• The Brilliant Colors Of Holi Remind Us That Spring Is Almost Here [14 Photos]

    Despite what the current weather leads you to believe, spring is in fact just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine, especially if you were stuck on the runway at New York’s JFK Airport for two hours yesterday morning while your plane was being deiced, but it’s true. The vernal equinox is just two weeks away and to help usher in spring and leave this awful winter behind, Hindus the world over are celebrating Holi. Holi, also known as the festival of colors and festival of love, is an ancient Hindu celebration of love, frolic, and colors. The most famous portion of the Holi celebration is the festival of colors, where revelers chase each other with briliiantly colored dry powder and colored water, sometimes even utilizing squirt guns and water balloons. Not only is it a ton of fun, the bright spring colors also make for an excellent photo opportunity.

  • Incredible Tilt-Shift Photos Of Las Vegas From Above

    Las Vegas is already a pretty unreal place: You could win (and lose) a fortune in a blink of an eye; you can drink on the sidewalk; you can get good food even at buffets. So when we are presented with tilt-shifted photos of an already unbelievable Las Vegas, the city becomes even more of a fantasy. Photographer Vincent Laforet, whose New York City photos we shared last month, has now turned his camera on Sin City. Flying almost 9,000 feet above Vegas in a helicopter, Laforet captured the city at night, presenting it as an oasis of neon-lit debauchery in the middle of the desert. Be sure to check out the rest of the series at Storehouse and keep up with Vincent Laforet on Twitter @LaforetAIR.

  • Powerful Photos Of Child Laborers In Jersey City And Hoboken A Century Ago

    Born in Wisconsin in 1874, Lewis Wickes Hine studied sociology at the University of Chicago then Columbia University and New York University. While a teacher at New York City’s Ethical Culture School, Hine would travel with his classes to Ellis Island, where he encourages his students to take pictures of the arriving immigrants, believing photography to be an excellent educational tool. In 1908, Hine left teaching to become the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), which was lobbying to end the practice of child labor. He spent the next decade documenting child workers in a variety of industries around the country collecting more than 5,000 photos. In December of 1912, Hine captured the following photos in Jersey City and Hoboken. The descriptions following each photo are from Hine’s original notes. The entire collection can be viewed for free via the Library of Congress.

  • Space Photos Consumed By Bacteria Are Beautiful (And Disgusting)

    Photos of space from the Hubble Space Telescope are beautiful. The bacteria that we come into contact with daily, via remote controls, smartphone screens, and door handles are disgusting. So these space photos eaten away by samples of such bacteria are both beautiful and disgusting! Photographer Marcus DeSieno grew up a germaphobe and he’s determined to use his art to cope with his phobia. Which is interesting, because the way he creates his work seems like it would make a germaphobe out of the most resilient of men. DeSieno collects bacteria samples by swabbing just about everything he comes across. He then transfers the bacteria to film strips of space photos covered in agar to promote bacteria growth. The result is art so beautiful, it makes us want to puke then form our puke into a pretty landscape. And this isn’t the only gross series from the photographer. Check out Marcus DeSieno Photography for more disgusting work, including portraits of parasitic organisms.

  • 19 Photos From The 2015 Tough Guy Race

    Described as “the toughest race in the world,” the Tough Guy Challenge is held annually on a 600-acre farm near Wolverhampton, England. The race was originally held in 1987, organized by Billy Wilson, who insists that no one has ever completed the course according to his demanding rules. But that doesn’t stop people from trying. This year, 5,000 maniacs tackled more than 200 obstacles, including mud, smoke, fire, and electrical shocks. More than 1,500 participants failed to even complete the course. With a time of one hour and 39 minutes, Norway’s John Albon was declared the 2015 champion. Jeez, and I complained about getting dirty at the color run.

