Pierre Pellegrini captures Switzerland in winter to reveal a minimalist landscape dream

Winter changes the landscape immensely, trees lose colours, animals go into hiding and the grasses are carpeted under layers of icy white snow. The landscape is transformed to one with fewer colours, with black and white, plain chrome is major representation.

It make for some surreal imagry, hence swiss based amatuer photographer Pierre Pellegrini, finds time to document the stillness of the winter in Aldesago, Switzerland in a series of appealing minimalist photos.

Pierre is a self taught photographter who discovered his love for landscapes. The former architectural designer , had to switch career path, ( to a physical education teacher, during which he applied for photography sessions ) to offer him enough time to pursue his passion

“For me, photography represents a wonderful mean to communicate and, at the same time, to give the viewers the chance to feel emotions” he told Ausquerry.

” I am not quite sure if it‘s me who is looking for the themes or if it‘s the themes themselves who are looking for me. Yet, whenever such an encounter happens, a picture arises, perfectly in syntony with myself and with my personality ”

Pierre Pellegrini, Aldesago, Switzerland
50 years old Born on September 7, 1968, in Sorengo, Switzerland

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Neil Burnell visits the most haunted forest in Britain, and returned with fairytale photos

The Wistman’s woods has always been a source of errie folklore: tales of Druids, ghosts, and ancient evils so old and forgotten lurking and waiting to hunt humans, hence its name Wistman, which is “haunted” in local dialect.

But despite it’s reputation, the sights of several dwarf oak trees blanketed by atmospheric mist, boulders covered in moss, trucks carpeted in lichens, and entangled tree vines are quite pleasing, an under fog bears striking similarity to Mid-earth.

nicknamed ” the most haunted place in Dartmoor” this primeval forest evokes a mix of awe and fear; one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England, it’s prime estate for ancient, dwarf oaks trees.

Davon based photographer ,Neil Burnell, attempts to frame this complicated mystery into curated art, with his project , “Mystical” a series of mist covered photos. His shots offers a glimpse into the nature of this ancient forest in early morning fog, a feat which was difficult to achieve; Of his 20 tries Neil only had two opportunities when the mist was proper, to shoot.

” have enjoyed these photos so much because they remind me of some old folk tales about fairies I listened and read in my childhood” Neil said,

Although locals never venture near Wistman at dusk, Neil enjoyed his experience and would release several photos soon.

SIPA Contest Photo of the Year 2018

The annual  Sipa photo contest has just wrapped up their selection for 2018 From the numerous entries and categories to be featured on. Every year, the photo contest adds  a special category to include more entries.  And this year,  Splash of Colors, was added  to show off stunning aesthetics compositions.

In total, the entrants competed in 11 categories, ranging from stunning landscapes to subtle portraits and dramatic sports moments. The grand prize, the Photo of the Year award, went to Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad for his shot Battle Victim. Asad has been documenting the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar for six years now, and this chilling photo of a young Rohingya refugee perfectly portrays the terrible human tragedy unfolding there.

Over all winner

 

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Author: K M Asad (BD)

Architecture & Urban Spaces

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Author: Adrien Barakat (CH)
Location: Harbin (CHINA)
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EntAuthor: Fyodor Savintsev (RU)
Location: Arkhangelsk (Russia)

 

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Enter a caAuthor: Misha De-Stroyev (FR)
Location: Henningsvær, Lofoten Islands (Norway)

Splash of Colors

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Author: Sina Falker (DE)
Location: Borneo (Indonesia)

 

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Stefano Boeri proposes vertical forest to clean Nanjian’s air ( China)

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The Nanjing Green Towers project is  promoted by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned National Investment Group Co.ltd,  and would be the first Vertical Forest built in Asia when the last stones are set in, and the shrubs,trees placed into allocations. The design inspiration comes from the characteristics of  mountain terrain to green mountains shape for the design blueprint and for building integration into the local landscape.

The two towers are to carry  600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees (for a total amount of 1100 trees from 23 local species) and 2500 cascading plants and shrubs covering a floor area of 6.000 sqm. These vegetation would help  to regenerate local biodiversity, absorb over 25 tons of CO2 annually and produce 60 kg of oxygen daily. 

