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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.

Selçuk Yılmaz creating by hand, animals from steel, "I live in a crowded city and that can sometimes make me feel alienated. Especially when I see how the world is shaped by a passion for consumption. To cope with this fragmentation, I retreat to mountains for summer months. Nature helps me reconnect to the things that matter, and eases the sense of isolation.

For me solitude is a gateway to creativity. My art is a response to social alienation. I see how society is full of turmoil and chaos. Creativity is a process that is alive in all things, and relates with human roots running deep with meaning. This evolution, from poor progress to doing something better needs patience. We need patience and have to know pain." See his incredible work here 

Studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev makes his images of professional dancers come alive by adding dynamic elements like exploding flour.

The Moscow resident is a graduate from the faculty of law at the Russian State University For the Humanities, but it’s clear from his work here that rhetoric isn’t his only specialty. Yakovlev’s photos span a wide spectrum of dance styles, from ballet to break-dancing, but it was his flour-filled photo “Big bang theory” that has garnered the most recent attention. See the photos in all their glory CLICK HERE.

Documentary photographer Dorothea Lange had a favorite saying: "A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera." And perhaps no one did more to reveal the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photographs gave us an unflinching — but also deeply humanizing — look at the struggles of displaced farmers, migrant laborers, sharecroppers and others at the bottom of the American farm economy as it reeled through the 1930s. See full photo spread here

Sometimes New York seems constantly new, obliterating its history in reflective glass. Spend a few weeks away, and you return to find a few more untattered awnings, another quick-rising tower, another vacancy where that store you can’t quite remember used to be. Read more

But the past doesn’t always disappear gracefully when it’s supposed to. This is a city of tenacious ghosts. Here and there a grocery store or a cobbler endures long past actuarial expectations. In once-gracious dining rooms, dozens of coats of paint shroud electric bells that once summoned long-vanished servants. Faded signs painted on brick buildings still advertise shirt collars, a blacksmith, or castor oil. 

How often does this happen: You're listening to a news story describing some problem halfway around the world and you say to yourself, "I know how to fix that!" It's not your area of expertise. It's not a place you know. But you are sure that if you went there you could solve the problem. Los Angeles artist Mary Beth Heffernan is the rare person who decided to actually give it a try. Last summer, Heffernan, who is also an art professor at Occidental College, became obsessed with Ebola — particularly the images of the health care workers in those protective suits, or PPE as they're called for short. Read more

Visiting a new city often presents a unique challenge: Should you stick mainly with obvious tourist spots, or do you venture off the beaten path and try for a local perspective? For many, the answer is somewhere in between. But just how different are the experiences of tourists and locals in any given city? That’s the question which seems to be at the heart of Eric Fischer’s “Locals and Tourists” project, which takes geotagged images and maps their location (but not the images themselves) in cities across the world, color coding them as either having been taken by tourists (red) or locals (blue).

The result is a beautifully layered look at how different groups experience the same metropolitan space: CLICK HERE to see the results.

“Here’s the thing: People pass by homeless folks every day, and they don’t … they assume a lot,” Brent Walker, a photographer, who recently started a KickStarter campaign to raise funds for his project, says, “They assume they are that way because of X, Y and Z, and they don’t ever get to hear their stories.” Walker’s project, The Hidden South, is meant to tell those stories. He photographs people he encounters who are from the side of life that many avoid — homeless people, poor people, drug addicts and prostitutes — and relates their conversations through his website, thehiddensouth.com.  Read more here.

Chances are, you’ve also gone through a few replacements for your gadgets; no one really expects any of their mobile devices to last for more than a few years. In response to this, a lot of rightfully frustrated people have thrown around the words “planned obsolescence” – the idea that companies purposefully design their products in such a way that they’ll only last for an artificially shortened length of time, ensuring that the consumer is forced to continue buying replacements for said product time and time again.  These photos are proof. Read more here

What would you eat, if it was your last meal on earth? For his series "No Seconds," photographer Henry Hargreaves re-created pictures of death row prisoners' last meals. From a convicted murderer requesting a single pitted olive to a burglar indulging in surf & turf, these photos offer a fascinating glimpse into a place we only wish to view from afar.  See the series here.