Posts tagged: still life photography

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.

A Coffee-Lover’s Fantasy: 16 Java-Infused Confections That Will Give You Serious Cravings


Coffee-flavored popsicles © Stephen DeVries / Offset


Chocolate espresso cake © Nicole Branan / Offset


Caramel lattes © Matt Armendariz / Offset

According to recent studies, more than half of the American population consumes coffee every single day, but if we go back centuries, the origin of the brewed treat is shrouded in mystery and legend. One Islamic origin myth posits that more than six hundred years ago, an exiled mystic by the name of Sheikh Omar came across the plant in Yemen, discovering soon after that when eaten, it was quite bitter to the taste and yet possessed of rejuvenating powers. When it reached Europe, coffee was allegedly referred to as “the bitter invention of Satan” until the pope himself attested its invigorating properties and ambrosial taste. Luckily for us, we now know how to embrace the rich flavors of coffee and to bring out its subtler, sweeter notes through sophisticated preparation.

Fascinating Portraits Document the Devotees of Father Divine, an African American Spiritual Leader


15 Minutes Until the Banquet Is Rung

Love Child with Father and Mother Divine.Kristin Bedford

Love Child with Father and Mother Divine


Father’s Estate, “The Mountain of the House of the Lord”

Meet the devotees of the “The International Peace Mission Movement,” a group of followers to Father Divine, a figure they believe to be God. The movement began in Harlem during the 1930s and attracted thousands of followers, states Kristin Bedford, who spent five weeks living with and photographing the community of Father Divine in an estate outside of Philadelphia. The movement’s abiding faith and dedication despite their dwindling numbers and aging followers captivated her attention to document their traditions. Bedford describes, “My visit felt like a special intersection of time, history, and devotion. I had the chance to experience their traditions before they fade away. With these photographs I hope to offer glimpses of a mysterious and enduring faith.”

Juergen Teller’s Food Photography for the Hotel Il Pellicano


Food No.15, Hotel Il Pellicano 2010


Food No.113, Hotel Il Pellicano 2010

German photographer Juergen Teller first met Marie-Louise Sciò, creative director at Hotel Il Pellicano, through fashion house heiress Margherita Missoni, and so began a friendship and collaboration that was to play out along the coast on Tuscany. Set along a cliff hanging above the Tyrrhenian Sea, Hotel Il Pellicano has for fifty years been a treasured sanctuary of the elite, from royals and heirs to designers like Emilio Pucci, Hollywood icons like Sophie Loren, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to literary figures like Angelika Taschen. For the cookbook Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano, Teller photographed the creations dreamt up in the retreat’s kitchen by chef Antonio Guida, who won the restaurant two Michelin stars throughout his time there.

Witty, Mysterious Photos Mix Fact and Fiction, Past and Present



Lying Still, Birthe Piontek’s series of found and staged self-portraits and set ups, quivers with an air of threat, transformation, and mystery. In the bright melancholy light of Piontek’s rooms, visual evidence accrues. Red string hangs on the wall in a pelvic triangle. A woman writhes in the sky. Dark berries obscure a woman’s mons pubis. Bedsheets hang from empty windows. A woman’s back is alarmingly bruised in the bold pattern of a Marimekko print. We feel a loud hush, something like the theatrical quiet before or after a crisis. Or maybe it’s the beat before a punch line.

21 Mouth-Watering Photos of Exotic Fruits You Never Even Knew Existed


Finger limes © Zach DeSart / Offset


Longan fruit © Liz Clayman / Offset

We all know that watermelons, strawberries, and figs are divine this time of year, but what about the gourd-like chayote and the tropical mangosteen, the Malaysian rambutan and the star-shaped carambola? We can’t all travel the world in search of nature’s bounty, bite into the custard-textured and fragrant sweetsop, or taste as Mark Twain once did the decadent flavors of a Hawaiian cherimoya, but we can certainly live vicariously through photographs of such exotic delicacies. For our latest Offset group show, we brought together twenty-one of these mouth-watering images, composed beautifully to catch our eyes and artfully to entice our palates.

13 Strange and Otherworldly Photographs of Wild Mushrooms


© SambaPhoto / Offset


© Johnér / Offset

Thousands of distinct mushroom species pepper the surface of our planet, growing singularly or in dense colonies from the rain forests of New Zealand and the Blue Mountains of Oregon. Along the forests and meadows of Western Europe, they grow in circles, sometimes called “fairy rings,” believed to cast spells upon all who enter their midst.

‘How To': Hilarious Photo Series Mocks Instruction Manuals


How to Brush Your Teeth


How to Apply Lipstick

How To was born two years ago out New York-based photographer Olivia Locher’s own series of kitchen mishaps and blunders. After misunderstanding hastily repeated recipes given to her by friends and acquaintances, she chose to forgo frustration and disappointment in favor of inspiration, constructing a set of images in which routine exercises are confused, mistaken, or exaggerated to the point where they become nonsensical.

Photographer Scans Every Item He Consumes Over 14 Years, Builds Astonishing Collages


My Things No.5, 2005


My Things, Booking Keeping of 2007-08

Since 2001, Beijing-based photographer Hong Hao has been recording every single item that passes through his fingers over the course of each day, those he uses and those he discards. In a practice that he describes as a form of “bookkeeping,” he scans each object one by one, saves the images, and returns to them once more to weave them together into labyrinthine digital collages.

41 Intriguing Photos of Abandoned Pools Make Up Our Latest Group Show


© Marco Castelli


© Marilena Vainanidi


© Uri Pinner

For our latest group show, we invited you to share your photographs of abandoned pools. Curated by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this final selection captures the unexpected—and often unseen—beauty of the pool forsaken. Where active swimming pools are manicured to appeal to the tastes of their owners, the neglected pool surrenders itself to a feral, and at times sinister, sort of loveliness. Here, we find pools left to the wind, those filled in, and those trampled by time, and yet throughout, a flicker of vitality still lingers.

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