Just in time for Valentine's day, we bring you flowers. Specifically, Tulips. I don't just mean one Tulip. I don't mean a bouquet. I'm talking about millions and millions of tulips, growing gracefully side-by-side in the town of Anna Paulowna, Holland. Daring photographer Normann Szkop took to the skies to capture these aerial photographs of the Tulip Fields, which look like ordered rainbows or colored thread. If your boyfriend doesn't bring you exactly one million Tulips this February 14th, then maybe he needs to shoot a little higher.
These photographs of a whimsical Siberia aren't stills from the next Wes Anderson film, but of a childhood fondly remembered by artist Evgenia Arbugaeva. As a child, she lived in the quaint port town of Tiksi until she was eight, when the Soviet Union collapsed and her family moved to Yaksutsk, famous for being the coldest city on Earth. As an adult, Evgenia wanted to pay homage to the town she remembered as a fantasy world, full of mystery and dreamy natural light. The Tiksi series is a careful recreation of Arbugaeva's memories, full of "little miracles".
If we're gonna do a piece of art, why don't we do it right?" -Clyde Butcher
Clyde Butcher is photographer and traditionalist who believes in the magic of the darkroom, not digital shortcuts. His black and white photography of the Florida Everglades illuminates a secretive corner of America, covered by a sensuous fog. One of Butcher's photographic subjects is the ghost orchid, which was fittingly portrayed in Stanley Kubrick's Adaptation as one of the most elusive creatures of the Everglades.
Felix Salazar is an LA-based photographer whose kaleidoscopic coral reefs might make you think of deep and exotic ocean floors, but these are actually from his saltwater aquariums. These psychedelic macro photographs are the result of hundreds of attempts to get each perfect shot, with lots of experimentation with light and focus.
These superbly timed images by Art Wolfe, who is perhaps the most aptly named person on the planet, propose a visual challenge for the careful observer. Wolfe began this series of photographs in 1989, and although he published his findings in 2005, he considers the project ongoing. To date, the dedicated artist has published 80 books of his photography subjects. In each of these photographs, there's a hidden creature waiting to be discovered. If you can't figure it out, scroll over the image for the answer.
Just kidding. That's not how this works. Happy hunting!
A lot of imaginative souls are working with photography and composite software these days, designing strange and creative worlds where anything is possible. Canadian Joel Robison is one of these wanderers: putting himself in extraordinary landscapes, dreaming of his own wonderland. Is nobody content with the ordinary world any more?
The work of surrealist photographer Thomas Barbéy is imagination at its most creative. It can be easy to become accustomed to everyday sights, especially as we get older and our childish inventiveness is replaced with concerns about what to make for dinner. But Barbéy plays with perspective and creates compositions manipulated to the furthest degree. You haven't seen images this strange since your college roommate painted a picture of what they saw on their acid trip that one time.
Photographer Katka Pruskova took more than 730 hours worth of footage and 7,100 photographs to capture an assortment of flowers in bloom. Her floral subjects, captured on Canon 5D Mark II, include Lilies, Amaryllis, Zygocactus, Rose, Gladiolus, and Gardenia. Katka formed a homemade "studio" to create the timelapse, using simple black cloth and careful lighting and insulation to create the optimal indoor miniature greenhouse.