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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11 months ago

This kinda looks good

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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glorytherainwing
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11 months ago

looks like a blinding library

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San Francisco, USA

San Francisco, USA

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Dinh Thi Kim Thanh
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11 months ago

i want to come here

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New York, USA

New York, USA

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jamie1707
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11 months ago

That looks like a jenga game>

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Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca, Spain

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*Clears throat*
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11 months ago

that looks so peaceful

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Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan

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glorytherainwing
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11 months 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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11 months ago

London Bridge station if anyone was wondering.

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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Dinh Thi Kim Thanh
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11 months ago

special

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Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Andres Tejeda
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11 months 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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11 months ago

the houses seem so organized?

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

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Daria B
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11 months ago

Just hanging around. ♥

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Balearic Islands, Spain

Balearic Islands, Spain

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European other
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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Daria B
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11 months ago

These buildings look like rotating gear.

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Ellen D.
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10 months ago

a pick-pockets paradise! Pretty colours though.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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I love Foxxy
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11 months ago

The vodacom building , this place is mad rachet and hella scary , never come here as youll be terrified

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Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan

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Andres Tejeda
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11 months ago

Very nice, how much?

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#20

The North Sea Windfarms

The North Sea Windfarms

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European other
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11 months ago

Seen a lot !

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#21

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Char Char
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11 months ago

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

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

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Eric Mac Fadden
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11 months ago

Smog me

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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I love Foxxy
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11 months 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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11 months ago

It looks like a ski resort village.

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

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Tim Ess
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7 months ago

?

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Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA

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glorytherainwing
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11 months 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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8 months ago

We where never here :|

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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European other
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11 months ago

That sand colour

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Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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European other
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11 months ago

Yes amazing !

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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glorytherainwing
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

What are we looking at? Crates?

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Huaxi Village, China

Huaxi Village, China

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Heidi Matsumoto
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11 months ago

Imagine looking for your house while you're drunk....

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#34

Keppel Harbour, Singapore

Keppel Harbour, Singapore

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European other
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11 months ago

So Singapore lol !

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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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European other
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11 months ago

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

#36

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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Andres Tejeda
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11 months ago

pretty stark contrast of privilege and poverty.

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Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles, USA

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ZHU
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8 months ago

Sleep... No, not today.

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Northern Alberta, Canada

Northern Alberta, Canada

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Alexandru Bucur
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11 months ago

Isn't' Alberta in CANADA?

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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European other
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11 months ago

You could do this in most European cities where old meets new

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Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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ZHU
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8 months ago

Eye on the roof

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#42

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Eric Mac Fadden
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11 months ago

Because The Future is pollution!

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Supertrees, Singapore

Supertrees, Singapore

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Singapore

Singapore

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Eric Mac Fadden
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11 months ago

Someday nature will take care of it.

#46

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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11 months ago

People are crammed here. Not my idea of home.

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Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada

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European other
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11 months ago

Logs ?

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

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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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11 months 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

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

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Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan

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#55

Huaxi, China

Huaxi, China

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Tskaltubo, Georgia

Tskaltubo, Georgia

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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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11 months 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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11 months ago

What a contrast!

#62

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

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European other
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11 months ago

Large sex toy not yet completed ?!?

#63

Mojave Desert, USA

Mojave Desert, USA

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Bobby Sammons
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9 months ago

It is one of three solar arrays at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Plant on the California/Nevada border off of the I-15.

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Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

Hardly any greenery!

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Erbil, Iraq

Erbil, Iraq

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European other
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11 months ago

Western style houses, interesting to see

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

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Barbara Hasslacher
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11 months ago

Yuk! Where's nature?

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#72

Huaxi, China

Huaxi, China

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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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11 months ago

Anybody know what's going on here?

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

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#77

Kyiv, Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine