Sibui Nazarenko by Michael Sanders

Sibui Nazarenko by Michael Sanders

Beauty Russian model Sibui Nazarenko stars in “Geek Off”, photographed by Michael Sanders and styled by Tiffany Fraser Steele for UK Marie Claire October 2015.

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Photo of the Day: Pluto’s Blue Sky


Pluto’s haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph / Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC). The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn’s moon Titan.

The source of both hazes likely involves sunlight-initiated chemical reactions of nitrogen and methane, leading to relatively small, soot-like particles (called tholins) that grow as they settle toward the surface. This image was generated by software that combines information from blue, red and near-infrared images to replicate the color a human eye would perceive as closely as possible. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)


Newly Unearthed Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Promo Shoot


In 1991 after photographer Kirk Weddle shot the ‘baby reaching for a dollar’ album art, he met with Nirvana at a closed swimming pool in LA to shoot some similar-looking promo shots for the LP.

“After shooting the album cover, we stupidly shot the band at 10:00 in the morning while they were on tour,” he says. “You don’t really want to shoot a band in the morning. It was a tough day, cloudy, and Kurt was nowhere to be found. Two hours go by and he’s not around. When he finally shows up, he just lies down and sleeps for a couple hours. Flat on the pavement. We put a bathrobe on him and took some pictures.”

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Shocking Real Stories of Feral Children Told with Dark Photos


“Feral Children” is the latest photo-project by German-born, London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten. This newest series of staged photos takes a darker look at growing up under unusual circumstances. Fullerton-Batten rose to fame after her “Teenage Stories” series in 2005, which explored a girl’s transition to womanhood.

The Girl With No Name “inspired me to search further for other cases of feral children,” Fullerton-Batten told Feature Shoot. “I found that there were quite a number of these. Some cases resulted from children becoming lost, snatched by wild animals, and especially those left or neglected by their parents. The documented cases exist over four of the five continents.”

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991: Oxana was found living with dogs in a kennel in 1991. She was eight years old and had lived with the dogs for six years. Her parents were alcoholics and one night, they had left her outside. Looking for warmth, the three year old crawled into the farm kennel and curled up with the mongrel dogs, an act that probably saved her life. When discovered she behaved more like a dog than a human child. She ran on all fours, panted with her tongue out, bared her teeth and barked. Because of her lack of human interaction, she only knew the words “yes” and “no.”

Intensive therapy aided Oxana to learn basic social and verbal skills, but only with the ability of a five year old. Now 30 years old, she now lives in a clinic in Odessa and works with the hospital’s farm animals under the supervision of her carers.

Lobo Wolf Girl, Mexico, 1845/1852: In 1845 a girl was seen running on all fours with a pack of wolves attacking a herd of goats. A year later she was seen with the wolves eating a goat. She was captured but escaped. In 1852, she was seen yet again suckling two wolf cubs, but she ran into the woods. She was never seen again.

Shamdeo, INDIA, 1972: Shamdeo, a boy aged about four years old, was discovered in a forest in India in 1972. He was playing with wolf cubs. His skin was very dark, and he had sharpened teeth, long hooked fingernails, matted hair and calluses on his palms, elbows and knees. He was fond of chicken-hunting, would eat earth and had a craving for blood. He bonded with dogs. He was finally weaned off eating raw meat, never talked, but learnt some sign language. In 1978 he was admitted to Mother Theresa’s Home for the Destitute and Dying in Lucknow, where he was re-named Pascal. He died in February 1985.

Marina Chapman, Columbia, 1959: Marina was kidnapped in 1954 at 5 years of age from a remote South American village and left by her kidnappers in the jungle. She lived with a family small, capuchin monkeys for five years before she was discovered by hunters. She ate berries, roots and bananas dropped by the monkeys; slept in holes in trees and walked on all fours, like the monkeys. One time, she got bad food poisoning. An elderly monkey led her to a pool of water and forced her to drink, she vomited and began to recover. She was befriended by the young monkeys and learned from them to climb trees and what was safe to eat. She would sit in the trees, play, and groom with them.

