Posts tagged: fine art photography

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




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.

The Glow-Worms of New Zealand’s Limestone Caves Revealed in Magical Photo Series




As a child, New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael understood the Arachnocampa luminosa (glow worm) as a familiar sight, as as co-habitants of the landscape he called home. Only when he began to travel did his mind begin return to the bioluminescent larvae and mature gnats, compelling him to venture into the North Island’s thirty million year old limestone caves in search of the twinkling creatures that line their ceilings.

Bittersweet Portraits of People in San Francisco Living in Boats, Cars, Garages, Trailers, and Tents



Chinese born, California based photographer Wenxin Zhang created Goodnight Stories during a time in 2011 when she was a new comer to San Francisco. Feeling anxiety about this new environment and the pressure to be a young adult, she sought after strangers with whom to connect. Taking to the internet, she found a community of people who have found alternative housing conditions and asked permission to photograph them at home. The result is a fairy-tale like narrative that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

A Story of Hope and Beauty on the Mississippi Delta




For New York City-based photographer Magdalena Sole, visiting the Mississippi Delta for the first time was like returning to a home she never knew she missed. Since then, she has spent eighty four days and traversed over 10,000 miles of land between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, discovering happiness and heartache as they erupt in tandem across the Southern plains.

Photo Series Explores The Remnants of Diseases After Surgical Procedures


Gallstone #1, pigment print, 60 cm x 40 cm. From the series Removals 2011-2013 by Maija Tammi.


Breast cancer (whole breast removed) #1, pigment print, 60 cm x 40 cm. From the series Removals 2011-2013 by Maija Tammi.

Many understand disease through the person it inflicts. However, Maija Tammi’s Removals invites viewers to reexamine disease, its visual stereotypes, and the interpretation of diseases today. “They [people] would like to think that the border of our body is fixed and stable. When this border is challenged people often feel uncomfortable.” “Removals” explores the borderlines of art and spectatorship by displaying disease as still life.

Photographer Gets Rejected, Publishes Her Rejection Letters In New Book

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When I was growing up, my father told me after every small tragedy—be it a scraped knee or a lost toy— to “turn a negative into a positive.” Crediting the quotation to Rudy Tomjanovich, the now-retired coach of the Houston Rockets, he seemed to think it a cure-all for the childhood blues. He still repeats it to this day, each time as if I’ve never heard it before, and until recently I mostly brushed it off as a well-meant but ultimately unrealistic outlook on failure. That changed last week when I received an unexpected email from New York-based photographer Dana Stirling, who had just created a book composed of all the rejection letters she had received in response to a wide array applications for awards, grants, exhibitions, and magazines.

Adolescent Beauty Captured In Evocative Images of Children Swimming in the Sea




Photographer and military wife Deb Schwedhelm is no stranger to relocation. Every few years, she packs up her family, three children in tow, and moves to a new state, country, or continent. She takes each new setting as an opportunity to pause and reflect, exploring herself as a photographer and artist. While living in Florida, close to the sea, she decided to venture into underwater photography. The resulting series, From the Sea, beautifully captures her children and friends immersed in water, an allegory to their lives, shifting and moving with the tides.

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.

Happy Father’s Day: 26 Photos that Capture the Bond Between Dad and Child


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For our latest group show, we invited you to share your photographs on the theme of fatherhood. Curated by Alison Zavos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, at Feature Shoot, this collection captures the nuances both of what it means to be and what it means to have a dad. When submissions were rolling in for this group show, one photographer sent me a nice note saying that because he was himself a father and because he had always been on the other side of the camera, he possessed only images of motherhood; something about this casual statement paradoxically cut to the core of fatherhood, to the ways in which fathers shape our childhoods, even when they linger just out of frame in the family photo albums. These images document some of the small precious in-between instants—the everyday happenings that fall between birthdays and family reunions—in which fathers make us who we are. As Umberto Eco famously put it in Foucault’s Pendulum, “What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” Happy Father’s Day!

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‘Portrait of a Quiet Girl’ Captures the Struggle of Isolation and Self-Expression



Self-expression, isolation and madness are some of the themes explored in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. The protagonist, a nameless woman who has been imprisoned in a small bedroom by her husband, struggles over her illness and powerlessness while becoming increasingly absorbed by her meagre surroundings. Photographer Chrissie White, in collaboration with her friend and artist, Elvia Carreon, created the series, Portrait of a Quiet Girl, in reaction to the themes touched on in Gilman’s story.