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Photographer of the Day: Porter Yates Documents the Dani Tribe of Papuan Highlands

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Photographer of the Day: Porter Yates Documents the Dani Tribe of Papuan Highlands

Today’s photographer is Porter Yates, whose work I noticed on EyeEm. He was was born in Santa Fe, NM, has worked in Colorado’s oil industry and researched sustainable heating technology during a residency in China. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn where he’s turned his travel photography hobby into a successful career.

Throughout his work, Yates’ interest in the varying levels of connection between himself and the people he encounters is his primary theme. He looks to reveal universal elements that express the human condition, while capturing people’s relationships to their community and environment. He has traveled extensively to Asia, Europe and the Americas, securing inspiration in the beauty and uniqueness of these places and their culture. For Yates, venturing into remote areas and introducing himself into new communities has led him to question what it means to be an outsider, what it means to be part of a culture or community, and how people connect to the world.

In this series, Yates travelled to West Papua during a trip to Indonesia in 2013 where he captured the largest tribe of the Papuan Highlands known as the Dani. 

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To see more of Yates’ work visit his site.

 

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Photographer of the Day: Ron Timehin Explores London’s Finest Cityscapes and Landscapes

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Photographer of the Day: Ron Timehin Explores London’s Finest Cityscapes and Landscapes

Today’s photographer of the day is Ron Timehin, a freelance photographer based in London and a Music & Media student at the University of Gloucestershire. His interest in photography began while traveling the world as a young trumpeter: he found he couldn’t remember all of the incredible sights without a camera, so he started shooting with his iPhone 3G. He tells me this was about the same time Instagram launched, which transformed his snap shots into a personal visual diary. And before long, he had over 1000 followers and counting.

With no prior knowledge of photography, Timehin learned the fundamentals of light, exposure, composition, depth of field etc., shooting as much as he could and constantly seeking new ways to capture. At first, he would shoot mostly landscapes, but once he parted with his home city of London for his studies, he gained a deeper appreciation for cityscape and street photography. This led to his investment in a DSLR camera, and today he has over 30,000 followers on Instagram.

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For more of his work, visit Timehin’s Instagram.

To be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to billy@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Relive Your Childhood with Michael Massaia’s Melted Ice Cream Series

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Photographer of the Day: Relive Your Childhood with Michael Massaia’s Melted Ice Cream Series

Today’s photographer of the day is fine art photographer Michael Massaia. Throughout the past nine years, the New Jersey native has documented areas and objects that never extend too far from his front door. Isolation, disconnection and an attempt to put a spotlight on the ordinary are the constant aspects found among nearly all of his work. He also specializes in large-format black-and-white film image captures, silver gelatin printing, as well as digital image capture and printmaking.

For his latest series Transmogrify, which means to thoroughly change something into a different shape or form, Massaia created a variety of different personas using a dozen melting popsicles.  

Admittedly, Massia most enjoys when the melted treats transform into faces. In fact, he even says this project triggered nostalgia for his childhood pleasures. But nevertheless, obtaining the ice cream didn’t come easy. Oftentimes, he would find himself chasing down ice cream trucks to see what each different vendor had in store—something that I hope everyone can relate to. 

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For more of his work, visit Michael’s website.

To be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to billy@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Street Art and Yoga Fills Soren Buchanan’s Instagram with Meditative Visuals

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Street Art and Yoga Fills Soren Buchanan’s Instagram with Meditative Visuals

Combining the elements of yoga and street art, Soren Buchanan succeeded in fashioning her Instagram with creative and meditative visuals that appeal to her more than 54,000 followers. A fascination with visual arts and the spiritual discipline of yoga has taken Soren to exploring the streets of Chicago for the dual purpose of showcasing her graceful yoga poses and her appreciation of the Windy City’s bustling art scene.

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Growing up to a household established by her artistically inclined parents, an art teacher father and a sign painter mother, Soren Buchanan (@spritesoren) commanded all the necessary motivation to embrace the world of visual arts. Further enriched by her experience during her college stint in Florida, Soren edged closer to street art. “I began noticing, photographing and jumping fences to get to street art and graffiti.” Not soon after, she discovered her second love when she left to trade the sun of Miami to the cool weather of Chicago in 2009. “I spent my first Midwestern winter shocked, frozen and hiding from the cold,” Soren recalls to Instagram blog. “I knew I needed to adapt and create my own warmth. Yoga was the answer.”

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Now living as a Yoga instructor in a neighborhood that runs smack in the middle of Chicago’s vibrant urban art scene, Soren finds simple joys and fulfillment by integrating both her passions in yoga and street murals through her Instagram account. “I hope to accent the art, complement it with human interaction — and yoga provides endless possibilities for shapes and expression.” Soren explains the relationship and similarities of the disciplines one can learn from doing yoga and practicing street art.

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Now that her Instagram account has spread the world over and has motivated like-minded individuals to form a community, she makes a point to also introduce other artists she collaborates with to her fast growing audience. “Artist recognition is very important to me. If people are drawn to my images, they need to know who I am collaborating with,” she explains. “I hope to bring attention to artists who, other than on the streets, might have limited venues showcasing their art and sharing their styles.”

