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Shedding Light on the Suffering of Animals in Captivity

The path to truth is a long and arduous road, traveled by the few who can withstand the slings of arrows and bows. It takes courage and strength to allow the myths to fall away and stand face to face with the cold heart of reality. Photographer Colleen Plumb set for on this path many years ago, looking to understand the relationship between wo/man and animal that we have inherited from our ancestors.

Announcing the Winners of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards!

We received an overwhelming amount of outstanding submissions to this year’s Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, and after weeks of a competitive jurying process, we are thrilled to announce a total 20 winning artists, who will receive prizes ranging from $750 cash to international exhibitions, gallery representation opportunities, and other tools to help kickstart their careers.

A Poignant Portrait of Survivors of the Holocaust

I set out to do something with meaning. Being fortunate enough to have met and photographed these remarkable people has certainly felt meaningful to me. – Harry Borden

Having spent most of his career photographing celebrities, celebrated portrait photographer Harry Borden decided it was time for a change. His project Survivor, which culminated into what would become his first-ever book containing over a hundred portraits of Holocaust survivors, was not only an attempt to create an important historical artifact, but also an exploration of his own cultural heritage.

Growing up with a Jewish father, Borden recalls his father telling him that the Nazis would have killed ‘people like us’. He also remembers the shock this statement roused in him. Describing his dad as “a resolute atheist Jew who derived nothing from his background except a fear of anti-Semitism,” Borden writes in the book’s introduction: “I think it was my dad’s ambivalence towards his heritage – and his disturbing revelation that it had once been deemed punishable by death – that really motivated me to create this body of work.”

The Women of the BDSM Fetish Community, in Photos

Mistress Morrigan Hel, London, 2016

London photographer Max Eicke describes the BDSM community as a “parallel world.” He spent three years stepping in and out of that realm, interviewing and photographing professional dominatrices, submissives, and switches (women who both dominate and submit) in Germany and in the United Kingdom. Dominas, published by Kehrer Verlag, is the culmination of his collaborations with these women.

The Bloody History of Colonization in Tasmania, in Photos

Eliza Pross is a descendant of Truganini who is famed as being one of the last full blooded Tasmanian Aboriginals. Eliza’s family is from Bruny Island, the home of Truganini.

Risdon Cove Massacre, 1804. Facts about deaths at this site are highly debated. One group claim that less than three Aboriginal people were killed during the conflict, while the majority of historians claim that over 30 Aboriginals were slaughtered. Image is overlaid with a John Glover painting.

When Australian photographer Aletheia Casey was a child, she didn’t learn about any of the frontier conflicts of the time of settlement and colonization in Australia, and she didn’t learn about The Black War in the island state of Tasmania. For the most part, she was told about heroic European settlers, who tamed the wild terrain of Australia at the beginning of the 19th century and built their homes and farms across the land.

Introducing America as You’ve Never Seen it Before

As a continuation of his initial Flatland project, Istanbul-based photographer Aydin Büyüktas travelled to the USA at the end of 2016 to expand his collection of mind-bending images. Inspired by sci-fi writers, in particular Edwin Abbot’s 1884 novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, he uses digital manipulation to transcend the limits of human vision and create his own way of seeing the world, or in his words a “multidimensional romantic point of view.”

Following two months of research, Büyüktas spent a month capturing photos with an aerial drone, flying his drone a total distance of 10,000 miles. To make the resulting images, he spent the next two months creating composites combining between 18-20 images in each one. In this series, baseball courts and highways replace the Turkish markets and striking landmarks of his previous work, however we still view the world from Büyüktas’ warped rollercoaster-like vision, which plunges us directly into the landscapes from vertiginous heights.

Welcome to Flatland ll

What it’s Like to be Gay and Muslim in the 21st century

Amin, Los Angeles
“I find myself in the middle of two fronts – sometimes fighting within the Muslim community for more tolerance of LGBT people, and at other times fighting queer people and non-Muslims against the rampant Islamophobia in this country. I feel like I’m obligated to educate people on both sides. At the same time, I don’t feel the need to be validated by anyone. I don’t feel any great inner turmoil because of the various components of my identity. Like, I don’t necessarily feel excited by the prospect of a mosque for gay people. If there was a big mosque and people went and prayed together, I would still feel uncomfortable – gay or not. But I feel like people should have the right to do that. Is that weird? It sounds like I am in denial, doesn’t it?”

El-Farouk and his husband Troy, Toronto
“Where I am at today is not necessarily where I started. And I could tell you where I am now and it would sound rather a happy place. But the journey to that place has not been an easy one. I started with the notion that it was sinful [to be gay] and that those who practiced it were problematic at best. But that didn’t quite sort of seem right in the larger construct of the Quran and the Prophet that I believed to be true and actually had been taught. I don’t believe that homosexuality is a sin because sexuality in Islam is not a sin. Sexuality is something that God has given. And in verse 49.13. Allah says, ‘I created you to different nations and tribes and you may know and learn from each other.’ I just see queer folk as one of those nations or tribes.”

For her project ‘Being Queer, Feeling Muslim’, photographer Lia Darjes met with a number of individuals across Europe and North America who identify with being both Muslim and gay. Here, she shares their stories as they go about building their own progressive and inclusive communities in a society largely intolerant of homosexuality. In these defiant, pastel-hued portraits, Darjes captures them in a positive light treating them not as victims, but as courageous individuals striving for positive change.

Rare captures of the wildlife with which we share our cities

Occasionally when returning from a party in the early hours of the morning, a fox crosses our path on the deserted city streets while everyone else is sleeping. A brief encounter, but a reminder that we share our urban environments with other animals. French photographer Laurent Geslin‘s Urban Wildlife offers a window onto the wildlife with which we unknowingly coexist.

The Hazy, Dreamlike World of One Nebraska Photographer (Sponsored)

Taken with the the Lensbaby Velvet 56

Taken with the the Lensbaby Velvet 56

“Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been creating things,” photographer Amy Kalbasz says. As a adult and a parent to two children of her own, she’s continued this legacy. It all started with the seemingly simple desire to document her children as they grew, to remember their adventures in the pages of a scrapbook. But with time, chasing light became her life’s passion. Over the past two years alone, she’s used her camera each and every day, building an archive of thousands of sun-drenched pictures. She understands light when it’s streaming through her kitchen windows, when it’s spread out across a snowy field, and when it’s illuminating the morning dewdrops.

Over the last fifteen years, the Nebraska photographer has graduated from her old film camera to digital cameras with floppy disks to sleek, sophisticated, and modern cameras outfitted with her signature Lensbaby lenses. She keeps a blog, The Little House on Clear Lake, where she chronicles her personal growth and offers insight to her peers. On Instagram, she’s become part of a large and flourishing community of parents who are driven to capture the fleeting moments of their children’s lives in ways that are entirely unique. We asked her about finding her voice, honing her skills, and discovering inspiration in unusual places.

A Psychotherapist Finds Minimalist Beauty in the Banal

New Mexico based photographer Natalie Christensen’s striking, minimalist photography is an attempt to reduce her external environment to its most fundamental elements. In her ongoing series New Mexico, Deconstructed, the photographer steers away from the romanticised postcard-perfect image of Santa Fe and its adobe architecture framed by blue skies. Instead, she turns her lens to areas of town that many believe to be an eyesore. The act of digging deeper to see and expose the unseen is reminiscent of her past work as a psychotherapist.

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