Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.
A passionate couple dances the Underwater Tango in this spectacular series by Russian artist Katerina Bodrunova. Without giving away much evidence of floating in the middle of deep blue water, the dancers elegantly move with each other into the variety of graceful poses. Bodrunova’s bio explains that many of her photographs “defy conventional physics and show her subjects as weightless objects with an ability to transcend space and time.”
The dancers’ passion and energy is translated through the moves of this cultural dance. In all of the photographs, Bodrunova presents the viewer with an intense, cool palette of smooth, flowing shapes and forms which are consumed by a surrounding darkness. The 27-year-old self taught photographer captures perfectly composed moments in an incredibly difficult setting. In doing so, she creates new realities for her viewers and she says, “Sometimes we change the space around us to fit our ideas and sometimes space, place, or time dictates their rules. We can fight or we can embrace, the choice is ours.”