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Most of the images posted on her IG account was taken by her photographer friends and collaborators, while the street art murals she features are drawn and painted by other artists. To learn more information behind each work of street art, all proper credits are highlighted on her Instagram. Stressing the varying inventive styles of illustrative street art, such as; geometric patterns, magical animal and human portraits, Soren compliments all these work of art with her demonstrative and graceful yoga movements.

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To see more of Soren’s yoga and street art collaboration,  please follow her @spritesoren on Instagram.

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Photographer of the Day: Lose Yourself in Nyoman Ady Sanjaya’s Black and White Landscapes

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Photographer of the Day: Lose Yourself in Nyoman Ady Sanjaya’s Black and White Landscapes

Today’s photographer of the day is 23-year-old Nyoman Ady Sanjaya, otherwise known as Ady Lee,and a Mataram, Indonesia native. He focuses on landscape, fine-art, black and white and manipulation. For him, it all started with a pocket camera when he was 15 years old. With “learn and keep on learning” as his motto, he says it’s difficult to explain his passion for the medium because it’s very much “from the heart.”

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For more of his work, visit his site.

To be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Sieger Joostens Philosophically Explores ‘the Invisible’

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Photographer of the Day: Sieger Joostens Philosophically Explores ‘the Invisible’

Today’s photographer of the day is Sieger Joostens, a 22-year-old Belgian photographer. He studied photography at the School of Arts in Ghent (KASK), and went on to study philosophy in Leuven. However, he never completed these studies. After several years, he’s taken up the investigation of ‘the invisible’ in philosophy and spiritualism.

For Joostens, it all began 10 years ago when he perceived the camera as a tool to observe. And that’s how he grew up: “Wandering around, not only to simply see the world but also in a search for who he was and what we’re doing here on earth. Whilst searching for his deepest nature, he ended up in nature itself. Using photography to translate the impressions he gets.” 

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And yet, Joostens never covers just one specific genre of photography. Whether portrait, landscape, street, macro, night or abstract, he seems to enjoy it all, while he loves to experiment with light and colors at night or wander around nature. In fact, you could call him “experimental”—he seeks to combine a variety of techniques to create an interesting image. “History is just a series of stories in your head, the future is still imagination so the only real thing is present itself. The moment is what fascinates me, makes me wonder, gives me images, thoughts and happiness. This is how I share it.” says Joostens.

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For more of his work, visit Sieger’s Facebook page.

To be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Antonio Jaggie Captures the Unseen Depths of New York

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Photographer of the Day: Antonio Jaggie Captures the Unseen Depths of New York

Happy Monday, everyone. Today’s photographer of the day is Antonio Jaggie, aka @kostennn, an 18-year-old New Jersey native. He’s passionate about his craft and frequently explores the unseen urban depths of New York City. But he’s not alone. Jaggie is a part of a crew of young, street culture-enthused rooftop photographers in New York who climb towering structures to take pictures of the glowing city below.

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Living only 20 minutes outside of the city, he aims to devote his time to urban exploration, and has already gained over 100,000 followers on Instagram. He tells me he experiences a rush each time he exits the train and arrives in New York. “NYC has so much to offer a person behind the camera. There’re so many stories you can shoot, so many ways you can develop a style in this city. You can be anything you want behind a camera in this city,” says Jaggie.

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For more of his work, visit Jaggie’s site: kostennn.com.

To be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Rachel Sussman Photographs The Oldest Living Things in the World

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Rachel Sussman Photographs The Oldest Living Things in the World

Rachel Sussman, a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn whose photographs and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, and is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

We met Rachel at the Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she spoke about her path to becoming a professional artist. Afterwards we enjoyed a personal walkthrough of the gallery show. Her series  “The Oldest Living Things In The World” has become a touring exhibition, selections from which are currently on display in the Kickstarter gallery. The next large solo exhibition will be at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and opens May 16th.

 

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She started the project 5 years ago, and since then she has photographed nearly 25 different organisms, ranging from the Bristlecone Pine and Giant Sequoias (that you’ve likely heard of) to some truly unusual and unique desert shrubs, bacteria, a predatory fungus, and a clonal colony of Aspen trees that’s male and, in some theories, immortal. The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way. Her portraits reveal the living history of our planet—and what we stand to lose in the future.

 

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To see more of her work, check out her site. If you’re interested in her book, you can find it on Amazon.
If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

 

Photographer of the Day: Guilherme Festa’s New York Photographs

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Photographer of the Day: Guilherme Festa’s New York Photographs
We stumbled on photographer Guilherme Festa on Instagram. Festa is a 23 year-old Brazilian-born photographer living in New York who mostly shoots the city in which he now lives. But he’s not confined to just that. For Festa, photography needs to be challenging to him. It should not come easy.
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Festa always liked photographing things, but he never really got “started” until he arrived in New York. The city itself is one of the most photographed places in the world, and it’s incredibly difficult to create something new there. The city has a unique way of pushing photographers and filmmakers to be more creative, and that’s why so many photographers come and live in this concrete jungle. Festa isn’t necessarily trying to do that, but his unique perspective on the city has led to some beautiful photographs. Perhaps the photos are so good because he’s simply photographing the world around him, not trying to make something new or special out of it.
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To see more of his work, check out his Vimeo and his Instagram.
If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Kevin Garrett Captures the Colors and Warmth of India

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Photographer of the Day: Kevin Garrett Captures the Colors and Warmth of India

Today’s featured photographer is Kevin Garrett, an internationally renowned award winning photographer. He always dreamed of seeing the world, but but staying in rural South Georgia and following a set path wouldn’t make that dream a reality, so he instead became a photographer.  Today his photography skills have made what was once a dream, a reality as he’s traveled all across the globe, from India to Zambia and beyond. His fine art photography hangs in corporate, resort and hotel collections around the world.