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Planting suitable local tree species along the outer wall; blocking radiation and noise and creates for birds, insects, and small animals Eco-corridors ( patches of artificial greenery between natural vegetation. Building a watering system, using recycled water to maintain plant growth, and building wind energy and solar energy would keep the building in energy self-sufficiency mode.

With house over 2,500 shrubs and  1,000 trees

23  unique species of vegetation to clean 132 pounds of oxygen daily

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This living settlement follows  the Vertical Forest and forest City charter which calls for the  introduction of both, in horizontal and vertical, the  distribution of green facade surfaces. The living environment creates an ideal space for symbiosis between man and nature with the added peaks of purifying city air; absorbing carbon dioxide , scrubbing dust particles, and manufacturing oxygen

 Located in Nanjing Pukou District (an area destined to lead the modernization of southern Jiangsu and the development of the Yangtze River economic zone), the two Nanjing Towers would  stand 656ft and 354ft respectively, and contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school and a rooftop club, and a 247-room Hyatt hotel.  They are characterized by the interchange of green tanks and balconies, following the prototype of Milan’s Vertical Forest. Slated to  be completed in 2018  would make them China’s first ever vertical forests as the Singaporean ParkRoyal has the tittle for Asia.

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 Italian architect Stefano Boeri  already has one of his Vertical Towers in Milan and similar buildings have been planned for Switzerland, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.

Similar building proposed in Lausanne, Switzerland

And two vertical forests, called Bosco Verticale, are in Milan, Italy

Aditya redraws nature in angular and cubical anatomies.

Aditya from Indonesia tries to visualise some animals in different form. Using Photo editing tools, he reshapes pictures of animals in rectangles and squares, a process known as  Anicube or Animal Cube.

I am interested in the cubical shape and trying to change some animal form into cubes. First, I was afraid if it would be nicer than the original shape. I was really curious about the results, so I tried to find some funny animal pictures to be changed into Anicube.” he had commented about why he chose this unique perspective to viewing nature. 

To make his images, the pictures of the animal pictures were collected from Unsplash and Pixabay. Aditya is an indonesian illustrator and a freelance design. Below are some of his works. 6odj4qiwl0s-lisa-lyne-blevins-5879e6ade84da__880

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Felicity Berkleef takes rainy photos of her cats.

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Rainy days aren’t too great  but when  at home it could get really cozy. With a cup of coffee a warm blanket and a good book staring out the window as the cloud pour it tears over everyone else. But humans aren’t the only once who enjoy the warmth of the inside as pets : cats , dogs and birds seem to enjoy it too.

The  21 year old pet photographer from Holland Felicity has taken  it on herself to document her two cats Nero and Tommie as they enjoy the weather we all dread so much.

 

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Although they both love to go outside and explore the world, but when it’s raining it’s all indoors and most of it is spent at the large glass windows watching tiny droplets drive down the slippery glass faces.

So far sh has taken over a dozen photos of them and even pulled a blanket on them which they enjoy giving our delightful photos. As we admire other living entities apart from our enjoy  and make the best of nature.

 

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Grand title winner : Tim Laman

High in the canopy, a young male orang-utan returns to feast on a crop of figs. Tim knew he would be back. After three days of climbing up and down himself, he hid several GoPro cameras in the canopy, triggering them remotely from the forest floor when he saw the orang-utan climbing. He had long visualised this shot, looking down on the orang-utan within its forest home.

A vital story captured in one remarkable frame by Tim Laman , a wild life photographer aiming to bring the plight of such orang-utan to more people . The story is well-known but we need outstanding photography like this to bring it across to us afresh . It touches our hearts and our minds – and just might help support actions to stop the destruction of it habitat.

Tim also captured the other part of the indonesian eco-system which cover the aquatic , terrestrial and dendritic animals lives.

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Sometimes known as the gardeners of the forest, Bornean orang-utans are highly intelligent. Like humans, they exhibit culture, with different groups displaying unique behaviours and traditions. Orang-utans in Borneo have been seen using leaves as napkins to wipe their chins, building sun shades above their nests and even crafting umbrellas to stay dry in the tropical downpours.

Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.