  • These Tilt-Shift Aerial Photos Of New York Are Unreal

    Walking around New York City, it doesn’t take long to become desensitized to the initially awe-inspiring street-level vistas. When you walk the streets and avenues every single day, the magic just doesn’t last. But then you see photos from a point-of-view you’d never experience, maybe like 7500 feet in the air, and you find yourself enamored with the city all over again. Such is the case when viewing these incredible tilt-shift aerial shots from filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet. “Gotham 7.5K” is a collection of photos taken at night from a helicopter with the door off. In other words, something we probably won’t experience ourselves. Be sure to check out more from the series at Laforet Visuals.

  • Incredible Photos Of 1960s New York Captured By A Hospital Night Porter [28 High Quality Photos]

    James Jowers first became interested in photography while serving in the Army, where he was trained in darkroom procedures. In 1965, he enrolled at the New School, during which time he worked nights as a porter at St. Luke’s Hospital. This allowed Jowers plenty of time to photograph his Lower East Side neighborhood and its mesh of native New Yorkers and transient hippies. In 2007, Jowers donated approximately 400 prints to the George Eastman House in Rochester. 50 photos from the collection have been digitized and shared on Flickr. We’ve shared some of our favorites below. Is it just us, or does that dude showing off his tattoo look like Keith Richards?

  • Huge Collection Of Classic Cars Unearthed In France [37 High Quality Photos]

    Entrepreneur Roger Baillon sold most of his car collection in the 1970s–or so everyone thought. Hidden away in his estate in Western France, Baillon had another 60 classic automobiles that even auto historians weren’t aware existed. Baillon died a decade ago, leaving the cars to his son, who passed away last year. Now the grandkids, who had little knowledge of just what they possessed, are selling the collection. Artcurial will auction off the 60 cars, including classics from Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Panhard-Levassor, Delahaye, and Delage accumulated between the 1950s and 1970s, in February. But before any of the vehicles were moved, French photographer Remi Dargegen was able to capture the collection in its dust-covered glory. Check out the incredible photos below and for more info on the auction visit, Artcurial Motorcars.

  • The Volvo Ocean Race Is Insane [18 High Quality Photos]

    The Volvo Ocean Race just may be the most extreme race you’ve never heard of. Held every three years since 1972, the sailing race takes teams all over the world over the course of nine months. The 2014-2015 race is the longest ever, covering 39,379 nautical miles between 11 ports in 11 countries. Just how extreme is it? Aside from being at sea for more than 20 days at a time, the teams, made up of nine sailors, can bring only limited supplies. Food is all freeze-dried and protein bars and must be properly rationed despite sailors burning about 6000 calories each day. Two of the sailors must have medical training to treat any illness or injury that may occur. And temperatures can range from freezing to above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The second leg of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, highlighted in the photos below, just wrapped up after 23 days and 5200 nautical miles, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Dutch Team Brunel took first place. And what kind of cash can the winners look forward to? Absolutely nothing! Apparently, being badass enough to complete the Volvo Ocean Race is the only reward these more »

  • You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Capture New York City Like This [32 High Quality Photos]

    What do they put in the water in Eastern Europe that makes everyone so fearless? Probably Vodka. That’s the only explanation we can think of when it comes to urban explorers such as Ukrainian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov. Just 21 and 25 years old respectively, the two must not care about seeing their 30s, because they are constantly traveling the world and climbing to the top of every building they come across. Which works out for us because we get these great photos from places we are too practical to ever experience. Recently the duo visited New York City and captured these incredible shots from the tops of skyscrapers and bridges. These are just some of the photos they took, but you can check out the rest, along with more details about the shoot, at On The Roofs.

  • You’ve Never Seen New York City Like This Before [38 High Quality Photos]

    Warning: These may be the greatest photos you’ll ever see of New York City. After viewing, you may be disappointed in every other picture you see of the Big Apple. But it’s totally worth it. Russian photographer Gelio recently visited New York City and quickly realized that to best experience the city, it was necessary to check it out from above. His incredible, high-quality photos capture New York’s fantastic skyscrapers, bridges, and parks from the sky, offering a unique perspective that even natives will never experience. These photos are just a small sample of Gelio’s series. You can check out many more along with descriptions of his journey and the city at Gelio.