“The more I shoot, the more I feel renewed and recharged,” Kevin says on his website. So what he does to feel happy is shooting all the time, – structures, landscapes, people, botanicals, and architectural details – anything that captures his eyes.

The series we are focusing on today came to life when traveling in India shooting for Micato Safaris and Boulevard Magazine.

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To see more of Kevin’s work, visit his website.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

20 Mobile Photo Winners from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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20 Mobile Photo Winners from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

There’s no denying it: mobile photography is here as an art form to stay. Love it or hate it, it’s now a major category for many large photography competition, as evidenced this week when Sony announced the winners of its 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Their mobile category had some pretty amazing examples of what is possible with that little piece of technology you probably have in your pocket right now. There were a total of 10,200 mobile submissions and the photographs were voted for online, with the winner taking in 6,718 votes. Here is the first place winner as well as 19 other top shots that were selected.

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First prize winner, Turi Calafato, Italy

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Ako Salemi, Iran

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Nuno Perestrelo, Portugal

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Carla Vermeend, Netherland

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Janos Schmidt, Hungary

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Mijail Vallejo, Ecuador

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Monica Coteriano, Portugal

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Photographer of the Day: David Johnson Explores Trinidad in This Compelling Series

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Photographer of the Day: David Johnson Explores Trinidad in This Compelling Series

Today is the final feature of the month for our Photographer of the Day series. And since they say to leave the best for last, we’ve chosen David Johnson—a commercial entertainment, editorial photographer and director—and his Exploring Trinidad series. “I just like taking pictures because I can’t write poems” David writes on his website.

In the past, Johnson has worked with Fox Broadcasting, Time Magazine, BBDO and Discovery Channel to name a few, in addition to shooting two Resource Magazine covers: The Startup Issue and The Cooking Issue. He has also worked with Academy Award winning actors, Grammy Award winning musicians, noted authors and even two foreign presidents. However, he is no less passionate when working with owners of small start-ups, people he meets on the street or soon-to-be-celebrities. Everyone has a story, and he likes to hear them all. So check out his story on how his Exploring Trinidad series came to life.

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A few years back, Sammy Sylvester, one of Johnson’s friends, asked him to join a small group on a journey to Trinidad to explore ways for Sylvester to set up a foundation that gives back to the nation’s youth. Sylvester grew up in the very poor areas there, and moved to the U.S. after a music producer gave him an opportunity for a job. Now, years later, he’s decided to give back, in the same way opportunities were given to him. With this, Johnson accompanied him to Trinidad, shooting portraits and documentary shots along the way.

Many of these locations include schools found in poor areas, as well as the more “normal” schools. They also had the chance to drove through the Port of Spain to take in more of the culture.

See more of the series below.

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Visit Johnson’s site for more of his work.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Delyan Valchev Captures the Emotional Grittiness of NYC Transit

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Photographer of the Day: Delyan Valchev Captures the Emotional Grittiness of NYC Transit

Today’s photographer of the day is Delyan Valchev, a Bulgaria native who moved to New York as a teenager. He has been shooting street photography for the past six years, most recently beginning work on social documentary projects and portraiture. With this series, in particular, Valchev focuses on transit throughout the streets of New York.

With that, Valchev captures people spending time on the subway. According to the photographer, he looks for people in transition between places, not only physically, but also emotionally and psychologically—it’s emotionally charged moments of anxiety, stress and anticipation that draw his eye. Additionally, he’s always been captivated the subway’s rough beauty, grittiness, dim lighting and countless characters as well.

Check out his series below.

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Visit Valchev’s site for more of his work.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Joel Brodsky’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Exhibition Takes Over the Lower East Side

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Joel Brodsky’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Exhibition Takes Over the Lower East Side

Soho, a neighborhood once lined with low-income tenement houses, is today, as we know, an upscale hipster mecca. Contemporary galleries and dumpster chic fashion boutiques press against each other, creating a pseudo-affluent art community.

I found myself here on March 26, ready to attend a photo exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The exhibited photographer was none other than Joel Brodsky—the Brooklyn-native who shot the legendary Young Lion photographs of The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison.

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In 2007, Joel passed away at 67 years old, leaving behind three children and his wife and colleague Valerie Brodsky. Fortunately, I was able to chat with Valerie, who co-hosted the exhibit.  Curating Joel’s work worldwide, Valerie has made both her and her family a monetary fortune. But as I began talking to her about Joel’s work I began to realize that, to him, it was never about the money.

