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Residents of Sydney, Australia were treated to the amazing sight of an extraordinarily spectacular sunset this past Monday. As the sun set shortly after 5PM, a vibrant blanket of red, pink, orange, and violet hues swept across the heavens, turning the sky into a glorious symphony of fiery colors.

The stunning sight sent social media into a frenzy, as hordes of Instagram and Twitter users rushed to share their own photos of the unusually lovely sunset and sunrise the following morning. Thanks to the snapshots, people all over the world were able to witness the beauty of nature in the Land Down Under in real-time.

Above: @palmairasandalsaustralia

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Future Dad Poses for Hilarious Maternity Photos

This guy puts a hilarious spin on your typical maternity photographs. When Justin (Redditor DruishPrincess69) discovered that his wife Meghan didn't want to have any photos taken during her pregnancy, he decided that he still wanted to document the special time. So with a great sense of humor leading the way, Justin hired a professional photographer to take the photos of him instead.

While Justin struck some classic, feminine maternity-portrait poses, photographer Kerri Lohmeier documented the unconventional experience in this amusing series. Wearing nothing but a pair of boxer shorts, Justin let his body do the talking. He pushed out his round belly and happily admired it, just like…

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Once you’re done drinking out of an aluminum can, there isn’t much left to do but recycle it. Not for Japanese artist Makaon, though. He takes these would-be discarded cans and turns them into sculptures featuring characters from popular culture. We see the Super Mario Brothers, Batman, Pikachu, and even Buzz Lightyear crafted out of the various colorful packaging.

To construct these works, Makaon takes small pieces of the aluminum and bends it to form the shapes that he wants. Any given sculpture might have two or three different brands of drinks depending on their color. Coca Cola provides Mario with a bright red hat while Carlsberg Beer gives Yoshi his green sheen. Makaon has also managed to find a label that includes a peachy skin tone in its design, meaning that he can accurately depict the human faces.

Each character is angular in…

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After years of building traditional model railroad dioramas, Japanese artist Akihiro Morohoshi put a twist on his usual work by embedding the miniature scenes in everyday objects. In his playful works of art, tiny and quaint worlds sit atop and inside discarded Pringle chips cans, matchboxes, guitars, and candy vending machines.

Morohoshi's studio, O.MORO Design, is famous among modelers in Japan for the incredible amount of detail found in each diorama. With extreme precision and care, the artist meticulously constructs his miniature models so they look as convincing as possible. With incredibly realistic texture, color, and form, the tiny houses, trees, and trains come to life in these delightfully imaginative scenes.

If you enjoy these creative model dioramas,…

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Alaska-born photographer Acacia Johnson's Polaris depicts the northern lands of Alaska and Iceland in a series of exquisitely atmospheric photos. With a profound connection to the Far North's otherworldly terrains, Johnson—who describes her photographic process as "expeditionary in nature"—captures stunning images of untamed wilderness. Starkly beautiful, the landscape is dotted with barren mountains, icy caves, tranquil shores, and sleek waterfalls. With a palette of moody blues, grays, black, and white, Johnson paints a tender picture of the land of her childhood.

Roaming remote landscapes by foot, Johnson seeks moments when reality seems to blur at the edges and become another realm. She says, "Alone on these journeys, I contemplate how the dynamic contrasts and fleeting elements of the Far North impart a heightened sense of being alive, and reflect upon the peculiar…

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This flower petal art is a beautifully unexpected series in which watercolors and flower petals are blended together into one elegant composition. Created by Singapore-based Malaysian artist Lim Zhi Wei, aka @lovelimzy, the series is a delicate collection of graceful female forms donning gorgeously layered dresses and gowns made out of everything from orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and carnations to wilted chrysanthemum leaves.

The extravagant floral arrangements draw the viewer's eye in while vibrantly colored flowers and textures pop out against the stark white backgrounds. The watercolor shapes and forms require minimal detail to convey the presence of bodies, faces, and flowing hair.

The series began when the artist made a birthday gift for her grandmother. “I pressed some rose petals and made her a bookmark with…

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Installation artist Laurent Gongora had the idea of “redrawing” the shape of a waterfall in France’s mountainous Massif Central region. To do this, he attached 24 geometric metal elements to the rock behind the Cascade de Vaucoux that together forms an eight-meter-high diamond. It diverts the rapidly-falling water over the pointed shapes and creates new, unexpected directions for the torrent.

