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Macro Kingdom III

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It's a small world after all.

Clemens Wirth continues his creative vision with the third instalment of his Macro Kingdom series. With a macro lens affixed to his camera, Wirth captures ethereal images of natural phenomena in miniature. The popular videos unveil the unseen in the universe around us.   “The minute is a special place, unseen microcosms within a unseen universe bind us together," writes Wirth. "Our......read more

Caren Alpert: Terra Cibus

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Extraordinary photos of food shot with an electron microscope

Bay Area fine art photographer Caren Alpert brings together her interests in food, science, and art to create these vivid, incredibly detailed images of food. Shot with a scanning electron microscope, the photos render common eats as abstract, otherworldly landscapes.  "Because I’m a science geek at heart, it’s not such a far leap to explore food in a way that no one else has,"......read more

Slow Life by Daniel Stoupin

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Watch a mesmerizing macro time-lapse of exotic corals

Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, combined macro, aquatic and time-lapse photography to create this hypnotic underwater clip. The video, titled "Slow Life," was assembled from over 150,000 close-up photographs of exotic corals, showing their secret lives under high magnification. "Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only......read more

Macro Kingdom

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A exploration of the microscopic world around us.

Photos, left to right: The warming Arctic (Global Warming Images/Alamy); steam and smoke seen over a coal power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Martin Meissner/AP); a storm brews over a beach at Cancun, Mexico. ...read more

Macro Minerals Make Abstract Art

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Incredible close-up images of agate crystals show off nature's art skills

Few things in nature are more creatively patterned than agate, a type of quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. The fine-grained rock has been a favorite carving material since at least as far back as Ancient Greece.  These macro shots of agate, part of a Flickr set created by a Czech mineral shop, show off the rock's psychedelic patterns and......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Glassphemy!

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Smashing bottles on the Gowanus Canal.

New York's Macro-Sea invades underused urban spaces and reenergizes them with creative projects and happenings. Like Glassphemy!, a 20x30-foot "visceral and psychological recycling center" erected in a pre-gentrified lot on the Gowanus Canal. In a violently fun take on recycling, participants were invited in the structure to smash empty beer bottles against the bulletproof glass. The shattered......read more

Macro Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

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Up-close images of snow crystals show winter as you've never seen it before

With winter's official entrance last weekend, there's no better time to view through some incredible images of snow. Moscow photographer Alexey Kljatov captured these stunning macro photos of snowflakes using a homemade camera rig that he cobbled together with a working lens, a wooden board, some screws and old camera parts. The amateur setup pulls off photos you would expect from expensive,......read more

Wayne Levin Photography

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Mindmelting undersea photography depicts the ocean as you've never seen it before.

Wayne Levin's black and white photos of underwater worlds may leave you wondering if someone spiked your breakfast. The dreamlike, hallucinatory images depict the ocean in an exceptionally unearthly light. Beautiful stuff....read more

E-Waste in Ghana

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Eye-opening photo series by Andrew McConnell.

Photographer Andrew McConnell's illuminating E-WASTE series focuses on electronic waste from the US and Europe being unloaded on West African countries like Ghana, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast. Hundreds of tons of discarded electronics are shipped to this region every year. Here, McConnell captures the dumping ground of Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. (Via Notcot) ...read more

Earth From Above

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Hauntingly beautiful aerial photography by David Maisel.

David Maisel's large-scale aerial photos of open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and water reclamation zones document the complex relationship between human beings and nature. Rich in detail, ambiguous in meaning, Maisel's work has much in common with Edward Burtynsky, who also uses large, detailed photographs to chronicle industrial transformation of the environment. A preferred subject......read more

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