Marina had lost her language completely by the time she was rescued by hunters. She was sold by the hunters into a brothel, escaped and lived as a street urchin. Next she was enslaved by a mafia-style family, before being saved by a neighbor, who sent her to Bogotá to live with her daughter and son-in-law. They adopted Marina alongside their five natural children. When Marina reached her mid-teens, she was offered a job as a housekeeper and nanny by another family member. The family with Marina moved to Bradford, Yorkshire in the UK in 1977, where she settled. She married and had children. Marina and her younger daughter, Vanessa James, co-authored a book about her feral experiences, and those afterwards – The Girl With No Name.

Madina, Russia, 2013: Madina lived with dogs from birth until she was 3 years old, sharing their food, playing with them, and sleeping with them when it was cold in winter. When social workers found her in 2013, she was naked, walking on all fours and growling like a dog.

Madina’s father had left soon after her birth. Her mother, 23 years old, took to alcohol. She was frequently too drunk to look after her child and often disappeared. She would frequently invite local alcoholics to visit the house. Her alcoholic mother would sit at the table to eat while her daughter gnawed bones on the floor with the dogs. Madina would run away to a local playground when her mother got angry, but the other children wouldn’t play with her as she could hardly speak and would fight with everyone. So dogs became her best and only friends.

Doctors reported that the Madina is mentally and physically healthy despite her ordeal. There is a good chance that she will have a normal life once she has learned to speak more in line with a child of her age.

John Ssebunya (The Monkey Boy), Uganda, 1991: John ran away from home in 1988 when he was three years old after seeing his father murder his mother. He fled into the jungle where he lived with monkeys. He was captured in 1991, now about six years old, and placed in an orphanage. When he was cleaned up it was found that his entire body was covered in hair. His diet had consisted mainly of roots, nuts, sweet potatoes and cassava and he had developed a severe case of intestinal worms, found to be over half a meter long. He had calluses on his knees from walking like a monkey.

John has learned to speak and [learned] human ways. He was found to have a fine singing voice and is famous for singing and touring in the UK with the 20-strong Pearl of Africa children’s choir.

Genie, USA, 1970: When she was a toddler Genie’s father decided she was “retarded” and restrained her in a child’s toilet seat in a small room of the house. She lived in solitary confinement for more 10 years. She even slept in the chair. She was 13 years old in 1970 when she and her mother turned up at child services and a social worker noticed her condition. She was still not toilet trained and moved with a strange sideways “bunny-walk.” She couldn’t speak or make any sound and constantly spat and clawed herself.

For years she became a research object. She gradually learned to speak a few words but couldn’t arrange them grammatically. She also began to read simple texts, and developed a limited form of social behavior. At one stage, she briefly lived again with her mother, but was then for several years passed through various foster homes experiencing abuse and harassment. She returned to a children’s hospital where it was found that she had regressed back to silence. Funding for Genie’s treatment and research was stopped in 1974 and it wasn’t known what happened to her, until a private investigator located her in a private facility for mentally underdeveloped adults.

Ivan Mishukov, Russia, 1998: Ivan was abused by his family and ran away when only 4 years old. He lived on the streets begging. He developed a relationship with a pack of wild dogs, and shared the food he begged with the dogs. The dogs grew to trust him and eventually he became something of a pack leader. He lived for two years in this way, but he was finally caught and placed in a children’s home. Ivan benefited from his existing language skills that he maintained through begging. This and the fact that he was feral for only a reasonably short time aided his recovery. He now lives a normal life.

Sujit Kumar (The Chicken Boy), Fiji, 1978: Sujit exhibited dysfunctional behavior as a child. His parents locked him in a chicken coop. His mother committed suicide and his father was murdered. His grandfather took responsibility for him but still kept him confined in the chicken coop. He was eight years old when he was found in the middle of a road, clucking and flapping. He pecked at his food, crouched on a chair as if roosting, and would make rapid clicking noises with his tongue. His fingers were turned inward. He was taken to an old people’s home by care workers, but there, because he was so aggressive, he was tied with bed sheets to his bed for over 20 years. Now he is over 30 years old and is cared for by Elizabeth Clayton, who rescued him from the home.

