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Mother as Muse: A Fashion Shoot Features an Unlikely Model

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When Charlie Engman first photographed his mother, Kathleen, he noticed there was a stark difference between his mother in real life and the woman who appeared in the photographs. “I couldn’t really recognize her in the images, or rather, I recognized her in unfamiliar ways,” he explained in a recent interview. He began photographing her more frequently, and over time his mother has become something of a muse for Engman. It wasn’t until years later, when commissioned for a fashion editorial shoot by Hungarian magazine The Room, that he decided to cast his mother as the model, in a series simply titled, MOM.

Photographer Ben Lowy Discusses His New Print Selling Venture

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Having the venue to make all this work in a streamlined and organized manner from orders to invoices lays the groundwork for responsible business practices.”Ben Lowy on his virtual storefront, made with Squarespace.

In my recent interview with commercial and editorial photographer, Ben Lowy, he talked about how designing a second website for his commercial work was a great way for him to differentiate the heavier subject matter of his editorial journalism (often shot in war zones) with the more lighthearted (yet still narrative) commercial work. But in addition to these parallel careers, image sales are also an important revenue stream for the photographer. One unique aspect of Lowy’s new Squarespace website — which is an all-in-one platform — is the inclusion of a storefront in which clients and fans of his work can purchase prints. We asked him about launching and selling work through his personal online Squarespace store.

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“Rainroom.” New York City, NY. June 24, 2014. Editions starting at $125.

How do you decide which images you would sell on your store?
“We started with specific images that have been popular over the years. We also wanted a place where we could sell my popular and often requested Instagram images.”

Photojournalist Ben Lowy Launches a Bold New Commercial Website

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Ben Lowy, the award-winning photojournalist known for his strong editorial images taken in war zones recently launched a new Squarespace website for his commercial work, differentiating his two distinct brands while keeping his photographic aesthetic intact. Lowy, who is one of those extremely prolific photographers, is able to create dynamic commercial work that appears as sensitive as his journalistic work, but for clients like Exxon, The Olympics, Dasani and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. While he says he’s always going back to his “fighting work and violence in America” projects, his photographic ideology is inextricably linked with storytelling, whether for commercial or editorial interests. We asked him a few questions about launching the new site.

Why was it important for you to distinguish your corporate/commercial work on a separate website?
“After a decade working in the editorial world, I realized that it was really hard to mix two distinct markets. The subject matter and aesthetic of my editorial site was completely different from what I wanted to show in my commercial site and we couldn’t quite reconcile the two. As a photographer who made my name covering conflict, I found that some of the content of my work was inappropriate in a commercial context and even made potential commercial clients wary. I also started getting a lot of comments from art buyers who thought that I would be really serious and brooding because they had this preconceived idea of who I was after viewing my editorial work.  I wanted to introduce myself and my personality more into the commercial site.”

Portraits of Underground Cirque Troupe Lucent Dossier

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In collaboration with the Lucent Dossier underground cirque troupe, photographer August Bradley presents A Theater of Darkness, an enchanting visual narrative filled with curiosity and terror. As if birthed from the pages of an H.G. Wells novel, Bradley’s circus characters are confined to an old, anachronistic vaudeville theater—long after their performances, they lurk in the steampunk underground, yearning for the outside world and hoping for escape.

What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Sports Illustrated Photographer Walter Iooss

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Kate Upton, shot for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Iooss has shot over 10 covers of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, the first one being in 1973.

What’s in your camera bag?
My gear is Canon. I carry 1 EOS 1D, 1 EOS 5D, 24-105 zoom f4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, 1 extra camera battery, 1 card reader, 1 hard drive, 4 Sandisk cards, a lens tissue, swim goggles and golf glove for my two favorite pastimes, and mints for safe breath.

What’s in your bag that’s specific to the type of work you shoot? I shoot mostly portraits and all the lenses are geared for that—my action days are few. For the swimsuit shoots I would bring a 70-200 f4 zoom and a 300mm f4, along with 3 portable Profoto strobes. Sunlight is only good for a short period of time, early and late, especially for women. Light is always the most important element in my pictures, if I am free to control it. Some jobs are only cover shoots—for those, you start with light and backgrounds, and go from there with the poses.

What’s the most unusual item in your camera bag? My goggles and golf glove—I use these anywhere I can swim or hit balls.

Bence Bakonyi’s Floating Portraits

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Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi carries on the Moholy-Nagy tradition of creating alternate ways of visually representing reality and making us see with photography what we might not with our own two eyes. Currently based in Budapest, Bakonyi has worked on a number of series that all ask us to consider this ‘new’ reality—to suspend belief, to imagine, and to go with it.

Lifestyle and Editorial Photographer Collin Hughes on What Makes a Great Website (Sponsored by Squarespace)

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NYC-based lifestyle and editorial photographer Collin Hughes is an adventurer at heart and that same energy is echoed in his work—you can find him chasing after subjects and mixing up the scene with a fresh and modern style that combines classic portraiture with the story unfolding before him. Connecting brands and clients to their audiences through visual storytelling is Hughes’ day-to-day. When he’s not shooting commercial work, he is at play with personal projects like Any Meal, a recently born series of sit-down meals and experiences with people Hughes meets around the world.

40s Pin-Ups Models Re-imagined And ‘Dressed’ In Only Milk

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London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz has come up with quite the new fashion in his reimagined tribute to 1940s pin-up models, Milky Pin-Ups. Referencing vintage pin-up paintings from the late calendar artist Gil Elvgren, Wieczorkiewicz dressed the models in real milk, orchestrating splash after splash. The final ensembles are incredibly impressive and a product of meticulous layering of hundreds of photos of the milk in its various flight patterns. There’s no denying it this time—milk, it does a body good.

Idyllic Arctic Landscapes Photographed by Lottie Davies

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Lottie Davies is a UK-born photographer who is based in London. Her series North features images from Iceland, Finland, Greenland, Svalbard (Spitzbergen), an Arctic archipelago that belongs to Norway, and the UK.

Parisian Men Photographed in Their Stylish Surrounds

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A young performer stands beside books and records piled high, his clothes scorched for reasons unknown. A fashion designer gazes stoically at the photographer’s lens while a toothy reptile lurks near his feet. Holding his skateboard, a sociologist returns to the room he lived in as a child.