Women of North Korea.

MihaelaNoroc1Over two years ago, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc embarked on an ambitious quest to document diverse examples of beauty around the world through stunning portraits of women from more than 37 countries.
Her journey has taken her to a diverse range of lands, including Tibet, Iran, Brazil, and the US, but her latest destination is particularly noteworthy—none other than North Korea, the isolated and rarely photographed East Asian nation.
Traveling to cities like Pyongyang, Sinuiju, and Wonsan, Noroc had the remarkable opportunity to expand her series The Atlas of Beauty to include the women of North Korea.
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Her subjects range from waitresses to students to factory workers, providing a unique look at some of the 24.9 million people who live in the country.
“North Korean women are not familiar with global trends, but this doesn’t mean that they are not preoccupied with their look. They are, definitely!” the photographer wrote on Bored Panda.
“They have a passion for high heels and usually wear classic outfits, always accompanied by a pin, on the chest, representing one of the country’s leaders.
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During celebrations and other special occasions, they wear traditional colorful outfits.”Noroc is raising funds via Indiegogo so she can continue her travels around the world until she has enough material for a book.
She says, “My goal is to continue and take photos of women from each country of the globe, showing that beauty is in our differences.”
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Creatures of Our Planet.

3115Malaya, right, a six month old Snow Leopard, pounces on her mother Zoe in the snow at the Central Park Zoo, in New York. (Photo by Chad Rachman/The New York Post)
1324A strawberry poison dart frog (Oophaga pumilio), which is part of the new “Land of Frogs” permanent exhibition at the Gamboa Rainforest Hotel on the outskirts of Panama City. (Photo by Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
2613A long-eared owl (Asio otus) sits in a tree near Seelow in the district of Maerkisch-Oderland in eastern Germany. (Photo by Patrick Pleul/AP Photo/DPA)
460Two spotted or laughing hyena (Crocuta crocuta) babies sit in a pen after their medical examination in Jaszbereny Zoo in Jaszbereny, 77 kms east of Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Janos Meszaros/EPA)
Published by dmitry in Animals
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Trraffic camera snaps Snowy Owl in flight.

46eyrtfhet4Traffic cameras don’t generally take interesting photographs, but sometimes they get lucky.
Such was the case in January, when Transport Quebec’s traffic camera snapped several pictures of an owl mid-flight.
The photos of the majestic bird’s flyby were taken right by highway 40 in Montreal, Canada.
Quebec transport minister Robert Poëti tweeted the pictures.
Source: Traffic Camera Accidentally Snaps Beautiful Photo of a Snowy Owl | Mental Floss

Black & White Pics of Big Cats.

Joe-Zammit-Lucia01Portraits of animals in solid black backgrounds that puts them in an elegant light and captures their unique traits and personality.
Zammit-Lucia applies the techniques of human portraiture to animals to explore issues related to animal individuality, human-animal relations, and environmental and species conservation.
Joe-Zammit-Lucia08via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Photos by Joe Zammit-Lucia.

Vogue Photos – Clifford Coffin, 1940-1950.

Clifford Coffin (1)Fabulous Fashion Photographs from Vogue Taken by Clifford Coffin from Between the 1940s and 1950s.
American photographer Clifford Coffin (1913-1972) is considered by many who knew him as the greatest of Vogue’s “lost” photographers – an artist far ahead of his time.
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His innovative and intriguing fashion photographs of the 1940s and 1950s for such renowned magazines as Glamour, Vogue and Jardin des Modes in New York, London and Paris challenged the standards of the day
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Moscow’s Double Decker Trains in Winter.

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This February for the first time ever the double decker train cars appeared on the  “number one” Russian rail road route – Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Here in Moscow double decker trains are a novelty and attract a lot of interest on how they are constructed and how they work.
Thanks to cool Russian photographer Dmitry we have a beautiful winter shot of the carriages.
Source: Bi Level Double Decker Trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg | English Russia