Outland: Photographing The Derelict Fringes Of South Africa

roger-ballen1Roger Ballen, talented New York based photographer, has dedicated many years of his life travelling to some of the most interesting fringes to explore South African culture and lifestyle. Ballen has hand selected 45 of the most powerful images from his journey to include in his new photo essay titled “Outland“.

During an interview with Ballen, he explained his approach to the photographs was not documentary photography in it’s traditional form, rather, the photographer said:

“I started to work with the subjects in a theatrical, performative way. I was there to transform reality.”

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I Am A Photographer, Not A Tog, Clicker Or Snapper

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Ok.. for start, I am a photographer, not a tog, clicker, snapper, pho-tog, GWC or any other title that seems to be coming a frequent addition to the online forum lexicon. I am not sure why these terms wind me up so much but they do, and I think it has more to do with the way people use them. Nothing winds me up more than photographers referring to each other or even clients using these terms.

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Gorgeous Photos From Bulgaria’s Dark Underworld

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A perennial favorite, Rebecca Litchfield, never fails to impress us with her beautifully crafted photos, and the collection she has just published from a recent trip to Bulgaria is no exception. On the second day of her travels to Buzludzha, Bulgaria, the skies opened up and dropped a foot of snow, providing the perfect prop for her photoshoot with model, Dorina Georgieva, at the former communist monument. [Read more…]

[NSFW] Obscuro Is An Hauntingly Beautiful Nude Series Taken In A Dark Pool

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Some photos can only be made once a complicated array of elements come together. Such is Obscuro by Steve Richard (previously).

Obscuro is a series of photos of nude dancers and models shot while wrapped in delicate fabrics. Oh yea, it is also shot in a top down view underwater.

Steve Richard has been taking photos for this series for over 15 years and the technical nature of those photos yields quite a few challenges:

(The photos and video after the jump contains artistic nude)

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Man Asks Photoshoppers to Place the Eiffel Tower Under His Finger; Gets Trolled Big Time

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It is said that 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year, and as with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, many of them take forced perspective photos pretending to be holding, pushing or otherwise interacting with it.

One tourist, who tried taking such a photo and was quite a ways off, recently posted his attempt on 4chan’s Graphic Design forum and innocently asked for someone to photoshop the Eiffel Tower so it appears under his finger.

Awakening the forum’s trolls, the poster received tens if not hundreds of edited photos; none quite as he had expected.

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Fitness Trainer Photoshops Herself In An Awesome Response Video To Her Critics

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No one is immune to cyber bullies, especially when it comes to body shaming. Not even fitness trainers–just ask Cassey Ho. Ho, who runs a fitness blog called, Blogilates, regularly receives unwarranted negative comments and remarks shaming the trainer on her physical appearance. In response to the criticizing, Ho put together an impressive video clip that shows the beautiful trainer Photoshop her body in “live view” to match the beauty standards of the hypercritical internet. [Read more…]

Excuse Me? Why, Yes, My Camera DOES Take Great Pictures. Thank You For Noticing That

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“Excuse me?

Why, yes, my camera DOES take great pictures. Thank you for noticing that. You have a keen eye and a very good sense about these things-not everyone does. Well done!

But can I share something with you? I mean no disrespect to my camera but…it didn’t used to take great pictures. I mean, not at all.

I bought it because I’d heard how good these nicer cameras were, so I was expecting great things from mine, but when I got home and opened the box, it didn’t do anything. Nothing at all. For what I paid, I expected it to jump out of the box and work with people to get great expressions and select locations and create natural posing and compose images filled with warmth and beauty and light, but nope. Nada. Zip. Zilch. What a loser it was.

It simply refused to do anything. It just lay there, motionless, like me after my 5th margarita.

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18 Jaw Dropping Photos That Celebrate The Natural Beauty Of Breastfeeding Mothers

DSC_6727 copyBreastfeeding in public is always a hot topic of debate and a photographer from Illinois is looking to shed more positive light on the subject. Ivette Ivens has become a breastfeeding advocate of sorts, having breastfed her own two children, the bond it helped to develop between mother and child inspired the photographer to undertake a beautiful photography project in which Ivens photographs women breastfeeding their children, usually in nature, to help signify just how natural of an activity breastfeeding actually is. [Read more…]