahn captured metalheads mid-headbang at music festivals around Europe. The result is Headbangers, a full-color book compiling the best of these unrestrained moments of metal bliss.
In this collection Ehrbahn’s camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm. Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space—a universe where it’s possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy, and relief.

Headbangers by Jacob Erhbahn (Amazon)

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How to remove all tourists from your travel shots

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On Reddit, OmerRAnderson explains how to remove people from a photo. The idea is to put a camera on tripod and take several pictures every ten seconds or so over the course of a few minutes or more. Then open Photoshop and go to File Scripts Statistics, and select "median." This operation will remove the things that don't appear in every photo, leaving only the things that didn't move. Read the rest

To do in LA: '30/90,' photo essays by Star Foreman, Jan. 29

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Star Foreman is one of our favorite photographers. She recently embarked on a mission to shoot 30 photo essays in 90 days. With so many different shoots to imagine and arrange, Star never ran out of ideas. In the resulting body of work are amazing portraits, some of familiar faces, and fantasy scenes from a life spent in and around Hollywood. Star's work is painstakingly beautiful.

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Woman takes photos of penises dressed in outfits, sells them for $10,000

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NYC photographer Soraya Doolbaz has a business selling merchandise with photos of penises dressed in outfits. The videos above and below are probably NSFW as they show penises dressed in outfits. She recently exhibited her photographs at Art Basel, selling prints for $10,000. Doolbaz has also created an app so people can dress up photos of penises by dragging and dropping articles of clothing, eyeglasses, and moustaches onto the photos. From Cosmo:

To get the most out of the shoots, Doolbaz says she enlists confident men who can laugh at themselves, and being in a relationship is a must. "It's necessary for the model to have a partner to assist with the shoot," Doolbaz says. "To help with costume changes and, of course, erection maintenance."

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Portraits of imprisoned Iranian girls awaiting capital punishment

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Though Iran won't actually execute people under 18, their courts will readily sentence children as young a nine to physical punishment, including death, and hold them in inhumane, crowded conditions until they are old enough for their sentences to be carried out. Read the rest

Gorgeous images from National Geographic Photo Contest

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This is James Smart's breathtaking photo of an anti-cyclonic tornado touching down near Simla, Colorado. The image is the grand prize winner of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. Below, two of the other incredible honorees: Tugo Cheng's photo of the Tian Shan mountain ranges in Central Asia; Andrew Suryono portrait of an orangutan in the rain in Bali, Indonesia.

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Portraits of the women of Botswana's heavy metal subculture

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South African photographer Paul Shiakallis produced a series of photos, "Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts," of the "queens" of Botswana's heavy metal "Marok" scene, mostly in their homes. Read the rest

Britons will need copyright licenses to post photos of their own furniture

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 is set to kick in, and with it will come an extended term of copyright for designer objects, such as furniture, which will endure for 70 years after the creator's death -- meaning that you'll need a license to post photographs of your own belongings. Read the rest

Body-painted models disappear into the Wonders of the World

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Trina Merry (previously) has created "Lost in Wonder," a series of trompe l'oeil photos in which painted models are posed against many of the world's great wonders, vanishing into the background. Read the rest

Check out the hot women in the 2016 Pirelli Tire Calendar

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For 50 years, the Pirelli Calendar has featured mostly naked models captured by famed photographers in exotic locales. Not this year.

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Ethiopian hats and wigs made from recycled consumer goods

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Eric Lafforgue is a prolific, talented photographer who's travelled the world, living among people in many hard-to-reach places and telling their stories with his camera. Among the most striking sets of images in his deep portfolio is his 2013 portraits of Daasanach people in Ethiopia, who have created exuberant wigs and hats from mass-produced consumer goods, both new and discarded, that have recently reached their part of the world. Read the rest

Facebook won't remove photo of children tricked into posing for neo-fascist group

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The mother a 13-year-old girl has been unable to get Facebook to remove a photo that her daughter and a 12-year-old friend were tricked into having taken, which is being used to promote the violent neo-fascist group Britain First. Read the rest

Unevenly distributed futures: Hong Kong's amazing towers

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UK photographer Peter Stewart's collection Stacked is a series of photos of Hong Kong's fabulous high-rises, shot from ground level, looking straight up into the sky. Read the rest

Moon Photography 101

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Are you planning on taking a trip to the Moon? If so, you'll want to create a commemorative photo album.  

The moon is a pretty desolate place and the truth is, you just don’t have a whole lot to work with. You’ve got moon dust, some craters and if you’re lucky, you’ve got some shadow and light.

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A fictional but physically real world of dolls that heal a beaten man

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For much of the 1990s, Mark Hogancamp of Kingston, New York, adhered to a predictable pattern of waking up, going to work, returning home, drinking as much as a half-gallon of vodka, and then passing out. He was a serious alcoholic, as Hogancamp and Chris Shellen make clear in Welcome to Marwencol (Shellen produced a documentary on Hogancamp’s life in 2010). He also liked to dress in women’s clothes.

Hogancamp didn’t know it, but this last fact would change his life when he drunkenly mentioned it to a stranger in the Luny Tune Saloon, sometime before closing in the wee hours of April 8, 2000. Shortly after exiting the bar, he was brutally beaten by the man and four others, who left his broken and bloodied body in the middle of the street. He would spend nine days in a coma and more than a month in the hospital.

After his release, Hogancamp’s recovery was aided, essentially, by playing with dolls. He got into it when he rediscovered his childhood interest in World War II miniatures. The tiny objects, though, were too small for Hogancamp’s shaky, post-recovery hands to paint, so the owners of his local hobby shop suggested he try detailing figures at a larger 1:6 scale. Dressing the figures proved good therapy for Hogancamp, and before long he had moved on to Barbies and action figures, for whom he eventually built a fictional but physically real place called Marwencol, named after himself, a friend named Wendy, and a neighbor named Colleen. Read the rest

Bizarre brutalist and experimental Soviet bus stops

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Over the course of 12 years, photographer Christopher Herwig traveled more than 18,000 miles around Eastern Europe to photograph the incredible, brutalist, experimental, and downright bizarre bus stops built during the Communist era. He compiled the results into a new book titled Soviet Bus Stops.

“I’d never seen such a variety of creative expression applied to a public structures before,” Herwig told Vantage. “The designers pushed the limits of their imaginations. They did not hold back and sometimes, maybe, even they went too far...These bus stops are less about the Soviet Union as a whole and more about the local regions and individual artists … people who were often creatively oppressed.”

Soviet Bus Stops (Amazon)

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Wild World pops with breath-taking photographs on every page

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Pick up Lonely Planet’s Wild World, flip through a few pages, and I dare you to put the book back down. It isn’t easy. From the emerald spiraled snake of Cameroon to an ancient breed of semi-wild horses in France to the bejeweled Crystal Cave of the Dead Sea in Jordan (all shown above), every page pops with a breath-taking image of our planet’s natural splendor that makes you want to see more. The index in the back of the book gives us a brief explanation of each photograph. Oversized, textured, and loaded with nearly 200 stunning photographs of nature and wildlife from every corner of the world, Wild World is the quintessential coffee table book.

Wild World by Lonely Planet 2015, 256 pages, 10.4 x 14 x 1.2 inches $29 Buy a copy on Amazon

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