“I don’t think he cared,” she said about the 15,000 bids that Joel got for his acclaimed American Poet photo of Jim Morrison, that first ran in the Village Voice in 1966. “To him, it was always about the aesthetic. What you see here tonight is only what he really liked.”

And what was on display was, indeed, quite likable. A 30×30 archived digital print of American Poet—the iconic shot of Morrison with his arms stretched out—majestically hung on a wall. Nearby, on a cloth-shrouded table, sat a laminated piece of paper with the photograph’s requested price printed in bold: $40,000.

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Beyond American Poet, which did, in fact, come out of the Young Lion sessions, there were album covers, portraits and stage shots of artists and bands like Kiss, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez and Otis Redding. “Oh my God, Booker T!” exclaimed a man , who passionately viewed an album cover Joel shot of the multi-instrumentalist in 1970. 

As the evening turned to night, more and more people spilled into the gallery, as bottle after bottle of Shiraz was uncorked and served to the increasing number of guests. Around 8:30 p.m., I began to feel as if I may have had a tad too much of the complementary beverages. 

“We both drank scotch,” said Valerie, reminiscing about the time she first met Joel at landscape photographer Ray Metzker’s studio in 1963. “He drank J&B and I drank Johnny Walker. A year later, we were married.”

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By 9 p.m., I was on my way out. And as I hopped on the A train towards Brooklyn, I noticed a New York Times alert on my phone: “New York Explosion Ignites Fire, Fells Buildings and Injures at Least 19.”

Reading the alert, I found myself wondering if a fire in the used-to-be slums of the Lower East Side would have been acknowledged by the media around the time Joel shot his Young Lion photos. Then, as I opened my book in attempt to read, my mind drifted towards the words Valerie told me about the American Poet photograph. 

“Everybody was looking for the needle marks on Morrison’s arms,” she said. “But they weren’t there. Was he a drunk? Sure, but that was it. Joel always told me the same thing.”

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Baby Jim © Joel Brodsky/courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery

The exhibit will run until April 14. Visit the Morrison Hotel Gallery site for the details.

Photographer of the Day: Joakim Eskildsen and the Journeys of the Roma

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Photographer of the Day: Joakim Eskildsen and the Journeys of the Roma

Joakim Eskildsen portrays Roma people all across the globe. Who are the Roma? According to definition “the Romani (also spelled Romany), or Roma, are an ethnicity of Indian origin, living mostly in Europe and the Americas. Romani are widely known among English-speaking people by the exonym “Gypsies” (or Gipsies). Other exonyms are Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians and Sinti.” Between 2000 and 2006 Eskildsen and Cia Rinne undertook travels in seven different countries gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. They always tried to spend a considerable length of time amongst the subjects of their images and if possible, live with them for a while.

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It was their own interest that initially took them to the Roma streets in Hevesaranyos in northeast Hungary, where they spent four months at the home of Magda, an elderly Roma woman. Their other journeys to Romania, India and their travels in Finland came about through personal contact. While in Greece and Russia they were initially assisted by human rights organizations and in France by the Centre de Recherches Tsiganes in Paris.

These Roma journeys were by no means meticulously planned, and instead the product of a number of coincidences that enabled them to come in contact with the Roma. Joakim endeavored to communicate directly with them. In most countries this was possible, and while in Russia and India they were accompanied on their travels, and thus had willing assistance.

They have frequently been asked what had triggered their interest in the Roma, but they were unable to provide a definitive, let alone exhaustive answer. What is certain is that once they had started they were unable to simply stop continuing with the project. The more they found out about the Roma and got to know them, the more their interest grew.

 

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The making of the pictures was a 7-year-long odyssey among the Roma in 7 countries, at times taken by foot; not the sort of adventure undertaken by the faint-hearted or socially timid. Of course, Joakim first took the time to tell the people about the project, and at times it was very tiring but a necessary step.

Before embarking on the Roma project, they spent several months in South Africa, and had been thinking a lot about apartheid. Upon returning to Europe, they realized that they had their our own version of apartheid with the Roma minority.

“I guess this was one important aspect. But seeing the village Hevesaranyos in Hungary made me fall in love with the place and the people at once, and from then on, the idea and interest and respect for the Roma people just grew.” Jaokim said.

 

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To see more of Joakim’s work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Natalie Brasington with Her Crash-A-Rama Series

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Photographer of the Day: Natalie Brasington with Her Crash-A-Rama Series

Today’s photographer of the day is Natalie Brasington, who specializes in commercial entertainment and editorial portraits… But for this series she stepped way outside that comfort zone. She normally shoots in a studio with lighting and assistants and such, but she traded that in for an on-location shoot at the Lake Erie Speedway.

Her series, the Crash-a-Rama, locally dubbed “The Redneck Rodeo” captures the diversity of people who ride the track of Erie, PA.

 

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Crash-a-Rama is an annual family event. A special night featuring  school bus figure 8 races, flagpole races, camper/trailer races and many other similar events that test both bravery and ingenuity. The teams spend months souping up their favorite clunkers- retro-fitting beat-up cars, busses and trucks to race-ready conditions (doors chained shut, interiors gutted, windshields removed) only to watch their labor-of-love literally crash and burn in a fantastic blaze of glory. Every event is open to all legal drivers.  Moms, dads, teen aged sons and daughters and group of friends all eagerly await this yearly spectacle.

