Photographer captures the beauty and strength of the female body with incredible nude bodyscapes

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA When it comes to aesthetics there’s something innately beautiful about the female body in particular. Not to undermine the rough hairy landscape of the male body—perhaps it just doesn’t translate as well behind the camera. Anton…

So there’s a bear and a wolf who have become best friends in the wild and it’s unbelievably majestic

BY: ROB HOFFMAN Never before has the wild produced a more unlikely or majestic friendship. Take the most powerful creatures in the woodland and turn them into hunting buddies and what do you get? A photographer’s wet-dream and international sensation…

While documenting the homeless, this photographer found her own father

BY: SHAY ANSARI Photographer, Diana Kim, was working on a project documenting the homeless when she discovered her own estranged father. In 2003, Kim began her project photographing homeless communities in Hawaii where she grew up. As a child, her…

These moving portraits capture people before and directly following death

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA Photographer Walter Schels refused to see his mother after she died. Like most, he was petrified of death. So he sought to conquer his fear in a way he knew how. Confront death with his lens. Walter Schels…

This Is What Our Skyline Could Be In a World Without Any Light Pollution

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA Stargazing has become quite the anomaly in an age of smelly fumes, smoggy cities and slow moving traffic jams. With a stroke of luck, I am surprised by shooting stars a couple nights out of the…

These photos of the flawless figure of Mother Nature will make any sane person go outside

BY: SHAY ANSARI Photographer Trey Ratcliff is blind in one eye. Maybe that’s why he makes more of his vision than most, venturing to capture some of the most sublime landscapes on Earth. Ratcliff is based in New Zealand, the…

Why I left shooting for Vogue to photograph grizzly bears in Montana

BY: SHAY ANSARI Canadian photographer, Troy Moth, was working for magazines like Vogue and Rolling Stone when he decided to drop it all and move to a cabin in the wild. “I worked with some really fantastic people, and had…

These beautiful family portraits prove that racial borders are just imaginary lines

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA Perhaps you have heard the myth of the “tragic mulatto,” a term that casts bi-racial people as chronically depressed, caught in the crack between black and white society. The myth was promoted heavily in 19th century…

Photographer goes behind the scenes of an African mine to show the true cost of gold

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MATJAZ KRIVIC They can’t read, they can’t write but they can dig. At the crack of dawn children of Burkina Faso one of the world’s poorest countries work alongside their parents slaving in the mines for fourteen hours…

Photographer analyzes brain waves to construct portraits of people’s ideal selves

BY: KAROUN CHAHINIAN  With the alarm clock blaring, you wake up abruptly, roll out of bed and walk over to the sink half asleep. After washing your face and attempting to wipe away your exhaustion, you look in the mirror…

Russian tattoo artist turns childhood fears into permanent works of art

BY: SHAY ANSARI Skulls, snakes and ravens are not usually the first thing you think of when choosing a tattoo. However, Russian tattoo artist, Alexander Grim, takes these dark images and turns them into breathtaking pieces of art that will…

Africans are fighting media poverty-porn by tweeting beautiful images of their real lives

BY: TYLER FYFE Typecast with bloated stomachs of malnutrition against a backdrop of intrastate warfare, most Westerners know the archetypal image of the unfortunate African other. And while it is true that forms of extreme poverty do exist in Africa,…

Instagrammer captures surfers riding sub-zero swells in the isolated Arctic Ocean (Photos)

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA “Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit,” declares surf photographer Chris Burkard on TED, a man who has found inner peace by surfing the world’s coldest and…

Earth porn will make you lust for nature (Photos)

To exist even for a speck of time in this vast universe is a superb gift. This tiny splinter of time that we occupy is our only chance at life. The universe will continue, indifferent to our brief existence. Yet…

These 360-degree cameras could put GoPro out of business

BY: DANIEL KORN I am a terrible photographer. I have a point-and-shoot digital camera with no knowledge of its various settings. My Instagram account mostly consists of overly filtered pictures of my pet bunny. I’m aware of the “rule of…

This Photographer Captures The First Surfers To Ride Sub-Zero Arctic Swells

BY: ROB HOFFMAN Chris Burkard’s photography is a call to action for the traveler who refuses to see the world from the inside of a five-star resort, or overtop the latest edition of “Lonely Planet”. His catalogue of surfing, adventure,…

These photos of Africans with mental illness show a disturbing assault on human dignity

BY: ROBIN HAMMOND Locked in tin shacks and chained to rusty hospital beds, Africans with mental illness have been abandoned by their government, neglected by foreign aid advocates, and persecuted by their society. Mental health professionals have fled South Sudan…

There is something beautiful about bare skin and the wilderness (PHOTOS)

BY: MARYANNE GOBBLE The photography of Maryanne Gobble reveals humankind’s deepest and overwhelming connection to the earth. Her subjects seem to be shaped by the rugged palms of the South Oregon landscape. Stripped down to bare skin, we return to a…

This 18-year-old hopped trains for 5 years and caught it all on camera (Photos)

BY: ROB HOFFMAN In 2003, Mike Brodie, aged 18, left home to hop freight trains across the USA. Freight train hopping – a form of travel that is equal parts illegal and romantic – is thought of by most to be…

Toronto From Above: Trespassing on the city’s rooftops (photos)

By JACKIE HONG I’m close to broke, crave adrenaline rushes and killer views. My salvation this summer? Climbing stuff and taking photos. It’s free, a great workout, and rewards me with a unique vantage of a city I thought I’d…