Posts by: Amanda Gorence

Photo du Jour: A Stunning Stallion With Hair To Die For (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Marc Vonstein

After a 16 year career in fashion photography, Squarespace user Marc Vonstein shifted his focus to animals—more specifically horses, and has combined his new subject matter with a sensibility not forgotten from the fashion world. Here he captures Nanos, a Haflinger (stallion) during an international Haflinger stallion show in Lubbeek, Belgium. Vonstein jokes that Nanos was busy styling his hair for the photo—we do admit, he does look fabulous.

Check out more of Vonstein’s horse photography on his Squarespace site.

Photo du Jour: Clever X-Ray of a Dog Waiting for His Owner’s Arrival


Dog Waiting

When Brooklyn-based photographer David Arky is not shooting conceptual still life, he turns his attention to x-ray photography. Here he captures an inside look at man’s best friend patiently awaiting his owner’s arrival. Of the x-ray process, Arky tells us: “Making x-ray images differs from conventional photography in the sense that the x-ray camera is actually the light source. 100,000 volts of electricity excite the x-ray tube as wavelengths pass through the object and its image is recorded on a sheet of film that lies beneath it. Objects are captured life size on the 14 x 17 inch sheets of film. When an object is larger than that, it has to be shot on multiple sheets and combined in retouching.” Based on his description of the process, Arky confirms that Dog Waiting was captured on multiple sheets of film.

Photo du Jour: School Portrait (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Sarah-Marie Land


Class is in session with St. Louis-based photographer and Squarespace user Sarah-Marie Land‘s recent project, School Portrait Series, in which she explores identity, youth, education, and class system. By way of friends and Craigslist ads, Land photographed young students from different schools around the U.S. in their uniforms and domestic spaces. While each young student has a certain uniqueness to them, the series as a whole evokes a striking sameness—a universal nod to youth and its signature exploration, awkwardness, and innocence.

Check out more of Land’s School Portrait Series on her Squarespace site.

Group Show: 24 Clever Desktop Backgrounds (Sponsored by Squarespace)


Jayesh Pankhania


Tim Morris


Julieta Averbuj

Feature Shoot’s latest group show asked photographers to open up their laptops and share their desktop backgrounds of choice. From quirky to cute, the results are in and a collection of clever desktop backgrounds have been curated by Anna Goldwater Alexander, Senior Photo Editor at WIRED. Three winners are among the group—photographers Jayesh Pankhania, Tim Morris, and Julieta Averbuj. Thanks to the generosity of Squarespace, each winner will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace‘s unique and user-friendly website publishing platform. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce, Squarespace is helping photographers to market themselves professionally and creatively.

What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Photographer Noah Kalina

Noah Kalina

Noah Kalina

Kalina‘s portrait of Olga Bell, Brooklyn.

What’s in your camera bag?
A bag of cables (sync cords, adaptors, cable releases), two bags of batteries (one bag filled with camera batteries the other bag for AA and AAA), flash, Nikon Coolpix S10, lightmeter, Phase One camera with P65+ back, 120/55/80 lenses, a couple of ND5 filters, pouch with cleaning supplies, air blower, pelican CF card case, travel car mount for phone, Pocket Wizards, Canon 5D MIII with 24-70, first aid kit, headlamp, utility knife, iPhone car charger, intervalometer.

What’s in your bag that’s specific to the type of work you shoot? I shoot a wide range of subjects. The light meter and the wizards are generally used for my portraits as I tend to use strobe lighting. The headlamp, shutter releases and ND filters are generally used for my landscapes but they definitely can come in handy for my portraits. The small Nikon camera is only in my bag if I am traveling and that camera is specifically used for Everyday. Everyday is the project where I take a photo of myself every day. I’ve been doing that for 14 years and that camera is dedicated to the project.

Photo du Jour: Sculpture for a Photographer

Charles Traub

Rimini, 1989. Image courtesy of Charles Traub/Damiani.

It was the 1980s and American photographer Charles H. Traub was amidst Italy’s colorful and cultural backdrop on many a frequent visit, snapping everyday moments in the charming cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples. Candid, lighthearted, and spontaneous, Traub’s images show us an outsider’s view in admiration. Here he happened upon quite a relevant sculpture of the Italian-made Officine Galileo camera in the city of Rimini. The sculpture has since been cleaned of graffiti.

Damiani just released Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s this month, bringing Traub’s photos from Italy together for the first time since the mid-80s. Traub will be doing a book signing at ICP in New York on April 18th and at Paris Photo LA on April 25th, 2014.

A Raw, Heartbreaking Look into the Life of a 2-Year-Old and her Drug-Addicted Parents

Irina Popova

Lilya with Anfisa on her second birthday.

Irina Popova

Pasha and his friend aggressively partying.

Another Family is Russian photographer Irina Popova‘s deeply intimate and equally intense document of the life of 2-year-old Anfisa and her drug-addicted parents, Lilya and Pasha. The project began in 2008 when Popova happened upon an intoxicated Lilya outside a club in St. Petersburg, pushing Anfisa in a stroller.

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

Martin Adolfsson

‘Millennium Park, Moscow, Russia, 2009.’ From Martin Adolfsson‘s Suburbia Gone Wild, a project exploring the model homes and suburban landscape of the 21st century, shot around the world in the suburbs of Bangkok, Shanghai, Bangalore, Cairo, Moscow, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Mexico City.

Oh, the suburbs—bright, shiny cookie cutter homes and landscaped lawns; gated communities on the outskirts of town. Depending on who you talk to, these places are either appealing or repulsive, but arguably an oddly intriguing phenomenon nonetheless. The theme for the next Feature Shoot online group show will be ‘Suburbia.’

Photo du Jour: ‘Hong Kong Flora’

Michael Wolf

German photographer Michael Wolf continues his exploration of what seems to be a never-ending source of inspiration for him—the city of Hong Kong. This time he focuses on the greenery that the mega-city’s inhabitants have managed to fit into their industrial surroundings. On his quest to find flora, Wolf happens upons many a charming and improvised method of incorporating plant life—”plants tucked in between pipes or locked up behind shutters, wilting flowers held in half-cut plastic bottles; all are little treasures captured by Wolf’s lens.”

An exhibition of Hong Kong Flora opens on Friday, May 16th, followed by a book launch on Saturday, May 17th, in Hong Kong.

Photo du Jour: ‘People of Soho’ (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Peter Zelewski

With its vibrant mix of culture, arts, and mesh of both rich and poor living in its residential areas, central London’s Soho district makes for a prime spot for a portrait project, and is just where photographer and Squarespace user Peter Zelewski set up shop for his project, People of Soho. Here he stumbled upon fashion stylist/art director Silvanna Judith Lamber and snapped this striking portrait. Over the project’s two year span, Zelewski has captured over 100 local characters, approaching them randomly on the street and placing them in the middle of the many unique Victorian alleyways and narrow streets characteristic of the area.

See more of People of Soho on Zelewski’s Squarespace site.