Category: Photography

Art

Photos tackle importance of play to children in hostile environments

Mark Neville's photographs often focus on difficult circumstances, such as hazardous waste dumps and war, as well as the latter's offshoots like post-traumatic stress disorder. In his new exhibition, titled "Child's Play" and which features works collected over a 15-year period, children and the importance of play in their lives stand front and center. The theme may sound like a respite from the unpleasant realities Neville usually tackles with his art, but the catch is many of the children in the photographs are pictured in hardly livable places: a refugee camp in Kenya and a war-torn region in Ukraine, among others. In these dangerous environments, play is a breathing space, according to Neville. Play is "an outlet, a release, a kind of therapy,” the photographer said. "It allows children “to make sense of the horrors going on in the adult world and deal with them." "Child's Play" was launched on Feb. 3 and will run until April 30 at the Foundling Museum in London....
Art

British Antarctic Survey data manager takes majestic photos of Antarctica for 366 days

Many a professional and amateur photographer have challenged themselves to take at least one photo of each day for 365 days, or one year. Michal Krzysztofowicz, from Poland, took it up a notch quite literally and did so for 366 days, and in an out-of-the-ordinary place at that: the frozen Antarctica. Krzysztofowicz's project ran from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 last year, a leap year, which made it possible for the undertaking to cover 366 days. And as if the project isn't interesting enough, Krzysztofowicz took pictures of the seemingly boundless natural landscapes and atmosphere, the breathtaking Aurora Australis and the mighty emperor penguins while working as a data manager for the British Antarctic Survey at the Halley Research Station. "I have been into photography for several years before I came South, with my favorite genres having been landscapes and underwater photography," Krzysztofowicz said. When I came to Halley for my second winter, I decided it would...
Culture

Witness the WiFi revolution in Havana through these captivating photos

Cuba has got 35 WiFi hotspots and absolutely busy citizens. After many years of expensive wifi connection possibilities, Cuba opened free hotspots around the country and the pictures below will show you how this affected the happy citizens. Just a year ago, most tourists couldn’t easily connect to the internet; the service was expensive and terribly slow. Well, things are finally changing! Talented British documentary photographer Jason Larkin captured photo collections that show us the current mood of "the nation on the internet". Take a look. ...
Art

The beautiful world of frozen Baikal Lake

During the winter, the world’s deepest lake (1,642 meters) freezes over to a thickness of 5 to 6.5 feet. The ice forms are stunningly beautiful and many visitors go to the Baikal Lake just to experience a breathtaking nature in front of their eyes.  Ice cracks all the time and this makes for some creepy sounds. Photographer Kristina Makeeva walked the lake and made incredible photographs. Through her lance, Baikal looks like a place from the winter fairy tale. For Makeeva's experience during the adventure in the frozen Baikal, read here. ...
Photography

Retro-modern hybrid camera made entirely out of recyclable cardboard

When people hear the word “vintage,” they automatically think it’s a collectible item coming from a previous outdated era. Not this analog camera, though. Jollylook is the first camera of its kind that is able to merge both the vintage look of a 19th-century fold-out camera and the benefits of modern instant film. What is more interesting about it is the fact that it’s made completely from eco-friendly, 100% recyclable cardboard and is, according to the startup’s website, “as dangerous to the environment as a banana peel.” This hybrid project was originally conceived while Ukrainian co-founder Oleg Khalip was introducing his son to the interior workings of a basic analog camera. The style and look of the camera are undeniably retro, but can instantly develop a photo within seconds with the use of the Instax mini film. Its 100mm lens enables users to shoot photos that range from landscape to portrait with the help of a Fresnel lens as a viewfinder. You can...
Creativity

Photographer takes on experiment with a $1 camera in Japan and the results are dreamy

In this modern day and age, it would be weird for someone to replace a good digital camera (or a mobile phone) with a $1 point-and-shoot 35mm camera. For photographer Skyler Adams who has self-diagnosed himself with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), this was a challenge he would never have expected himself to be “pleasantly surprised” with. During a trip to Japan, he decided to take it upon himself to know if the camera really doesn’t make the picture, like what photographers would often say. Writing in PetaPixel, he said he, “…found a Canon Sure Shot camera in a thrift store, and bought it along with an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 film for $2.” He took pictures of landscapes and people, and the pictures all turned out to be quite dreamy and nostalgic. Talking about the experience, he said that, “most of the battle is finding good light” and that “the cost of each photo has helped me compose photos better.” He spent a total of $10 for this whole experiment....
Art