 

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Natalie is used to shooting in a studio and have subjects that have a small window of time in which to fit a photoshoot. She loves her job, especially when the opportunity presents itself to collaborate with talent and art directors and create something conceptual.

On the other hand, she also loves to work on personal projects like Crash-a-Rama. When she can, she travels somewhere and takes pictures of people who are unlike her and do not live where she does. Natalie truly loves talking to strangers, getting to know someone through the act of taking their picture.

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The gentlemen who run the track were very kind in giving Natalie access to the pit after paying the price of admission, explaining what she was up to, showing them her professional portfolio on her iPad, and promising to send pictures to the people she photographed.  The “please and thank you case of beer may have also helped” said Natalie. This entire project was lit with mirrors, flashlights and little pieces of showcard to bounce light from the big overhead stadium lights, all held by her cousin Joe Cavaretta who, on a side note, was also paid for his day of work with a case of beer.

 

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To see more of Natalie’s work, visit her site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

How I Photographed the Former CEO of Philips Lighting in Under 20 Minutes

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How I Photographed the Former CEO of Philips Lighting in Under 20 Minutes

I had an assignment to photograph the former CEO of Philips Lighting for New York Times. He flew into Boston for a few days for a conference from Europe and I had to find him in between meetings for a few scarce minutes and create an interesting photograph.  The idea for the shot was to compare an LED build with a traditional light bulb.

The challenge: how to do this in a hotel hallway as it was the only location that worked in the time constraints. My solution was have him hold to lit light bulbs, which would take the environment out of the equation and focus attention on him and his hands. To light the bulbs, I went to the hardware store and bought 2 clamps on garage lights.  I threw away the clamps and the reflectors, as all I wanted was the sockets and cords. I had him hold the lights and plugged him in. To get the effect off the LED, I used a cross screen filter.

 

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To determine my exposure, I read the ambient light off the light bulbs. I wanted to shoot at about f/8, using that as my starting point I adjusted my shutter speed for the proper exposure for the bulbs.  I used a small Chimera soft box with a speedlight to light his face.  Both my camera and strobe were set on manual. Using a Sekonic meter to read the strobe output,  I adjusted the output of the strobe until it matched my ambient light from the bulbs.

The shoot took place in the hallway of Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. I arrived at the hotel before my shoot, to scout the location & the set up; This is a busy hotel, you cannot have a big set up.  First thing I did was, look for the outlet! I did bring an extension cord, but you really cannot run a long extension cord through a busy hotel floor. Second, I picked a background. I choose this neutral wall for my background. This is a hotel; this is not his environment. I wanted to keep it simple and neutral.

My shooting time with him was 19 minutes. ( I looked into my metadate of this shoot: time between the first frame and the last frame of him was 19 minutes!).

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I have several Location Lighting Workshops coming in Boston, Cape Cod, Miami & New Jersey.  I hope to see you at one of them!  To see my workshop schedule, please visit my website!

Photographer of the Day: Erik Johansson’s Illusionary Imagery

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Photographer of the Day: Erik Johansson’s Illusionary Imagery

Do your eyes ever play tricks on you? Or maybe you’ve seen something that puzzled you so much  you had to rub your eyes and look again. Sure, you’ve likely seen plenty of optical illusions, but what happens when blatant retouching is of such high skill it almost looks real? Enter into the mind-bending images of today’s photographer of the day Erik Johansson, as you question the very essence of reality.

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“Although one photo can consist of hundreds of different images,” Johansson writes on his site, adding that he always wants them to “look like it could have been captured.”

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At 15 years old, a new world opened for Johansson after he purchased his first digital camera. However, as someone who was always fond of drawing, he felt as if he wasn’t able to create in the same way. So naturally, he began to produce images that you couldn’t capture in a simple image. This then led to interest in retouching, working today as a prolific artist consumed with both personal and commissioned projects. And since then, he has spoke at a TED Conference in London and worked with clients including Google, Adobe and Microsoft. “Personal work and concepts will always be what’s most important to me,” he writes.

But despite Johansson’s lack of professional training in photography, his wildly creative photo manipulations are a stand-out example of above average retouching, while he believes growing up on the Swedish countryside has had a huge impact on his visual style. Many of the environments in his photos are captured near places not far from his parents’ home, such as wide open landscapes and small red houses.

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Fresh frozen fish

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Dreamwalker, in between worlds

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Common crossing

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To see more of Johansson’s work, visit his site. If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Pham Van Ty Capturing the Daily Life of Vietnamese People

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Photographer of the Day: Pham Van Ty Capturing the Daily Life of Vietnamese People

The Photographer of the day is Pham Van Ty, a graphic designer working in Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam). He’s been an amateur photographer for the past 3 years, and photography is a hobby of his and he spends his free time shooting pictures of his homeland. He loves to shoot portraits of laborers, the Vietnamese lifestyle and landscapes especially of the coastline of Vietnam. The country boasts more than 3400km of land, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches.

