The World’s Fastest Place

‘The World’s Fastest Place’ is a unique book of stunning photography, examining the motor racers of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The author/photographer Alexandra Lier has documented the adrenaline-fuelled petrolheads who descend on the Utah salt pan each year with their bikes, cars, and trucks, capturing the desolate white landscape against an ethereal blue sky.

The Salt Flats are home to more speed records than any other location on Earth, and the book recreates some of the incredible atmosphere by incorporating a QR code that holds audio of some of the races.

Find out more about ‘The World’s Fastest Place’ here and tell us what you think of it.

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Urban Photographer of the Year

CBRE’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition has just published a selection of this year’s winning images.

Celebrating the cultural diversity of urban life, 21,000 incredible images from 113 countries were entered into the contest.

Categories included ‘Mobile’, ‘Young Person’, and ‘Regional’, as well as the intriguing ‘Hourly’ section, which showcases the best photographs taken at each hour of the day.

The overall winner, Oscar Rialubin’s ‘Xyclops’ is a dramatic black and white photograph of a man at work.

Take a look at some of the winners here and let us know your favourites.

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Well-dressed wildlife in Paris

Paris is seen as one of the fashion capitals of the world, but now it’s also home to some rather dapper wildlife.

Artist Julien Nonnon projects images of well-dressed wildlife onto Parisian buildings, adding plenty of colour to the landscape at night.

Described as an ‘urban safari’, the collection of ‘digital graffiti’ depicts a wide variety of animals in interesting ourfits, from a cheetah in a bomber jacket to a besuited eagle.

The project has a serious message behind it, according to Nonnon: ‘[it] question[s] our ambivalent desire to be both unique and wanting to belong to a well-defined group. In our way of dressing, we express our vision of the world, while indirectly revealing our social position and financial power. fashion is nothing other than a means of communication, of integration and belonging to a group.’

Take a look at this dapper menagerie here or watch the video below.

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Monster House

One photographer has really entered into the Halloween spirit: she’s transformed her parents’ home into a monster house.

Christine McConnell’s striking vision, all bloodshot green eyes and yellowing fangs, has certainly given new life to the house, while an array of happy looking pumpkins provides a more light-hearted touch.

McConnell’s creativity doesn’t stop there: at night, the house is surrounded by a mysterious mist and a green glow…

Take a closer look at the stunning decoration here and let us know if you’d turn your home into a monster house.

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Film is Fragile

Film is fragile, according to the BFI’s new supercut of some iconic British films.

Highlighting the importance of the BFI’s restoration efforts, ‘Film is Fragile’ is a montage of some of the best-known scenes in cinema, depicting characters escaping from something just off the edge of the screen…

28 Days Later, A Clockwork Orange, and the Worlds End are just three of the films included in the short, which takes in all eras and genres, in black and white and in glorious colour.

As AdWeek says, ‘for movies that have been damaged or have begun to disintegrate, it’s critical to act before the action they contain fades to black forever’.

Watch ‘Film is Fragile’ below and let us know what you think of it.

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Quaint postcards ‘predicting’ the future

Depictions of the future tend to range from the spot-on to the ridiculous, but some of the most intriguing appear in a set of French artistic postcards from the turn of the century.

From 1899 to 1910, French artist Jean-Marc Côté predicted how the year 2000 would look through his designs for cigarette box inserts and postcards.

Looking at them today, some of the images seem a little far-fetched, but others aren’t too far from the truth.

The quaint scenes include roller skates and industrial farming…but also firefighters using wings and a whale bus.

Take a look at some of the postcards here and tell us what you think of them.

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