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Posts by: Ellyn Kail

Beautiful Photos of Japanese Cities Lost in Snow

The Chinese photographer Ying Yin initially boarded the ‘Wind of Okhotsk’ train in Hokkaido, Japan in hopes of seeing the the famous drift ice over the Sea of Okhotsk. Her first attempt, however, was cut short by bad weather, leading her to pursue a different subject. Following the general course of the train, she made visits to snowy cities, where she observed solitary figures going about their daily lives.

These Eerie Photos Will Make You See the Planet in a Whole New Light

“My nights are full of silence and the occasional howl of coyote,” the photographer Reuben Wu tells me. His series Lux Noctis has taken him to some of the most isolated regions in the American West, as well as remote spots in Europe and South America, under the cover of darkness. He flies a drone to light his way, illuminating sections of the landscape at will.

One Man Photographs His Grandfather’s Battle with Cancer

Here, I am trying to hold on

Here, I am trying to figure out who my guest is

Gary became his grandson Karen Khachaturov’s muse the day he learned had bladder cancer. “He was diagnosed in 2017,” the Armenian photographer remembers. “It was pretty shocking for everyone.” Over the span of a month, the two of them worked together to create a series of playful and uncanny images, with Gary in the starring role. Their collaboration would eventually become Pastel Struggle, now on view at Mirzoyan Library in Yerevan.

Inside the Colorful Mind of One Traveling Photographer (Sponsored)

Scroll through Kevin Krautgartner‘s Squarespace website, and you’ll find yourself asking, “Is that real?” The German-based photographer has traveled the globe, tracking down some of the most surreal natural wonders and uncanny architectural details imaginable, transforming them into one-of-a-kind, candy-colored confections for the eye. With a background in graphic design, he has an impeccable knack for noticing unusual forms and elements, accruing tens of thousands of followers and drawing the attentions of photo editors around the world.

As he gained traction and popularity for his minimal architectural shots as well as his aerial landscapes, Krautgartner had big plans in the works. His photographs are beautiful on the screen, but they’re also meant to be seen in person. For that reason, the artist created an online store. Fully integrated into his vibrant Squarespace website, this fully-realized PrintShop gives photography lovers the chance to own their favorite images. Not all of us can travel halfway across the world at a moment’s notice, but through Krautgartner’s store, anyone can take home a piece of an Australian salt lake, the tulip fields of the Netherlands, the sweeping skyline of Dubai, or even a grand German concert hall.

We interviewed Krautgartner about his award-winning work, and along the way, he gave us some insight into the inner workings of his website and store. With his shop up and running, Krautgartner can turn his attention to what matters most: making more images of unique places from seemingly unimaginable vantage points. Opening a new business can be daunting, especially for an artist, but this photographer shows us just how easy it can be to build your way to success using Squarespace web hosting.

The Secret Bond Shared by Animals and Children, in Photos

Throughout her career, Meera Sulaiman has come face-to-face with a wide array of wild animals, ranging from the giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands to the trumpeter swans of Ontario. She’s seen the circle of life up-close, witnessing the development of young animals in their native landscapes. She didn’t deliberately set out to photograph animals in captivity, but an encounter she once observed at a local zoo remains embedded in her psyche. A female orangutan and a young girl sat face-to-face, separated by glass, mimicking each other’s gestures. While other adults moved on, she lingered there, and she returned to the subject again and again.

Her project Whispers captures the silent connections that form between children and animals. “Children seem to have a magical affinity with animals, and I see parallels in their worlds,” Sulaiman says. “This series is inspired by my love and fascination with exploring this special, yet little understood, relationship.”

This Book of Funny Animal Photos Will Warm Your Heart

‘Caught In The Act’ © Mary McGowan, Overall Winner 2018

‘Rhinopeacock’ © Kallol Mukherjee, Highly Commended 2018

‘So There’ © Barney Koszalka, Highly Commended 2018

For four years now, Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks have delighted us with the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Organized by passionate conservationists and photographers, this annual contest highlights the whimsy and joys of the animal kingdom, all while underscoring the importance of protecting it for generations to come. Under the simple premise of funny animal pictures, they’ve turned hearts and minds towards the continued plight of Earth’s inhabitants and supported the continued efforts of organizations like the Born Free Foundation, which advocates every day for vulnerable species. Now, you can own a collection of outstanding imagery from the competition in the form of the new book Wild and Crazy: Photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, compiled by Sullam and Joynson-Hicks.

Photos of a Lonesome and Imaginary Salesman

Yesterday Was a Good Day

A Cliche of a Phone Call

The Old House

“I am kind of stuck in the past, visually,” the Norwegian photographer Ole Marius Joergensen tells me. His series Vignettes of a salesman follows the many wanderings of a fictional traveling salesman–an ageless figure from the 1950s, who, in a surreal twist, has journeyed not only through space but also through time. “He is here in the present, representing something which is gone,” the artist explains. “He is from the old world walking around in our world.”

Moving Photos of the Stray Animals of Sarajevo

For the photographer Adnan Mahmutovic, the stray animals of Sarajevo are more than the subjects of a longterm series. They’re an important part of the fabric of his life. “I don’t consider this is a ‘project,'” he admits. “I’ve taken photos on my everyday walks for years now. The dogs or cats come for a little cuddling or some food.” His pictures aren’t spur-of-the-moment snapshots but the result of an enduring connection spanning many years.

5 Skillshare Classes That Will Help You Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolution

When it comes to improving your skills behind the camera, Skillshare is an invaluable resource. With a community of over four million people from all corners of the globe, they offer thousands of online courses, including dozens taught by some of the best photographers working today. Skillshare students can learn on-the-go, at their own pace, and around their own schedules, so when they gave Feature Shoot readers two free months of unlimited Premium classes, I jumped online to soak up as much knowledge as I could.

New Year’s Resolutions can feel intimidating at first, but successfully realizing an ambition is such a rewarding experience. We put together this list of five Skillshare classes we think will help you achieve your photography goals in 2019. There’s something in here for everyone, whether you’re a passionate hobbyist or a lifelong professional. Happy learning!

The Horrific Brutality of the Meat Industry, in Photos

A group of pigs being held in a pre-slaughter area in a slaughterhouse in Atizapan, Mexico. The law requires that the pigs are taken to the stunning box where an electric shock should be applied. However, in this slaughterhouse, as in others, the pigs are driven to the slaughter area directly without prior stunning and are killed fully conscious.

At the slaughterhouse in Arriaga, Mexico, this horse arrived with a mobility problem that prevented him from accessing the stunning box by himself. He was dragged by a chain attached to his neck and died of asphyxia after being suspended several minutes. This is a practice prohibited by law.

“The meat industry knows the damage that can be caused by images of abused animals,” the photojournalist Aitor Garmendia tells me. “In order that these images never see the light, they have guidelines to prevent cameras from accessing their facilities.” In fact, his work on slaughterhouses, part of a larger project on animal exploitation titled Tras los Muros (Behind the Walls), is the most extensive undercover record of its kind. Starting in 2015, Garmendia traveled to eleven states throughout Mexico to document the transportation and killing of farm animals. “I visited about two hundred slaughterhouses,” he reports. “I entered fifty-eight.”

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