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Portraits of a Community Living Off the Grid in a Remote Spanish Ecovillage

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Photographer Kevin Faingnaert first heard about Matavenero, a remote ecovillage high up in the isolated mountainous region of Northwest Spain, from a friend who had cycled across Europe. Intrigued by the idea of abandoned villages that were quickly becoming populated again by groups of eco-friendly, independently-minded people living off the grid, he knew it was worth exploring. Without asking permission, he simply arrived at the village, set up a tent and tried to become part of the community. The resulting series, Matavenero, was taken over the course of his one month stay there.

Portraits of ‘Vision Questers’ in a Small Eco Village in Colombia

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In February of 2015, London based photographer Baker traveled to a small eco-village in southern Colombia to take part in a Vision Quest. In this ancient ceremony, ‘questers’ spend several days in the wilderness without food or water praying to the great spirit for a vision to guide them on their path in life. We speak to him about his experience here and the photographs he captured on this spiritual journey.

45 Astonishing, Abstract Aerial Images Found on Google Earth

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In the fourteen years since Google Earth has redefined the map, using satellite and drone imagery, aerial photography, and government archived shots to chart and catalogue the world. Virtual travel is available with the click of a button, transporting us from Chile to China, Greenland to Antarctica, and back again.

Photographer Travels the Globe Documenting What Remains of World’s Fair Sites

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Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012

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Brussels 1958 World’s Fair, “A World View: A New Humanism,” Atomium at Night, 2008

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Paris 1937 World’s Fair, “Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne”, Graffiti, Palais de Tokyo, 2007

While visiting Spain and exploring the remains of the 1992 World Expo in Seville, photographer Jade Doskow noticed the surreal quality that these structures have decades later. Since 2007, she has travelled the world, photographing the often abandoned architecture that, at one moment in time, were monuments of goals and future dreams of a city. For her series, World’s Fair: Lost Utopias she ‘arrests time’ in capturing both the past and present of these strange sites that have outlived their original purpose.

Photographer Seeks Out Havana’s Cool Kids in ‘Cuban Millennials’

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Cristobal (22) has graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and is now working as a tattoo artist in Pinar del Río. Young Cubans are embracing foreign cultural trends more than at any other time. The fondness for tattoos is big and growing, despite the difficulty of tattoo artists to import the necessary equipment (needles, sterilizers, and ink). Recent reforms have not formally legalized the activity, although the first official tattoo studio has opened, attached to an urban art gallery in Havana .

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22-year-old Shellys Mayara is a second-year student of the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte), but she also works as an actress and model. “I am doing very well and I am very happy because I am lucky to be very busy working as an actress, makeup artist and model.” She will participate in a US/Mexican horror film soon.

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Night party at King Bar, Vedado. In recent years, many private restaurants, bars and new clubs opened, often at prices beyond the reach of ordinary Cubans.

Barcelona-born, New York City-based photographer Edu Bayer has always valued and felt close to Cuban culture and history, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that he finally made the trip to see for himself the metamorphosis of the nation. Cuban Millennials is his ongoing investigation into the lives, heritage, and futures of a the country’s rising generation of creatives and intellectuals, who in the wake of reparations in US-Cuba relations, are forging a new and unchartered path.

64 Photos of Unforgettable Summer Vacations

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The Gorge, near Portland, OR © Justin Nunnink

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Honolulu, Hawaii © Adrian Mueller

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French Riviera © Laurent Roch

For our latest group show, we invited you to submit your photographs of summer vacation. Judged by April Jenkins, Photo Editor for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock photography and illustration from artists around the globe, the images selected for this collection capture locales as diverse as the French Riviera and the Bahamas, Romania and Cinque Terre, Italy. It’s said that the human brain is more likely to hold onto memories that are new and exotic than those that are familiar and routine, a theory that might help explain why so many of our most cherished recollections are associated with vacations abroad rather than day-to-day life at home. For many, the most meaningful part of a summer vacation is the opportunity to make memories that are hard to forget, that will stay lodged in our consciousness for years to come. For this reason, photographs have become a key ingredient in summer vacations around the world, meant to be mounted and remembered long after we have returned home.

Photographer Gains Once-in-a-Lifetime Access to the Festival of Niger’s Nomadic Tribes

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When rainfall quenches the bone-dry terrain of Southern Niger, says New York-based travel photographer Terri Gold, a thousand Wodaabe nomads, along with thousands of their treasured animals, converge across the desert in celebration of the The Guérewol Festival. As part of the weeklong event, the men dress in traditional finery, adorn their faces in paint, and perform for hours in hopes of winning the admiration of a set of young women judges. After braving the 110 degree heat in search of the merrymaking, Gold at last happened upon Guérewol after weeks of anticipation and captured the scene using infrared film.

Photos Examine the Impact of Rapid Development on Nomadic Life in Mongolia

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Mongolia is a country divided by two kinds of people. There are those who retain a traditional nomadic lifestyle and those who strive for a more modern life. Photographer Michele Palazzi’s Black Gold Hotel is a long term project about the impact of modernization in Mongolia.

Photographer Traverses the Frozen Wilderness, Comes Back with Ethereal, Dreamlike Images

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For Alaskan photographer Acacia Johnson, traversing the Far North signifies a homecoming, a return to the curiosity and awe she felt as a young child for the icy wilderness. For Polaris, named for the North Star, the photographer camps and hikes across Alaska and Iceland, chasing down the elusive threads of belonging that bind her to the inhospitable terrain.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Summer Vacation

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Summer vacation is one of the fundamentally joyous facts of life, the birthplace of the memories and daydreams that keep us pushing through the grind of the winter months. For people of all ages, sunny getaways promise the carefree bliss of childhood, a few cherished weeks or days filled with adventures and picnics, sightseeing and sunbathing. Because we spend so much of our time fantasizing about summer and precious little time actually relishing it, the photographs snapped on these trips are often as valuable as the trips themselves, reminding us of sleepy mornings in exotic locales long after we have departed. For our next group show, we’re looking for your summer vacation photos.

Our judge for this group show will be April Jenkins, Photo Editor for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock photography and illustration from artist around the globe. The winning photographer will receive a GoPro Hero4 Black. All submitting photographers will be considered to join Offset’s curated collection of award-winning and high end photography. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Summer Vacation” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions detailing the locations of the photographs within the body of the email.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015.

Curious about joining offset? Check out this video in which some of our favorite photographers discuss what it means to be represented by Offset.

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