At the end of 2012, Swiss photographer Gus Petro took a trip to the United States, and was met with a sharp dichotomy. When he visited New York City, he found density in all its glory. But when he followed that up with a trip to the Grand Canyon, he was struck by the sheer emptiness of it.
This led to a project dubbed Empty, Dense, Merge, and the photos below represent the final third of that triad.
The premise is simple. For Dense Petro photographed New York City, a place “where, it seems like, everyone wants to live.” For Empty he photographed The Grand Canyon/Death Valley area, places that are nigh on unlivable.
Merge evolved from the first two. A photo series of creative composites that contrast the density of New York City with the emptiness of The Grand Canyon by putting the former inside the latter:
To see more photos from Petro — including the Empty and Dense series in their entirety — head over to his website by clicking here.
(via New York Magazine)
Image credits: Photographs by Gus Petro
In mid-December, photographer Gavin Heffernan and his team braved freezing temps at the Eureka Dunes in Death Valley to capture the beautiful time-lapse footage seen above. They expected to (and did) get some gorgeous shots of dunes and star trails; what they didn’t expect was footage of a strange flying object (we’re purposely avoiding the term UFO because of its affiliation with oblong green men with large eyes) circling the night sky.
Armed only with boxed wine, firewood, and our DSLRs, we had to conquer epic climbs, sand roads with the 4×4 Jeep, and the occasional UFO… The “UFO” appears at (1:30-1:35) and makes three broad circular sweeps over the desert. Though in timelapse it appears to be moving fast, consider the 5 seconds = about 50 minutes, so it’s creeping. There was no sound, so it definitely wasn’t a helicopter.
Here’s a closer view:
The time-lapse itself is very well put together and a joy to watch, but what’s gotten Heffernan so much attention is that strange object buzzing around for 5 seconds worth of video. We won’t venture to guess what it is, but we do want you to. So go check out the close-up on Heffernan’s flickr and if you have any theories, wild and otherwise, feel free to voice them in the comments below.