Posts tagged: still life photography

Guns, Spirits, and Cases of Vaseline: Startling X-Ray Images Show Belongings of Passengers at a Security Checkpoint in the St. Petersburg Subway


MP 654K BB gun, machete, iPhone charger, keys.

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AKM Airsoft machine gun (for a game not dissimilar to paintball), bag of pellets, can of spam.

For Checkpoint, St. Petersburg-based photographer Oleg Ponomarev collaborates with a group of (anonymous) security guards to collect and archive countless x-ray images captured as various passengers move throughout the city’s subway system.

Tension, Paranoia, and Hilarity Run Through These Photos of Domesticity Gone Wrong



For most people, the home is a place to relax, unwind, and feel at ease, but for Israeli photographer Rubi Lebovitch, maintaining a household is hardly so simple. For Home Sweet Home, the artist takes inspiration from the likes Sigmund Freud and Samuel Beckett to transform the intimate interior of his house into a fun house of follies. Here, comfort becomes dread and all things reasonable and logical evaporate, giving way to insanity and delusion.

A Mesmerizing Look Inside America’s Textile Factories and Mills

Made in USA: Textiles

S&D Spinning Mill, Millbury, Massachusetts

Made in USA: Textiles

Bartlettyarns, Harmony, Maine

NY-based photographer Chris Payne’s latest work Textiles takes us behind the doors of America’s textile industry. To highlight the roots of this industry, Payne has chosen to photograph factories and mills located in the Northeast where it was born. In his photos we see dizzy patterns of repetition, immaculate grids of steel machinery, fluffy mountain peaks of wool, and bright-colored yarns suspended overhead like Vietnamese lanterns. But what makes this work interesting is the deliberate inclusion of the workers, which reveal the care, skill and craftsmanship of their work and the efforts taken to ensure a high-quality end product.

Dreamlike Photographs Tell of the Comforts of Home



“I wanted to start a project that was close to home,” says Massachusetts-based photographer Tsar Fedorsky. “The idea originated from feelings I was having about my personal life. While I yearned to experience the broader world, I also recognized that I was quite comfortable at home. I decided to create a photo narrative about a woman who dreams of a larger life.”

Apocalyptic Photographs Expose the Urgent State of Childcare in America

Sunsrise to Sunset

Sunrise to Sunset: The lack of quality, affordable child care is a barrier to full equality for women in the workplace. This barren scene illustrates that the burden of child care is most often on the backs of women, many of whom are single. The task of caring for children is undervalued, where child care workers (mostly women) are often underpaid, under-trained and over burdened with responsibility.

The Promised Land

The Promised Land: The equality gap between today’s American children is seen in this ambient, mysteriously ar- cadian landscape. There is a widening, possibly insurmountable, gulf between those who grow up in poverty and those raised with economic comforts.

Beneath a carefully constructed veneer of cartoons, sing-alongs, and happy meals, suggest photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, lies a sinister and painful reality for many American children. In order to visualize the wide chasm that separates the welfare of children of wealthy families from those without access to safe and reliable childcare, the duo partnered with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project to construct Watch Me Grow, a series of frightful and prophetic scenes in which the assumed gaiety of childhood belies the painful truth about the dire situation faced by millions of youngsters.

Inside The Factory of Andy Warhol with Photographer Billy Name

Andy Warhol with giant Baby Ruth bars, 1966

Andy Warhol with giant Baby Ruth bars, 1966

Andy Warhol with The Velvet Underground, Nico's son Ari Delon, Mary Wronov, and Gerald Malanga, 1966

Andy Warhol with The Velvet Underground, Nico’s son Ari Delon, Mary Wronov, and Gerald Malanga, 1966

“I was sort of like Andy’s boyfriend,” says Warhol Factory photographer, manager, and sometime bodyguard Billy Name (née William Linich) of his intimate friendship and collaboration with the Pop Art personality. Name’s position in Warhol’s life and work, however, eclipsed the boundaries of an ordinary on-again-off-again romance, and his recent book, Billy Name: The Silver Age, is an ode The Factory, to its manifold guests, and to the sterling world the two of them created together.

Hilarious Photos of Superheroes and Villains Engaged in Life’s Most Mundane Activities

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When Ottawa-based photographer Daniel Picard goes about his daily life, he’s not only thinking about the real world; he’s thinking about the Death Star, Gotham City, and Superman’s Metropolis. For Picard, mundane rituals like riding the elevator or visiting the loo don’t have to be tedious. Instead, they’re opportunities to imagine the what superheroes and comic book villains are doing when we’re not looking. Figures & Statues, an ongoing series published as Figure Fantasy, is his investigation of the ordinary experiences that every fictional character must at some point or another have to face.

Food, Family, Fun, and Laziness: 15 Images that Capture the True Spirit of Thanksgiving (Sponsored)

Elderly People With Wine

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Agritourism in the Pacific Northwest

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Thanksgiving always has a way of reminding us what’s most important in our lives. It’s also a good excuse to leave behind the cares and worries of every other day in the year to enjoy time with family and friends.

After Coming Back From the Dead, This Photographer Created the Most Astonishing Images of the Human Body (NSFW)


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Picnic with Hand Tools and Hardware

“Go back Lou, we’re not ready for you yet,” said a throng of hundreds as photographer Lou Krueger hovered above the grassy hill. Below him, the figures stood clothed all in beige, the rush of the ocean beside them. This dream— one the photographer can only describe as “most extraordinary, impossibly wonderful, unbelievably joyful”— came to him on the night his heart stopped, and for a brief moment, he died.

Photographer Cleans Out His Late Father’s Darkroom Left Untouched Since the 1970s

Sun-Ray Enlarging Easel

Sun-Ray Enlarging Easel

Chemical Bottles

Chemical Bottles

“I kept wishing I could sit down with my dad and ask him a hundred questions,” says Brooklyn-based photographer Joseph O. Holmes of cleaning out the boxed remains of his father’s darkroom, a process he began six months ago, seven years after his father’s death. My Father’s Darkroom is his ode to the man who raised him, to his own childhood self, and to the place where he first discovered the magic of film, developer, and photographic paper.

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