Call for Submissions: Life in the Country


© Rachel McGinn / Offset

In our modern era, life in the countryside has become an ultimate fantasy. In real life as in these romantic daydreams, the country offers the best of both worlds, the beauty of the wilderness merged with the comforts of civilization. As we move further from the pastoral life and into a metropolitan one, photographs of country living are all the more potent, serving as a reminder of the way things once were and could be again. We’re looking for your photographic interpretations of country living, captured everywhere from upstate New York to the rolling hills of Cumbria, England.

Our judge for this group show will be Keren Sachs, Director of Content Development for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock imagery, curated from artists all over the world. Before joining Offset, Sachs worked as a Director of Photography at Martha Stewart Living, Photo Editor at National Geographic Society, and Creative Manager at Williams-Sonoma.

All submitting photographers will be considered to join Offset’s curated collection of award-winning and high end photography. One selected photographer will also receive a GoPro Hero4 Black. All 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 “Country Living” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions detailing the titles/locations of the photographs within the body of the email.

The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2015.

Check out our latest interview with Keren Sachs to learn more about Offset.

Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of the Pasadena Police Department in the 1980s


(6/7/86) Agent Lee Baroni with “Duster” (subject under the influence of PCP) who attacked patrol car


(8/8/85) Agent Lionel Salgado looking for rock cocaine in suspected Crip’s mouth.

Newport Beach-based photographer William Valentine grew up with a father in Pasadena Police Department, and many of his formative childhood memories unfolded within the context of life and death situations. Between the ages of five and eight, he explains that he had been on board a code three—or life threatening— call, and had witnessed a dead man being brought in by ambulance after a drug overdose. During long nights, he waited up for his dad to return home. By the time he was in college studying photography, Valentine had a potent sense of belonging within the force.

An Intimate Look at Kindred Spirits Evie Lou and Laura Jane (NSFW)



Evie Lou and Laura Jane looks at the complex and intimate relationship between photographer Noelle McCleaf’s mother and her best friend. It’s a story of two women who describe themselves as “alike with an honored difference,” who together signify an under-represented part of American society: aging women full of charisma, vibrant energy, with an understanding of the Earth and our place within it.

Portraits of Legendary Las Vegas Burlesque Stars Prove that Aging Can Be Sexy


Stephanie Blake


Joan Arline, the Sexquire Girl

For her series Dames: The Legends of Burlesque, New-York based photographer Stephanie Diani photographed older dancers wearing costumes that were significant or special to them. They ladies are portrayed in their homes or in the hotel rooms where they stayed in the past while performing in Las Vegas. Their personalities differ, but what they all have in common is grace, courage and self-possession.

We Interviewed Keren Sachs About What it Means to Be a Photographer Represented by Offset


© Peter Adams / Offset


© Charles Gullung / Offset

Since Feature Shoot started working with Offset six months ago, we’ve had a lot of inquires from photographers who are curious about selling their work through the agency. We thought it was a good time to speak with Keren Sachs, Director, Content Development in order to gain some insight into their process, what types of images (and photographers) they are looking for, and what images are most likely to sell well.

Otherworldly Landscapes Made from Junk Food


Fruit Loops Landscape


Moonrise on Bologna


Blue Dye #1 Precipice

For Processed Views, photography duo Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman construct sweeping landscapes from highly refined foodstuffs, including sugary breakfast cereals and sodas, canned and packaged meats, snack chips, sand candy.

Portraits of Mothers Who’ve Been Given Makeovers by Their 3 to 5-Year-Old Daughters


Model:Ashley Donoghue Makeup Artist: Aavie Donoghue (Age 3)


Model: Kerri Madsen Makeup Artist: Abby Howell (Age 4)

For #DaughterDoesMyMakeup, Canadian photographer Elly Heise invited girls aged three to five into her studio, arming them with the mascara, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick needed to makeup their mothers’ faces however they wished. In handing over creative control to the children, she works to subvert contemporary ideals of beauty and femininity, placing value instead in self-expression and individuality.

Adorable Portraits of Puppies Enjoying a Good Shake





For dogs, shaking off can a calming activity, one that relaxes the muscles while getting rid of pesky moisture, bugs, or even negative emotions. For Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson, dogs provide a similar sense of restoration and healing. In the sometimes painful world we live in, our furry friends are always there to remind us of what’s so beautiful, silly, and joyous about life. On the heels of her viral hit SHAKE, in which she captured dogs in the midst of a particularly satisfying shimmy, Davidson presents her new book SHAKE Puppies.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Dec 15-21)

Limelight© Ken Schles

BOOK SIGNING: Ken Schles, Dashwood Books, 33 Bond Street
December 16, 6:00-8:00pm

Photographer Ken Schles will be signing two new titles published by Steidl, Night Walk and Invisible City. The reprint of Invisible City examines New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1970s-80s. Twenty-five years later, Schles revisited his archives and developed Night Walk, a book that examines the youth culture of downtown New York City in a pre-internet world.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in London (Dec 15-21)

unnamed-2 © Gabriele Galimberti

EXHIBITION: Gabriele Galimberti: Toy Stories, V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road
December 15
Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s portraits of children from around the world with their toys is a moving commentary on material wealth and the universal nature of children’s playtime.