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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Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards

Looking for some breathtaking photography?

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards has released its 2015 shortlist.

Showcasing twenty photographs across four categories (Interior, Exterior, Sense of Place, and Buildings In Use), the nominations take in images depicting dramatic ruins, striking skyscrapers, and even a hotel in a jungle.

Shortlisted photographers include Fernando Guerra, who has four photographs on the list, and Ryan Koopmans, who has been shortlisted for his shot of De Rotterdam (pictured).

See all the images here and let us know which ones you would choose.

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House of Books

Photographer Frank Bohbot has documented the overlooked beauty of libraries all around the world.

From Italy to Japan, Bohbot has travelled all over to create the ‘House of Books’, an astonishing collection of architectural images.

This unique visual record reveals a diverse range of cultures: for example, Rome’s Bibllioteca Angelica has a grand heritage and a lived-in atmosphere, whereas Seikei University Library in Japan uses modern furniture and wide open spaces for a more minimalist look.

However, one thing all the libraries share is their incredible collections of much-loved books.

Take a look at some of Bohbot’s images here and tell us which ones are your favourites.

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10 rules of composition for great design

Sometimes, a design just looks beautiful, or striking, or fun, but you may not necessarily understand why.

Canva Design School’s ten rules of composition reveal how designers create work that communicates incredibly effectively on a visual level.

The rules include balancing elements within a design, directing the reader’s eye with leading lines, and using the rule of thirds to create focal points – all guidelines that can actually apply to other arts, such as photography.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you think are particularly effective.

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