Ethereal Women.

Albi2Photographer Alessio Albi has continued to capture images of women that feature an incredible use of their surrounding environment.
Rather than taking an ordinary portrait, the photographer utilizes the quirks and distinguishing features of each unique setting to add an interesting aesthetic within the frame.
Before viewers’ eyes, an ordinary fence becomes a vital piece of his visual puzzle, casting a distinct shadow across his model’s face.
To incorporate additional drama in his photographs, the artist uses various elements of nature—grass, plants, trees, and wildflowers—to create an improvised shadow, silhouette, or frame.
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While his model’s faces are partly obscured by any given element in each respective shot, Albi makes it so each shot offers a unique way of hiding and revealing his beautiful subject.
This impressive technique is the cameraman’s way of adding an additional creative dimension to his work. Albi also believes that a woman’s long, colorful hair can work as an extra prop on a shoot.
He utilizes the ability of each strand to swerve, curl, and wrap around their faces, like an organic frame. Despite his penchant for visual drama, the gifted artist never overdoes it.
His portraits appear simple and refined, yet intriguing at the same time. The women in his shots are not merely pretty faces.
They add value to each portrait through the emotions they convey.
It is also important to note that the photographer does not use artificial light, which would explain why his photographs come off as soft, natural, and genuine.
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See more Images via Dramatic Portraits of Ethereal Women Captured with Natural Light – My Modern Met.

Ethereal Photos of Nature by Suzuki.

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Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki views his images as if they’re paintings.
Through gorgeous and well-considered compositions, he conveys an ethereal feeling in the Japanese landscapes. Suzuki plays with light, reflection, and field of vision to highlight nature’s splendor.
He does a fantastic job of abstracting parts of his photos – occasionally things will appear blurred – so that it feels less like documentation and more as poetry via the camera lens.
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“I feel that realism is a more Western style,” Suzuki writes on LensCulture.
“Using only rational thinking when creating photography results in better attention to the detail—but there is a tendency to get bored,” he continues. “Working with feelings and looking for emotions is more relaxing and ultimately, more powerful.”
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Suzuki intends to express feelings of spirituality in these images, and his love of quiet, contemplative moments is evident.
Through them, it’s as if we’re on the journey alone, admiring the purple sky and looking down a foggy path, savoring it all for ourselves.
Read and see more via Ethereal Photos Showcase Beautifully Quiet Moments in Nature – My Modern Met.

Hawaii was thought to be a Utopia in the1900s.

In the public consciousness at least, Hawaii has probably not changed too much in the past 100 years.
By this I mean an island chain of magnificent tropical beauty, mystery, and earthly delights with a strong emphasis on the natural world being the preferred vision for this place for many of us; with the realities of crime, squalor and all the other maladies undoubtedly present on some scale cast aside for the sake of bliss.
You see, in this chaotic world, people need and want to believe utopia by the name Hawaii must exist.
1-outrigger-canoe Detail: A.R. Gurrey Jr., American: “In measured tones subdued and low…” ca. 1910-20: vintage gelatin silver print from leaf included in volume “Idyls of Hawaii” (10.2 x 11.6 | 25.0 x 19.8 cm) Native Hawaiians are seen steering an outrigger canoe, possibly on Kaneohe Bay off the coast of Oʻahu. : From: PhotoSeed Archive
3-diamond-headDetail: A.R. Gurrey Jr., American: “Old ocean singing a psalm of delight…” (ocean view of Diamond Head in silhouette) ca. 1910-20: vintage gelatin silver print from leaf included in volume “Idyls of Hawaii” (7.8 x 11.5 | 25.0 x 19.8 cm) : From: PhotoSeed Archive
Source: The Idea of Hawaii | PhotoSeed

Canadian Geese enjoy the late morning in Wetlands.

Your Shot photographer Scott Summers captured this image of some Canadian Geese enjoying the wetlands of Canastota, New York.
“The only sound throughout the swamp on this late spring morning were three geese honking at one another,” writes Your Shot photographer Scott Summers.
“They gathered at the head of the lake, where a fog bank rolled in just as the sun peeked over the trees to wrap the area in an ethereal glow. As I watched, the goose in the center of the trio pivoted toward the sun and, as if in greeting, arched out of the water and flapped its wings.”
Image Credit: Photograph by Scott Summers
Source: Editors’ Spotlight — National Geographic Your Shot

Ernst Haeckel’s sketch Jellyfish (medusae).

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 of twenty-nine.Ernst Haeckel and Anna Sethe — Source.
Haeckel had been engaged to Anna for four years when, in 1862, he became associate professor of zoology at the University of Jena.
The job gave the adoring pair the economic security they needed to finally marry. In the same year, Haeckel published a book on radiolaria (microscopic plankton) which he furnished with stunning illustrations.
In Jena, the newlyweds lived together in bliss for eighteen months. Then, on the day he was supposed to celebrate his thirtieth birthday and receive an award for his radiolaria book, Anna died suddenly, probably of a burst appendix.
Haeckel became mad with grief. A partial delirium kept him in bed for eight days.
A month later he wrote to a friend, “I am dead on the inside already and dead for everything. Life, nature, science have no appeal for me. How slowly the hours pass.
”Haeckel travelled to the Mediterranean town of Nice to attempt a recovery from his suicidal malaise.
One day he took a walk and saw a medusa in a rock pool: “I enjoyed several happy hours watching the play of her tentacles which hang like blond hair-ornaments from the rim of the delicate umbrella-cap and which with the softest movement would roll up into thick short spirals.”
He made a sketch and named the species Mitrocoma Annae [Anna’s headband].
Source: Ernst Haeckel’s Jellyfish – The Public Domain Review

Frost Flowers at Lake Akan, Japan.

frostflowers3When 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 they form in a branching, tree-like pattern that mimics a rose or petal.
When present, the frost flowers transform the landscape into an ethereal wonderland.

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The ice blooms seen here are located in Hokkaido, Japan on Lake Akan.
Its conditions are just right for these crystalline structures to exist—a mountain blocks the wind so the scenery is peaceful.
When looking at the meadow of frost flowers, you might feel the same tranquility needed for them to thrive.
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