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We’re All Nudists Under Our Clothes: ‘Lake Como’ Explores Those Who Live Life in the Buff (NSFW)

Katty Ryan Hoover

Katty Ryan Hoover

One of the primary fascinations of photography—for both the picture makers and the viewers—is the desire to examine the lives of others: those who live or experience differently than what is familiar to that person. Tampa-based photographer Katty Ryan Hoover’s Lake Como explores a way of life unfamiliar, even unfathomable, to many of us: living in the nude.

Submissions Are Rolling in for the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

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Nick Ballon, Jennifer Loeber, and David Gardner

Here at Feature Shoot, we are excited as the submissions for the inaugural Emerging Photography Awards keep rolling in. If you have not submitted yet (and really, why haven’t you?) and are curious what sort of work is being submitted, check out our official Emerging Photography Awards blog.

Each week we are featuring one of our jurors and highlighting a recent submission that we editors at Feature Shoot find interesting. Our jury profiles include Sam Barzilay, creative director of United Photo Industries and co-founder of Photoville; Emma Bowkett, Photo Editor at FT Weekend Magazine; and Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor at VICE to name a few. Our artists profiles have already spotlighted the diverse portfolios of Nick Ballon, Elisa Ferrari, Jennifer Loeber and many more.

The Emerging Photography Awards is a new international photography competition for up-and-coming photographers who are ready to kickstart their careers. Generously sponsored by Squarespace, the first prize includes $2500 cash, a gallery show and party in NYC, a lifetime subscription to Squarespace, and an announcement on the Feature Shoot site. Deadline is January 15, 2015.

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Elisa Ferrari and Olivia Locher

Images © Nick Ballon, Jennifer Loeber, David Gardner, Elisa Ferrari & Olivia Locher 2014

Photo du Jour: Miles the Pig

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When photographer Mark Peckmezian was commissioned by New York Magazine to do a documentary on the contemporary art market, he never imagined meeting the sassy and fabulous Miles the pig. During the ten-day shoot, Peckmezian spent an evening at the gallerist David Zwirner‘s home. The party was full of collectors and artists alike for the painter Oscar Murillo’s latest show set to open the next day. In the midst of the hubbub, Peckmezian spotted Miles, the pet pig of Zwirner’s daughter and a big hit with the elite crowd present. Miles strikes such a pose it makes you wonder if he’s used to all the attention.

Peckmezian is represented commercially by Webber Represents.

Image © Mark Peckmezian 2014

Welcome to Syden: Portraits of Norwegians Enjoying Their Offbeat Vacations

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To foreigners, Syden sounds like a fantasy holiday destination accessible only to Norwegians, and it kind of is. In Norway, the word Syden is often referenced in lieu of certain European, Asian, African, and South American cities with a warm climate, mainly in or near the Mediterranean. From season to season, the exact locations of Syden may change as certain places go in and out of fashion. For his book Southbound, photographer Knut Egil Wang explores the nuances of these unidentifiable, transient havens, shooting in such hot spots as Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Murcia, and Torrevieja in Spain, Ayia Napa and Larnaca in Cyprus, Side and Alanya in Turkey, and Krabi in Thailand.

Saved: Elegant Portraits of Rescued Greyhounds

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Beautifully poised and gentle, staring into the soulful eyes of these Iberian greyhounds you’d never guess they were ever abused, unwanted or abandoned. Greyhounds are a popular breed of hunting dogs in Southern Europe, especially Spain. At the end of hunting season, if they underperform or are no longer needed, despite their kind spirit, many of the dogs suffer horribly at the hand of their master. French photographer Mathias de Lattre, who grew up with greyhounds, felt compelled to tell their story in his series titled Salvados, meaning ‘saved’ in Spanish.

The Ultimate Big Brother: Images of a Small, Midwest Community Captured Through Their Own Security Camera

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Some one is always watching. Whether built into an ATM or mounted alongside intersection lights to catch traffic violators, surveillance cameras have become a ubiquitous presence in contemporary society. Andrew Hammerand explores notions of privacy, security and anonymity in his series The New Town. Accessing a publicly available, networked CCTV camera installed atop a church, Hammerand becomes the ultimate Big Brother, using the device to capture fuzzy images of a small Midwest community and its unsuspecting townspeople. The series is a voyeuristic vision of Nowhere, USA – the amateurish photos feeling both strangely harmless and provocative. We spoke with Hammerand about how he came across this particular camera, streaming surveillance online, and loss of personal freedom for the American Dream.

Cherry Bombe Creative Director Claudia Wu Curates Our Latest Offset Show of Fashionable Food

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Known for it’s original and fashion-forward aesthetic, Cherry Bombe magazine is like a cross between Vogue and Bon Appétit. A food magazine by women for women, the biannual Cherry Bombe was founded by Claudia Wu and Kerry Diamond in 2013 after meeting at Harper’s Bazaar. Driven by a passion for food and style, the magazine speaks to women at the forefront of the foodie scene, showcasing the work of chefs and businesswomen. With the help of innovative food writers and photographers, Cherry Bombe has carved a unique place for itself as a leading independent food publication characterized by bold imagery.

Photo du Jour: Sunbathing

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For Plein Soleil, French photographer Anaïs Boileau captures the curious culture of sunbathing that permeates summer in the south of France and Spain, including La Grande Motte, Lanzarote, and Barcelona. In Boileau’s surreal portraits, the women appear as if suspended in time, sedated and made oblivious of their surroundings by the rays that tan their skin. As she lays spellbound in a colorful swimsuit and an outlandish pair of sun goggles, an unnamed female figure peers upwards, imploring the sun for an elusive honey glow that lies just out of reach.

Image © Anaïs Boileau 2014

Zed Nelson’s ‘A Portrait of Hackney’ Depicts the Mélange of Cultures in a Gentrifying East London Neighborhood

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For many of our readers the story of waves of hipsters gentrifying previously undesirable neighborhoods, eventually and circumstantially pushing out the previous communities, will be a familiar one. For photographer Zed Nelson, Hackney, the East London neighborhood where he grew up and still lives, has provided him with rich fodder for A Portrait of Hackney, published by Hoxton Mini Press

The Incredibly Picturesque Norwegian Countryside Photographed by Mark Weinberg

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Traveling from the heights of Pulpit Rock to the charming wooden house fronts of Gamle Stavanger, New York City-based photographer Mark Weinberg captures the enchanting sites of Norway. Over the course of a three week visit with family, he explored everything from spellbinding fjords to delightful rows of dock houses along the countryside.