Gongora titled his project Les Cascadeurs, which translates as “the stuntmen” and also relates to the French word for “waterfall.” Considering what he had to do to install the piece, this title seems appropriate. The artist worked with two climbers over three days to hang the structure from rocks and trees above the site as the water gushed the entire time. Six steel cables were used to secure it into place.

Stuntmen can also refer to the way that Gongora wants nature to…

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The late photographer Jack Leigh was a native of Savannah, Georgia, and its landscape and culture permeates his black and white images. He captures its cemeteries, city streets, statues, as well as weeping trees that meet the water. Whatever the subject, Leigh’s documentary style of photography evokes an eerie, moody feeling and leaves the viewer wanting to know more.

You might recognize one of Leigh’s iconic images entitled Midnight, a photograph of a sculpture called “Bird Girl” (see below) that was taken in the Bonaventure Cemetery. It was commissioned for the cover of the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and the success of the book is partially attributed to this arresting photograph. Of course, his career was much more than that single picture, as Leigh visually explores the traditions of the American South. He captures small, quiet moments that could…

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Amateur photographer Troy Holden uses a snapshot approach throughout San Francisco to capture images that are filled with life and personality. While wandering the streets, the skilled photographer imagines the world through his camera lens and knows just when to click to record the perfectly rare and candid moments.

As most street photographers do, Holden leaves his work up to chance and documents the people whom he comes across through unplanned interactions. He finds expressive ways to narrow in on one subject at a time, singling them out from their surroundings and quickly drawing the viewer in to the unposed, black and white narratives. Holden's work is a gritty representation of urban life filled with powerful emotions that emanate from each photograph.…

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A large stack of shipping containers piled high serves as the foundation for this enormous mural created by street artists Pichi & Avo. The Valencia-based art duo developed the project as part of this year's Rock Werchter Music festival in Belgium.

Belgium artist and event curator Arne Quinze created the stacked structure and then invited the artists to have free reign over the surface. The gorgeously detailed work was created in Pichi & Avo's signature style, which is described on their website as, "hints of surrealism [that] leap out and slap the viewer about while drawing you in to a radiant explosion of unrestrained, spray-painted talent."

The site-specific installation featured monochromatic figurative paintings of Greek statues set against a…

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Bottle caps have taken on an entirely different purpose and form in these creative works by Chicago-based multi-media artist Mary Ellen Croteau. She believes that these little plastic parts, which cannot be recycled, are a major curse on our environment. So, in an attempt to find ways to repurpose the objects which would otherwise be garbage, Croteau began reworking them into portraits and sculptures.

While building her Endless Columns (far below), Croteau became fascinated with how the variously-sized caps could fit snugly inside of each other to create layers of interesting colors. As a result, she was inspired to concoct an 8 feet x 7 feet self-portrait constructed with more than 7,000 plastic caps. She relied on the plastic circles to produce the wide range of color throughout the work and the results are a series of dots that beautifully blend together.…

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Student and photographer Nika Holodnaya (a.k.a. Neekwe) captures stunningly unique photos that possess a mysterious, shadowy allure. Holodnaya, who studies physics at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Moscow, reveals an enigmatic, illusory realm in her hazy images. Young women lay immersed in water, overlook the gray waves of the ocean, and hide in the isolation of dark forests. Each photo seems be a part of a larger narrative, like an intriguingly dark fairytale filled with enchantment and secrets.

Holodnaya's photos all share a boldly experimental aesthetic. Heavy grain, blurriness, scratches, underexposure, and lack of focus—flaws that would normally be considered undesirable for a conventionally sharp, clear image—are put to great use in Holodnaya's highly stylized shots. The young photographer finds beauty in those imperfections, turning the faults into tools…

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The Ballerina Project is an ongoing exploration of the elegant beauty of ballet dancers as seen through the lens of photographer Dane Shitagi. Rather than being confined to a studio, Shitagi prefers to photograph his subjects outside on the streets, inspired by the rawness and atmosphere of the living city.

Beautiful ballerinas strike graceful poses in the middle of bustling city streets, their elegant forms standing in stark contrast to the hard-edged shapes of the urban landscape. In each image, Shitagi manages to capture not just the ballerina's skillful dance moves, but her emotions, soul, and passion for the extraordinary art of ballet.

In the 14 years since its beginning in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Ballerina Project has grown tremendously while still keeping to its core of striking and refined compositions. Now also shot on the…

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The Hanging Tent Company has produced a suspended tent meant for those that might not want to camp, but will certainly glamp (glamourous camping). Called the roomoon, it’s a sphere-shaped, portable tent that hangs among the trees. This isn’t the first time that we’ve admired this type of structure; similar to the Tentsile, it means you can sleep high above the ground and closer to the stars.

