Smeared Sky by Matt Molloy

Images by Canadian photographer Matt Molloy present the sky in a way that seems to have it painted through broad brushstrokes. To achieve the effect, he takes hundreds of photos of the sky and then puts them all together to create images for his “Smeared Sky” series. The number of photographs required depends on various factors like weather conditions, cloudiness, or whether the object in the picture is moving or static. Eventually, the result is a beautiful composite where the objects stand ground to sky painted by a master.

Major Cities of the World at Night, Without Light

San Francisco

We’ve seen plenty of beautiful images of cities shining in the night. But there’s hardly any that would show what these cities look like at night without the lights. Well, now we know, thanks to the efforts of New York based photographer Thierry Cohen. Modern cities are too consumed by light and air pollution to have clear starlit skies as seen in these pictures.

The Silence of Dogs In Cars [pics]

We see this set of photographs by Martin Usborne and all we can think of is awwwww.

The series was inspired by the photographer’s childhood memory of sitting in a car and waiting for his parents while they were shopping in a supermarket. For “The Silence of Dogs in Cars”, Usborne explored the same feeling with an added touch of human relationship to other animals, dogs in this case. It shows the “reaction” of dogs at being left locked inside a vehicle and portrays it quite effectively.

Paris Gets a Very Rare Horizontal Rainbow

Paris got a taste of the very rare horizontal rainbow that painted its horizon colorful. What makes the rainbow horizontal? Well it’s really just the conventional rainbow but it appears horizontal due to the sun being unusually high in the sky during the formation of the rainbow. In this case, the position of the sun causes a low rainbow where the very top is visible and the rest of it moves beyond the horizon. The rainbow lasted only a few minutes, and was captured by photographer Bertrand Kulik.

Via APOD

Hard Hitting Portraits Show Refugees With Their Most Valued Possessions

The most important things that Torjam was able to bring with him were the plastic bottles he holds here. One carried drinking water, the other cooking oil. “All I could carry was this, and an axe. We couldn’t bring much, and even had to leave some other old people behind.

A very thought provoking and hard-hitting series, portraits by NYC-based photographer Brian Sokol show refugees with their most valued possessions. Supported by the UN Refugee Agency, the project is titled “The Most Important Thing.” For the set, Sokol photographed refugees with the one thing they just couldn’t manage to leave behind as they fled their homelands. The project started off in Sudan, where more than 100,000 people have crossed the border to take refuge. For the second leg, he visited camps of refugees in the Middle East, crossing the border from Syria.

All images from the project can be seen at UNHCR’s Flickr Stream.