“Green Waves.”

3829 Green waves … this drone shot, taken in Italy, won second prize in the Amateur Beauty category.
Image Credit: Photograph by Mauro Pagliai/SkyPixel
See more images via The world’s best drone photography – in pictures | Travel | The Guardian

“Faceless by Bardone.”

CaptureIn a world of celebrity injunctions and increasingly strict privacy laws, it can be difficult for street photographers to assert their creativity, argues Diego Bardone.

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Based in Milan, the 52-year-old has been documenting his home city for the past nine years.
For his recent project, “Faceless: An Ode to Privacy Laws”, Bardone built up a series of candid shots of strangers – their identities obscured – making for a poignant yet playful reflection on human identity.

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“Mine is a daily diary,” he says, “a tribute to those often unaware actors whom I have the good fortune to meet during my lonely walks in Milan.”
“It’s like I see myself in a sort of virtual mirror:
I’m every single one of them, they are my wandering cheerfulness becoming photography.”
Source: Faceless: The street photography of Diego Bardone | Photography | Culture | The Independent

“Venice Minus the Water”.

venice-low-tide-62For the second year in a row, low tides in Venice have sunk to such record levels that it has left the city almost entirely without water.
Visitors who came to the city expecting to ride gondolas through the city’s famous blue-green canals have found their plans foiled, as without water many of the city’s primary transport have been left grounded on the canals’ muddy beds.
The exceptionally low water levels have been caused by abnormal tides this year, combined with drastically reduced rainfall across northeastern Italy. Although low tides are common around this time of the year, this year the water levels have gone down some 70 cm below average.
The phenomenon is surprising given that Venice is slowly sinking and floods are a more common feature of the city today than low tides.
The low water levels have exposed the city’s filth. Years of poor maintenance on the city’s waterways is showing through the buildup of large banks of mud and silt around the canals’ edges, drastically reducing the canals’ depth and increasing the likelihood of propellers snagging on floating junk.
The lower than normal water levels have also exposed the crumbling brickwork at the base of historic buildings.Venetian authorities have always shown a lackadaisical attitude when it came to canal maintenance.

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Dredging of the canals first started in recent times in the late 1990s, after almost half-a-century of neglect. The city also lacks a modern sewage system.
Historically, all waste produced by humans have been dumped into the canals although larger buildings are required to carry some kind of sewage treatment before dumping the filthy stuff into the canals.
Some palazzos have their own septic tanks but there is always a certain amount of leakage, lending Venice its characteristic and at times overpowering stench.
Read on via Venice Minus Water | Amusing Planet

“Digital Metamorphosis”.

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Born in Udine, Italy, Federico Bebber has been making exciting digital and photographic projects since 1998.
The tones are colourless with little stop off in between and the ideas behind his art are like rivers running deep: metamorphosis, surrealism and dreams make themselves known frequently.
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federico-01See more Images via Digital Metamorphosis › Illusion.

“The Refuge of Sinners”.

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Sitting just inside the tall mouth of an Italian mountain cave, the Temple of Valadier cuts a striking neo-classical silhouette against the rough hewn edges of the surrounding natural cave walls, looking like the temple itself was trying to seek refuge in the cave.
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In reality it was the local population that has been taking refuge in the caves for hundreds of years.
Since at least the 10th century the local population has been taking shelter in the large cave in which the temple now sits, usually hiding out from attacks from marauding enemy tribes.
Remains of these earlier uses of the cave were uncovered when the temple was built in 1828 at the behest of the reining pope. A crude hermitage was also installed right near the entrance to the temple.
The ornate design features a domed roof covering an octagonal silo structure meant to symbolize Jesus’ resurrection after eight days.
The isolated mountain temple is known as the “Refuge of Sinners,” and acted as a pilgrimage site for those seeking forgiveness.
The interior originally held a marble Madonna and Child sculpted by Italian artist Antonio Canova, however the original has been moved to a local museum and a replacement was installed in the temple.
While the idiosyncratic hidden temple is more of a tourist attraction than site of solemn prayer, the shrine inside is still a religious site kept in good order.

via Temple of Valadier | Atlas Obscura.

“The magic of photochromes.”

Photochromes are vibrant and nuanced prints hand-coloured from black-and-white negatives.
Created using a process pioneered in the 1880s, these images offer a fascinating insight into the world when colour photography was still in its infancy.

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The finished photochromes were produced using at least six different tint stones, although many more were often used.
See more photocromes via 1890 in glorious colour: the magic of photochromes – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian