Photographer Challenges Beauty Standards With Women of All Shapes and Sizes [NSFW]

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I dislike people who define the undefinable.    No, there is no singularly “best” flavor of ice cream; it is impossible to prove that Concierto de Aranjuez is the most inspiring piece of music ever written (although it is!); and beauty simply cannot summed up in a 10-point, bulleted list.

This is the fundamental message of Carey Fruth’s American Beauty portrait series.  “The images are meant to speak about real life sensuality and femininity,” says the San Francisco-based photographer, who drew her artistic inspiration for the project from the movie of the same name.  “America is made up of all types of women. Women who are hungry to see themselves represented in a beautiful way. And why shouldn’t they?”

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Photographer Makes Career Out Of Capturing The World Of The Working Dog

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They always say, shoot what you love and it will come through in your photography. Looking through the images from Andrew Fladeboe’s portfolio, one would be hard pressed to prove otherwise. The United States based photographer has been travelling the world photographing working dogs for several years. The project has brought Fladeboe to the Netherlands, Scotland, Southern France, and Norway. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Fulbright grant which allowed the photographer to add New Zealand to his list of locations. [Read more…]

‘Desktop Stories’ – Photographer Reimagines Her Office, Bringing Scenes To Life

Turning the everyday mundane into something exciting is a challenge for almost anyone, but creative still life photographer Dina Belenko readily accepts the challenge and aces the test.

As Dina describes it, “I tell animate stories about inanimate objects.  I believe that each thing contains a kind of ‘folded story’ inside.”  Looking around her studio, she saw a wealth of stories right before her and set about bringing them to life.

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The Big Camera Movie Quiz

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So, here is some thursday fun. After the jump you’ll get photos of cameras from twenty five movies. See if you can match each camera to its right movie. The highest score is 25.  Good luck!

P.S. we are going to publish a delicious quiz each thursday now, sharpen your minds.

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Smoldering Roses Scene Built From Scratch, Used Burning Coals

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I recently came across this stunning image from Warsaw-based creative studio Ars Thanea and was mesmerized by the paradoxical elements.  Roses, a symbol of love and beauty, smoldering and covered in ash…all stunningly captured.

“We wanted to create something unreal,” says Peter Jaworowski, creative director and founding partner of the firm.  But Peter didn’t want to go the route of 3D computer simulation, partly for authenticity and partly because that method would simply be too time-consuming.  So, they opted to build the image from the ground up.

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Infographic: 8 Things to Check Before Taking Your Drone Airborn

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I love checklists.  I have tried to be more like my wife in being able to mentally keep a running tally of what needs done, but I continue to fail miserably.  Thankfully, there are other people who also appreciate lists, and the folks at Story and Heart were kind enough to share one of theirs with us.  It not only serves as a checklist, but it offers tips to explain some of the method for the madness.

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Cheeky Photo Series Shows What It’s Like To Be A Tourist On Mars

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We know a lot of you must be bummed about not being selected for a mission to Mars on SpaceX or Mars One, or, actually, maybe you’re just happy to see Mars right here from the comfort of earth. Either way, this fun photo series from Julien Mauve is exactly what you need. In Greetings From Mars, the photographer plays the tourist as he and a friend appear to be casually snapping selfies as they explore the Red Planet. [Read more…]

‘The Salt of the Earth’ – ‘Shattering’ Documentary on the Life of Photographer Sebastião Salgado

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I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again:  Documentary photography has been one of my foremost artistic influences and fascinations since I was a child.  Telling stories about real people and real moments that can never be recreated.

Sebastião Salgado is a fascinating photographer and has amassed a body of work that would take a whole team of photographers a lifetime to create.  Now, his story is being told in the documentary The Salt of the Earth, a film that Rotten Tomatoes calls “a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Sebastião Salgado’s career.”

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I’m Sorry, but I MUST Disagree

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I am not a female photographer.

I am a photographer…who happens to be female.

Together, in this industry, in the year 2015, we are simply “photographers.”

We are not defined by our gender.

I, for one, want to be defined by my talent and ability, not by the fact I have a uterus and my kids call me “Mama.”

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