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Adorama is Giving Away an Apple Watch

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Adorama is Giving Away an Apple Watch

If you’re anything like my Podcast partner Karaminder, you’re in love with neat, new tech gadgets, and that includes the Apple Watch. He loves his, and even though the holiday its celebrating is over, I noticed this Mother’s Day contest that Adorama is putting on. It goes through the end of the month, so it’s worth mentioning still, and they’re giving away an Apple Watch as well as an iPad.

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So in order to enter to win, you need to upload a photo of your mom that best tells her story. Photos will be judged on emotional feel rather than technical merit – so shoot with your phone or DSLR. Contest will be judged by world famous photographer and book author Rick Sammon. You can enter here. Good luck!

Photographers Uses Instagram to Raise Awareness for Nepal Quake Survivors

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Photographers Uses Instagram to Raise Awareness for Nepal Quake Survivors

Our very own Michael Bonocare earlier wrote a provoking and insightful piece called Dear Photographers: Please Don’t Get on a Plane to Nepal, warning photographers who wanted to use their talent to help the people of Nepal from crowding the already chaotic ground zero. It is filled with many eye-opening facts about how a horde of photographers rushing to a disaster-stricken nation could possibly create more problems than solutions. That scenario however, is different from this small band of photographers, as they are based in and around the neighboring nations of Nepal.

Writer Tara Bedi and Photographer Sumit Dayal immediately gathered the small group “to collectively put out useful and credible information from people that we know and trust on the ground, all under one banner,” Bedi tells TIME. Known as the Nepal Photo Project, it was launched on social media through Instagram and Facebook on April 26, just a few hours after the deadly earthquake hit. Not long after,  other photographers from the region who were part of the Photo.Circle group in Kathmandu, completed the cast: Kishor Sharma, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Saagar Chhetri, Bhushan Shilpakar  and Shikhar Bhattarai.

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Contextualizing the effect of the earthquake to the survivors the Nepal Photo Project has become a source of human-interest stories as seen through the lens of these 35 photographers who partook in the project. “Our goal with NPP is to put out as much useful and helpful information as possible,” Bedi tells HindustanTimes. “Our main parameter for what we post is pretty simple: that it should communicate something purposeful or meaningful — be it the damage and devastation, links to reliable fundraising campaigns, photographs of missing people so they can be circulated as widely as possible, coverage of rescue and relief operations, citizen volunteer initiatives, links to resources like quakemap.org, [or] other relevant articles and images.”

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While major news organizations continues to report the increasing number of deaths and citizens greatly affected by the disaster, the photographs which the group compiles, are credited for accompanying statistics with human faces – and their stories. “When the quake hit, we thought this would be a good way to put out useful and credible information from people we know and trust on the ground, all under one banner,” says New Delhi-based freelance writer Tara Bedi, 26, who currently serves as the curator and editor of all the images posted on NPP social media sites. ‘Putting such a personal face on this tragedy’ was one of the comments on a picture,” says Bedi. “This gives us an idea of how much our followers appreciate our work.”

 

Pointing out the power of visual images combined with the reach of social media, Chhetri adds. “It was this realization that prompted us to set up the Instagram account. It is our job to take reliable pictures and we wanted those images to become a medium for people to reach out and help.” The almost infinite bounds of social media compared to the very limited exposure traditional news offers is the main reason why the Nepal Photo Project evolves into this large platform of spreading information. “Instagram allows personal followers to sift through your images, providing a larger platform for the pictures to become visible,” says Prashant Vishwanathan, a photojournalist based in New Delhi who has extensive experience reporting in the quake devastated areas of Kirtinagar, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu and Lalitpur.

While we are in the age where such similar photography portrait documentation such as Humans of New York is consistent in delivering insight to human driven stories, this project creates more emotional tone as it opens our eyes to real human stories from the area hit hard by disaster. The survivors foregrounding scene of utter destruction are the main subjects of this photography project. In one of the image featured at NPP’s Instagram page, we learn that humans are not the only casualty of the earthquake. Prashant’s photograph of Sundaya Tamang and her cow tells of another set of sufferers. “The cow used to give the family 7 litres of milk a day. A lot of livestock has been injured and lost too, and that is something many of us don’t consider,” Prashant says.

 

In another image captured by Nepalese photographer Shikhar Bhattarai, a 95 year old grandmother poses with an ageless smile as she recounts the previous magnitude 8 earthquake that hit Nepal in 1935. Living through a rare two killer earthquakes in her lifetime, her portrait shows the current generation the gritty persona of being a survivor. “There is no theme, just a mission to share, connect and keep the focus on the victims in Nepal,” tells Bhattarai. “What we are beginning to realize is that it is not just the strength of the images that get responses, it is the stories they communicate,” echoes Bedi.

The Nepal Photo Project looks far beyond the aftermath of the earthquake – and is planning to make plans to document the lost heritage structures of the country. “Kathmandu’s major monuments now exist only in photographs,” says Dayal. “One of the biggest realizations of the earthquake is the importance of ‘proper’ visual documentation. It’s quite difficult to comprehend that the next generation of Nepali children will grow up without this architecture that infused a vital cultural identity. As Nepal rebuilds itself, we intend to continue our work of sharing stories of human interest.”

