Found planetscapes: macro photos of dried up single-malt whiskey

Photographer Ernie Button noticed that the sediment from dried up single-malt at the bottom of his glasses was extraordinarily beautiful and set about creating a set of gorgeous, interstellar-looking photos documenting the residue from different whiskies. Read the rest

Scratch-built, incredibly detailed Millennium Falcon

Thomas Richner spent more than 140 hours scratch-building a spectacularly detailed cardboard model of Star Wars's Millennium Falcon, working with scrap cardboard boxes and then shooting his model on a green-screen and compositing onto backgrounds from the movies. Read the rest

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Beautiful, detailed photos of mechanical calculators' guts

San Francisco photographer Kevin Twomey shot an amazing gallery of images of the inner workings of a large collection of mechanical calculating machines from the collection of Mark Glusker, stitching together multiple images to ensure that every rod, gear and linkage was vividly rendered. Read the rest

Urban druid

From the Secure, Contain, Protect dystopian collaborative fiction project, an image of an "urban druid" from The Victory Society, "believed to be Reverend Michael Hawshore." (Update: it's a crop from Dutch photog Cor Jaring's work)

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Wonderfully grody, inside-out teddy bears

Kent Rogowski's marvellously gory and visceral pictures of inside-out teddy bears were collected in the 2007 book Bears, which is available used starting at $0.49. (via IO9) Read the rest

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah Bat-VAN!

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How Dali and Halsman made "In Voluptas Mors"

One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models. Read the rest

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How AIs are rewriting photographic history

If you send your holiday photos to Google's Autoawesome processor, it will snip out the best smiles and poses and combine them to make pictures of scenes that never actually happened. Read the rest

Library of Congress wants your Halloween/Dia de los Muertos/All Saints Day/All Souls Day photos

Trevor from the Library of Congress writes, "The American Folklife Center at the LOC is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife." Read the rest

Clown and cop: ridicule as protest

Remy Gabalda's photo for Agence France-Presse of an anti-Sivens Dam protestor confronting a riot cop is the perfect expression of the moral of Jacob Two-Two: the one thing authoritarianism cannot withstand is laughter. Read the rest

Indian space program workers celebrate Mars orbit

(photographer unknown): India's Mangalyaan satellite attained Martian orbit on Wednesday; at $74m, it's "staggeringly cheap" for an orbiter.

Martian spacecraft staffers at Indian space control, September 2014 Read the rest

Barbra Streisand: bikers and BDSM

Below, photos of Barbra Streisand doing biker BDSM from a shoot connected to the 1970 film The Owl and The Pussycat. Many more over at Dangerous Minds. The images were used in prop posters for a porn film titled Cycle Sluts starring Streisand's character.

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Photos from Stasiland

Stasi -- Secret Rooms is a 10-year project by Daniel and Geo Fuchs, who took beautiful, striking photos of the stark interiors of the spaces used by the Stasi, the terrifying secret police from the former East Germany. Read the rest

Beautiful photos from Burning Man 2014

John Goodman writes, "thought you guys might like to see my photos from Burning Man this year." Yes, thank you! Beautiful shots, they really capture the flavor of the event -- some of my favorites below (Thanks, John!) Read the rest

Timothy Leary with Aldous and Laura Huxley

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