Posts tagged: landscape photography

The Magic of Wintertime in Finnish Lapland



When she was a little girl, photographer Tiina Törmänen built castles out of snow. She spent her childhood in Finland’s Southern Lapland, surrounded by lakes and forests, and each winter, she dug tunnels, doorways, and rooms, illuminated by flickering candlelight. She sang songs to her beloved dog Nappi on dark nights.

Törmänen was a child of nature; she played with the dogs more than she did other children. She picked wild berries and mushrooms while her family fished and hunted and grew their own vegetables.

After an Edenic childhood, the artist moved to Helsinki at sixteen. She survived an abusive relationship, one that she feels robbed her of her teenage years, a time that should have been happy but was instead plagued by fear.

35 Photos Reveal the Secrets of Nighttime (Sponsored)


© Andy Mckay Projects (@andymckayprojects)


© Efren Lozano (@efrenlozano)

For our latest group show, we asked you to submit photographs taken between sun-down and sun-up. Curated by Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief Alison Zavos, the resulting collection expresses the possibilities of nighttime photography. Spanning booming metropolises and remote wildernesses alike, the winning images take us on a journey from melancholy to joy to serenity and back again.

The master Pictorialist Alfred Stieglitz once wrote, “Wherever there is light, one can photograph.” Night photographers push this fact to its limit by making picture with only the tiniest flickers of illumination. Paradoxically, it’s sometimes the darkest images that shine the brightest.

This group show was sponsored by Squarespace, an online publishing platform designed with photographers in mind. With award-winning design, domains, commerce, hosting, and 24/7 support, Squarespace helps photographers discover more ways to market themselves and expand their business. New subscribers to Squarespace can now use the code “FS15” to receive 10% off their website. Click here to start a free 14-day trial.

Photos of a Greek Island in a Time Before Time





Petros Koublis rewrites old myths. The Greek photographer has traversed the craggy terrain of Athens, Santorini, and Marathon in search of echoes left behind by the ancient bards and dreamers.

Most recently, he made his way to Tinos, where according to The Odyssey by Homer, the hero Ajax was said to have drowned a violent death in the wake of the Battle with Troy, having incurred the wrath of the gods Athena and Poseidon.

How One Photographer Finds Solace in the Dead of Night


Lodgepole Campground, Sequoia National Forest


Elysian Park #3

“When its dark, you can’t see whats ten feet in front of you,” Los Angeles photographer Amanda Friedman says, “things can feel a bit creepy.”

This Is What the World Will Look Like When Humans Are Gone



In winter, the Polish skies belong to Kacper Kowalski. He’s been making pictures from his gyrocopter, 500 feet above ground, for nearly a decade, but lately, with the arrival of drones and other pilots, he’s found freedom and privacy in the cold. “Wintertime is really the last territory that I still own,” the photographer explains.

One Photographer’s Story of World Travel and Fear of Missing Out (Sponsored)


© Austin Rhee


Austin Rhee’s Squarespace website

Scrolling through photographer Austin Rhee‘s Instagram feed, you’ll see the same word commented over and over again: “WOW.” You’ll also find “Sweet!” “Crazy!” and the occasional “Stoppppppp!” And that pretty much sums it up. Rhee takes impossibly beautiful photographs of impossibly beautiful places.

Whether he’s in his hometown of San Francisco or navigating a snowy day in Norway’s Lofoten islands, Rhee has an enviable understanding of the whims of nature. He knows when to wake up so the light falls across the terrain in just the right way; he chases mist and sunrises and dewy, silent streets.

Rhee represents the rising generation of photographers and influencers in that he has both a powerful mainstream appeal and a vision that can’t be reproduced. He’s been commissioned to photograph some of the most breathtaking places on earth, and he’s done it on his own terms. We interviewed the photographer about his adventures, his social media stardom, and his gorgeous Squarespace website, which he uses to share his work with potential clients around the world.

One Photographer’s Haunting Love Song to Appalachia

"Carry Me Ohio"

Duct tape, Chauncey, Ohio, 2006

"Carry Me Ohio"

Cut here, Chauncey, Ohio, 2010


Jessie Sr. holding Kacey and Lacey, Athens, Ohio 2006

Matt Eich’s first child was born in Ohio. He had started making pictures one year earlier in 2006 as a college sophomore. He created his family here and stayed until 2009, existing against the backdrop of the Great Recession.

LG Reveals the Breathtaking Beauty of the Northern Lights (Sponsored)


The aurora borealis

An old Norse legend once explained the Northern Lights as the glittering shields of the Valkyries bringing fallen soldiers home to Valhalla. Gazing up at a black night sky, it’s easy to understand the mythology; the stars and aurora couldn’t possibly be from our world, and they transport us to some mysterious place well beyond human comprehension.

Unfortunately, mankind has lost our tenuous connection with the elements and the folklore that haunted our ancestors. Human development has not only weakened our connection with the earth below us but also with the sky above; an estimated 80% of Americans cannot witness the black night due to light pollution. Worldwide, 33% cannot see the stars.

Initiatives to turn off the lights around the globe have shown us what we miss when we lose touch with the sky. In the US, for instance, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has raised awareness about the consequences of light pollution. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) organized Earth Hour, inviting participants to forgo their electronics for one hour each year.

In 2006, activist Andri Snaer Magnason called for all residents of Reykjavik, Iceland to turn out their lights for an entire 30 minutes. He called the campaign Lights Out Stars On, and for the first time in a long time, the city witnessed the Aurora Borealis as it painted the obsidian sky above. In turn, the international electronics company LG was inspired to bring the divine experience to people around the world.

When we think about light pollution, technology is usually the culprit, but for LG, the goal was to bridge the gap between electronics and nature. What if, they asked, we could make something that honored the earth and its natural wonders?

The LG OLED TV is unlike any television previously released. Like the black Icelandic sky, the OLED doesn’t use backlight panels, meaning that everything on screen shines brightly against the darkest black. Last summer, LG teamed up with Magnason and creative director and Youtube sensation Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy to realize the Lights Out Stars On concert and bring the experience of the aurora borealis to a wider public than ever before.

If Fairytale Creatures Came to Life, This Is What They’d Look Like


The Four Horses


The Meeting



Photographers Deb Young and Francisco Diaz were both enamored with animals as children, Diaz with his dogs and Young with the cows and chickens raised by her family on the hilly New Zealand landscape.

In that sense, The Wandering Kind is both a personal return to the artists’ early years and a collective homecoming to mankind’s place of origin: the wilderness.

Haunting, Melancholic Photos of Iceland’s Jokulsarlon Lagoon



At the Jokulsarlon Lagoon in Iceland, California photographer Aaron Fallon says the hours overlap and blur. He and his wife traversed the icy terrain in July, when the sun never sets. “It’s a bit harder to keep track of time when it doesn’t get dark,” he admits.

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