The Consumer Technology Association’s International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is the world’s largest annual technology trade show. Ahead of the Jan. 6-9 event in Las Vegas, media got a preview of some of the products and services to be exhibited, including cameras, wearables, drones, robots, and health and safety systems.
Geoff Lawrence came about his love for photography later in life, and “with earnest.” As a former 2D artist, photography — and his elaborate post-production process — helps him to create images the way he never could with paint. A recovering addict, Lawrence says photography keeps him positive and engaged.
The La Vijanera masquerade, of pre-Roman origin, took place in the small village of Silio, northern Spain, on Sunday. It is the first carnival of the year in Europe symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and involving the participation of crowds of residents wearing different masks, animal skins and brightly colored clothing. The festival has its own complex function and symbolism in becoming the living example of the survival of archaic cults to nature.
The Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., is a trim jumble of cheering crowds, marching bands, waving arms, colorful floats and flowers — lots and lots of flowers — all under a California blue sky. Each of the floats have to be covered by natural or organic material, which includes flowers, seeds and leaves. The annual ritual, which precedes the “grandaddy” of college football, the Rose Bowl, can trace its beginning to 1890 as part of an effort to promote the “Mediterranean of the West.”
Photos and text by Karl Merton Ferron
Whether recent construction or a work completed decades prior, the building of high rises and bridges pierce the sky, offering the chance to catch a glimpse of when symmetry and geometry create a symbiosis with a cerulean dawn, or celestial transit.
Colorful hues surround man-made structures, embracing reflective glass, hardened steel and sculpted granite, once harvested from organic quartz, iron, aluminum, clay and shale. Architects and engineers planned and designed these structures, and then construction workers used machinery and pure human effort, building from foundation and footing, then capping off with the crest of an 85-year-old arch bridge, or the mast that tops a 509-foot tower. These structures themselves evoke a sense of artistry, yet make for an even more beautiful spectacle when paired with a dramatic sky or setting moon.
A fire broke out in a residential building near Dubai’s massive New Year’s Eve fireworks display. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 meters (905 yards).