Photographer Thomas Lore, who is known for his fashion shoots, has a new project: close-up, abstract photos of birds. He’s gathered them all into a new book. What we see when we look at these? The topography of alien worlds.

Lore’s put some “outtake” bird shots on Instagram. The above one looks like a a dark sanded planet with a lot of dunes.

Obsidian planet:



You can see more from the book on Lohr’s site, and figure out which ones look like a mossy swamp planet, roiling blue seas, and fire.


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