‘Haunting Portraits’ by Leslie Ann O’Dell.

The ethereal beauties of Leslie Ann O’Dell’s artwork have a quality about them that is both soft yet somehow dark. The colours fade onto the page, all except for the bold splashes of red that appear a bit disconcertingly like blood. The artist explores concepts like isolation and the ego, offering surprisingly telling portraits that […]

Ernst Haeckel’s Study and Illustrations of Jellyfish.

The German biologist Ernst Haeckel was fascinated by medusae, the umbrella-shaped animals commonly called jellyfish. For Haeckel, whose imagination was shaped in the Romantic era, medusae expressed the exuberant yet fragile beauty of Nature. And in their ethereal forms he glimpsed a reflection of his great love Anna Sethe, who died tragically at the age […]

Loss and the Transient Beauty of Rone.

The opening of Melbourne street artist Rone’s exhibition, Empty, in Fitzroy. (Supplied: Sophie Argiriou) by Julia Baird For the artistically stunted among us, the idea of labouring intensely on murals while perched on ladders, cranes and cherry pickers for days or weeks, only to have our beautiful images tagged with graffiti or smashed to rubble, […]

Island in the Sky, British Columbia.

Image Credit: Photograph by Shane Kalyn “There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds,” says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. The scene was amazing […]

Frost Flowers at Lake Akan, Japan.

When the weather dips below -15°C (5°F), a beautiful natural phenomenon can occur, producing a fractal flourish of ice known as “frost flowers.” These delicate blooms are made entirely of ice crystals that grow in patches around three to four centimeters in diameter. They are specific to thin lake ice in calm weather conditions, and […]

Mikko’s Night, Finland.

A continuation of his Night series in which he transforms the landscape of Finland, by blending two different exposures, into something ethereal and dreamlike. via Night II: Photos by Mikko Lagerstedt – Faith is Torment.

The Darkness of Melania Brescia.

By Sarah Ann Loreth Melania Brescia is an introvert, but that hasn’t stopped her from creating a bold and dark body of work that places herself both behind and in front of the camera. Inspired by bouts of sadness and depression, her self-portraiture started as a constructive way to deal with emotions she couldn’t convey […]

Russian Fairytales, trans. Robert Bain (1915).

Russian fairy tales from the Russian of Polevoi, by R. Nisbet Bain, illustrated by Noel L. Nisbet; 1915; Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York. A collection of Russian fairytales translated from the Russian of Nikolai Polevoy, a notable editor, writer, translator in the early 19th century. The translations were made by Robert Nisbet Bain, a […]

‘Mouserflies’ by Lisa Ericson.

Enchanting the woodlands with her ‘Mouserflies’ series, artist Lisa Ericson transforms common mice into tiny fairy-like creatures with butterfly wings. The surreal paintings make the mice appear even more adorable, as they fly through the woodlands on their plight for food and shelter. ‘ Mouserflies’ causes a fairytale kingdom and the animal world to go […]