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16 Timeless Photos of the Sea that Will Inspire You

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand © Helena Sofia de Kok, Wellington, NZ

Florida Cold Front © David Friske, Hollywood, FL

Land’s End © Angela Marklew, Venice, CA

The Print Swap is a global initiative connecting photographers around the world. Anyone and everyone can submit via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap. As of this writing, well over 25,000 images have been considered for the swap. About 1200 of them have been chosen to be part of the project thus far. Every winner of The Print Swap receives a surprise print from another winner, and all the prints are made at Skink Ink in Brooklyn before being shipped off to cities and countries across the globe.

We recently put together a New Topographics group show in honor of some of our previous Print Swap winners, and this time, we took a look through the archive to find some of the best seascapes that have been part of the swap over the last year.

Photos of a Changing Landscape, Inspired by the Western Meadowlark

In 1994, MTV’s Karen Duffy made the trip to the least-visited state in America, a snow-covered North Dakota, to find answers. When she asked then-governor about his home, he responded, “Well, I think the best reason to visit North Dakota is you can still get lost here.” He paused before adding, “Not necessarily lost on a map, but you can really get lost mentally here.”

It’s twenty-something years later, and Seattle photographer Ian C. Bates has gotten lost many times in North Dakota. He picked the state in part because of its solitude. “It is easy to feel alone there,” he tells us, “I liked that feeling, but it also overcomes you after being there for a long time.”

See the Emerging Photography Awards Exhibition at United Photo Industries

Besan in Gaza, Palestine 2016 © Johanna-Maria Fritz

Water Wheel Falls, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, CA 2014 © Ansley West Rivers

Rocks © Zoe Wetherall

Every year for the last three years, the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards have culminated in an exhibition at United Photo Industries in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This time, UPI Creative Director Sam Barzilay handpicked three winning photographers to exhibit at the gallery: Johanna-Maria Fritz, Ansley West Rivers, and Zoe Wetherall. The Winner Showcase opens Thursday night with an Artist Reception at 6:00 PM, with exhibiting prints made on ChromaLuxe® aluminum at the state-of-the-art dye sublimation printing facility at Ken Allen Studios.

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).

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