Digital artist reenacts her own dreams using conceptual photography

To digital artist Paxton Maroney, dreams hold a deeper meaning than what they seem. Art has always been in the fabric of her being since she was young. It wasn’t until photography became accessible to her that she was able to really express her art and creativity. For years, she had experienced surreal dreams that rival even the crispness of reality. This has often caused her to wake up in the middle of the night, disrupted with the images that she has taken with her in the waking world. Today, with her work as Conceptual Fine Art Photographer, she is able to tell the story of her dreams while letting her audience form their own representation of her art. She even lets herself go on lucid dreaming in the day to create new and captivating material. We have collected below a few of her works. But if you’re in Dallas, you can catch a glimpse of Paxton Maroney's solo exhibition centering on her extraordinary, magical art from February 4-27, 2017 at the Jen Mauldin Gallery. ...
Art

Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck zeroes in on forests’ lines and forms in first book of photos

Singaporean artist and photographer Chua Chye Teck perhaps got more than he bargained for when he turned to hiking. Initially a way for him to increase physical activity, hiking provided an opportunity to observe and appreciate the composition of a forest -- not the obviously beautiful landscapes, mind you, but the way the trees are connected to form an expansive body. This is all thanks to his training as a sculptor, in which he is most attentive to lines, form, and structure. Enthralled by the splendor, Chua, 43, took photos of trees as he perceived them. The result of the two-year photography sessions in the forested domains is his recently released first book, "Beyond Wilderness." At first glance, many of the black-and-white photos look like ones of freely applied paint rather than trees. Chua is adamant in his belief that the wilderness possesses codes waiting to be deciphered. “There is a visual language to the wilderness that, just like English or Chinese,...
Culture

Los Angeles-based photographer merges 19th century with modern technology

Back in the 19th century, circuses and theater halls were filled with top hat-wearing, corset-fitted ladies and gentlemen looking to see exhibitionists, and hear romantic poetry and music. Nowadays, this form of entertainment can easily be fulfilled at literally a touch of a fingertip. From tablets to Bluetooth headsets, modern technology has evidently made everything accessible for the modern Joe and Jane. But can you imagine if the extravagance of the 19th century converged with the minimalistic advancements of the 21st century? Qiangjian Meng, a photographer residing in Los Angeles, had this in mind when he created Gold Rush – a photo series depicting a “dialogue between generations.” The collection shows men and women dressed in classic 19th-century fashion interacting with the modern technologies of today such as an Apple watch, a Playstation controller, and even a drone. Meng started his career working with photographers in the fashion scene and...
Art

Apple’s new ad showcases the power of the iPhone 7 in low-light photography

A new advertising campaign by Apple shows just how capable the camera of the iPhone 7 is. The campaign, called "One Night," features photos taken by a number of photographers on Nov. 5 last year using the tech giant's latest handset. The iPhone, particularly its more recent iteration, is lauded for its image-capturing ability, but this ad specifically seeks to let everyone know of the iPhone 7's prowess in low-light photography. From dusk till dawn, the photographers took photos of captivating natural landscapes and lively city streets. Reuben Wu, a photographer from Chicago, spent the night capturing lava in  Gunung Karang in Indonesia. Wu fitted the iPhone 7, whose camera boasts an F1.8 aperture, to a drone to capture the majestic view from above. Ruairidh McGlynn, meanwhile, traveled to Iceland and snapped away in the Arctic, with a dog sled for transportation. "I wanted to produce a series of unexpected images that both pushed the boundaries of mobile photography...
Books

Where else could you get more inspired than in Mark Twain’s library?

