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For Sacha Kalis, the ocean has always been her first home. Born and raised in the Bahamas, Sacha (who playfully refers to herself as “Bahamas Girl”) learned to swim before she could even walk. Her mother, the wonderfully talented underwater art photographer Elena Kalis, encouraged Sacha’s natural affinity for the world beneath the waves, letting her freely explore an amazing environment filled with tropical plant life, curious creatures, and mysterious treasures.
Brazilian Photographer Raul Boesel Photographed Daredevil Freedivers Diving With Sharks in The Bahamas
In this incredible GoPro capture by Amanda Brewer, we get up close and personal with a female Great White Shark off the coast of Seal Island in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Brewer, who is an elementary school art teacher, snapped the photo this summer while interning atWhite Shark Africa, an eco-tourism and animal conservation organization.
In an interview with Time, Brewer explains:
“I wasn’t even a little bit frightened. When you’re there and you’re in their presence, it’s not scary. They’re beautiful and graceful, and you can see how intelligent they are.”
Firefighters from the Lacey, Washington Fire Department recently responded to a call about a burning mobile home. The crew quickly extinguished the fire and noticed a family of pet hamsters inside the burning building. They grabbed the five hamsters—later identified asOreo, Madonna and three unnamed babies—and brought them outside to safety.
Afterwards they administered oxygen to the furry critters. The adults survived and so did two of the offspring. Nobody else was in the building at the time and no firefighters were injured.
Photographer Martin Usborne’s recent work stems from a strong childhood memory of being left alone in a vehicle. This was not an act of neglect, it was likely just a quick trip to the supermarket. He remembers wondering if his parents would ever return to him, feeling powerless and without a voice. The fear was strong enough that, years later, it was the basis for his series The Silence of Dogs in Cars.
When Jon Feinstein, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, sat down to name his cat-themed photography show, a few titles sprung to mind. “I Got 99 Cat Photos and a Bitch Ain’t One”? “These Cat Photos Will Blow Your Mind and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next…”? “Henri Kittier Bresson, and the Canon of the Photo Meows”?
Sadly, he went with a milder, less punny title — “New Cats in Art Photography" — but thankfully, the carefully curated selection of cat photos didn’t suffer. With over 100 images, imagined by some of our favorite contemporary photographers, the digital exhibition is an homage to the internet age’s obsession with all things feline. No pretension. Just cats.
Audrey Hepburn may have had a pet deer, but the award for most dangerous and bad-ass exotic pet likely goes to the equally beautiful actress Tippi Hedren, who shared her quaint Sherman Oaks, California home with a massive full grown lion named Neil. Along with her family members, husband Noel Marshall (a writer and producer) and Hedren’s daughter from another marriage, a then-teenaged Melanie Griffith, we can see how Neil integrated into the family’s activities and home.
Photographer Manuela Kulpa has a portfolio full of gorgeous wildlife photographs. Unlike other wildlife photographers, however, she doesn’t have the opportunity to travel to the natural environments of the animals she wishes to photograph. Instead of shooting in the African safari, she visits zoos.
African Souls is a series by Kulpa that attempts to capture the soul and beauty of African wildlife.
Getting up close and personal with large lions is really only an option for a few people in this world; for the rest of us, capturing close-ups requires a bit of engineering. Enter wildlife photographer Steve Mandel and his LionCam.
Inspired by UK photographer Will Burrard-Lucas (a favorite wildlife photographer of ours here on PetaPixel) and his famous BettleCam from a couple of years ago, Mandel took Burrard-Lucas’ design (they had been emailing back and forth) and augmented it to suit his needs on a recent trip to Kenya.