Over the course of the last two years following my personal coming out experience, I created a series of images to portray the deep emotions I felt while coping with my newly discovered sense of identity. At first it felt like I was isolated in a vast and unforgiving world but I quickly realized being true to the core is the most freeing thing I can do to start truly witnessing beauty. I want to share my story with others to help them realize that all our unique identities are valid, important, and worthy of affection and acceptance in the world. When we are truer to ourselves, we become truer and closer to others and the world doesn’t seem so isolated anymore. I have discovered how to love myself and I look forward to creating a second series once I discover what it means to embrace love more fully.
One of my favorite things about photography is how it enables “time travel”. Photographer Freddy Fabris (previously) took his models on a ride to 1900’s where he re-created a series of 1900’s sportsmen. Freddy shares that “The series was inspired by late 1800‘s, early 1900‘s studio portrait photography, with their use of painted backdrops and simple props” that was a starting point and he took if from there. the series includes a Boxer, an Equestrian, a Fenser, and Hockey & Tennis players.
If you are a photographer chances are that you like to take photos of your family, friends and significant others. But not everyone likes to have their photos taken. In fact, there are quite a lot of people who specifically don’t like their photo to be taken, and will find creative ways to avoid being photographed. Anyone who has a photo of a hand between the face of the ‘model’ and the camera knows what I am talking about.
Photographer Mikaël Theimer has a girlfriend who does not enjoy being photographed, and she took the avoidance act to a new heights.
While some will see this as a sign to stop shooting, Mikaël created a series of photos showing how hard it can be to take a photo of those who want to avoid it and are alert enough.
As the year cycles, each month has some flora that reaches its peak. It would be interesting to looks at a year as a sum of each month’s ripened fruits and vegetables. And this is what photographers Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves did.
They scanned the ripe fruits of each month an created a kaleidoscopic image out of the scan. Results are mesmerizing as they are tasty.
Paying homage to the great masters of art is not an easy task. Photographer Freddy Fabris took a stab at it. However, paying homage does not mean duplicate, and Freddy added his own touch to the painting. Instead of simply recreating The Last Supper, Creation Of Adam and The Anatomy Lesson with Renaissance models, Freddy used auto mechanics models, settings and locations. The results are smile inducing.
Have you ever considered how weird we look when we constantly stare at our smartphones (see, I did not say iPhone here) even at the most intimate of situations?
Eric did not do a lot. He only subtracted any smartphone device from real life scenes, yet asking his models to keep their gaze and focus. The result is on the epiphany level revelation.
At first it had been a dream to travel to Asia for a long time already, even before I discovered photography. I am now 22 years old and I finished my bachelors in psychology. However, along the way I found out that I really wanted to pursue photography, but nonetheless psychology still gave me some really good insights: It never hurts to have some more knowledge about human life in general.
At first glance I thought that these were giant mountains, but then I realized that these were actually waves. Photographer Ray Collins has a unique point of view of waves. And it is not a surprise, he spends so much time in water that he is quite intimate with those watery creatures. We asked Ray about the photos and they are not taken from the shore, they are taken from inside the water, very close to the waves, wearing a wetsuit and a pair of fins.
Batman chose a life of solitude ( fancy cocktails aside), helping the community via shaded ops against mega crooks. But what if Batman chose to blend in more and help not with the big-picture villains that threaten the city, but with the small things that can make or break our day on a smaller scale.
Bay Area Hero is checking exactly this. His missions is to “spread hope and promote strength in children who are suffering from life threatening medical conditions. The Hero volunteers, by visiting children at hospitals and in their homes, at fundraisers, and for other meritorious causes. … …These visits are 100% FREE of charge”
When I am thinking of sad places, Chernobyl always comes to mind. A place that was vibrant with life, up until April 1986. Then Reactor number 4 of the power plant exploded causing the evacuation of more than 350,000 people over the span of huge area and over 15 years.
Today the city is mostly a ghost town, aside from a few remaining residents.
Rebecca Litchfield is no stranger to the Soviet Union in general and to Chernobyl in particular. She has done two trips to the area, one in 2012 and one in April this year. The photos she brought back are some of the saddest I’ve seen.