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In order to document life in the recently contaminated areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan, photographers Guillaume Bression and Carlos Ayesta traveled to nearby towns and evacuated villages to photograph manipulated portraits and landscapes using large rolls of cellophane and other props. Covering both Japanese icons like red maple trees, and everyday objects like cars and swing sets, the photos speak to the destruction and grief of the locals with the cellophane's ineffective attempt at preservation. Additional scenes like a man in a lake wearing a gas mask, and businessmen stored in a plastic bubble, reference the otherwise invisible radiation contamination. [images via Designboom]







Photos by Justin Evidon

During his coursework for a masters degree in architecture, Hank Butitta was frustrated that his ideas never made it past the rendering phase. To satisfy his impulse to work with his hands and actually see a project through to construction, he started designing a cabin for a rural plot of land his grandfather owned. When a pesky building code and a too small budget made that project unfeasible, Butitta realized that a similar structure built inside of a bus would be exempt from the local law and cost much less.

A few months later, when it came time to start his final thesis project, Butitta pulled the bus idea from the back burner and purchased a decommissioned school bus for $3,000. Over the course of the semester he designed and fabricated an interior that could sleep a handful of passengers, and planned a 5,000 mile road trip to test the design. That road trip, which started in Minneapolis, is in progress right now, with the bus somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Check out the travel log, and see a few photos of the restoration below.












Photo by: Wayne Lawrence

On the long list of things New York City claims to do best, the beach is rarely mentioned. While NYC beaches aren't highly regarded for their solitude or white sand, city dwellers still head to waterfronts in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx in droves when the sun gods beckon.

NYC-based photographer Wayne Lawrence grew up in Saint Kitts, an island made almost entirely out of beaches, so his photo series of Orchard Beach dwellers on the only public beach in the Bronx seems like a natural choice. The title "Orchard Beach: the Bronx Riviera," by the way, is a play on the beach's original nickname in the 1930s, New York Riviera. [photos via Agnostica / Courtesy of the Artist]

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Yonder Journal, an exploration-minded photography collective, divides its features into three categories. "Studies" are longform travelogs. "Briefs" are quick notes usually as a caption to a single photo. And "Guides" are Yonder's fully-fledged photo-heavy travel guides, complete with printable diagrams, maps, and cue-sheets. The group journeys through remote areas of the American West. But, as they clarify in a footnote to their Statement of Purpose, "'Western' is not a place. It’s an attitude and a quality, the hallmarks of which are self-sufficiency, self-reliance, transformation, rugged independence, saltiness, a predisposition to risk and margins, and a DTF-type of commitment to one’s pursuits."

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Venue, a roving editorial body from BLDGBLOG founder Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography, is nearing the end of a 16-month tour. Since last June the team has traveled around North America with a specially designed, lightweight cinéma vérité tripod rig, conducting interviews and photographing out-of-the-way places. The team has visited the U.S. military's simulated battlefields, been on set with costume designers at Spectral Motion, shot the field where NASA rehearsed the moon landing, and even made music in a cave in Virginia.

Check out some of Venue photos below, and keep an eye out for the final stories from the trip.