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Feature Shoot Gets a Facelift

Martin Klimas

Photo: Martin Klimas

You’ve probably noticed the site looks a little different. It’s been a year in the making, but we are thrilled to finally show off the new and improved Feature Shoot. We have had the same web design since back in 2008 when I started Feature Shoot, so it was definitely time we made some changes.

First off, you’ll notice the images are larger (finally!) and you can now easily search by genre. Also, we are running less images on the homepage, so if you’re not interested in looking at close-up photos of recreational drugs (all four of you), then you can simply cruise down the page without having to scroll past all of the images.

We made a few other small tweaks, but overall, I hope you’ll find the site to be cleaner and faster, yet still intuitive and easy to navigate. However, if you see something not working properly or have a general comment on the design and functionality, please feel free to let us know in the comments section of this post.

We’d like to thank Amir Fallah and Jessica Lopez (the amazing duo behind Beautiful Decay and Something in the Universe) for working on the design. We hope you enjoy the new site!

‘In No Great Hurry’ – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

For a list of screenings in your area, please check the ‘In No Great Hurry‘ site.

Portraits of Harlem Kids on Halloween Photographed by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

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Last year Halloween was pretty much cancelled in NYC due to Hurricane Sandy and this year it rained. But Ruben Natal-San Miguel, a Harlem resident for 11 years, managed to snap these great portraits of neighborhood kids before the weather turned ugly. He writes: “I’ve always admired Amy Stein’s series ‘Halloween in Harlem’. I just happened to be at home last night, mostly recovering from a Diabetes relapse episode, and the kids were trick-or-treating right on my block, so I said ..why not? Amy moved to California, and I guess this is a way to continue her work and celebrate it.

‘Fruitland’ a Group Show of Strange Fruit Photos, Opening at Photoville, Brooklyn

Athos-BurezAthos Burez
Still Life III
16 x 20 in.
Archival Pigment Print
Edition 2 of 5
$600

Is it strange that when I look at certain fruit I find myself a bit aroused. Almost like it’s trying to seduce me. By overwhelming my senses. Like it wants to be devoured. Like we’re meant to be together. Fruit tempts us with enlightenment. We’ve struggled to portray their beauty. Crossed lands to find them. Fought wars over them. But somewhere along the way we’ve stripped them of their power. Reduced to a still life, fruit has become predictable. Or has it?
The Fruit Hunters, 2012

Feature Shoot is pleased to present the group exhibition, Fruitland, a collection of strange still life photographs of fruit by 20 international photographers, at this year’s Photoville Festival in Brooklyn. Much like picking the perfect piece of ripe, delicious-looking fruit from a tree, I’ve spent the last year searching hundreds of photographers’ websites for the freshest and strangest takes on nature’s sweetener. Perhaps as a response or antidote to the labored and moody Dutch still life-inspired food photography that has been proliferating in galleries over the past decade, young photographers are now challenging themselves to take a regular piece of fruit and make it special, adding an array of strange, unique twists.

Featuring Athos Burez, Catherine Losing, Christian Hagemann, Daan Brand, Daniel Evans and Brendan Baker, Daniel Stier, Dominic Davies, Federico Ciamei, Florent Tanet, Gilda Davidian, Heather Rasmussen, Kyoko Hamada, Maciek Pozoga, Maryanne Casasanta, Mate Moro and Aron Filkey, Maxime Guyon, Nico Krijno, and Wyne Veen.

The Prize for Best Use of Stock Footage Goes to Keith Schofield for this Hilarious Video

Call for Submissions: Photos of Iceland (Sponsored by Squarespace)

meg-watcherPhoto: Meg Wachter

The topic for the next Feature Shoot online group show will be photos of Iceland. Generously sponsored by Squarespace, three photographers from the show will be awarded with a free one year subscription. Squarespace’s intuitive website publishing platform makes it easy to create professional web pages, blogs, and galleries all in one place, while offering a variety of contemporary templates that are 100% customizable, encouraging individual style.

Distressing Photos of Oakland’s Murder Shrines

Oakland-murder-shrine
Name: Roger
Sex: Male
Age: 22

As one of the most dangerous cities in America and the most violent in California, I found Oakland’s culture of memorializing death aberrant and worth observing. On average a life is taken in the streets here every few days after which friends, family, and neighbors will erect a shrine over the area of sidewalk where the person was murdered. These are roadside tombstones yet contrarily ephemeral in nature and are usually gone within 10 days.
Brandon Tauszik

Squarespace Commerce Makes it Simple to Sell Prints Online (Sponsored)

squarespace

Photographers, if you’re looking to improve your online presence with a uniquely designed portfolio, Squarespace is a simple and creative platform to do so. The templates are 100% customizable and now allow you to manage and sell products online with their recently released feature, Squarespace Commerce.

New Documentary on the Original NYC Hip Hop Street Photographer Jamal Shabazz

Unless You Will: Issue 27

unless you will

I’ve spent many hours discovering new work by browsing through the Unless You Will (UYW) archives, so when photographer and publisher of the online magazine, Heidi Romano, asked me to help curate Issue 27, I was thrilled.