  • Apollo 12 Survived Two Lightning Strikes To Capture These High Quality Lunar Photos

    On November 14, 1969, just four months after Apollo 11 made history and landed on the moon, Apollo 12 took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Just 36.5 seconds into the flight, lightning struck the Saturn V rocket, causing a false overload that took all three fuel cells offline. A second strike at 52 seconds took out the gyroscopes. The command module was transferred to battery backup, but the Saturn’s guidance system was still functional. Despite the rocky start, the Apollo 12 team reached the lunar surface on November 19. Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean became the second team to fly to the moon. When Pete Conrad, a relatively short man at 5’6″, first stepped on the moon he remarked, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” The following photos are just a few captured by the Apollo 12 astronauts. You can see many others at Project Apollo, but be careful: Once you start looking, it’s impossible to stop.

  • High-Quality Historic Maps Of Hoboken From 1881 and 1904

    Hoboken, home of baseball, Frank Sinatra, and RSVLTS HQ, is one of New Jersey’s fastest growing cities. In fact, from 2000 to 2010, the city’s population grew an incredible 30%. But it wasn’t always the busy city we know today. Hoboken was originally developed in the early 1800s as a resort city for Manhattanites. Then, beginning in the late 19th century, the city’s ports came under heavy use for shipping, aided by the railroad station. In 1889, 3000 manufacturing workers were employed in Hoboken. By 1909, that number had tripled. Check out the two maps below from 1881 and 1904 for an illustrated look at this growth. And be sure to click on the maps to see the full-size images.

  • One World Trade Center Opens For Business And The View Is Amazing

    One World Trade Center’s first tenant will move in on Monday when Conde Nast moves into floors 20 through 44 of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. It has been over 8 years since construction began on the world’s tallest office building, and we can’t wait to see the view from the top for ourselves. Unfortunately, the 120,000 square foot observation deck on the 102nd floor won’t open until spring 2015. However, photographer James Keivom was able to capture these photos from the unfinished deck. For more photos and info about One World Trade Center, check out the full article at the Daily News.

  • These New York Photos Are Incredible Composites Of Dozens Of Images

    At the age of 18, Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York to study photography. That was almost 20 years ago, and for the last decade, he has been creating these incredible composite images of iconic New York vistas, made up of dozens of images compressed and layered together. 40 of these amazing composite photos are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February 2015. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out six of these images below. Then watch the “making of” video to see how multiple shots are stitched together to create each epic composite.

  • 10 HQ Photos Of Our Newest National Monument, The San Gabriel Mountains

    Last week, President Obama designated southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument. About 350,000 acres of the mountain range’s 655,000 acres received the designation and federal protection that comes along with it. For many residents of Los Angeles, the mountains provide the only open space escape available. In fact, more than 15 million people live within 90 minutes of the mountain range. Also, 30% of Los Angeles’ drinking water comes form the mountains—a very important reason to make sure that water supply is kept clean. Along with the designation comes more than a million dollars to go towards upgrading and maintaining trails and picnic areas. With more than 3 million visitors annually, the San Gabriel Mountains will need all the preservation aid they can get. These high quality photos come from the US Department of Agriculture. For more great photos, check out the USDA on Flickr.

  • Phuket’s Vegetarians Are Hardcore [15 HQ Photos]

    Each year in Thailand, the city of Phuket (pronounced poo-ket, not…you know) hosts the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. It is held in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and is believed that the rituals practiced during the festival will bring good fortune. During the 10-day festival, residents of Chinese descent follow a strict vegan diet to cleanse their spirits. Then things get crazy. The most hardcore devotees will walk over hot coals, climb ladders with bladed rungs, and, as you can see in these photos, shove a bunch of stuff through holes in their faces. Hmm…you know, maybe it’s actually some protein or iron deficiency wreaking havoc on their brains that leads to these wacky antics.

