Loss and the Transient Beauty of Rone.

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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, is a profoundly depressing one.
But for street artists, it’s a singular thrill. Temporariness is part of the game.
When I stand in an empty old movie theatre, the Star Lyric in Melbourne’s Fitzroy, looking at an enormous, delicately drawn female face, two storeys high, the thought that it will amount to a painted pile of rocks in a few days is difficult to stomach.
But the artist, Rone, created it knowing that the building would be destroyed by developers shortly after his current exhibition, Empty, closes.

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A painting of a woman dominates a wall in an empty old movie theatre as light pours through round windows.
Portraits of beautiful women shine in Rone’s exhibition in Melbourne.
A finite lifespan, he says, is what makes street art singular: it blooms suddenly, then is exposed to the elements.
“The temporariness is what makes it contemporary, of the moment, and more important or special,” he says.“When someone paints something on the street it won’t be protected, anyone can come with spray paint and draw a dick on it, and destroy it — but you walk away, there’s not much you can do about it.”
Read on further It’s about loss’: The transient beauty of Rone – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Island in the Sky, British Columbia.

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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 to witness, let alone be lucky enough to photograph—totally the right place at the right time.”
This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
via Tumuch Lake Picture — Canada Photo — National Geographic Photo of the Day.

Sunrise over Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio,

Image Credit: Photograph by Donatas Dabravolskas.
In this beautiful capture we see the sun rising in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
You can also see the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) at the mouth of Guanabara Bay.
This photo was taken from Tijuca Park. via Donatas Dabravolskas on Wikimedia Commons.
Source: Picture of the Day: Sugarloaf Sunrise «TwistedSifter

‘Fairytale Photos.’

Anita-Anti-photography-24The photographs of Anita Anti, a young Ukrainian photographer based in New York, who uses inspiration from fairy tales and legends from around the world to offer us some beautiful pictures.
This photography features her stunning models in captivating and poetic compositions.
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via Fairytales – The captivating and poetic photographs of Anita Anti | Ufunk.net.

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.