Kamala and Amala, India, 1920: Kamala, 8 years old, and Amala, 1 and a half, were found in 1920 in a wolves’ den. It is one of the most famous cases of feral children. Pre-advised, they were found by a Reverend, Joseph Singh, who hid in a tree above the cave where they had been seen. When the wolves left the cave, he saw two figures look out of the cave. The girls were hideous looking, ran on all fours and didn’t look human. He soon captured the girls.

When first caught, the girls slept curled up together, growled, tore off their clothing, ate nothing but raw meat, and howled. Physically deformed, their tendons and the joints in their arms and legs were shortened. They had no interest in interacting with humans. But their hearing, sight and sense of smell was exceptional. Amala died the following year after their capture. Kamala eventually learned to walk upright and say a few words, but died in 1929 of kidney failure, 17 years old.

The Leopard Boy, India, 1912: The boy child was two years old when he was taken by a leopardess in 1912. Three years later a hunter killed the leopardess and found three cubs, one of which was the now five year old boy. He was returned to his family in the small village in India. When first caught he would only squat and ran on all fours as fast as an adult man could do upright. His knees were covered with hard callouses, his toes were bent upright almost at right angles to his instep, and his palms, toe- and thumb-pads were covered with a tough, horny skin. He bit and fought with everyone who approached him, and caught and ate the village fowl raw. He could not speak, uttering only grunts and growls.

Later he had learned to speak and walked more upright. Sadly he became gradually blind from cataracts. However, this was not caused by his experiences in the jungle, but was an illness common in the family.

Prava (The Bird Boy), Russia, 2008: Prava, a seven-year-old boy, was found in a tiny, two-bedroom apartment, living with his 31-year old mother, but he was confined in a room filled with bird cages, containing dozens of his mother’s pet birds, bird feed and droppings. She treated her son as another pet. He was never physically harmed; she neither beat him nor left him without food, but she never spoke to him. His only communication was with the birds. He could not speak, but chirped. When he wasn’t understood he would wave his arms and hands bird-like. Released into child care by his mother, Prava was moved to a centre for psychological care where doctors are trying to rehabilitate him.

Marie Angelique Memmie Le Blanc (The Wild Girl of Champagne), France, 1731: Apart from her childhood, Memmie’s story from the 18th century is surprisingly well-documented. For ten years, she walked thousands of miles alone through the forests of France. She ate birds, frogs and fish, leaves, branches and roots. Armed with a club, she fought off wild animals, especially wolves. She was captured, aged 19, black-skinned, hairy and with claws.When Memmie knelt down to drink water she made repeated sideways glances, the result of being in a state of constant alertness. She couldn’t speak and communicated only with shrieks and squeaks. She skinned rabbits and birds and ate them raw. For years she did not eat cooked food. Her thumbs were malformed as she used them to dig out roots and swing from tree to tree like a monkey. In 1737, the Queen of Poland, mother to the French queen, and on a journey to France, took Memmie hunting with her, where she still ran fast enough to catch and kill rabbits.

Memmie’s recovery from her decade-long experiences in the wild were remarkable. She had a series of rich patrons, learned to read, write and speak French fluently. In 1747 she became a nun for a while, but was hit by a falling window and her patron died soon thereafter. She became ill and destitute but again found a rich patron. In 1755 a Madam Hecquet published her biography. Memmie died financially well-off rich in Paris in 1775, aged 63.

This is a historical but surprisingly well-documented case of a feral child, as he was very much researched at the time to attempt to find the derivation of language. Victor was seen at the end of the 18th century in the woods of Saint Sernin sur Rance, in the south of France and captured but somehow escaped. In January 8, 1800 he was caught again. He was about 12 years old, his body covered in scars and unable to speak a word. Once the news of his capture spread, many came forward wanting to examine him.
Little is known about the background of his time as a feral child, but it is believed that he spent 7 years in the wild. A biology professor examined Victor’s resistance to cold by sending him naked outside in the snow. Victor showed no effect of the cold temperature on him whatsoever.

