Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo documents identical twins in middle age, inspired by the Confucian notion that people begin to understand their fate at the age of fifty.
What makes his project especially curious is that it seems to challenge two different perilous ideologies: Astrology, since identical twins share a birthday, and scientific reductionism, since they share the exact same DNA yet end up being different people.
For a photography project that takes a different angle on a similar issue, see Mark Laita’s Created Equal.
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Frank Forward: 1953 Floods at Southwold, Suffolk (1953) via BBC
This will be my last state-of-the-garden pic in this location. The new room has smaller windows, but they face west, so hopefully everything will work out.
I tried to clean up the yellowing some …
Women reveling violently and waving in menacing air by Max Ernst, 1929
The Fortune Teller
Oreobates quixensis | ©Renato Gaiga (Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil)
Oreobates quixensis (Strabomantidae) - Syn. Ischnocnema quixensis - commonly named as Common Big-headed frog, is known from the Upper Amazon Basin in southern Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru, and western Brazilian Amazonia along the Jurua River .
One of the most striking features of this frog is that the head is disproportionately large in relation to its body. The dorsum is brown and heavily tubercled, giving the frog a toad like appearance. The lips are heavily barred with light and dark brown. The venter is gray with large white mottling. Unlike the other members of the family Strabomantidae discussed in this guide, this species has no toe pads. The tympanum is visible .
From Here To There: A growing map of Manhattan made only of directions from strangers on scraps.
Meet the dainty Begonia prismatocarpa! This is one of the smallest members of the genus Begonia and also one of my favorites. It’s a climber and regularly puts out these wonderful yellow blooms. It hails from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Ivory Coast in West and West-Central Tropical Africa.
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Photo Credit: Eric Hunt