I'm a Canadian/Dutch photographer named Ryan Koopmans. Even though I'm well established and published across the world, I've never made a photography book. Until now, at least. My book "Vantage" explores the earth’s man-made structures, surreal architecture, and megacities, evoking the insight and intrigue experienced from a traveling photographer’s perspective. I took these high-definition photos from cranes, planes, hills, and mountains, yet I preferred not to use a drone. It's because drones don't offer the control and the quality that I like to have for my pictures.

I've been collecting the material for the book for over 10 years. As you'd imagine, it takes a lot of time and money to travel across the globe. I took these photographs in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Iraq, Brazil, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Georgia, Ukraine, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Dubai, Malaysia, and many other places. The aesthetic and the style of the architecture differs from place to place, though what's common in all of them is the astonishing grand scale and the emerging patterns of decay and growth inside cities. The shots vary from panoramic views to pattern-like close-ups of buildings and shapes of structures, to solemn constructions standing in contrast with nature.

In short, I hope that this 10-years-worth collection of astonishing structures and awe-inspiring landscapes will have something for everybody's liking. If you're interested in checking out my complete book, the Blackdog link is down below. Enjoy, and thanks.

More info: ryankoopmans.com | Instagram | Facebook | blackdogonline.com

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Kyiv, Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine

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European other
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1 year ago

This kinda looks good

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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RoseTheMad
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1 year ago

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Wow.. labelling Hong Kong as "China" is incredibly insensitive...

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San Francisco, USA

San Francisco, USA

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Dinh Thi Kim Thanh
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1 year ago

i want to come here

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New York, USA

New York, USA

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

the next tower to fall down will be this one

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#5

Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca, Spain

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*Clears throat*
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1 year ago

that looks so peaceful

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Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

looks like a closer inspection of post #3

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London, UK

London, UK

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Chewie Baron
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1 year ago

London Bridge station if anyone was wondering.

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

ooooooo

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#9

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Andres Tejeda
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1 year ago

This shot looks really cool.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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*Clears throat*
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1 year ago

the houses seem so organized?

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Just hanging around. ♥

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Balearic Islands, Spain

Balearic Islands, Spain

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European other
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1 year ago

Which one ?!

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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New York, USA

New York, USA

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

not seeing the point in the massive triangle

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Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

haha i find it funny that there's just a few dresses/blankets just hanging off the edge there

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

if was a puzzle, i would take 2 years doing this

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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European other
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1 year ago

I like the colours

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Andres Tejeda
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1 year ago

Looks like you are going down into an abyss. I would hate to be the ones at the bottom.

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Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan

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Andres Tejeda
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1 year ago

Very nice, how much?

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#20

The North Sea Windfarms

The North Sea Windfarms

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*Clears throat*
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1 year ago

never seen that before

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#21

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Char Char
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1 year ago

Can someone explain the boat? Is that a hotel or something?

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#22

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

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Eric Mac Fadden
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1 year ago

Smog me

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#23

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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I love Foxxy
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1 year ago

Vodacom tower again , cant believe its so pretty yet so dangerous

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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DemPugs
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1 year ago

It looks like a ski resort village.

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#25

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

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Tim Ess
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1 year ago

?

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Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

cant tell if thats a wave or a massive wall

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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ZHU
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1 year ago

We where never here :|

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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European other
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1 year ago

That sand colour

#29

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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European other
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1 year ago

Yes amazing !

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

...and then a shark came up, ate him, and never heard from the little boy again

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Daria B
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1 year ago

The building is a rocket! And it's taking off to space!

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Koper, Slovenia

Koper, Slovenia

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Barbara Hasslacher
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1 year ago

What are we looking at? Crates?

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#33

Huaxi Village, China

Huaxi Village, China

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

try finding your house now ;)

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#34

Keppel Harbour, Singapore

Keppel Harbour, Singapore

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European other
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1 year ago

So Singapore lol !

#35

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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European other
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1 year ago

Yes we know they have one of the biggest ports !!!

#36

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

mega stair case

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#37

Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles, USA

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ZHU
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1 year ago

Sleep... No, not today.

#38

Northern Alberta, Canada

Northern Alberta, Canada

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Alexandru Bucur
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1 year ago

Isn't' Alberta in CANADA?

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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#40

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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DemPugs
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1 year ago

I like this picture, the huge chapel basically cuts through the urban sprawl. Pretty cool camera angle to get a picture like this

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#41

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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ZHU
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1 year ago

??

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#42

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Eric Mac Fadden
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1 year ago

Because The Future is pollution!

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#43

Supertrees, Singapore

Supertrees, Singapore

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Singapore

Singapore

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#45

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Eric Mac Fadden
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1 year ago

Someday nature will take care of it.

#46

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Andres Tejeda
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1 year ago

This just makes me feel really claustrophobic.

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Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada

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European other
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1 year ago

Logs ?

#48

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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#49

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

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#50

Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas, USA

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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DemPugs
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1 year ago

Hong Kong is so cool, its one of the only places where you see undeveloped mountains with huge apartments built as steep as they can go

#52

Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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#53

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

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#54

Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan

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#55

Huaxi, China

Huaxi, China

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#56

Tskaltubo, Georgia

Tskaltubo, Georgia

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#57

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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#58

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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1 year ago

What is this? Graves?

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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NanZ
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1 year ago

What a contrast!

#62

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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European other
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1 year ago

Large sex toy not yet completed ?!?

#63

Mojave Desert, USA

Mojave Desert, USA

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Eric Mac Fadden
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1 year ago

Lots of dead birds

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Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

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#65

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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1 year ago

Interesting shot with such a large ship to see perspective

#66

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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DemPugs
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1 year ago

Isn't this the building that melted a car with it's reflection, or am I thinking of another city?

#67

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

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#68

Jiangsu, China

Jiangsu, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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1 year ago

Hardly any greenery!

#69

Erbil, Iraq

Erbil, Iraq

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European other
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1 year ago

Western style houses, interesting to see

#70

Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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#71

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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1 year ago

Yuk! Where's nature?

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#72

Huaxi, China

Huaxi, China

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#73

Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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#74

Caucuses Mountains, Georgia

Caucuses Mountains, Georgia

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Kenny Kulbiski
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1 year ago

Anybody know what's going on here?

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