Others tried to teach him to speak and behave ‘normally’, but made no progress. He was probably able to talk and hear earlier in his life, but he was never able to do so after returning from the wild. Eventually he was taken to an institution in Paris and died at the age of 40.

Rochom P’ngien (Jungle Girl), Cambodia, 2007: Rochom was a grown woman when she was caught in January, 2007 after stealing food from a villager’s lunch box. A village policeman claimed that she was his 27 years old daughter – he recognized a prominent scar on her back – who, in 1988 at eight years of age, went missing with her 6-year old sister while herding water buffalo. It was assumed that they got lost in the jungle. The sister was never found.

When Rochom was captured she was naked, filthy and scarred. She could not talk. If she was thirsty or hungry, she would point at her mouth. She preferred to crawl on all fours rather than walk upright.

Rochom had difficulty in a adjusting to civilization. In February 2008, she disappeared for a few days but then returned. By July 2008, she could feed, bathe and dress herself but still could not speak. She was hospitalized in October 2009 as she refused to eat. By December that year she was eating again, was generally improving, and had started to understand and use some words of their native language.

On 25 May 2010, Rochom went to take a bath in the well behind their house but did not return. In early June, she was found in a 10 m deep latrine in the village. She took to living and sleeping in a small chicken coop near the family’s home, but would join the family for meals every three or four days. She still could not speak.

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Photo of the Day: The Martian


A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, “The Martian” is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015.

This area is in the Acidalia Planitia region and in the novel and the movie, it is the landing site of a crewed mission named Ares 3. (Photo by Reuters/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)


Japan’s First Female Photojournalist is Still Shooting at the Age of 101


At 101 years old, renowned Japanese photographer Tsuneko Sasamoto continues to express her artistic voice and capture stunning images. Considered to be her country’s first photojournalist at the age of 25, Sasamoto has been documenting history for over 70 years, including pre- and post-war Japan. Her photographs highlighted the country’s dramatic shift from a totalitarian regime to an economic superpower, and the social implications that arose from it.

Sasamoto shooting in her 20s.

Sasamoto shooting at 97 years old.

Tsuneko Sasamoto on the cover of her book, Hyakusai no Finder.

Sasamoto remains enthusiastic about her profession, continuing to impact her chosen field. In 2011, at the age of 97, she published a photo book called Hyakusai no Finder, or Centenarian’s Finder. When she turned 100, she opened an exhibition of selected images.

Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki

Now, Sasamoto is currently working on a project called Hana Akari, or Flower Glow, an homage to her friends who have passed away. She is completing this series despite breaking her left hand and both legs last year. Determined to not let it get the best of her, she has attended physical rehabilitation three times a week to get better. When speaking to NHK World shortly before her 100th birthday, Sasamoto offered sage advice.

Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki

“You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up,” Sasamoto told NHK. “You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward. That’s what I want people to know.”

Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki

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Miami Living Magazine Editorial


Miami Living Magazine Fall Editorial by Caesar Lima

Photography by Caesar Lima
Make up: Monica Alvarez
Hair: Manuel Benevides
Styling: Sarah Kensell
Imaging: Felipe Silva

Models: Prestin O. + Jamie V. from Industry Models
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Silhouettes Around the World


A group of hikers are seen silhouetted against the moon in Tijuana, Mexico, August 27, 2015. (Photo by Jorge Duenes/Reuters)

People walk with a dog on the beach after sunset at the Polish Baltic Sea coast near Choczewo, northern Poland August 17, 2015. (Photo by Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

The New York skyline, including the Empire State Building (L) and the Chrysler Building (center, R) is seen at sunset during play at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

People look out to the Los Andes mountain range next to the city from a rooftop of a commercial center in a business district in Santiago, Chile, September 3, 2015. (Photo by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