Rufus Martin originally designed the roomoon as a project for school. He continued to develop the tent after the assignment was over, and now they’re available around the world. Its frame is made from stainless steel and is meant to collapse for easy transportation to camping…

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French artist Benedetto Bufalino has created an unusual way to enjoy a dip in the pool. He’s taken an old-yet-shiny blue SEAT Ibiza sedan and transformed it into a fully-functioning jacuzzi bath. By removing the roof, windows, and windshield, he’s constructed an area for a tub where at least two people can have a relaxing soak. It’s a bit unconventional, but that’s part of its charm.

The interior of the sedan has been retrofitted to accommodate all of the working parts needed for the pool. It’s designed so that the vehicle’s exterior panels, wheels, and trunk make up the jacuzzi shell. Bathers enter by simply stepping from a short stool into the water. The roofless hybrid means that its participants can soak up the sun, further enjoying the outdoors in this quirky setting.…

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Solitary figures wander through vast, dreamlike worlds in artist Kasia Derwinska's striking images. Derwinska, who is currently based in Spain, combines photography and digital manipulation to create surreal works of art that seem to act as metaphors for life, expressing themes like loneliness, isolation, separation, reflection, and joy.

Dramatic, monochromatic images depict the subjects as distant, tiny silhouettes in the middle of empty landscapes that seem to unfold forever. Whether the figures are overlooking a plain of clouds from the peak of a mountain, stranded in the middle of a sea of roaring waves, or bidding farewell to a companion who's chosen a different road, each person seems to embody an air of pensiveness as they contemplate their paths in…

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Brooklyn-based, Australian multimedia artist Sophie Kahn creates fragmented female bodies and faces by merging a classic sculpting approach with new and modern technology. She uses 3D laser scanning and printing combined with ancient bronze casting techniques to produce these lively formations that suggest the wear and tear that might occur across decades, yet many of the pieces have existed for only a few short years.

Each piece is a life-sized 3D print made out of metal, clay, or bronze, and some of which are set atop an aluminum base. Through her work, Kahn explores the idea that modern technology cannot accurately capture and portray life. The deconstructed figures are a result of 3D scanner that can only replicate traces of the body in lifeless, colorless form.

When speaking about her work, Kahn explains, "[The sculptures] speak to the…

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England-based photographer Sian Davey's photo series Finding Alice is a touching illustration of family life featuring her daughter Alice, who was born with Down syndrome. Through beautifully candid snapshots of Alice's daily life, Davey shows that, despite developing physically and mentally in a unique way, her daughter is no different from any other human being. She plays with her siblings, displays a curiosity and thirst for life, and loves her family the same as any other child would—and in return, she is cherished just as tenderly by the friends and family who surround her every day.

"I was deeply shocked when Alice was born as an 'imperfect' baby," Davey confesses on her website. "It was not what I had expected. . . I was fraught with anxiety that rippled through to every aspect of my…

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Seascapes is an extensive study of the ocean as the tides move in and out and waves crash against the shore. Created by Helsinki-based photographer Antti Viitala, every composition follows the same structure where overcast skies and deep blue water blend together at a straight horizon line, which cuts directly across the center.

This series of twelve images feature autumn storms as they hit Camps Bay beach near Cape Town, South Africa. Viitala uses long exposures to capture the motion and rich textures of water and sand as they collide together in the meditative scenes. Although there are many similarities throughout the series, not one photograph is alike. Through the work, the artist invites the viewer to reflect upon the forces of nature and to connect with the calming beauty in the landscapes.

According to his bio, Viitala's "approach to his work pays homage to the…

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Vietnamese-based architects a21studio have put a new twist on the meaning of a tent. They created an airy, gabled hideaway and spa that sits above a hot spring and mineral resort near Nha Trang City. Appropriately called The Tent, the structure partially encloses the hot spring at the top of a rock hill and allows guests a chance to relax in private while also keeping cool in the tropical climate.

The beautiful spring provides an idyllic escape, but one drawback is the intense heat that comes from the West; this limits the time of year that people can enjoy its offerings. To offset this, the architects built a steep thatched roof that blocks direct sunlight as well as angles off any rain. The covering also doubles as a structural wall and is carefully positioned as to not disrupt any views of the passing river or lush outdoors below. Its wooden beams and panels are protected with a…

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