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Captivating Portraits of Drifters That Migrate to the Beaches of San Diego in Winter

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Karina and Tex, from Canada and Las Vegas – a couple who met on the road, cuddle one early morning in a park where they camped out for the night. Karina had been traveling for an extended period across Canada then into the US and was continuing on toward Mexico and South America.

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Cliff, from Michigan shaves his head near the bay. Cliff was in the military and now lives in San Diego out of his RV.

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Randall, from Texas – rests on the boardwalk wall with his lizard. He began his road journey a few months earlier by hitchhiking into a Midwestern blizzard.

For California Winter, Los Angeles-based photographer John Francis Peters enters the ephemeral community of drifters flocking to sunny San Diego in winter, documenting the temporary homes they erect along the oceanfront parks. Throughout the cold, snowy months from November to March, the waves beckon to carloads of spiritual travelers, runaway kids, and enduring nomads, all of whom have shed the confines of a traditional home life for the freedom of the open road.

Photo du Jour: Stargazing in Hawaii

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On a quiet evening in April, 2013, Bend, Oregon-based photographer Jonathan Kingston stands at the summit of the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station in Big Island, Hawaii. As one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, the dormant Mauna Kea, also known as the White Mountain, provides an arresting view of the starry sky, unobscured by the cloud cover that shrouds observatories at lower altitudes.

We Interviewed Helen Cathcart About Lifestyle, Travel and Making the Leap From Picture Editor to Photographer

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Khar Market, Mumbai, India. Client: Mr. Todiwala’s Bombay cookery book

As a lifestyle photographer, London-based Helen Cathcart spends her time voyaging around the globe, shooting everything from exotic hotels to beautifully curated food. She is a creative who draws from years of experience both in the freelance field and behind the picture desk, first working as a photo director and freelance picture editor for high-end establishments like British Vogue. Cathcart eventually decided to turn to shooting full time and her client roster includes National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian and John Lewis. Though she boasts an undergraduate degree in Photography and a Masters in Design and Art Direction, Cathcart attributes her technical knowledge to schooling from other photographers in the business and learning a little something new from each assignment. Traveling everywhere from Patagonia to the Australian outback, the photographer has a broad, extensive portfolio that she needed to organize in a clean, appealing way. Cathcart spoke to us about the life as a freelancer where every day is different and how Squarespace keeps her from having to struggle with coding.

Unflinching Photos Capture One Photographer’s Struggle with Self-Harm

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For The Bearable, photographer Zhe Chen documents her own struggle with self-harm, constructing an indexical account of her years’ long experience with the addiction. After countless months of psychological alienation and a self-inflicted quarantine, the artist was compelled to share her private lamentations publicly, with the visceral confession of her secrets becoming a means of release from isolation.

Magical Photos Capture the Wonders and Sorrows of Childhood in Rural France

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For Close to Home/Autumn, photographer Andie Wilkinson captures the changing of the seasons in and around her house and its neighboring farm areas in the idyllic Tarn-et-Garonne, France. Over the course of her thirteen years in the rustic landscape, she has documented many harvest months, and yet they are compressed here into a single and abiding instant of fall.

Hard-hitting, Graphic Images Record the TB Epidemic in Ukraine

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Ukrainian photographer Maxim Dondyuk spent two years in Ukraine documenting the lives and stories of the people who were affected by Tuberculosis, and the people around them. Along with his camera, Dondyuk wove in and out of hospitals, homes, prisons and cemeteries where familiar faces grew thinner and nearly unrecognizable. Dondyuk’s extensive work entitled TB Epidemic in Ukraine (2010-2012), tells the story of a nation facing a serious health crisis, making it one of the most TB-affected countries in Europe and one of the 27 high burden MDR-TB countries in the world according to the World Health Organization.

Photo du Jour: Irish Dancers

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In its 30th year, the annual ‘All Scotland Irish Dance Championship’ draws around 2,000 competitors to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for a four day contest. Dancers between the age of 8 – 25 represent some 300 schools from across the globe including Ireland, France, Russia, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States. The event boasts an additional 2,500 spectators as well, comprising of various coaches, family and supporters of the competitors.

For this image, photographer Robert Ormerod captured young Shannon Bill, age 14, and Lucy Mckelvey, age 13, from London. He caught many participants while waiting to go on stage to compete, taking them aside for portraits showcasing the dancer’s lavish clothing and colorful details. The ‘All Scotland Irish Dance Championship’ is the last major event on the competitive Irish dancing schedule before the World Championships. Scotland has a great reputation for emerging world-class dancing talent that attracts people from all over to witness the skill and poise of this celebrated Irish tradition.

Images © Robert Ormerod

Poetic Photos of the Marshland Along Denmark’s Wadden Sea

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© Henrik Emtkjær Hansen / Offset

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Ribe, Denmark-based photographer Henrik Emtkjær Hansen is drawn to mysterious regions near the Wadden Sea, capturing areas along its dikes at times of silence, when few people populate the low-lying marshland. Casting his images in moody green and blue tones, Hansen creates a poetic vision of the Denmark shoreline, imbuing the natural landscape with emotive powers similar to those of the great Romanic painters.

Fascinating Photos Explore the Untouched Life of a 200-Year-Old Fishing Village in Nigeria

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The morning traffic on one of Makoko’s main canals. In addition to providing a means of transportation, the canals also serve as marketplace. In the early morning the women start bartering different kinds of goods.

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A beauty salon.

Makoko is a 200-year-old fishing village built on the bank of the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria. Lagos has recently become one of Nigeria’s economic centers and Africa’s largest city, housing more than 20 million inhabitants. Romanian photographer Petrut Calinescu documented life in this community of fishermen, which has remained untouched by the economic boom around it.

A Glimpse Beyond the Doors of German Slaughterhouses

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Julia Unkel invites us beyond the psychological and physical barrier of food production, confronting the hard facts of slaughterhouses in Im Angesicht (translated “In the face”). The photographer spent over six months inquiring at various locations across Germany, frequently turned away even after repeated requests. Her series catalogs five different slaughterhouses, ranging in size from small family-run butcheries to factory-style warehouses with multiple “lines” that go through around 20,000 pigs a day.