The New York City skyline is seen at sunset during play at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Fans watch the sunset and the Empire State Building (R) from Arthur Ashe Stadium ahead of the mens final between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2015. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Laborers work on iron poles as while building a stage for a program in Colombo, Sri Lanka September 18, 2015. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

The sun begins to rise over the skyline in Toronto, September 21, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

A man skateboards in the evening at the Krymskaya (Crimean) embankment in central Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2015. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

The sun rises over St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay on the Northumberland coast as a flock of Lapwing seabirds fly past on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

A handout picture made available by Global Newsroom on 10 September 2015 shows French rider Remi Bizouard (back) silhouetted against the sky during a warming up session in the wide-open savanna as a giraffe is seen in the foreground, at the Glen Afric Country Lodge prior to the fourth stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Pretoria, South Africa, 09 September 2015. (Photo by Joerg Mitter/EPA)

The sun dips behind a cloud as it rises between tall buildings in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday, September 23, 2015. (Photo by Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

The sun sets behind the National Cooperative Refinery Association oil refinery Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in McPherson, Kan. (Photo by Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

A surfer takes advantage of big swell at as wild weather and big seas continue to batter the Illawarra coastline in Wollongong, south of Sydney, Australia, 25 August 2015. Residents downstream of Jerrara Dam, west of Kiama, have been advised to evacuate as dam failure is imminent. (Photo by Dean Lewins/EPA)

Rick Yen is silhouetted as he casts a rod while fishing for salmon near the mouth of the Capilano River off Ambleside Park at sunset in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, August 25, 2015. (Photo by Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP Photo)

A picture made available on 28 August 2015 shows artists of the Inner Mongolia Hohhot performing arts group performing the dance “Adventures of Marco Polo” on the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage in Budapest, Hungary, 27 August 2015. (Photo by Boglarka Bodnar/EPA)

A Kashmiri fisherman rows his Shikara, or traditional boat, during sunset at the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, August 29, 2015. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)

A group of people who strolled to the summit of the Staffelberg, near Bad Staffelstien in Bayern are rewarded with a glowing sunset late 29 August 2015. (Photo by Nicolas Armer/EPA)

A cormorant perches on a tree, from which hang the nests of weaver birds, as it looks out across Lake Ihema in search of fish to catch at dawn in Akagera National Park, Rwanda Monday, September 7, 2015. (Photo by Ben Curtis/AP Photo)

The sun goes down on the monument of a one-time church in the puszta or Hungarian steppe of Hortobagy, 183 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 19 September 2015. (Photo by Zsolt Czegledi/EPA)

A full moon silhouettes television and radio antennas on Boutilier Mountain, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, early Sunday September 27, 2015. The full moon was seen prior to a phenomenon called a “Super Moon” eclipse that will occur Sunday night. (Photo by Dieu Nalio Chery/AP Photo)

The sun rises over a mist covered area known as South Gare on September 29, 2015 in Redcar, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

A hot air balloon flies during sundown at the 19th FAI Hot Air Balloon European Championships in Debrecen, 226 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, August 11, 2015. (Photo by Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP Photo)

Syrian refugees and migrants along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos on September 1, 2015. (Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP Photo)


Waterfall of the GodsPhotograph by Ed Graham, National…

Waterfall of the Gods

Photograph by Ed Graham, National Geographic Your Shot

“Although the days are short in Iceland in February, the sun remains low on the horizon while it’s up,” writes Your Shot member Ed Graham. This allows six to eight hours of shooting in a beautiful golden light—if the weather cooperates. Here, the winter sun falls on Iceland’s Goðafoss, or Waterfall of the Gods, one of the largest in the country. To achieve this shot, Graham made a hazardous climb. “The bare surface of the rock was slick from refrozen mist from the falls,” he writes. “I got as close to the edge as I dared.”


Georgia Hilmer by Mark Abrahams

Georgia Hilmer by Mark Abrahams

Beauty Manhattan-born and Jersey City–raised model, Georgia Hilmer stars in “Wild Romance”, photographed by Mark Abrahams and styled Samantha Traina for W Korea October 2015.

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