Call for Submissions: Photos That Are Totally ‘Off the Wall’


Thanksgiving, New York, NY © Jessica Pettway

From performance artists to Wall Street tycoons, everyone has a bit of quirk lingering inside; it’s just a matter of how much we’re willing to show in public. For our latest group show, we’re giving you a free pass to bare all and embrace all things offbeat, idiosyncratic, or just plain weird. That’s right, we’re looking for your most “Off the Wall” photographs, images that (literally or figuratively) are just too bizarre to to be confined only to a gallery wall.

This group show will be curated by Gabriel H. Sanchez, Photo Essay Editor at BuzzFeed, who has an eye for everything from the comical to the profound to all things viral. The top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Off the Wall” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email.

You may also submit via Instagram by posting your images using the hashtag #offthewallfs.

Deadline for submissions is October 13, 2015.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

Tiger Attacks, Child Marriage and Rising Sea Levels: A Glimpse Inside the Lives of Bangladesh’s Most Marginalized

Climate Crisis in BangladeshA flood-affected man stands on high land waits for a boat

Climate Crisis in BangladeshRizia’s husband Mazed was killed by tiger attack in 2012. She has three children. With man and beast competing over less and less land, such attacks (and poached tigers) are sure to increase in the future

Probal Rashid, a photographer who has documented pollution and Tuberculosis in Bangladesh, where he is based, has turned his lens on climate change as it continues to affect the most marginalized populations of the city for his ongoing work “Climate Crisis in Bangladesh.” Bangladesh, a city that regularly experiences tropical cyclones, river erosion, floods, landslides, and drought, is especially vulnerable to climate change, and sea levels rising can only mean the forced displacement of the most at-risk population.

Welcome to the Future: 23 Photos of Vertical Living Around the World


Ultra Doux, 2015 © Ange Ong


Uniformity and Individuality © Julian Li


Untitled No. 63, 2014 © Kai Caemmerer

For our latest group show, to be exhibited in person at PIX 2015 in Seattle this October 6-7 as well as online at DPReview, we asked to see your photographs on the theme of “Vertical Living.” Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief at Feature Shoot, considered well over 10,000 submissions, and our final collection features twenty-three images that elicit everything from delight to anxiety about the ways in which we live… and the possibilities of upwards expansion.

London Photographer Jenny Lewis on the Most Important Photo She’s Ever Taken


Joti and Kiran © Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis: One of the most important in the One Day Young series was one of Joti and Kiran. Whilst I was shooting this portrait of Joti, whom I had never met before, with her 4 hour old baby, she told me how she had lost a baby the year before, and with each contraction she had to suppress the waves of grief and fear that were swelling up attempting to drown her. The raw honesty of the conversation cemented this feeling of responsibility I felt, to tell this story of the triumphant mother, the story of strength and empowerment. I learnt a lot about compassion for strangers that day and humanity. We have kept in touch, and it’s wonderful that this moment of taking the picture and talking about her lost son Joseph was a turning point, and somehow Joti and Kiran being in the book keeps Joesph’s memory alive and their picture becomes about both boys. The picture means a lot to me, and I still get goosebumps every time I look at it.

Portrait Project Looks at the Carbon Footprints of People Living Around the UK


[17.2 tonnes CO2e]
Bev is an Environment Protection Officer with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). He loves riding his motorcyles of which he has four. He lives alone.
“The ice caps have come and gone on a 180,000 year cycle but it is evident that they are now melting at a rate faster than they normally would. Human impacts have made a great contribution to some aspects of climate change, We are in a cycle and we can’t stop it. I honestly don’t know the answer. Maybe we can slow it down a bit, but I do think we’ll end up going back to water where we came from at some point.I am not very optimistic – I really do not know what we could do to make a difference. Personally I’m not surprised at the size of my carbon footprint, it does make me reflect on the sustainability of my current lifestyle. I live in an old stone building with very poor thermal properties.”