To learn and see more images bannered by the Nepal Photo Project, please “Like” its Facebook Page and follow its Instagram @nepalphotoproject

 

 

 

Photographer of the Day: Massimo Vitali Captures Beach Life All Around The Globe

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Photographer of the Day: Massimo Vitali Captures Beach Life All Around The Globe

Massimo Vitali, born in Como, Italy, is today’s photographer of the day. After moving to London after high school, where he studied Photography at the London College of Photography, he now lives and works in Italy and Germany. In the early Sixties he started working as a photojournalist, collaborating with magazines and agencies around Europe. It was during this time that he met Simon Guttmann, the founder of the agency Report, who was to become fundamental in Massimo’s growth as a photographer.

As the 1980s rolled around, Vitali found a growing mistrust in the belief that photography had an absolute capacity to reproduce the subtleties of reality, which led to a change in his career path. He began working as a cinematographer, however his relationship with the still camera never ceased, and he eventually turned his attention back to photography as a means for artistic research.

His series of Italian beach panoramas began in the light of drastic political changes in Italy. Massimo started to observe his fellow countrymen very carefully. He depicted a “sanitized, complacent view of Italian normalities”, at the same time revealing “the inner conditions and disturbances of normality: its cosmetic fakery, sexual innuendo, commodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism”.

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To see more of Massimo’s work visit his site.

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

Photographer of the Day: Junku Nishumura Captures His Homeland of Yamaguchi

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Photographer of the Day:  Junku Nishumura Captures His Homeland of Yamaguchi

Today’s photographer of the day is Junku Nishumura, who was born in a small coal-mine village in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. In high school, he was strongly influenced by the works of Japanese combat cameramen in the Vietnam War, and went on to work for a construction company after college and brought his Leica wherever he went.

Before long, he decided to quit his day job to become a freelance photographer. And in 2013 he returned home to photo folks in his hometown. This is what he came up with.

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Photographer of the Day: Vincent Chapters’ Photogenic Exploration of the city of London

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Photographer of the Day: Vincent Chapters’ Photogenic Exploration of the city of London

Today’s photographer of the day is Vincent Chapters, a street photographer based in London with a substantial Instagram following. “A lot of people get carried away and mislead through seeking likes and followers, but that’s not what it’s all about,” he says. He’s been taking pictures for 3years now and photography was a productive reason to get away and explore.

Check out his latest shots where he explores the photogenic side of London.

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To see more of Chapters’ follow him on Instagram.

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Photographer of the Day: Gavino Fauzia Portrays Senegal’s True Character

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Photographer of the Day: Gavino Fauzia Portrays Senegal’s True Character

Today’s photographer of the day is Gavino Fauzia, a Belgian street photographer who works as a painter and resides in Hasselt. His latest series, Les Yeux de Dakar, came to life on an impulsive three week journey to Senegal. He says he had nothing particular in mind and just went with the flow—many of these images were captured from the back seat of a cab. And the result: a portrayal of Senegal’s people shot in the capital of Dakar as Fauzia traveled and surfed. “Sometimes it was hard to convince people that I was taking these pictures simply because of my love for the people,” Fauzia says.

To him, this is an area defined as a place of true character. See his series below.

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Photographer of the Day: Charalampos Kydonakis’ Dreams Are Your Nightmare

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Photographer of the Day: Charalampos Kydonakis’ Dreams Are Your Nightmare

Today’s photographer of the day is Charalampos Kydonakis, aka Dirty Harry, a street photographer by night and architect by day. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, and he now lives and works in Rethymnon.

As a contemporary street photographer, he creates haunting, bizarre and surreal pictures that provide a unique insight into his homeland, oftentimes using innovative flash techniques. Kydonakis says the more he shoots, the more he realizes what he wants yet, at the same time, becomes more confused as well. “Photography will always be a game with light, aiming to tell a story. Sometimes it works, most of the times it does not,” he says.

In this featured series titled My Dreams your Nightmare, Kydonakis found inspiration after he visited the Prado museum in Madrid. What impressed him most was Fransisco Goya’s Pintura Negra. For many critics, Goya’s work is interpreted as a result of the painter’s mental disorder, for others it’s seen as his most personal and unique work. These photos are Charalampos prayer to Goya ‘s nightmares.

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To see more of Kydonakis work head over to Dirtyharrry.com

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

Photographer of the day: Andu Simion Portrays The Life at The Black Sea in Romania

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Photographer of the day: Andu Simion Portrays The Life at The Black Sea in Romania

Today’s photographer of the day is Andu Simion who lives and works in Ploiesti and Bucharest. He was born in the summer of 1989, a few months before the Romanian communist revolution, in Ploiesti – a small city located near Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

In 2000 he started photographing places which still had marks of the communist era, that just ended in Romania at that time.
The communist period and the traces it left behind inspired Simion to take pictures. All this encouraged him to go out there and just take shots of whatever he came across. He felt inspired by the grey blocks from his neighborhood, the old cars, the poverty  and the industrialization in and around Bucharest.

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“I try to freeze the moment, so I carefully compose shots that say something” says Andu about his motivation to become a photographer. The pictures presented here are the results of his travels through various Romanian Black Sea resorts.
Romania keeps surprising him in a pleasant way and this is due to a single reason : it’s very photogenic. Andu likes warm places and exposes them in black and white because he finds this more expressive. The grey and white tells him everything about the universe and it presents the world as it is with no connections between the objects, feelings and  the people.

The Black Sea is situated in Southeastern Europe. It is bounded by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus, and drains through the Mediterranean into the Atlantic Ocean, via the Aegean Sea and various straits.  These waters separate eastern Europe and western Asia.

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To see more of Andu’s work visit his site.

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

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.

 

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

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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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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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!