Posts tagged: portrait photography

Captivating Portraits of Bodies Encased in Honey (NSFW)




For Preservation, Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little submerges men, women, and children in bucket loads of honey, allowing the sappy fluid to enfold and enshrine them as if in a block of amber.

‘Rainbow Girls’ Shows South Africa’s Lesbian Community in Bold Contrast


In Terra’s own words: “My name is Terra, and I was born in Cape Town on 21st april 1989. I got kicked out of the house when I was 16 years old because I’m a lesbian. Up until then, I lived a secret lesbian life and living a lie is very difficult; you have to come out and be yourself. I started living with my grandparents, who were very strict and taught me to be disciplined. Life was hard but you always have to remember – if I’m not gonna make it through this – who is going to make it for me? The name Terra is a butch name, and it gives me respect where I live. I’m not safe living in Gugulethu as a black lesbian. I’m not safe in my community. I’m not safe in South Africa, and I will never be safe. I’m living in fear but with the respect I got, I seem to be able to stay out of trouble. There are people who discriminate and criticize me when I walk down the street with my girlfriend. The community can break people’s heart by being harsh with their presumptions, but we all have to fight hate crime; otherwise, I think we will always be the victim. We have our own freedom and shouldn’t live in fear. I’m making a documentary right now about the hidden, untold, and painful stories in the townships by lesbian women that need to be heard. We need to talk about it ’cause these women are ashamed, ashamed of themselves. They think they must have done something wrong, but they didn’t do anything wrong! The got raped- they didn’t choose to be raped. Being a victim is very painful; living in fear is very painful. Even though they hate us, rape us and kill us- all we have is love! We love each other and they can’t break us ’cause we are gonna fight- new generations like us. We are able to respect and love people here in our community, and our townships need to know this. It’s not the Apartheid from a long time ago; it’s Apartheid amongst ourselves in the black community.”

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In bursts of vibrant color, Julia Gunther‘s Rainbow Girls portraits chronicle the lives of lesbian women living in the Khayelitsha and Gugulethu Townships of Cape Town, South Africa. Gunther’s choice to work with such high contrast in her images is mirrored in the way the women live their lives–they themselves are in high contrast to traditional South African society, one that has forced many lesbian women to leave their homes because they live outside of what is considered the norm. Many of the women Gunther has photographed are violently threatened on a regular basis and many have been raped because local men consider the female attraction to women a threat in itself.

Photographer Reflects Upon His Deployment into the Navy and the Dissolution of a Long-Distance Relationship



For The Distance, New York-based photographer and active duty service member Christopher Janaro retraces the winding road of his three-year relationship with his former fiancée, a union that eventually ended under the strain of separation. Now nearing the end of his four-year contract with the United States Navy, he constructs a fictional narrative that runs parallel to the past he shared with this woman, confronting the invisible threads of loneliness and isolation that often permeate the daily lives of those serving in the military.

From Macro to Art Nudes, Photoion Offers Diverse Workshops for Photographers in London (Sponsored)


Whether you’re a beginner looking to jumpstart your photography practice or a professional hoping to hone your vision, Photoion Photography School in London has a photography course that is perfectly suited to your own personal and professional goals. Offering one-on-one photography courses and small group photography workshops with only five to eight students a class, Photoion offers individual attention catered to each student’s particular needs and unlimited follow up and advice following each photography class.

Breathtaking Photos Capture the Relationship Between Indigenous People and Marine Life in the Philippines


Spear fisherman in Olango Island, Philippines © Jacob Maentz / Offset


Octopus drying in the sun © Jacob Maentz / Offset

For Cebu-based photographer Jacob Maentz, the Philippines is ripe with both environmental and cultural diversity. Although much of the country has surrendered to the pressures of modernity, sequestered coastal regions are home to indigenous communities that continue to live according to centuries-old practices and traditions.

‘Left Behind': Photos Document Life for the Elderly and Very Young in China’s Rural Communities


Zhu Huaxiang sits in the family’s front yard while her young grandson, Huang Chaoshuai, squirms in her lap.