[4.8 and 6.9 tonnes C02e]
Karen and Adam live and work in the woods in the south of England. They make charcoal and manage the woodland using traditional coppicing techniques.
“We think of this as a carbon neutral business. With the coppicing, we’re restoring old hazel. When we came here it was getting old and large, and starting to collapse. Old trees don’t consume as much carbon as a young tree. Where we’ve got the young stools coming up, they’re consuming much more carbon. So this woodland is now consuming more carbon than before we started managing it. Climate change is a big issue. Where possible I like to buy local, but it often comes down to money if I’m buying new. I drive a lot and I keep an old diesel vehicle on the road and I use recycled chip fat biofuel when I can. I don’t really think about climate change when I travel. If I have the funds and want or need to go somewhere, I go. While the elite are making money from war, I don’t feel me and my van will make a lot of difference when there are fighter jets burning more fuel on take off than me making a thousand mile journey.” The difference in their footprints is largely to do with the driving done by Adam.

We all know about climate change in a sweeping and abstract way; we understand that sea levels are rising, that coastlines are in danger, that animal populations are dwindling, and that we can no longer tame weather patterns and natural disasters. We recognize where our governments and global communities have failed, but for many of us, suggests photographer Neil Baird, our comprehension of climate change has one gaping blind spot: our own role in the problem. For Footprints, he documents and interviews people living around the United Kingdom about their thoughts on the significance of climate change and our uncertain future, all while calculating their individual carbon footprints.

The Humanizing Story Behind One Woman’s Life as a Spanish Porn Star (NSFW)


Marta’s ex-boyfriend accepted her job as part of her life, but had difficulty dealing with it. He watched her videos and saw her posts and pictures on social media. Marta admits that she wouldn’t date someone in the porn industry – but recognizes the paradox.


Marta says porn was never taboo for her; she saw porn as an opportunity. She is shooting with Rob Diesel.

Barcelona-based photographer Katia Repina first met Marta, a Spanish pornographic actress, when the latter was just entering the industry at he age of twenty-three. Over the next two years, the two women forged a friendship, collaborating on an intimate chronicle of Marta’s personal and professional life, titled Llámame Marta, or Call Me Marta.

A Glimpse Into the Lives of Children Homeschooled in Upstate New York


Hula Hoop, 2012


Morgan as Thor, 2011

Berlin-based photographer Rachel Papo’s latest project focuses on the everyday lives of homeschooled children in the Catskills of Upstate New York. As homeschooling rises in popularity, Papo’s series seeks to document this emerging counterculture and to explore objectively what it means to grow up beyond the classroom walls. Being a mother herself and new to the idea of homeschooling, Papo was compelled to probe the subject deeper.

John MacLean Pays Homage to His Favorite Artists by Photographing their Hometowns All Over the World


Hometown of William Eggleston, Sumner, Mississippi


Hometown of Robert Cumming, Mattapan, Massachusetts

For Hometowns, London-based photographer John MacLean traces the origins of his most beloved artists by visiting the neighborhoods in which they were raised. Traveling across the globe, from William Eggleston’s Sumner, Mississippi to Wassily Kandisky’s Moscow, he injects each homestead with the aesthetic tenors of the artists themselves, imagining each not only as it stands today but also how it must have stood years ago, when seen through the young eyes of those children who would grow up to become his heroes.

Behold the Beauty of Vitiligo





Warsaw-based photographer Julia Kaczorowska first developed spots of white on the skin around her knees and elbows at the age of four when she was celebrating the holidays. She, like one to two percent of the world’s population, has vitiligo, a condition by which the flesh loses its pigment in certain areas. As a child, the photographer was rarely made to feel self-conscious for her skin, but in adolescence, she found herself hiding her patches; at the beach, she says, she shielded her legs from view. As an adult, Kaczorowska has learned not only to accept but also to treasure her white spots, to see them not as blemishes but as a kind of ornamentation. WZORY, which in Polish means both “designs” and “role model,” is her chronicle of and tribute to people with vitiligo, who despite the stigma that surrounds the condition, choose to bare all.

New Photo Book Celebrates the Unusual Architecture of Soviet-era Bus Stops

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Gagra, Disputed Region of Abkhazia

Aralsk, Kazakhstan

From Eastern Europe, passing though the Caucasus and all the way to Central Asia, American photographer Christopher Herwig documented bus stops built during the USSR period. And who would have thought that documenting such a seemingly insignificant element, could reflect so accurately the extend to which communism left a footprint covering thousands of kilometers?