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His photos have been published in National Geographic Magazine and View Photography in Germany. He has just received the 1st place National Award from the Sony World Photography photo contest this month. The pictures that he takes depict Vietnamese people living their daily lives.

In these pictures you see  an old minority woman smoking, little children playing, and people contemplating the beauty of life. On a sunny day they take the brine to the fields and wait for the sun to do the work. Most of the field work is done by hand, though you would think  everything would be done by machines in this day and age. Salt may be inexpensive but it doesn’t come cheap.

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Old Vietnamese man enjoying his food.

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Woman sewing fishing nets

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Finished work of a fisherman

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Salt harvest

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Cold winter in Hanoi woman with baskets.

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Cham old man smoking in An Giang, Vietnam

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A scene in Dong Van highland market in Vietnam

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To see more of Pham’s  work, visit his site.
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pham.ty.9
WEB: http://ptdesignpham.wix.com/phamty1

 

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Fighting Over the Same Clients? Try Collaborating With Your Competition Instead

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Fighting Over the Same Clients? Try Collaborating With Your Competition Instead

Anyone who has been a part of a creative industry for long enough has likely lost (or won) work from a client that several other creatives were bidding on. When you’re a small shop or an independent, this can be tough, but don’t hate– collaborate. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great people, but I’ve also come across those who are less than accepting when they fear you might take their work. The attitude I approach situations like this with is one of joining forces, and here are some ways to do it.

Drop your ego. Like, now.

The biggest barrier between you and another creative that is close to your level, is often your own pride. Let it go. They got where they are for a reason, as did you. Show them some respect and take a genuine interest in how and what they are working on– even if at first they don’t show any towards you.

Offer to be an assistant for them.

Time and time again I write about (and read others suggesting) working as an assistant for someone else, even though they might run their own business or be a professional themselves. Consider taking this approach with the other creatives in your locale. Not only does this get you a little work, but you’ll be able to learn from someone who likely does things in a completely different method than you. A creative at any level can still learn a thing or two.

 

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Some folks won’t be interested in hiring you and will have their “own people.” If this fails, try turning the tables on them and…

Try to hire them when you have a budget that won’t insult them.

This is the flipside to assisting for them– try to hire them. Don’t be a dick, rather be a partner. Show them how good you are at what you do but allow them to have input as well. (This can sometimes lead to not just a working relationship, but a friendship as well.) I always need a few people in my digital rolodex to recommend to potential clients when I’m too busy, and hopefully they can see the value in doing business with you.

Cultivate a working relationship.

From a distance, resentment can easily fester and misconceptions about the kind of person a competing photographer or filmmaker might be. You’d be surprised how much your goals might align though, and how similar you might be.

Building a rapport with someone you might consider to be your “competition” not only soothes any tension that might exist, but all of the sudden when either of you get approached with a huge project where you need a big crew with a lot of talent, you can hire each other. What I’ve learned is that what goes around usually comes around– I’ve hired my competition and they have hired me, and we recommend each other when one of us is too busy to take on a particular job.

 

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People who are scared of losing work, read this.

I reached out to just about every local photographer and filmmaker in the southwest Colorado area, and I got very few calls back. (I pretty much have only 1 person I regularly work with, and I have to fly in the rest of my crew from out of state!) I’ve met some of them while on shoots we were both working, and even tried to hire them to assist me on projects. I don’t know if they genuinely are busy, or are scared that I might start to eat in to their clients and work, but I honestly believe it is their loss– collaborating with fellow creatives opens doors that are often not even seen and can result in work that no single creative would have been able to produce.

People like me are looking for work, yes, but we want to work WITH you much as we would like to work with some of the same clients. Every year I make a decent income from being hired to work for other creatives I’ve met– but I also put a fair amount of money into the pockets of those that I hire.

 

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The thing no one wants to hear.

The last thing that comes to my mind on this topic is this: If you’re that afraid of losing work to someone else, perhaps you need to get better at what you do.

There’s no use in getting upset about someone else getting jobs over you when their work is better; in fact, it should motivate you to push yourself. A new guy sold some photos to one of your regular clients? Well why didn’t you have those same images? Either you were too busy working because you’re a pro and have other jobs (in which case you probably aren’t hurting in the back account so get over it) or your work wasn’t good enough– which means you need to get out there and get better. And finally, to bring it full circle, one way to get better is to work with and learn from your competition.

Review: Browser-Based Photo Editor PicMonkey

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Review: Browser-Based Photo Editor PicMonkey

Photo editing software can get incredibly expensive, and sometimes these costs can be prohibitive. If you’re a looking for a free alternative to Photoshop or Lightroom, they do exist, and PicMonkey is one of them and probably one of the better free options you have.

This online photo editing website offers many of the basic editing tools for touching up your photos, and most of the basics are offered completely free. There are some more advanced options as well that the site offers if you upgrade to the paid subscription “Royal” membership for $4.99 a month or $33 a year, but many of the free options might be enough to get the job done for you (you just have to put up with ads).