  • 14 HQ Photos From The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival

    The world’s largest hot air balloon event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, is currently underway in New Mexico. The nine-day event, which ends October 12, is currently is in its 43rd year. Over 500 teams from 22 countries have brought their balloons to this year’s festivities, a huge difference from the original gathering in 1972 which saw just 13 balloons take to the skies. In addition to various competitions including races, a ring toss, and pole grab events, the get-together is also an opportunity for creative aeronauts to showcase their uniquely shaped and decorated balloons. For more info on this year’s festival check out Balloon Fiesta.

  • 15 Eye-Opening HQ Photos Show The Disappearing Aral Sea

    Originally formed where the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers joined between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once one of the four largest lakes in the world. But beginning in the 1960s, Soviet irrigation projects diverted the flow of the rivers and the Aral Sea began its decline. By 2007, the sea was just 10% of its original size and had split into four lakes—the North Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea, and a smaller lake in between the North and South. A dam project was completed in 2005 in an effort to save the North Aral Sea. However, these photos of the last 15 years illustrate how little is left of the once great sea and why the disappearance of the Aral Sea is known as “one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters.”

  • RSVLTS Visit St. Louis For A Bud VIP Weekend [35 HQ Photos]

    Our friends at Budweiser invited us out to St. Louis last weekend for a Bud VIP weekend complete with a brewery tour, Rams game, Cardinals game, and so much more. It sounded great, but we’ll be honest, we had no idea what to expect from the city. We knew it was home to plenty of professional sports teams and the Gateway Arch and…um…yeah, that’s about all we knew. But Budweiser made sure we’d see everything that we were missing out on in one of America’s 20 largest metropolitan areas. Serving as home base for the weekend was the Magnolia Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Known for years as the Mayfair Hotel and hosting such guests as Harry S Truman, Irving Berlin, and Cary Grant, the building had recently undergone renovations and was reopened as the Magnolia Hotel. Budweiser was kind enough to supply us with a keg of Budweiser and plenty of Gooey Louie gooey butter cake. If you’ve never had gooey butter cake, make friends with someone in St. Louis ASAP. Our first big adventure was a VIP tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Now we’ve taken brewery tours before, but they’ve always been microbreweries. While we love our microbrews, more »

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of United States Presidents Playing Football [17 HQ Photos]

    President Barack Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Bill Clinton is hit in the face with the football while breaking up a pass play during a touch football game on Dec. 31, 1993, in the beach at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Doug Gilmore) President Bush throws a football as he stands with Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia, right, during an impromptu stop at the team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio, Saturday, July 31, 2004. President Bush is making a campaign Bush tour through Ohio Saturday and will finish the day in Pittsburgh before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Dwight Eisenhower is shown kicking a football during a practice session at West Point in 1912. (AP Photo/The Eisenhower Library) Abilene, Kansas high school football team of 1910 on which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower played while a post-graduate student in preparation for West Point. Left to right, top row: Ralph Lucier, Frank Madden, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Earl Briney, “Six” McDonald, Howard Funk. Second row: Orin Snyder, coach Raymond Sare, Ames Rogers, G.N. more »

  • The Amazing Street Art of Vitry-sur-Seine, France [21 High Quality Photos]

    To the naked eye Vitry-sur-Seine is just another suburb of Paris. But the town of 86,000 has a little known secret. It is home to over 100 of the top street artists in the world. London was in the news this summer for putting a strict ban on this form of art but Vitry-sur-Seine actually ENCOURAGES their creative spirit allowing the artists to use the city as a canvas and bringing them in as faculty to teach workshops in the public schools. Embracing art like a boss. Well done Vitry-sur-Seine.

