Female Rugby Players Pose Naked For Charity Wearing Only Their Socks

It might be getting colder outside, but these female rugby players have decided it’s the perfect time of year for baring all on the pitch.

The all-women Hitchin Ladies Rugby Club squad have once again stripped off for charity to raise money for the club after their funding was slashed and to promote female players in the sport. Wearing just their club socks and boots – and nothing else – the ladies rugby tackled each other, ran through the field and hid their modesty behind practice bags in photographs for a fundraising calendar.

The 2018 calendar by Hitchin Ladies Rugby Club will hit the shelves in November after their inaugural effort last year attracted fans from around the world.

More info: Facebook (h/t: dailymail)

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“A Magnificent Sculptures By Nature”: Otherworldly ‘Earth Pyramids’ Captured In The Foggy Early Morning Light By Photographer Kilian Schönberger

Photographer Kilian Schönberger climbed the Alps late at night to capture one of the mountain range’s strangest segments, alien-like columns found in South Tyrol, an autonomous province in Northern Italy. His series Otherworld showcases the so-called “earth pyramids” in a hazy dawn light, strange creations that appear like stalagmites freed from their underground caves.

The structures are created by erosion, rising from clay soil left behind by glaciers from the last Ice Age. Each features a large boulder resting on top which protects the soil below. Eventually the tall columns lose the strength to hold the large rock overhead, shifting balance and sending it tumbling down the mountain.

More info: Kilian Schönberger, Behance, Instagram (h/t: colossal)

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Fashion Photographer Stacy Leigh Uses Sex Dolls To Portray Her NSFW Artwork

Doll collections are nothing new, but Stacy Leigh’s definitely flips the script on the Barbie dream house cliché. Since discovering life size sex dolls a few years back, the New York photographer has drawn on them in her artistic practice. Her portraits of the dolls are captivating and disturbing, walking the line between intimacy and voyeurism, fantasy and reality, brutality and tenderness.

“The more I delved into researching a doll to purchase, the more I realized that these dolls meant more to some people than mere sexual objects. I wanted to show the dolls the way the men who loved them saw them. I wanted to humanize the dolls. Because as far as I can tell, more people are feeling the pinch of technology and turning to surrogate relationships. Love dolls are the crude beginnings of robots, and something that looks so alive can trick the mind. Add artificial intelligence… and you see where I’m going with this”, said Stacy.

More info: Stacy Leigh, Instagram, Facebook

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Eighties Beach Scenes – Pictures Of Teenagers On The Beaches Of Florida In The Early 1980s

The 1980s were ruled by big hair, big shoulder pads and pastel colors. These colorful photographs were taken by Steven Martin on the beaches of Florida, mostly on the southeast coast, showing the people and fashion of the decade.

Native of Chicago, but grew up in Florida and spent early adulthood there. Steven has been photographing since taking a photography class in college. Most of his photos were taken with a Pentax K1000 camera. Now, enjoy the trip back in time!

More info: Flickr (h/t: vintag.es)

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“Hobbiton”: Beautiful Swiss Countryside By Martin Rak

Martin Rak is a talented 33-year-old photographer, traveler and nature lover from Prague, Czech Republic.

“I got my first camera from my grandfather when I was six and I have been interested in photography since then”, he explaines.

Martin focuses on landscaping, he shoots amazing nature and travel photography.

“I enjoy traveling and being outside, therefore I mostly do fine art landscape photography. My favorite place is the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland which lies on the boarder between the Czech Republic and Germany. Most of my images are from there.”

More info: Martin Rak, Instagram, Facebook (h/t: photogrist)

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Vintage Photographs Document the Defiant Street Styles Of Swiss Rebel Youth From The Late 1950s Through The ’60s

Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006). Living in Zurich, Switzerland, Weinberger was a self-taught “amateur” photographer whose day job working in a factory warehouse allowed him to pursue photography seriously in his free time. In the late 1940s Weinberger began to publish his pictures for a gay magazine using the pseudonym of Jim, and later was a freelance photographer for a Swiss sports magazine. Working in relative obscurity, Weinberger produced all the prints featured in this exhibition in his home darkroom, and these have remained inaccessible until recent years.

