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Exploring Ecuador and Mexico Off the Grid

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Three years ago, Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé left everything behind, fitting his entire life inside a 21-foot camper. He’s anchored to nothing and free to explore; he mets strangers along the way, says goodbye, and moves along. Traversing the streets and landscapes of Mexico and Ecuador, he creates uncanny visions of daily life, scenes in which the mundane goings on become electric rituals and rites, thrumming with color.

Sydney’s Beaches, As Seen from 400 Feet Above Ground

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The water in Sydney, suggests Australian photographer Gabriel Scanu, is unlike the water anywhere else in the world. It’s sparkling, pure, and clear as glass. The stories of the sea are as old and numerous as grains of sand. Over the past year, he has captured the city’s beaches from above, piloting a drone camera hundreds of feet above the earth.

Esteemed Photojournalists Teach the Secrets of Storytelling (Sponsored)

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Teviston, California. 2001. Boy with an old farm truck. © Matt Black

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Law enforcement in Ferguson after firing tear gas and watching a police car burn during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. © Ron Haviv

2015 Magnum Photos Nominee Matt Black famously said, “I try to stay focused on producing something that rings true, that doesn’t pander,” a sentiment that gets to the crux of true photojournalism. In many ways, a documentary photographer becomes the mediator between his or her subject and audience, reconciling whatever tensions and differences there might be between the two without compromising an ounce of integrity.

This summer and fall, nine groundbreaking photojournalists—Matt Black, Ron Haviv, Brandon Thibodeaux, David H Wells, Magdalena Solé, Shane Srogi, Dominic Chavez, Stella Johnson, and Peter Turnley— will come together on the coast of Rockport to teach workshops at Maine Media Workshops + College. They will work hand-in-hand with students to tell meaningful stories that bridge the gaps between people, illuminating subjects as diverse as conflict, economic hardship, and even landscapes with their ever-changing implications for humanity.

Eerie Photos of Hong Kong, Devoured by Fog

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Hong Kong-based photographer Andy Yeung knows his city by heart; he’s walked the streets of Quarry Bay, explored the crevices of public housing in the Ping Shek and Choi Wan Estates. He’s even flown drones far above the high-rises, peering down at the place he calls home as if from a private bower nestled amongst the clouds. But nothing could have prepared him for the nightly ritual of metamorphosis of Hong Kong, when the sun descends and a blanket of murky mist covers the urban sprawl.

Behold the Winners of Ken Allen Studios’ Spring Photo Contest

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The Unexpected © Elena Lyakir, First Prize

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Water Tower © Yoav Friedlander, Second Prize

The Unexpected resembles a portal into another world, a primordial realm in which the sky and the earth collide and overlap to become one. The photograph, like all of the images in Elena Lyakir’s City Parks Romance, was not in fact shot in any ancient place but in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Stephen Shore’s Landscapes of Israel and the West Bank

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Without sounding too mystical about it, when I’m photographing the landscape in the American West, I position myself where I feel the lines of energy emerge in the land. What I found in Israel and the West Bank is that there was a crazy web of energies, something very particular going on there. – Stephen Shore

In 2008, Stephen Shore was commissioned by Frédéric Brenner to partake in a group project called This Place, which set out to explore the complexity of Israel and the West Bank through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers. In the space of two years Shore made six trips to Israel, staying there for a total of four to five months. Together with assistant Gil Bar who possessed guru-like knowledge of the land and the roads, they drove all over Israel and the West Bank where Shore would spend the whole day photographing. As with every photographer involved in this project, behind them stands a larger body of work that isn’t exhibited in the show. Shore’s book, From Galilee to the Negev, was a way to compile the vast store of images he took during these trips, ranging from landscapes to cityscapes, and sacred stones to street scenes.

An Ode to the Classic American Roadside Motel (Sponsored)

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Half Moon Motel, Culver City, California © The Licensing Project / Offset

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Half a century ago, photographers traversed the United States, capturing the elusive essence of the American Dream. They stayed mostly in roadside motels, where rooms were cheap and easy to find. Motels were the American wayfarer’s constant companion, their one and only refuge on long nights spent on the open road. Today, classic motels have mostly been replaced by brand-name hotel chains. For those free spirits and wayward souls who seek a slice of a bygone America, only a few survive as living relics of decades past. 

