Posts tagged: fine art photography

11 Night Photographers on Mischief and Magic After Dark

© Troy Paiva

During the day, the camera sees what we see, but at night, it can record things that are completely invisible to the human eye. Photographer Michael Kenna once put it this way: “Film can accumulate light and record events that our eyes are incapable of seeing.”

In the darkness, everything that was once familiar becomes alien. Photographers who choose wandering over sleep grow to understand the strange, parallel world that emerges under the moonlight, and every frame they bring back with them has a story behind it.

We asked eleven of our favorite contemporary nighttime photographers to tell us tales of mischief, serenity, suspicion, and triumph after dark. Some are breathtaking and dramatic; others are understated and sublime.

Stunning Photos of Old Havana Before Everything Changed

When photographer Joseph Romeo traveled to Havana in March of 2014, he could not have predicted that in a few short months, President Barack Obama would announce his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. These days, we’re used to seeing photographs of the city, but when Romeo was there, everything was new, and the streets teetered right on the precipice of drastic change.

Wistful Photos of the Wildwood Motels on the Off-Season

Jolly Roger Motel

Gold Crest Resort Motel

Caribbean Motel

Photographer Tyler Haughey compares visiting the motels of Wildwood, New Jersey on the off-season to wandering onto a film set after the cast and crew has departed. For nine months of the year, the lights are switched off, the windows are shuttered, and the doors are locked.

8 Photographers On The Secret To Hunting Shadows

© Melissa Breyer

“Light is to the photographer what words are to the writer; color and paint to the painter; wood, metal, stone, or clay to the sculptor,” the 20th Century photographer Andreas Feininger once wrote, “Yet most photographers take light for granted, evaluating it quantitatively but not qualitatively, paying little or no attention to it except to make sure that its level is sufficiently high to permit a hand-held exposure.”

The Man Who Photographed a Forgotten America by Moonlight

Late Arrival, 2011

Diner, 2011

Noel Kerns is an American time traveler. His camera has taken him on road trips across Texas, down Route 66, and through the ghost towns of the American West. He’s found these bygone patches of the United States under the light of the full moon, synching his trips with the calendar of lunar phases.

The Hardship, Delight, and Perseverance of Stray Cats, in Photos

Istanbul photographer Ekin Kucuk started feeding the stray cats on her street shortly after her beloved dogs of many years died. She was grieving, and one of the few things that gave her comfort was watching the neighborhood cats gather round her garden in hopes of finding a dish of food. Her relationship with the cats began this way, with no intention of photographing their antics.

This Anonymous Account Is a Hidden Gem of Instagram

Once upon a time, there was a successful photographer with hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram. He took pictures of sublime landscapes and monumental, poetic moments, but he longed to capture the quieter, more prosaic side of life.

Tales From a Street Photographer in St. Petersburg

When I asked Alexander Petrosyan to tell me why St. Petersburg is a great place for street photography, he answered honestly. It isn’t. It’s usually freezing, and the streets are never well-lit. The streets are mostly empty because everyone is always in a hurry to get someplace. He takes pictures here not because it’s easy but because it’s been his home for more than four decades.

Minimalist Snapshots of the World by ‘the Agoraphobic Traveller’

Impressive cactus, Sun City, Arizona.

Football game, Chile.

“At first I was uncomfortable with sharing my mental health issues publicly,” photographer Jacqui Kenny, sometimes known as the “Agoraphobic Traveller,” says, “Now it’s something I talk openly about.”

Haunting Visions of the Sprawling American West

French photographer Emmanuel Monzon thinks living in the United States is like living inside a painting. In his meticulously crafted American scenes, all humans have vacated the premises, leaving behind only the background they once inhabited.

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