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Posts by: Ronit Novak

Petra Collins’s Intimate Photos of Friends and Family

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“Anna and Kathleen (Rainbow)” (2016)

The meteoric rise of Toronto-born Petra Collins skyrocketed her from suburban teenager to international fashion photographer, artist, and feminist provocateur. Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto in the 2000s, Collins discovered photography at age 15, was introduced to VICE magazine while working at American Apparel, and sought mentorship by Richard Kern and Ryan McGinley. At 17, she founded The Ardorous, a female art collective providing a platform for emerging female artists. Now 24, Collins regularly shoots for high-end clients like Gucci Eyewear, Nordstrom, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Levi, to name only a few, and has shot editorial for magazines such as Vogue, Purple Magazine, I-D Magazine, and Dazed and Confused. A prolific Instagrammer, Collins invites her over half-million followers on a seemingly personal journey. Her loose and natural photographic style grants viewers a voyeuristic look into a private world of youth, vulnerability, and explorations of female sexuality.

Photographer Andrew B. Myers’ Obsessively Arranged Still-life Vistas

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The more you try to pan across photographer Andrew B. Myers obsessively arranged still-life vistas, the more he draws you in. Your eye scans the images like a drone flying high above a muted landscape, at first cold, surveying, disassociated. Each object is sharply in focus, no one more prominent than the other, arranged stoically like soldiers in the midday sun. The objects — a vintage television, a pineapple, a nail clipper — are plotted along the photos like aggravating stop signs along an empty country road. They force us to pause, look, and consider. They trigger our collective memory and compel us to ask: Why these objects? Why together? Why like this? It’s as if the photographs of Andrew B. Myers’ are where objects we are finished with go to die. Wether they are technologically obsolete like a rotary telephone, or simply ignorable when not in use, like a roll of toilet paper; Myers reminds us these objects exist whether we think of them or not. They exist physically when we’re done using them, and their residue persists in subconscious collective memories. They are Myers’ attempts at roadmaps, to make sense of the mess of ephemera that persists inside our minds.

Behind-the-Scenes Images Taken on Photo Shoots Put ‘Stand-Ins’ in the Spotlight

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Before © Jill Greenberg

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After © Jill Greenberg

It’s the photograph that exists but shouldn’t. The silent keeper whose only function is to aid in the creation of that cherished final image, and then, with a click of a button, can be wiped from existence. It could be a ghastly doll filling in as a baby for photographer Jill Greenberg, or a demure a photo assistant sitting in as Paris Hilton. When photographers predominantly shot on film, these images were saved on the roll and preserved on the contact sheet. Digital photographers are prone to deleting these images, because after they’ve served their purpose, they’re just taking up valuable hard-drive space. For Los Angeles magazine Photo Director Amy Feitelberg, it’s this behind-the-scenes moment that’s captured her attention. For years she’s been fascinated by the process, and set about contacting photographers like Andrew Hetheringon and Dan Winters, to contribute images to her curatorial debut. Feitelberg’s Stand-Ins show is exhibiting at Icon Gallery in Los Angeles for the 2015 Month of Photography festival happening this month.

Swan Hunting in Utah Photographed by Cayce Clifford

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In Aesop’s fable The Swan and the Goose, a swan, mistaken for a goose by the cook, distinguishes itself by singing a sweet song that enraptures the cook, saving itself from slaughter. If it weren’t for the sweet song, this swan would have been surely killed, which was ultimately the fate of its unfortunate neighbour, the goose.

For her documentary photo series Utah Swan Hunt, photographer Cayce Clifford followed hunters over multiple expeditions during the controversial swan hunting season. Somewhat typical of the usual hunting photo essay — the early morning sunrise shot, the token huntsman holding up his prized kill, it’s the swans that catch our attention. It seems wrong to kill these beautiful creatures, with their pristine white plumage and graceful long necks that stretch out vulnerably into lake mist.

Sobering Portraits Look at the Residents of São Paulo’s ‘Crackland’

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Crack addition has reached epidemic levels in Brazil. It’s a topic that’s not getting addressed but instead getting swept under the rug — or rather, into a small infected enclave of São Paulo, appropriately named Cracolândia, or Crackland. It’s a place where crack addicts don’t go to die or rehabilitate, instead they go to live in a state of drug-fuelled chaos intertwined with inertia – a kind of frenetic energy trapped inside a cage. As you can imagine, Cracolândia is rife with drugs, poverty, disease, and mental illness.

Clever ‘iLife’ Videos Depict Real Life Situations Enhanced Using Mac Keystrokes

Ever wish you could just Command+Z that drunk-text, or the coffee you spilled on the couch? Vancouver filmmaker Nathan Boey spends a lot of time on his computer, making music videos, animated shorts, and other film projects. Like most of us, he is so accustomed to the ease and brevity of the Mac OS interface that it occasionally slips into his real life. So he decided to make a short about it, collaborating with his girlfriend, actress Cynthia Mendez, and starring themselves. The result is the ongoing iLife series, now in its 3rd part. The series features everyday home-life scenarios where an adorable couple clicks through Life’s inevitable inconveniences with the stroke of a mouse or the swipe of a hand.

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