Photo by Iwan Baan

On three tiny islands in central Japan, stunning natural beauty lives side by side with some of the world’s best contemporary art and architecture. See 10 photos by Iwan Baan.

The Art of Stillness in the Japanese Wilderness. Photo: Iwan Baan

A lyrical meditation on flying halfway across the world to stand still and find peace within.

“'Nothing replaces the loss of a son, not even another son.’

Safia Abo Zour, 25, holds her five-month-old baby, Mohammed, with one hand and holds with the other the sweater her older son, also named Mohammed, wore the last time he went to kindergarten. Mohammed had just turned four years old when he was killed during the second war in Gaza in 2011 after an airstrike on his family's house in the Al Zaitoun neigborhood. Safia named her new baby after his brother." -- Eman Mohammed

Portraits by photojournalist Eman Mohammed.

Bosnian photographer Ziyah Gafic grew up in Sarajevo during the war. In this powerful Q&A, he explains why he obsessively takes pictures of rusty watches, broken glasses and old combs.

For this eerie organism, Huang recorded eye movements up-close, and nestled a screen to show the footage among inflated plastic bags and other household materials. "The idea of taking existing objects, merging them and making something new and magical is wonderful to me," he says. EX-C-F 4 (YK-Eye), by Shih Chieh Huang, 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artist Shih Chieh Huang takes everyday objects—garbage bags, plastic bottles, food containers, old computer parts—and transforms them into surreal sea creatures. See his work, up close and personal.

Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin disappears into his works, silently making bold statements about consumerism, mass culture — even the Chinese government. See a gallery of previously unpublished works.

Heather Barnett makes art from physarum polycephalum, including a beautiful timelapse film of its growth. Check out some truly strange GIFs of the work.