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Let’s start with what you can do for free. Once you enter the site, you can immediately upload and start editing without needing to sign in or fill anything out. While it seems basic, this is actually a very nice feature, especially if you’re just looking for a quick upgrade to a jpeg you have. You can upload directly from your computer, OneDrive, Dropbox and even directly from your Facebook profile. As soon as you upload, it takes you right to the photo with a simple toolbar on the left.

The free editing options cover most of the basics you would expect from any photo editor: You can crop, rotate, resize, apply basic filters and adjust exposure and contrast. For not spending a dime, you can actually do quite a bit. It does lack any type of layering abilities however, so if you’re looking to get fancy and super detailed, you’ll be disappointed.

There are extra filters and cosmetic brushes you can use if you do choose to upgrade, but to be honest some of the extras are rather silly, such as the whisker grow which allows you to adjust scraggliness.

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Like I said, silly and not particularly useful.

You can also easily add text to your photos and add default stamps or import your own. This is nice for creating quick branded shots for say, a website that you may have. Finally, the export process is very fast and simple. You simply click to send the photo to social media site’s or directly to your computer. There are three different sizes you can choose from for your final photo. Mine tended to range from 38 kb for the small or “Roger” quality to around 130 kb on their “Sean” setting. Yes, their export qualities have names.

 

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All in all, if you’re looking for a quick editing tool, PicMonkey should be able to hit the spot for you, as long as you have a viable internet connection, which brings up another downside to the application: It is an internet only service, so if you often like to edit your photos on the go like I do, without WiFi you’ll be hung out to dry here.

If you’re looking for a more advanced editing tool, you may need to look elsewhere or invest in some more “hardcore” software such as an Adobe offering or Affinity Photo. If your business relies on touching up photos and the results you garner through that, then again this may not be for you. But if you need a tool that’s basic, quick and most importantly free, then I would totally recommend checking this web application out.

Pros:

  • Easy upload process with no signup required
  • It’s free or relatively cheap if you choose to upgrade
  • Very easy to understand interface
  • Download and sharing process is painless and simple

Cons:

  • Internet only use with no downloadable app
  • Some of the extra features are a bit silly
  • Lack of any real layering options
  • Free tools are mixed in amongst the paid ones

We give PicMonkey a mid three out of five stars (3.5) for an easy upload and export process and simple interface, but found it lacking when it comes to offline use and in its limited features, with paid tools offering more silliness than usefulness.

 

Photographer of the day: Eddie Ngugi captures the cityscape of London.

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Photographer of the day: Eddie Ngugi captures the cityscape of London.

Photographer of the day is Eddie Ngugi a 26-year-old London based self-taught photographer. During the day he works as a freelance photojournalist, occasionally shooting protests and debates for regional magazines and newspaper companies and at night he gets out on the streets of London to shoot cityscapes with friends and Instagram enthusiasts.

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He first started making pictures about 4 years ago when after he graduated and he wanted to pick up a new hobby. Ngugi started off shooting pretty much anything he found interesting and beautiful at the time in the streets of London. The idea was to learn to control his camera and understand composition.

After spending a lot of time learning the craft, reading online articles, attending open events and meeting other photographers, Eddie discovered that he actually enjoyed photojournalism. More than that he was drawn to photojournalism because it conveys real life issues, tragedies or celebrations, introducing you to the people affected, how you relate to their story and what happens after.

 

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The thing with photojournalism is the images must be relevant to the event and society in order to be effective. The photos must be accurate, informative and able to convey what is happening during a particular moment in time. These images possess an objective quality. When taken correctly with relevant content, pictures are unbiased. Viewers are left to make their own decisions on what the truth is. Conversely, words can carry the tone of the person who wrote them.

As a self-taught photographer, Ngugi loves to experiment with different camera techniques. He became interested in Cityscape photography while shooting with a local group of photographers. With their help he learned a lot about night photography and shooting long exposures.

 

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Ngugi has been practicing cityscape photography as a way to explore the city that he spent most of his life in. Shooting long exposures particularly, helps him practice composition the most. While he is taking pictures at night he feels that he’s learning more and more about London, just like a tourist seeing the city for the first time. “To be honest I don’t feel like I knew London until I became a photographer,” Eddie said.

Instagram is his most beloved medium, “It has become both a challenge and a great opportunity to study images and learn great techniques,” he said. He’s made a lot of friends through Instagram that he continues to shoot with today. People who challenge his creativity and inspire him to create at the same time.

 

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To see more of Eddie’s work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

EyeEm Mobile Photography Exhibit Returns to NYC

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EyeEm Mobile Photography Exhibit Returns to NYC

EyeEm is wrapping up the World Tour of their 2014 Mobile Photography Exhibition, and they want you to join them as they come back to New York City, where it all started for them five years ago. The mobile photography platform has been growing recently and they’re planning on making a major announcement about their company at the NYC exhibit.

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Started five years ago, EyeEm is a photography sharing app that allows photographers from novice levels to experts to possibly have their work shared at exhibits around the world. Starting off as a small company, they have grown tremendously over the past five years, and according to their VP of community, Severin Matusek, they now employ around 60 people around the world and the platform has over 13 million users.

The upcoming exhibition takes EyeEm back to it’s home city to share hundreds of it’s best photos that users around the world have created.