  • 16 HQ Photos From The Early Days Of Mountain Biking

    Retro bikes? Quirky facial hair? Vintage clothing? Overly warm photos with vignetting? Sounds like all the makings of a hipster Instagram account. But these photos are the real deal. They were taken by Wende Cragg, who would get together with her other adventurous cyclists in the 70s and ride down California’s mountain trails during the early days of what would become the sport of mountain biking. At the time, bike manufacturers didn’t build specialized bikes for downhill, mountainous terrain. It was common for ones hub brake to burn up all the grease on these downhill voyages and seize up, requiring one to repack the bearings. Because of this, these races became known as “Repacks” and their popularity led to modern mountain biking as we know it today. More of these great photos can be found at Biking History and for a more in-depth look at Wende Cragg and her fellow California repackers, check out Collectors Weekly.

  • Shocking Before & After Photos Of The California Drought

    Until recently, drought conditions had been worsening steadily for California since 2011. The past couple weeks have seen conditions remain the same rather than getting worse, but it doesn’t look like conditions will improve anytime soon, either. A wet El Niño fall had been predicted this year, but as we get closer the chances of such weather actually occurring have dropped to just 65%. And even if it does arrive, it won’t be anywhere near as wet as originally anticipated. With almost 99.8% of the state experiencing “severe” drought and more than half at “exceptional,” the driest on the five-level scale, the situation is looking dire for California residents.

  • This Is America: 32 Powerful Insider Photos From The Streets Ferguson, MO

    Early Tuesday Capt. Ron Johnson spoke after a chaotic night in which 31 people were arrested and two people were hit by gunfire. People are asking how did this local town get so militarized, celebrities like Nelly are flocking to the town to get involved and, in general, the town of Ferguson is looking more like Fallujah than an American suburb. As night falls in Ferguson peaceful protests have turned into battle grounds. To show a perspective that you may not have seen yet we’ve pulled together the following powerful photos that give an insiders look at what is going on from ground zero of the on-going event.

  • Get up Close And Personal With Celestial Hardbody Comet 67P [5 HQ Photos]

    Over 10 years ago, in March of 2004, the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta spacecraft. The robotic space probe was built with the intent of studying comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. On August 6, Rosetta entered into orbit around the comet, the first spacecraft ever to do so. For the next 17 months, Rosetta will orbit 67P while conducting the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. In November, the Philae robotic lander will land on the surface of 67P for further studies. Below are the first of the comet close-ups received from this incredible mission. Keep up with ESA Mission Rosetta on Twitter.

  • Russians Go To Hong Kong; Climb All The Things [35 HQ Photos]

    Fun Fact*: Russians have 38 words for “vodka” but no word for “nope.” But what is it with Russians and their complete lack of fear? Is it the vodka coursing through their veins? Or maybe their ushankas are too tight, cutting off circulation to their brains. Whatever the reason, the lack of a fear gene in Russian DNA has enabled them to be a country of daredevils, especially when it comes to climbing tall buildings without any sort of safety precautions. Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov are two such brave (or insane) individuals who recently traveled to Hong Kong and climbed pretty much everything. Some of their most dizzying photos are below, but you can view the rest and other crazy adventures at their site, On The Roofs.  *Not a fact.

  • 25 HQ Photos Of Hollywood Streets In The 80s

    In 1979, 17-year-old Matt Sweeney left home for Hollywood in hopes of making it big as a filmmaker. For 4 years he worked towards his dream while also photographing other inhabitants of the city on brilliant Kodachrome 64 film. Nothing ever came of Sweeney’s film career, but from 1979-1983 he captured around 80 rolls of film. Now he is working on digitizing the photos and sharing them all on his website mudstonephoto. Some of our favorites from the collection thus far are below, but there are many more at his site.

  • 45 Years Ago The United States Landed On The Moon [45 Rare and Iconic Photos]

    On July 16, 1969 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin left the Earth loaded into Apollo 11 and took off for the Moon. The launch was on a Wednesday, they became the first human beings to step foot on the Moon on Sunday, then splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean the following Thursday. Possibly the most productive 8 day trip in human history. From the launch to walking on its surface to the splash down and the whirlwind press tour that followed here is an insiders look at the Moon landing that took place 45 years ago this week.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.


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