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Posted on 13th Apr at 10:54 AM, with 2,777 notes


Aerial archaeologist finds bittersweet beauty in geological photo surveys
Ever since earning his private pilot license 26 years ago, German photographer Klaus Leidorf has made it his mission to capture a bird’s-eye perspective of the way humans have shaped the world — a study known as aerial archaeology.

Posted on 13th Apr at 10:23 AM, with 3 notes



An interesting interview by Inhabitat with Bianca Bosker, the author of Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in China. She discusses the phenomena and impact of near-exact replicas of western architecture and cities throughout the Asian country.

Keep up with Inhabit and Mango Popsicle on Facebook here and here.

Posted on 12th Apr at 11:56 AM, with 5,370 notes


1. Kiowa Girl, Indian Portrait by Edward Curtis.
2. Spokane Indian woman, ca. 1897
3. Noatak Inuit 1929.
4. hopi girl
5. Lakota
6. Sioux Indian Man by Edward Curtis, 1890s

Posted on 11th Apr at 10:55 AM, with 19,242 notes




“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.

William Gibson, Idoru

It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….

Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.

And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….

Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.

“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….

Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.

This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….

— from Anywhere But Here: Kowloon “Anarchy” City

here is a reddit AMA from someone who actually lived in this place. Here’s a list of the questions he got and what he answered. 

Nothing is more fascinating than hearing a first-hand account.

Posted on 11th Apr at 10:35 AM, with 191 notes

Afghan children weave carpets in a house used as a traditional carpet workshop in the northwestern city of Herat on April 1, 2014. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)


Afghan children weave carpets in a house used as a traditional carpet workshop in the northwestern city of Herat on April 1, 2014. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

Posted on 10th Apr at 8:28 PM, with 49 notes



Artist statement: “After a number of years of traveling solely with digital cameras, the medium started to bore me—it was too precise and made me strive for perfection in my photos. I also started to feel like an intruder pointing this high-tech machinery into other people’s worlds. So two and half years ago, whilst living on a beach in India, I asked a friend of mine who was heading to the nearest city to pick me up a disposable—she didn’t. She brought back a 300 rupee (£3) point and shoot Kodak EC70 camera made entirely of plastic and with the most basic lens out there. I thanked her, begrudgingly. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later when I developed my first few rolls of film that I realized the joy of what she had bought me.

Using this basic camera has taken me back to when I first fell in love with photography in my teens. I focus solely on composition, the subject and using natural light, and it’s the surprise of what each roll has captured and the fun of experimenting with double exposures the old fashioned way that brings an excitement I had not felt for photography for many years.”

To keep up with Jackson Gore’s future travels, follow him on Tumblr, and find Mango Popsicle on Facebook.

Posted on 10th Apr at 8:21 PM, with 1,501 notes


Hu Lie 胡力

From Photography in China: “In Backward-Backward, Hu Li (born in 1955) displays with monumentality characters that are wearing splendid costumes of traditional Chinese theatre and standing in atypical surroundings. These marvellous diptyches - composed of inhospitable landscapes - on the one hand celebrate one of the archetypes of ‘traditional China’; while on the other complain about the progressive erasure of this very heritage.”

Source: Photography of China 

Posted on 10th Apr at 5:39 PM, with 30,288 notes


Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi, offers a glimpse of an entirely different side to Iran than the image usually broadcasted by domestic and foreign media. In his photo series An Iranian Journey, many of the photographs reveal an Iran that most people never see, presenting an eye-opening look at the amazing diversity and contrasts that exist in the country.

Posted on 8th Apr at 2:29 PM, with 5,601 notes


NPR covers all 2,428 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, so you don’t have to.

The results are beautiful.

Posted on 8th Apr at 12:08 PM, with 699 notes


Congratulations to Afghan people who ignored threats of violence and braved bad weather to vote this past Saturday.  

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