The sci-fi like skyline of Hong Kong

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

Photo by Peter Stewart

The above, a scene from a science fiction film? No, instead it is the rather clever application of external lighting on a building in Hong Kong, and is one of a series of images taken by Perth based photographer Peter Stewart, featuring the city’s many skyscrapers as seen from the ground looking up.

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Where do ships go after they’ve sailed the seven seas?

Friday, 5 December, 2014

Chittagong shipyard, Bangladesh, via Google Earth

Passenger and freighter ships are usually dispatched into retirement with an announcement stating that they will be scrapped. They then sail for the last time to a shipbreaking yard somewhere, possibly in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, or another location.

And while the shipbuilding process may be methodical, if drawn out, shipbreaking is another matter all together, it is often labour intensive and dangerous work, as this collection of In Focus photos illustrates.

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Imagination is more important than following instructions

Thursday, 4 December, 2014

Lego instructions

Give the kids LEGO blocks and then leave them to build whatever they want… this was the advice that the toy building brick maker was issuing to parents in the 1970s. If they did stop doing so, perhaps they ought to resume?

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A book about the things that are found in a baby’s mouth

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

Image by Lenka Clayton

What do these objects have in common? They were among sixty-three items that British artist Lenka Clayton retrieved from her son’s mouth during the time he was aged between eight to fifteen months.

Photos of which now feature in a book… maybe these could be given to babies in the hope they’ll look at the pictures of the things they put into their mouths rather than actually putting things in their mouths. Hope springs eternal, right?

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If there is art in air, what must there be in single malt whiskey?

Tuesday, 2 December, 2014

Single malt whiskey residue, by Ernie Button

If there is art in the movements of air, where else can we go looking for it?

US photographer Ernie Button takes photos of the dried remains of single malt whiskey at the bottom of drinking glasses. It seems to me no two single malt whiskey residues are the same…

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Photos from the surface of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet

Friday, 21 November, 2014

Landing a probe, or a craft with a human crew, on another planet or moon, is hard enough, so imagine the know-how required to set down on a comet. Still, that’s what the European Space Agency succeeded in doing last week, when its Rosetta mission landed a probe on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Needless to say, the photos collected by the probes concerned, during the approach to the comet, and then the landing, are spectacular. To say the least.

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London’s commuters photographed by Nick Turpin

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Do they know they’re being watched? Through a Glass Darkly is a collection of, at times, almost other-worldly images of English bus commuters, by London photographer Nick Turpin.

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It’s just another day in the planetary neighbourhood

Monday, 17 November, 2014

Photo by Chinese National Space Administration

The Moon and Earth from a perspective that we don’t see too often, taken by the Chang’e 5-T1, a China National Space Administration (CNSA) space probe, on a recent test flight to the Moon.

Via The Universe™.

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Teddy turns inside out to the dark side

Thursday, 13 November, 2014

Photo by Kent Rogowski

Quite possibly not suitable for those aged under five… Brooklyn based photographer Kent Rogowski’s collection of soft toys turned inside out. They look to be lonely, rather than especially menacing, to me though.

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Thirty years of the Berlin Wall in photos

Thursday, 13 November, 2014

It’s been twenty-five years since the Berlin Wall, the brick and mortar barrier that divided the German city of Berlin into East and West sections, during the height of the Cold War, was torn down. To mark the occasion, In Focus has assembled a collection of photos documenting the wall’s three decade history.

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