Mark Twain House & Museum has recently announced their plan to share Mark Twain’s working environment with contemporary writers of literature the world over. According to their plan, visitors will be allowed to work in the 19th-century house where characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were born. However, next year's visitors will have more competition, as only 4 sessions will be organized. All of those who want this inspirational journey had better hurry up and reserve their ticket on time. For more information visit the museum’s website. ...
Art

Annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibit takes place in Cottesloe Beach, features awe-inspiring works by different artists

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most famous events in Sydney, Australia. It all began with Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, where over half a million people come in to see the work of various artists. It has been a resounding success since 1997 and continues as an annual tradition to this day. Because of its success, the organizers have expanded to a second location: Cottesloe, Perth. Now, we are looking forward to this year's Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe, which will take place on March 2017. Cottesloe has staged the event since 2005, amassing over a quarter of a million visitors each year, thanks to the many sculptures on display. But this isn't just about art - because Sculpture by the Sea has become an inspiring moment for all of us. For some reason, during these events, every person who participates or even just visits spreads goodwill in a way or two. You can experience this, too. The 2017 event will take place on March 3 to 20 at the Cottesloe Beach in Perth. For...
Design

Scientists design food packaging made suitable for the zero gravity environment

Astronauts need to stay healthy - both physically - and mentally, during their mission in space. But what kind of nutrition will satisfy their needs? And, more importantly, how do you store it? Food packaging for suitable for zero gravity environments has gone through some interesting evolutions over the decades. Nowadays, astronauts are able to eat healthily and at the same time not to damage anything in the spaceship. This collection of amazing - and fictional-looking - photographs documented the upside down meal time packing solutions for space. How cool is that? Take a look! ...
Architecture

Poho series shows Brutalism style depicted in architecture around the world

Many of these gray giants were built between 1950 und 1970s. This type of architecture is known as Brutalism and was mostly popular in post-war Europe, India, and the Eastern Bloc. Today, many of these buildings are demolished and lie in ruins. However, many are empty and exist as monuments to a bygone era. The monuments constructed in this style are especially interesting in ex-Yugoslavia countries. Brutalism was typically represented in buildings without paint or dressings. In many, they evoke silence, glory, and fear. They definitely stand as the last bastions of an architectural style that reigned during a challenging era for Europe. ...
Art

Kickstarter campaign features candid takes from body painting photo shoots into new book project

Paul Roustan is no newbie when it comes to finding success on Kickstarter. He is now well underway in his third campaign, which will include showcasing unique photos in a new book. The images will be unplanned and unposed - in other words, candid shots. This will definitely give a fresh look into body painting as an art. Roustan is a body painter himself, as well as a professional photographer, for over a decade now. For this project, he aims to give something new and special to his followers and backers. It will be a limited (first) edition copy that will feature behind-the-scenes takes from the models and the photo shoot set. Because we're used to properly tailored photos, creating this book has been difficult, according to Roustan, mainly in terms of capturing the most natural essence of the images. Backers can pledge for a copy of the new book, or for the book plus original sketches by Roustan. ...
Creativity

This photographer captures the unconventional beauty of the dark side

 Рина Драгунова (Rina Dragunova)  is a photographer from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The compositions featured in front of her camera are very unusual. A subtle dance between the fantastical and the macabre, her pictures are gloomy, eerie, disturbing and provocative, but beautiful nontheless. To enjoy more of her work you can follow her on Facebook, or visit 500px.            ...
Culture

Fun photo collections showcases vintage roller coasters

It seems that people have been enjoying roller coasters since time immemorial. Of course, roller coasters didn't always feature such modern and cool designs as they do today. Moreover, they were also a little bit terrifying, but always fascinating. Some say they were first seen in Russia in the 17th century. Some believe they were first constructed in Paris 1817. In any case, we have collected a couple of epic photos that show the evolution of the roller coasters in America. ...
Culture

Photographer asks the question:What is your American dream?

