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Haunting Photos of Polar Bears in a World Without Ice

No Snow, No Ice?

Photographer Patty Waymire has sent prints of No Snow, No Ice? both to former President Barack Obama and to current President Donald Trump. It was important to her that they witness what exactly is at skate for the polar bears of High Arctic Alaska.

The Colorblind Photographer Who Was Meant to Be an Astronaut

“My dream was to be an astronaut,” photographer and filmmaker Vinnoth Krishnan remembers of his childhood. He spent his days watching films like Alien and Blade Runner on VHS, rewinding to see his favorite parts over and over again. These scenes meant so much to him that he once accidentally started a fire while trying to recreate them with his parents’ electronics. Whenever his stomach hurt, he imagined a real alien squirming inside.

The World of Childhood, Seen Through a One-of-a-Kind Lens (Sponsored)

Taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

Taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 80 Optic

Most parents take pictures of their children so that when they grow up, they can look back and remember what they did when they were little. But for New Zealand photographer Mina Mimbu, it’s more than that. She doesn’t want simply to document her sons’ lives; she wants to capture the world as they see it right now, at the age of one and two, so that years later, they can move backwards through time.

Mimbu started photographing seriously when she had her first son. With the arrival of her children, she was able to recall scenes from her own youth in Japan, where she lived until the age of fourteen. She knew she didn’t have to travel to faraway lands to find that magic again; after all, even the most familiar things seemed mysterious through the eyes of her new children.

Mimbu’s photographs aren’t about the world of adults. Colors pop and lines blur to build a surreal universe. The aesthetic of her photographs follows their subject matter; reality morphs to adhere to the daydreams of her young heroes. If she wanted truly to capture the richly imaginative landscape of childhood, she couldn’t use a normal old lens, and she ultimately found her match in the Lensbaby’s creative effects lenses.

We interviewed Mimbu about her art, her kids, and her lenses.

Nostalgic Photos from the Forgotten Corners of America

Ellensburg, Washington

Joplin, Missouri

Bob Greenspan has been a wanderer as far back as he can remember. As a boy living in Upstate New York, he and his family embarked on what his father named “Sunday rides.” He visited amusement parks with names like Enchanted Forest and Storybook Land. The toured power plants and stopped over at small-town museums. Sometimes they’d end up in Canada or stay overnight in a motel.

How I got my Squarespace Site Up and Running in 48 Hours

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The Print Swap site on Squarespace

When deciding to set up The Print Swap, Feature Shoot’s new project which connects photographers from around the world through a large-scale physical print swap, I knew immediately that I wanted to use Squarespace for the site. I’m not tech savvy and I’m also very busy, but I also wanted to get the site up quickly. Squarespace is my go to because they make it super easy to put together a professional site for impatient (need it done yesterday), yet technically-challenged folks like myself. Here’s the steps I took to get it up and running in just 48 hours.

Trauma and Hope in the Children of South Africa and Rwanda

Pieter Hugo, Portrait #3, Rwanda, 2014 © Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Pieter Hugo, Portrait #16, South Africa, 2016 © Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

In 1994, photographer Pieter Hugo was eighteen years old. His home country, South Africa, had abolished apartheid three years earlier, and on April 27th, it would have its first election under universal adult suffrage. As millions lined up to cast their votes, some 3,000 miles away in Rwanda, an estimated 800,000 people were murdered. Millions fled, and as many as half a million women were raped.

14 Influencers Talk about Their Most Popular Image on Instagram

© Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson
“To be honest, this IG thing confuses me. Some images I am convinced will be crowd pleasers don’t generate interest, and then some that I almost don’t post because I think they are not good enough, will get loads of likes.

I picked this image because it is an image that I do like, and it did seem to resonate with people. I guess it is easy enough to read while still having a certain mystery. There seems to be a story that holds the viewer’s attention, but I guess there is enough pretty color to get attention in the first place. I am always encouraged when an image that I think is a strong image resonates. It gives me hope that it’s not just about loud color”.

© Alice Gao

Alice Gao 
“This is an image of a friend’s angora bunny. Her name is Cleo and she has quite the fan base herself. Our generation seems to love animals on social media, and videos often go viral when they feature animals doing funny/silly things. Cleo’s wearing a pair of human glasses in this, so it makes the image particularly humorous. This is by no means my best photo or even necessarily a good photo in terms of composition or lighting, but the subject was enough to engage the audience. I think many of the comments are just people tagging their friends as a way of sharing the image with them. It also helps that Cleo is rather unique looking and everyone wants to know what kind of bunny she is!”

Photographer Reflects on the Realities of Animals in Captivity

“This series is not about polar bears” says Taiwanese photographer Sheng Wen Lo—which might come as a surprise given the title ‘White Bear’, and the appearance of polar bears as the protagonist in every image. The artist’s intention was instead to reflect on the controversy of keeping captive wild animals on display, the discrepancy between our intention as zoo-goers and the overall cost to the animals’ wellbeing. This theme is confronted with focus on one particular species which he believes stands at the crux of this issue.

The Life and Love of a Young Transgender Couple in Berlin

“It is hard to open your wounds to a complete stranger,” photographer Adelaide Ivánova says, “Especially when this stranger has a camera pointed to your face.” When she met Michael and Kai, two twenty-something transgender men living in Berlin, she didn’t photograph them at first. “I didn’t feel I had the right, in a way,” she remembers. The mutual trust came with time.

11 Night Photographers on Mischief and Magic After Dark

© Troy Paiva

During the day, the camera sees what we see, but at night, it can record things that are completely invisible to the human eye. Photographer Michael Kenna once put it this way: “Film can accumulate light and record events that our eyes are incapable of seeing.”

In the darkness, everything that was once familiar becomes alien. Photographers who choose wandering over sleep grow to understand the strange, parallel world that emerges under the moonlight, and every frame they bring back with them has a story behind it.

We asked eleven of our favorite contemporary nighttime photographers to tell us tales of mischief, serenity, suspicion, and triumph after dark. Some are breathtaking and dramatic; others are understated and sublime.

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