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!! OMG, the last days of disco: A beautiful look at Italy’s now abandoned and once-thriving disco clubs !!

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Photographer Antonio La Grotta has documented some of the beautiful ruins of the hey-day of Italy’s once vibrant disco club scene. Via Slate:

Through the 1980s and some of the 1990s, giant discotheques on the outskirts of Italian cities were at the center of the nightlife scene. Inspired by an economic boom, partiers frequented spaces designed to celebrate opulence and splendor, built, as Antonio La Grotta described them, “large enough to contain the dreams of success, money, and fun of thousands of people.”
Eventually, tastes changed. In the late 1990s, La Grotta said, smaller bars and clubs opened in the city with live concerts and DJs, drawing revelers away from the large discotheques, rendering them “cement whales” housing “echo and melancholy.”

Check out more of Antonio’s incredible photos after the jump!

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!! OMG, they’re naked: The Warwick Rowers’ 2014 calendar shoot !!

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Homophobia and bullying sucks! The Warwick Rowers wanted help raise awareness, so they stripped off all their clothes and let some dude film it. I have no issue with this at all! This should happen more often.
Check out the NSFW “making of video” after the jump! (And purchase their fine-ass wares here for a good cause!)

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!! OMG, watch your step!: Photos of Bosnia’s Seemingly Peaceful Countryside Littered with Land Mines !!

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War sucks y’all! It is not fun, and the consequences that are left behind really aren’t cute either. Brett Van Ort‘s photo series Minescape captures Bosnia’s peaceful countryside that is still very littered with explosive landmines today.
Brett places the serene photos next to images of prosthetic limbs and different dangerous explosive devices, and the contrast is jarring! Check out the rest of the series after the jump.

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!! OMG, bend and snap: Grainne Quinlan photographs Tai Chi enthusiasts with hilarious results !!

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No, that’s not a new press photo for Daft Punk. It would be really hot if it was, but the music industry just hasn’t evolved to that level of glamour yet. The photo is actually from Irish, Hong-Kong based photographer, Grainne Quinlan‘s (pronounced Granny?) photo series White Crane Spread Wings which documents Tai Chi enthusiasts in Hong Kong.
I grew up in a part of a suburb that was populated mostly by new Hong Kong immigrants to Canada, so this photoseries is giving me crazy nostalgic vibes right now. I would see this on the steps of the library every morning on my way to school. I also like it because it’s like viewing an elderly version of Elle Woods’ “Bend and Snap”. Never a bad thing!
Check out the rest of Grainne‘s White Crane Spread Wings photoseries after the jump.
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