Desire and Anxiety in the Male Cruising Sites of Barcelona

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“Sometimes, coming here makes me feel less alone, but sometimes it just makes me feel like I’m the only one on the planet,” confided a man to Barcelona-based photographers Katia Repina and Luca Aimi as they explored the mysterious contours of male cruising in the public parks of Catalonia. I Don’t Need to Know You pulls back the veil of invisibility that so often shrouds the topic to reveal a pulsating care of human desire.

Announcing the First Ever Feature Shoot Print Swap!

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Another early morning, chasing fog and birds © Luke Cody (@lukejamescody), 1362 votes thus far

Over the past year, our Instagram account (@featureshoot) has swelled to include more than 90,000 followers. Our feed has become a community where photographers, artists, journalists, editors, and anyone looking for some beauty can connect and share their stories. In addition to running images featured on our website, it has become a daily ritual and a delight to comb through the submissions of our followers who use the hashtag #myfeatureshoot, which has some 112,000 images as of this posting.

Our Instagram will continue to grow to foster more voices, and over the next few months, we’ve decided to host an online print swap in celebration of our upcoming milestone of hitting 100,000 followers. The swap is taking place exclusively on Instagram, and the process is simple.

To enter your photographs for consideration for the swap, simply follow @featureshoot and tag your photos #featureshootswap. You can also send your images at to [email protected] at 700 pixels wide or larger, with the subject line reading “Print Swap.” We will post our favorites to our feed, and then it’s up to you guys to vote on which images you’d like to see included. One “like” equals one vote, and the 100 pictures with the most votes will be a part of the swap.

The deadline is whenever we hit 100,000 followers, so it’s a good idea to submit now.

Once the winners are chosen, we will take care of the rest, including printing and shipping the winning images. The 100 selected photographers will each give and receive a print, and part of the fun is that the print everyone gets will be chosen at random and will therefore be a surprise.

There are just a few rules. Unfortunately, photographers outside of the United States are not eligible to participate due to the high costs of shipping, although we hope to expand to include international photographers in the future. All images submitted must be able to be printed at 8X10 inches. All prints will be beautifully made by our friends at Ken Allen Studios.

Thanks so much for celebrating and nurturing our community of Instagrammers, and good luck to all!

Conservation Photography in the Age of Instagram (Sponsored)

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The salt flats of Badwater, Death Valley National Park © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Herd of Guanacos at Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © David Tipling / Offset

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Tour group walking on a desert dune at Namib Naukluft National Park © Fotofeeling / Westend61 / Offset

Ever since the mid-19th century, when Carleton Watkins first embarked on his love affair with Yosemite, his stereoscopic camera and 18 by 22 inch glass plate negatives in hand, American and international photographers have had a beautiful but tumultuous love affair with their National Parks.

Watkins’s Yosemite photographs and those later made by Ansel Adams have helped to define our relationship with the environment. National Parks give us a glimpse into a pristine and idyllic slice of a national landscape, and in so doing, they inspire both conservation efforts, and paradoxically, unwanted attention. In addition to motivating new conservation efforts, Watkins’s photographs famously romanticized the construction of new industry throughout the American West, much of which was actually harmful to the environment.

Today, Yosemite has about half a million “followers” on Instagram. In December, New York Magazine’s Dan Nosowitz investigated and reported on the phenomenon of “Instagram Hikers,” or people who visit National Parks with the intention of sharing stunning, much-liked photographs online.

While the recently revived popularity of the parks have indeed encouraged people to become passionate about preserving our country’s resources for generations to come, some amateur photographers have interfered with the native wildlife and their natural habitats. Some litter; others try to take selfies with resident animals; a few even paint hashtags on historic rock faces.

In lieu of the resurgence of this 100-year-old debate surrounding National Parks and the people who photograph them— the serious environmentalist, the artist, the Instagram fan, and everything in between—we’ve pulled together a selection of some of the most breathtaking National Park images we could find.

This discussion extends far from the borders of the United States, reaching upwards to Canada, down to South America, and overseas to the distant corners of Africa, Europe, Asia, and beyond. These pictures capture parks around the globe, curated from the Offset collection of high-end, boutique photography and illustration.

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