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These recovered bullets convey the destructive power of guns

No, these are not withered flowers or unearthed minerals, nor masterful brushstrokes.

“Each one of these images is of a bullet—the vast majority of which were collected from a local gun range” explains Kentucky-based photographer Garret O. Hansen, discussing his series The Bullets, from a larger body of work entitled HAIL.

Introducing Fresh New Website Templates for Summer (Sponsored)

Summer has always meant three things for photographers: Beautiful light, new places, and more hours in the day to spend capturing them. Thanks to the Internet, we can share our #summervacation photographs from remote corners of the world with the click of a button. For photographers in particular, it’s more important than ever to have an online presence, and since summer is the season for fresh starts and bold moves, we were thrilled to learn that the Squarespace design team is rolling out sixteen brand-new website templates.

Photographer Tells Stories of Women Across Rural India

Japiyammal, 34, sells dry fish to make a living for her family. She also received a notice to vacate her home. After 50 years, the government suddenly seems to have woken up from its deep slumber and recognized the tourism potential in Dhanushkodi.

The fishing community here relies on traditional methods of reading the winds, stars and direction of waves. Without any formal training on modern techniques of fishing and unavailability of any GPS or Wireless devices, it is very hard for Japiyammal and other fishing community, to leave their land and learn the new ways of fishing elsewhere.

Initially, I thought Bharti, 13, was accompanying her parents to the fields since they did not want to leave her behind at home. But to my surprise, Bharti joined the work along with other adults on the salt plant. I saw her lifting the heavy pans full of salt, way too heavy for her thin arms. Her repeated movements of lifting salt and filling the tractors were fast but painful. It’s not just Bharti; there are scores of children waiting endlessly for an opportunity to lead a healthy life beyond these salt pans.

Deepti Asthana is a self-taught photographer living in Mumbai, India. She was born and raised in a north-Indian city called Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, where she grew up in challenging circumstances. Asthana graduated with a degree in engineering from Tamil Nadu and spent some time working in Mumbai and Delhi; all this while she knew she wanted more out of life. In 2011 she was sent to London for a project from her organisation and met a landscape  photographer there. This meeting helped her discover a talent and passion for telling women’s stories through photography, which led Asthana to begin her project titled Women of India, in 2016. Her journey since then has brought the two Indias closer through her work and continues to shape her perspective of travelling alone through rural India.

Photographer conveys the loneliness of ex-prisoners in Kazakhstan

Despite the universal appeal of freedom, acclimatising to life post-incarceration is no easy task. Some might question whether ex-prisoners are really freer beyond barbed wired fences, their lives forever changed, their minds often haunted by recollections of their pasts. Many ex-prisoners struggle when thrust back into the ‘real’ world’ and expected to resume, or construct, a normal life.

While in Kazakhstan for another project, Swedish photographer Mikael Halleström met a number of individuals who had been given parole and their families. Curious about their pasts and equipped with conversational Russian language skills, with time he was able to gain their trust.

Drugs, Poop, and Harpoon Attacks: One Photographer’s Crazy Life

Rainbow Gathering, Guatemala

When I first wrote about photographer Benoit Paillé last year, it seemed as though he was in a different place every time I emailed him. “I’m always on the move,” he told me. “Okay,” I thought to myself, “I get it. Photographers travel.” Turns out, I hadn’t understood after all. He was being literal. This particular photographer lives on the road. His house is a 21-foot camper van.

Masahisa Fukase’s Landmark Photo Book Gets Republished

Any artist with a muse understands this person’s importance in their creative process. And if that muse is your wife, for example, the connection becomes all the more complex.

But what do you do if your muse leaves you, divorces you, breaks off the relationship? If you’re Masahisa Fukase, you channel your ensuing grief into your work and produce what would later become known as one of the most important photobooks of a generation.

Call for Submissions: The First Ever Print Swap Exhibition at Photoville

Images © Anna Seeger, ©Alex Solis

Last year, Feature Shoot launched The Print Swap in order to connect photographers from all over the globe. The concept is simple: Everyone is welcome to submit via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap or by emailing their images to us at [email protected] Outstanding submissions are selected to be part of the worldwide swap. Prints are mailed out to winners at random. Every winning photographer gives a print to someone else, and in exchange, they receive a surprise print at their doorsteps.

Well over 20,000 photographers have submitted to The Print Swap to date, and more than 1,000 winners have shared their work with one another. The Print Swap combines the convenience of the digital age with the timeless joy of physically collecting and displaying artwork, and we’re thrilled to announce that the first ever Print Swap exhibition will take place this summer at Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the largest annual photography events in the United States (and the largest in New York City).

This Is What NYC Would Look Like In the Wake of a Flood

The opening shot of Two°C – New-York City, a short film by Claire & Max, looks a bit like a Hiroshi Sugimoto photograph: serene tranquil water meets the horizon. A few seconds in, we realize this isn’t a film about sublime, pristine nature. It’s the opposite. This is no natural body of water; it’s a flooded, polluted Manhattan. The waters engulf Grand Central, the New York Public Library, Times Square. There is no human presence to be found throughout the city.

Thievery in the Redwood Forests of Humboldt County, California

Semper Virens

Coastal Drive, Southwest View

The redwood trees of Northern Pacific Coast are among the oldest living things on earth, with life spans that average 1,200 to 1,800 years. Also known as Sequoia sepmervirens, they include these evergreens include the tallest trees on the planet, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 meters) in height and 29.2 feet (8.9 meters) in diameter. Simply put, they are majestic beings that have fallen victim to the greed of wo/man.

The First Peoples of American lived in the forest for thousands of years, able to create a symbiotic relationship with the land without destroying it. Their spiritual beliefs, combined with knowledge of the natural world, allowed them to cultivate the resources of the forest and live in harmony with the earth.

All of this changed with the arrival of an imperialist force that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and took land that did not belong to them. As the descendants of Europe made this country their own, they ravaged the landscape without thought to the consequences of their actions. They began decimating the forests to build homes, tearing down trees with no effort to replace the forests they destroyed.

18 New Topographics Photos That Could Have Been Made in the 1970s

From the series Urban Sprawl Emptiness © Emmanuel Monzon, Bellevue, Washington

Pie in the Sky © Lauren H. Adams, Southampton, NJ

Clubhouse, Daytona Beach, Florida 2006 © Damien Drew, NSW, Australia

Feature Shoot launched The Print Swap one year ago to connect photographers around the globe. Since then, more than twenty thousand photographers have submitted their work, and over one thousand have participated in the swap. The idea is to bring the joy of making and collecting photographs into the digital age. Anyone can submit photos via Instagram by tagging them #theprintswap. Outstanding submissions are chosen as winners and printed at Skink Ink in Brooklyn. From there, they are mailed out to winners all over the world. Prints are mailed out at random, so no one knows what print they’ll receive until it arrives at their doorstep.

The Print Swap includes work across all genres, and we sorted through the archive to put together this online group show, inspired by the historic 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

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