According to The Selvedge Yard, in 1958, Karlheinz Weinberger met a member of a small band of teenagers and began photographing them both at his home studio as well as at the public parks and carnivals where they gathered. In post war Switzerland, these self-named “rebels” were comprised of working class boys and girls dissatisfied with the conservative and conforming culture of the day. Inventing their own code of behavior and dress they affected a powerful gang identity expressed by an affinity for like-minded American imports such as James Dean, Elvis, blue jeans and motorbikes.

Later, in the mid-60s, the rebels dissipated both physically and in spirit, while others carried on their youthful resistance to the status quo, forming clubs of “rockers” and “bikers” that Weinberger followed with his camera on their outings into the Swiss countryside. Their retreat from the urban setting to a self-imposed isolation in nature embodied a more inward revolt, one of self-destructiveness and self-mutilation.

h/t: vintag.es

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National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year 2017 Editors’ Top Picks Of The Week 2

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is now accepting submissions. We’re looking for spectacular pictures that tell the story of animals, lands, and environments around the world. The deadline to enter is November 17 at 12 p.m. EST.

This photo was made in my hometown, called Thiersee, a small village in the heart of the Alps (Tyrol, Austria). I had to wait till the lake thiersee, which is frozen all the wintertime, begins to melt in spring.Just for a few days you can see these natural patterns in the melting ice. But not without a drone. So I told my daughter to make a boat trip with her red kayak. Till now nobody in my hometown tell me how the patterns grow. (Because nobody know that they exist). (Photo and caption by Stefan Thaler/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

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My daughter and herbest friend on their backs in a clearing, just between planted fir forest and natural beech forest. (Photo and caption by Anders Andersson/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

This image was captured in lower Ice Lake Basin outside of Silverton, CO. The rain had come and gone a number of times throughout the trip. This was the scene that unfolded on the last evening. it was such a site to behold and a great way to end the trip. (Photo and caption by Jeff Stoddart/National Geographic Nature Photographer ofthe Year contest)

A male African lion teaches a lesson to a hyeena pack for trying to steal its kill. (Photo and caption by Aaron Baggenstos/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Bear from the water Kamchatka, Russia. (Photo and caption by Mike Korostelev/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Like mostseals the Australian Fur Seals are very inquisitive and playful. I was lucky to spend a couple of hours playing with this small colony of female seals until the bull male got tired of the lack of attention and made it clear I wasn’t welcome anymore. (Photo and caption by Richard Wylie/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Dear future generation, I hope we will still be able to see the Arctic wildlife as we do now. It is threatened as the environment is changing. I was able to witness many scenes of wildlife and I can guarantee you this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Here the polar bear might be interpreted as holding backthe sea ice melting. Incredible and unique shot 6 meters above a polar bear in Nunavut, Baffin area during wildlife reportage in Nunavut and Greenland during summer 2017. (Photo and caption by Florian Ledoux/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Every summer, a thousands of belugas come back in the shallow whater of Nunavut. They spend summer in estuaries, scratching their skins on the bottom. We can see them really close to the shore,in a turquoise water that make you feel you are not in the arctic. The photo was taken during a wildlife reportage in Nunavut and Greenland during summer 2017. (Photo and caption by Florian Ledoux/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

The image was taken from Hallstat Village in Austria right after sunrise. I had to walk some distance to reach this village view point. It was worth every step that I took as the scene turned out to be magical with the fog movement. Luckily the fog did not cover up the mountains. (Photo and caption by Shanof K./National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Great White Shark at Guadalupe Island, Mexico. (Photo and caption by Alejandro Cupi/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

We found them early one morning feasting on a new kill of a springbok. It was an intense sight to watch them feed -our close proximity to them gave usan opportunity to observe their relationship with one another. It was fascinating to watch the brothers intermittently embrace each other and lick the blood off each other’s faces while the mother kept guard. This photograph captures the harshness of the wild and yet softens us to witness the strong bond between the brothers. (Photo and caption by Sonalini Khetrapal/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Kalsoy island and Kallur lighthouse in sunset light, Faroe Islands. (Photo and caption by Wojciech Kruczyński/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Bongoyo Island, located just off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is a beautiful island that’s very common for people to visit for a day trip. Not only is it a wonderful, luxurious resort-feeling island featuring relaxing beach-side food and drink service, but it also harbors adventure and exploration. You can explore the “jungle-like” main part of the island and check out other beaches and discover the elusive “shark Lagoon.” (Photo and caption by Nick Johanson/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Spain has many impressive landscapes and fascinating destinations, but one of the most amazing natural resorts are the salty pink lakes in Torrevieja. In this beautiful coastal resort you can find two beautiful salt lakes: a blue-green one called La Mata lagoon and the other, of an impressive pink colour, known as Torrevieja lagoon; both connected to the sea by canals. (Photo and caption by Wellington Rodrigues/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

