ALCHEMY: Michel Leroy Photographs Athletes in Black and White (NSFW)

All images by Michel Leroy. Used with permission.

“It took months of experimenting with different techniques and combinations of digital and film equipment to achieve this unique in-camera look,” photographer Michel Leroy tells us about his series Alchemy. “It is the combination of gear and lighting that gives the skin the unique dark metallic look not body paint or Photoshop.” Tonight, Michel is unveiling the project to the public at a gallery opening in NYC. Michel is a commercial photographer these days, after a previous life as a photojournalist. So when it came to Alchemy, Michel was all about creating a series of images that helped him with his experiments. He wanted to explore a single idea in depth. So he went about collaborating with a number of athletes and experimenting to get this look all in-camera with no photoshop.

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This Timelapse of Yellowstone Makes Winter Not Seem So Bad Afterall

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Los Angeles-based landscape photographer and filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee, the brilliant mind behind Evosia Studios, knows there are stories to tell in nature – in the tiniest transformations of each tree or cloud or star, in the changing of the seasons. And he wants to be the one to tell those stories to the world.

So he does, with his awe-inspiring short films like last year’s Alchemy, which we had the pleasure of featuring here, and time-lapse videos that show us the ever-changing nature of… well, nature.

Of course, in these winter months, capturing and telling these stories meant spending a lot of time in the cold, sometimes brutal outdoors. Ever the passionate artist that he is, however, this doesn’t stop Lee. Instead, it inspires him even more. Where many see desolation and landscapes buried in snow, Lee sees, as always, the stories of nature, which he captures expertly.

Complete wit pivoting clouds, dancing geysers, passing traveling fogs, the epic journey (and Lee’s latest masterpiece) that is Fathom 4K: A Winter’s Journey into Yellowstone takes us beyond the barren wastelands and into the beautiful scenes that winter itself is capable of painting.

This time-lapse video is as inspiring as it is majestic, so if you’re nursing a depressive mood right now, it just might be what you need motivate you to climb out of your rut. See it after the jump.

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