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Angel Whiseant is a photographer, digital designer, and conceptual thinker all wrapped into a real human being. Her pieces display how today's opportunities for blending art and technology can make even deeper levels of self exploration possible. Thank you Angel! You keep doing what you are doing, and we will keep looking at it.

Regardless of when you think "the good old days" actually were, many of us harbor a special respect for the past. These photos show people that had an appreciation for style, taste and class that seems to be harder to find these days.If you have a photo showing what class looked like in "the good old days," we'd love to see it! Please add it to us or let us know about your favorite time period in the comments. See More.

“Broken India” shows the reality behind stylized Instagram photos of India. Launched by Limitless, a new Indian company in Singapore, the campaign challenges the rosy picture painted by “Beautiful India” and reveals the poverty and pollution that plague the country. Not all of the pictures are shocking, as only two out of the eight show real poverty, but the creators hope they are enough to start a national conversation.

“By bringing Broken India to light, we really wanted to strike a raw nerve,” Limitless told Buzzfeed. “Only when people realise the state of affairs and break out of their comfort zones, is when they can start to make a difference. A bit of negativity is essential for positive change.” Read More.

Austin Tott likes his tattoos tiny. Tiny and abstract, and posing with their bigger counterparts. This means taking a wrist with a ship tattoo and photographing with a naval map background. Or taking a picture of a wrist with envelope ink and a wall full of… well, envelopes. By far the smartest choice, I think, is the fox tattoo and log background, unless I’m mistaken about the hidey-holes of foxes.

Conceptual photography is Austin Tott’s forte. Born in Seattle, Washington, he’s an art director, as well as a product and conceptual designer. Tott likes fusing surreal concepts and compositions with raw emotions. “Striving at times to even make dark emotions and painful or new experiences a beautiful thing,” it is stated on Tott’s website. “His work with product photography showcases his excellent eye for lighting and styling.” See the photos here

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto ventured to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man) to launch a Japanese white pine bonsai into space. The artist also arranged a stunning bouquet with about 30 varieties of flowers from around the world and launched them into space as well. The project, entitled Exobiotanica, occurred on 15 July 2014.

To accomplish the feat Makoto collaborated with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit. The team used helium balloons to launch the plants and the bonsai reached a height of 91,800 ft (27.98 km), while the bouquet topped out at 87,000 ft (26.51 km). See all the incredible photos here. 

What does music look like? We’ve all seen visualizations of sound-waves, but what about the motions a person must perform to create music? This what Ontario artist Stephen Orlando managed to successfully capture.

Orlando uses LED lights and long exposures to record a musician’s movement. He attached the lights to special bows and then asked violinists and cellists to play, turning their actions into waves of brilliant light.

“A relative motion between the performer and camera must exist for the light trails to move through the frame,” says Orlando. “I found it easier to move the camera instead of the performer. The LEDs are programmed to change color to convey a sense of time…Each photo is a single exposure and the light trails have not been manipulated in post processing.” See more here

Singapore photographer Ng Weijiang makes digital collages in Instagram. Instead of using photoshop to stitch images together, or printing them and combining them physically, Weijiang lets the online formatting do the work for him.

Instagram presently displays three images side-by-side horizontally, with virtually no limit on how far the images can descend. If fewer or more than three images are uploaded to the account, the formatting is ruined and the collage becomes distorted. See all the rad photos here

If you're ever out in the wilds (or suburbs) of Morristown, New Jersey, or hanging around the trails of Jackson Hole or Yellowstone, keep your eye out for a young lady behind the lens of a camera about as big as she is. Her name is Ashleigh Scully. She is an award-winning conservation photographer with two published books — and she's 13 years old.

Scully has received multiple awards in prestigious nature photography competitions that bring together the best of the field, and her portfolio already features beautiful portraits of dozens of different species photographed across the United States. Read more