The young Whale Shark was swimming in the Gulf of Thailand at a popular dive site called Sail Rock near the island of Koh Pha Ngan. The brief encounter was was captured whilst diving the remote reef which the graceful giant was using as cleaning station, a sort of car wash for big fish. (Photo and caption by Dan CHARITY/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Great Gray Owl Taking Off in winter. (Photo and caption by Tin Sang Chan/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Went to the very north of Denmark, skagen, at sunrise and found this willing model. (Photo and caption by Lars Lykke/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Morning at Koruldi Lakes in Georgia (country). (Photo and caption by Witold Ziomek/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

A spectacular sunrise at the old man of storr, on the isle of Skye, Scotland. (Photo and caption by Neil Jackson/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Lilac Roller, Masaai Mara, Kenya, September 2017. (Photo and caption by NICHOLAS WILSON/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

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Apparently Skeleton Erotica Used To Be A Thing In The Victorian Age

Sex and skeletons? These vintage samples of weird erotica are proof that the two go hand in hand.

Or at least, someone thought they did, back in the Victorian age.

Most of these momento mori scenes were shot at the beginning of the 1900s. Moast are simple posed scenes of a nude or nearly-nude girl cavorting with a skeleton. They seem to dance in an almost comical (and slightly unnerving) manner at times.

The final photos in this bizarre collection were taken for a production called Death and the Lady from 1906. Though the scenes contain the same ingredients as the erotica shots, these photos taken for quite opposite reasons. Death and the Lady was a strict Victorian reminder to all good people that card playing and alcohol are evil.

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Beautiful Black And White Photos Of Kim Basinger In 1977

An over shy young girl, Kim Basinger studied dance and entered beauty pageants as a teenager, confronting the eyes of a public. She was rapidly offered a contract with Ford Agency and became a successful model in New York before moving to Los Angeles in 1976 and focusing on acting.

She landed a number of small parts at first, making guest appearances on such shows as Charlie’s Angels. In 1978, Basinger starred in the TV movie Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold. She portrayed Lorene Rogers in the miniseries From Here to Eternity in 1979 and its short-lived spin-off series the following year.

Basinger made her film debut in the 1981 western drama Hard Country with Jan-Michael Vincent. Two years later, her career started to skyrocket with Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery. Basinger became the latest actress to play a “Bond girl,” a love interest for super spy James Bond. More major film projects soon followed, including 9 1/2 Weeks with Mickey Rourke and Batman with Michael Keaton.

h/t: vintag.es

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“Symbiosis Of Working And Living”: Claustrophobic Homes Of Beijing In Stunning Photographs By Alina Fedorenko

Alina Fedorenko is an professional photographer and traveler who was born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Alina studied Fashion Design in London.

“After a few years in London I returned to Germany and changed focus. I reinvented myself and ultimately re-started from scratch my Studies, and quickly found a way to Photography”, she says.

On her first trip to India Fedorenko discovered her love and passion for photography. India inspired her work from the first moment and still shapes her work supplementary. In her latest photo series “Symbiosis Of Living And Working”, Alina Fedorenko explores the claustrophobic homes of Beijing.

“China’s cities are growing very fast. New high rises are replacing old small quarters and create space for the growing population. For small old traditional quarters is less space disposable. In Beijing´s old quarter named the Hutong area, people still live a life like many years ago. Where neighbours know each other and people come together in the narrow alleys, traditions and generations are passing the way of life. Surviving and living in this old quarters is not easy many people agreed to be relocated to high buildings, to have a proper sanitation system, which most of the houses in the Hutong area don´t have. Those who are left, have created a beautiful symbiosis of working and living in one at the small spaces of their disposal.

My work is focusing on houses where families living and working at small old areas which are left in the big cities of China, such as Beijing or Shanghai. Soon most of them will be gone, most of them will live like other Chinese in high rise buildings, isolated from their traditional environment. This is my personal fascination with the people of China, the way they arrange a Live in such a small space, try to survive without losing important traditions,” she wrote on her website.

More info: Alina Fedorenko, Facebook (h/t: photogrist)

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