Harmony, peace, beauty, freedom, capitalism, multiculturalism, respect, security, success, possessions, religion - which of these is actually part of the American dream? Is it all about material gain? Or is it something more intangible? The subjects Ian Brown has photographed mainly emphasized priorities dedicated to harmonic life. Is it still achievable? Brown photographed and interviewed Americans during the period of Barak Obama's presidency to ask what their personal vision of the American dream was. Are these dreams now different? Take a look at these inspiring photographs below. ...
Inspiration

Aerial photographs show Australians who don’t have to travel the world to find a perfect beach

Yes, it's absolutely true; life on the beach can be absolutely perfect and dreamy. Fortunately for those of us who don't have a sunny beach nearby, photographer Kati Bills has made a photo series of Australian beaches taken from a bird’s view. On a sunny, picturesque Australian day, Bills was in a helicopter taking these beautiful pictures. As a photographer, she has the ability to capture the simplicity and beauty of human life in nature. She is an excellent travel photographer and has many other beautiful works. For more from Kati Bills check out her website here and Instagram here. ...
Creativity

Body painter creates amazing visual effects that won’t let you sleep at night

The Amazing JIRO is a Japanese face and bodypaint artist that can pretty much turn any face in the stuff of nightmares. This man has the gift of taking something innocent such as doll eyes or a ribbon and present it in an extremely disturbing way - not everyone's cup of tea. With only painting can achieve great detail on visual effects. If you dare to be amazed and slightly terrified with more of his work, follow him on Instagram. Beware, there are things you can't unsee! ...
Creativity

This beautiful pictures will immerse you in the magic of the forest

Julie is a French photographer who enjoys the little simple pleasures that life offers. Because of this, she likes walking barefoot and staying in contact with nature. Her pictures are the evidence of the captured fragments of her personal universe. To enjoy more of the magic she captures through her lenses,  visit her DeviantArt, Tumblr, or get your own print on her Etsy. ...
Creativity

Voices of Gatlinburg – Photographer captures portraits of people who lost everything

After one of the worst fires in America, photographer Jeremy Cowart made a project in order to honor, help, and gave a voice to those who lost their homes in Gatlinburg. More than 2.000 houses and businesses were destroyed in the fire. Jeremy made powerful portraits by setting a simple white mattress in the middle of the rubble of their homes. Cowart beautifully captures these families as they sit in what was one a bedroom, but today is nothing but a burned ground and ashes. For more photos and more about the project click here. ...
Art

Creepy photo montage scenes created with old matte painting techniques

Suzanne Moxhay has been creating some amazing photo montage scenes lately. The surreal, often dreary, scenes combine photos from Moxhay's own archives as well as those transferred over from her professional practice. The artist uses a technique called matte painting, dating back to to the early 20th century, which involves creating backdrops on glass panels which are then integrated into movie sets. Talking about her recent works, Moxhay says, "Architectures are disrupted by anomalous elements – contradictory light sources, faulty perspective, paradoxes of scale." Check out some of her photomontage scenes below and find more on her website. ...
Art

A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
Art

Photographer Craig Burrows uses UV rays to make plants glow

When traditional methods of photography aren't doing nature's beauty justice, try something avant-garde like Craig Burrows. The 28-year-old photographer employs the use of a particular type of photography when capturing flowers and plants called, UVIVF (ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence). This is a process that activates natural glowing fluorescent in plant matter with UV rays. Visible light is then captured in different wavelengths with Burrows' lens. The South California-based photographer aims to take the initiative one step forward by capturing larger scenes like gardens and greenhouses with 100-watt floodlights. Check out some of the luminescent flower photos below and find more on his Flickr and portfolio site. ...
Creativity

Photographer sets out to find the first generation of “skinheads.”

In his astonishing photo gallery, Gavin Watson documented the identity of the first skinheads in Britain. Perhaps surprisingly, they had nothing to do with the neo-nazi movement. The generation of skinheads that emerged in the 60s was different in its dressing style and music taste. They were really no different in terms of any other counterculture such as the punk, rock or reggae movements of that time. British skinheads were definitely one part of the New Wave and Watson’s documentary photographs represent this social period very realistically. The photographic is called Skins. This is probably one of his most important records in the career of this London-based photographer. ...
Design

Kodak Elektra smartphone camera – a new move from a historic company

Her name is Kodak Elektra. She is a Smartphone camera built both for enthusiasts and experts in photography. Kodak has a history 128 years in the photography industry. This famous company once made a historic turn in photography, and maybe they will do it for a second time with their new device. Kodak Elektra is something super practical for the new generation of photographers. Thus, the new Kodak Smartphone camera has its own easy-to-use photo editor. Once the photo is ready, it can easily be shared on the social media networks. Get familiar with her elegance and remember her name, Kodak Electra. ...
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