What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVIII

Published June 26, 2015
Updated June 25, 2015
First Color Photo NYC

Mulberry Street, New York Source: Vintage Everyday

The First Color Photographs Of The United States

First Colorized Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Source: Vintage Everyday

On some subconscious level, most of us imagine that the world before, say, 1920 existed in black and white. And why not? That’s what the photographic record of the era would have us believe. But as far back as 1889–14 years before the more well-known Autochrome–the Photochrom process was producing color photography. The images here, produced by the Detroit Photographic Company in the late 1800s and early 1900s, are the first color photographs of the United States. From New York to the Rockies to the redwoods, see more of the collection at Vintage Everyday.

Statue Of Liberty Colorized

Sunset from the Battery, New York Source: Vintage Everyday

Nature’s Great Beasts, Ready For Their Close-Up

Lion Portrait Black White

Source: PetaPixel

Boza Ivanovic started with a tiger. “The subject of that photo was a tiger–but more than an image was shot,” Ivanovic said. “I was struck by what jumped out of the picture–a personality, a soul.” Over the course of dozens and dozens more photoshoots with nature’s most striking living beasts, the Serbian photographer continued to find the souls of his subjects. While the sumptuous black and white alone makes these photos aesthetic marvels, it’s the emotion in the eyes of these animals that make them so resonant. Lock eyes with lions, wolves, bears and more at PetaPixel.

Bear Portrait Piercing Eyes

Source: PetaPixel

Mountain Lion Light Shadow

Source: PetaPixel

Setiting Dragons Loose In The Philippines

Driftwood Dragon Sculpture Perched

Source: Bored Panda

While scores of artists have captivated viewers with repurposed manmade garbage, British sculptor James Doran-Webb is doing the same with nature’s garbage. Working in the Philippines, Doran-Webb uses driftwood to craft vivid, expressive dragons, horses, lions and more. The wood’s uniquely weathered textures animate these sculptures in a wholly unique way. “The driftwood is very tactile and demands to be interacted with,” Doran-Webb said. For each sculpture, he must do just that for between 1,000 and 3,000 hours. View the astounding fruits of his labor at Bored Panda.

Source: Bored Panda

Source: Bored Panda

Driftwood Rabbits Sculptures Fighting

Source: Bored Panda

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting.