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124 Nostalgia-Inducing Photos Make Up Our Latest Group Show

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© Tatiana Kiseleva

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For our latest group show, we asked you to share your photographs capturing the theme of nostalgia. Judged by Alison Zavos Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this collection of photos truly captures the bittersweet essence of the nostalgic temperament. All photographs are inherently nostalgic, but those that hit the hardest are those that transform something palpably personal into something undeniably universal. Where general sentimentality applies only to the events that occurred in one’s own life, it’s entirely possible to feel nostalgic for something you never had in the first place. A bite from nostalgia bug cuts deeper than one inflicted by homesickness, because in the end, nostalgia brings with it the knowledge that we can never go backwards. The photographs in this show, however, allow us to do just that, if only for a moment.

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Photographer Andrew B. Myers’s Obsessively Arranged Still-life Vistas

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The more you try to pan across photographer Andrew B. Myers obsessively arranged still-life vistas, the more he draws you in. Your eye scans the images like a drone flying high above a muted landscape, at first cold, surveying, disassociated. Each object is sharply in focus, no one more prominent than the other, arranged stoically like soldiers in the midday sun. The objects—a vintage television, a pineapple, a nailclipper—are plotted along the photos like aggravating stop signs along an empty country road,. They force us to pause, look, and consider. The trigger our collective memory and compel us to ask: Why these objects? Why together? Why like this? It’s as if the photographs of Andrew B. Myers’s is where objects we are finished with go to die. Wether they are technologically obsolete like a rotary telephone, or simply ignorable when not in use, like a roll of toilet paper, Myers’ reminds us these objects exist whether we think of them or not. They exist physically when we’re done using them, and their residue persists in subconscious collective memories. They are Myers’ attempts at roadmaps, to make sense of the mess of ephemera that persists inside our minds.

Marc Dimov Photographs Fish in Silhouette to Raise Awareness About the Overexploitation of Our Oceans

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The Nototodarus, a genus of squid © Mark Dimov / Offset

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The winter flounder © Mark Dimov / Offset

In 2007, New York City-based photographer Marc Dimov would open up the April issue of National Geographic to read a story that would haunt him for years. The article, “Saving The Sea’s Bounty,” laid out for him in excruciating detail, statistic by statistic, the ways in which the world’s oceans have been and are being eviscerated by commercial fisheries. As fleets of ships comb the Mediterranean for the critically endangered bluefin tuna, the North Atlantic Cod that once flourished have been reduced by a whopping ninety percent over the last century. The demand for shark fin soup, a popular delicacy in China, has led to tens of millions of shark deaths annually, with fisheries sawing the fins from the animal on-site and plunging them back into the sea to drown. We’ve devoured entire species of large fish, moving down the food chain to smaller and smaller prey.

Eerie Photos Reveal a Deserted New York City at Night in the 1980s

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When photographer Jan Staller first arrived in New York City in 1976, he was pulled not to the metropolis’s buzzing epicenters but to its deserted hideaways, those rare areas over which few feet trod and even fewer voices sounded. From his new home in Tribeca, he ventured to the shores of the Hudson River and along the neglected West Side Highway, capturing instants of pensive silence that descended with the setting sun.

Electrifying Photograms Made From Desert Minerals, Flora, and Fauna

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Great Plains Rat Snake, Tucson, AZ

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Petrified Wood, Quartzsite, AZ

Melbourne-based photographer Rebecca Najdowski has loved the the desert since her first memories of a childhood spent under the New Mexico sun. She knows intimately the minerals that make up the desert floor, the bugs and furry critters that skitter across it, and the expansive blue sky that envelops all who trod the dry terrain. For Desert Pictures, she captures the landscape of the American West unlike any of her ancestors would have, replacing panoramic vistas with electric, neon photograms made by placing found objects and organisms directly onto photo-sensitive paper.

Uncanny Portraits of Antique Dolls and Strangers Who Look Just Like Them

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When London-born photographer Annie Collinge traveled across the globe to Manhattan, she could not have predicted that she would discover in one of the city’s many flea markets a discarded doll that undeniably resembled her faraway aunt Yolanda. The likeness of the 1960s antique figure, masked in goggles and outfitted for a day of skiing, to a true—if tiny— human being was what first compelled the photographer to embark on Five Inches of Limbo, for which she paired real, live sitters with their porcelain doubles.

Sweet Still Lifes Take Us on a Journey to the Seashore

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Over the course of their two decades of collaboration, Amsterdam-based photographer Mirjam Bleeker and stylist Frank Visser have invented their own language, a finely tuned visual vocabulary that allows them to work almost in silence, with each understanding the artistic impulses of the other. For this reason, says Bleeker, the dynamic duo was able to create a series of vibrant, evocative still lifes using only their joint instincts and hardly any words.

Nostalgia-Inducing Photos of Melted Ice Cream Pops

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For Transmogrify, New Jersey-based photographer Michael Massaia melts more than a dozen ice cream pops, tracing the unsettling yet beguiling ways in which each sugary confection becomes disfigured and reconstituted as it dissolves into nothingness.

Atmospheric Photos of Bhutan, ‘the Land of the Thunder Dragon’

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Base camp in the mountains © David Prince / Offset

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Horse wrangler packing maize kernels © David Prince / Offset

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Frozen branches with catkin © David Prince / Offset

When New York City-based photographer David Prince embarked on his journey to Bhutan, he left with no fixed ideas about what he would find, preferring instead to immerse himself totally within the lifestyles of the country’s traditional yak farmers, Buddhist monasteries, and the vast Himalayan mountains that enveloped them all.

Dioramas of a Fictional, ‘Dark City’ Have Us Questioning Reality

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Photographer Francesco Romoli’s project Dark City was born out of his desire to blur the lines between real and unreal. In creating miniature scenes and dioramas of a fictional city, he constructs a dream-like area where nothing is as it seems, where certainties vanish and definitions are ambiguous.