The Huang children stand in the light of the doorway. Their home is not typically lit by electric light, so much of it remains dark when the doors are closed, even in the middle of the day.

What does it mean to be left behind? This is the question that American photographer Clary Estes began with in her latest project out of China. The largest internal migration in human history has seen nearly 160 million able-bodied Chinese move from the countryside to the booming economies of the east coast since 1978. Estes’ Left Behind project documents this historical event from the other side of the coin, from the perspective of the elderly and very young in China’s rural communities who remained behind.

Intimate and Vulnerable Portraits of Famous Porn Stars


Skin Diamond


Anri Okita


Lexington Steele

New York-based photographer Roger Kisby describes the Adult Video News Awards as “the Oscars of porn.” In addition to the ceremony itself, which offers juried prizes in categories like Best New Starlet and Best Oral Sex Scene, the Las Vegas event features a four-day expo and convention, drawing enthusiastic fans from around the country for autographs and the latest sex toy technology. With Head, Kisby presents intimate portraits of adult film actors, searching for moments of quiet authenticity within the X-rated surroundings.

‘Transgender World': Photographer Alessandro Vincenczi’s Document of a Marginalized Community in Mumbai



On a hot afternoon in June 2008, Italian photographer Alessandro Vincenzi jumped in to a black and yellow taxi, headed to a deserted parking lot meant for trucks. It was his last day in Mumbai. Normally accompanied by his local fixer, Anil, who was unavailable on this particular day, Vincenzi decided to spend the rest of his day wandering with his camera. After about 40 minutes in the taxi, Vincenzi reached the park and saw an old and abandoned warehouse; he asked the driver to wait outside while he went into the building.

Poignant Portraits and Stories of Farm Animals Who Have Been Rescued from Abusive Situations


Norman, resident of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
“Norman was a veal calf, originally rescued as a baby from an auction by another sanctuary. He came to us as an adult with his girlfriend, a large black Angus cow named Ellie May. Norman and Ellie May were inseparable, always grazing together and sleeping side-by-side in the barn at night. When Ellie May passed away, Norman grieved for weeks, wandering the fields looking for her, and refusing to eat. He even slept on top of her grave. Eventually, he regained his sweet exuberant personality, but he has been a loner amongst the other cows ever since. He is a gentle giant who loves people and enjoys getting treats. His favorites are apples and cinnamon buns.”
- Terry Cummings, co-founder, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary


Mata Hari, resident of SASHA Farm
“By the time my Mata Hari came to live at SASHA Farm, she was already a local celebrity. She’d made the news twice, bloggers were following her travels, and she even had her own Facebook fan page. She was ‘The Ann Arbor Sheep,’ an elusive ewe who had managed to evade capture for months as she grazed Ann Arbor parks and cemeteries, stopped traffic at busy intersections, interrupted business meetings and tennis matches and became to some an urban legend.

“She began frequenting a secluded area behind an Art Van Furniture store, and after she seemed ready to stay a while, they began feeding her. When she showed up one day with a badly wounded neck from a dog attack during the night, they feared she might die of infection. After the police and local animal control were unsuccessful in their attempts to catch her, employees called SASHA Farm. A pen was erected behind the building in the spot where they fed her, and the next day, the door was closed and she was on her way to her new home at SASHA Farm.”
- Amanda, SASHA Farm

For Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals, Florida-based photographer Sharon Lee Hart creates gentle portraits of creatures great and small, all of whom have been delivered from harrowing and abusive situations in live meat markets, cockfighting rings, or slaughterhouses.

‘In This Beautiful Bubble’ Photo Series Captures the Everyday Lives of Kids in An Upscale San Diego Neighborhood


Rory and Her Pony, 2013


Amber in Closet, 2010


Monarch Butterflies and Watermelon, 2013

For In This Beautiful Bubble, San Diego-based photographer Eri Morita captures childhood in her small, quiet neighborhood, where her daughter and her peers come of age within the protective confines of large houses, safe streets, and an idyllic landscape.