“The photos you’re going to see are some of the best photos that people can take with mobile devices nowadays 

 

EyeEm as a platform and a company is promoting the idea that everyone can become a great photographer and do more with their photos. We have missions going on where we give people the opportunity to get published and we work with magazines to get them featured. We really see ourselves as more than just a photography app where people like and comment and upload photos This is just the start and this is what we want to show with the exhibition.” – Matusek, in an interview with Resource.

The exhibit will display many different categories including street, portrait, landscape, visual storytelling and post processing. This event is set to be held on March 26th from 5:30pm to 10:00 pm at the Openhouse Gallery in NYC. Check out more information at their Facebook event page here. There will also be a EyeEm photographers meet up event at the Openhouse Gallery on March 28th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm that will feature a masterclass on portrait photography with Jordan Cortese. Click here for a link to this events Facebook page.

Photographer of the day: José Luis Barcia Fernandez and his Stunning Black & White iPhone Street Photos.

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Photographer of the day: José Luis Barcia Fernandez and his Stunning Black & White iPhone Street Photos.

Today’s Photographer of the day is Instagram photographer José Luis Barcia Fernandez, born in Asturias, a region in the north of Spain. Luis is currently living in Madrid, has a chemistry degree and is working as a logistics manager in a multinational retail company, but on top of all that, José also makes awe-inspiring high contrast street photos with his iPhone.

Some of us scroll in search of selfies. Others find themselves drawn to food pics. And, a lot of us go to social media for #FOMO (Fear of missing out). But at Resource, we love urban photography and Instagram is nothing short of a treasure trove when it comes to that.

Five million photos are uploaded every hour, people are glued to their phones more than ever and it’s safe to say our world has changed. We are visually inspired every turn on Instagram, and José’s pictures are no exception!

 

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In 2003 he became interested in digital photography and started making digital collages. Between 2004 and 2009 he participated in 20 national and international exhibitions of digital art and photography. Later on in 2011 he bought an iPhone 4 and that’s where it all started. He began trying different photography apps, and he fell in love with Hipstamatic and Cameramatic and all their creative possibilities.
A friend of his told him about Instagram and he began sharing his pictures and this eventually became a big hobby.

Through Instagram, José is trying to tell his story about small portions of his live through his pictures, revealing his passions and love for photography.
For José photography is a way of expressing emotions and mood states, so in this sense, the lighting of the scene and the body language of the subject is very important. It’s obvious that he likes high contrast light, deep shadows, darkness and geometry.His pictures are very minimalistic, wrapped in a kind of dark haze and mysteriously looking for silhouettes and shadows.

 

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As far as the awards go, José has his fair share. Between 2012 and 2015 he participated in 21 mobile photography exhibitions, and was awarded first place at the architecture category of the 2013 edition of the iPPA and the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards as well as the Instagramers Gallery Photo Day Prize.
He also tries to educate other people and is giving lectures about mobile photography.

 

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To see more of José’s work, visit his instagram here:

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

 

Photographer Navid Baraty Perfectly Recreates the Cosmos in His Kitchen

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Photographer Navid Baraty Perfectly Recreates the Cosmos in His Kitchen

Photographer Navid Baraty has been creating some stunning and hyper-realistic images of space, using items that most of us have in our kitchens right now. His collection called “WANDER” follows an imaginary space probe as it explores a galaxy that exists completely in Barty’s imagination.

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Planet with moons: made from water, cream, coconut milk, food coloring, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, tums

 

He pulled this effect off by taking spices, powders, glasses of liquid and food colorings and placing them onto a scanner. He started by using salt and flour to replicate stars and he used glasses of liquid for the planets, using light photoshop to darken the empty space. By manipulating these household items and scanning them over a sheet of glass, he recreated the cosmos and the resulting images look incredibly convincing.

Baraty drew his inspiration for this project” from NASA images of deep space exploration that they post regularly on their website.

“I’m a really big space geek,” Baraty said in a recent story by NPR’s The Salt. “I’ll look at NASA images or Hubble images to see how things were placed in the sky, and I try to make things as realistic as possible.”

 

Globular cluster:  Made from baking soda, salt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon

Globular cluster:
Made from baking soda, salt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon

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Supercluster: Made from flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, curry, garlic powder, water

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Ghostly anomaly: Made from butter, food coloring, salt

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Icy planet: Made from cream, water, food coloring, silica gel, sugar, cinnamon, cumin

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Nebula: Made from makeup, olive oil, chalk, baby powder, salt, water

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Globular cluster: Made from baking soda, salt, sugar, curry powder, cinnamon

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Distant galaxy: Made from olive oil, sesame oil, water, cumin, cinnamon, flour

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Deep space: Made from cream, coconut milk, water, food coloring

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Black hole: Made from coffee, salt, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon

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Earth-like planet: Made from water, cream, food coloring, salt, cinnamon, baking powder

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Nebula with gas streams: Made from cat fur, garlic powder, salt, flour, cumin, turmeric

 

Aside from his space oriented work, Navid Baraty is also well known for his traditional photography. Check out more of his work here on his site.

All images © Navid Baraty